Now that 2018 is behind us, and people are optimistic on having a better year, actress Heart Evangelista is also just like millions of Filipinos who see their situation “with a silver lining.”
In May 2018, Heart announced that she and husband Chiz Escudero were expecting their first child together. On the same month, however, she lost one of her twins due to a miscarriage. In June, she announced that she suffered another miscarriage, losing the last of her twins.
“I take comfort knowing that you’re up there with your twin.here are not enough words to express how heavy my heart feels but I know it’s important to share this because it’s part of my motherhood journey,” she wrote in her social media post.
In an interview with Manila Standard, the 33-year-old Heart said she didn’t know how to talk about this heartbreaking moment but she was inspired by the people who messaged her on social media especially the mothers that had gone through the same situation, or even worse.
“They comforted me when I was going through that stage. I haven’t fully spoken about it but I am just returning the favor to whoever else is going through the same thing,” she said.
“2018 was really a rollercoaster ride for me, there was something bad that happened but God gave me more good moments than really low ones. It’s not that I didn’t suffer or anything, I feel like it would be a sin if I complained that’s why I’m just very grateful and I never questioned God on what happened in 2018,” she added.
Indeed, 2018 wasn’t all low moments for Heart. In January, the series My Korean Jagiya, which she top-billed, ended on a high note after six months of dominating the ratings game on primetime. We saw her collaborated with fashion icons here and abroad, and she unveiled a few endorsements that cemented her name as one of the most reliable celebrity endorsers in the country.
“In 2018, I started to see the beginning of the growth of the seeds that I planted in the past. So, hopefully, 2019 will be harvest time for us,” she exclaimed.
True enough, GMA Artist Center proudly welcomed the “Queen of Creative Collaborations” into its roster of talents as she signed an exclusive management contract on Dec. 13.
Present in the contract signing were the network’s bigwigs including GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA Films President Annette Gozon, GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno, GMA Vice President for Business Development Department III Darling de Jesus Bodegon, GMA Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz, GMA Vice President for Business Development Department II Janine Piad-Nacar, GMA Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMA Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, GMA Assistant Vice President for Business Development Department II Bang Arespacochaga, Senior Program Managers Redgynn Alba, Enri Calaycay, Cecille De Guzman, Mildred Natividad, and Senior Talent Manager Vic del Rosario.
During the contract signing, Heart revealed that she is very happy with the way GMA is handling her career all these years.
“It’s very natural that I’m really here. I’ve been with GMA for a very long time so malaki rin talaga ang utang na loob ko sa kanila for being there for me. They are very supportive pagdating sa aking international commitments,” she enthused.
Heart has evolved from being a professional actor and television host to a sought-after international and local brand endorser, sold-out visual artist, bestselling author, fashion influencer, beauty icon, and entrepreneur. She is one of the country’s most recognized celebrities, and advocates for children’s health and education, individuals with special needs, and animal welfare.
Television viewers should look forward to seeing Heart’s comeback on television as one of the judges of the reality-based artista search Starstruck this 2019.
“I will be one of the judges which I have always wanted to do. Hindi ko lang alam kung paano ko sasabihing ’I’m sorry but it’s a No’ but I’m very excited for this project,” she shared.
Meanwhile, Assigned Talent Manager for Heart in GMA Artist Center, Gigi Lara expressed her gladness on Heart signing up with GMA Artist Center.
“We are very happy that Heart decided to join GMA Artist Center at this point in her career. Matagal na siya sa GMA. We have seen how hard-working and professional she is so we’re very excited to be working with her,” the executive said.
Considered a household name in the Philippines, Heart has now successfully become one of the most influential celebrities in the digital scene through her multimedia platforms.
Moreover, she has established remarkable partnerships and collaborations with major local and international brands such as Teviant, her collaboration with renowned make-up artist Albert Kurniawan; #LMxKamiseta, where she showcases her paintings displayed beautifully on several blouses and skirts; #HappySkinxLoveMarie, her collaboration with Happy Skin where she created two lipsticks which are constantly sold out; Whiff, a fragrance company she worked with to create her signature scent, Linger; Mark Bumgarner x Heart Evangelista, the two collaborated on a few gowns featuring Heart’s paintings; and Hai(na)ku and Manila was a Long Time Ago by AA Patawaran, a collection of poems and a collection of short stories by Heart’s long-time friend AA Patawaran which features Heart’s artwork on their covers.
She was also featured in Harper’s Bazaar US last September. In the feature, author Kevin Kwan described Heart as the “modern-day incarnation of Audrey Hepburn.”
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