MANILA - Creamline star Michele Gumabao is staying disciplined and achieving her fitness goals even while observing the rules of the enhanced community quarantine.
The volleyball star, who is preparing for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant, says she is keeping busy with daily workouts while at home.
"Workout dito sa bahay. Tina-try ko mag-workout araw-araw, and so far, so good," Gumabao said in a conversation with PetroGazz's Cherry Nunag on "Kalye Confessions."
"Keep healthy lang," she added. "Nagluluto din, parang buong araw ako nagluluto at kumakain. Pero healthy food naman ang niluluto ko."
Gumabao explains that her fitness goals for volleyball and for pageants are very different, and her workouts this month are geared towards preparing her for the Miss Universe Philippines competition.
"Iba kasi talaga 'yung katawan na ina-achieve ko for Miss Universe. Pag volleybal, it's all about buhat, gaining muscle," says Gumabao, a crucial member of the powerhouse Cool Smashers team.
"Palakihan, palakasan ng katawan. Kailangan, malakas ako pagdating sa court," she said.
It's not quite the same for pageants, said Gumabao, who is decreasing the amount of weights that she lifts and is even changing her diet.
"Kakaibang workout, kakaibang diet, kasi kailangan ko paliitin 'yung katawan ko na hindi ako humihina," she said. "So 'yun ang ginagawa ko. Kailangan healthy 'yung pagkain, sobrang disiplina sa pagkain."
"'Yung mga workouts ko ngayon, hindi man ako bumubuhat ng mabibigat, pero and'yan pa rin 'yung weights. Kasama pa rin ang buhat sa ensayo ko, para hindi mawala 'yung muscle, para hindi bumagsak," she added.
"Ngayon, for one month, at least naa-achieve ko 'yung goals ko."
The good news for Gumabao is that she is more well-versed in what she needs to do this time around.
The former La Salle star was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Globe in 2018, in what was her very first pageant. Gumabao admitted that back then, she was unaware of what the competition entailed.
"Kumbaga, wala akong game plan," she said.
"Ngayon, mahaba-haba 'yung paghahanda. December pa lang, alam kong magsa-submit na ako ng appication. January, sabi ko maghahanda na ako. Ang original schedule namin was May, na-move ng June," she added. "So more time for everybody to prepare, and more time for everybody na makagawa ng game plan."
In the meantime, Gumabao is also helping out the front liners in the fight against COVID-19. She and her friends brought food packs and beddings to the Quezon City Hall, as well as face masks for health care workers.
"Nakakataba ng puso, kasi ang daming tumutulong sa QC," said Gumabao, who will represent the city in the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. "Ang daming mga tao, organizations, companies na tumutulong."
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