Andi Eigenmann recalls hard choices she made as young single mom

Aug 15, 2020
Andi Eigenmann says giving birth to Ellie in 2011 opened to her a new path other than following in the footsteps of her acting family. Ellie is now eight years old.
PHOTO/S: @andieigengurl on Instagram / Nice Print Photography

Andi Eigenmann looked back on her life before motherhood.

Andi appeared on the livestream show of fellow actress Dimples Romana last August 12, 2020.

The two good friends exchanged insights and stories about parenting, particularly about starting motherhood at a young age.

The now part-time actress recalled what she felt after giving birth to Ellie, her eight-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Jake Ejercito.

She said, "I put a lot of expectations on myself, but because I didn't really know who I was yet. I was just trying to be… the 'ideal mom.'

"Akala ng mga tao, kapag naging ina ka, kailangan mo kalimutan sarili mo. Pakawalan mo na mga pangarap mo sa buhay.

"Gusto ko patunayan sa sarili ko na, 'Hindi, kaya ko both.' And while I know kaya naman talaga, nagkagulu-gulo priorities ko."

Andi was getting good breaks in showbiz when she got pregnant at the age of 21.

She was, after all, the daughter of the late actor Mark Gil and seasoned actress Jaclyn Jose.

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And Andi was proving herself worthy to follow in the footsteps of her parents.

She said her priorites then were vastly different from today, and having her own family wasn't part of the picture.

Andi told Dimples, "Ako kasi, parang, it was more on that's what my entire family was doing and that's why I wanted to try it out also.

"Gusto ko ma-achieve iyong mga na-achieve nila, ng mga magulang ko.

"Gusto ko acting awards, gusto ko rin mapatunayan sarili ko. Puro para sa sarili.

"Hindi ko expect na ako iyong magiging maternal, na meron ako kids.

"Kasi, masyado ding—I mean, hindi bad, ha. Hindi bad. Pero parang ang goals ko for myself were more selfish in the sense that it's all things I wanted for myself."

Andi was, in fact, starring in her second ABS-CBN prime-time series when rumors of her pregnancy made headlines.

In a flash, her outlook about career success drastically changed after she gave birth to Ellie in November 2011,

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For one, she vowed to commit herself to her new role as a mother.

Andi continued to be active in showbiz, but, in 2017, she took a step back from the limelight to figure out what she really wanted.

She said, "That's when I needed to, you know, take a look and reflect on myself and my life and ano ba talaga ang gusto ko?

"Doon ko na-realize na, kahit na naniniwala pa rin ako na puwede pa rin natin ipagpatuloy ang mga pangarap natin kahit meron tayo mga anak.

"Minsan mag-iiba rin kasi iyong sarili mo. Like ako, sarili ko, kahit na ganun, mas gusto ko pa rin mag-focus at prioritize si Ellie."

Andi began building a new life on the beaches of Baler in Quezon province.

Another life opened up to Andi when she met her current partner Philmar Alipayo, another beachcomber but a famous one as champion surfer.

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Philmar is the father of her second daughter Lilo, born in July 2019.

Andi and Philmar are based on the island of Siargao, known as the surfing capital of the Philippines.

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Andi Eigenmann says giving birth to Ellie in 2011 opened to her a new path other than following in the footsteps of her acting family. Ellie is now eight years old.
PHOTO/S: @andieigengurl on Instagram / Nice Print Photography
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