GMA-7 actress Andrea Torres officially turned 27 last May 4.
However, the Kapuso actress didn’t celebrate it with funfare or a grandiose party as she was preparing for a more worthy celebration.
Yesterday, May 17, Andrea treated 15 kids with special needs from REACH Foundation to a film showing of the movie Urduja at Cinema ’76 in San Juan City.
Andrea herself has a brother with special needs, Kenneth, 20.
The actress came laden with snacks and gifts, and spent the entire afternoon playing parlor games with the children.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and Nelson Canlas of GMA 7’s 24 Oras, Andrea said, "Mahirap talaga mag-alaga ng mga special children.
"So, yun... kailangan talaga nila ng doble or more pa na love and care and talagang tututukan mo sila talaga."
She stressed patience is the key to coping up with their unpredictable attitude.
Her brother, Andrea admitted, has regular mood swings.
Andrea explained, "Lambingin mo lang talaga. And then paulit-ulit lang kami kasi hindi naman siya nakakapagsalita.
"Hindi rin kami sure kung naintindihan niya kami pero parang naman.
"Minsan, nagri-respond naman siya. Kinakausap lang namin siya. ‘O, sige, okay lang yan.’
"Parang hoping lang na kapag paulit-ulit niya kami naririnig baka biglang magsalita."
The GMA star said she brings her brother to the malls, church, and other public places as a way of calling attention to the plight of children with special needs.
She added, "Para maging aware sila sa needs ng mga bata, sana through this may ma-curious, may magtingin-tingin din. Sana marami pang makatulong sa kanila."
MORE MEANINGFUL PROJECTS. On the other hand, Andrea hopes that her career will go a long way and that more meaningful projects will be offered to her.
“Ano kasi, ganun yata talaga na kapag umaabot ka na sa 27, medyo nagri-reflect ka na sa life mo.
"So ganun lang. Meron lang talaga akong gustong ma-achieve this year.
“Kung dati may goals ka, pero ngayon, parang kailangang ma-achieve ko ito this year.
“More on career talaga kasi may pagka-workaholic din ako, e. Yun talaga ang focus ko ngayon, yung career ko.”
After the successful run of Alyas Robinhood opposite Dingdong Dantes, Andrea is set to do another project with her home network in the coming days.
“Meron na po pero hindi pa puwedeng sabihin.
“Ano siya, nahulaan na sila nung mga nagtu-tweet sa akin. Pero, hindi ko lang ma-confirm pero meron na.”