ABQ Takes a Break from Pageant Blogging


Dear ABQ Readers and Friends:

Golly! My blog has been as dry as the Sahara ever since I started working on a new teleserye for GMA7 called “Ang Lihim ni Annasandra”. I had thought that I would be able to juggle shooting days with writing about beauty pageants but it seems like I’m not Wonder Woman. Even if I look like her, aahaha!

Andrea Torres stars as Annasandra in the GMA7 teleserye Ang Lihim ni Annasandra

Andrea Torres stars as Annasandra in the GMA7 teleserye Ang Lihim ni Annasandra

While I do miss being in the heart of pageant life in the Philippines, I need to focus on this new direction in my career because it is a time-consuming job! I spend hours waiting on the set for my scenes to be shot and then I need lots of beauty sleep to recover from our 24-hour shooting days!

This is what we do inbetween scenes! We horse around like kids... with me is Andrea Torres who plays Annasandra dn behind me is Mikael Daez, her leading man who's character happens to be my character's son... got that?

This is what we do in between scenes! We horse around !!! With me is Andrea Torres who plays Annasandra and behind me is Mikael Daez, her leading man who’s character happens to be my character’s son… got that?

But this is not a complaint. On the contrary, I am thankful for my new job! I actually used to joke about it and say that I would become a famous soap opera actress in my golden years because I’d somehow ‘preserve’ myself and still be gorgeous at mid-life.

Well, in case you’re wondering, my ‘preservation’ methods don’t involve the invasion of needles, lasers or knife. As I always tell people who ask me how I maintain myself, I say: 1) getting enough beauty sleep 2) exercising moderately 3) eating a healthy diet 4) nurturing my relationships and 5) having the faith of a child.

With my Ang Lihim ni Annasandra co-actors L-R Glydel Mercado, Maribel Lopez and Cris Villongco.

With my Ang Lihim ni Annasandra co-actors L-R Glydel Mercado, Maribel Lopez and Cris Villongco.

I have actually been working hard at honing my dramatic skills for the past four years by acting in plays, student films and indie films. But I’d have to say that my 17 years as a professional voice talent is my main foundation as an actress. The skills I have learned in the recording booth are the ones I rely upon when the director says ‘action’. Believe it or not, I still get stage-fright and oftentimes feel that the loudest thing in the studio is my pounding heart. But knowing that I have full control of my beautiful voice calms me down and helps me get through my scenes.

With this new direction in my life, I’ll have to put the pageant blogging on hold but I won’t be silent. I’ll do my best to write about the interesting people and things that I come across. And I won’t be totallyΒ  ‘out of commission’; I am still part of the reality show: Pinoy Beauty Queen Academy which starts shooting this September or October 2014.

Watch out for Pinoy Beauty Queen Academy with Evangeline Pascual, Maribel Lopez, Lara Quigaman and moi!

Watch out for Pinoy Beauty Queen Academy with Evangeline Pascual, Maribel Lopez, Lara Quigaman and moi!

Meantime, keep an eye out for my first-ever contrabida role in “Ang Lihim ni Annasandra” which is set to air starting October 13, 2014. I promise you that my character is a major, major b*tch so it will be a LOT OF FUN!! It will also involve a lot of serious acting since most of you know that in real life, I’m the farthest thing from a contrabida πŸ™‚

Love…

…and World Peace,

Joyce

... because we all need contrabidas in our lives...

… because we all need contrabidas in our lives…

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