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  • Jennica Garcia Recalls The Time She Felt ‘Hindi Na Ako Mukhang Artista’

    The mom of two is a mainstay in the Las Hermanas drama series.
    by Jocelyn Valle .
Jennica Garcia Recalls The Time She Felt ‘Hindi Na Ako Mukhang Artista’
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  • Jennica Garcia opened up about the insecurities she had while working as an actress again after years of being a stay-at-home mom to her kids Mori, 6, and Alessi, 3.

    In a recent Instagram post, the mainstay of the GMA-7 drama series Las Hermanas (2021) shared several photos.

    She said in the caption, "If my memory serves me right, this particular scene in Las Hermanas (3rd Photo) was shot on the month of May. We wrapped up the entire teleserye come July. Now, its the month of November of the same year."

    She went on revealing what went on behind the scenes: "I can still recall my first day at work. I would hide in a cubicle. A portable toilet for everyone to use. I would put make up on my arms and look in the mirror.

    Her reason: "I had uneven skintone. My upper arm, from elbow up is lighter because I always wear Large T-shirts."

    What she's feeling inside: "I was battling my emotions. I didn't want my tears to fall. It was an everyday battle. I have to be Professional. I felt pain in my heart. I wanted to hide my face. I wanted to cover up every inch of my body."

    In her  mind, Jennica could hear herself say, "Hindi na ako mukhang artista." Thus, "Nahihiya akong humarap sa mga katrabaho ko. Ang kikinis ng mga kasama ko, nahihiya ako sakanila."

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    Then Jennica came up with a solution: "I told myself that once I get my first pay check. I will ask my children what they want and buy it for them. I will save some for rent and bills THEN I'll go to Watsons to buy skincare. Basta nakalagay sa lotion INTENSIVE, nakalagay sa body scrub result in 7 days, ganyan binili ko."

    She then cracked a joke to lighten the mood of her post, "Ang bilis ko ma-marketing, opo. (hehe)"

    But Jennica went beyond skin-deep, as she sought the help of Dr. Tito Almadin, a licensed clinical pastoral counselor, to address her mental health issues. She also continued her spiritual habit by making sure she doesn't miss her Daily Devotions through the Plans of You version of the Holy Bible app.

    Lo and behold, by September, Jennica was reaping the rewards of her self-care efforts. She narrated, "When my friends, cousins and siblings would see me in person, they would always say, 'Grabe 'yung glow up!'"

    Initially, she didn't take the compliments seriously, saying, "Tumatawa lang ako, hindi ako naniniwala. Naisip ko, dahil alam nila ang storya ng buhay ko, kaya sinasabi nila yun. Tinutulungan nila ako na bumalik ang kumpyansa ko sa sarili ko. Pero sa isip ko, hindi sila nagsasabi ng totoo, mahal lang nila ako."

    "Hanggang sa nakita ko ang photo na ito," she said, referring to the third photo taken during her first week at work. "Malaki na nga ang pinagbago. Nagbunga 'yung paghilod hilod ko sa shower, hehe! Humaba na rin ang buhok ko at hindi na rin po ako madaling maiyak."

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    Jennica has only gratitude for those who helped her overcome her insecurities and encouragement for those going through the same rough patch.

    She said, “To those leaving comments for me to read, especially to those who are saying that you are praying for me, my children, my family. Know that even if I do not know you personally, you have helped me to be where I am today.

    "Through your prayers and encouraging messages. I learned that so much beauty comes out when women empower women instead of dragging them down out of envy and their own insecurities.

    "Women NEED women and ALL of us are given the opportunity to experience Ultimate Protection that only comes from Jesus Christ. This is available to everyone who believes and chooses to walk the path Jesus has walked,"

    Jennica also recommended to her followers to "read and buy" Dr. Almadin's book Beyond Good Advice: Your Guide to Bible-based Counseling, which "has helped me in many, many ways."

    She pointed out, "'Wag mahihiyang lumapit sa Doctor para po sa inyong Mental Health. We want and need to be healthy for ourselves and the people we love. A once a month consultation can make a big difference to regain your footing.“You are Loved. Maraming salamat po sa inyo."

    Read here for more self-care tips.

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