Isabel Oli was all smiles when she faced the media at the press conference of her newest endorsement, My PLDT DSL, earlier this afternoon, February 19, at Annabel's restaurant on Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.
Isabel knew that the entertainment press would bombard her with questions about her breakup with former boyfriend Paolo Contis late last year. So, when she was asked how is she doing, she gave a short laugh and answered, "Okay naman. Ang saya, sobrang saya!"
The 27-year-old actress continued by talking about being single, which she missed during her three-year relationship with Paolo.
"Actually, excited ako kasi matagal-tagal na rin akong may boyfriend. Ito lang 'yong [time] na wala akong boyfriend. Sobrang masaya ako, I didn't miss ano, kahit sino, wala, wala akong na-miss," said Isabel.
Does this mean she has already moved on?
"I can say, I'm getting there," answered Isabel. "Pero okay naman, e, I'm happy. It's just that letting go of the three-year relationship is... Ako kasi, kapag nakikipagrelasyon ako, sobrang serious ako."
Despite this positive outlook, Isabel admitted that there are moments when she feels lonely. But she immediately added, "Pero alam mo 'yon, I know that I am not alone. Sobrang mixed emotion palagi, e. Pero I'm really happy right now. Happy that I am single. Alam mo 'yon, I can do anything na hindi ko magawa before.
"Puwede akong gumimik. It's just the time, di ba—'yong time, konti lang ang time naming [together]. Ngayon, 'yong time na 'yon, puwede ko nang... Alam mo 'yon, puwedeng umalis with friends."
MEETING PAOLO AND LIAN. Isabel looked surprised when she told the media that she still has not seen Paolo after their breakup, in spite of working on the same network.
"Hindi pa kami nagkita!" she exclaimed. "Simula nang breakup, hindi pa talaga kami nagkita. Hindi lang talaga nagkikita, it's just so funny. Okay naman [magkita]. As I've said, happy na ako ngayon, e."
What about his new girlfriend, EB Babe Lian Paz?
"Di pa talaga," Isabel replied. "Hindi pa kami nagkita kahit noong nag-guest ako sa Eat Bulaga! three weeks ago, wala, hindi kami nagkita."
Since Isabel is an endorser of My PLDT DSL, Mr. Gary Dujali of PLDT told the media that there's a possibility for Isabel and Lian to meet each other in one of their events because the EB Babes are often invited to their car-drifting event.
Is this going to be okay with Isabel?
"Okay lang. Okay lang talaga," she commented. "As I've said, walang nagkamali, e. It just so happened na in love sila."
Meanwhile, she could not give a comment about her ex's new girlfriend. "Hindi talaga kami friends, hindi din kami pinakilala pa, so wala akong masasabi. Kilala ko siya, pero hindi kami friends."
CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH PAOLO'S FAMILY. During the interview, Isabel also explained the relationship she had built with her ex-boyfriend's family.
"Siyempre naging close din kami ng family niya, pati sister-in-law, naging close kami. Pero the last time I went to their house, parang kinuha ko lang 'yong dog, never talaga naming napag-usapan si Pao at all."
Isabel further described her relationship with Paolo's family. "Tipong nagse-send lang ng mga quotes. Close talaga ako sa kanila. Minsan, sister-in-law niya nagse-send ng MMS ng pamangkin niya kasi mahal na mahal ko ang pamangkin niya."
What about the issue saying that Paolo's mother likes her more than Lian?
"Wala namang ganun," Isabel replied. "Wala namang ganung sinabi. Hindi naman siguro. It just so happened na mas close kami ng family [ni Paolo]."
ENGAGED FOR THREE WEEKS. Isabel also revealed that the controversial ring that Paolo had given her on her birthday was actually their engagement ring. However, she returned this to Paolo when she thought that their relationship was not working out.
"[This year] sana [ang kasal], pero wala pang specific date," related Isabel. "Siyempre, masakit, di ba. Masakit, kasi a month after, I returned the ring. Kasi feeling ko naman, hindi na kami okay. So, I returned the ring, 'tapos 'yon, break na kami, a month after o mga three weeks after lang pala."
She added, "Siyempre, isosoli mo 'yon kasi bonding ninyo 'yong dalawa, e. If the bonding is not there anymore, you're not okay, return it na kasi bonding 'yon, e. Hindi naman 'yon birthday gift lang, engagement ring siya, e. Masakit, pero okay na, e. Tanggap na tanggap ko na, nakaka-smile na ako."
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She answered, "Hindi ko talaga alam. Wala na talaga akong alam. Hindi ko nakita, e."
NOT YET OPEN TO NEW RELATIONSHIP. While Paolo has already found a new love, Isabel said that she's not yet looking for a new guy. She even cleared the issue about her dating a basketball player, who was later named as Wesley Gonzales.
"Ako, sasabihin ko talaga kung manliligaw," she said. "Wala akong itatago. He's just my friend lang talaga. Actually, matagal ko na siyang kaibigan. Hindi siya nanliligaw. Wala talaga, hindi na nga kami lumalabas. Wala na, e, wala na. Last year 'yon.
"Ayaw ko muna talaga. The word is not trauma. Parang napagod ako, e, and I'm scared at the same time. So, I'll just treasure this moment of being single na muna, alam mo 'yon, time for myself."