Viva talent McCoy de Leon is relieved the COVID-19 outbreak has not caught him in a bind.
For that, the 25-year-old Kapamilya talent said he is grateful to his parents for instilling in him never to be a spendthrift.
He realized it more so now, having saved more than enough for him to keep his finances stable in these hard times.
McCoy said in a virtual press conference last Friday, August 29, 2020, "Nagpapasalamat ako na hindi ako maluho, na bumili ng kotse kasi hindi natin in-expect ito."
He and his two younger siblings were raised by their parents, Mark and Shiela de Leon, in a modest household in Tondo, Manila.
The actor related further, "Lumaki po kasi ako sa hindi naman ganun kalaking… kumbaga hindi naman kami mayaman na pamilya. Hindi naman kami talagang sobrang hirap."
McCoy also revealed it was his mother who has been helping him handle his money since he started earning.
He said, "Tinuturuan niya po ako paano humawak at mag-ipon at magtipid at mag-invest."
Last year, McCoy invested in a five-story building located just behind his family's home at a market place in Tondo.
It was timely because now, with the pandemic putting on hold television and movie projects, the space rentals in the building are a steady source of income for McCoy and his family.
McCoy has also bought a house that he plans to convert into another building.
The 25-year-old actor told the press, "Awa ng Diyos, nasuwertehan naman po na na-secure ko yung pamilya ko. Kasi nag-invest po ako ng dalawang building… pinapaupahan ko po iyun.
"Awa ng Diyos, dun po napunta yung ipon ko, kaya nitong pandemya meron naman pumapasok na nakakapagbuhay sa pamilya ko."
He added, "Sa palengke po kasi kami nakatira. Nung lockdown, lalong dumami yung tao dun kasi nga kailangan nila…
"Pati po yung nagtitinda dun, nagtitinda ng gulay, mas kailangan po nila ng benta.
"Kaya hindi sila puwede umalis kasi mas kikita sila, mas sure yung income."
McCoy, however, had to close down the lugawan eatery that he opened in October 2019 near the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila.
He reasoned, "Kung malalaking kumpanya nga na food business, nagsara.
"Kakaumpisa ko lang po pero looking forward pa rin po ako magkaroon ng business soon."