Yassi Pressman is single right now, but she is not bitter.
She believes there's joy in focusing on the people who bring sweetness into her life, like her father. "Wala siyang kasing sweet. Sa lahat ng bagay, hinuhuli niya ang sarili niya, so laging lahat ng mga tao before him," she says.
"Lagi niyang iniisip kung ano 'yung mga magpapasaya sa amin, ano 'yung magpapa-smile sa amin."
Pep.ph sat down with Yassi on the San Miguel Flavored Beer Sweeeet Couch the weekend before Valentine's Day. At this installation in UP Town Center, Quezon City, fans had a meet-and-greet with her as they celebrated the many ways of finding sweetness in this season of love, regardless of one's relationship status.
ANTI-HUGOT. During this interview, Yassi revealed that she chooses to celebrate life and she does not focus on hugot.
"Masasabi ko rin naman na may mga phases ang lahat ng tao sa pagiging bitter, lalo na 'pag galing sa pain or breakup," she says. "Pero masaya maging masaya, masarap 'yung sweet, [at mas] masarap yung nakangiti ka kaysa nakasimangot."
She acknowledges that choosing to be happy after a breakup is not easy for everyone: "Puwedeng hindi pa sila nakaka-move on, puwedeng hindi pa sila nakakahanap ng ibang bagay na magpapasaya sa kanila, or kulang pa sila ng panibagong sweetness."
KEEP SMILING. Yassi shares what keeps her smiling, regardless of her relationship status: "Nag-e-enjoy ako kapag sama-sama kami ng friends ko, or sama-sama ng family.
"Usually dinner 'yan, or minsan movie. Kung hindi man sa bahay, sa labas."
Yassi isn't one for bold gestures, though. "Kahit simple, yummy food, okay na."
To level up the fun at these gatherings with friends, she suggests, "If you want na simulan ang fun ng barkada, why don't you just open a bottle of San Miguel Flavored Beer?
"It is also nice to relax sometimes, especially when you drink moderately."
FUN WITH FRIENDS. Yassi also believes that outdoor activities make for sweet moments with friends and family: "I like adventure and sports. I think sports is still an adventure to me every day."
Yassi is into mountain climbing, biking, swimming, and going to the beach. If she can do all of these while traveling, that would be her sweet spot.
THE SWEETEST THING. What is the sweetest thing someone has done for Yassi?
"Last year, pagkauwi ko sa bahay, when I was nominated pa lang for an award—nominated pa lang, ha—I came home to flowers and a teddy bear."
Who was it from? "Hindi naman special someone [at] romantic."
DADDY'S GIRL. Yassi follows her dad's example when it comes being sweet towards others.
"Mapapansin ng kahit sino—tanungin mo sa friends ko, even on the set—I am really sweet to a lot of people.
"To 'yung mga kasama ko sa tent sa taping and to my friends, I am really, I think, a sweet person, so I guess—especially to the ones I love—extra [sweet ako].
"I think sacrifice is one of the sweetest things. Siguro 'yung sweetest way ko of showing love [for someone] is that I will accept a lot of things—even if they hurt me—as long as it makes you happy."
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