The secret of Eddie Garcia's staying power: "Pagbutihin mo. 'Wag mong bibigyan ng sakit ng ulo yung mga kasama mo, especially the director."

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Does he have any unfulfilled dream in his 60-plus showbiz career?

"I am not a dreamer," Eddie Garcia says. "Kung mag-isip ka ng gagawin mo, tapos hindi mo ma-achieve, it's a waste of time. So yung pag-isipan mo, yung kaya mong ma-achieve. Don't wish for the moon."


Character actor Eddie Garcia is happy that he still gets TV projects at age 81. When his last series on GMA-7 ended, he was immediately cast in TV5's Babaeng Hampaslupa as a villain.

Eddie, however, does not believe he is currently "in demand."

"Hindi naman. Siguro nagkataon lang na they needed my services. Hindi naman sa in demand. Yung... siyempre ganun sa soap, may kakailanganin kang ganung character na nababagay. Nagkataon lang na sa akin naibigay," the veteran actor says with humility in a PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interview yesterday, March 14.

The former action star and film director, who has been working in showbiz since 1949, thinks there are plenty of roles even for actors his age.

"Well, siyempre lahat ng mga soap, siyempre may lilitaw diyan para sa isang may edad na... Siyempre may lilitaw diyan na may lolo, tatay," he says.

What's important, Eddie adds, is for an actor to do his best in every role, so he won't run out of work.

"Yun ang rekomendasyon mo para sa susunod na role," he says.

This outlook is Eddie's secret staying power in showbiz—work well, and give due respect to your co-workers.

"Basta gawin mo lang yung ibinibigay sa 'yo. Pagbutihin mo. 'Wag mong bibigyan ng sakit ng ulo yung mga kasama mo, especially the director."

HEALTH ISSUES. At 81 years old, Eddie is aware that he has to take care of his health.

"Well, I watch my diet, I exercise, I don't smoke. I drink only occasionally," he says.

He follows a strict diet.

"Ako kasi, sa bahay, ang kinakain ko, fish and vegetables lang. Hindi ako masyado sa meat... Everything in moderation."

He also exercises regularly.

"Mga three times a week. Sa bahay, may gym ako. And then I jog a little, brisk walking, and then I swim," says Eddie.

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