It’s quite amazing how people hardly felt Glaiza de Castro’s three-month absence from the showbiz scene. It’s as if she didn’t even leave to study music in London, thanks to her exciting social media posts.
Very active on the net, the actress made sure she never missed posting significant events of her close to a hundred days of London living, and her fans loved it.
Now that she’s back, Glaiza is grateful to so many people who made her time far from home not just memorable but enjoyable as well.
“I learned a lot,” she declared. “It was really a very productive study time for my music. I gained a lot of knowledge on how to compose my music. I learned a lot of new techniques and realized I wasn’t giving attention to a lot of details when I record a song.
“Even with regards to producing songs and marketing my music, I also learned a lot,” she enthused.
When she started class, none of her classmates knew Glaiza’s celebrity status in the Philippines. They only got curious who she was when they saw she had a million followers on social media.
“Sa kanila kasi, having lots of followers is an extraordinary thing. They asked me how come I had so many on Instagram so I told them that celebrities in the Philippines are really followed by many people. Ayun, that’s when they learned that I’m an actress and singer here.
“But I’m happy that despite the fact they found out pare-pareho pa rin ang level namin as students. I didn’t get any special treatment from my co-students or my teachers.”
All the same, when word got around that Glaiza’s a Filipino actress, a local channel came to interview her with her classmates in the clip. It was, if you recall, quickly picked up by “24 Oras” for “Chika Minute.”
“When my classmates learned they were in the news on Philippine TV, they were so happy. I gave them the link for ‘24 Oras’ and they were so overwhelmed. Sobra silang natuwa at ipinakita pa sa ibang classmates namin. Ipinadala pa nga yata nila sa family nila,” Glaiza happily shared.
But what Glaiza’s most proud of during her time away, it’s that she proved to herself she’s capable of being independent. Her three months in London was the first time she tried living alone.
“I’d wake up in the morning and I’ll be the one to prepare my breakfast. While eating, I would do my assignments. Then during my free time, I would clean my room or I do the laundry.
“Honestly, I enjoyed it. I really learned how to be independent. Nasanay ako dito sa Pilipinas na inaasa ko lahat ng kailangan ko sa ibang tao. Doon, ako ang gumagawa ng lahat at kaya ko pala,” Glaiza beamed with pride.
After finishing her course, Glaiza had three weeks of free time just as she planned and went to Ireland to visit her boyfriend David.
The trip was another first for Glaiza who never imagined she would go to Ireland one day —Northern Ireland at that.
“I traveled alone to Ireland and pagdating ko doon, David was there waiting for me. I didn’t know what to expect kasi nga first time ko sa lugar. Pero nandun naman si David kaya hindi ako kinabahan,” Glaiza continued.
As it turned out, her Irish vacation was very memorable, especially everyone she met.
“I met David’s friends and they’re all very nice and very warm. Parang mga Pinoy din na very hospitable. Tapos si David, I saw where he lives, the places where he goes. Natutuwa nga ako sa friends niya kasi they made an effort to make me feel comfortable. They really entertained me. So, ayun, hindi ko na-feel na intimidating yung dating nila. Yung family naman ni David, na-meet ko na before so I was already comfortable with them.”
As for activities during her vacay, Glaiza actually went surfing since David’s a surfing instructor.
“I had to wear wet suit because the water was very cold. I’m not used to surfing na sobrang malamig ang tubig. It’s not like our waters na warm. I told them nga they should come to the Philippines so they’d experience surfing in warm waters. Parang na-excite naman sila kasi narinig na rin daw nila yun kay David.”
All the while, Glaiza also enjoyed spending a lot of time on the beach because it wasn’t crowded like many commercial beaches around the world.
“Sobrang walang tao,” Glaiza said amazed. “It was as if we rented the whole place. Nag-ihaw-ihaw kami doon tapos, nag-sound trip lang kami. We also played golf because David’s house is right in front of the golf course.”
She and David also visited Cornwall to attend his friends’ wedding.
“We also watched a play in a theater by the cliff when we were there and the set-up was so different. It’s like a medieval theater and I really liked the ambiance.
“From there, nakarating din ako sa dulo ng London. They call it the ‘Land’s End’ na talagang dulo na talaga. Wala nang kasunod na lupa. Kumbaga, eto yung lupa then it’s all water.”
Now that she’s back, Glaiza is raring to go back to work and there is in fact a project already waiting for her.
“I will be part of ‘Beautiful Justice,’” she revealed. “I got so excited when my management told me that I was already scheduled to tape for the series. I like the concept tapos yung character na ibinigay sa akin is very intriguing. I also like the fact that I am working again with direk Mark Reyes who I worked with in ‘Encantadia.’”
Besides acting Glaiza would also like to use what she learned in London and focus on her music.
“I’m so excited to go back to my music. There are songs that I want to record and gusto kong magamit yung mga bago kong nalaman. I can say now that I know the direction that I want to take as far as my singing career is concerned.”
From her jampacked story, it’s very clear that Glaiza knows how to balance her love life and career. And what’s even more apparent is that she’s able to do this because of her maturity. She knows what her priorities are.
“I know that I am not getting any younger. Marrying age na, kumbaga. But while I can, I want to take advantage of the opportunity to work toward my career’s advancement. At the same time, David and I see to it that we spend quality time together habang pinaghahandaan ang future,” Glaiza elaborated.