Enrique Gil enjoys doing "something that means something to other people"

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Enrique Gil receives hand-made cards from kids at Child Haus. "I'm gonna stick them in my room, para when I wake up every morning, they'll remind me of my dad and lola, [who told] me to do something good every day," he says.



Enrique Gil, the star of Princess and I, likes kids, and yes, they like him back.

Child Haus, a half-way house for poor children dealing with cancer, became the beneficiary of Enrique Gil's 20th birthday party-cum-gift-giving.

The party is an idea of the Quenatics, one of actor's most active fan clubs.

Enrique was running late from a previous engagement but the kids didn't mind waiting for him especially since they had two party clowns to keep them entertained.

For more than an hour, boys and girls suffering from various kinds and stages of cancer were happily distracted playing games like the longest greeting of "Happy Birthday, Kuya Enrique," Bring Me, Piñata and Palayok.

There were prizes and delicious food which consisted of palabok with pichi pichi, spaghetti, pancit bihon with chicken, and juice. There was a magic show, juggling, and acrobats performing.

As soon as their Kuya Enrique arrived, the kids whipped out their hand-made birthday cards.

One boy, John, who was suffering from a rare form of cancer asked Enrique to sit down so he can better appreciate the specially prepared song numbers.

CHILD HAUS IS SPECIAL. The young actor explained why he chose to celebrate his birthday at Child Haus.

"Yung dad ko kasi he also died from cancer, yung lola ko rin. Sa lahat ng charity, 'eto talaga yun gusto namin ni Mama."

He added, "You feel like you are not really fulfilled sa duty mo sa life mo, parang feeling ko, you wanna do some more good.

"Di lang puro trabaho, [you want to do] something that means something to other people."

We asked Enrique what he plans to do with the hand-made birthday cards.

"I'm gonna stick them in my room, para when I wake up every morning, they will remind me of my dad and lola [who told] to do something good every day."

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Taking care of others, doing something good for others—he learned to do this early in life.

"Kami ng sister ko, [we care] sa animals, at sa mga bata dahil sa dad and sa mom ko."

Although he had work scheduled during the day, he moved it to later that night.

The Quenatics, a fan club made up of young teens, prepared loot bags (Angry Birds theme) for the kids.

The gift bags contained things they could use including something to eat and something to drink.


TURNING 20. Enrique turned 20 this year. How does it feel to be all grownup and no longer a teen?

"I feel like a teen pa rin, parang sixteen pa rin ako, pero, I'm getting old. Ayoko pa sana. Pero siguro better na rin kasi I get to do more stuff on my own, make my own decisions, and this is part of who I'm going to be... let's see."

He revealed he has made adjustments, both personal and career-wise.

"Personally, to be more responsible siguro. Kasi, adult ka na di ba? I am more strict with myself. Sa career naman, siguro take everything seriously. Dati for fun lang, pero ngayon siyempre, enjoy mo, pero take it to heart."

For more of this young, kid-loving, compassionate actor who is in a class of his own, watch Princess and I on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida, where he stars opposite Kathyrin Bernardo.


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