Maganda ang aura ni JK Labajo sa mediacon ng Cinemalaya 18: Breaking Through The Noise nitong Hulyo 6, 2022, Miyerkules, sa Cultural Center of the Philippines.
“Thank you, thank you,” pagngiti ni JK, na isa sa mga bida ng Cinemalaya 2022 filmfest entry na Blue Room.
Kumusta na siya?
Lungkut-lungkutan ang dating niya sa recent memes na nagkalat kaugnay sa paghihiwalay nila ng kasintahang si Maureen Wroblewitz.
“I am doing better. I am, you know… having a lot of learnings and I’m in the process of like healing,” pag-amin ng 21-anyos na singer-composer.
“I mean, as what you go through after something like that happens.
“But yeah, I am doing better naman and, you know, we both now have time to focus on ourselves and our careers, which is what’s important now especially since we’re both so young.
“So, I mean, that’s all that matters in the end.”
ON BREAKUP WITH MAUREEN
Sa recent showbiz couples na nag-split, pinuri sina JK at Maureen sa pag-handle nila sa sitwasyon. Hindi sila nag-away, nagsiraan, nagbintangan, o nagpalitan ng masasakit na salita.
Napangiti si JK, “Yeah, yeah. Kasi, hindi siya ganun, e. Hindi naman kasi siya tipong… nangyari like that internally as well.
“It was really something na parang we both decided to do na, ‘I guess, maling oras siguro.’
“Hindi ko alam kung may sequel. Hindi ko alam.
“Pero the thing kasi is, mahirap kasi isipin yung hinaharap. Kasi, kailangan mong isipin yung ngayon. And…”
Wow! Parang linya ng…
“Bagong kanta na ba ito?!” natatawang sambot ni JK.
“But you know, it’s really just that. She has so many things that she wants to do and then, she’s actually a really great actress.”
Bida si Maureen sa dalawang pelikulang hindi pa naipapalabas. Una, ang Runway katambal si Kit Thompson, at kinunan iyon sa New Zealand.
Ikalawa, ang Take Me To Banaue (What’s Grace Got To Do With It) katambal ang American actor na si Brandon Melo.
Matagal-tagal din ang relasyon nina JK at Maureen.
Hindi matandaan ni JK kung gaano ba talaga katagal ang kanilang pagiging magkasintahan. Hindi naman daw iyon umabot ng limang taon.
Sabi ni Maureen, opposite sila ni JK sa pag-uugali.
“No, the thing naman kasi is, you know, it doesn’t really matter, you know, your personalities are opposite or the exact same,” sansala ni JK.
“Everything has its pros and cons, and it was never really about that. It was really more on the professional thing and more on a career-wise.
“Kasi, alam mo yun, we just felt like we both need to put more time and our attention to our craft.”
May nararamdaman pa rin siya para kay Maureen?
“Of course! I always will,” mabilis na sagot ni JK.
“I mean, ako kasi personally, I don’t believe that you can just unlove someone.
“Once you love somebody, that’s it. That’s it. And I will have nothing but love for her actually.
“And at the and of the day, I want her to achieve her dreams. And I want her to be happy because that’s how I love.”
Si Maureen ba ang first love niya?
Natigilan sandali si JK at halos pabulong na nagturan, “Siguro… Siguro. Totohanan! Yeah, siguro.”
Nag-grow together sina JK at Maureen habang nag-iibigan.
“Yeah! And wala, e, we just had that, you know, special connection. We were just enjoying it. Yeah.”
Bilang magkaibigan, nag-uusap pa rin sila?
Napatango si JK, “Yeah, we still talk. It’s really healthy and mature actually. I mean, I would never think that we’d be able to do something like that.
“Kasi, you know, I mean… I guess I’m also in the process of like turning… slowly turning into an adult.
“Like, I’m getting a little normal. I’m getting a little normal! I went through a lot of wild things! Which was fun actually!” napangiting bulalas ni JK.
Tapos, mature pala siya sa pagha-handle ng relasyon.
“I mean, actually with things now, and you know, one thing that I… I don’t have to grieve and just look at the bad things.
“Kasi, you know, it’s all about having a better perspective. Everything is about perspective.
“And I choose to look at the bright side of things, especially with my relationship with her. All things that I learned, right?”
Wild pa rin ba siya ngayon?
“Siyempre!” maigting na sambit ni JK.
Did Maureen tame her in a way?
“No, she never tamed me. I guess, what I love about her was because she loved me for who I am.
“And who I am as a person, I guess, I’m just… what do you call this…ahhm, transparent. Right.
“I mean, I guess that has always been my issue ever since I started in my career na parang I… I don’t have a filter and everything. I just feel…”
Hindi naman yun isyu sa iba!
“Well, you know, for some people, I mean… pero ako, personally, I don’t really care that much,” pagkibit-balikat ni JK.
“I mean… but… yeah, it was one of the best things that I really learned from this woman.
“It’s gratitude. It’s really gratitude. It’s, I guess, one of the things that I can consider I really learned.
“And to be more mature as a person, I really learned that a lot from her… Being grateful with what you have, alam mo yun?”
Mga ilang kanta ang nabuo niya mula nang magkahiwalay sila ni Maureen? Mga ilang kanta ang pinagbuhusan niya ng kanyang damdamin?
Natigilan muli si JK at malumanay na sumagot, “Mga seventy  plus, ganun. Yeah, seventy plus.”