Among the things John Lloyd Cruz looks forward to every Christmas are the parties!
In the interview arranged by one of his endorsements, Greenwich Pizza, on December 3, he said, “Well, definitely, yung time is a huge factor…kasi nandiyan na maraming parties.
"Maraming mga Christmas parties na kailangang puntahan.
“Actually, nag-i-start na nga siya as early as now.”
Lloydie (his nickname) is part of a close-knit group that includes Zanjoe Marudo and Vhong Navarro, which makes merry during the holiday.
Their setup is always pot luck, “Kanya-kanya kami ng dala, the usual Christmas party ng kahit na anong barkada.”
Of course, his family also has a party and “me exchange gifts din.”
John Lloyd related, “Napaka-typical ng pamilya namin.
"Like any other Pinoy household, siyempre me Noche Buena na dapat nandun kayo sa bahay niyo.
“And pag Pasko, especially pag New Year, dapat nasa bahay talaga.
“Pero in between, parang pag may chance, umaalis kami.
"Yung in between Christmas and New Year.”
And then there is the party with the stars and staff of Home Sweet Home, his current sitcom on ABS-CBN.
In retrospect, he added with a laugh, “So grabe! Can you imagine before?
"Apat yung shows ko, apat yung Christmas party, laging nauubos yung pera ko.”
Still in a joking mood, Lloydie continued, “Hindi basta December, you have to make it a point na, ‘Boss, dapat isa lang yung show ko.’ Mas wise.”
MEANING OF CHRISTMAS. What comes to mind whenever he thinks of Christmas?
A pause before replying, “Mga bata. Kasi alam ko kung gaano nila kagusto yung regalo, e.
"Nagla-light up yung mga mukha nila pagka nabigyan ng pasalubong o regalo, especially pag Christmas.”
Of course, he also sends gifts to people who matter to him.
And for people like him with busy schedules, he offers a tip, “…meron sa mga department stores yung personal shoppers, mukhang magagamit ko sila this year.
“Malaking tulong. Mahirap talaga.”
Despite that, he takes the task of gift-giving seriously.
“Well, I really try to make it, siyempre, personal, ‘di ba.
"Maganda rin, nagka-count din yung what you put in the card.
“You try your best to make it really personal kasi siyempre...
"Especially yung mga boss mo, bibigyan mo.
“At saka talagang in the spirit of thanksgiving, 'di ba.
"Parang napakalaking pasasalamat nun na sa buong taon, yung blessings na natanggap mo.
"And yung mga mga blessings na, basically, gusto mong ma-share.
“Parang gusto mo na ring ipaalam na you recognize their help sa buong taon na andiyan sila and meron kang trabaho.
"And kahit na ngayon, unemployed ako.
“Yung mga ganung bagay. Basically, ganun lang naman ka-simple yun, e.”
But the most exciting for him is “gastos.”
Laughing, he elaborated, “Totoo naman e parang nakaka-intimidate, especially yung rush, yung Christmas rush.”
CHRISTMAS WISHES. At this point, he no longer asks for anything “material.” In enumerating his wishes, it is clear what he wants are for his family and career.
“Yun lang talaga ang mahihiling mo para sa sarili mo ang para sa mga mahal mo sa buhay.
“Yun nga, you have all the money in the world pero kung yung katawan mo hindi naman [healthy], ‘di ba?
"Parang wala ka ring magagawa and 'di mo rin magagawa yung mga bagay na gusto mong gawin, so ano pang silbi?
“Yun, that’s number one para sa sarili ko at para sa mga tao sa paligid ko, especially sa parents ko kasi medyo tumatanda na rin sila.”
2. “I just wanna have the wisdom.”
3. “Gusto ko yung drive…”
4. “…yung passion mo, hindi dapat mawala.
"Yung mga bagay na sana, kasi pag tumatagal ka sa business, parang it’s so hard.
"Every year, pahirap nang pahirap…yung ma-inspire ka na, you know, to give more, to want more.
“Ako, yun lang, e. Sana hindi maubusan yung mga bagay na magpapa-inspire sa ‘kin.”