Anxiety is high in these uncertain times, and right now, all we want is to escape to our safe space—think island-paradise levels of escape. Since we can’t actually run away to the beach right now, what we can do is get a glimpse of it through Andi Eigenmann. The actress and model has made a life for herself on Siargao Island, along with her partner, professional surfer Philmar Alipayo and their kids. And though it’s obvious we don’t get to see the whole picture, the little moments she shares with us are total zen.
She was seen carrying a huge blue water pail as a pillion rider to Philmar. She was spotted by another Siargao local who noted that while it wasn’t exactly the most photogenic moment, Andi managed to stay “[gorgeous] and classy.” As for the huge tub? Turns out she needed it to store her black rice in!
2. When she responded to body shaming with a "Thank You"
3. When she surfed while pregnant
Don’t tell Andi what she can and can’t do. The momma took a day off and caught some waves while six months pregnant with baby Lilo. "I surf with (just enough) knowledge of what I am doing, with my doctor’s permission, and with a professional surfer [Alipayo] guiding me and making sure that the baby and I are [okay]," she wrote in the caption. Prime example of not letting anything stop you from doing what you want—in a smart and responsible fashion.
4. When she got real about stretch marks
Childbirth is magical—and also incredibly taxing on the mother’s body. Stretch marks are bound to pop up, and Andi is a champion for embracing the change. You can usually see her marks in pictures and she doesn’t try to hide them. “Just because we have these belly marks, doesn’t mean we aren’t [allowed] to wear your favorite cropped tops and bikinis anymore,” she wrote.
5. When she let people in on her mental health
In another post after giving birth to Lilo, Andi talked about mental health and her own journey with postpartum depression. Most moms and families in general turn their attention full-blast on the newborn—who can blame them?—and tend to forget the emotional and mental aspects of pregnancy. Andi’s message was a call for moms everywhere to take care of themselves, too. As she wrote, “Just hoping that the fact I’m aware of other moms going through this, and that I am acknowledging what this feeling may be, will hopefully be helpful.”
6. When she wasn’t about to magically “bounce back” post-pregnancy—and wasn’t sorry about it
After Andi gave birth, she expertly went against the grain and told us not to expect her pre-baby bod to be back anytime soon. “Been thinking about ‘project comeback’ and creating my fitness plan for after I recover from my C-section, but I am not in a hurry to start again,” she said in the caption. As a celeb, we’re sure the pressure for her to look stunning 24/7 is no joke so this refreshing hospital bathroom picture was a sweet reminder that hey, we’re all only human.
7. When she proudly talked about her non-traditional family
Andi has always gotten a lot of flak for the way she’s chosen to live her life, unfortunately mostly targeted towards her family with partner Philmar. In this photoshoot, the actress chose to send a very strong message. “I love my family, and I love our life. We are aware that it is not ordinary—because it’s extraordinary,” she wrote. Philmar had two sons, Toro and Kanoa, before Andi, who had Ellie, as well, and is pregnant with Lilo in this picture. It isn't an “ideal” situation, based on other people’s beliefs, but Andi is proud of her family, and really, that’s all that matters.
8. When she shared unfiltered maternity pics
Andi shared a series of unfiltered pics and ponderings throughout her second pregnancy. She wasn’t ashamed to share the ways her body was changing and the moments when she felt like she wasn’t making the right choices—a change from the usual glossy and clean pregnancies we see elsewhere. Plus, she rallied for other mothers to stay strong in their journey, too. Louder for the people in the back, Andi!
9. When she called people out for hating on Ellie’s short hair
When Andi’s then eight-year-old daughter decided she wanted to rock a short ‘do, people also decided they had every right to criticize her choice—spoiler alert, they had about zero right. Andi swooped in with this post to defend her daughter from strangers’ comments, saying, “It saddens me how people (especially other women) are making me feel like Ellie cannot feel or be beautiful just because of her hair.” She reiterated the call on her IG stories as well. “Shame on these other women making my girl feel like she did something wrong all because her hair [is] now short,” she shared.
10. When she responded to people calling her “sayang”
When Andi posted on IG how happy she was about her second pregnancy, people flocked to the comments and decided to force their way of life on her. One particularly nasty comment, which read, "Sana, Ands, pakasal ka muna. Sayang," earned a reply from her. “You are in no place to tell me how I should lead my life. More so, tell me that I am ‘sayang’ because I am happily pregnant at 28 [years old]. I don't expect nor intend for everyone to be pleased by how I see life, but your negativity is very unnecessary and you may feel free to click unfollow," she said.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.