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5 in 5: Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Our June cover girl sits down with candymag.com for a short interview. Find out what we talked about in this video.
  1. What can we look forward to on your new show with David Archuleta?* "A lot. First of all, everyone's looking forward to seeing David Archuleta on a Filipino show. And also, how well we can work off each other's vibe and work well together in scenes. If ever we become friends, well I'm looking forward to that if it's possible."
  2. If you could take David anywhere in the Philippines, where would you go and why? "I would take David Archuleta to somewhere I've never been before. I've heard so much about Palawan and I've seen so many pictures about all the different beaches and places where you can stay. I'd really love to visit there and at the same time, take him with me and show him around if possible."
  3. What's the best Valentine's gift you've received? "Well, last year was a surprise gift because... I was back in Australia already and I wasn't expecting anything. My mom being the sweet mom that she is, she gave me a little book. But at the same day, I came home from school and there was a delivery of flowers from Anonymous. Like they actually didn't put their name on the card and it was all the way from the Philippines! I was so touched and kilig. I didn't know how to respond. I didn't know who it came from. I even tweeted it, I put it on Facebook and on Tumblr. Then finally at the end of the day, they told me who they were.
  4. What's the sweetest compliment you've ever received? "I was talking to my friend about something that was bothering me, something I couldn't let go of. Then he said, 'You know what, Jas, you're worth more than this. You're worth more than you think. And I need you to realize it because if I didn't have a girlfriend right now, I'd go for you.' It made me blush and kilig. It made me really happy. It was something I've been waiting to hear from someone I really cared about."
  5. Name three celebs you fangirl over. Locally, it would have to be Jericho Rosales, Lea Salonga, and my sister. I'm still very much a fangirl of my sister. Even though I live with her, when I see her face everywhere when I'm driving, I can't believe she's my sister! It's crazy. International-wise, it would have to be Emma Watson, Rafael Nadal, and Dakota Fanning.

Time: 3:54

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* We shot this early this year and Jasmine's show on TV5 with David has already aired.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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