Kapuso Actress SHEENA HALILI together with her GMA Artist Center family visited GRACES or Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (formerly known as Golden Acres Home for the Aged) in Quezon City last Wednesday (January 22) morning.

Sheena, who celebrated her 27th birthday last January 16, entered the entertainment industry in 2003 joining the GMA reality talent search show  Starstruck Batch 1 and ending up as a 10th placer.  She recently landed on a lead role in last year’s hit GMA afternoon family drama series Binoy Henyo as Binoy’s mom Agnes.

The elderly residents of GRACES last Wednesday serenaded her with an a capella of old songs – very, very old songs (I recognized the genre but not the songs).  I can see that Sheena was really moved with their efforts and their birthday wishes for her.

I later learned that Sheena was really very closed with her grandparents which explained why she’s very comfortable around the elderly people in GRACES.  After the short and simple program, Sheena distributed to all her guests some gifts from sponsor PETROL and toiletries.  She also donated to the facility a couple of brand new Marubishi desk fans.

The visit to the GRACES institution was part of the young actress’ charity event this year on the occasion of her 27th Birthday.

Last January 14 (Tuesday), two days before her actual birthday, Sheena together with her group- PINK WOMEN ON FIRE visited the  White Cross Orphanage for an advance birthday celebration.  She then went fishing with her family and grandparents on the 16th to celebrate her birthday.  On January 18, Sheena went to the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay for a gift-giving activity.

White Cross Orphanage Charity Birthday Celebration photo courtesy of Pink Women on Fire
White Cross Orphanage Charity Birthday Celebration photo courtesy of Pink Women on Fire
Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay Gift-Giving photo courtesy of Pink Women on Fire
Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay Gift-Giving photo courtesy of Pink Women on Fire

Sheena also plans to conduct an outreach program together with the PINK WOMEN ON FIRE group to the Aeta communities in her home Province of Pampanga and in the province of Benguet.

Had a chance to talk with Sheena during the outreach event at GRACES, she said that currently she has no project with the Kapuso Network.  I asked her if she would be willing to join the cast of Rhodora X which stars fellow Starstruck Survivors Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi and Mark Herras.  Sheena said that she would be glad to join the production if there are offers.  It can be remembered that Yasmien (who plays the role of Angela in the upcoming series) told bloggers last week that they are working on getting Rainier Castillo to be part of the cast as well.

Sheena added that the Starstruck group has an active Viber group and is still very much intact in and outside showbiz.


What are Sheena’s future plans?

Sheena said that she wished to explore running a business venture this year.  She wanted to invest her hard-earned money for something that will be more sustainable.

What about a Love Life?

“Pray ko kay God na i-guard yung heart ko muna at sana maging open siya doon sa right guy.  Hindi naman ako nagmamadali, di naman ibig sabihin na ‘pag wala pa akong boyfriend e hindi pa ako nakaka-move on.  Di lang naman ako doon (love life) lang nakakahanap ng happiness, di naman natin masasabi na masaya ang isang tao dahil may love life siya.  Masaya ako ngayon, wala na akong hihilingin pa para masabi ko na mas maging masaya ako.  Gustong-gusto ko kung nasaan ako ngayon.”

Sheena added,

“Hindi na boyfriend ang nasa prayer ko, husband.  Okay lang sa akin kahit anong age mangyari yun, willing ako mag wait.  Basta right guy.”

Who is the right guy for Sheena?

“Man of god at dapat nasa same direction na pupuntahan ko.  Kailangan ko sa life ko yung isang leader, yung i le-lead ako sa tama at hindi mapapasama ang buhay ko.  Dapat pati bago ako si God muna ang priority niya at sobrang mapagmahal sa pamilya.”


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