John Lloyd Cruz maps out his life plans as he turns 25

"Sabi nga ng kaibigan ko, at 25, parang angganda kasi parang somehow you're old enough and young enough. Parang ang sarapmaging 25," says John Lloyd Cruz when told that he's slowlygetting older.


The press conference of the movie A Very Special Loveyesterday, June 24, at Burgoo resaurant on Tomas Morato, Quezon City lookedlike a small birthday celebration for the box-office actor John Lloyd Cruz, who turned 25 yesterday.

As another year was added to his life, John Lloyd admittedthat he has became more serious compared to when he was in hisearlier years in showbiz. Hesaid, "Ewan ko if it comes with age, parang hinahanapan ko ng purpose ang lahatng ginagawa ko."

Later on, he curiously asked the entertainment media,"Parang gusto mo may kabuluhan. Ganunba when you reache 25? Ganun ba 'yon?"

An example of this change in his life became more evident in hisplan to study more about acting. "'Yonsana ang plano ko this year after ng pelikula [A Very Special Love],"said the young actor.

John Lloyd clarified that this decision is not becausehe's not contented with his career right now. "Hindi naman sa may kulang pero, sabi nga niTita Caring [Caridad Sanchez], acting is life. So in life, it's a continuous learning, e. Continuous learning process 'yan, so ganun din sa amin.

"At saka marami din akong gustong mai-apply sa isang paraanna inaral. Kasi, di ba, ang mga Pinoyvery personal ang attack, very parang instinctual? Gusto ko 'yong parang how they do it in Hollywood or in the U.K.

"But I'm not saying na magwo-work 'yon dito o hindi. Gusto ko pag-aralan para lumawak 'yongkaalaman mo. Naniniwala naman ako nayou can never learn too much, kailangan mo palaging matuto nang matuto. So, 'yon lang naman ang pinanggagalingannun."

John Lloyd said that this remains as a plan because he'sstill not sure about what his mother network, ABS-CBN, wants him to do. "Sa ngayon, plano lang siya. Kung puwede nga lang siyang mangyari abroad, maganda. Pero kung masyado yatangimpossible, maghahanap ako ng nagko-conduct ng class dito," said John Lloyd.

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If this plan would continue, John Lloyd admitted that some of hisfollowers might miss him for a while.

"Medyo risky nga 'yong move na 'yon, pero it's something longterm, e, di ba? Kahit kailan, ang isangbagay na long term ay hindi mo pagsisisihan, puwede mo 'yang magamit sa matagal napanahon. At saka hindi naman ibigsabihin totally mawawala na ako, e. I'llstill do ASAP, guestings, ganyan.

"Nothing is final yet. Hindi pa talagaalam, depende 'yan sa decision ng management if I'm gonna do Betty [YoSoy Betty La Fea] or if I will do something, new movie, kailangan kongi-prioritize 'yon. Kapag nagkaroon akong oras, let's say a month, na hindi ako kailangan ng network, I would go forit."

JOINING CAUSE-ORIENTED GROUP. Aside from studying, John Lloyd also wantsto join a cause-oriented group, Rock Ed Philippines, to push theadvocacy against poverty.

The young actor said that he has thought of this since twoyears ago, before he renewed his contract with Star Magic. In fact, John Lloyd alreadymentioned his intention to the said talent arm.

He narrated, "Noong mga two or three years, nagpaalam ako saStar Cinema kung puwede, ‘Baka puwedeng ano na lang po, Tita Malou [Santos], permovie na lang ang kontrata ko.' Noongmga panahon na 'yon, may naiisip akong gawin. Magmula nang naisip ko ' yon, parang frustration na lang siya at thispoint in my life.

The reason he wanted to join the group, which he found acouple years ago, is, "Para sa akin kasi, naniniwala pa rin ako nakaya pa ring labanan ang kahirapan.

"Isa sa gusto ko talagang ma-achieve ay ang maging miyembro ngisang organisasyon na talagang hands-on, na talagang tutulong tayo sa abot ngating makakaya natin para magbigay ng silbi sa purpose mo."

John Lloyd finds if hard to put his conviction into action because he still has tothink of his job. He explained, "Dahildin siguro sa magkaibang mundo at ako naman, hindi ko rin naman mapabayaan angtrabaho ko. Para kasing mamimili ka, e—is it work or gusto mong sundin 'yang advocacy mo?

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"Parang hindi pa madali sa akin ngayon angmamili. Gusto ko munang i-maximize'yong potential ko bilang nandito sa position na 'to. And sinasabi rin naman nila [friends from Rock Ed Philippines],‘Huwag mo madaliin. Kapag dumating'yong time na ready ka na at hawak mo na ang oras mo, nandito pa rin kami.'"

DIFFERENT SCREEN PARTNER. While John Lloyd plans some changes in his personal life, he has been given a new love-teampartner in his latest movie from Star Cinema, A Very Special Love. He co-stars with 20-year-old singer actress SarahGeronimo, whom he has worked with in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya.

Since this is a new team-up, some people are thinking thatJohn Lloyd and Sarah might face a lot of pressure in establishing their love teamsince the the young actor is strongly identified with Bea Alonzo.

But the young actor disagreed. "'Yong dati sa One MoreChance, 'yong mga pelikula namin ni Bea, may pressure din 'yon, e. Parang pareho lang kung pressure angpag-uusapan.

"Ngayon, nanggagaling na lang siguroang pressure doon kung magagawa ba namin itong pelikulang ito sa quality nagusto namin siyang magawa. Doon na langnanggagaling 'yong pressure ko."

The actor also believe that his team-up with Sarah will click with theaudience. "Doon sa tandem, ewan ko,medyo tiwala ako sa amin. Siguro hindinaman masama kung sabihin ko na naniniwala ako na meron kami [chemistry], wehave it, kaming dalawa ni Sarah.

"Kung 'yon lang ang pag-uusapan, hindi namin kailangan ngisang taon na laging magkasama. Kung'yong chemistry lang 'yong pag-uusapan, hindi ko kailangan ng five years, sixyears, na magkasama kami, gumagawa ng teleserye."

Although John Lloyd confessed it is really hard to convincepeople about his new love team, he thinks that this is the besttime to make this move.

"Initially, 'yon ang mararamdaman mo, ‘Mahirap kumawalayata.' Kaya nga itong move na ito,medyo somehow daring from my end, ha. Kasi coming from One More Chance na blockbuster, coming from ateam-up na lahat yata ng tao kilala o nagustuhan, mahirap siya," admitted JohnLloyd.

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"Pero there's no other way,kailangan ko itong gawin. Kailangan ko'tong gawin para sa akin, para sa sarili ko, para sa career ko. Para malaman ko kung hanggan saan ba angpuwede kong magawa, maibigay. Limited lang ba ako sa isang tao o puwede rin akongisama sa iba?"


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