If Diether Ocampo would be given one wish for his 32ndbirthday, he would ask for a longer day.
"My only wish sana paggising ko isang araw, hindi lang 24hours ang isang araw. Kasi parangkulang na kulang ang isang araw sa akin, e. Parang ang dami kong gustong gawin na hindi ko pa nagagawa," saidDiether during his post-birthday celebration with his friends from theentertainment media. The smallgathering was held yesterday, July 22, at the Pizza Hut Bistro on Tomas Moratoin Quezon City.
Diet, Diether's nickname in showbiz, reasoned that a dayis not enough for him with all the work that he has to do.
He is currently working for the teleserye Iisa Pa Lamangand he also has to attend to some of his businesses. Aside from this, he also admits that he has not given enoughtime for his three-year-old K.I.D.S.(Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan) Foundation.
"Sa K.I.D.S. foundation alone, sobrang dami ng gusto konggawin na hindi ko ma-attend-an. Anghuli naming ginawa, which is 'A Trek to Remember' project na nagdadala kami ngmga school supplies sa mga bata na naninirahan sa mga bulubundukin ng MountainProvince—Banaue, Benguet. Every year'yan," said Diet.
The actor was so excited when he related the events thatK.I.D.S. had done lately.
According to Diet, they participated in afundraising event called Share-A-Plate. This was organized to help their feeding program called R.E.D. (Reduce,Eliminate, and Decrease) Under-nutrition.
Diet explained, "Yung event namin, 'yong R.E.D. [Reduce,Eliminate, Decrease] Under-nutrition. Maraming mga malnourished na kabataan natin ang nagbe-benefitdiyan. Kasalukuyan naming ini-implement'yan sa Camarines Sur, Bicol region, dahil 'yon ang pinakamataas na povertyrate."
Aside from these, Diet also did his regular visit tothe Philippine Orthopedic Center, where he received the best birthday gift from achild cancer patient. The actor saidthat he has met the kid before but he never thought that his condition hasworsened.
He narrated, "Mayroon akong natanggap na greeting card,parang self-made, gawa lang ng batang may cancer. Kasi noong nakaraan, kasi galing kami ng Philippine OrthopedicCenter. So, 'yong isang bata doon, nagbigay ng greeting card, ginawa niya lang. I mean, para maalala niya angbirthday ko at gumawa pa siya ng self-made na greeting card."
NO TO POLITICS. With all these humanitarian deeds thatDiether are doing, people might wonder, "Does Diether has plans to join politics?"
"Wala," answered Diether. "'Yong K.I.D.S. Foundation is non-political to begin with. Ayaw namin ng politics."
He also clarified that they get their funds throughfundraising events and donations from private persons. "As much as possible, we don't want to getinvolved in to politics," said Diether.
The K.I.D.S. founding member said that if he has plans to bea politician, he should have done it before. Diet recalled, "Sa katunayan, tatlong beses na ako nag-turn down. Sa Cavite, dapat tumakbo ako as boardmember, councilor, dapat nga noong huling eleksyon vice mayor."
He said that running in politics never crossed his mind. "Kasi na-realize ko na hindi mo kailangan ng posisyon para makatulong satao. 'Yong foundation pa lang malakingresponsibilidad na, what more kung hahawakan mo ay isang lalawigan o isangbayan," he explained.
Diet then turned to what actors like him can do to helpthe less-fortunate Filipinos:
"'Yon ang hindi nare-realize ng mga kasamahan natinsa industriya, e. Malaki ang influenceng mga artista na makapagsimula ng mga proyekto na makaktulong sa mga mahihirapnating mga kababayan.
"Biruin n'yo, kung hindi lang ako ang gumagawa nito,maraming magbe-benefit—hindi lang mga kabataan, even 'yong mga matatanda natingnaghihirap, e. Kasi mas malaki anginfluence namin, madali kami makaengganyo ng mga tao, nakikita naman nila namay patutunguhan [ang tulong nila]."
With all these responsibilities in work and in hisfoundation, only one thing is missing, Diether's love life.
Diet replied obliquely, saying that he has found his place in helping and making people happy.He stated, "Siguro dito talaga ako dinerekta ngtadhana na hindi ko naman inirereklamo dahil alam ko naman na marami akongtaong napapasaya."