Drinks with Glaiza de Castro

Glaiza DWD

It’s rare nowadays in the local entertainment industry to see limitless talent embodied by one person, but then there’s Glaiza de Castro. She’s one talented cookie but very nonchalant about it, which I really like. The girl has been an actress ever since I’ve heard her name, and then I eventually discovered that she’s a singer-songwriter too. One of my favorite movies would be Quark Henares’ Rakenrol in which she’s part of, along with Ketchup Eusebio, Jason Abalos, Alwyn Uytingco, and Diether Ocampo, playing probably the best role that he has portrayed ever. In the movie, you can see the genuineness of Glaiza, the music lover. Every time she would blurt out a musician, it’s like you would know that in real life, she does listen to their music.

Having been able to release an album this year called Synthesis, as well as starring in the recently concluded GMA TV series The Rich Man’s Daughter, Glaiza’s life had been very hectic. She is currently preparing for her concert called Dreams Never End at the Music Museum this October 3. Overwhelmed with TRMD’s success and the outpouring support of people who fell in-love with the role that she played; a role that’s rare in her forte but she did very well, she’s just taking every stride steadily and with caution. In the short period of time that I’ve known Glaiza, I can already confirm that she’ll always be grounded amidst her increasing popularity; she has that aura in her, a very sincere vibe.

After a few rescheduled dates for this interview, finally, it pushed through. We met at this very cute restaurant along Libis called Uke Box Caffe. I arrived a bit late due to traffic that’s why it was good that she was with friends, including movie director Dante Garcia. We updated each other on what’s been happening in our lives, her dealing with the hangover of her series and me, well, my mundane life. Read on as Glaiza talks about her passion, and favorite amusement park ride over a cup of strong, black, hot coffee.

HOW DID WE MEET?

Glaiza’s version

Nagmeet tayo una virtually e. Right? Mas nauna yung mga tweets natin tsaka yung mga palitan natin ng mga comments sa Instagram. And then we met sa studio ni Xander, I think that was his birthday.

My version

Tumpak! Spot on. Nothing to add, really because that’s exactly what happened. I was at our friend, photographer Xander Angeles’ studio because he invited me to a small get together for his birthday. Glaiza arrived a bit late but we were both happy that finally we’ve met.

Glaiza DWD

at the Rakenrol after-party/gig

Glaiza DWD

with Direk Mike Tuviera

WHAT IS YOUR PET PEEVE?

Glaiza: Yung demanding. Siguro dahil sa personality ko, ayoko talaga ng iniinstruct ako lalo na kung alam ko yung ginagawa ko, or if I know myself, I know na hindi ko sha talaga gagawin, pwera na lang kung trabaho, shempre ibang bagay yun e. But when it comes to decision-makings or parang pinapangunahan ako sa mga ibang bagay, parang “oo, wait lang! Teka lang!” Iba kasi yung demand sa nagaadvice. Alam ko sa sarili ko kapag demand, meron akong feeling of “hay, nako” may ganun. Bukod sa demanding, ayoko rin ng self-righteous at self-centered, basta yung “ako, ako, ako” lagi. Yung parang kapag nagusap kayo kailangan tama sha lagi.

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER BEEN SAID ABOUT YOU?

Glaiza: Lately kasi since hindi ako masyadong masalita, hindi kasi ako articulate about expressing myself, hindi ako masyadong magaling dun, namimisinterpret ako na snob, na cold. As much as you want to defend yourself, nagsusubmit ka na lang dun sa fact na alam mo kung sino ka, alam mo na wala kang ginagawa na ikasasakit ng ibang tao. Dahil nga siguro na hindi ako magaling sa salita, may tendency na mamisinterpret yung mga actions ko, or yung mga decisions ko, like I’m very particular when it comes to my passion, shempre sa music, di ba? When I talk about music, hindi ko naman sha naeelaborate na eto yung ginagawa ko, may tendency yung mga tao to think something else, yung ganun? Parang feeling ko minsan iniisip nila na mataas yung ego ko dahil “umaartist artist” di mo talaga maiiwasan e lalo na mainstream actress ako. Maraming expectations na lahat kailangan kong gawin, lahat kailangan kong pakisamahan, although sa lahat naman ng industry at sa lahat ng ginagawa natin kailangan yun but there are times na feeling mo, you just want to be yourself.

D: I’d rather be that kaysa maging plastic ako.

Glaiza: Yun lang din ang common misconceptions sa aming mga TV actors, they think na kung ano yung nakikita nila sa TV, yun ka talaga. Like before The Rich Man’s Daughter, akala nila talagang mean ako kasi inaaway ko si Marian (Rivera) sa soap, nananampal ako ng kung sino sino, talagang kontrabida. And then sa TRMD, which I played a lipstick lesbian, na talagang strong, confident, and driven, I wish ganun din yung characteristics ko sa totoong buhay, and they looked up to that character, and some people think that the role I portrayed is what I really am in real life. The real Glaiza is a geek. Ha ha!

Glaiza DWD

“Bukod sa demanding, ayoko rin ng self-righteous at self-centered, basta yung “ako, ako, ako” lagi. Yung parang kapag nagusap kayo kailangan tama sha lagi.”

WHAT THREE THINGS YOU LIKE DOING AT YOUR FREE TIME?

Glaiza: Nakatulala lang. Ha ha!

D: Steady is literally tulala.

Glaiza: Oo! Steady! Eto yung first time after months of working that I could sit down, and do nothing and wait until I have to prepare for my work. Gusto ko rin manuod.

D: Nang ano?

Glaiza: Nang kahit ano? TV series, etc. whatever na para madistract lang yung mind ko sa mga ibang bagay. In a way, educating myself narin sa mga okay na movies kasi before yun talaga yung trip ko e. Dati kahit yung mga films na hindi ko naiintindihan pinapanuod ko kasi I had the time. So yun, yun yung usually ginagawa ko, nanunuod ako, nagsesearch ako for music or nagrerecord ako, at tumulala. Ha ha!

D: Di man lang tulog talaga? Do you still get enough sleep?

Glaiza: Lately, wala mashado. Kahit na nakakauwi ako ng maaga sa bahay, parang di parin ako makatulog ng maaga. Pwera na lang talaga kapag sobrang pagod na pagod ako, magpapamasahe ako tapos derechong tulog.

Glaiza DWD

“I feel so overwhelmed both in a good and bad way pero tanggap ko din naman yun as an actor. Kasama yun, e so kailangan mo talaga ng guidance on how to deal with them, how to deal with people na feeling mo naeexploit ka or feeling mo natetaken for granted ka.”

WHAT DO YOU PRAY FOR EVERYDAY?

Glaiza: I pray for guidance. We’re given freedom to do what we want, especially now that I’m overwhelmed with all the blessings na dumarating because I prayed for this, I prayed for the direction of the album kung bakit ko sha ginagawa before kasi it started out as a hobby na nagrerecord lang ako sa bahay tapos biglang may mga tao akong nameemeet along the way who would encourage me to take it to the next level, so in a way parang di sha nawawala. Nung nagkaroon ako ng realization na gusto ko shang gawin ng seryoso, sabi ko “Lord, tulungan mo ako. Bigyan mo ako ng guidance at ipakilala mo ako sa mga tamang tao para magawa ko sha ng legit.” So natupad lahat ngayon, at natutuwa ako sa response ng mga tao sa album, isa sha sa mga fulfilling na mga blessings. Given these blessings, anung susunod kong gagawin? Anung next step ko? Shempre may responsibility in every success or blessing na kailangan kong panghawakan at may discipline din ako na kailangan i-embibe na kailangan ko panindigan. Kasi di sha biro birong task e, to represent HIM sa audience, sa mga taong nakikinig or sa mga taong nanunuod. Parang ang hirap magkamali, pero di mo naman sha maiiwasan. Yung direction lang na “Lord, saan mo ako gusting dalhin dito sa mga bagay na’to?” It’s more than what I’ve expected gaya ng music na’to, yung position ko sa industry, sabi ko nga hindi ako sanay sa dami ng adoration at sa support na nakukuha ko ngayon. Grabe talaga! I feel so overwhelmed both in a good and bad way pero tanggap ko din naman yun as an actor. Kasama yun, e so kailangan mo talaga ng guidance on how to deal with them, how to deal with people na feeling mo naeexploit ka or feeling mo natetaken for granted ka.

WHAT SONG DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN?

Glaiza: “Happy Birthday.” Ha ha!

D: Nakakainis ka!

Glaiza: Ang hirap kaya ng “Happy Birthday,” tsaka timeless yun no! Hanggang ngayon kumikita parin yun.

WHAT SECRET TALENT DO YOU HAVE?

Glaiza: Wala na ata akong secret talent, lahat linabas ko na. Ha ha! Or ewan, siguro di lang ako aware pero parang wala talaga akong secret talent. Ay teka, naaabot ko yung ulo ko ng paa ko.

D: O sige. Talent na yun.

Glaiza: Oo nga. Pwede na yun! Bahala na. Ha ha!

Glaiza DWD

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RIDE IN AN AMUSEMENT PARK?

Glaiza: Ferris wheel. Steady lang kasi yun e tsaka mataas parin sha, nakikita mo lahat. May illusion na in a way kahit steady ka lang, lumilipad ka parin.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY AND WHAT DO YOU USUALLY DO?

Glaiza: Gabi talaga e, sa gabi ako nagfufunction. Di ako natutulog e. Kapag sa work, kapag 12 midnight onwards medyo drained ka na, pero kung nasa bahay lang ako, yun yung time na dun na ako nakakabuo ng kanta, dun ako nagrerecord kahit na magstart ako ng mga 8pm tapos matapos ako the next day, fulfilled ako nun.  Yung pinakafavorite kong part yung tipong yung buong gabi ka nagtatrabaho tapos nakikita mo na sumisilip yung liwanag. Tapos pagsilip ng liwanag at tapos ka na, pinapakinggan mo na lang yung rinecord mo. Kahit demo lang, maglalay-in ako ng guitar, lay-in ako ng boses, tapos boses ulit, yung tipong makabuo ka lang ng song. Tapos may mga random moments na tugtog lang ako ng guitara, namiss ko lang e. Makakabuo ako ng kanta or kung hindi man ako makabuo ng kanta, tutugtugin ko lang yung mga paborito kong songs. Sarap na sarap ka lang talaga tumugtog at kumanta.

Glaiza DWD

WHY IS HOT, BLACK COFFEE YOUR FAVORITE DRINK?

Glaiza: Ang strong kasi nya e, talagang instant energy. Sa amoy pa lang nya, nagigising na ako. Sarap talaga. Maganda sha pang tanggal ng toxins, sa akin kasi it’s either this or tea pero sa coffee kasi mas nagigising ako. Mas nagfufunction ako kapag nakapagkape ako, ang daming ideas bigla, dumadaldal nanaman ako.

Follow Glaiza on Instagram and Twitter.

Interviewed on August 29, 2015

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