Sunday, 18 December 2016

Jesi Max

Beauty and her Bag: Gabbi Garcia

Kickstarting the return of my Beauty and Her Bag series with the ladies of the top nightly primetime show, Encantadia. I’ve seen the show a few times but never really kept up with the story. Basically, it revolves around the story of the four supernatural Sang’gre warrior sisters who are keepers of their kingdom’s powerful gems each controlling fire, air, water, earth. Gabbi plays the Keeper of the Water Gem. This gem grants its keeper the power to control water. It enhances the keeper’s strength and enables her to control biosonar, liquids and even sea creatures. It also enables its keeper to summon rain and portray an image through water. For this special interview, I went to one of the studios where Encantadia films here in the city. I was excited to meet the girls and get to know their beauty secrets – but I was equally as excited to see the set, the production design and the filming set-up. I wasn’t disappointed. It was surreal seeing their intricately-designed costumes up close, the magnificent man-made forest and the ornate props used for the show. It actually made me want to watch and keep up with the show after this visit.

But I digress.For now, it’s time to satisfy our ‘chismosa‘ sides and see what Gabbi packs in her bag! As I entered the room (where the cast prep for hair and makeup or chill when they are in between takes), I saw Gabbi lying down on her personal cot covered in leopard print blankets scrolling through her phone, probably checking social media (because what else do we do with our phones nowadays? Hehe). I was introduced to her and she greeted me with her arresting smile (like the one above) that the time I spent in traffic, stressed and anxious if I’d make it on time, suddenly washed away (her water powers must’ve worked their magic! Oh, wait. Their powers aren’t real? Are you sure?). Gabbi has been in the showbiz industry for three years and counting. She started in GMA when she was 15 years old – all while studying High School. She graduated early on this year and has chosen to take a break to focus on her acting. She still plans to pursue her studies after a year, maybe when her career isn’t as busy as it is now. I was quite surprised to learn what she wanted to be if she weren’t an actress (and maybe what she’ll be pursuing when she finally has the time!) – a pilot. For now, she’s happy to be able to focus on commanding the waters in her kingdom. Her role in Encantadia as Alena portrays her as the romantic and carefree one among the four sisters. She maintains that she “lives to love” and is in a quest to find the person who will complete her. I asked if in real life she resembles anything about her character and she thinks she’s quite a bit like Alena especially being carefree – and that she lives to love – not just in the romantic sense but in all aspects. “I’m a lover, not a fighter!“, she quips.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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