This Christmas season is arguably the busiest and most festive since the pandemic. Face-to-face gatherings are again in full swing, there’s merrymaking everywhere. But, let us not forget that for some, Christmas is also filled with stress or painful memories. We can all agree that this time of the year, no matter where we are in life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
But there’s a free antidote to our big, overwhelming Christmas emotions: gratitude. Take it from these Kapamilya stars, who stopped for a moment to focus on the blessings they are grateful for. In that way, they get to find their ray of positivity and capture the true spirit of the holidays.
AC Bonifacio is grateful for the Lord’s favor in her life, blessed with people who help her go through the still ongoing pandemic. Andrea Brillantes wakes up every day feeling grateful that she is healthy and has her family complete. For Andrea, every new morning means a chance to pursue her dreams.
Friends and friends who become families make Angeline Quinto's heart swell. “Sobrang laking bagay sa akin ‘yung maging malapit sa mga taong ganu’n kasi mahal na mahal ko yung family ko. So, itong mga taong ‘to na pinahahalagahan ako, sa mga katrabaho ko na kinupkop ako bilang kapamilya na rin nila, talagang grateful ako para sa kanilang lahat.”
Anji Salvacion is thankful for the abundance of blessings such as her talent and the beautiful people around her. She will never take these for granted. With that, she brings back all the glory to God, “Everything is just so beautiful and I want to lift it up to Him kasi I wouldn’t have what I have right now if it wasn’t for Him.”
Motherhood makes Anne Curtis all the more appreciate the gift of life as well as “being able to receive and most importantly being able to spread” the gift of love.
She may have gone through a devastating season this year but Moira dela Torre is contented that even amid darkness, she realized her truest treasures in life, the people who stick by her side.
Remember to be grateful for whatever is giving you the courage to get out of bed and face the world. For Janella Salvador, it’s her family. She is thankful that she’s able to feed them through her job.
For Elha Nympha, blessings and family are on top of her gratitude list. For Erik Santos, it's the gift of family. Chito Miranda expressed appreciation for his wife and kids and “the life kung saan nila ako dinala.”
With back-to-back crises that greatly affected ABS-CBN, most stars are beyond grateful that they still have a job to support their families and practice their passion.
Charlie Dizon is just happy and thankful she has projects and wonderful co-workers. To still be able to perform on stage is Darren Espanto’s gratitude pill. Jed Madela feels blessed to be able to spread happiness through his music. Apart from their jobs, these artists also appreciate the gift of life and good health.
Martin Nievera celebrates his 40th showbiz anniversary. Not everyone gets a chance to make it as far as he did, thus he is grateful for the chance to be remembered by his audience.
Just to be included in ABS-CBN’s roster of talents is already a gift, says Kyle Echarri, but to actually enjoy his job is something more to be grateful for. Bailey May is thankful to his supporters, the reason he’s made it to the international stage.
Venturing into songwriting and producing, Morissette Amon is grateful that she has the platform to share her voice and story and of course, for the fans.
Ogie Alcasid feels privileged to be part of It’s Showtime and ASAP Natin ‘To that give him an opportunity to spread happiness, “Dahil sa panahon ngayon, kailangan na kailangan natin kahit dalawa o tatlong oras man lang ay magkaroon ng source of joy.”
Be more inspired to count your blessings by watching the 2022 ABS-CBN Christmas ID “Tayo Ang Ligaya Ng Isa’t Isa” music video.