Jericho Rosales to typhoon victims: "Katulad din ng bagyo, lilipas din 'yan, dadaan din 'yan, at aalis din 'yan. "

"It really humbles me and I said, 'Life is worth living for other people,'" Jericho Rosales said about his experience after the Ondoy onslaught, which left a lot of people homeless two weeks ago.


Surprise registered on Jericho Rosales's face when PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked him if he would be part of the upcoming all-star benefit concert, which is being organized by singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, called Kaya Natin 'To, on December 5.

The Kapamilya star then remembered that it's also the date of his major concert, which will underscore his new album Change. His latest music work under Star Records was launched yesterday, October 14.

"That's the date of my concert, oh my God!" Jericho exclaimed.

Then, without a second thought he said he might have to move it to give way to the concert for a cause.

Echo, the actor's nickname, told PEP, "I'm sure baka hindi ko na lang isabay 'yong sa akin, I don't know. I have to give way din, siyempre, it's a benefit show. My concert is gonna be a benefit concert din naman, e. Hopefully the schedule will be fixed. We'll talk about it. But definitely, all-out ako diyan para sumuporta para sa concert na 'yan. Wala namang problema sa akin 'yon, e. Madali na lang 'yan."

ECHO'S GOOD DEED. It will be recalled that Jericho Rosales was one of the celebrities who did a commendable act by saving Ondoy victims in Marikina using his surf board. (CLICK HERE to read related article.) But the singer-actor was modest about it.

"Wala 'yon," he remarked. " Maraming-marami pang iba na hindi kilala na nagtutulung-tulong. Saludo talaga ako! Ako, God bless the family of that construction worker [identified as Muelmar Magallanes, read the article in SPOT.ph] who saved 30 lives, then he died after."

The singer-actor admitted that he feels uncomfortable every time people laud him for his effort. "Kasi wala naman akong ano, e, ang tagal ko nang nagsu-surf, ten years na. Kaya ko namang mag-paddle sa tubig, e. To be honest with you, I didn't want any interview about that because I believe na kung ano 'yong ginawa ko, it's not that great," Echo explained.

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But one thing he was glad about was that he was able to inspire people. "For me, what's the great thing about it, I guess about it lang...I inspired, or I hope I inspired, other people to help as well and gamitin [ang kakayahan para makatulong].

"For example, my friends, a day after lumabas sila, dala-dala na nila ang surf boards nila. Buong Aloha Team namin, surfers talaga, nandoon na sa Pasig and Cainta. Talagang may surfboards sila, more than 20 of them. The next day, nasa helicopter na sila dropping off [relief] goods, di ba?" he said with a smile.

The media and press would want him to say more, but the Dahil May Isang Ikaw actor would just shake his head. If not for his good friend Gary Valenciano and the pastors of their church who advised him to share his experience to encourage more people to help, Echo won't talk about it.

He related, "You know, I was asking Sir Gary [Valenciano] and my pastors, sabi ko, 'What's the point [of being interviewed]?' [They said], 'Point is, you inspire other people to do it. So go ahead and talk about it, tell them what you did.'

"I've been invited to some relief centers and I asked, 'What am I gonna do there?' [They say], 'Just talk to them.' Parang 'yon ang time na na-realize ko how depressed our country was that time. 'Yong simpleng encouragement lang talaga, na-boost talaga ang morale nila."

Then he eventually talked about his heroic feat in gist. "Merong time noong gabi, nagpa-paddle ako sa streets, hindi ko kabisado talaga, natatakot ako kasi [malakas] ang current. Few hundred meters away, ilog na 'yon, e. Sumisigaw kami, 'May tao ba diyan?' Biglang may sisigaw.

"Then, there's one question that hit me, he said, 'Titigil ba ang ulan?' [Echo giving a confused face] Sabi ko, 'Titigil po in Jesus name. May tutulong na po diyan.' They just wanted to talk to me, assurance lang. Sabi ko, 'May MMDA na po diyan, may salbabida po kami. Ito po ang linya, magkakabit po kami, kailangan po namin ng hagdan. True enough, tumigil ang ulan. It was one of the most solid at saka totoong time sa buhay ko," he narrated.

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LESSONS LEARNED. The recent typhoons that hit the country was an eye opener for Jericho.

He said, "What I learned from that bagyo is that it really doesn't matter who you are. It really doesn't where you're standing. It doesn't matter if you live in a big house or you're driving a nice car. It really doesn't matter who you are. What matters is what you are and what's inside your heart. Sabi ko noong araw na 'yon, habang nagpa-paddle ako [sa surf board], 'Kapag tayo binaha, hinubaran, walang matitira, pare-pareho lang tayo.'"

Jericho also mentioned that helping people was, "a good feeling pero after that, medyo kailangang...after four days parang kailangang mag-decompress kumbaga. Kasi medyo nakaka-[trauma] 'yong experience, di ba? You're watching TV, hearing everything [about the effects of typhoon], 'tapos nandoon ka pa, gabi pa and it was cold, people were shouting. Parang iba 'yong feeling."

Another thing that Jericho realized from this typhoon incident, "Sa buhay ng tao, may oras para tumawa, may oras para umiyak. May oras para magpugay, may oras para magluksa. May oras para manahimik, may oras para mag-ingay. Sa buhay natin, may mga oras na ganito, dumadaan ang bagyo, di ba?

"Ang purpose ng ulan minsan is to clean the air, di ba, clean the environment. Maybe, a tragedy like this happened in our lives to clean our hearts, to clean our mind. You know, to clear away all the bad things in our lives."

And that after the heavy rains, the sun will shine again.

"I'm definite, I'm so sure po na kung anuman ang nangyayari ngayon ay may magandang epekto—mas magiging matibay kayong tao, mas magkakaroon kayo ng maraming kaibigan, mas magkakaroon kayo ng malinaw na pananaw sa buhay at mas makikilala ninyo si God kung sino talaga Siya. God just wanna make you feel that He loves you unconditionally. He just wanna make you restore, iayos lahat ng bagay," he affirmed.

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"NOT A PUBLICITY STUNT." Jericho also clarified that what he did was not for publicity.

"There are many ways to promote myself. But, you know, kung anuman ang naiisip ninyo, I don't actually need to promote myself because it's not really my job. I'm not running for politics," he said.

And to the people who have negative thoughts about celebrities playing Good Samaritan, he advised: "Don't waste your time thinking about negative stuff. You know, start thinking about good things. If you're gonna spend your time thinking about something, think about good things and it will actually make you feel good."


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