A lesson from heartbreak-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
CELEBRITY dancer Mark Herras talked about his recent breakup with actress Ynna Asistio and how the situation affected his career in a positive way.
Herras was in SM City Consolacion on Aug. 23, together with interracial Filipino boy band, Down to Mars as judges for the culmination of Dance Fest 2013, the biggest street and hip-hop dance competition in the Visayas.
Looks like the StarStruck pioneer is back on track.
Sun.Star Cebu (SSC): How are you after the breakup?
Mark Herras (MH): It was the most proper breakup after the longest relationship I had. To be depressed two weeks later is normal. It was a year and five months with that of Jen (Jennylyn Mercado) yet it took me two years to move on. I don’t expect an immediate recovery after that with Ynna but I’m hoping for a gradual progress for both of us. Five years din yun.
SSC: It seemed like you were inseparable. How did you fall apart from each other?
MH: A personal problem triggered the mutual decision. We had an argument. It was just between Ynna and me. The hearsays involving money and her family are out of line.
I admit, there were already future plans but maybe it’s not yet the right time. Maybe God wants us to find ourselves first. We’re still friends, though. We text. We communicate. In fact, we were together yesterday. There’s always a possibility for reconciliation. But for now, we’re both happy with the way things are. Memories should not make it hard for us to carry on.
SSC: Did the break up have something to do with Ynna’s transfer to another network?
MH: There was an opportunity for her. No, the breakup was not the reason of her shift.
SSC: What lesson did you learn from the breakup?
MH: I’m actually the type who pities himself after a problem. What happened taught me to love myself especially when it comes to work. Hindi dapat masyadong kinakawawa ang sarili.
Yes, I was “damaged” after the breakup. It was a time of angst naturally released through dancing. Krumping (a street dance popularized in the US) was the best manifestation on stage of my emotional status. Parang may binabali ka na katawan sa harap mu, kasi nga distorted ka.
Well, a celebrity is peppered with issues, problems and what-not. You just have to accept things as they happen, experience yet control the inevitable depression and continue with life. Pray. There should be balance between love and work. For now, I’ll focus on work.
SSC: What’s your diversion?
MH: My schedule kills my time. Helps a lot.
SSC: What is it that you still want to achieve?
MH: I’m not after for awards or recognitions. I’d rather establish myself as a respected showbiz character. I think it’s not about the money anymore but how I value myself in this industry.
My forte is dancing. I’m influenced by Gary Valenciano, Michael Jackson and Chris Brown, among others. When it comes to acting, I look up to Dingdong Dantes. It’s still a long road ahead and part of the learning process is to be flexible especially with your weakness.
I’ll stay in show biz until I can’t dance anymore (Laughing). But I’m also eyeing a business soon.
Lastly, I look forward to a happy future with my own family. I was hoping to have a baby in my early twenties, not because it’s the trend but because I wanted to grow up with my child. Yung, nag-aabut pa ang mga edad ninyo. I think it’s cool.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 27, 2013.