Xyriel Manabat reveals fears now that she is almost a teen

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Fast-growing child star Xyriel Manabat admits feeling apprehensive about the onset of physical changes brought about by puberty: "Una po, natakot at nalungkot, kasi yun na nga, end na ng childhood ko. Parang naiiyak ako na parang ewan."


Now 12 years old, Xyriel Manabat has not fully embraced the early stage of adolescence.

Though she has started to dress like a dalagita, the former child star said, "Naglalaro pa rin po ako sa labas."

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the presscon of Ilawod, the Kapamilya child star admitted, “Maski ako po, hindi ko po ina-ano sa sarili ko na dalaga na po.

“Kasi isip bata pa rin po ako...

“Yung mga gawain po ng isang bata, ginagawa ko pa rin po, at saka hindi ko pa rin po totally ma-feel na teenager na ako or matanda na ako.”

Xyriel described what her usual day is like.

“After school po or taping, pag-uwi ko sa bahay, lumalabas po ako.

“Nagpupunta po ako sa court at naglalaro ng patintero, piko, agawan base, yun pong mga karaniwang nilalaro ng mga bata.”

But she revealed being confused sometimes about her transition from kid to teen.

“Pag umarte po ako ng matured, parang hindi naman po bagay sa akin.

“Hindi naman po ako gano'n kung kumilos na sobrang dalagang-dalaga na."

PHYSICAL CHANGES. Just like most girls her age, she already has her monthly period, but it's "irregular."

The first time it happened was last year.

How did she feel?

“Una po, natakot at nalungkot, kasi yun na nga, end na ng childhood ko.

“Parang naiiyak ako na parang ewan.

“Saka yun po, natakot saka naiilang po ako, kasi hindi ako nakaka-experience ng gano'n.

“Uncomfortable po talaga, kasi nasanay po ako na bata pa po ako."

Thanks to all the ladies in their household who have been helping her adjust to the changes in her life.

“Siyempre, with the help of my mother, my auntie, and my cousin, tinutulungan po nila akong mag-mature at kumilos sa age ko po."

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Is she already comfortable with the idea of her having a menstruation?

“Hanggang ngayon, tinatanong ko kung kailan mag-stop yun?

“Bakit gano'n? Bakit kailangang may gano'n, kailangang may pain, kailangan pagdaanan.

“Bakit hindi na lang mga lalaki ang magkaroon?

“Kasi po, unfair po talaga.

“Sila, isang beses lang na masakit, isang linggo lang silang hindi makakalabas pero kami, every month, di po ba?”

Xyriel was referring to the circumcision of boys.

APPREHENSIONS. As she approaches the teen stage, she revealed one of her fears: the thought of losing her interest in showbiz.

“As time goes by and the days pass by, parang nakakatakot po na mawala po yung ano ko sa acting, mawala na yung heart ko sa ginagawa ko.

“Kasi po first love ko talaga ang maging part ng showbiz at maging celebrity po.

“Yun po talaga ang dream ko nung bata pa po ako.

“Natatakot po ako na baka sa isang iglap, sa isang maling magawa ko, biglang mawala pong lahat ng pinaghirapan ko o pinaghirapan namin.”

Another fear: Projects will become more scarce because she's in between being a child and a teen.

“Mahirap po na wala ka pong gaanong work o hindi ka po gaanong nakikita, sa TV na lang po.

“Parang ang hirap po kasi na nasanay na yung katawan mo na every day, nandun sa work na may mga nakakasalumuha kang bagong tao.

“'Tapos, sa age po na ito, hindi ko po alam kung kelan ka ulit babalik sa gano'n or pagbalik mo ba meron pa ulit?

“Hindi ko alam kung paano mag-act, na isip bata pa rin bang mag-act na parang bibo or kung kailangan na talagang maturity sa acting?”

Xyriel entered showbiz at the age of eight, and became phenomenal for her role in 100 Days to Heaven at the age of ten.

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Her last TV appearance was in July 2016 via MMK episode "Droga."

She is set to return in the upcoming series Wildflower, where she will play the younger character of female lead, Maja Salvador.


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