Shaina Magdayao on getting back together with John Lloyd Cruz: "Na-realize namin ang worth ng isa’t isa."

Does Shaina Magdayao find it hard to be the girlfriend of John Lloyd Cruz? “Hindi, kasi ang boyfriend ko is the John Lloyd Cruz not in front of the camera, hindi yung nakikita n’yo. Kung sino ang minamahal ko, it’s far from the roles na pino-portray niya. So, hindi mahirap.”


Shaina Magdayao takes pride in portraying a migrant worker in ABS-CBN’s upcoming soap opera titled Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.

“Itong proyekto na ito, malapit siya sa puso ko. Hindi ako nahirapan i-portray ang character ko,” said Shaina during the March 29 press conference of ABS-CBN’s upcoming afternoon soap opera.

“Yung paghihirap mismo ng mga OFW [Overseas Filipino Workers], it’s such an honor na mapakita namin yun kasi ngayon na-realize ko na nate-take for granted ng mga pamilya nila. Mas tumaas ang respeto ko sa mga Kapamilya natin.”

In the story, her character figures in a love triangle with Jake Cuenca and Bangs Garcia.

Shaina described her character, Sarah, by saying, “Isa siyang positive na tao. Lahat ng mga pinagdaanan niya, kahit gaano kahirap, tumatayo pa rin siya. She is a fighter.”

The actress spent two weeks in Doha, Qatar for this teleserye dubbed as ABS-CBN’s first "OF-serye."

When asked how it was like working in the Middle East, the actress explained, “Mahirap kasi they’re very strict. Kung hindi kayo mag-asawa, hindi kayo puwede in one room.

"Maliit na unit lang kami so walang assistants. Tulung-tulungan…kung ano ang kaya mong dalhin o buhatin, buhatin.”

On April 12, Shaina, Jake and Bangs Garcia are expected to grace the premiere of Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.


It will take place at the Al Majlis Hall, Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel in Doha, Qatar.


IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP WITH JOHN LLOYD CRUZ. Shaina admits that it has not been easy being involved with one of the most in demand actors in local showbiz—John Lloyd Cruz.

In fact, in October 2011, a PEP source revealed that the two stars broke up but since then, John Lloyd and Shaina have patched things up.

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Shaina said, “Mahirap talaga, mahirap talaga lalo na ’pag dumadaan sa pagsubok.

"Pero ako kasi ang tipo ng tao na the more you put me down, the more I’ll prove you wrong.

"Mas lalaban ako at hindi ako magpapatalo.”

How has their relationship changed since they got back together?

“Maraming changes, changes for the better.

"Mas na-appreciate namin ang isa’t isa ngayon. At mas alam na niya ang needs ko, mas alam ko ang needs niya as a person.

"Siguro, mas tumaas ang respeto namin sa isa’t isa.

“Kasi, di ba, when you part ways, dapat hanggang dun na lang yun?

"Pero ’pag nagkabalikan kayo, dun pa tumaas ang respeto namin.

"Na-realize namin ang worth ng isa’t isa.”

How do Shaina and John Lloyd find the time for each other?

“Sobrang effort sa both sides.

"We try to have breakfast or dinner together pag may konting oras na rest.

"Sobrang daming effort but it’s part of it. At least nakakatuwa na pareho kaming may trabaho.”

Is it hard being the girlfriend of John Lloyd?

“Hindi, kasi ang boyfriend ko is the John Lloyd Cruz not in front of the camera, hindi yung nakikita n’yo.

"Kung sino ang minamahal ko, it’s far from the roles na pino-portray niya.

"So hindi mahirap.”

What are the qualities that Shaina likes the most about John Lloyd?

“I don’t think there’s a specific trait, kung isang trait lang yun, I don’t think it’s sustainable na parang aabot kami ng almost two years.

"I think it’s the whole package…kung paano namin wino-work out ang [relationship]. Kung paano namin binibigyan ng oras ang isa’t isa kahit gaan kami ka-busy.

"Siguro, nagustuhan ko rin sa kanya ang respeto niya sa pamilya ko, lalo na sa tatay ko.”

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She also added, “Never naman niya ako pinabayaan.

"He’s been very supportive. Mahal na mahal niya ang pamilya ko.

"He’s very consistent sa lahat ng bagay. Yun siguro ang pinakaimportante sa akin.”

Have they already talked about their future together?

“Wala pa naman…pero definitely napag-uusapan namin ang gusto naming buhay individually.

"Ayoko pang pag-usapan yung future kasi malayo pa ako dun.”

Has she thought about her own marrying age?

“Ako, gusto ko late twenties, e, nasa early twenties pa lang ako!” said the 22-year-old actress with a laugh.

Would she consider John Lloyd as husband-material?

“Parang hindi ko pa nata-try. Try ko muna! [laughs] Pero sobrang maalaga siya.”


ON INFIDELITY. Since their upcoming show Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo tackles the topic of infidelity, Shaina was asked about her views on cheating.

“Lahat naman tayo may kanya-kanyang tolerance.

"Ako, kung ano ang kaya kong lunukin, baka hindi mo kaya.

"Ako, gaya ng lahat ng mga babae, may mga kaya akong palampasin pero meron akong punto na, ‘Teka lang muna…’

"Gaya ninyo, normal na babae lang. Hindi po ako martir.

"May [mga bagay] na kaya kong lunukin, pero hanggang dun lang yun.

"’Pag lumampas ka dun, I’m out,” she declared.

If someone cheats on her, is this enough reason for her to end a relationship?

“Oo naman.

"Mataas kasi ang respeto ko sa sarili ko and siguro kasi alam kong bata pa ako, marami pa akong magagawa…

"I just want someone who will treat me right.”


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