MANILA, Philippines – Actress Andi Eigenmann admitted it was hard for her to accept that she needs to be away from her daughter most of the time to give her the future she deserves.
In the January issue of StarStudio Magazine, Eigenmann said she considers her daughter Ellie a blessing given to her by God. That is why she strives hard to be the best mother she can be.
“It’s a responsibility na may good stuff pero may mahihirap din. Hindi siya magiging madali. There was a reason kung bakit binibigay 'yan sa akin ni God, may reason kung bakit ako ang napili niya na mag-alaga kay Ellie na sobrang ganda at palakihin siyang mabuting bata,” she siad.
But being the “best mom” entails not being the one who regularly puts Ellie to sleep since the taping of her ABS-CBN series “Kahit Puso’y Masugatana” often extends until the wee hours.
“I try to be as hands-on as I can, but I have to admit that I’m not really [perfect]. I can’t put her to sleep kasi I’m not there at those times. So hindi ako nasanay at hindi rin siya nasanay na ako 'yung nagpapatulog sa kanya,” she said.
|Actress Andi Eigenmann carrying her daughter Ellie.
Despite this, Eigenmann said she is optimistic that she will eventually be able to spend more quality time with her first born.
“Alam ko naman na mababago ko 'yun. Alam ko naman na luluwag-luwag din naman ang schedule ko. Pero kailangan ko din naman lahat ng ginagawa ko para sa kanya eh. Pag di ako nagtrabaho, paano na? Kaya kahit na mahirap, tinitiis ko,” she said.
Despite the hardships, Eigenmann said what's important is Ellie ‘s happiness and contentment in life.
“Ang pinakaimportante talaga, maging masaya at kuntento siya sa buhay na she’d feel complete as is. I hope I’d be able to raise her well to be an intelligent young lady, to be able to make decisions on her own, to be independent, to learn the right values,” Eigenmann said.
And as if speaking from experience, the young actress shared this piece of advice for her one-year old daughter: “[Sana] ma-realize niya na walang dahilan para mag-give up, na kahit anong desire mo, makukuha mo as long as you believe in yourself.”
Ellie is said to be Eigenmann’s daughter with actor Albie Casiño.
For the full story on Andi Eigenmann and more, buy a copy of the January issue of the StarStudio Magazine, now out in bookstores everywhere.