With the pandemic affecting people from all walks of life, actor Tony Labrusca is no exception, as he finally learned to acknowledge things he never had time for in the past.
When asked what’s the best thing that lock-in tapings did to him, in relation to his work and his relationship with cast members of “Bagong Umaga,” Labrusca candidly answered.
“Siguro cliché ito pero lahat ng demons ko, lahat ng problema ko na hindi ko pa naso-solve, wala akong choice kundi harapin talaga, kundi i-analyze,” he said during an interview over at RAWR Nation via Facebook on Feb. 14.
(Maybe it will sound like a cliché but all my demons, all my problems which I have not solved yet, I didn’t have a choice but to really face them, to analyze them.)
“It is still teaching me as of this moment how to be grateful, enjoy the moment, be happy with small things, little things that really matter,” he said, noting the pandemic has also taught him that family and God always come first.
“Sobrang materialistic nating lahat (We are all too materialistic). We really live in a fast-paced life especially nasa showbiz kami (we’re in showbiz),” he said. “Parang tumahimik ‘yung buhay namin in a sense, lumiit ‘yung buhay, in a sense.” (It’s like our lives have become quiet in a sense, life has become smaller, in a sense.)
The best thing that the situation did to him was that it taught him the value of gratitude, reminded him of his core values and what really matters at the end of the day, the actor said. He also admitted to being grumpy, which he gets to confront by exercising patience.
“So, you’re really just home. Wala kang choice (You have no choice). You have to practice patience. You have to figure out how to deal with it in a healthy way on your own,” he added.
Labrusca also shared that breaking bad habits and replacing them with healthy ones had been more possible under the pandemic
“Honestly, it really changed me,” he said of his experience.
Labrusca plays Ely in “Bagong Umaga” which started airing on Oct. 26 last year at the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z Channel 11. JB