Lovi Poe stays optimistic amid rough times

After a difficult year for everyone, Lovi Poe is finding ways to feel positive about everything in her personal life and showbiz career.

Speaking to Manila Standard Entertainment on her birthday on Feb. 11, the singer and actress admitted that despite going through rough times in 2020, she considers 2021 a year of possibilities.

“There’s going to be a big change in 2021. I don’t know it yet but I just feel it and that change, whether it’s for work or just within me, it’s going to be something life-changing. 2020 was a learning experience for everyone, and this year is actually our transition where we are kind of being reborn, suddenly we learned a lot of things last year that made us different now, different people,” she started.

Birthday girl Lovi Poe is set to release a new single, which she recorded in LA. The track marks the official launch of her music career in the US.
“My wish, of course, is for this pandemic to finally end but apart from that, my personal wish is to have more work this year. I’m so excited to work and share this excitement with the audience through the things I am going to do,” Lovi expressed alluding to her birthday wish.

In speaking of work, Lovi was excited to announce that she will be releasing a new single. Entitled “Under,” which officially launches her music career in the US, was produced by LA-based record label VIM Entertainment.

The progressive pop smash will be available on all music platforms on Feb. 25, and its music video will be unveiled the next day on her YouTube channel. The project serves as the springboard to her long-awaited EP set for May release.

“It’s just one of the great things that I'm looking forward to this year. Music, movies, and television projects. I’m just so excited to work,” she mused.

While it seems that she’s very much in control of the things that are happening now in her career, she gives credit to the people that surround her for keeping her sane.

“I’m just fortunate that I'm surrounded by amazing people. We need a support system right now. Call me weird but I randomly message people, even if you just crossed my mind, just to check up on that person. I wouldn’t miss the chance to check up on someone who suddenly crosses my mind,” she said.

And with optimism as her main shield against all the challenges that have been confronting her, she finds solace in the company of people who matter to her.

“Sometimes we tend to forget, because of all the stress that we have been through, like even the small things make me paranoid, even if it’s just a headache, but then, just seeing the birthday greetings of my friends and my family, it made me realize that there are so many things to be grateful for,” she enthused.

“It sounds so cliche but sometimes we are so busy making a living, working, and ensuring that we are on track reaching our goal, especially for me, I’m such a go-getter and so perfectionist when it comes to my work, that I tend to forget that there are people around me as well. It helps that I get reminded that there are people who matter to you. I'm just very thankful that I have met new friends and I have old friends since high school, genuine friends. Without them, mentally I'd be falling apart,” she carried on.

Owe My Love

On the television front, Lovi is starring in a romantic comedy opposite Benjamin Alves.

Lovi Poe with her ‘Owe My Love’ leading man Benjamin Alves
From the team behind the top-rating and well-loved primetime series Naku, Boss Ko!, Inday Will Always Love You, TODA One I Love, and One of the Baes comes Owe My Love, a timely show about the value of true love airing on GMA Telebabad the day after Valentines (Feb. 15).

The romantic comedy follows the story of Pacencia “Sensen” Guipit (Lovi) and Dr. Miguel “Migs” Alcancia (Benjamin) whose lives intertwine in a world of debt, near-death, and dogged dedication to family.

Sensen, a nursing school undergrad, quits her studies and takes on several jobs to keep her family’s finances afloat. Selfless almost to a fault, she is driven by her positive attitude that with hard work, she will someday reap her much-deserved rewards. Always on the go because opportunities are not to be wasted, she has little time for herself much less for romance.

Meanwhile, Doc Migs is a heart surgeon at Centimos Medical Hospital. He is also a financial adviser on an online show called “Alcancia ng Bayan.” Migs grew up in a broken family and was raised mostly by his beloved Lolo Badong (Leo Martinez) who taught him the value of hard work and saving money. But now that Lolo Badong suffers from middle-stage dementia, Migs is desperate to delay the effects of the disease and of forever losing his only family.

Fate and a series of unfortunate events - from paying off her father’s gambling losses to shouldering her youngest sibling’s hospital bills - lead Sensen to become financially indebted to Migs. So they forge a deal where Sensen pays off her loan by working as Lolo Badong’s caregiver because, for some inexplicable reason, Sensen’s presence delays the symptoms of Lolo Badong’s dementia. It’s not as simple as it seems however because Lolo Badong is convinced that Sensen and Migs are married. To keep his grandfather happy, Migs asks Sensen to keep up the pretense while she works off her debt.

But what happens when their pretend marriage develops into a real romance? Will debt keep Sensen and Doc Migs together or will it tear them apart?

Completing the cast of Owe My Love are Aiai Delas Alas, WinWyn Marquez, Jackie Lou Blanco, Nova Villa, Ruby Rodriguez, Pekto Nacua, Buboy Villar, Kiray Celis, Ryan Eigenmann, Jelai Andres, Jon Gutierrez, Jason Francisco, Divine Tetay, Terry Gian, and Mahal.

Directed by Rember Gelera and Ray Gibraltar, and penned by head writer Volta Delos Santos, based on the original concept from Joseph Conrad Rubio. Catch the series tonight at 9:35 on GMA Telebabad.

Topics: Lovi Poe , Owe My Love , Benjamin Alves , VIM Entertainment , Centimos Medical Hospital
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