For Bela, timing is everything
CEBU, Philippines — What if you didn’t seize the opportunity when it knocked on your door? What if you waited until tomorrow to take that all-important step? What if this, what if that?
The word “now” means Bela Padilla used to doubt the power of being there at the right moment. That was until she played digital artist Celeste in “Meet Me in St. Gallen,” and a whole new world of “what ifs” opened before her.
“After this film, I realized you have to take a step back,” the actress said. “Sometimes you’re ready for the good things, but the good things aren’t ready for you.”
So, you have to be prepared. In Bela’s case, this means being physically fit for an offer to do a soap opera or any project that may come her way.
“Kahit ganong kababaw na bagay pwede kang matanggal,” she revealed.
It also means having a good heart, which she believes attracts all things bright and beautiful. Luck – Bela and her former movie co-star Jericho Rosales think – is more a matter of being ready for anything. So, you have to fix your life to make sure everything is okay when that great chance of a lifetime comes along.
Bela’s way of seizing the day is accepting all projects offered to her, because she wants to work every day. Those that require nudity, however, are out of the question because “I want to be able to invite my mom on premiere night,” Bela said.
Bela may not believe in luck. But she realizes that even the best plans can crumble. Even the most detailed strategies can fail. That is when she lets go and lets God.
“Someone’s planning all it for us. We have to trust His plan.”
She spoke from experience. Bela does not reveal details. But she admits one of her plans did not push through because “timing was off last year.”
So, she let things fix themselves and moved on.
Last year was a banner year for her. She top-billed the critically acclaimed indie film “100 Tula Para Kay Stella.” She won the Most Outstanding TV Actress Award from Gawad LaSallianeta. She summoned the long-time writer in her by coming up with the script of the Piolo Pascual-Toni Gonzaga starrer “Last Night.”
She wants to equal, if not exceed last year’s record, but promises to be “more chill” in 2018.
She likewise spoke about rumors linking her to fellow soap opera star Zanjoe Marudo and even to her own second cousin, Daniel Padilla.
Bela stressed that she has been loveless for a year now. “Timing is everything,” she said.
It can be recalled that Bela told “Tonight with Boy Abunda” that she was offended when netizens tried to link her to Daniel following her Instagram post showing her and her cousin in the same picture.
"They were pissed off that Daniel was in a picture with another girl. Parang they were putting color into it. Mag-pinsan kami, alam mo iyon?” she said.
On February 7, she announced on her Instagram account that “Meet Me in St. Gallen,” in which she stars with Carlo Aquino, has been graded A unanimously by the Cinema Evaluation Board.
In May, she vows to return to the small, mountainous Swiss city of St. Gallen, reconnect with new friends there, revisit its breathtaking cathedral, stare once more at the painting that caught her fancy, and take in the chilly air again. Of course, she will also post lots of selfies in her social media accounts.
It will be one week of feeding the soul. “I hope I meet someone (special) in St. Gallen. I think I’ll meet someone in St. Gallen,” Bela said while flashing a bright smile.
As she herself has learned, things will fall into place when you are ready. What will be, will be.
Bela hopes that when that time comes, a pleasant surprise will make her heart leap and somersault all over again.