The pandemic really took its toll on everyone. Even celebrities did not escape its wrath. Some even had anxiety and depression because of it.
It’s Showtime’s Miss Q & A Grand Champion Juliana Parizcova Segovia was one of those people who suffered from anxiety because of COVID-19. She admitted that despite being a celebrity, it was really hard.
Moreover, before the pandemic, she did not welcome the idea of opening up businesses. When the outbreak reached the Philippines and forced everyone to stay at home, Juliana had nothing to do.
“Nasa labas lahat ng source of income ko,” she said.
As if the pandemic was not enough, ABS-CBN was shut down and at the same time, her contract ended with the network. She and her mother were watching the news when they heard that the media company’s license renewal was rejected.
“Nung dumating yung time na na-deny yung franchise ni ABS-CBN, nandidito kami sa bahay ni mama, nanunuod kami sa baba ng balita. And then nung sinabi nga na wala na, na-deny na yung franchise and everything. Na hindi na nga eere yung ibang mga shows ganyan. Umiyak kasi si mama. Kaya ang ginawa ko, umakyat ako dito ako sa kwarto ko umiyak kasi ayoko magpakita sa kanya na parehas kaming nanghihina eh.”
She admitted she lost all hope. Juliana couldn’t help but cry and ask God why did He let it happen.
“Nung nawala yung franchise parang gumuho lahat. Parang… shocks pandemic! Walang franchise, wala! Parang wala kahit katiting na pag-asa na makakapagtrabaho ka ulit, na meron ka ulit kikitain,” she said.
She also added that she felt as if her dreams were squashed because of the news.
“Ang pakiramdam ko noon, parang hininto yung pangarap ko, para akong naagawan ng pangarap.”
As an artist, she was really affected because it is her only source of income. However, she did not give up. She found a way to survive despite the trials.
“Igagapang mo talaga eh. Lahat ng kakilala mo talagang tatanungin mo na baka meron dyan, kahit ganito lang, kahit ganyan lang. Magba-bakasakali ka talaga kasi kung hindi ka kikilos walang kikilos para sayo not unless talagang merong bonggang bonggang blessing. So mahirap, ang hirap sobra,” Juliana said.
Fortunately, It’s Showtime continued online. When she heard that the noontime show will be airing on the digital platform, she felt a surge of hope that all her prayers were answered.
Juliana said, “Nagbigyan ako ng parang hope… nung nalaman ko na lalabas ang showtime sa online, magtutuloy. Kasi showtime naman ako laging lumalabas,” and added, “In perfect time, in God’s time talaga, mangyayari’t mangyayari yung mga prayers. Kailangan lang talaga nating kumalma at maghintay.”
Juliana will also be working with ‘Magandang Buhay’ hosts, Jolina Magdangal, Karla Estrada, and Melai Cantiveros on an upcoming movie titled, Soul Sisters.