Louise delos Reyes is glowing with happiness these days, but not for any romantic reason.
The young Kapuso actress is simply learning to love herself more.
After a much-publicized breakup in the past and an alleged current relationship, Louise is keeping it low-key this 2015.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) chatted with Louise under the hot, hot summer sun in the middle of BGC's urban jungle for the Merrell Capra Challenge 2015.
"I'm happy pero hindi naman ibig sabihin I have a boyfriend.
''I'm just happy, parang I'm filling my heart with love from my family, friends, with adventures and love for myself.
''Yun yung mas importante, I love my life, and I love myself more than last year, parang ngayon mas minamahal ko siya."
She described this stage in her life as all about discovery and adventure.
"Siguro know yourself more, kasi siyempre alam ko kung ano yung mga capacities.
“Pero ano yung mga kaya ko pang gawin, ano yung mga kaya ko pang ma-experience on my own.
''At the same time, paano ako naapektuhan ng nature itself kasi ngayon mas gusto ko talagang, I love the outdoors."
GOING SOLO. Lately, she has been going it alone in her outdoor adventures, which she documents religiously on Instagram@louise.dr.
She said, “Mas gusto ko na mas control ko yung time ko, ‘tapos less hassle kasi ako lang mag-isa.
“At the same time, quiet time din na kahit saan ako pumunta kahit ako lang pumunta, it's actually fun for me to be alone."
Did she ever imagine that she would enjoy being alone?
"Actually, hindi ko naisip noon. Noong bata ako, mabarkada talaga ako, palagi akong nasa labas with my friends.
''This time around, as I age, I realize... nasa late twenties na rin ako e mas gusto ko na mag-isa na rin ako para I can learn on my own.
''Para 'di ako dumedepende sa ibang tao, ganyan, nagiging mas independent ako since humiwalay na rin ako sa family ko."
She related further, "Gusto ko umakyat ng bundok, diving, basta lahat talaga, more on discovering myself and loving myself more."
She told us she's enjoying and having more fun this summer.
"Random, super random. There's this one time na dadalaw lang ako sa school at napunta ako sa Subic, I don't know why..."
She was at the Merrell event together with her mountaineering teammates from GMA-7. Their team, composed of Sunday All Stars performers and freelance talent Dianne Medina, has gone on several mountain hikes all over the Philippines.
Louise has gone with the SAS mountaineering team on only two hikes, but had climbed four other mountains on her own wearing her Merrell Capra shoes, which she said she prefers for their lightness and comfort.
MORE FLEXIBLE. How has this new love for the outdoors and random solo trips affected Louise the artist, who keeps a tight and rigid schedule.
"Yun, actually, nabe-break ko rin yung habit ko na palagi akong planned na dapat ganito.
“‘Tapos kapag hindi nasunod, siyempre parang nag-fre-freak out ka na, anong gagawin ko?"
She said her journey to self-discovery has made her more flexible.
"So yung Louise bilang artista, mas minamahal ko yung oras, kasi siyempre kapag artista ka nabuburn-out ka na, 'Haay, puro trabaho, puro trabaho.’
“Nakakalimutan ko na may mga location ako na dapat ine-enjoy ko, na na-appreciate ko, ganyan...
''Mas nagiging fit. Kasi kailangan ko rin yun sa work na maging fit."
She shared that her workouts now have a double purpose, "Nag-wu-work out din ako para preparation din yun para magawa ko yung mga bagay na yun.
“Minsan sabi ko double whammy 'to ah, magwu-workout ako for my work and for my adventures.”
These newfound flexibility and spontaneity in her lifestyle, however, do not affect her responsibility to her commitments as an artist.
She said, "As of now, opportunities, e.
''Once I miss that opportunity mahirap ng makuha ulit yun so hangga't mainit pa, eto, this I'll do this."
MORE TRIPS. In the meantime, the outdoors beckon.
She said that for the rest of the year, she plans "more adventure, at the same time, I wanna travel outside the Philippines.
“Last year and early this year kasi, puro travel ako within the Philippines, the Visayas, Mindanao.
''Siguro this year I'll visit my relatives sa States, or kung mayroon talagang chance, I'll go to Japan, South Korea or South America like Brazil.
"Gusto ko talaga yung mga pupuntahan ko like Hawaii, yung may mga beach talaga and mountains na I can climb."
She has an ulterior agenda as well, "Gusto ko rin kasama yung bestfriend ko, si Louise, same as my name.
“Since graduate na kami, wala na kaming ginagawa, so parang best friend goals, yun yung mga gagawin namin.
''I wanna teach her, nag-intro diving na rin siya, 'tapos I wanna go surfing.
“I wanna teach her wakeboarding, and I wanna introduce her sa mountain climbing."
CREATIVE PURSUITS. Louise is also posting in her Instagram account a lot of quotes from books she has been reading, embellished artistically.
"Ever since naman I'm a bookworm, ngayon lang talaga ako nagkakaroon ng time to read.
“Kasi when I read gusto ko magbabasa lang talaga ako and at the same time yun lang ang companion ko whenever I go on road trips.
''Mag-stopover ako sa isang coffee shop and I'll read and minsan naman nasa beach, I’ll read and relax, 'tapos ang pinakamusic ko na is yung waves."
Has she considered doing some writing or taking photos professionally?
"Minsan, I really post a lot pero madalas 'di ako nanonood ng TV.
“Parang yun books ko na nagiging magazine, newspaper, Twitter and Instagram and at the same time yung passion ko for taking pictures.
“Actually, gusto ko mag-put up ng isang blog, it's a lifestyle blog but I never got the chance to really pursue it.
“Kasi feeling ko, yun lang yung magiging track ko kasi 'di ako puwede… gusto ko mag-focus talaga.
''If I will write, I will write, ayoko half-baked lang, lahat ng ginagawa ko, when I do it, I will do it passionately, parang wholeheartedly."
NEWFOUND FAITH. In her posts beginning the latter half of 2014, she has started posting Bible verses.
She said her relationship with God has deepened and grown.
"Yes, yes, malaking factor Siya, 'nung mga panahon na may struggles ako, when I had problems, Siya yung naging constant na andyan.
"Vver since naman andyan Siya, pero di ko nabibigyan ng time.
"Parang I took Him for granted na hihiling lang ako or magpe- pray lang ako whenever I need Him.
"Now, whenever I'm grateful, I have problems, lahat, para Siyang naging parent ko.
“Para Siyang diary na whenever I pray, nagkakaroon ako ng peace of mind.
''Yung puso ko parang sobrang nawawala yung bigat, sobrang once na nakilala mo kasi Siya at napalapit ka sa Kanya.
"Yung communication niyo sobrang ganito na, you're happy lang, happy lang.
"Kahit may problema, my God is bigger than my problem.
“Palagi ako nagdadasal sa Kanya kasi ako, parang before, Jack of all trades pero master of none.
“Pero nung nagdadasal na ako sa Kanya na God please lead me, please guide me kung ano yung dapat kong gawin sa buhay.
''Yung ano ba yung bagay sa akin, saan ako magiging masaya, saan ako mag-gain ng more knowledge, and mapapalapit ako sa Iyo..."
LOVING ALL. She said that in getting close to God, she has come to love nature as well.
"In-introduce Niya ako sa diving, mountain climbing, nature...
''This is God's way of telling us, I love you, binibigyan Kita ng ganitong...
''This is priceless kasi e kahit nakakabili ka ng puno, pero 'pag nakakakita ka ng forest, sobrang natutuwa ako.
“Minsan naiisip ko, ang saya pala, kahit isipin mo na urban living na ako.
“May TV naman, may PS4, may laptop ka, may cellphone ka, may signal, pero mas na-appreciate ko yung simple lang."€