Now back in the Philippines, actress and yoga instructor Maxene Magalona touched base with her best friends whom she has not seen for a long while.
Magalona talked to two of her best friends via Zoom and shared her fondest memories of her friendship with them, as seen on her Instagram post yesterday, March 13. She also showed a screenshot of her Zoom session with them.
“Another way that I like to keep myself in check is by touching base with my best friends who are genuinely and sincerely honest with me. We’ve been friends for more than a decade so we already know how to communicate with each other,” she said.
For Magalona, “real friends are not the ones who will always just say yes and agree with you” but “are the ones who know how to have healthy and mature conversations with you and even call you out when needed.”
Magalona believes that the kind of friends she keeps are “the ones who fully support and accept [her] without judgment but will be the first to tell [her] when [she’s] wrong”.
“The ones who are not afraid to speak up and tell you what you need to hear because they know that it’s for your own good,” she stressed.
Magalona recalled how her best friends were so worried when she went on a solo trip to Boracay years ago after being “newly single.”
“They knew that I wasn’t in a good place mentally and emotionally. I, of course, did not listen and still chose to continue with my trip,” she recalled.
The hunch of her best friends was right as Magalona went through a lot of hassles during that trip.
“I got blackout drunk everyday, lost my phone while my bag somehow ended up in the police station and missed my flight back to Manila where I was supposed to go straight to work,” she said.
This is why she trusts these friends of hers, and she is grateful to them for keeping her sane and for looking out for her.
“Thank you, @morenita.garcia85 and @saritalazaro1 for your friendship and acceptance even when I was still mentally unwell,” she said. “Your unconditional love, honesty and non-judgment have truly been instrumental in my healing.”
Magalona along with her husband, musician and yoga teacher Rob Mananquil, were stranded in Bali for a year due to the lockdowns and travel bans imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Magalona has returned to the Philippines, Mananquil is still in Bali as per his Instagram Story today, where he is undergoing yoga teacher training. JB