MANILA – The cast of the ABS-CBN drama series “Love Thy Woman” could not help but shed a few tears during a virtual press conference on Tuesday meant to ramp up their television comeback.
As the conference was about to end, all the stars were asked how they would describe themselves in one word amid this pandemic that affected countries around the world.
Ruffa Gutierrez was the first one to share that the crisis has made her feel grateful.
“I feel grateful because I am alive. My family is healthy. We have food on the table. I can breathe fresh air. The mere fact na nakakakain kami at buo ang pamilya ko, walang may sakit sa amin, talagang nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa Panginoon na safe kami,” she said.
Zsa Zsa Padilla, on the other hand, said she would call herself a survivor.
“Siyempre I didn’t experience getting sick naman but I guess surviving something very peculiar, kakaibang situation na ngayon lang na-experience ng buong mundo. Kumbaga lahat ng tests, kahit paano nalalampasan. Nandiyan ang pamilya para sumuporta,” she said.
According to Padilla, she always tells herself that the current situation is just “the tip of the things that could happen” and that kind of survivor mindset helps her become stronger.
Just like Gutierrez, Sunshine Cruz said she feels blessed despite everything that’s going on.
“Lahat ng mga mahal sa buhay and kaibigan ko, very healthy. Ako healthy din ako. Nakakakain kami ng nasa oras ng mga anak ko. 'Yun pa lang malaking bagay na 'yun na dapat ipagpasalamat sa Panginoon,” she said.
Cruz said this pandemic helped her realize that she should always be grateful whether for small or big blessings.
Eula Valdez said she also feels thankful for the life she still gets to enjoy.
“Parang sa movies lang ito nangyayari pero na-experience natin. Thankful ako na buhay pa ako, healthy. Blessed dahil hindi tayo pinabayaan ng Kapamilya kahit walang trabaho ng three months pero very supportive ang Kapamilya sa atin,” she said.
While not actually describing himself, Christopher de Leon made his co-stars emotional when he talked about how this pandemic affected him.
“I’ll start with my mother. Cancer is deadlier than what we are fearing right now. What we are dealing with now is fear more than anything else. It shouldn’t be. Of course, this too will pass,” he said.
“I am more relying on ano ba tayo, what did this teach us? Are we going to be a better person after this? 'Yun ang lagi kong kino-contemplate sa sarili ko. I should be a better person,” he added.
With her eyes welling up, Concepcion said she feels uncertain “kasi hindi ko rin talaga alam kung ano na ang mangyayari, but honestly, I am a little lost lately.”
Chiu, for her part, simply said that she discovered how strong she is because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Napatunayan ko na malakas pala ako. Next week pa ang taping. Nag-iyakan na tayo,” she said in jest.
"Love Thy Woman" was among the ongoing ABS-CBN programs that halted production amid the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.
With the government closure of ABS-CBN in May, the series' June 15 return was instead via cable and satellite TV on Kapamilya Channel.