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What you should know about Debbie Garcia

by Bong Godinez
Nov 15, 2022
Debbie Garcia
Debbie Garcia has been in showbiz for more than a decade.
PHOTO/S: @debsgarcia on Instagram

Debbie Garcia found herself in the middle of controversy after her altercation with actress Barbie Imperial went viral recently.

The confrontation happened in a gastropub in Quezon City on October 28, 2022.

Barbie allegedly attacked Debbie verbally and physically out of jealousy.

Debbie and Barbie’s then-boyfriend Diego Loyzaga worked together in the Vivamax film The Wife released in 2021.

“We’re not together po. We’re friends po. Magkaibigan po kami ni Diego,” Debbie told entertainment reporter MJ Marfori.

Debbie filed charges of slight physical injuries, grave oral defamation, and grave slander by deed against Barbie following the incident.

“Tao akong lumapit sa kanya [Barbie]. Bebeso lang ako. Siyempre courtesy ‘no, pagdating niya, nauna ako doon,” said Debbie, recalling what happened that night.

“I said hi kasi hindi naman tayo bastos. Noong pauwi ako, ang plan ko lang is to say bye to everyone kasi mga kaibigan ko po yun, business partners.

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“So yung intention ko is really good. Walang anything po. So nagulat rin po ako na ganoon po ang reaction niya.”

For better or worse, the incident made people curious about Debbie and her life in and out of showbiz.

Many might be surprised that she's been in the business for quite some time now and has appeared in several TV shows and movies.

Here are some things to know about Debbie Garcia.

SHE’S AN ORPHAN

In her YouTube vlog uploaded on June 5, 2020, Debbie shared that her mother passed away when she was in grade school.

Her father later died, ten years after her mother’s passing.

“It was a traumatic experience for me. Mahirap mawalan ng parents, lalo na sa batang katulad ko before na talagang naghahanap ka ng pagmamahal sa mother, father,” Debbie confessed.

“Pero yung pain na yun natutunan kong gawing lakas ko yun para magpursige, para magsikap sa buhay.

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“Kasi wala naman ding ibang tutulong sa akin kundi ang sarili ko, di ba? And I know they’re both watching over me and I want to make them proud kaya pinagbutihan ko talaga.”

IF SHE WASN'T IN SHOWBIZ…

Debbie stands at 5’3” according to the VIVA Artists Agency website.

Debbie Garcia

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Her petite stature stopped her from pursuing two dreams: becoming a beauty queen or a flight stewardess.

She revealed in her vlog, “Sobrang wini-wish ko na sana two inches taller ako para pasok sana ako mag beauty queen.

“Siguro kung hindi ako nag-model before and nag-showbiz, baka nag-apply ako ng flight stewardess.

“Pero feeling ko kaya hindi rin nangyari yun kasi nga hindi pasok ang height ko.”

Still, Debbie finished Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management in college.

SHOWBIZ BEGINNINGS

Debbie was first seen by viewers in 2010 as one of the dancers in TV5’s game and variety show Willing-Willie hosted by Willie Revillame.

Four years later, in 2014, Debbie joined the sexy reality show PantaXa, which featured sexy young models going through daring challenges for the chance to become the country’s next sex symbol.

Hosting the show were former Viva sexy stars Katya Santos, Gwen Garci, JC Parker, and Maui Taylor.

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Debbie also appeared on the cover of men’s magazine FHM for its December 2017 issue. Joining her on the cover was fellow VIVA artist, Angel Yap, popularly known as Pastillas Girl.

SHOWBIZ PROJECTS

Being a VIVA talent, Debbie appeared in the films The Housemaid, Kaka, and #Jowable, among others.

She was also cast in Four Sisters Before the Wedding and Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo.

On TV, Debbie was featured in Marimar, Ningning, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Ipaglaban Mo, and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, to name a few.

Debbie Garcia with Anne Curtis

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SHE’S A GOOD COOK

Debbie takes pride in her ability to whip up tasty dishes.

She said both of her parents, who hailed from Bicol and Pampanga, were good cooks.

“Namana ko yun,” she said proudly.

“'Tsaka pag nilutuan kita, ibig sabihin special ka sa akin. Sinasadya ko talaga lutuan yung special sa akin kasi may gayuma yun,” she joked.

What's her favorite food?

Debbie loves spicy dishes and has a sweet tooth, especially for white chocolates.

HOBBIES

Debbie enjoys amusement park rides… except for one.

“Takot na takot ako sakyan, Ferris wheel. Ang weird pero ewan ko, para akong aatakihin sa puso pag sinakyan ko ang Ferris wheel,” she revealed.

“Hindi, hindi ko talaga kaya. Siguro kasi nag-i-stay minsan sa tuktok, parang nag-i-stop-stop siya. So, ewan ko, hindi mo ko mapapasakay ng Ferris wheel talaga.”

She also loves watching movies in her spare time, and is a fan of suspense, thriller, and horror movies.

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“Gusto ko yung kinakabahan ako,” she said.

“'Tsaka siyempre pag kasama mo si crush, pag horror, alam mo na!”

LOVES THE BEACH… BUT…

Debbie also loves going to the beach to relax and watch the sunset.

You can see her posting on her Instagram account photos of her beach excursions.

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However, Debbie made a surprising revelation on her vlog.

“Maraming hindi alam nito, hindi ako marunong lumangoy,” she smiled.

“Pero makikita niyo mga photos ko nasa beach, naka-bikini, posing-posing sa shore, kasi nga hanggang shore lang talaga ako.”

Debbie shared that she almost drowned when she was a kid, leaving her traumatized by the water.

SUPLADA YARN?

Debbie debunked this impression.

“Sabi ng mga tao kasi suplada daw talaga ko,” Debbie said in her vlog.

She added, “Ang totoo niyan, malabo yung eyes ko.

“Ayon minsan pag nasa labas ako may tumatawag sa akin, hindi ko makita, hindi ko makita face nila pag tinatawag nila ko. Hindi ko tuloy sila mapansin.”

Debbie said her eye grade is 270/250.

“So, I’m literally blind. Kaya pasensya na, guys, hindi talaga ako suplada. Malabo lang talaga ang eyes ko.”

CAR ACCIDENT

Debbie figured in a car accident last year and had to stay in the hospital from March to April.

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She revealed this during her interview with Giselle Sanchez, who published it in her broadsheet column on November 8, 2022.

“I was so tired from a lock-in shoot, and I fell asleep while driving. I was wearing a seatbelt so my face got saved. But my internal organs were smashed, especially my small intestines,” Debbie narrated her ordeal.

“I went home from the hospital with the colostomy bag. I couldn’t poop on my own because my intestines were still healing. So right after I eat, it goes out to the colostomy bag.

“This was my life for three months. Then I had to go back to the hospital for another operation.

“I lost so much weight so I needed practically the rest of the year to recuperate my organs, gain weight and muscle for my future projects.”

LINKED TO JAMES REID

Debbie is not a stranger to controversy.

Debbie Garcia viral photos with James Reid

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In 2015, she was romantically linked to Kapamilya actor James Reid after Instagram videos of them looking cozy together circulated online.

Because of this rumor, Debbie earned the ire of the fans of Nadine Lustre and James Reid’s love team, who felt that the showbiz newcomer was out to destroy the reel and real-life romance between the two Kapamilya stars.

In one of the videos, someone can be heard calling Debbie, “Debbie Reid.”

Debbie clarified the status of her relationship with James in a text message sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in the early morning of October 23, 2015.

“Everything has gotten out of control,” Debbie wrote, who also explained that she was not behind the uploading of the videos on social media.

“Lastly, I've already said my piece regarding the issue with James before. I hope this makes it all clear now.

“I understand you just have to do your job, write reports, you know, work. But that's all I have to say.

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“James and I are friends.

“Thank you po for hearing out my side...”

James also shielded Debbie from the malicious rumor by emphasizing that they were just friends.

ALWAYS LEFT BEHIND

There may have been no truth to the rumor about her and James, but Debbie revealed in 2020 that she had four boyfriends in the past.

“Lagi ako yung iniiwan. Lagi ako yung iniiwan ng mga lalake,” she said in her vlog.

“Siguro kasi alam ni God na I’m a fighter and a lover at the same time. So hindi ako mag-gi-give-up, nacha-challenge ako lalo, tumitibay.”

SHE BELIEVES IN FORGIVENESS

Although she recently figured in an altercation with Barbie, Debbie is not one to hold grudges.

“I’m all for forgiveness. Maliit, malaking bagay na nagawa mo sa akin, mapapatawad kita. Because I know sa sarili ko I’m not perfect,” said Debbie in her vlog in 2020.

“Nakakagawa rin ako ng kasalanan. Siyempre pag may nagawa akong kasalanan, I ask for forgiveness and siyempre gusto ko mapatawad ako nung nagawan ko ng kasalanan.”

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She continued, “Si God nga ang dami nating nagagawang kasalanan sa kanya pero hindi siya nagsasawa na patawarin tayo. So, ako, gusto ko ganun rin ako.”

Will Debbie eventually patch things up with Barbie? Time will tell if there will be forgiveness between the two feuding actresses.

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Debbie Garcia has been in showbiz for more than a decade.
PHOTO/S: @debsgarcia on Instagram
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