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Bela Padilla marks first year since moving to Europe: 'Looking forward to what's next!'

"I feel like I’m finally experiencing what it is truly like to be me, not my characters, just me."

Patricia Matalog
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Patricia Matalog

7/13/2022 in News
Bela Padilla marks first year since moving to Europe: 'Looking forward to what's next!'

It's officially been a year since Bela Padilla left the country to move to Europe.

On Tuesday, July 12, the "The Mall, The Merrier" actress commemorated her milestone by going back to Zurich, Switzerland, the place she first went to when she arrived in Europe.

Sharing a video of her basking in the clear waters, Bela also reflected on the realizations she had for the past year.

"This time last year, I left my comfort zone. I flew to Europe with the intention of living in London by September 2021... and I did it. One year after and I’m not afraid to get into cold water anymore," she quipped in the caption.

The actress-director also highlighted her career milestones for the past year, including her directorial debut and starting her first business.

"When I’m asked what I do for a living, I often joke that I’m jobless or that I’m on a sabbatical," she continued. "But in the last year, I released my directorial debut ‘366', wrote two scripts that are now in pre production, invested in things and people I believe in, started a business with my friend, met amazing people who do what they love, I attended events I would only just see on social media, travelled to cities and countries I only imagined in our taping tents, and have experienced life more than I ever have before."

Having been in the limelight since she was 16, Bela said it was only now that she's 31 that she truly felt like herself.

"15 years later, I feel like I’m finally experiencing what it is truly like to be me, not my characters, just me," she stressed.  "And I have such a great group of people around me constantly pushing me forward. I celebrate this move with an even more persistent drive, looking forward to what’s next." 

Bela then ended her post with a reminder to her followers, saying, "Take this as your sign to go to unchartered territories and to really live your life!"

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