As her debut draws near, Bea Binene can't help but feel excited about her special day, which is on November 4.
At press time, her close friends and family are working on her gown, photo shoots, and invitations.
But Bea prefers to keep her celebration simple and low-key, and admits to balking at the idea of a party at first.
“Actually, ayoko mag-debut, personally. Sabi ko, mag-travel na lang tayo or bibili na lang ako ng bag.
“Di ko masasabing engrande, siguro mas magandang term yung simple pero memorable,” the Kapuso teen actress says during Viber's recent JuanVibe event.
Upon consultation with her mom and GMA Artist Center, she realized her debut's personal significance, which convinced her to push through with it.
She continues, “They told me, 'Once in a lifetime lang 'yan.'
“Sabi din ng friends ko, sila Kristoffer [Martin], 'Ok ka lang?! Puwede mo naman mapuntahan yung Japan ng regular day. Ano sasabihin mo sa future? Paano ka nag-debut? Paano mo ikukuwento?'
“And I realized, 'Oo nga, 'no?'"
Who does she plan to invite on her special day?
Bea says her friends, relatives, GMA family as well as non-showbiz friends will be part of her guest list.
Will somebody special be her escort?
She clarifies, “Wala! Wala akong escort! Yung 18 roses, mga friends ko.”
BACK TO SCHOOL. Bea, who currently stars in Vampire Ang Daddy Ko and the GMA News TV show Good News TV, happily says she's prioritizing her studies.
Since she was home-schooled during high school, Bea, now a college student, decided to enroll in a regular school.
She relates, "Irregular na ako nung high school, e. Sabi ko, gusto ko ma-feel yung gigising ka nang maaga para pumasok sa school. Yung socialization 'pag nasa school ka.”
She's taking up A.B. Film in Meridian International or MINT, a small school where “everyone knows everyone.”
Bea shares, "I actually wanted to take up Comm Arts, kaya lang, hinabol ko kasi yung high school so na late ako for enrollment, and I looked for a school na open enrollment pa for this sem."
JOYCE CHING. One of the reasons she chose MINT was because of Joyce Ching, one of her close friends in showbiz, is also enrolled in the same school.
"Pero magkaiba kami ng schedule. Ang pasok ko Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays; ang pasok niya Tuesdays, Thursdays.
“Sunud-sunod yung class niya 'tapos di kami nagkikita, siguro six weeks of school na kami pero twice pa lang kami nagkita."
She isn't sure yet what she'll do once she gets her film degree. Will she pursue behind-the-scenes film work?
As a freshman student, she admits she still has a long way to go.
"Regular student ang peg, pupunta ako sa school para mag-shoot, nagshu-shoot kami sa kalsada at kakatapos lang ng prelims, so medyo hassle.
“Sabi namin, freshman na film gagawa na agad ng isang film, nakakangarag!"
WORKING BEHIND THE CAMERA. The transition from seeing exactly what goes on behind the camera in a classroom setting is both good and difficult for her.
She admits, “Ngayon ko nare-realize yung hirap ng film student.
“Ang hirap pala! 'Pag naging direktor ka, kapag hawak mo kamera, yung lapel, yung editing mo, like technical difficulties namin, like wala akong audio sa shoot, yung walang laman yung card ko nung ine-edit na.
“Na-feel ko na parang, 'Shucks, ang hirap pala.'
“'Eto pala napi-feel. Hindi lang pala mahirap maging artista. Mahirap din pala, mas mahirap maging off-cam."
The realization makes her appreciate the industry and its people even more, and she's grateful MINT has been very considerate of her situation.
"Nama-manage naman. Ang maganda, naayos din sa school na I have this schedule, na-e-excuse naman ako.
“Ngayon kaya pa naman. Flexible yung schedule, considerate sila kapag nag-aartista ka.”
LOW PROFILE. Since MINT is a small school, Bea chooses to keep a low profile, not even telling her own classmates she's a celebrity.
"May nakasalubong ako, sabi niya, 'You didn't tell me you're a celebrity.'
“Sabi ko, 'I didn't know that you don't know.' Yung iba, mostly foreigners, di nila alam.
“Yung iba alam. Kapag sa personal, kapag classmates ko, nahihiya ako, I don't have to tell them.
“I want my classmates and schoolmates to know me, not just as Bea the celebrity, but more as Bea na normal person," she underlines.