• Andi Eigenmann Moves to Baler to Teach Daughter the Simple Life

    The single mom wants a less stressful life for her and her daughter Ellie
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
  • Andi Eigenmann Moves to Baler to Teach Daughter the Simple Life
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  • We all define success in different ways. To some, it could be a stable job, money in the bank, or the achievement of sending kids through college. To others, it could be fame, beauty, or the adulation of friends. Actress Andi Eigenmann, 28, thought it would be show business that would satiate her, but 10 years after her first TV project, she now knows it isn't so — it is doing what you love that brings one happiness. And being happy, in itself, is success.

    Less than a year ago, after her last project on ABS-CBN concluded, Andi sold everything but her basic belongings, packed her bags, headed to Baler in Aurora province, and never looked back. 

    "I sold everything that I felt was an idea of luxury that I didn't need.

    "I don’t own cars, I don't own any designer clothes, bags—lahat ng mga pang-artistang ‘yan, makeup. Lahat 'yan wala na.

    "Kahit mga kasama sa bahay—yaya, driver—wala na lahat. Talagang simple life," Pep.ph quoted her as saying in an article.

    And because she doesn't have a car, she has to take public transportation whenever she's in the city. "I commute in Manila, and it's so hard!"

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    But why would someone who was born into a family of respected and award-winning actors take up and leave all that she has at the peak of her career for a life of solitude on the islands? Four words: a stress-free life.

    A martial artist and surfing enthusiast, Andi spent two years traveling and soul-searching before she was cast in 2016 as Lizelle in the ABS-CBN daytime drama "The Greatest Love" — only to leave again and set up camp this time in Baler. 

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    "I was young when I entered showbiz, and I feel like it's normal for any teenager to feel lost.

    "It's just that I was lost in front of cameras, in front of everybody's eyes.

    "But as I grew older, I became more mature enough to figure out what I want for myself.

    "Na-realize ko, itong mga bagay na 'to, kaya siguro ako sobrang hindi naging masaya, kasi it's not who I am.

    "So when I let it go, and once I let it go, I found genuine happiness," she explained.

    "And as much as my life is probably not as extravagant—nothing close to my life before—I couldn't be any happier."

    She has settled in quite well that the locals have become like second family to her.  

    Andi revealed in a recent interview with TV5's MJ Marfori that in Baler, she has several "ampons" — four kids whom she has become very fond of. 

    "We all like, stay in one place together. 

    "They're also such amazing young surfers that I do believe in, but gusto ko muna mag-aral muna sila.

    "As much as gusto kong ipagpatuloy yung surfing nila, gusto ko rin sana na hindi nila makakalimutan yung importance ng pag-aaral."

    Andi is hoping to lead the simple life on the islands with her 6-year-old daughter Ellie, whom she is co-raising with ex-boyfriend Jake Ejercito.

    She has started to build a small house in Baler, complete with a garden where she could grow her own vegetables. 

    "I want my daughter to witness and to grow up in a place like this.

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    "And also, not just because of the place but the people."

    Except for occasional movie projects, Andi's life now revolves around Ellie, and the sun, sand and sea. As she aptly captioned an Instagram post, she'll be "beaching until further notice."

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