This March, Gerald Anderson made his 27th birthday memorable when he launched his own foundation, the Gerald Anderson Foundation (GAF) Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization committed to doing rescue operations with specialized canines and highly-trained personnel during calamities.
Asked about the core objective of his foundation, the ABS-CBN actor replied, “Isa lang po ang goal namin, to help other people.”
Gerald and younger brother Kenneth appeared before the members of the press in Le Reve Events Venue, Quezon City on March 7, on the day of Gerald’s actual birthday, to talk about his foundation.
“Lagi pong may nangyayaring calamities sa bansa natin, di ba, lagi po nating napapanood yung mga balita kung ilan ang namatay, ilan ang sugatan o ilan ang na-displace, so ako, personally, I just wanna do my part in any way I can.
“And ito ang pinakamagandang paraan na naisip ko para makatulong."
Gerald added that this is his way of giving back for the many blessings he has so far received this year.
“Hindi talaga ako makapaniwala sa simula ng 2016, sobrang naging successful po yung movie [Always Be My Maybe], launch ng foundation ko.
“I’m just trying to really stay as positive as I can, and sana ma-spread ko yung good energy sa ibang tao.”
His foundation is open to collaborate with other similar groups.
“Ang daming canine teams [pero] kaya ba nila iligtas lahat sa dami ng tao sa Pilipinas, dami ng tao sa Manila?
“Ang gusto lang po namin makatulong sa ibang teams na meron na, tulad ng [Philippine] Coast Guard, magbibigay sila ng full support sa amin, yung trainers nila, facilities nila, so we’re very excited to collaborate with other teams and other search-and-rescue teams.”
Gerald said that his organization is open for volunteers.
“Please check the website, puwede kayong tumawag, puwede kayong mag-donate, puwede kayong mag-volunteer.
“Mahirap ang training, mahirap gawin ‘to pero walang kapalit ang saya,” he guaranteed.
“It’s a team, it’s a family. Andito ako, andito kami, we’re gonna do this together as a team.”
This is the link to the WEBSITE.
CAREER OVER LOVE LIFE. Meanwhile, Gerald is set to star in another movie.
He said, “May isa pang movie ako gagawin, action movie, military movie.
“And then may mga shows na ino-offer, medyo mahirap sa ngayon, sabay-sabay lahat.”
However, Gerald clarified that he is not complaining.
“There are so many things to be excited about.”
While his career is overflowing with projects, his love life is zero.
“Medyo hindi exciting,” he added. “Ano’ng word for wala? Zero.
“Wala, mahirap talaga. Ang dami kong dyina-juggle sa ngayon but let’s see.
"Hindi ko pa hinahanap,” he ended.