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Kris Aquino goes on ‘relatively long’ retreat for 49th birthday and for healing

/ 12:49 PM February 14, 2020
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Kris Aquino. Image: Instagram/@krisaquino

As Kris Aquino turns 49 years old today, Feb. 14, the superstar announced that she would be away on a “relatively long” wellness retreat for physical and emotional healing.

Although she said she was going on this journey privately, the Queen of All Media opted to give fans a short video of her birthday celebration with friends and family to show gratitude, and opened up about how she is striving to become healthier on Instagram yesterday, Feb. 13.

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“My sons & my staff went the distance to make me feel their love & appreciation… how could [I] not post this gratitude video?” she said.

Aquino talked about her fascination with Japanese culture and “kintsugi,” the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending broken pieces together with lacquer mixed with gold or silver dust.

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The actress noted that the meaning behind kintsugi is the guiding principle “shining a light” on her life right now, and quoted an article from NBC on April 28, 2018, describing the Japanese art.

“Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the ‘scars’ as a part of the design,” Aquino quoted the article.

“Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient,” the quote went on.

Aquino stressed that as she enters the last year of her 40s, she has already “learned so much from the pain of life’s mistakes.”

“Some caused by me, and some i was just collateral damage BUT they are a part of my totality,” she emphasized.

“Yet [I] believe in a God of many chances, Who sees that our scars are the HEALING or HEALED portions of our humanity, and that there’s HOPE because today in itself is already His gift. [I] never questioned Him when all my prayers were answered, so now i continue to learn, to simply TRUST,” she added.

In another post, Aquino gave a peek at her wellness retreat and expressed her gratitude to those who reached out to her for her birthday.

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“THANK YOU to all who are reaching out online & to all who have sent me thoughtful gifts, and especially for the birthday cards from my sisters & close friends w/ their words of affirmation, affection, and ENCOURAGEMENT… [I’m] going to be ‘away’ … (with no definitive timeline: [I’m] teaching myself how to embrace calm, enjoy the quiet, act patiently, and live peacefully),” she said.

“I’ll privately try to rebuild important relationships, rediscover my ‘IKIGAI’, and heal (KINTSUGI) every remaining shattered piece of me… you and i deserve nothing less than a kris aquino with only golden scars,” she added.

Ikigai is another Japanese concept that means “the reason for being,” or one’s purpose or value in life.

“You will forever possess the most heartfelt gratitude from an almost 49 year old—because you helped make almost every childhood dream she ever had come true. That is WHY— ‘and [I’ll] tell you all about it when I SEE YOU AGAIN,'” Aquino ended.

Aquino last week revealed her birthday gift for herself –going on a wellness retreat, which would include nature walks, relaxation yoga, introduction to meditation, aqua therapy and acupuncture, among others.

“It’s going to be a very QUIET birthday because the most meaningful gift i can give myself is TO GIVE MY ALL to strive to be the healthiest [I] can possibly be… nobody else has the power to do this BUT me,” she said.

Aquino added that her Instagram feed will be “quiet for the time being” as she goes on her journey to become a healthier person.  /ra

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