LeiLa & Maxene taLk about change

YES! (Philippines) - - Silka -

At a lunch or­ga­nized by pHCare, the lo­cal fem­i­nine care brand, at the Cen­tury City Mall in Makati last June 21, ac­tresses Maxene Magalona and Leila Alcasid spoke to the me­dia about how ex­cited they are with the changes that have hap­pened—and are about to hap­pen—in their lives.

Maxene Magalona, who’s en­gaged to be mar­ried to mu­si­cian Robby Manan­quil some­time next year, said she’s more ex­cited than ner­vous about the “new chap­ter” in her life: “I’m happy and ex­cited. No ounce of doubt. I’ve never been more sure. Be­cause it’s him and he’s my best friend.” She added: “At 31, I’m more se­cure with my­self.”

Leila Alcasid, who moved from Aus­tralia to the Philip­pines last Jan­uary to try her luck in lo­cal showbiz, said she’s still ad­just­ing to her new life here in the home coun­try of her dad, singer-song­writer-ac­tor Ogie Alcasid: “I have to watch a lot of tele­seryes and movies to learn about showbiz, the lo­cal celebri­ties. It was a lot to take in, but I felt com­fort­able very quickly. I was lucky enough that I didn’t have trou­ble ad­just­ing or any­thing like that.”

What­ever changes Maxene and Leila might face in the fu­ture, you can bet that these two strong, beau­ti­ful, con­fi­dent women will face them head-on.

Maxene Magalona con­sid­ers her mom, ta­lent man­ager Pia Magalona, her best friend. While she lets her mom have a say on cer­tain as­pects of her life, Max says that Pia knows when to keep her dis­tance.

Max told YES! at the pHCare event: “I think it was how she al­ways talked to us na parang she made us feel she’s there for us. Hindi niya kami kinukulit. When we see her, she gives us words of ad­vice. But only when we’re to­gether. When I’m feel­ing sad, that’s when I run to her. Pi­na­pa­gal­i­tan niya kami, pero she doesn’t judge us. She’s our best friend, tried and tested na ’yan.”

Leila Alcasid, here smil­ing for the cam­era with her best friend Mica Adri­ano, is grate­ful to her step­mom Regine Ve­lasquez. Leila told YES!: “She un­der­stood how dif­fi­cult it is for me to be away from my mom [Aus­tralian beauty queen Michelle van Eimeren]. She knows how close I am to my mom. When I got here, she kind of took on that mother role. And my mom su­per ap­pre­ci­ates it.”

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