It's safe to say that Karina Bautista and Aljon Mendoza have grown a lot after a year into the pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with the Rise artists, the "Pinoy Big Brother Otso" alumni opened up on what they discovered about themselves upon spending more alone time during the quarantine.
For Karina, one realization really hit her. "You will never please people, so you really have to do what you love," she said.
"Doon po, sobrang napasaya ako. I get to do my own thing when I go on my life, I get to say my truth," she added.
The "Viral" actress — who was part of digital shows in Kumu as well as the visual podcast "The Four Bad Boys and Me" — also realized that as long as she's passionate about something, she'll keep finding ways to do it.
"Parang mas napatunayan ko na when you really love what you're doing, mas passionate ka. So nahanapan ko kung paano ko patuloy gawin 'yung trabaho ko despite this pandemic. Ayun, nakakapagpasaya pa rin ako ng tao," she said.
Aljon, on the other hand, said he got to know himself more during the quarantine.
"Mas nakilala ko ang sarili ko," he admitted. "Kasi before pandemic, ako 'yung klase ng tao na happy-happy lang."
The "Viral" actor said he used all the time to re-assess himself and improve what he thinks he lacks.
"Pero noong pandemic, marami akong time sa sarili ko na ma-realize 'yung importance ng mga dapat kong i-improve sa sarili ko. Mas naging serious ako, mas naging appreciative ako, [mas naging] ambitious," he added.
Catch Karina and Aljon in "Viral" alongside their fellow Rise artists Charlie Dizon and Markus Paterson, Dimples Romana, Jake Cuenca, Ria Atayde, Jameson Blake, Kaila Estrada, Louise Abuel, and Vance Larena. It is slated for release soon!
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