Andi Eigenmann: from showbiz royalty to happy islander

Dec 28, 2020
Who is Andi Eigenmann
Andi Eigenmann is bred in showbiz, but the actress has chosen a life away from the limelight for her personal happiness.
PHOTO/S: @andieigengurl on Instagram

Andrea Nicole Guck Eigenmann is an actress, endorser, and social-media personality from the Philippines.

Known to showbiz fans as Andi, the 30-year-old celebrity is currently a talent under Viva Artists Agency.

Who is Andi Eigenmann

andi eigenmann and her Family

Andi is the daughter and only child of award-winning actors Jaclyn Jose and the late Mark Gil, who passed away in 2014 after his battle with liver cirrhosis.

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Acting runs strong in her family blood, especially on the side of Mark, whose siblings are Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa, respected actors both.

Also, Andi's siblings from her father's side—Gabby Eigenmann, Sid Lucero, and Max Eigenmann—are successful film and television actors in their own right.

Her cousins Ryan Eigenmann and Geoff Eigenmann—sons of uncle Michael de Mesa—are visible in showbiz as well.

Rounding up her siblings from her father's side are Ira Eigenmann and Stevie Eigenmann.

Andi also has a brother on her mother's side named Gwen Guck.

Andi Eigenmann Family

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Today, Andi has a family of her own, which she once described as "extraordinary."

She has two daughters—Ellie, who is her daughter with former boyfriend Jake Ejercito, and Lilo, who is her daughter with fiancé Philmar Alipayo.

The celebrity mom is expecting another child, a boy, with Philmar.

Philmar, for his part, has two sons of his own—Toro, who lives with him in Siargao, and Kanoa, who lives in France with the mother.

Andi Eigenmann Family

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where andi eigenmann studied

Andi finished elementary and high school at the Miriam College, an all-girls school in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The actress was already appearing on TV in the latter part of her secondary schooling. She even had a short stint on the ABS-CBN reality program Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus during her graduating year.

Andi had considered going to college after her graduation from high school in 2008, but the call of showbiz was stronger after her graduation from high school.

She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during an exclusive interview in 2011: "I'm taking my opportunity here in the industry first while I can. And then, I'll go back to school...

"I wanna do so much things. It's not merely about my ambition, like what I want, what career I want to take on in life or in the future.

"I just wanna do a lot of things that would be fulfilling, you know, that would take my life worthwhile..."

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Andi was interested in psychology and journalism as possible college courses along with studies in scriptwriting and film.

She said, "Basta film, connected sa film, psych, philosophy... ang dami kong gustong gawin.

"Siguro, like, it doesn't mean naman maraming beses akong mag-aaral para lang magawa lahat yun.

"Pero I'll do some things that are connected to all of those, like, you know, I can take up psychology and then just write or publish a book [even if I did] not study it. But I can choose to just take it up or, basta..."

But first and foremost, being an actress remained her calling.

She continued in the same 2011 interview: "It's my number one priority. It's is my number one goal, you know, to be successful in this industry.

"So I'm doing this first and then I have a lot of other things I want to do."

how andi eigenmann started showbiz

Andi's breakthrough role in showbiz came in 2010 when she led the cast of the ABS-CBN prime-time series Agua Bendita, an indication she was being groomed to be one of the big stars of the network.

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Andi Eigenmann Agua bendita

But Andi was forced to take a break when she got pregnant in 2011.

Back then, she was part of the Kapamilya series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, her second outing on prime-time television.

Her mother Jaclyn Jose confirmed the pregnancy news on TV Patrol.

A few months after giving birth in November 2011, Andi was back to work and on prime time with Kung Puso'y Masugatan in July 2012.

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She also began to do more movies in the succeeding years.

Her most notable film at that time was the 2016 Brillante Mendoza film Ma'Rosa, which starred her mother.

For her role in the film, Jaclyn won the best actress award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

Andi went with her mother to the festival, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for her.

Her presence made quite a splash with the international press that the magazine Vanity Fair included Andi among the best-dressed stars at Cannes.

But after that heady milestone in her showbiz career, Andi decided to step away from the spotlight to focus on her life as a mother.

Andi Eigenmann Cannes Festival

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Andi's last projects before her hiatus were The Greatest Love, a family drama in 2017, and All Souls Night, a horror film in 2018.

ANdi eigenmann, jake ejercito, and albie casino

Andi's showbiz romances often made headlines, but her most publicized romance was with Jake Ejercito and Albie Casiño.

It began in 2011 when Andi was still rumored to be pregnant.

Andi was already under intense scrutiny at the time because she was accused to be a "cheater" by ex-boyfriend Albie Casino.

Albie, on the other hand, fell into disfavor when he was suspected to be the guy Saab Magalona was alluding to in one of her tweets.

Saab, a friend of Andi, tweeted then: "Thinking about a young actor who slapped my friend (his ex gf) makes me so angry. I hope his career goes nowhere!!"

Albie denied the allegation in his answer to a fan in the now defunct question-and-answer social media forum, formspring.

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When Jaclyn confirmed Andi's pregnancy in the news, she hinted the father was her "first boyfriend."

Based on Jaclyn and Andi's interviews, people deduced that Albie was the dad, but there were speculations it could be Jake.

Jake, the son of former Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada and former actress Laarni Ejercito, was the next person to be linked with Andi after her relationship with Albie.

But Jake was based in London pursuing his college studies at the time, and he saw Andi only during his vacation.

It was whispered that Andi rekindled her romance with Albie when Jake returned to London.

Jake fueled the rumor himself when he was interviewed by PEP.ph contributor Allan Diones in 2012.

He disclosed, "One time, nung mag-LQ kami ni Andi, nasa Manila ako. Bumalik ako ng London, kasi start na ng school. Pagbalik ko, sila na ulit ni Albie.

"Pero hindi kami nag-break or anything. Nag-away lang kami. Pagbalik ko, biglang buntis na, ganun."

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Now a full-blown controversy, the question about the paternity of Andi's child created problems for the families of Albie and Jake.

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It was a question that would only be answered in September 2016 when Andi's sister Max revealed the truth in DJ Mo Twister's show Good Times with Mo.

Max announced that Jake was the real father of Andi's daughter Ellie.

A month after, Jake confirmed on PEP.ph that he underwent a DNA test to confirm if Ellie was his daughter.

But even before the confirmation, Jake was deeply affectionate towards Ellie.

He said, "Yeah. Never ko namang idinenay, e.

"Siguro yung mga times I didn’t answer directly or straightforwardly, it's all because I was trying to protect Ellie.

"Kasi, di ba, ang daming parties involved, e."

Jake later petitioned for joint custody of Ellie. This caused tension between Andi and Jake for a time, but things settled down when both parties reached an agreement.

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Today, they consider themselves co-parents of Ellie.

Andi Eigenmann, Ellie Eigenmann, and Jake Ejercito

Andi had also made her apologies to Albie.

andi eigenmann leaves showbiz for Simpler life

When Andi needed a break from the city, her go-to destination was always the beach.

She particularly visited beaches that were popular for surfing and it was this love for the sport that led her to her to a newfound life.

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In 2017, Andi made the decision to live by the beach.

She sold most of her material possessions and got by with bare necessities.

The first town she settled in was Baler, but things got more exciting when Andi met her partner Philmar Alipayo.

Andi Eigenmann Philmar Alipayo relationship

Philmar is one of the top surfing champions in the Philippines, and Andi counted among his fans.

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They started as friends, then their friendship blossomed into a romance.

Now, Andi is building a home in Siargao and living the dream.

Andi Eigenmann Family Siargao

Television

  • Prinsesa ng Banyera (2007) as Sandy
  • Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus (2008) as herself
  • Rod Santiago's Agua Bendita (2010) as Agua Cristi and Bendita Cristi
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (2010) as Christine
  • Your Song Presents: Andi (2010) as multiple characters
  • Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (2011) as Gabby Mercado
  • Kahit Ako'y Masugatan (2012-2013) as Veronica Salvacion
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (2013) as Lyka
  • Jim Fernandez's Galema, Anak ni Zuma (2013-2014) as Gallema Castillo-Villalobos
  • Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014) as Betty Reyes
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (2015) as Diane
  • Ipaglaban Mo (2015) as Gina
  • Ipaglaban Mo (2016) as Violy
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (2016) as Judy
  • From the Beautiful Country (2016) as Justine Manalastas
  • The Greatest Love (2016-2017) as Lizelle Algere / Alcantara
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Film

  • Mamarazzi (2010) as Strawbery / Peachy
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll 12 (2010) as Andrea
  • Pridyider (2012) as Tina Benitez
  • A Secret Affair (2012) as Sam Montinola
  • When the Love is Gone (2013) as Jenny Luis
  • Coming Soon (2013) as Monica
  • Momzillas (2013) as Rina
  • Bob Ong's ABNKKBSNPLAko? The Movie (2014) as Special someone
  • Angela Markado (2015) as Angela Markado
  • Tragic Theater (2015) as Annie Francisco
  • Your Place or Mine? (2015) as Haley Saavedra
  • Ma'Rosa (2016) as Raquel
  • Camp Sawi (2016) as Clarisse
  • The Maid in London (2018) as Margo
  • All Souls Night (2018) as Shirley

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PHOTO/S: @andieigengurl on Instagram
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