“It’s very flattering and liberating at the same time, because it’s my first time to do this,” says Heart Evangelista, the chosen model for the anticipated 2014 sexy calendar of beverage brand Tanduay.
“I was scared. I was mortified, actually, when I heard that they were getting me,” admitted the lovely actress.
However, she agreed to do the sexy pictorial because “it was at a point of my life that I really wanted, I really needed that.”
Heart admittedly had a rollercoaster 2013, to which she says, “My 2013 was life-changing.
"It scarred me for life with what happened there.”
It can be recalled that Heart had a heartbreaking rift with her mother, Cecile Ongpauco, who was very vocal about her distrust of her daughter's current boyfriend, Chiz Escudero.
Heart, in the end, chose to live independently away from her parents and fight for her love.
SEXY CALENDAR GIRL. The decision to pose for a sexy calendar was of Heart's own choosing.
She said it was a challenge she was more than willing to face now that she is 28 years old.
"If not now, when?" she even added.
Being a calendar girl takes a lot of mental and physical preparation, and Heart did just that.
“It was something I really needed to think about because it was something out of my comfort zone, outside certain beliefs.
“I had to work out. I went on juice cleanse, and I was working out and also, mentally, I had to talk to my friends 'cause they are the ones I work with.”
She was styled by her friend Kat Cruz for the photo shoot, while Albert Kurniawan did her makeup.
“We really talked about the layouts, the pegs, the outfits, the inches of how high and how low, so... all of that. I’m very hands on with my outfits.”
LIFESCIENCE. She also employed the wellness services of LifeScience Center for Wellness and Preventive Medicine to prepare her body for the pictorial.
"They prick and they get your blood sample, and they give you specific food based on your blood type.
"Iba siya sa eating according to your blood type, as in Cohen diet. It’s more detailed and exact.”
LifeScience was founded by Marv Romero-Salas and Cris Romero-Salas Castro in 2010.
According to its website lifescience.ph, the clinic is “an integrated facility that offers the world’s best practices in anti-aging and preventive medicines.”
LifeScience lets its patients get to know themselves at a cellular level.
Apart from providing a customized diet plan, the center also gives treatments specified for your blood type.
One example is the Intravenous Therapy, which is the quickest way to restore your body's nutrient balance by directing the medicines and vitamins you need into your bloodstream.
The clinic is located at the 8th floor of Accra Law Tower, 2nd Avenue corner 30th St., Bonifacio Global City.
With all the tough decisions she has made in 2013, the public can all attest that seeing a grown-up Heart is somewhat refreshing.
“I’ve gone through rebellion. I’ve done stupid things that, to a point, I wanted to live my life and I did it.”