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Jodi Sta. Maria Passionately Pursues Dream

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Another semester has passed, a new one is beginning and actress Jodi Sta. Maria is already excited to wear her uniform again.

Jodi revealed on Twitter that she just finished enrolling for the second semester. She is 1st year student majoring Psychology in Southville International School and College as it has been her dream to become a medical practitioner in the future.

“Officially enrolled for the 2nd Sem! Exciting times ahead,” she tweeted today.

The actress is gearing up for her new subjects like Social Psychology and Biochemistry, which netizens note will be difficult but nothing short of fun. She will continue to juggle her career and studies as the taping of her new teleserye has resumed. Plus, Jodi has an upcoming horror film with actor Marvin Augustin. It is directed by Jet Leyco and produced by Reality Entertainment.

Meanwhile, the actress had two weeks of vacation but was busy completing requirements for her grades. In fact, Jodi was actively seeking production staff – ‘sizzey’ as she fondly calls them – to hand out questionnaires while she was preparing for her hosting gig in the Kapamilya Awards 2017 last Tuesday.

“Before I embarked for my 2nd semester binigyan nila (professors) ako ng 2 weeks off from school but that doesn’t mean wala akong ginawa. Mayroon akong requirements na kinailangan tapusin para ma-lock-in ang grades ko for the first semester,” she said in an exclusive interview.

Jodi, who studies religiously, learned myriad knowledge from widely celebrated Psychologists like Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, and Sigmund Freud. But one of Jodi’s key learnings that rings truth in modern society was the value of understanding one another.

“The world will be a better place if there would be more understanding than judging,” she said.

What will this new semester teach her next? Find out soon only here on www.jodistamaria.ph

The Family That Plays Together, Wins Together!

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In this day and age, kids are glued to their mobile devices to play various games just like Jodi Sta. Maria’s son, Thirdy. As a mom of a young boy, Jodi tries her best to catch up with trends as a way to connect with her son.

But no matter how much she tries, she couldn’t grasp the somewhat complicated mechanics of modern games. So instead, she plays something much simpler.

“Di ako marunong eh, may dinownload ako (na game) na natutunan kay Thirdy.” Jodi funnily admitted.

“Hindi siya komplikadong game kasi pagpinapanood ko yung mga games ng bata ngayon, sabi ko ‘hay di na to kaya ng brain cells ko.’” She went on to say that she used to play video games when she was younger.

But even though mobile games are such a big hit nowadays, the mother and son still find joy in traditional, well-loved games. In fact, they would spend some quality time in Puzzles, where anyone can play plethora of classic and modern board games and eat delicious food at the same time.

With 350 board games, Jodi and Thirdy easily passes the time with so much fun and excitement. But who wins in these games? Thirdy. The 12-year-old, who is a Basketball champion and an honor student, has a competitive spirit so he doesn’t let anyone even his mom win.

“Si Thirdy very competitive. Ayaw niyang natatalo siya. Gusto niya lagi siyang winner. Motto ata niya is life is a competition. Charing,” she quipped.

Jodi Sta. Maria Encourages Everyone to Give Care to Kids with Chronic Illness

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Actress Jodi Sta. Maria is an advocate for various important causes, including breast cancer awareness, women empowerment, Lumads’ rights, and children’s wellness. The latter is very important to her, in fact, she is the ambassadress of Kythe Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of children with chronic illness.

In 2013, 322 children from ages 5-14 died because of disease of pulmonary circulation and other forms of heart disease, according to Department of Health.

During our exclusive interview with the actress, she said it’s important that we shower kids suffering from chronic illness with love so they wouldn’t feel alone in their difficult journey.

“It’s so important na maparating natin ang mensahe at mapadama natin sa kanila na hindi sila nag-iisa,” Jodi said.

Some studies suggest that happiness help ease cancer patients’ pain and anxiety.

Asked why this advocacy is important to her, Jodi believes it’s because she is a mother.

“Hindi madali para sa isang magulang na makitang may pinagdadaan ang anak mo. And as a mother, I am very thankful to the Lord na mayroon akong child na healthy and active.”

Jodi Sta. Maria Advocates Early Breast Cancer Detection

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The month of October signals the nearing of Christmas, upcoming semester break, celebration of Halloween and also, the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness. In 2010 alone, there were 12, 262 Filipinas who got diagnosed with breast cancer. Futhermore, low-income countries, such as the Philippines, have low survival rate, painting a grim outlook for every affected men and women out there.

So this month of October, Avon tapped several celebrities, including actress Jodi Sta. Maria, to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. 

“Did you know 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime?” asked by th Pink Minute campaign by Avon. However, early detection would significantly increase the survivality of every person affected by it and it only “takes a minute.”

“Yun yung pinaka importante, yung early detection kasi it can increase the chances of survival,” Jodi said in an exclusive interview with JSMPH.

Simply do a regular self-assestment by pressing firmly around the breast area and feel for any lumps. It’s easy and free. There should be no excuses.

More so, Jodi encourages everyone to educate themselves about breast cancer , after all, having knowledge to just about everything equips the wielder with a powerful tool.

“We should take it upon ourselves to educate ourselves about certain topics tulad nito (Breast Cancer).” Jodi added.

But fighting cancer shouldn’t be a lonely journey. While suffering from cancer, many affected by it experience myriad of emotions like sadness, fear, anger and more negative feelings. That’s why loved ones of cancer patients should give immense support and care in this very difficult time. 

Just heed the advice of Jodi, whose mother is a cancer survivor. She referred to her mom as “The strongest person I know” after conquering breast and bone cancer.

“Make them know and feel that they are not alone,” Jodi advised. “Always give them encouragement and make them feel loved… Ipaalala natin sa kanila kung bakit kailangan pa lumaban. We can beat cancer.”

Jodi Sta Maria: “Thirdy is a Blessing”

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Jodi Sta. Maria may have a strict schedule but she’s never too busy for the “blessing” of her life, Thirdy. Apart from their baking and pottery activities, the mother and son also bond through storytelling.

In an exclusive interview, Jodi revealed that Thirdy loves to read books, which is commendable given his young age, and so, every night after their “kwentuhan,” they still have more special moment together.

“Mahilig kasi siya magpabasa ng libro. Yun yung nagiging bonding namin.”

Based on multiple studies, reading helps develop children’s vocabularies and broadens perspectives, among other things.

“Napaka-important din kasi ng book reading kasi somehow it stimulates your mind. Para yung creativity mo and imagination mo gumagana. So it’s very important sa cognitive development din ng bata.”

Even more admirable, Jodi reads to Thirdy with not just typical books but “The Action Bible.” Written by Doug Mauss and illustrated by Sergio Cariello, the Action Bible is Biblical comic that makes learning wisdom of God more enjoyable for children.

“As a mother, I know that the Lord has entrusted me with something very special. Thirdy is a blessing. I know that God want me to raise him up God-fearing, loving him, and know him as well.”

It should be noted that Jodi is hitting two birds with one stone because not only is she encouraging her son to read more, she is also instilling Thirdy with God’s teaching. Both are quite important- crucial even- for every child.

Nevertheless, don’t just simply force a book on your child. Jodi has a gentle reminder for every parent and that is to know what their children want to read.

“Kunwari yung bata ang gusto si Wonder Woman pero pinipilit mong ipabasa Little Pony,” she joked. “So I think it’s very important that we know what they like or what they want so they find every bit of story interesting.”

Jodi Sta. Maria Hailed as Most Outstanding Media Communicator

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Gawad Lasallianeta Awards, the award-giving body of De La Salle Araneta University, recognized Kapamilya stars, including Jodi Sta. Maria, for their great contribution in the field of Mass Media.

The award-giving body hailed Jodi as one of the Most Outstanding Media Communicators as they believe Jodi is an excellent actress and a great role-model for DLSAU students.

“Ms. Sta. Maria was chosen as an awardee under the entertainment category. Her being a single mother did not hinder her from excelling as an actress and from becoming someone the Lasallian community of DLSAU can look up to,” according to an email sent by Ma. Sheila Cabidog from De La Salle Araneta University.

Other Kapamilya artist awardee were Enchong Dee, Ogie Alcasid, and Gary Valenciano.

Jodi thanked Gawad Lasallianeta Awards for acknowledging her brilliant work, saying that recognition like this inspires artists like her to do a better job in their field.

According to Ma. Cadibog, the Zeal for Lasallian Excellence as Media Communicators is awarded to Lasallian-alumni who are living the Lasallian values in the fields of tv and radio broadcasting, print media, entertainment, social media, and performing arts.

Congratulations Jodi!

Jodi Sta. Maria Stars In A New Film

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Jodi Sta. Maria, one of the greatest actresses of her generation, is set to star in a new film alongside actor Marvin Agustin.

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The two will work together in a movie directed by Jet Leyco and produced by Reality Entertainment, which is renowned for creating some of the best horror films in the country.

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Working together for the first time, Jodi and Marvin met today with Mr. Leyco and Reality Entertainment Founders Dondon Monteverde and Erik Matti for the story conference.

Not much has been shared about the film but judging from the portfolio of the production house, Jodi might star in a horror or suspense movie.

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Jodi Sta. Maria Shares Updates About School, Life, And More

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While most of us get nosebleed whenever we hear English from an articulate person, Jodi Sta. Maria experiences it with Math, which is actually much better because that subject surely induces tears and pain to countless students every year.

The actress asked for prayers and support so she can pass her Fundamentals of Statistics with flying colors so let’s all hope the best for her so she could get a perfect score.

“Finals ko na sa Fundamental of Stats so please, please pray for me na sanang mai-pass ko talaga with flying colors ang math kasi medyo numo-nosebleed ako,” she said.

And once Jodi finishes her study in the future, she hopes to share all of her valuable learnings to us someday.

@jodistamaria flying to France for a very special union of two of her dearest friends. #JodiStaMaria #B617

Jodi Sta Maria PH 发布于 2017年8月31日

Jodi is currently taking up Bachelor in Science major in Psychology and hopes to be a counselor.

But for now, she will fly to one of the most stylish and romantic countries in the world, France. Avoir un vol sûr, Jodi!

@jodistamaria and her upcoming test plus new project. #NewMovie #RealityEntertainment #jodistamaria #B617

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Jodi Sta. Maria Enjoys A Day in Toronto

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Actress Jodi Sta. Maria was back in Canada last July 29 for ASAP Live in Toronto show in celebration of Canada’s 150th year.

Jodi, along with other Kapamilya stars, including Sam Milby, Kim Chiu, Piolo Pascual, Ogie Alcasid, Richard Yap, and more, is happily entertaining our Kapamilyas living there. But during the times she wasn’t not performing, of course, Jodi was busy with her fun adventure.

For that rainy day, Jodi and her friends visited CN Tower, which used to be the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower. They wondered around the souvenir shop that was filled with cool items, perfect as “pasalubongs.”

But the fun really started when they climbed up in the top floor of CN Tower, which is also famous for its glass floor. Let’s just say that this is not an everyday walking tour experience but the actress braved the 342 m (1,122 ft.) height and even took a selfie!

“This is the most glorious day of my life,” the actress said in jest.

After the “death-defying” experience, Jodi felt a bit nauseous but they had to continue the tour in the rooftop. It wasn’t so bad as the view was nothing short of amazing. It oversees the big skyscrapers only Toronto can offer.

Their tour in the rooftop soon had to end but as they descend, their tour guide Abigail, informed them about amazing facts of CN Tower in 58 seconds.

Jodi and the other Kapamilya celebrities also spent some time at the Nathan Philips Square, where people go ice skating during winter season. While waiting for the production team, Jodi recalled her 14-hour flight from Hong Kong to Manila, where she watched a movie and a documentary about animals, and then slept for 11 hours. After landing in Toronto, Jodi couldn’t anymore due to jetlagged so she finished her reports for school. What a good student!

When she finished her story, Jodi couldn’t help herself but to comment about other tourists, which was beyond funny.

The actress also poked fun at Papa Chen, when he was trying to fix the umbrella.

“Kasalukuyan pong nagiistrugle si Chenes sa nabaliktad na payong. Kaya pa ba niya? San po kayo nakakita ng bumaliktad na payong na walang hangin. Only Chenes in Toronto.” Jodi joked.

There is never a dull day with Jodi!

How Jodi Sta. Maria Keeps Her Life Balanced

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In this day and age, a modern woman is someone who exerts her best effort to be on top of her game. She can be a mother, a CEO, a humanitarian, an advocate, a student and a woman every man can’t resist, all at the same time.

A quick look in Jodi’s schedule and you’d be astounded to see how she manages to keep everything balanced. First things first, the multi-awarded actress is currently busy taping her new project in the Kapamilya network as she will soon be back on TV. Her last project on TV was the highly successful ‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo’ remake, where she even won a nomination from iEmmy, in 2015. This time though, she’ll be back with her ‘Be Careful With My Heart’ leading man, Richard Yap. So be ready because this highly anticipated TV series will be full of ‘kilig’ moments.

But even though she is busy with her career, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for herself. Jodi makes it a point to take care of her mind, body, and soul. In fact, she heavily encourages her fans and followers to do what she does.

The Mind

As a lot may have known, Jodi is back in school and pursuing a Bachelor of Science major in Psychology, because ever since, she really wanted to have her own degree and become a medical professional. What’s even more admirable about Jodi is that she studies during her breaks in her taping and commercial shoots.

“It is important because it creates better opportunities in the future. It makes us strong mentally, intellectual, and socially by increasing our knowledge level. It makes us more confident too as individuals,” she said in a previous interview.

The Body

Jodi makes no excuses when it comes to keeping herself fit and healthy. The actress understands the importance and benefits of having a strong temple as she believes that “the best project you’ll ever work on is you.”

“Exercise to be fit, to be strong, to be healthy – that’s the goal. And if you are not where you want to be that’s enough motivation to keep you going.”

Note to Self : The best project you'll ever work on is you. Be better than you were yesterday. There will be people who will always perceive you wrong – say not so good stuff about you – even accuse you for having wrong self-image just because how you look does not fit their ideals. And it doesn't matter. You don't live for them. You live for you. They dont know you – you know you. Let them talk all they want – let them label and be critical – but don't let them stop you from being the best version of you. Exercise to be fit, to be strong, to be healthy – that's the goal. and if you are not where you want to be that's enough motivation to keep you going. ❤️💕👍🏻 Thank you coach @jmbasila10 ! For more updates, kindly visit @jodistamariaph

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The Soul

Strengthening her faith through prayer and by going to Church is a must for Jodi. She never misses out on nourishing her soul with God’s wisdom and love. The actress even shares bible verses and her interpretation of it that never fails to inspire her fans and followers.

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With those mentioned, a lot may wonder, does Jodi even have time to have fun? Yes of course she does! Just recently, netizens were amazed when they saw her casually walking in the streets of Makati with her manager, Biboy Arboleda or mostly commonly known as Mother Bibs! The pair wondered from the Ayala tunnel, where they admired the colorful and exquisite murals on the wall, and then headed to Landmark but before that, some people recognized Jodi in her simple attire and asked for pictures, which she happily obliged to. When the two got inside Landmark, they, of course, dropped by Jollibee where Jodi happily recalled that her mom often took her there when she was young and that the Jollibee mascot has been standing there exactly where she remembered.

After that the mother and daughter wondered inside Greenbelt and shared words of wisdom with each other. Jodi even gave Mother Bibs a book entitled “Warrior of the Light” to inspire her.

They eventually concluded their fun mini-journey in the jungle of Makati but it was fun to know that a celebrity like Jodi and a powerful figure like Mother Bibs can live like a normal person.

And at the end of the day, the actress comes home to her son, Thirdy or Muy to his loved ones. Just like any other mom, Jodi makes sure she has a time for her son. They spend quality time together by baking, vacationing, playing games, and more. Most recently Jodi attended one of Thirdy’s basketball game to support her son and his team, DLSZ Boys 13 under, VS. Berkeley Baguio. Due to their training and skills, Thirdy and his team claimed victory, which isn’t the first time. In fact, their team has been experiencing a win streak and naturally, Jodi is a very proud mom.

For now, the actress is in Toronto with Richard Yap, along with other Kapamilya stars, for ASAP Live in Toronto show in celebration of Canada’s 150th year. The theme of the show is diversity and inclusiveness, add to that the talented performers like Jodi so, surely, it’s going to be fun and fabulous.

In the end, it’s remarkable how Jodi handles her crazy and wonderful life. But ultimately, it’s all about making the right choices in life and Jodi chooses to be happy and fulfilled.