Days after their candidly shot photo spread like wildfire and received various reactions on social media – wherein actress Andi Eigenmann was spotted holding a water drum container while riding on a motorcycle with her partner Philmar Alipayo – veteran broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas recently caught up with them on Rated K.
LOOK: The love story of Andi and Philmar in 20 photos
While many of us are arguably wishing for a luxurious life, there are some of us who are yearning to have a simple and peaceful life, just like Andi, who has finally attained her long-time dream as she now lives in the picturesque island of Siargao, Surigao Del Norte with the family she’s nurturing with her pro-surfer partner Philmar Alipayo.
The interview started off with the couple enthusiastically imparting how their romance bloomed. According to Andi, they began as friends since Philmar was part of the community who welcomes and tours her around the island every time she visits. Besides, being a surfing enthusiast herself, she’s also a fan of the surfing champion who admitted not knowing that she’s a popular celebrity.
“It was Philmar that probably gave me the courage to actually make that decision. But ‘yong tumira po sa isla, pangarap ko po talaga siya noon pa na akala ko, ‘di ko na siya maaabot. Kasi lahat ng oras ko, nasa pag-aartista, and ‘yong una pong sign na nakita ko na baka ‘di talaga ‘to para sa akin is no’ng nagkakaron na po ng maraming time na wala ako sa mga importanteng events ng buhay ng anak ko – ni Ellie. And I wanted to give more time and be more hands-on, so I decided to take a break,” she disclosed.
Then she added, “While taking a break, I also got the chance to find myself, to get out there, and to do the things that I wanted to do – and that’s going to different islands, different islands here in the Philippines. So I met surfing and I fell in love with the sport. And no’ng na-experience ko po ‘yong life dito sa Siargao, lalo na po no’ng nakilala ko si Philmar, doon ko po naisip na, ‘ay, parang dito po ako mas nabagagay. Parang dito po kami mas masaya ng anak kong si Ellie’. Then we built a family together.”
Although she’s been loving the island life, Andi admitted still missing a few things about life in the city – her family and her job as an actress. Since she’s been based in Siargao for more than two years and flies to Manila only occasionally, she seldom sees her beloved family and has been out of the limelight for a long time now.
“I really miss being at shooting or taping, but it’s not to the point that I wish I could go back. I wouldn’t trade the life I have now for anything else,” she said.
When it comes to the future of their children Ellie and Baby Lilo, the couple divulged that they plan to establish a business in Siargao for them to provide their needs and give them a bright future and to also get them home-schooled until they’re old and mature enough to live by themselves and go wherever they please (but they wish that it will be Australia!).
They also went on to enthusiastically describe how their usual day goes, which includes watching the sunrise, surfing, eating fresh produce they harvested from their backyard, playing during siesta time, and anticipating the sunset. She also related that they are now pescatarians as they only eat the fishes caught by Philmar himself.
The 30-year-old seasoned actress, who just celebrated her birthday last June 25, then imparted how a hands-on and awesome father her partner is because of how focused and dedicated he is of taking good care of their adorable firstborn Baby Lilo.
“I learned a lot from Philmar in terms of taking care of kids kasi mas tutok siya and I feel, besides being a surfer, his focus is really being a father and I really love seeing my daughter grow with him and seeing how they are together and how really close they are. Instead of getting hurt, I’m just amazed because when we were together, I didn’t expect that, ‘oh, you’re gonna be an awesome father’. I only realized that now that, ‘wow, I picked the right partner’ because he takes care of me so well and it’s passed on the way he takes care of Lilo and also Ellie,” Andi conveyed.
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