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She fights for a better world, a fitter life, and the right to be herself.

BY Gay Ace Domingo

APRIL 2011

Sunshower. It’s the unusual meteorological phenomenon where the rain falls while the sun is shining. It’s how KC Concepcion, daughter of megastar Sharon Cuneta and veteran dramatic actor Gabby Concepcion, describes her life in general. Indeed, the sunny part of it can refer to her always pleasant disposition.

No secret are her showbiz-royalty pedigree and her own accomplishments since 2008, the year she entered showbiz full-time after graduating from the American University of Paris. KC has completed three films, one teleserye, two albums, and has hosted her own morning talk show, among many other projects.

Now she co-hosts ABS-CBN’s showbiz talk show The Buzz every Sunday. She’s also busy doing TV and billboard ads, and preparing for a movie with heartthrob Sam Milby. She realizes that some of her projects have yet to reach a higher plane, but KC takes it all in stride. “I have to admit that not all the things I’ve done are successful and I embrace that. It’s all part of a learning process. It’s all part of growing,” she says.

KC would be the first to tell you, “I’m not really showbiz.”  Her Twitter account bio is also telling: It describes her as “Sister. Lover. Fighter. Dancer,” instead of “Actress. Singer. Host. Product Endorser.”

The fighter and dancer parts of her are probably among the reasons that made her a pesco-vegetarian or a pescetarian, which means her diet includes fruits, vegetables, and fish, but not pork, chicken, or beef.

“I’ve been [pesco-vegetarian] for 10 years. I didn’t mean to be. It just happened naturally,” she says. When she turned 14, KC realized that she disliked the taste of pork. Six months later, she gave up beef. Even her favorite Yakitori dish composed of very thin slices of Wagyu didn’t seem enticing to the taste buds, anymore. “There was a time that after I ate [beef ] again, my body wouldn’t take it. So na-trauma ako. I just said I don’t want any of that.”

By the time KC turned 18 and was living in Paris, she had already given up eating lamb, duck, and chicken. KC thought sticking to fish, fruits, and vegetables would help her keep the weight off but that wasn’t the case. “What happened was I overloaded on carbs so I gained weight.” She would spend the next five to six years finding more about eating healthier and vegetarianism.

“So it’s been ten years since. I’ve been overloading on fish and lots of salads. I eat salad like it’s adobo and rice,” she says.

Beauty in advocacy

During the HealthToday photo shoot, the very athletic KC also got to show off her firm abs–a product of discipline and hours of exercise. As a teenager, she was into soccer and lacrosse. “I used to swim. I really love water sports,” she says. “It’s just that swimming can make you bulky so I’m resorting to sports that would make me look leaner.”

KC has been biking for more than a year now. If you’re lucky or observant enough to single her out from a group of nearly identical bikers, you might find her pedaling along Daang Hari—the road that connects the eastern part of Las Piñas City to the neighboring towns of Bacoor, Cavite, Muntinlupa City, and San Pedro Laguna, and a popular route for cyclists.

Being fit gives KC the stamina to withstand hours and hours of air and land travel to visit poor communities in the Philippines and around the world, as part of her mission with the United Nations World Food Programme. Early this year, she journeyed more than 22 hours and took three planes to get to the impoverished Karamoja region in Uganda. It was the longest, and perhaps, the most perilous journey that KC has ever taken. The threat of conflict remains present in Uganda where close to 200,000 people have settled in temporary communities with no food or running water.

KC has always been her own person, a free-spirited soul who radiates warmth, openness, enthusiasm and a sharp intelligence—qualities that have made her soar through skies that are cloudy or clear. And her journey is just beginning.

Also in this April 2011 issue 

  • Our health and the changing climate. Malaria and dengue incidents may increase because of the erratic weather.

  • More than moles. Find out ways to lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

  • Shielding your skin. Bask under the sun without suffering from its harmful rays.
Pinoy towards a malaria-free world. A Filipino scientist makes a huge leap in developing a vaccine against the disease.

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