TV Director Reveals How Angel Locsin Saved the Life of a Stuntman
Angel Locsin does not usually post on social media when she does good deeds. But this time, a TV director outed her.
In a Facebook post, director and businessman Lester Pimentel Ong shares his experience working with the superstar, whom he says has a genuinely good heart off-cam.
Ten years ago, Locsin and Ong were working on the set of Imortal when tragedy struck. Jonar Del Rosario, a stuntman on the set, was seriously injured in an accident not related to his work, breaking the longest bone in his leg.
Jonar Del Rosario (Encricled) with Angel Locsin the Cast and Crew of Imortal
Unknown to the staff and crew, Locsin quietly visited the injured stuntman at the hospital.
“Ang pobreng stuntman, naospital sa orthopaedic center nang mahigit isang buwan, ubos ang ipon at malaking chance hindi na siya makakalakad muli dahil hindi na niya afford ang mga susunod pang operation na kailangan gawin,” shares Ong.
(“The poor stuntman was hospitalized at the orthopedic center for over a month. His savings were wiped out and there was a good chance he’ll never walk again because he couldn't afford the needed operation.”)
One late night, when there were fewer people at the public hospital, Locsin came by, accompanied by her driver. She asked how Del Rosario was and spent time consoling his wife and mother.
Afterward, Locsin looked for the hospital’s manager and asked how much the patient's bill was, and how much more was needed to get Del Rosario fully recovered.
She paid for the hospital bill and also for the needed treatment.
“Agad niyang binayaran ang bill, nag-iwan ng pabaon at encouraging words sa pamilya, then she left,” said Ong.
“She is the real-life Darna. Hero siya kahit sa likod ng camera, kahit walang nakatingin at walang nakakaalam.”
(“She immediately paid the bill and gave extra money and encouraging words to the family, then left. She is a hero even if no one is looking.”)
“Yung stuntman na tinulungan niya was able to recover and work again. He is now one of the most in-demand action directors,” Ong tells Esquire Philippines.
Photo of Del Rosario's Scar from His Injury
Below is the post of Lester Pimentel Ong.
Angel Locsin with Director Lester Pimentel Ong
Angel Locsin on the Set of La Luna Sangre