Janine Gutierrez on being independent: "Ang hirap pala."

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Janine Gutierrez: "I always wanted my own place kasi sa buong buhay ko, never pa akong nagkaroon ng sarili kong kuwarto."


Janine Gutierrez is discovering the difficulty of living independently after being sheltered all her life.

The 27-year-old actress has just moved in to a one-bedroom condo unit in Greenhills, San Juan.

"Mahirap. Kailangan pala talagang maging responsible ka," she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media reporters at the press conference of Day Off, a reality-lifestyle program of GMA News TV.

She related how she once forgot to pay her electric bill because of her busy schedule.

"Kinakatok ako ng MERALCO kasi nakalimutan ko palang magbayad ng kuryente.

"Sabi ko, 'Huwag po.' Yung mga bagay na gano'n."

The daughter of Lotlot de Leon and Ramon Christopher also gave her reason for opting not to get a househelper.

"Kasi gusto ko talaga mag-isa para mapilitan akong matutong magluto."

She even joked about her hands getting rough from doing all the household chores, like washing the dishes.

And on days she's really busy working, "...if kailangan ko ng tulong, yung mga yaya sa bahay namin sa Fairview."

Janine bought the property in 2015 from her savings and through a bank loan.

"I feel like I need to be independent, I always wanted my own place.

"Kasi sa buong buhay ko, never pa akong nagkaroon ng sarili kong kuwarto," she said.

The interior design work took more than a year to finish.

"Kinuha ko kasi siya bare 'tapos concrete lang talaga siya.

"'Tapos dinesign namin lahat... sa gripo, sa tiles, sa kusina.

"It took me so long, more than a year, kasi pinag-ipunan ko.

"Ang hirap pala."

Why did she choose Greenhills as the location of her home?

"Gusto ko sana ng gitna na lugar for me, myself, kasi hiwalay ang parents ko.

"E, yung daddy ko, sa Fairview nakatira, and yung mommy ko, sa Parañaque, so magkabilang dulo.

"Minsan kung mata-traffic ka, aabutin ka ng apat na oras, so bumili ako ng gitna, Greenhills.

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"Happy ako kasi puwedeng kong yayain ang mommy ko do'n, puwede kong yayain ang daddy ko do'n.

"Yung original layout niya, two bedrooms, pero pina-one bedroom ko talaga para maluwag.

"Gusto ko talaga medyo spacious yung sala para sa family ko."  

me and my empty shelves at home this morning before the Cinemalaya presscon.

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One of the things Janine enjoys doing is having her family for dinner in her condo.

"Do'n kami nag-Christmas for the first time.

"Nakakatuwa na ako naman ang naghanda para sa kanila," she beamed with pride.

FAM. So happy we were all together today, thank youuu this is everything to me :*

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