Eyes on the Prize(s)
Having said goodbye to the set of Pamilya Roces at the tail end of 2018, Gabbi admittedly misses the cast, crew and director Joel Lamangan. But as a firm believer in the necessity of balance, there’s a subtle sort of relief that comes with contentedly closing a project, which in this case takes form in freedom and breathing room for other opportunities.
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“I don’t want to be bombarded with work, work, work and then forget about my social life or my family,” she explains. “For me, that’s your core; [so] you have to balance it out.”
You wouldn’t expect to hear this from someone that’s 20 (and definitely not from someone in an industry that demands constant relevance), but the way Gabbi is able to set aside her eagerness in favor of self-care is testament to her maturity. She’s hungry, yes, but she knows what she is and what she isn’t willing to sacrifice in the name of passion-turned-profession.
Every so often during our interview, she would go back to what matters to her most: a select group of individuals that she likes to call her core—family members, trusted friends, acquaintances turned pillars to lean on. These people are how she stays grounded amidst the grandiosity of her career; they keep her sane and well-rounded and always grateful.
So what is in store for Gabbi Garcia this 2019? It’s a hard reset, as we like to call it. Imagine your smartphone rebooted, chock full of new updates; imagine walking into your favorite store after a renovation. It isn’t about a recreation or starting from scratch; it’s about moving forward, better and stronger.