MANILA - Screen veteran Jackie Lou Blanco remembers the last time she wore a bikini, and that was two decades ago for a competitive fitness stint.
That changed on Sunday, when Blanco took to Instagram to share her a photo of her sporting a bikini, for the first time in 20 years. The occasion: her 54th birthday.
Blanco said maintaining her physique since her "Great Bodies" moment hasn't always been easy.
Explaining why she stopped wearing bikini for a time, Blanco said: "My tummy was never flat. I was a chubby child. It still isn't and that's why I rarely wear one. Nako-conscious ako. Three years ago I had a problem losing weight. I didn't know what I was doing wrong or if I was doing anything right. Was so frustrating."
She credited Pau Quiza, a personal online trainer and functional training specialist, for helping her shed some weight and get toned again.
"I wasn't sure whether I was going to post this photo, but as I turn a year older today, I realized I am not at that frustrating place I was years ago and I am grateful and thankful," Blanco said.
The actress acknowledged there is progress to be made still, "but with the love and support of those I love, I know the journey will be worth it."
Blanco concluded: "So today I celebrate my struggles, my strenghts, my weaknesses, and my victories. I celebrate all the women out there, all shapes and sizes. Know you are not alone in your struggles. I celebrate you! I celebrate life!