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Love lessons we learned from Angelica Panganiban

by Izel Abanilla

SHE’S been through almost everything for love. 

If there’s one person whose romantic entanglements have run the gamut of emotions, it has to be actress Angelica Panganiban. 

Thanks to her no-holds-barred, what-you-see-is-what-you-get personality, we’ve all seen her happiness and sorrows from her love life. 

We hoped that her next one would be “the one” for her, but she went through heartbreak after heartbreak until finally, Mr. Right came along. 

But now, Panganiban is happy and living her best life. 

Her journey to finding the one is done and the life she lives now gives people hope that love will also find them.

Young people can learn a thing or two from what she’s experienced. 

Let’s look back at some of the most memorable love lessons we learned from the hugot queen. 

  1. Beauty won’t assure your partner’s loyalty

Beauty is an advantage, but never an assurance that we won’t get hurt  – that’s the first thing Panganiban taught us about love. 

No one would disagree that she possesses one of the most beautiful faces in showbiz. And her looks, along with her playful personality, landed her in relationships with some of the most high profile guys in the business, like Carlo Aquino, Derek Ramsay and John Lloyd Cruz. 

But her beauty didn’t always lead to a happy ending. 

We all know the story. 

  1. Love isn’t always reciprocated 

Kung mahal mo, habulin mo, ipaglaban mo. ‘Wag mong hintaying may magtulak sa kanya pabalik sa’yo. Hilahin mo. Hanggang kaya mo, wag kang bibitaw. Sorry, mahal ko eh.” 

Mace, That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)

Remember this line from Mace, Panganiban’s character in the hit movie “That Thing Called Tadhana?” This was not far from her love philosophy in real life. The versatile actress describes herself as someone who willingly takes chances just to save a relationship, and ends it only when she’s given all she’s got. 

In a lot of ways, we are Mace. We are Angelica. We love how she loves hard because we do, too. 

We watch her journey because every time, she reflects that version of us who is equally all too giving when hopelessly in love. 

Yes, we all have our moments like that.

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  1. Cheating happens to the best of us

If there’s anything Angelica is best known for aside from her acting, it is that she has been upfront about having been cheated on repeatedly in the past. 

Remember the time she, then boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz and former sexy actress Ellen Adarna owned the headlines? 

There was no outright confirmation about anything, but we all knew something was not right. 

  1. You should know when it’s over

In an episode of “Gandang Gabi Vice,” Panganiban and Vice Ganda turned serious when they talked about things that have come to an end. 

“Kailangan mong tanggapin ‘yung mga bagay na tapos na, Kailangan handa ka kasi lahat ng bagay matatapos,” she said, while tearing up. 

During this time, she and former boyfriend Carlo Aquino had just finished a blockbuster reunion movie, “Exes Baggage,” which allowed them to reconnect.  

Panganiban may be the type to give second chances, but when she reaches her limit, she knows how and when to give up.

It’s painful, but it must be done. 

  1. Getting back with your ex may not be the right thing

There is no definite consequence if you get back with your ex. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. 

Reconciliation may, after all, work if both parties realize that both of them are in sync with the decision. But if the other party isn’t as ready for it, it might not be the best decision. 

In the same GGV episode, Panganiban agreed when Vice Ganda said that what’s painful about reconciling with an ex is the fact that it was only you who wanted to resume the relationship and not the other party. 

Pagka tapos na, tapos na.”

And we know why she said that. During that time, everyone thought she and Aquino might be getting back together, but things turned sour and things just fell apart. 

Aquino himself validated her pain when in an interview with Boy Abunda, he was asked if he led the actress on. 

He answered, “siguro.” 

At least he acknowledged what he did.

  1. Forgiveness sets you free 

While some curse their exes eternally for cheating on them, Panganiban chose the high road and forgave everyone who caused her pain. 

In another episode of GGV, the actress did not shy away in telling the public that she has forgiven not just Cruz, but also Adarna, who later confirmed their relationship. 

“Okay na ‘yun napatawad ko na, masaya na ko, masaya ko at wala akong ibang hinihiling kundi buong-buong happiness niya talaga, nilang lahat,” she said.  

She even wished that Cruz had finally found what he had long been looking for. 

How many of us can say, “Importante ‘yun, dapat masaya siya, silang dalawa, silang lahat.” 

She even acknowledged that she also contributed to the outcome of her relationship with Cruz.

We all should do the same.

  1. True love waits in the end 

A good heart gets the blessing of true love in the end. 

After her failed attempts at love, Panganiban finally found the reason that made everything make sense at last. Now perfectly happy in love with fiance Gregg Homan, she proudly shared to everyone that she finally found the answer to her “whys” in the past. 

Not only did Homan give her the kind of love she wanted, he also gave her what she said completed her as a woman, their beautiful child Amila Sabine. 

She will be Mrs. Homan soon and we can’t be happier for her. 

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