John Lloyd Cruz is unaware that he is in the Top 5 richest Filipino celebrities under 40 today.
“O? Hindi ko alam yun. Dati na akong mayaman… sa pag-ibig,” the actor told the members of the media at the Greenwich event last night, July 16, at the R Space Events in Makati.
The list, which came out Sunday night, July 14, on Rated K, said that the One More Chance star is in the fifth spot.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao, Piolo Pascual, Kim Chiu, and Ryan Agoncillo fill in the first, second, third, and fourth ranking, respectively.
The Top 5 list is based on the taxes that the aforementioned celebrities paid the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
John Lloyd, a successful TV/film actor and product endorser, reportedly paid P5.4 million.
“Sa totoo lang, pinagpapala lang tayo, especially itong mga nakaraang... itong mga recent years sa trabaho natin,” he stated regarding the news item.
How much he possesses is not entirely his, John Lloyd even said.
“Hindi siya madaling sitwasyon o bagay, pero sabi nga nila, pag yun ang problema mo, it’s a good problem to have.”
The actor also pointed out, “Pero may malaking responsibility na nakapatong doon.
“Buti na lang… I have a good and strong support system na natuturuan ako, nadadala ako sa kung ano yung tama at maganda pagdating sa pera.”
He relayed his most valuable possessions: “Pinakamayaman ako sa pagmamahal, sa pamilya, sa mga kaibigan… kaya dati pa talaga akong mayaman!”
WEIGHT GAIN. Some have noticed that John Lloyd has gained weight, made apparent by the extra chub that appears on the actor’s cheeks.
Comments point fingers at John Lloyd’s “happy” relationship with actress Angelica Panganiban as the culprit.
Angelica, a co-ABS-CBN talent of John Lloyd, is said to be the kind of girlfriend who dotes on her beau.
“Saan? Ako? I look normal naman, a!” John Lloyd reacted in jest.
Taking no offense, he told that his current weight or physical appearance should not define his relationship.
“I mean, kung pumayat ako, ibig sabihin nun hindi siya masarap mag-alaga?
“Hindi yun ang basehan para sa akin… So pagka pumayat ka, hindi ka happy?
“Parang hindi siya dapat nire-relate sa status mo kung masaya ka o hindi.
"Lalo na ako, sa personality ko, parang wala naman akong… siguro dahil wala ako masyadong ginagawa ngayon.”
He said that he has put effort, nonetheless, in keeping fit since his 30th birthday started approaching.
The actor, in fact, engaged himself in running, playing badminton, and biking in that way he can do what he loves most— “kumain.”
John Lloyd does not see Angelica’s caring ways as the reason behind his weight gain.
He laughed off, “Well, gano’n lang naman yung tama, di ba? Dapat gano’n naman lahat. Hindi ba, gano’n lahat?
“Ginagawa ko lang kung ano yung dapat ginagawa.
“Hindi siya kasi trabaho, e. Hindi siya obligasyon.
“Parang yun yung... yun yung natural sa akin, e.
“So, I guess, ganun lang talaga ako magpakita ng pagmamahal… Big word!”
MARRIAGE. A “big word” that came up during the interview was “marriage.”
At 30, how does John Lloyd, an ultimate romantic-comedy actor, view marriage?
“Grabe naman, that’s a very personal question!” he started to say.
“Well, sa totoo lang, mahirap pag-usapan ’yan, e, especially sa edad ko.
“Like most of my friends, kung hindi kasal, may anak na, may pamilya na.”
He and his girlfriend have not really talked about the said matter, according to John Lloyd.
“Hindi pa namin pinag-uusapan or wala nang dapat pag-usapan, parang ganun.”
In an earlier interview, Angelica told that she is the kind of person who enters a relationship because she sees herself settling down with the guy.
John Lloyd reacted, “Lahat naman, e. Kahit naman nung high school ako, yung girlfriend ko, akala ko yun na yung mapapangasawa ko.
“Pagka pumasok ka sa isang commitment, we think long term.
“Sometimes we think forever, di ba?
“So, hindi naman din nawawala yun, e. Hindi naman siya nawawala sa picture because I’m very much committed to her and siya rin ganun.
“So, hindi nawawala yung image na yun,” he stressed.
Unlike the 26-year-old Angelica, who is bent on getting married when she turns 28, John Lloyd is uncertain about when he will settle down.
He disregards the idea of a “target age” and a “personal deadline.”
He believes however that deciding to get married can happen anytime.
“Puwede siya mangyari next week, puwede siya mangyari…"
He joked, “Ay, hindi pala! Kasi kailangan ko pala kumausap ng wedding planner.
“Parang matagal daw yun, e. Kailangan magpa-reserve sa church.
“Wala akong target date or target age, wala talaga.”
He recalled asking his friend, football player Anton del Rosario, who recently got engaged to girlfriend Samantha Richelle, about settling down.
“One time nakita ko siya, nakausap ko siya, [I asked him,] ‘How do you know? When do you know?’
“Sabi niya, ‘You just know.’
“I guess yun na lang yung… When it happens, it happens.”
Does he personally see himself ending up with Angelica?
Surprised by the inquiry, John Lloyd kidded the press, “Ano ba itong pinasok ko? Napaka-personal space nitong pinasok ko!”
He took it back and said, “Ganun din ang sasabihin ko. Because I’m in a commitment, it’s hard not to see your partner with your long-term plans in life…
“So, di ba, kasama na yun do’n?”
BASHERS. However supportive fans of John Lloyd and Angelica’s relationship are, detractors continue to air their negative comments on social networking sites Instagram and Twitter.
Whereas Angel has wished their bashers: “Sana magkaroon sila ng happiness,” a more pacified John Lloyd brushes them aside.
“Wala naman akong maggagawa sa kanila, e.
"I mean, kung mas gusto nilang mag-dedicate ng negativity sa oras nila, gamit ang oras nila, nasa kanila yun.
“Kanya-kanya tayo, e. Hindi mo naman sila puwedeng bawalan or i-hate for doing that kasi parang pag ganun pa nangyari, parang you’re giving them the pleasure of getting affected sa ginagawa nila.”
Those statements don’t go to show that the actor is unaffected. There are times when the bashing gets too much, too, according to John Lloyd.
“Pag dinadamay ang pamilya mo, yung mga taong hindi kaya depensehan ang sarili nila, meaning mga taong pribado sa buhay namin, pag dinadamay nila, minsan umaabot din kami sa point na parang gusto mo nang pumatol.
“Pero palipasin mo lang ng konting oras, and then kaya mo siyang lagpasan, and then you become the bigger person.
“So, kumbaga, nasa kanila yun kung gusto nila maging productive in a negative way, then it’s their choice.”
It always pays, said John Lloyd, to just “let it pass.”