It has been quite a year for actress, artist and politician’s wife Heart Evangelista. In recent years, she had carved an undisputed place in the limelight, mainly for her creative pursuits and personal style, and this year saw more of her shining in those stages.
In her own words, Heart signed up for the remaining years of my showbiz career. It’s a marriage, a commitment of a lifetime
Yet something in her personal life this year threatened to take from her immense success — something far more valuable, her inner peace.
In early June, Heart posted a tragic news: “There 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. The wife of Sen. Francis Escudero had lost the second of her twins, a pregnancy that had obviously brought them so much joy.
This December, Heart opened up about that moment. “I do work very, very hard, but when I put something on my list, I’m kind of used to getting what I aim for. But I really didn’t expect that. Again, I don’t question. I feel, though, that the Lord gave me so much, too. I really do not question. When it comes to planning a baby again, it’ll happen when it happens. I do not superplan my life anymore. I mean, I have my goals, more or less my timetable, but what happened to me, I just realized that at the end of the day, the Lord’s plan will prevail.”
Heart had announced her pregnancy in May. She shared her journey though her much-followed social media posts, sharing her excitement and her sorrows.
“Chiz was very, very strong. The whole time, there were only two instances I glimpsed some sadness in him. One was when we were told there was no heartbeat, he lost his grip of his phone. My heart bled, because for him to show a little bit, that means he’s very bothered.
The other time was he thought I was sleeping, I saw him having a beer in the living room, his eyes red-rimmed. I think he was crying. Just those two instances. He was a very strong pillar for me. He really did keep me sane, in a way. He encouraged me to get out of the house. He pushed me to go back to work. During those times, I must admit I really felt that, in Tagalog, na wala akong kuwentang tao (that I am a useless person).”
She further shares, “Being in showbiz didn’t really make it easy for me. I didn’t even realize that it was even a factor of my depression, but it was, because for the first time in my life after a really long time, every single word that was said against my baby and against me really hit me. My heart was bleeding every time they said something bad. That was very hard for me, but I became stronger. I feel like I can face anything else. I take pride in that.”
New year, new plans
When her contract with Viva Artist Agency ended recently, Heart signed up with GMA Artist Center, who formally welcomed her on 13 December into its roster of talents.
At the signing of the exclusive management contract were GMA executives including chairman and chief executive officer Atty. Felipe Gozon; executive vice president and chief financial officer Felipe Yalong, GMA Films president Annette Gozon; senior vice president for Entertainment Group Lilybeth Rasonable; VP for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno; VP for Business Development Department III Darling de Jesus Bodegon; VP for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz; VP for Business Development Department II Janine Piad-Nacar; senior assistant VP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara; AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; AVP 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.
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“I signed for the network and also for management. I’ve been managing a lot of my stuff for some time, but I’m really tired,” she laughs. “I really needed help and GMA, of course, is there and I think it was perfect timing for them to come and help me out. I’m very excited for what’s gonna happen in 2019.”
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.
“Viva understood my decision. It was quite natural for me to go all the way with GMA . I’ve been with GMA for quite sometime and during the time of my life when I really thought nothing else would be there for me, GMA really helped me and gave me my dream roles. And it’s right that fater my contract with Viva that I move to GMA Artist Center,” she explains.
In her own words, Heart signed up for the “remaining years of my showbiz career. It’s a marriage, a commitment of a lifetime.”
Last seen on the first-ever Filipino-Korean romantic comedy series My Korean Jagiya together with Kapuso oppa Alexander Lee, Heart’s comeback on television will be as one of the judges of the reality-based artista search Starstruck this 2019.
“If I were to advise anybody in Starstruck, whoever wins: Always be grounded and stay kind. It will really take you places. It’s really what’s inside that will make you shine the brightest,” Heart says.
Asked about a possible appearance in the sequel of this year’s hit Hollywood movie Crazy Rich Asians, she says, “I’m really good friends with (the books’ author) Kevin Kwan, and doing the Harper’s Bazaar feature opened many doors for me, but I’m not really sure if I’m doing a movie with them.”
She was featured in the American Harper’s Bazaar in September, in which Kwan described Heart as the “modern-day incarnation of Audrey Hepburn.”
In the realm of fashion, this year Heart unveiled more of her partnerships and collaborations with major local and international brands. These were Teviant, her collaboration with renowned makeup 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, in which a few gowns feature 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, which features Heart’s artwork on their covers.
“In my experience, when something amazing is about to happen and you say it out loud, the bad spirits witll take it away. So I will just do my little thing in my corner of the world. I’m gonna work out, work hard and prepare for dreams that are about to come true,” she ends.