JC de Vera will be in Boracay this holiday season. This he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a brief chat during a visit made to the set of Enchanted Garden in Montalban, Rizal last December 3.
The TV5 young actor mentioned that he will be hanging out with his friends at the beach post-Christmas Day, but will be back in Manila in time for New Year’s Eve.
JC, who starred in the soap remakes of Utol Kong Hoodlum and Valiente, says he finds both Christmas and New Year, special.
“Kasi Christmas para siya sa family bonding. New Year para sa friends na. So, equal celebration lang siya para sa akin.”
MEMORABLE GIFTS. When the topic of gift-giving— popularly practiced during the Yuletide Season— came up, JC talked about the best presents he had received and given in previous years.
He recalled, “Yung best Christmas gift na natanggap ko… binigyan ako ng laptop ng Mommy at Daddy ko. Pero matagal na yun!
“Kasi ayaw ko bumili, e. Kasi parang tingin ko, waste of money,” JC pointed out.
After eventually admitting that deep down, he did badly want a laptop, he explained, “Kasi ayaw ko na binibigyan ako ng gift kasi. Mas gusto ko ako yung nagbibigay. So, pag binigyan ako, okay, salamat.
“Pero pag ako yung nagbigay, [mas] tuwang-tuwa ako.”
Speaking of his fondness for giving gifts, what is the most memorable present he has given and for whom was it?
Without hesitation, JC mentioned a pair of shoes he gave to his ex-girlfriend and network co-talent, Danita Paner.
“Yung kay Dan,” said the actor. “Kasi sa kanya ko nakita yung sobrang saya na, di ba, namigay ako ng gift tapos nakita ko yung expression ng mukha niya… Sobrang laki [ng ngiti]!”
JC, 26, and Danita, 23, ended their one-year relationship in November 2011. The two, who both starred in the now-defunct variety show Hey! It’s Saberday!, mutually decided to break up because of a “crisis” they failed to overcome at that time. (CLICK HERE to read related story).
Without any hint of bitterness, JC narrated, “Kasi habang nung nagsasama kami, siyempre yung mga girls, meron ’yang pasabi na, ‘Ganda nitong heels na ito, ganda nitong bag na ito.’ Tapos tatanungin niya, ‘Maganda ba?’
“Ganun lang pero hindi siya nagpapabili parang nagagandahan lang siya.
“E ako pa naman, malakas yung pandinig ko sa mga ganun. So, kung ano yung narinig ko, yun yung kinuha ko sa kanya.”
What did he get her exactly?
“Isang pair ng heels.”
Was it expensive?
JC smiled, “A bit. Pero hindi ko naman inisip na expensive siya.”
While the actor modestly declined to disclose the brand of the shoes, he said that they came with a wallet.
Teased about how much the items must have cost, JC brushed it off: “Hindi, kasi pag gusto mo mag-regalo, siyempre siguraduhin mo nang matutuwa yung tao, yung talagang gustong-gusto niya.
“And pag ako yung nagbigay ng gift, gusto ko yung magagamit nung tao.
“Ayaw ko yung idi-display lang or for show lang na, ‘Uy, binigay ito sa akin ni JC!’”
MATURITY. During the conversation, PEP asked JC if he had any “bad” trait that he aims to change when the year 2013 arrives.
He answered, “Actually, wala. Kasi ano siya e, habang nagma-mature ako, may dumadagdag na qualities na, alam mo yun, pang-matured na tao?
“So, kung meron mang mga negative qualities, mababago siya nang hindi ko nalalaman. May nawawala, may dumadagdag. Parang ganun.”
He meant to say that he wanted the change to come naturally.
JC enlightened his interviewer, “Hindi ko napapansin yung mga negative qualities nga, kasi may pumapalit na mas maganda na naggagawa ko para sa sarili ko.”
Prodded to mention a good characteristic he has acquired in the last 26 years, the actor replied, “Yung focus sa mga bagay-bagay. Focus sa work, focus para sa sarili ko, kung ano yung dapat kong gawin for work.
“Then yung discipline ko, kung paano ko alagaan yung health.
“Yung tingin ko sa life na kailangan maging stable financially. Kailangan emotionally stable ka rin.
“Kasi ano ako e, kontento. Kontento ako sa kung anong meron ako.”
JC ON GIRLS. With a maturity like his, does JC de Vera experience difficulty in finding the right one for him?
“Hindi naman. Actually, ngayon nga hindi ako naghahanap ng partner or ng girlfriend.
“Kasi wala e, nag-mature ka na hindi dapat pinipilit yung mga ganung bagay. Kailangan natural lang dapat lumalabas.
He said he has faith that someone will come along— “Eventually, may dadating naman diyan.”
“May tatabi sa ’yo, makikipag-usap, magugustuhan mo. Then nasa sa iyo na lang kung paano mo siya iha-handle.”
JC told PEP that he tried dating, too, sometime after breaking up with Danita.
The actor was reported to have gone out with Stephanie Rowe, 16, a contestant in TV 5’s reality star-search show, Artista Academy. (CLICK HERE to read related story)
Asked to shed light on the matter, JC answered, “Actually, hindi siya date, e. Parang ano lang… Hindi ko alam kung anong difference ng hang-out saka ng date na yun, e.
“Pero more of nagkuwentuhan lang. Alam mo yun?”
While the actor confirmed that, yes, they did go out on a few dates— “A few times lang, oo”— he did clarify that he and Stephanie were “Nothing special naman.”
JC eventually dodged the question by stating his “dating principles.”
“Yun. Parang ganun. Since nag-mature ka, alam mo na yung difference ng dating sa gusto mo lang makahanap ng friend.
“So, alam mo na kung sino yung gusto mo maging girlfriend. Kung ito ba yung girl na kailangan mo i-pursue, or ito ba yung gusto mong maging friend lang?”
NO GIRLFRIEND. Yes, JC de Vera is very much single at the moment. “Wala, wala,” he said.
Questioned teasingly if there are “candidates” lined up to be his girlfriend, JC laughed and retorted, “Talagang candidate? May number? Gusto ko yung number eight!”
Kidding aside, JC shared his dating ways have matured, too. After going out with a girl, he can tell right away if she will make a good friend— in which case she will be put in the “friendzone”— or if he and the girl can move past being friends.
“Nung dati, once na lumabas kayo, nanood kayo ng movie, [sinasabi ko,] ‘Ay, type ko na ito! Okay na ito.’
“So ngayon, mas tinitignan mo na kung ano yung mangyayari in the future, kung ito ba yung makakatulong sa akin or…”
What quality of a girl can make JC say that that someone is the one?
The actor answered, “[She has to be] someone like my Mom.”
“Alam mo yung mother-figure na ayaw niyang may mangyayari sa family, tapos very supportive kahit anong gawin mo.
“Paglulutuan ka, pagsisilbihan ka. Hindi ko naman sinasabi na… hindi naman talaga pagsisilbihan, pero di ba?
“Pero para sa isang girlfriend, masarap sa pakiramdam ng isang lalaki na pinagluluto ka, iniintindi ka, may nag-aalaga sa ’yo,” he mused.