Sheena Halili keeps heart guarded after breakup with Rocco Nacino: “Hindi mo basta-basta ipinagkakatiwala yung sarili mo.”

StarStruck alumna Sheena Halili believes that the right guy for her is a “man of God.” She sees herself being with a guy who can lead her towards doing good. In an interview, the Binoy Henyo lead actress says, “Siguro yung pag nakita ko na kaya niya ako i-lead, at ili-lead niya ako sa tama, hindi sa mali, yun siguro, feeling ko, right guy yun para sa akin. And kailangan love din yung family ko.”


Kapuso actress Sheena Halili has taken on her first mother role in the upcoming Kapuso soap, Binoy Henyo.

The StarStruck alumna had no qualms accepting the project despite portraying a mother at only 26 years old.

“Young pa ba ako?” Sheena pointed out in an interview with the press during a pictorial last July 5, Friday, at the Amoranto Auditorium in Quezon City.

“Sa age ko naman, puwede naman akong maging nanay, e.”

Other actresses her age would refuse to undertake the role, and Sheena said she perfectly understands why.

“Naiintindihan ko sila na merong silang image, meron silang career path, di ba?

“Ako naman kasi, alam ko hindi ito ibibigay sa akin ng GMA kung hindi sila naniniwala na kaya ko maging nanay,” the chinky-eyed, pretty face said.

“Masaya ako sa dinami-dami namang artista na maiisip nila para maging nanay ni David, ako.

“So, yun. Siyempre, yes ako dun!

“Maganda yung story, wholesome yung show, and maraming matututunan yung bata [at] mga nanay din.

"Family-oriented din yung show.”

Cast with Sheena in this tear-jerker drama is GMA-7’s latest talent, six-year-old David Remo, who plays a kid genius. Sheena will meanwhile portray the illiterate mother of David’s character.

The actress talked about her role, “May anak akong genius, pero ang nanay niya is grade two lang ang natapos.

“So, hindi ako marunong magbasa, pati [sa] pagsusukli hindi ako magaling, lagi akong mali-mali.”

Despite her character’s flaws, Sheena sees her as a strong woman who will do whatever it takes to protect her child.

“Matapang lang ako dahil kay Binoy, dahil gusto ko siyang palakihin na mabuti…

“Kasi, di ba, yung mga bata ngayon, hindi lahat lumalaki kasama yung mommy nila, kasi nagiging career woman na rin ang [mga] mommy, di ba?

“Siguro maa-apply dito sa show na ito na, iano natin sa viewers na ang mga bata, kailangan talaga ang mother pag lumalaki.”

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TAPPING INTO EMOTIONS OF A MOTHER. Admittedly, Sheena knows that she has much to work on considering she is not a mother in real life.

“Nahirapan ako!” remarked the actress, who added that she would constantly check with Binoy Henyo director Albert Langitan if she was doing the scene right.

“Iyak talaga ang gusto ng mga tao, di ba? Luha!

“Dun natin makikita kung marunong magdrama yung artista.

“Pero dito, iba. Kasi ang mga nanay naman natin, never naman natin nakitang umiyak sa harap natin, di ba?

“Kahit na sobrang durog na yung puso. Yun yung ako ngayon, e,” relayed Sheen who now sees the deeper emotions involved in her character compared to her previous one in the defunct Kapuso epicserye, Indio.

“May mga eksena na durog-durog ka bilang nanay, pero di mo puwede ipakita sa anak mo yung pain and yung hirap.

“Yun yung challenge sa akin and yun yung hinahanap ko at yun yung tinatanong ko kung naibibigay ko ba.”

Her mother serves as her “peg” for her character.

“Siyempre, napagmamasdan mo lang yung nanay ko kapag malungkot ako, nakikita ko na mas dobleng lungkot yung nararamdaman niya.

"At kapag masaya ako, alam mo yung glow din na nasa kanya, is doble din.

“Dun ako nagbe-base.”



“FAMILY, FRIENDS, ME.” Sheena’s personal life does not take a back seat despite the all-out effort she puts in her latest project.

The actress comes home every weekend to her family in Pampanga and makes sure she sees her friends weekly.

Sheena relayed, “Sinisigurado ko talaga every week...

"Okay na sa akin yung hindi every day yung work, alam mo yun?

“Siyempre, gusto ko rin naman kung okay.

“Pero ako, sa natutunan ko, ten years na rin naman ako dito [sa shownbiz], hindi ako yung sobrang famous na artista, pero pag na-experience ko naman yung work dito—ligo, work... alam mo yung sasakyan mo yung bahay mo?

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“Mauubos ka talaga, e!”

Having experienced the exhaustion from work before, Sheena now keeps a well-balanced schedule—one that allows her to spend quality time with the people who matter to her and most especially, herself.

“Yung mga special occasion and yung mga taong importante sa akin, ayokong mawala yung time ko sa kanila.

“Sisiguraduhin ko na may ‘family day’ ako and may ‘friends day’ ako, and may ‘me day’ ako!”

It is only necessary, Sheena said.

“Para lagi ka ring nari-refresh and may energy ka, ganado ka magtrabaho, hindi yung ‘Sige, gawin na lang natin ‘to!’

“Kasi pag pagod ka, ganun ka na lang, di ba? ‘Sige, tapusin na lang natin ito.’

“Gusto ko yung lahat may time ka, lahat planado and nae-enjoy ko lahat dapat.”



DATING. Has dating guys taken a back seat, too?

“Wala pa ako ide-date, e!” confirmed Sheena, who said she would however adjust her schedule should a decent guy come along.

“Siguro kapag may ide-date na ako, ilalagay ko rin yan do’n. Do’n sa ‘friend day’ ilalagay ko siguro nang konti yung dating.

“Wow, nag-isip na talaga?” she laughed off.

“Siyempre, kung meron naman, why not? Pero ngayon, lumalabas man ako, [with] friends, grupo.

“Walang date na kaming dalawa lang.”



GUARDED HEART. It has only been four months since Sheena’s breakup with Kapuso hunk Rocco Nacino was reported.

In her March 1 interview, Sheena refused to talk about the specific reason behind the split. The actress pleaded that it was “too personal” to divulge.

Nonetheless, she did mention in the same interview that she and Rocco have their differences.

“May mga bagay na magkaiba kayo. So, iba yung gusto ko, iba yung values ko—magkaiba talaga,” said Sheena.

Past forward to her interview last Friday, July 5, the actress clarified that she is not altogether unready to date.

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“Hindi naman sa hindi handa. Siyempre, gusto ko rin i-guard yung heart ko.”

She told that she is not the kind of girl who just goes out with any guy.

She explained, “Siyempre, gusto ko rin yung mapapagkatiwalaan. Kailangan ko munang pag-aralan bago ako lumabas kasama siya.”



NON-SHOWBIZ BOYFRIEND. Was she jaded by her previous experience with love?

No, Sheena answered.

“Kumbaga, gina-guard ko lang naman yung heart ko. Yun naman ang maganda, e.

“Hindi naman basta-basta, hindi mo basta-basta pinagkakatiwala yung sarili mo.

“Kumbaga, yung magiging karelasyon mo… talagang mag-i-invest ka, e.

“’Yan yung audition—‘Ito ba yung makakasama ko?’

“Hindi naman ako kasi nakikipagrelasyon para lang may karelasyon lang para sa oras na yun.

“Gusto ko kasi, pag nakipagrelasyon ako, yun yun.

“Kumbaga, nakapagdesisyon ako dahil gusto ko siya.”

Will she opt for a non-showbiz guy this time?

Sheena admitted that in her prayers, she would ask God for a non-showbiz personality, not that there is anything wrong with being in a relationship with one.

“Para sana less yung gulo,” she explained.

“Kasi pag artista kayo, pag may problema kayo, kasama lahat, e.

"At least, kung non-showbiz yun, hindi mo na dala sa trabaho.”

She continued, “Pero siyempre, kung ibibigay naman sa akin ni God [ay] artista… pinagpe-pray ko lang, sana yung right time, sana Christian siya.”



MAN OF GOD. Sheena defines her “Mr. Right” as a “man of God.”

“Kasi sa relationship talaga, lalaki talaga...

"Di ba, sinasabi nila babae ang nagdadala?—yun ang pinipili natin madalas.

“Pero talagang dapat, lalaki ang leader ng relationship.

“Siguro yung pag nakita ko na kaya niya ako i-lead, at ili-lead niya ako sa tama, hindi sa mali. Yun siguro, feeling ko, right guy yun para sa akin.

“And kailangan love din yung family ko.”

Sheena said that hopefully she meets "the one" before she turns 30.

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PAST IS PAST WITH ROCCO NACINO. It was only last July 1 that Sheena bumped into Rocco again.

“Nag-usap na kami! Nagkatrabaho… Monday lang,” eagerly told the actress, who also said they were taping for the gag show Bubble Gang.

In his March 7 article in PEP, Rocco was reported as saying that he was finding the right time to talk things over with Sheena.

When this was brought up, Sheena stated, “Sabi ko naman sa kanya… para sa akin kasi, past is past.

“So, kung tapos na, wala rin namang akong karapatang ma-hurt at magalit, di ba?

“Yun naman ang sinabi ko sa kanya. Okay na yun, wala na yun, tapos na yun.”

Asked how Rocco took her words, Sheena replied, “Hindi ko na prinoblema yun.”

The actress said that for her part, she has always understood Rocco.

“May mga times na hindi ko naiintindihan, pero pinipilit kong maintindihan kasi tao lang siya, tao lang rin ako.

“Sino ba naman tayo para mag-judge.?

“Hindi ko naman alam kung ano yung pinagdadaanan niya noon. Hindi rin naman niya alam.

“So, siguro, respetuhan lang. Naiintindihan ko.”

The actress admitted she had her faults too and has forgiven Rocco for his mistakes.

“Pag hindi rin naman ako pinatawad, parang hindi ko rin naman kaya yun.

“Para lang maging okay. Ganun din yun, magkakatrabaho at magkakatrabaho rin kami.”

She means to treasure the memories of their past relationship, in spite of it all.

“Napasaya rin naman niya ako. Mabait siya. Napakabait na tao,” said Sheena.


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