Heaven Peralejo has endured what she now describes as “rollercoaster” months. The actress is committed to finding and loving herself. She also learns what it truly means to be a public figure whose life is scrutinized by fans and critics alike.
Peralejo entered showbiz through Pinoy Big Brother in 2016. She admitted that she was not prepared for the intrigues that come with a career in the limelight. Five years since, Heaven is only now experiencing firsthand what it’s like to be at the center of a controversy.
“In every aspect of life, hindi ka naman talaga magiging ready, kahit sabihin mong ready ka. Hindi mo naman makikita kung gaano ‘yung gravity ng isang bagay, especially, kunyari, when it comes to bashing, and kung paano pala makaka-affect iyon sa ‘yo and sa family mo.
“Ako, I’ll say na hindi ako ready talaga. Though alam ko na meron, hindi ako ready,” she said, referring to mudslinging targeted at her online. “Ngayon, I’m getting used to it. Naga-adapt ako slowly.”
Peralejo has been the frequent subject of headlines in the past half-year. This is for scoring her first lead role in a series via ABS-CBN’s Bagong Umaga and surviving COVID-19.
However, what struck the most was, recently, being accused of causing the breakup of fellow actors Kiko Estrada and Devon Seron.
In late August, Heaven and Kiko revealed being a couple. Unfortunately, only a week later, drew fresh speculation when he appeared to sever their connection on social media.
Peralejo declined to address rumors surrounding her current ties with Estrada. On the other hand, she described the past several months as “a rollercoaster.”
“Right now, I’m in the phase of loving myself. No joke. Every morning and every night, nandoon ako sa mga affirmations. They say, ‘di ba, na ‘pag sinasabi mo ‘yan sa sarili mo, parang magnet iyon, so iyon ‘yung magiging buhay mo. Alam mo, ‘yung mga things na hindi ko alam na kaya kong gawin, nagagawa ko pala, in a good way.”
“There’s more to it,” she said. The actress also mentioned recently that she became a “fur mom” to two pet dogs and spent more time with her family.
In this journey, Peralejo is also processing her personal life being in the public eye. She also confessed that she did not expect that one day her romance would be at the center of an online firestorm.
Many hurtful words were and continue to be hurled at Peralejo. Picking one that stung the most, she said, would be impossible. What’s clear to her, however, is that none of them define her.
“Kasi alam ko naman ‘yung totoo. My family knows the truth. Iyon lang naman ‘yung pinanghahawakan ko. Basta walang guilty conscience.”
While the “bashing” once weighed heavily on her, Peralejo has since managed to re-focus her energy on enriching and taking care of herself.
“I guess for me, hindi ko na lang ipapa-affect ‘yung criticisms sa akin. More like, I’m going to find myself and I’m going to know more about myself and I’m going to love myself.”
Part of that pursuit is living with gratitude, according to Heaven. Aside from her health and her family’s, she is most thankful to her loyal fans, “for protecting me and loving me”.
She also mentioned her upcoming series, Pasabuy, which she felt came at the right time to help her through a challenging chapter.
“Sawi sa pag-ibig, parang ako!” Peralejo said about her character, Anna, in the WeTV original co-starring Gino Roque as her leading man, with Xian Lim as writer and director.
“It was just meant to be. Everything was just meant to be. It’s hard to explain, but meeting the people in ‘Pasabuy’ helped me a lot. I’m thankful for all the love and all the learnings.”
The project also marks a career milestone for the dramatic actress. It’s her first lead role in a Romantic Comedy since she exited Pinoy Big Brother as a teen poised for stardom.
Asked what she would tell her 16-year-old self, having gone through the “rollercoaster” and with a career in bloom, Heaven paused before answering,
“Don’t be scared. Find yourself. Love yourself, before anything else.”
Rapha is a person born between the generations of Millenial and Gen Z. He was produced by Cavite State University (Main Campus) with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. The lad has a fresh take on things, but can still stay true to his roots. He writes anything in Pop Culture as long as it suits his taste (if it doesn't, it's for work). He loves to wander around the cosmos and comes back with a story to publish.