JM de Guzman confirms reports about his "begging" days in Baclaran: "Oo, may ganun akong trip, e."

JM de Guzman confirmed he dressed up in camisa de chino, wore a hat and a bag made out of "banig" or woven coconut leaf mat and walked around in flip-flops while playing guitar in Baclaran church. "Akala nila, namamalimos ako," JM said about the people who saw him there.


Before his hiatus from showbiz in 2013 to cure his illegal drug use, JM de Guzman was seen boarding bus to bus clad in beggar-clothes, singing and playing the guitar for passengers.

During the 26-year-old Kapamilya actor's PEP Talk interview, he was asked by hosts Nerisa Almo and Rizza Benedicto to shed light on these writeups.

JM casually answered: "Ah, yung dati? Oo, may ganun akong trip, e."

The That Thing Called Tadhana star said it was before he did the indie movie Pedro Calungsod.

JM said, "Tinray kong maging siya, e.

"Nag-camisa [de] chino 'ko, tsinelas lang ako, 'tapos sumbrero, banig, 'tapos yung bag na banig...

"'Tapos pumunta ako ng Baclaran. Nag-pray ako dun. Nag-ikut-ikot...

"Akala nila, namamalimos ako!" he said about the people who saw him there.

JM told the PEP Talk hosts that he went there upon the advice of his late grandfather Cornelio de Guzman.

"Nung buhay pa ang lolo ko, sabi niya, 'Magdasal ka sa kanya [Saint Pedro Calungsod] para ma-guide ka niya sa movie,'" related the former UP Diliman Wrestling Club president.

The actor said he prayed at the church, bought and light candles for his prayers, and even bought booklets and statues of the second Filipino saint.

These, however, led only in disappointment.

JM was later replaced by Rocco Nacino for the biopic of the Filipino saint.

"Ending, hindi ako na..." JM broke into a giggle before finishing his statement.

"Napagkamalan pa 'kong namamalimos."

This is just one of the revelations JM made in his PEP Talk interview.

The PEP Talk team went to Safehouse MMA and Fitness Gym where he works out whenever he is not busy with his work.

Watch his interview with PEP senior writer and social media manager Nerisa Almo and PEParazzi multimedia specialist Rizza Benedicto. HERE.


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