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Angel Locsin says money can’t buy happiness she gets from helping others

Why is Angel Locsin so self-sacrificing, responsive, and supportive of people in dire need of aid; a gentle yet active humanitarian who goes straight to the place of conflict or disaster just lend her helping hand?

For her, seeing smiles in the faces of the people she helps is what drives her passion for charitable efforts. That alone, she says, brings deep satisfaction and bliss, which money can’t buy. 

“’Pag na-focus ka kasi sa mga bagay na hindi tungkol sa iyo, malaking epekto ‘yun sa mental health mo, sa sarili mo, tapos mapapansin mo na lang masaya ka na pala,” Angel emphasized in a virtual press conference on Saturday, June 13, launching her first foray into hosting, the documentary Iba ‘Yan.

Kung meron kang nakitang taong nabago ang buhay o mapangiti mo lang kahit papaano, gagaan din ‘yung loob mo. ‘Di mababayaran ‘yan ng kahit anong TF (talent fee),” she added. 

Angel reiterated that the show isn’t about her or what she has done, but rather giving the limelight to unsung heroes especially during the pandemic whose generosity and selflessness restore our faith in humanity.

Isa lang ang akong simpleng tao, ‘di ako bilyonaryo, ‘di ako mayaman. Hindi rin lagi ako ang nauuna. Siguro din lagi akong nagkakaroon ng coverage kasi kilala ka. Madalas napi-picturan ng tao pero naniniwala ako na mas maraming tao pa ‘yung mas active sa field na hindi binibigyan ng importance talaga,” she noted, stressing that Iba ‘Yan is precisely the platform to provide that spotlight to ordinary people doing extraordinary work for others. 

She mentioned that these stories will show noble traits of the Filipino, especially the bayanihan spirit that we all should be proud of.

Para ma-inspire ang mga tao, lalo na sa may mga pinagdadaanan,” Angel further declared. “Isa sa mga objectives ng show na ito bukod sa makakapagbigay ng ngiti at inspirasyon sa tao is ‘yung mabalik ‘yung pagiging proud natin na Pinoy tayo, ito ang magagandang katangian natin. Ito ‘yung mga ugaling Pinoy katulad ng bayanihan, grabe tayo tumulong sa kapwa natin. Kahit nasalanta na tayo, ‘yung susuotan na damit, ‘yung isusubo nating pagkain, ibibigay pa natin sa kapwa natin. ‘Yun ang isa sa mga dapat i-remind natin sa mga kabataan natin ngayon na ito ang isa sa mga ugaling Pilipino na ‘di dapat ikahiya.

Apart from hosting this show, Angel had been tirelessly active during the community quarantine in reaching out to assist frontliners in the pandemic with several initiatives, such as the “#UniTENTweStandPH” providing tents to hospitals and the “Shop and Share” project aimed at raising funds for mass testing. 

Angel shared that she should have chosen to take a rest during the quarantine period, given her preparations for her upcoming wedding to fiancé Neil Arce.  She added she was “envious” of other people who are learning how to cook or create artwork as they stay at home during the lockdown. 

’Di ko pa siya natututukan pero gusto ko rin siyang aralin ‘yung magluto kasi mag-aasawa na ako. Tapos mag-painting kahit papaano. Pero ‘yun nga, kasi may priorities tayo na kailangang tutukan. Kung saan tayo kailangan, doon muna tayo,” Angel said.

“In a way, eto ang gusto nating para mag-reach out sa mga tao. Eto ‘yung pagbibigay serbisyo sa tao sa ating munting paraan,” she added.

Angel also thanked her family for supporting her efforts and advocacies, especially her 94-year-old father Angelo, who she reveals she has not seen face to face since the peak of the quarantine period because he is in higher risk to contract COVID-19.

Watch Iba ‘Yan presented by Angel Locsin, beginning Sunday, June 14 at 6:15pm on the Kapamilya Channel