Not-so-close ang encounters sa droga si Gil Cuervo noong nagmomodelo pa lamang siya.
Lahad niya, “When I was in Hong Kong, parang wala naman nag-offer sa akin kasi, you know, unless you ask, they’ll give you.
“Siyempre, mahal naman yung drugs.
“But closest encounter, parang nasa club ako and then parang may nakikita akong mga nagpapasa-pasahan, pero siyempre, hindi ko eksaktong nakikita.
"Pero, like, they’re passing something around, secretly.”
Wala raw nag-alok sa kanya.
“Siyempre, like, I mean, I never ask.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Gil sa taping ng GMA primetime series na Beautiful Justice sa Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.
WAYS TO GET HIGH OTHER THAN DRUGS
Ano ang gagawin ni Gil kung madiskubre niyang lulong sa droga ang kaibigan niya o miyembro ng kanyang pamilya?
“You know kasi, the use of drugs is also a very personal issue.
"You have to also know where you stand especially in terms of your relationship with that person, so you know how you can approach that situation in terms of probably the advice you give him or how to talk him or her out of it.
“So iyon, depending on the context that will change your approach.
"But for me, una, mag-i-start siguro sa, you know, trying to explain to the person na hindi naman kailangan.
“Maybe kasi a lot of the times you could do drugs, you know, for the thrill of using drugs.
"For the ‘high’ benefits you get from using these drugs and sometimes the people who use drugs, they’re actually people looking for a ‘high’ in their lives.
“So for me, I would try to explain to the person, you can find different kinds of highs in life.
“Have you tried skydiving, di ba, or something like that? Or trekking.
“Or I don’t know, whatever it is, maybe your thrill is sports, di ba?
"Maybe you love to play basketball and the only reason you’re getting high is because you think that’s better. Di ba?
“Parang I’ll start with that way before, you know, going into anything like rehab or something.
"For me it’s trying to explain to the person na hindi kailangan, and also try and get support from people around that person.
“Because it’s hard when it just comes from one person, it has to come from everyone, from your friends, family, loved ones, anyone that that person is in contact with.
“You need to get everybody’s cooperation and support which I’m pretty sure, if they’re really concerned about that person using drugs, e di good!
“So it always starts with everybody trying to slowly, I guess, crack down and convince this person na hindi mo kailangan yung drugs para maging high in life.
“You can find thrill in many other things, in a plethora of things.
“And you don’t need it, but that’s how I will start with it before.
"Kasi, feeling ko, ha, feeling ko lang, if agad-agad sinabi ko na, ‘O, you need to go into rehab!’
"Or parang pinulis ko siya na, ‘Huy, bawal ‘yan!’ ganyan-ganyan... parang lalong magse-shell up instead of trying to get everybody to slowly convince the person na, ‘Hindi mo yan kailangan.’
“And then maybe, makikita natin, nahihirapan siya. Kasi, addicted, maybe we start to slowly tell him, ‘Maybe you need help, maybe you need a psychiatrist.’
“Or before the rehab or if kung sobrang intense na, ‘Maybe you know, there’s this center that you can go to, we can help you.’
“Kasi if you approach an issue head-on too much, baka matakot.”
Saan nakakakuha ng natural high si Gil?
Saad niya, “First of all, basketball talaga yung hilig ko na sports.
"And secondly, believe it or not, mahilig ako sa mga amusement park rides. Yung mga rollercoaster.
“Mas gusto ko yung mga extreme, for example, pumunta ako recently sa Universal Studio sa Japan. 'Tapos, parang may mga rides dun na extreme.
“Iyon ang hilig ko, e!”
Noong bata si Gil ay may fear of heights siya.
“And then na-overcome ko yun by riding rides. Nawala yun nung school fair namin sa Ateneo, parang na-persuade ako ng friends ko to ride a ride.
“E, dati, takot pa ako sa rides haggang sa parang nagustuhan ko, na-enjoy ko yung rides, until now na probably the next time I travel I’ll look for an amusement park na may intense na ride and I wanna ride it.
“Kasi, iyon yung thrill ko, I guess.”
Nais subukan ni Gil ang skydiving at ire-request daw niya sa production ng Beautiful Justice na bigyan siya ng eksena na tatalon siya mula sa isang eroplano o helicopter to skydive.