The quarantine period has been a humbling experience for Rocco Nacino.
With film and television production put on hold, the GMA-7 actor suddenly had to depend on his savings to make it through each day.
He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "I am not perfect, and I'm not Superman. Hindi ko puwede gawin lahat ng gusto ko.
"Another thing that I've realized, nalaman ko ang mga needs ko, and I forgot about the wants."
Rocco spoke to PEP.ph and select members of the media via the video conference app Zoom on May 27, 2020.
In the interview, the Kapuso talent mused, "I had my sports car, I had my watches.
"Nitong time na ito, na-realize ko, 'Ano ba talaga kailangan ko?'
"Now, I only use one watch. Isang relo lang, kung ano talaga kailangan ko.
"I'm happy I get to drive a car para bumili ng groceries."
MOVING IN TO HIS NEW HOME
Before the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine took effect in March, Rocco was set to move into his new house in Antipolo.
"I was so excited to move finally sa house ko.
"Ang lungkot lang, e. It really had to happen these past few months.
"The hard part was everything is about done, [and] ang daming babayaran, ang daming parating na kailangan pala bayaran."
Rocco was about to put the finishing touches to his new home by purchasing furniture.
But reevaluating his lifestyle has given him a changed perspective on how to furnish his home.
He continued, "Iyong mga inaasam kong couches, iyong mga upuan na ganito... Basta may table ako, may upuan ako para makakain ako, masaya na ako!
"In a way, nakatulong din siya para malaman ko kung ano talaga kailangan ko sa house."
When the general community quarantine was implemented on June 1, Rocco was able to visit his new house.
He personally helped construction workers finish some details in his house.
Save for a rainy day
Rocco also revealed he was thankful that his parents taught him early on to save his earnings.
"Masaya lang ako na tinuruan ako ng mga parents ko mag-save.
"Priority ang pag-save. Totoo ang sabi nila na save for a rainy day.
"Totoo ang sabi ng mga magulang natin na kapag dumating ang panahon at kailangan natin, may emergency funds ka."
He had been living by this motto for as long as he could remember, and he was proud to say that he managed to apply it.
"At least hindi ako nahirapan kahit papano [nung quarantine], but I'm happy na-instill ko iyong discipline na mag-ipon."