Bea Alonzo reiterates stand against bullying: 'It's not okay'

Bea Alonzo understands the need for criticism. She believes it necessary if only to push people to be at their best.

She draws the line however, when criticism turns into bullying.

The actress explained, "I love criticism kasi hindi naman ako perpekto, marami rin akong pagkakamali. Meron din akong mga bagay na hindi ako magaling and okay lang yun. But bashing, no. Ayaw mo kasing maka-apekto yun sa energy mo. I always like protecting my energy. And of course, bullying is not always okay."

Bea admitted to experiencing being at the receiving end of unfair bashing and it hurts.

"Siyempre hindi ako magiging impokreta, sometimes, nasasaktan ako. Kasi tao lang ako e," she said. "Sometimes maybe they see just a face or they hear just a name, hindi nila naiintindihan tao ito; tao yung sinasabihan nila ng masasakit na salita - na may emosyon, na nasasaktan. Hindi mo pwedeng i-shake off yun."

She has since learned how to handle it.

"At your own process, 'yun talaga 'yung buhay eh," she sighed.

So how does she go about it?

Well, according to Bea, she simply picks the "noises" she wants to hear.

"Kasi, baka makasama pa sayo 'yun (ibang noises). You don't want to welcome that kind of energy. But you can listen, kumbaga, sa mga ' noises' from people na alam mong they really care about you, like, ako, 'yung mga totoong fans ko."

Bea shared how her fans are quite vocal in expressing themselves with anything and everything related to her.

"Kapag ka may hindi sila nagugustuhan sa certain projects ko or sa mga decisions ko, sinasabi talaga nila" she related.

Bea sees no problem with it.

"Kasi I know they love me and they say it in most loving way," she said.

The 34-year-old has a new show, "Start-Up PH." It is her first-ever GMA teleserye.

The series revolves around a group of young individuals eager to fulfill their dreams and start their own businesses.

Bea revealed she learned new things about handling a business doing the show.

Among them is the importance of establishing purpose as with zeroing in on a target market.

She elaborated, "You have to know your 'whys.' Why you're doing it? Ano ba ang mission and vision ng company? That's very important. And also kung saan mo nakikita yung business in five to 10 years? You have to have that vision."

Bea shared a certain scene in the show that afforded her huge realization.

It was when her character and Yasmien Kurdi's pitched the same business idea.

They were told: "It's okay to have the same idea but you have to be confident that you could always do it better."

Among businesses that Bea sees herself delving into in the near future include film production and anything related to beauty, scent.

For now, apart from her career as actress, Bea is busy with several apartments and her farm.

She also has a partnership with Dean & Deluca, an American chain of upscale grocery stores.

Her "Start-up" leading man Alden Richards is also known as a businessman.

Di he offer her tips business-wise?

Bea said the Kapuso hunk is quite "savvy" on that aspect.

"Masyado siyang business savvy. I think he's a smart businessman because he knows what he's doing and alam ko na yung partners niya nag ko-complement sila sa isa't-isa. And that's very important to also know kung sino yung mga kasama mo sa business mo. And do they have the same vision and intention."