Bangs Garcia cries, fears losing brother
MANILA, Philippines -- An emotional Bangs Garcia opened up to "Showbiz Inside Report" on her relationship with her younger brother, whose condition, she fears, may cut short their time as a family.
In an interview with the entertainment talk show aired Saturday, the Kapamilya actress pointed to her brother Javriel as her motivation behind being in showbusiness.
Endearingly called "Ayi" by his family, Garcia's brother, 23, is with Down syndrome.
"Sabi nila, anytime daw kasi, pwede raw siya mawala. Everytime I get to be with him, I see to it na sobrang happy siya," said Garcia, who turned emotional during the interview.
While the "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo" star lives in Manila, her family, including Ayi, are based in Davao.
"'Yun ang kinakatakutan ko. Hindi ko ma-imagine 'yung life without him, kasi sobrang mahal ko 'yung kapatid ko," added Garcia, who is third of four siblings.
According to the 25-year-old actress, she was initially motivated to join showbiz to help with her family's expenses. She recalled her being cast in the action series "Palos" as a blessing, as it was then, in 2008, when her father's leather manufacturing business had started to decline.
Garcia's thriving showbiz career prompted her to be based in Manila. This meant spending less time with Ayi.
"He's very, very sweet, palagi syaing nag-a-'I love you' sa 'kin. Sa 'kin siya parati sumusunod, sobrang mahal na mahal niya ako," she said.
"Na sa Davao siya eh, so everytime na nandito siya sa Manila, lahat ng gusto niya sinusunod ko, binibigay ko, kasi minsan ko lang siya nakakasama," Garcia added.
This Christmas, the actress shared, she will bring Ayi to Hong Kong Disneyland -- his first trip out of the country.
"I think that's the reason why I'm in showbiz, why I'm breathing right now," the actress said, referring to Ayi and their family.
"I think 'yun 'yung number one priority ko. Number one si Ayi," she added.