In an industry where it's not unusual to hear of teenage stars getting pregnant out of wedlock and promising actors succumbing to the call of drugs and alcohol, a scandal-free actress like Bea Alonzo is a refreshing breath of fresh air. She doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't do drugs, but she tells Marie Claire magazine in its January issue, "I'm not perfect. I'm only human. When I'm bad, I'm really, really bad."
Actions speak louder than words though, and it's clear that Bea is a very good girl. In her eight years of working in show business, she has taken it upon herself to be the family's breadwinner and clearly does not resent the role.
"It's not an obligation, but something I really choose to do because I know kailangan nila ‘yun. Di na nila kailangan sabihin kung ano ang kailangan nila. You do it because you love them," she tells Marie Claire.
"For now, being able to provide for my family for as long as I can is my mission in life. Being an actress is part of that."
She shares that, after all these years of being in showbiz, it's only recently that she's been able to enjoy the fruits of her hard work by buying some luxury bags for herself.
"Ngayon lang ako nakakabili, e," she says, "Before, I chose not to spend on bags kasi feeling ko may ‘quota' akong hinahabol for my mom. Kailangan bilhan ko muna siya ng lahat ng [gusto niya]."
While most everyone is aware of Bea's status as her family's breadwinner, not everyone knows that she devotes part of her busy schedule to the People's Recovery, Empowerment Development Assistance (PREDA) Foundation. It is an advocacy that she supports in her own quiet way.
"I don't need to announce to everyone kung ano yung ginagawa ko to help in my own way or to make a change," she points out. "I have a soft spot for kids, [especially those who] were raped, abused, or galing sa broken families. I came from a broken family, too, and it's my faith that helped me weather it. So I'm helping bring these kids back to God as well."
She is quick to add though, that this is something that she really wants to keep private, and only shares the experience with Marie Claire because of the magazine's similar commitment to advocacies and social awareness.
"I don't want people to misinterpret my actions, or to say that it's all just for show," she says, "I'd rather just be quiet about it, and talk to my friends and be an example among them."
Read more about Bea's advocacy and her plans for the future in the January issue of Marie Claire, available in news stands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.