Why Andrea Brillantes prefers having fewer friends

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Andrea Brillantes on bullies and bashers: "Lahat naman pong artista, naba-bash. Kasi tingin ng bashers, perfect sila."


One thing life has taught Andrea Brillantes at a young age was the importance of choosing friends well.

At present, she has only one best friend, Gela Atayde, the youngest daughter of Sylvia Sanchez. 


However, she admitted, “Wala po ako gaanong friends so sanay po ako mag-isa.

"Saka mahirap pong maghanap.”

Why?

Andrea then revealed being a victim of bullying.

“Lumaki po kasi akong binubully ako and walang friends, so sanay na akong mag-isa and mas gusto ko na din na mag-isa ako.”

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked: Where did you get bullied?

“School and sa, minsan, showbiz din po. So parehas.

“Kasi marami pong ganyan, yung mean.

“Mula bata pa ako hanggang naging artista ako, may bullies.”

The Star Magic talent recounted the meanest things bullies had told her.

“Sinasabi nila pangit ako.

“Hindi ako magaling umarte ‘tapos minsan pinipintasan nila ako sa damit ko. Iisa lang. Wala akong damit. Wala akong sapatos.

“‘Tapos, nagkaroon ng time din na binatuhan pa ako ng food ‘tapos ng damit din noong bata ako.

“Pag tumatabi ako sa kanila, ito naman po sa school, pag tumatabi ako sa kanila pag lunch, lumalayo sila.

“Parang sa palabas po. Nangyayari talaga siya sa totoong buhay.

“Yun lang po.”

Does the bullying persist up to now?

She quickly replied, "Opo. Yung mga bashers po.

"Lahat naman pong artista, naba-bash. Kasi tingin ng bashers, perfect sila."

When asked if it’s harder to find friends in showbiz, she replied, “Actually, parehas lang sa showbiz and sa real world.

“Mahirap din po kasi, lalo na ngayon, sobrang hirap na magtiwala sa ibang tao.

"Kaya mas okay po na konti yung friends kesa andami, parang IG lang o Twitter lang pero binabash ka naman. Hindi friendship yun."

What’s her advice to the victims of bullying and bashing? She gave five.

1. Be brave.

“Una, dapat maging matapang ka, kasi pag nakikita nila na affected ka, nas lalo. Parang sinasadya talaga.”

2. Do not be too trusting.

“Huwag ka masyadong magtiwala sa ibang tao and kung binubully ka, kung alam mong tama ka at alam mong mali sila, lumaban ka para sa sarili mo.”

3. Do not allow them to bully you repeatedly.

“Huwag mong hayaan na apihin ka lang kasi ‘yon ang hindi ko ginawa noong bata ako. Hinayaan ko lang. Ganoon lang ako.”

4. Prove them wrong.

“Mahalin mo sarili mo and maging confident ka and patunayan mo sa kanila na mali sila sa lahat ng sinasabi nila.”

5. Find a person whose friendship you will cherish.

“Kunwari mayroon kang isang friend, lucky ka na doon, e. Kaya dapat mong i-cherish yung friend na ‘yon.”

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