John Lloyd Cruz will have a “traditional” Christmas this year.
At the opening of GAOCC in St. Luke’s Global City recently, he said, "…we’ll be around lang. We’ll be in Manila lang. But it’s been a tradition for the past three years na in between Christmas and New Year, we go to new places that we’ve never been to before."
He explains, "So I think this year, we’re doing Ilocos."
Does it mean they’re always local or do they have international destinations as well?
"No naman, dati nag Singapore kami with the whole family.
His most memorable Christmas: "The most memorable in recent history sa amin, in my recent family history... back in 2005, it was my first time to experience white Christmas in New York and then it was the first time na na-kumpleto yung family after like five years.
“So pinuntahan namin yung my brothers in New York so nag-celebrate kami all together, buo yung family."
When asked about his Christmas wish, "Uhm, good health lang, not just for myself especially para sa parents ko because they are not getting any younger so, ako. yun lang. Yun ang pinakaimportante. You can have all the money in the world pero kung hindi maayos yung kalusugan mo, parang it’s useless, e."
PINOY WISH. His wish for the country, JLC answers this question as best he can and with all the passion in his heart for his beloved country: "Grabe, alam mo, hahaba yung usapan natin diyan."
Despite being on standby for the event, he still shared his thoughts: "It’s so hard to be ano e to be optimistic sa current status ng country natin.
“It’s really a struggle to stay positive kasi grabe e. Yung corruption is garapalan na ano na, e. Yung mga tao, mabilis makalimot, and we have to be reminded na hindi lang gobyerno ang problema natin. “
For the guy who seems to have everything, it is great to see him so involved in this matter: “It’s starting, people are starting to realize na tao na mismo yung problema. Baka dapat mag-isip-isip na yung mga tao. You know...
"Kapag nakita mo, especially kapag na-expose ka sa ibang nation, nakikita mo, e. Grabe nga, kaya nga, personal struggle ko na yung maniwala pa na mayroon tayong mararating as a nation. Like for example, hindi nararamdaman ng mga, yung mga dirt-poor people," he explains.
Where does this strong sentiment come from?
"I listen to a lot of AM radio all day long. That keeps me grounded. Alam ko kung ano yung struggle ng typical na Pinoy. Talagang hindi ko maiwasan na malungkot and ma-disappoint hindi lang sa gobyerno kung di sa tao na mismo."
On helping out with recent disasters, what are his plans?
"Of course, I help out naman. Hindi lang parang, hindi naman bawat pagtulong, kailangan i-broadcast natin."