Papa P-ositivity

Published May 9, 2018, 7:03 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Piolo Pascual has a lot in his hands these days. These include the TV shows “Home Sweetie Home” and “Since I Found You,” and his personal commitment to the Marawi Advocacy spearheaded by Robin Padilla.

Piolo Pascual (
Piolo Pascual

Well, he’s been like this for years now. And, still, no sign of burnout. Really?

“Hindi lang halata, masayahin lang ako,” Piolo said. “Tao lang tayo. Lalo kapag 20 years ka na sa industriya at araw-araw ka nagta-trabaho (mararamdaman mo yan minsan).”

He thanks ABS-CBN and his manager for allowing him breaks after every project. “It’s not as if we are asked to work as slaves,” he said. “We are here to do our job but we also have our down time where we can enjoy our private time out of work.”

So, how does Papa P. cope with stress and pressure?

“Natutulog po ako,” he laughed. “Para makare-energize, makare-charge at makabawi. And pray, we do that every day – morning and night just to keep our heads straight.”

Recently, Piolo’s co-star in “The Breakup Playlist,” Sarah Geronimo, had an emotional breakdown while performing at Las Vegas. Later, the singer would say she was just tired.

Nevertheless, the actor expressed his support for her.

“We get tired. We get physically exhausted, we’re only human, and we’re entitled to that. Bilang tao, bilang artista we have moments like that when we feel the burnout, but nasa tao naman yan eh.”

Piolo is tall, handsome, talented, and a man with a good heart. Many people see him as someone perfect. Does that pressure him?

“Hindi, not at all. I mean not for anything but I’ve come to the point in my life when I shrug my shoulders when there are things going on around me, just focus on the good things and stay positive,” the actor said.

“Sabi nga, ‘pikon talo.’ Mag-focus ka na lang sa magagandang bagay for you to be able to appreciate life better.”

Piolo is the latest ambassador of Hype, a transport service that allows passengers to book through SMS for free.

The actor was chosen primarily for his wholesome image which translates to credibility.

“Piolo is across all ages kasi. Even the millennials kasi if you ask them, they still know Piolo and I think it’s a good time also kasi meron siya ngayong teleserye, right?” said Hype Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jennifer Silan

The app, available on the App Store and Play Store by May 27, also offers Emergency SOS. Can people SOS Piolo?

“Pwede naman! Ibigay ko ‘yung number ko (sa Hype),” the actor said in jest.