The pandemic has taught GMA-7 actress Andrea Torres to be more cautious about her luxury splurges.
During her interview last Friday, July 16, 2021, Andrea said she has considerably cut down her luxury spending since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020.
Andrea told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other Summit Media websites, "Shoes, and bags, and jewelry, yun ang pinakaluho ko. Pero ngayong pandemic, medyo parang nawala na.
"Parang na-realize mo kasi ngayong pandemic na, ‘Ay, wala pala silang magagawa for me. Andun lang sila [sa closet].’"
The actress added that food is a lot more important at this time than shoes, bags, or jewelry.
She continued, "Parang feeling ko ngayon nawala, nawala bigla yung mga luho kong ganun. More on food ako ngayon."
Andrea revealed to PEP.ph that jewelry is probably one of her greatest indulgences, and she would often reward herself with one or two luxury items after finishing a major project.
She pointed to the pair of earrings she was wearing during this interview as a reward to herself after finishing the GMA-7 drama series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga in 2021, her first-ever leading actress project with the Kapuso network.
However, Andrea said she has always felt guilty about buying the earrings.
"Actually, parang feeling ko po hindi... feeling ko mali, mali yung una kong binili pero kasi pangarap ko po magkaroon ng ano ng tunay na alahas.
"So ito pong suot kong hikaw,i yan po yung una kong binili sa first ah, medyo malaki-laking payslip ko po.
"Kaya very memorable sa akin talaga itong ano, very special itong hikaw na ito for me.
"Pero mali yata yun kasi ano hindi practical. Pero gusto ko po ng something na maki-keep ko po, na mare-remind ako."
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Asked about her first-ever designer bag and shoes, she recalled, "Maliit lang siya Balenciaga na bag, super mini lang siya na Balenciaga na bag na black.
"Yun yung first ko na bag na nabili ko for myself. Sa shoes, Louboutin yata yung first na nabili ko for my shoes."
One of her most treasured luxury purchases is a red Louis Vuitton Venus bag, which she bought after working on the Kapuso series Alyas Robin Hood,
She shared, "Ang pinaka-memorable for me yung, kasi may lumabas na LV Venus after nung Alyas Robin Hood, 'tapos nagkataon red siya.
"E. red yung lipstick, parang signature lip color ko dun sa show so binili ko to remind me of the project."
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Andrea considers her jewelry collection as precious investments, and she feels miserable if she loses one.
Her recent heartbreak happened recently when one of her rings got stolen.
She said, "Nawala yung isa kong singsing. So ang sakit-sakit sa puso kasi parang siyempre pinag-ipunan mo siya for how many months, kasi nga napapaisip ka kung worth it ba.
"Pero, then, ang iisipin mo lang, alahas is always worth it, di ba? Pero yun nga, ang sakit sa pakiramdam kapag nawalan ka ng alahas."
To get over it, Andrea consoled herself by turning her thoughts outside herself.
She said, "Yun na lang yung iniisip ko, sabi ko na lang baka kailangan nila for something, siguro may natulungan ako.
"Yun na lang iniisip ko na baka may na-ospital or something, ganyan. "