bea angelActress Bea Alonzo is gearing up for a fruitful year in showbiz, thanks to numerous movie and TV projects lined up for the coming months. Among them is the movie adaptation of Maalala Mo Kaya, with actress Angel Locsin and actor Zanjoe Marudo. PEP.ph reports that Bea is eager to work with Angel, who is often pitted against her by the media because of the parallels in their careers.

Siyempre, first time ko makakatrabaho si Angel, so masaya ako (It’s my first time to work with Angel, so I’m happy),” she says. Bea adds that Angel is a good actress. “Siyempre, na-nominate nga siya sa International Emmy Awards, di ba? Who wouldn't want to work with someone like her?”

With regard to their perceived rivalry, Bea believes that if anything were to come out of it, it would be something that would help them both.Sa akin, kung magkakaroon man ng competition, healthy competition siguro para ma-push namin yung isa't isa beyond our limits. Hindi ako magpapakaipokrita para sabihing wala talaga, lalo na dahil kami ang magkaka-batch. (If there will be competition, it will be healthy, the kind that will help us push each other beyond our limits. I won’t be a hypocrite and say there’s no rivalry between us, especially since we started in showbiz at the same time.) But it's a healthy competition, and I wouldn't want anything bad happen to her.”

Like Bea, are you having trouble with a rival in the office? Dealing with constant tension might end up costing you your career, so before things get out of hand and you let your emotions get the better of you, read these tips from FN.
 

1. CLEAR UP ANY UNRESOLVED TENSION POINTS.
 
Start by having a one-on-one discussion to talk about issues on which you may have butted heads in the past. If you can’t resolve these, at least agree to disagree and make the mutual decision to put these aside while you’re working together. For one thing, your history should not be allowed to affect either of you professionally, and for another thing, you don’t want any past nastiness spreading to the other people you’ll be working with.
 

2. STAY CIVIL.

You don’t have to be chummy, but you should at least be polite to each other. Put your game face on; your professional life will be littered with encounters with people you don’t like, and this shouldn’t be any different. You should still be courteous to everyone, regardless of how much (or how little) you like them. In a professional environment, failure to do so only reflects badly on you.


 3. GIVE HIM OR HER THE BENEFIT OF A DOUBT.
 
Working in close quarters will help you become more familiar with your rival. This means you’ll be able to observe how he or she is as a person on a day-to-day basis rather than any occasional encounters you may have had before. This will give you insight into what drives him or her; frequently, you’ll find that bad behavior results from insecurities or other issues the offenders are struggling to deal with. Use this opportunity to give your rival a second chance at being someone you respect and like. And if this olive branch is not accepted, then it’s his or her loss, not yours.


4. BE ON GUARD.
 
Just because you’re allowing yourself to get to know your rival and possibly prove that you don’t have to be on opposite ends of things doesn’t mean you should immediately place your trust in him or her. A certain degree of reserve is important. Trust has to be earned on both sides, so while you should do what you can to make sure you are both professional in your endeavors, don’t expect to become pals overnight.

 
5. PLAY DEFENSE, NOT OFFENSE.
 
If your rival insists on putting you down, don’t descend to his or her level. Simply defend yourself when necessary—especially if he or she makes derogatory comments about your work that are patently untrue—but limit yourself to constructive criticism. You can’t control her actions or his words, but you can certainly control your own. Be the better person in this, and your poise and professionalism will earn you the admiration of others, while your rival’s spitefulness will only come back to bite him or her.


(Photos courtesy of PEP.ph)
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