Andi Eigenmann's Anniversary Message To Her Partner, Philmar Alipayo, Is Nothing But Pure Love
"I made the best decision to choose happiness above all else," she wrote
It was a drastic change for Andi Eigenmann to give up her career as an actress to move to Siargao, an island that many frequented on summer holidays and long weekends. Celebrities like her have visited the picturesque destination countless times in recent years, but for them to actually live there for good, for life, forever?
Eyebrows were raised when Andi decided that the provincial life was one she wanted.
After all, she was a city girl.
And what could a city girl possibly see in a place where there more palm trees and boats than high-rise buildings, and where WiFi isn't readily available?
It was simple—there was love, and lots of it.
And this love had a name.
He went by Philmar Alipayo, and Andi saw the world in his eyes; they had met when she visited his native Siargao for a quick respite but little did she know that their meeting would spell out the beginning of the rest of their lives together.
He didn't know she was an artista, though! He barely even watched TV, and he definitely didn't know who her mom was. She laughs about it, but that was all part of the appeal. The fact that there was someone out there who saw Andi for her, and not the showbiz royalty she is, meant that he had fallen in love with the substance underneath the surface.
And so, some two years ago, Andi made one of the biggest—and best—decisions of her life: bidding farewell to Metro Manila life, trading all that she knew about how to live for a more down-to-earth, frills-free existence in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. And of course making it even more beautiful was the highlight of her move—finally getting to spend her days with Philmar.
Her first child, Ellie, has since become Philmar's best buddy. Though not his biological child, the champ surfer treats her as his own, teaching her the ways of the teardrop-shaped island and having a blast with her out on the waves, in the sun, each and every time she's there.
Andi has also started a family with Philmar. The two were blessed with a daughter, little baby Lilo, who was born in July last year.
And that brings us to today.
Andi and Philmar are celebrating their anniversary (perhaps their second), and while they've never shied away from being affectionate online, their anniversary greetings to each other were the sweetest we've seen in a while.
Andi wrote, "I made the best decision to choose happiness above all else. I am grateful for the life I have (and am able to give my kids), and without you in it, it wouldn’t be the same. Thank you for always making me feel like I am on top of the world. Happy anniversary my mahal!"
Philmar responded with his own words of love in Cebuano (Andi has also been trying to learn to speak and converse in it to fully assimilate in her permanent island home).
The pair need not say much to show us all how important they are to each other. We couldn't have been happier for Andi and Philmar!
Photos from @andiegengirl