John Lloyd Cruz is considered to be one of the hottest names in showbiz today, and with towering performances in "Honor Thy Father" and "Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis", he seems larger than life on the big screen and in television.
Off screen, however, he is no more human than the next person. During his contract signing as Western Union's newest global endorser where he accepted his role as the new "leading man" to OFWs, John Lloyd talked about the story that many of us know too well—that of having family members who need to leave the country to earn a living.
"I used to have two brothers working away from home," he said during the event's live-stream interview portion. "I know how it feels."
On Western Union's stage, he also expressed how great it felt whenever someone would recognize him abroad. "Imagine: a beautiful day in Central Park. You're walking [and] enjoying your ice cream or your hotdog... And then all of a sudden you hear familiar voices calling out your name or one of your characters' names in one of your films, 'Popoy! Hoy,Popoy! Pa-selfie naman diyan! 'Yung mga ganyan, it's really amazing."
John Lloyd has a special place in his heart for OFWs, saying that being able to provide them with joy and excitement is an honor for him. "Every time I would participate in caravan shows, it's always a very humbling experience because you get to bring a piece of home to them. It's a privilege that not many of us get to have... Kaming mga artista, in our own little efforts, we get to bring a piece of our country to wherever you are, and I think that it's in the spirit of what we do for a living."
He also noted that every one can honor the makabagong bayani. "You really don't have to be a politician to recognize the courage and brilliance of Filipino workers abroad... Sobrang laking bagay—you know we're a struggling country, we are a developing country as well, and without your help, without your role in our economy, hindi ko na alam kung saan tayo pupulutin. So in that way, talagang I really want to thank you, and kung kaya ko lang, I'll pay tribute to you all the time."
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