Maxene Magalona a staunch supporter of RH billBy Marinel R. Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Actress Maxene Magalona said her being a staunch supporter of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill “doesn’t mean I’m already pro-abortion.”
“The bill is more than just abortion,” Maxene pointed out. “I support the bill because I want people to be careful and to mind their actions when it comes to sex.”
“Times are changing and we all should adapt,” she explained. “Nowadays, two people first test their sexual chemistry to determine if their relationship would actually work.”
The daughter of the late music icon Francis Magalona added: “Premarital sex is obviously an important part of a relationship. I don’t have anything against people who wait until they get married, but this is just how I think.”
Sex is precious
She also expressed her view on one-night stands or engaging in one-time sexual encounter. “I don’t practice it, but I don’t judge the people who do it. I consider sex very precious and should just be between two people who genuinely care for each other,” she stressed.
She added: “If you want to do it then go ahead—just don’t blame anyone if something bad happens to you or if you get pregnant. You have to be responsible for your actions. You have to be very careful and well-protected.”
Maxene claimed to have learned an important lesson from her own mother (Pia), who first got pregnant when she was 18. Her mother is also a supporter of the RH bill.
“My mom said to us, ‘If you get pregnant or get someone pregnant, say goodbye to your lives.’ That’s what she went through,” she recalled.
Maxene claimed she had recovered from her breakup with businessman Neil Arce, her boyfriend for over a year.
“It has been six months since we split up. We weren’t okay for a month, but things have been ironed out now,” she said.
The actress still has no interest in dating again just yet. She said: “I meet and hang out with a lot of people, but I don’t want to get involved in a relationship so soon. I’m still not ready. I learned a lot from each relationship.”
Prior to going out with Neil, Maxene had a six-year relationship with a nonshowbiz guy. She also got involved with reality show winner JC Tiuseco for five months, and then with actor Dominic Roco for six months.
She said: “It’s always painful every time I go through a breakup. It’s not easy because when I love, I really give my all. If one relationship ends, I’d cry but accept that there’s nothing more I can do. I already lost the most important guy in my life when my dad died so if this one guy doesn’t want to be with me anymore, I’d just let him go.”
Maxene said this was how she and Stella, her character in the GMA 7 afternoon series “Faithfully,” differed.
“We both choose to see only the good in people, but it takes Stella a while to realize that she’s already being taken advantage of. If I were Stella, I wouldn’t pursue Kevin (Stella’s ex-husband, played by Marc Abaya) anymore,” she pointed out. “I probably would not be able to bear having to share my guy with another woman. I’d simply let him go. When I’m in a relationship, I always do my part to make sure my guy is satisfied, so he will not cheat on me. If he still does, then the problem isn’t me anymore.”
“Faithfully,” under the direction of Mike Tuviera, also features Mike Tan, Isabel Oli, Michelle Madrigal and Vaness del Moral.
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