What I've Learned

Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual talks about his secret to longevity in the industry, why he hates people who are late, and walking with a former FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive.
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We caught up with Piolo Pascual during the launch of Sun Life Financial Philippines' SUN Fit and Well, the insurance body's newest and most comprehensive life and health protection coverage product. In this update to his What I've Learned piece, the actor talked to Esquire about his secret to longevity in the industry, why he hates people who are late, and walking with a former FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive.

I'm very practical—whatever is asked of me, I try to deliver and give it my best, because I know my time will pass.  

Humility has a lot to do with it [longevity in the industry] because, you know, the people that you see on your way up are the same people you see on your way down. So you have to value relationships. You always have to be humble and know your strengths and your talent. You focus on that and always get better at what you do, so you never rest on your laurels. 

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The people that you see on your way up are the same people you see on your way down.

I don't bring work home.


I hate people who are late. I hate people who are inconsiderate and loud. I'm very patient, it’s just if there's one thing I really don't like, it's people who come in late for work because I find it too inconsiderate.

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Be responsible and know that there are people who are paid less. And yet they come on time or even earlier than the call time, so you have to realize that there are people waiting for you. At my work, [some people] have families at home but they don't get paid much, but they do more work. So you gotta be considerate and you gotta be mindful of that.

Courage for me is owning up to your fate. Just like Rizal. He was courageous enough. Even Ninoy—and I want that. That for me is a definition of courage, being a man.

If I could meet anyone in the history of the world, I’d like to meet Rizal. Just for the reason that I'm a Filipino myself and I'm very nationalist. I want to know what triggered him to die for the country and do what he did, because we are in a time wherein we ask ourselves how far we want to go to be involved—how we want to protect our country, and how we want to be involved in times like these when everything is changing.

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Since I did Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, where I portrayed Rizal’s alter ego, there's just so much passion for the country, so much love and dedication, so I want to pick his brains. I’d want to talk with him Spain—he was his freest when he was there, and that's where it all started. That's why he came home. Same thing with Ninoy: he knew what he was getting himself into, but he was brave enough to face his destiny.

If I could meet anyone in the history of the world, I’d like to meet Rizal. Just for the reason that I'm a Filipino myself and I'm very nationalist.

I had the chance to talk with this ex-FBI’s Most Wanted guy when I studied in Oxford. He was one of my inspirations. He knew Christ when he was in jail, and we walked the streets of Oxford. It was magical, it was surreal for me to be walking with the most notorious person in the world before, and we just prayed for each other.

The best thing I learned from him [my ex-FBI Most Wanted friend] was really living for the Lord. You can't live in this world wanting to do what you want to do. You have to submit to the Lord's will, and that’s when He's able to take you places or fulfill your destiny according to how He wants you to live your life. It's all about submission.

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It's a risk but just like what Duterte said, we're going to have to sacrifice, we're going to have to suffer for a bit so if it entails progress and growth for the country, then I'm all for it.

Courage for me is owning up to your fate. Just like Rizal. He was courageous enough. Even Ninoy—and I want that. That for me is a definition of courage, being a man. And owning up to your own mistakes and defending your faith.

I'd like for the Philippines to become first world. It's a risk but just like what Duterte said, we're going to have to sacrifice, we're going to have to suffer for a bit so if it entails progress and growth for the country, then I'm all for it.

 

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