One thing that Isabel Oli is grateful about being single is having more time with her family and friends.
"I'm happy being single and iba, iba lang 'yong feeling na single ka. You can do anything you want. Ganun din naman kapag may boyfriend ka, pero ito kasi parang more time with your family and friends," said the young actress who recently came from Singapore to do her prior commitments here that include her latest endorsement with a direct-selling brand called Fullerlife.
She said that her previous relationship with Paolo Contis has taught her a lot of lessons in life.
"It made me stronger, actually, as a person," she said. "Sa nangyari sa amin, although maganda yung break up at hindi maganda ang ending, wala talaga akong pinaghihinayangan kahit ganun. Lahat na lang parang lesson na lang din sa life."
Although it's been a while since their breakup, Isabel said that she still hasn't found someone else. She reiterated, "Sa ngayon, wala pa. I'm just waiting kung ano pa ang ibibigay."
But what does she really look for in a guy?
She answered, "Meeting the next guy, hindi naman na talaga bago 'yon, e. First is God-fearing, importante talaga 'yon. If a person is God-fearing kasi sunud-sunod na 'yon: hindi nagloloko, loyal, faithful, you know, caring. Kaya okay, 'yon na lang."
KEEPING HER FOCUS TO HER DAD. PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) reported earlier that Isabel won't be playing a character in Narda anymore. (Click here to read related article)
But before people start to speculate, Isabel already clarified that she's not avoiding anyone. She simply reasoned out, "Hindi kasi puwede, so hindi natuloy."
So, while waiting for the next project that will be assigned to her by her mother network, Isabel just keeps her focus on her endorsements and out-of-town tours. This is also the reason she has all the time to be with her 72-year-old father, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
In fact, she told the media, "I'm going back to Singapore. Actually, mas kailangan kasi ngayon sa dad ko. Kahit anong mangyari, family. And my dad is kinda old na rin, he's 72. So parang kailangan ng more time for him kaya okay na rin na walang masyadong show."
She recalled one incident when she wasn't able to see her dad immediately after he was rushed to the hospital.
Isabel narrated, "Nangyari din noong nag-Dear Friend ako, biglang nagka-emergency, sinugod ang dad ko sa hospital, I can't go. So, nag-taping pa ako ng isang araw, thank God ginawan nila ng paraan na unahin ako. I had to cancel shows noon, mall shows and openings. Okay na rin, wala munang show kasi baka ma-cancel ko na naman, mas hassle sa part ng production ng GMA-7."
When asked how her dad was doing, she replied, "He's kinda doing okay naman din. Pero I'll just wait na lang din para at least may time ako sa dad ko, 'tapos kung may show na talaga ako, babalik na agad ako."
She expressed her gratitude to her mother network for understanding her situation.
"I talked to GMA-7 naman din, e, and they're okay about it and they understand my side. Gusto ko ring magpasalamat sa kanila for understanding. You know, everybody needs job and work and money, lalo na ngayon. Pero itong matter kasi na 'to big deal sa amin [ng family ko]," she ended.