MANILA (Mabuhay) — After enduring a tumultous first half of the year, Ai Ai delas Alas is returning from a well-spent vacation in the United States feeling “reborn.”
The 48-year-old actress, who returned to Manila early this week, referred to her month-long vacation as her “road to redemption,” pointing to the quality time she was able to spend with her three children.
“Parang road to redemption pag nakikita ko ‘yung mga anak ko, parang lumalakas ako, para ko silang vitamins… [I feel] reborn! Ai Ai reborn, lahat-lahat na! Resurrected! Kung anu-ano nalang,” she said.
In recent months, delas Alas and her former partner, businessman Jed Salang, made headlines when the actress broke down in a televised interview claiming she is a victim of domestic violence.
Delas Alas has since filed a case against Salang for violation of the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.
The former couple, who were married in a civil wedding on April 3 and separated on May 2, last faced in court on June 19.
Asked if she has completely move on from her failed relationship with Salang, the actress said, “Ay, waley, alam mo naman ako, made of wood, cement, ganyan, para akong bahay! Konting pahinga lang… Kumbaga, pag dapa, bangon ulit.”
The “Tanging Ina” star, however, is now decidedly more cautious when it comes to relationships, saying she should start to be less trusting.
“Kaunting ingat and vigilance, and dapat stronger. Kailangan kasi! Problema ko talaga ‘yan eh. Masyado akong trusting, ‘yun ang problema ko talaga, kahit noon pa.
“[Kahit] huwag ito ‘yung pag-usapan natin, ‘yung nangyari sa ‘kin ngayon. Kahit noon pa, ‘yan nalang problema ko, hindi lang sa love life, sa maraming tao,” she said.
Whereas before, delas Alas expected acts of kindness to go both ways, the actress said she has come to accept that not everyone would reciprocate.
“Kasi parang feeling ko lahat ng tao, kung ano ‘yung ako, siya rin ‘yon. Kung ano ‘yung trato natin sa isa’t-isa, kung mabait ako sa’yo, mabait ka rin. Hindi naman pala gonon, iba-iba pala ang klase ng tao. So ‘yun ‘yung sinasabi kong vigilance,” she said.
Now feeling “re-energized,” delas Alas said she is thrilled to resume work on the action-comedy film “Kung Fu Divas,” wherein she co-stars with actress Marian Rivera.
Delas Alas will start promoting the movie, leading up to its nationwide release on September 25. (MNS)