Kapuso actor Migo Adecer is in better health these days, thanks to a timely wake-up call that made him realize that he had to make drastic moves and shake off some unhealthy habits.
Nowadays, he spends most of his waking hours at the gym, and he has been practicing healthy living for four months.
He proudly shared, "Everyday I go to the gym… my health was deteriorating talaga."
What triggered his lifestyle change?
"Mga kalokohan lang… lagi ako sa labas," he admitted.
Did he have a lot of vices? Did he drink a lot?
He clarified, "My drinking was always responsible naman. It wasn’t sa drinking, it's more of my time management lang.
"I wasn’t sleeping early, lagi akong puyat; hindi mukhang fresh.
"May insomnia po kasi ako so I can’t sleep properly.
"So minsan, I’ll skate at three in the morning sa Makati, or walk around kasi I am… I wouldn’t say lonely, wala akong mga kaibigan dito sa Pilipinas."
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Insomnia, according to WebMD, is a sleep disorder.
People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep or wake up often during the night and have trouble going back to sleep. And despite not sleeping early, they wake up too early in the morning, and feel tired when they wake up.
Since Migo's family is based in Australia, he has been living alone since he came to the Philippines and started his showbiz career in 2015.
But despite living here independently, Migo said he still feels his family's support even across the miles.
Besides, he rationalized that going solo has been beneficial for him in some ways.
He said, "My family not being here has allowed me to grow faster and become more mature.
"And actually thankful po ako diyan, because I mature faster, naging maayos na yung trabaho ko at naging happy ang mga boss ko."
Along with the need to be more responsible for himself, Migo also saw the need to rethink his attitude.
He confided, "Age, I think, through time… I realize, why am I trying to give myself a hard time?
"I could be my best friend or I can be my worst enemy, so I decided to be my best friend."
A devout born-again Christian, Migo talked about his faith with his local church group.
"Dito sa Pilpinas, CCF [Christ's Commission Fellowship] po ang church ko, every Sunday po," he said.
Just like typical travelers adjusting to a foreign culture, Migo admitted to having his share of hang-ups, particularly with his language problem.
He admitted, "Medyo nahihirapan ako, kasi siyempre, Tagalog.
"Yung normal reaction diyan… naging frustrated ako, gusto kong mag-give up agad.
"Medyo mahirap makipag-usap, kasi my thinking is really different and, of course, childish pa rin yung ugali ko.
"Pero ngayon, I understand na nandito ako sa Pilipinas.
"Dapat magawa ko yung kailangang gawin ko."
With nobody to share his problems with, Migo resolved to just keep things bottled up inside.
He made a vow never to get angry or emotionally worked up in front of his co-workers or bosses.
"I let my frustration out in the car, kaya lang, hindi tinted.
"It’s stupid kasi I don’t like to show my bosses or my co-workers those kinds of emotions … dahil it equals to weakness and I want to be strong," he asserted.
Migo is part of the cast of GMA-7's latest teleserye, Ika-5 Utos, which premieres on September 10 at GMA-7's afternoon prime time slot.