Body Talk with Ellen Adarna

FUNFARE - Ricky Lo - The Philippine Star

Big things do come in small packages. Cliché? Not when you’re talking about Ellen Adarna who, at 5’1”, has been unwittingly stealing the lion’s share of attention from her taller colleagues. An Arian (April 2), she weighs 97 lbs.; measures 33-25-33; and wears teen-sized clothes and size-6 shoes.

The good news is that Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI) is marking its 180th anniversary with Ellen as its official calendar girl for 2015. Big deal for the petite charmer who has just recently concluded her starring role on ABS-CBN’s top-rating afternoon series Moon Of Desire and she is currently gearing up for another Kapamilya series, Pasion de Amor. Ellen is also part of the ensemble cast of Skylight Films and Quantum Films’ sex-comedy Beauty In A Bottle.

GSMI vice president and marketing manager Nelson Elises revealed why Ellen was tapped for the honor, “Ellen is arguably the hottest and sexiest young actress in the industry today. She has a very strong and loyal fan base and we are very proud to welcome her on board as our 2015 calendar girl.”

With photography by BJ Pascual, make-up by Albert Kurinawan, and styling by Liz Uy, Ellen was photographed against the backdrops of a rice field, a construction site and the beach to honor and represent farmers, construction workers, and fishermen. GSMI will honor working class Filipino men as represented by farmer Dick Alipio Evasco from Atok, Benguet; construction worker Alfredo “Ada” Abastas from Metro Manila; and fisherman Mosies Mesa from Binangonan, Rizal. These men were each given plaques of recognition, a special Ginebra San Miguel Ganado Packages, GSMI products, and a P10,000 cash prize during Ellen’s recent grand press launch. 

Incidentally, since last year, a Ginebra San Miguel 180 Traveling Exhibit has been going around the country featuring the brand’s past calendar girls: Anjanette Abayari (1994), Alma Concepcion (1995), Michelle Aldana (1998), Janna Victoria (1999), Patricia Javier (2000), Geneva Cruz (2001), Rica Peralejo (2002), Aubrey Miles (2003), Belinda Bright and Maricar de Mesa (2004), Angelica Panganiban (2007), Marian Rivera (2009 and 2014), Anne Curtis (2011), Solenn Heussaff (2012) and Georgina Wilson (2013).

How did you prepare for the Ginebra pictorial?

“I tried to exercise as much as I could and I watched my diet. I avoided carbs and ate a lot of protein.”

Any part of your body that you had to work on?

“My butt because  it has always been flat but the good thing is there’s a bit now. Before it was really not there.”

Describe the shoot.

“It was somewhere in Makati. I was asleep the whole trip to the studio. The shoot was fun and I felt like I was really in the scene because they had real plants and real sand set-up so I felt like we shot in different places even if we were just in a studio. Hahahaha!”

Do you “socially” drink? Have you tasted Ginebra?

“Social drinking is not in my vocabulary. Hahahaha! I’ve always been open about how much I can drink. And, of course, I drink Ginebra! I grew up in the province, remember? Hehehehe!”

Are you offended when men fantasize about you?

“I don’t really think about it so…nope!”

How do you ward off aggressive men?

“When I’m out, I always protect myself by surrounding myself with girl friends and good friends. I really just hang out with my friends.”

Any indecent proposal (and how did you deal with it)?


What sort of diet do you regularly follow?

“I try to eat healthy but I don’t always go on strict diets unless I really need to prepare myself for a big shoot.”

What’s usually for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

“Breakfast is anything with eggs, lunch and dinner anything, too. I’m not really picky with food, and I love to eat!”


“Depends, but usually I just take coffee.”

How much water do you take per day?

“A lot! Probably 10 glasses a day.”

Food that you usually crave for?


What vitamins are you taking?

“The USANA set.”

How much workout do you do regularly?

“I try to work out at least three times a week.”

Your body looks perfect. But any part that needs improvement?

“My butt. LOL!”

And the most vulnerable part?

“My eyes. They could easily get puffy if I don’t get enough sleep.”

Favorite part of your body?

“My skin. I am blessed with good skin. Thank you, Mama!”

What part of a guy’s body do you notice first?

“Back and shoulders.”

And what else in a guy turns you on…and off?

“Turn on: Smart and funny and tall. Turn off: Vain and yabang boys.”

How much sleep do you get per night?

“At least seven hours.”

Favorite sleepwear? Do you ever sleep in the nude?

“Loose shirt and panty. I like to be comfortable.”

How many pillows do you sleep with?


Do you snore?

“My boyfriend says I do but very light lang daw. Hahahaha!”

Do you talk in your sleep?

“Yes. A lot.”

Do you sleepwalk?


Last thing that you do before you go to sleep?

“Brush my teeth and check my phone.”

And the first thing that you do as soon as you wake up?

“Drink coffee.”

How do you relax…cope with stress? Do you meditate? Listen to music (what kind)? Watch movies (what kind)?

“I relax by having regular massages. And I cope with stress by drinking with my friends.”

Favorite hideaway? Favorite city?


How’s your love life?

“It’s perfect!”

How’s your nightlife?

“Sometimes I can go out. But when I’m busy, I don’t.”

Name three guys that you think have nice bodies.

“Ryan Reynolds, David Beckham and Brad Pitt (in Troy).”

And three women whose bodies are as nice as yours.

“Their bodies are way better than mine! Candice Swanepoel, Shane Elise Earp and Ellie Gonsalvez.”

Using only body language, how do you make a guy know that you admire him?

“I don’t know really! I usually don’t mind them because I’m too shy to flirt with those that I like.”

(E-mail reactions at entphilstar@yahoo.com. You may also send your questions to askrickylo@gmail.com.)

  • Latest
  • Trending
Are you sure you want to log out?

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

or sign in with