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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Enchong still prioritizes competitive swimming over acting

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Enchong still prioritizes competitive swimming over acting

By MJ Felipe

My Girl star Enchong Dee is a true-blooded athlete. sat down with this rising young actor-model-swimmer after the Bench Blackout fashion show last Friday and he was pleased with they way the crowd responded to his performance.

"Grabe nagulat ako, kasi akala ko walang reaction. Nakakatuwa kasi people recognize me na and na-a-appreciate nila yung ginagawa ko. Regular training lang naman ang ginagawa ko. Tapos nag-push up ako bago ako lumabas." said Enchong.

Despite his busy schedule, Enchong has been constantly competing in swimming meets, in and out of the country. In fact, two months from now, he is set to compete again for his alma mater, De La Salle University. "September 22 to 26 for UAAP Season 71, local ‘to. Kaya lahat ng gustong manuod, puwedeng manuod. And I'll be representing De La Salle University. "

He said he's been managing his time and his priorities very well. He makes sure that when he competes, he has no acting or modeling commitments whatsoever. "Pinablock-off ko na e, so whatever happens I'll be in Los Banos those days. Cancel lahat ng trabaho." he shared.

Now that My Girl is about to end in a matter of weeks, his schedule has become more and more hectic. How does he juggle his time with taping and training? He said, "Like noong Wednesday, pagkatapos namin magtaping sa Subic, diretso na ako ng school. Tapos pictorials. Tapos sunod-sunod na yan. Ganoon. Nasanay na ako."

His constant TV appearances adds up to the pressure to win in competitions and even just during training days. "Ang training namin 5:30 in the morning, tapos mga students nandoon sa swimming pool, to watch. Kumbaga, pressure to achieve something, tapos pressure din na people see you everyday." Enchong revealed. But he looks at it as a challenge and he never backs down from a fight, just like his fight with Gerald Anderson over Kim Chui's heart.

During the Bench fashion show, Kim appeared with Gerald during the opening salvo of the event and we asked Enchong's sentiments on not being paired with Kim for the show. He just candidly said, "Ay naku, ayoko na. Sad, pero how I wish na nagkasama kami (sa opening) kumbaga, sila may damit ako wala, yun na lang (ang isipin nila) para ma-separate. Hahaha!"

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