Justine Ferrer talks about life after Survivor Philippines: Palau

Survivor Philippines: Palau finalist Justine Ferrer says she's now friends with AmandaColleyVanCooll, the last season's winner, and Jef Gaitan, a fellow finalist. They used to have visible clashes during the competition.

"Okay na kami ngayon. Hindi man kami ganon ka-close, but we're friends. I mean, kapag nagkikita kami, civil lahat, okay kami. Kaya lang siyempre, may kanya-kanya kaming buhay ngayon, so hindi kami madalas nagkikita-kita


Survivor Philippines: Palau finalist Justine Ferrer did not expect to have a career on television after losing in the reality show. Now, however, the transgender castaway is happy hosting Twit Biz, a showbiz-oriented news program on QTV.

"Napakalaking blessing yun sa akin, kasi hindi ko talaga in-expect na maiwan ako. Malagay ako sa TV at andidito ako ngayon. Dun pa sa business na gusto ko, itong pagho-host talaga," Justine told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during the Gold Spot awarding program held at Encore Club, Taguig City, last March 17.

PEP chanced upon Justine while she was also covering the Gold Spot event, which aimed to recognize the best restaurants in Metro Manila. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

"I'm very busy doing all the work. Sa field, ganyan...Dun ko binibigay ngayon yung time kasi I love my very first show. Kahit magkaroon pa ako ng mga susunod, hindi ako mawawala dito kasi love ko 'to," she said happily.

Hosting Twit Biz for Justine is not daunting, especially since she gets support and a little help from some press people, who have become her friends.

"Ang preparation ko is nagtatanong ako dun sa mga newscaster na sina Aubrey Carampel, sina Nelson Canlas, si Tito Lhar Santiago.... Sila yung mga nagiging parang nagbibigay sa akin kung papaano gawin yung mga nagawa na nila bilang mga newscaster and host din. At saka yung iba na nasa industriya, mga press people na kaibigan ko, na natuwa sa akin from Survivor, sila rin yung nagpu-push sa 'kin," she said.

INDIE FILM. Aside from her first TV show, Justine is also set to appear on her very first indie film titled Pulupot.

She narrates, "Pulupot is a story of a transgender like me. It's a true-to-life story, which is happening to all men, transgender.... Kasi actually kaya siya tinawag na Pulupot is umiikot kasi yung istorya sa mga, yun nga, transgender, babae, babaeng matino, babaeng puta. Lalaking matino, paminta, lahat, lahat ng klase ng gender andidito. Kumbaga, pinapakita kung paano yung buhay nila nag-i-interact sa isa't isa."

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Pulupot, directed by Monti Parungao, will also feature Justine's fellow Survivor Philippines finalist Echo Caceres. Justine said she did not find acting that hard.

"Actually hindi naman ako nahirapang gumawa, kasi from before pa, I started stage-acting when I was nine, ten years old. Nakakuha na ko ng mga [acting] workshop. Kaya hindi ako nailang sa paggawa ng istorya. Umiyak ako dito, as in," she said.

NOT READY FOR NEW SEASON. PEP recently reported that Survivor Philippines's next season will feature celebrities. Given the chance, is Justine, who made it to the final three, willing to come back to compete for the million peso prize again?

"Ay! Sandali lang, break muna! Marami ngang nagtatanong sa akin na, 'pag inalok ka ba na sasali ka ulit', binibiro nila ako kung sasali ako ulit. Ano ba tatanggapin ko ulit?" she asked.

Justine said she'd rather not. "Hindi pa ko ano dun sa trauma na naranasan kong mag-isa ko, e. Iba yung experience ko, e. Iba yung trauma na binigay sa 'kin nun. I consider a very significant part of my life, but it's a nightmare, I'm telling you, it's a nightmare," she stressed.

NEW SP HOST. When asked to comment about the new host of Survivor Philippines, Justine said, "Siyempre, Paolo is Paolo, Richard is Richard. Meron silang kanya-kanyang field kung saan sila nag-e-excel. So, they can never interchange kung saan man sila nag-e-excel. Puwede nilang magawa but not as best as one can do."

Initially, Richard will go through adjustments, she said, that's why its important to be fit.

She elaborated, "Nung nag-audition ako sa Survivor, hindi ko lubos maisip na ganun pala kahirap. Parang sa TV titingnan natin na, ay parang kaya naman ng normal na tao. No. It's not just the physical strength of your body, kailangan mo rin dito yung strength of your mind. Kasi kung hindi matatag at malakas yung isip mo, kahit malakas ka, hindi mo kakayanin.

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"Kaya nga sa akin, kay Richard, expect the unexpected. Kasi it's not what you think it is. I-e-expect mo na yung... Alam mo naman ang puti-puti niya, di ba? Kaya niya ba o naranasan niya na bang malagay sa ilalim ng initan ng limang oras?

"Sa umpisa medyo mahihirapan siya, medyo mag-aadjust siya. Pero dahil healthy naman siya, kakayanin niya rin siguro."


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