On Magandang Buhay May 21 episode, Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal, guests and their escorts, along with Melai’s eldest daughter Mela and Jolina’s son Pele, participated in a mini procession to celebrate Santacruzan. Santacruzan is held in the country during the month of May, and is a religious sagala that Filipinos have carried on for years.
The Magandang Buhay hosts looked stunning, wearing their one of a kind gowns while Ivana, Heaven and Jane carried on that youthful vibe and looked beautiful while sporting their chosen pieces. Their escorts Marco Gallo, Sandino Martin and Jerome Ponce were quite dapper in their attire as well; and of course, Pele and Mela were cute and adorable as always.
Ivana Alawi is known to be one of the hottest and prettiest faces in showbiz at the moment. But there is more than meets the eye with this half Filipina half Moroccan beauty. Ivana recalled the times when she would see her parents fight; and already then at 7 years old, she was aware that her parents weren’t getting along. It came to the point that her mother couldn’t take living with her husband anymore, so she decided to leave him and came back to her home country. Ivana eventually followed her mother sometime after, and decided to stay permanently because she felt happier in the Philippines. “Ang layo niya sa Bahrain. Kasi ‘yung Bahrain hindi siya ganito na close kayong lahat. Kasi ‘yung bahay na tinitirhan namin, lahat kami magkakatabi kami ng pinsan ko. Isang buong family,” she said smiling. Just like any teenager, Ivana admitted that back when she was 15, she would party a lot with her friends and come home at the wee hours of the morning, to the point that her mother did not let her in the house anymore and kicked her out. And because of that, Ivana decided to live independently and worked on her own to make ends meet.
The sexy actress narrated her last encounter with her dad when he was hospitalized because of a stroke. At first, she had her reservations whether or not she wanted to see him, but decided to push through with it anyway. According to Ivana, they spoke and bonded, and he was even proud of what she had become and took a picture with her. When she left the room, that’s when he had passed, due to another attack.
During the show, her friend and co-star in the series Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa Sandino Martin described Ivana as honest, genuine and generous; and said that she even gives him food onset. Sandino also shared something unfortunate that transpired in life with his own family, something that the hosts affirmed he and Ivana have in common. Sandino disclosed that his father cheated on his mother, an incident that did not sit well with the Kapamilya actor. However, he clarified that he and his father are now in good terms; and stress that he has decided to be mature enough to bear with everything that has happened and accept his parents, who are now together anew. “Na-reach ko na ‘yung point ng maturity na parang, okay, ang sabi ko you cannot teach old dogs new tricks, sabi nila. You just need to accept the fact that as a son, you need to accept them,” he reiterated.