Gerald Anderson On Turning 30, Staying Fit, And His Next Steps

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Gerald Anderson doesn't seem like he's taken a step back, when you look at everything he has going for him this year. The actor-slash-triathlete definitely has a lot on his plate, but that doesn't stop him from integrating athleticism and style into his every day routine. Cosmopolitan Philippines sat down with Gerald for an exclusive interview on how he manages to do it all without breaking a sweat, and what's next for him.

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Do you feel like you have your life figured out, in any aspect?

Career-wise, parang okay naman eh. Kumbaga nandun naman ako sa path na nagagawa ko yung mga projects na gusto ko talagang gawin. With my personal life, I'm doing better. But nearing 30, there are days na parang iniisip ko na, "Oo nga noh. Malapit na rin." Pero 30 is just a number. Hindi naman kailangan na everything has to be set na or figured out na by 30. At the end of the day, parang journey pa rin siya. May mga days na nararamdaman ko yung pressure pero iniisip ko lang na life's a journey. 

Can you talk about your upcoming television shows?

May show ako na tungkol sa mga sundalo na nagsasakripisyo at lumalaban para sa atin and tungkol sa pamilya nila. Nakikita natin yung mga sundalo na lumalaban para sa atin pero hindi natin nakikita yung hirap na dinadaanan nila para sa mga mahal nila sa buhay. Ipapakita natin ito sa show. For example, yung nangyari sa Marawi. I'm doing projects that really interest me and that I'm very passionate about. It's something to look forward to. 

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Shoes: Skechers Street Relven - Velton, P3,995, Skechers

How do you stay active these days?

Sa lifestyle ko ngayon, mahirap to stay active. However, fitness has been something very important to me, mula noong bata pa lang ako. Hindi buo yung araw ko kapag hindi ako nakapag-papawis o makapag-workout. Para siyang second nature sa akin. It's like drinking water—hinahanap talaga ng katawan mo. I'm just blessed to be in a position na kahit papano nakakapag-inspire ako ng ibang tao because of that kind of lifestyle. Gusto ko rin makita nila na naging okay ako as a person and in this showbiz industry because of staying active. 

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Shoes: Skechers Street Relven - Velton, P3,995, Skechers

How has your style changed over time?

Habang nagma-mature ako, I think sumasabay rin yung style ko sa 'kin. My style is really laidback—basta isang t-shirt na maganda ang fit, nice shoes, and pants that fit well, okay ako. 

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What's an item in your closet you can't live without?

My plain white and black t-shirts. 'Yan yung hindi talaga pwedeng mawala. 

Do you have any other future plans you can share with us?

I joined a semi-pro basketball league, which is MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League). That keeps me active. Mayroon din akong business ventures that I'm planning, so stay tuned for those. 

*Answers have been edited for clarity. 

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