The simple and elegant

Love for music, simplicity and elegance, these are what have marked Agot Isidro's happy and successful personal transformation through the years. From being a back-up singer, she has metamorphosed into her own artistic persona, ...

By Guil Franco (Correspondent)

Published: Tue 1 Aug 2006, 12:18 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:24 PM

taking a few big steps as a solo singer and branching out to related fields like theatre-acting, modelling for advertising and doing work for television.

The secret? Agot has learned that loving one's self is essential to genuine happiness. "It is a prerequisite before one can truly love other people and share oneself to others," she says. That's why she strives to balance the many aspects of her life and the many roles she plays in it.

Agot also believes in the importance of taking care of one's body. This is the reason why she puts fitness a priority. She goes to the gym regularly for her cardiovascular exercises and enjoys her cosmic cycling classes. She also added lifting weights to tone her muscles. "Fitness also sharpens one's focus and instills discipline of sorts," she shares.

Part of the discipline she has instilled upon herself is sticking to her decision of being a vegetarian. Meat is an absolute no-no for Agot. She goes for veggies and fruits and manages occasional fish intake. She also makes sure she drinks lots of water.

Another role she cherishes is her being a wife to advertising hotshot Manu Sandejas. The couple shares a gamut of interests, from eating out to walking their dogs. But they also have time for their individual pursuits.

Agot has learned to love acting, both on television and on the theatre stage. Her most recent performance in ZsaZsa Zaturnah got glowing reviews and she has started work in a new daily action-fantasy show on ABS-CBN called Rounin.

But what she is most excited about these days is her forthcoming CD from Holiday Records, the newest recording label in the local music industry today. Agot has finished recording all her tracks for this special bossa nova CD and she likes what she has heard after all the meticulous recording sessions with executive producer Eugene Villaluz and supervising producer Alwyn Cruz.

Agot shares that she has always liked bossa nova and it is good that this genre is starting to be received well again in the Philippines. In the 12-track CD, she has done her own version of classics by Neil Sedaka, Sergio Mendes and Astrud Gilberto besides doing a duet with the current toast of the jazz scene, Mon David.

Agot Isidro has indeed taken some great leaps over the years, but this is perhaps her biggest step forward. For someone who knows what truly matters in life, Agot will certainly continue to find herself fit in the many fields wherein she's most happy and fulfilled.

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