Video game streaming has become a hit millennial trend especially now that the youngs are stuck at home and in the digital space. Kapamilya actresses Alexa Ilacad and Ella Cruz are among those caught by the hype. Don’t be fooled by their sweet feminine appeal because these two are a force to be reckoned with in the male-dominated shooting and fighting arena.
“Online world is life,” says Ella, who strictly followed the stay-at-home protocol since the first day of the quarantine period. Apart from recording her playing sessions, she’s also busy with creating vlog contents.
For Alexa, the cyberspace isn’t just a place for fun and entertainment but of learning as well. Alexa takes her college courses online and is now in the final term.
The former Bagito co-stars reunite in an episode of Ipaglaban Mo airing this Sunday, June 14 on the Kapamilya Channel. Titled “Yes, Sir,” the episode focuses on the sexual harassment experienced by two students after joining a school organization spearheaded by a male teacher to be portrayed by Joem Bascon. Both characters – Alexa’s Wendy and Ella’s Jessica – will go through the same kind of abuse but one of them turns a blind eye to the violation at first while the other one musters the courage to speak up.
Sharing their key takeaways from the story, Ella highlights that victims must be bold enough to stand up in order to obtain necessary support and justice. While it is extremely vital to speak up, Alexa acknowledges that it might be easier said than done. She takes several factors such as fear and trauma into consideration. These negative emotions can sometimes paralyze the victim, according to Alexa, so there’s nothing wrong with a slow-paced reaction. “You may take your time. Tell one person at a time. Go with your own pace and have a support system around you. Just use your voice because you have a voice,” she adds.
This marks Alexa’s most challenging and most delicate role, thus far. “Ang hirap i-portray. Three hours prior the take, nakaupo lang ako mag-isa kasi kinakabahan ako. Kasi kapag hindi ko na-deliver nang tama, parang hindi ko na rin nabigyan ng justice ‘yung mga totoong experiences ng mga nakaranas ng sexual harrasment.” Alexa gives props to Director JP Habac, who guided them through the scenes and helped shape her performance with just the right amount of emotions.
Catch the Ipaglaban Mo “Yes, Sir” episode this Sunday, June 14 airing on the Kapamilya Channel.