During the book launch of Alamat ng Matibay held at Museo Pambata this November 19, Marvin Agustin talks about how kids should develop “tibay ng loob” even at an early age through the help of their parents.
The actor says, “Yun, turuan na maging matibay yung bata. Minsan nga yun yung nakakalimutan natin, e.
“Ang dami nating tinuturo sa bata, ang dami nating binibigay, pero yung turuan silang maging matibay, that’s what we sometimes forget, and that’s what they need.”
He explains that teaching kids how to stand up for themselves and be responsible at an early age would benefit them in the long run.
So when they get older, they won't easily give in to the fears and challenges that come their way.
Marvin narrates, “Hindi natin minsan nakikita kung ano yung mga challenges na darating sa atin, mga trials, pero if we are strong as a person, we can do anything."
The actor-turned-businessman urges, “Let’s help our kids to conquer those fears, not encourage it na matakot pa lalo.”
MOLD THEIR CHARACTER. Marvin believes that shaping the kids to become strong will prepare them for whatever life has to offer.
He advises, “Yung mga simpleng, turuan yung mga bata mag-budget ng baon nila. And wag spoil-in na parang binibigay ang lahat. Wag i-pamper.
“Parang they have a budget for the week, or for that day. They have to spend it wisely or sana magtipid para sa ibang bagay.”
In brief, he advocates teaching kids essential life lessons to prepare them as leaders of their generation.
STICKING TO YOUR GUNS. Marvin also relates how he worked his way up to get to where he is today.
An accomplished actor, Martin is also a chef, businessman and an archer. Speaking from experience, he encourages the youth to just keep doing what they love and, eventually, it will all fall into place.
He opens up, “Hindi ako natakot sa mga challenges ng buhay, hindi ako nagpadala sa hirap.
"Hindi ako nagpadala sa mga bagay na minsan pakiramdam ko hindi ko kayang gawin.
“Sinubukan ko, lumaban ako and that’s the only way na you can achieve your dreams, by fighting for it and doing it.
“First of all, never be afraid of anything. Diyan nagsisimula pagli-limit natin yung mga kakayahan ng sarili natin, when we are scared of something."
To drive home his point, he cites the story of Alamat ng Matibay. The book tells the story of how a child named Mina faces her fears to save her best friend SonSon, emphasizing the importance of having "matibay na kalooban" to get through trials.
Lastly, Marvin stresses that “finding true happiness” is pretty much what makes a person successful.
“Kaya lagi kong sinasabi, we have to encourage them [the kids] to be a strong person, to do the things that they enjoy, that’s a very important thing."
Do what makes you happy, what makes you smile, and what makes you uniquely you.