When 40-year-old singer-actor Piolo Pascual and director Joyce Bernal donated more than a million pesos to Marawi evacuees, those who know them well weren’t surprised.
Piolo is especially known to be generous especially when it’s for a good cause. That’s why upon learning the stories of some of the evacuees, he immediately decided to help them.
“You’re living a good life here and then you realize these people – not homeless, but they were forced out – that broke my heart,” he said. “Sila ’yung mga taong hindi ayos ang buhay but not by choice.”
He first heard their stories from Joyce who shared that Robin has a housing charity for Marawi evacuees, to benefit more than 300 families.
Piolo donated one million pesos while Joyce gave half a million pesos. They say the money came from their earnings as producer and director of hit movie “Kita Kita.”
Piolo’s support didn’t stop there. He met with ABS-CBN TV executives and discussed plans to hold a nationwide telethon for the Marawi evacuees. They were able to raise more than 13 million pesos.
According to Piolo, their passion to help is “not a one-time thing.”
“Magtutulungan tayo. Kakalimutan natin ’yung relihiyon, kakalimutan natin ’yung social classes – we just wanna be human for once.”
Piolo’s work schedule remains packed with different taping, endorsement shooting and corporate shows.
He has been appearing on sitcom “Home Sweetie Home” as special guest.
“Actually, initially I was hesitant (tanggapin ’yung role) kasi nakakahiya naman kay Lloydie (John Lloyd Cruz) baka kasi sabihin niya bina-bypass ko siya or hindi man lang ako nagsabi,” he shared.
Piolo added he had messaged John Lloyd about it. The latter is on an indefinite leave of absence from showbiz.
Aside from the sitcom, Piolo is set to do a teleserye with Arci Muñoz, Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi.
“Two months na kaming nagte-taping. Siguro mga end of the month ipapalabas ’yung pilot preview,” he said.
Feels like the first time
Piolo revealed he is back to living with his mom together with his son and sister. Prior, for 15 years, Piolo lived on his own in a condominium unit.
“First time to live in the house after a long time so ngayon lang ako tumira sa buhay ulit,” he said.
He shared that building the house took them 18 months to finish. As much as possible, Piolo said he personally managed their relocation.
“When I have things that I didn’t need at pwedeng itapon, tinatapon ko na,” he said.
But of course, there were things he just can’t let go like books.
“I collect books. I love reading books and giving away books,” he said. “I have so many books kasi ’pag may nagustuhan ako, bibili ako ng by bulk tapos pinamimigay ko, so ang dami kong libro sa bahay.”
He enjoys reading books about “acting” or something like “art of character.”
Apparently, he doesn’t like losing stuff that has sentimental value. He recalled how “it breaks my heart” losing his hard drive which contained thousand of photos and videos of himself. Also a box full of trophies he’d won over a decade.
Fortunately, Piolo got wind of delivery app Mober he eventually ended up endorsing. The app makes his life easier as it monitors the delivery process and even gives delivery updates through phone.
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