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Piolo Pascual: His Funny Videos Help OFs Bear The Pandemic’s Mental Burden

Experts in the Philippines and other countries have been warning us: along with the wave of COVID-19 infections would be a wave of mental illness. There’s no avoiding that: people are anxious, afraid, and many have lost jobs and face an uncertain future. Add to that our collective isolation, loneliness, and dread. Overseas Filipinos (OFs) are particularly vulnerable.

Actor Piolo Pascual is among those calling for more support for OFs during the pandemic. He said that overseas Filipinos are already under a great amount of pressure as they face tough emotional, physical, and financial challenges. It’s not surprising then that some of them would have mental health issues.

“For decades, our economy benefited from billions of dollars in remittances. At this time, it’s our turn to give back and support OFs now that they are going through both a pandemic and an economic downturn,” said Piolo.

OF roles in movies, TVCs

Piolo has played several OF characters in various dramatic films–it’s a role that he also knows in real life because he used to be a security guard in Los Angeles, California before he achieved Philippine movie stardom. Recently, it was revealed that he again played versions of these characters in three new videos that will be shown in BDO branches, on BDO’s YouTube channel and on BDO Kabayan Facebook page.

The commercials are light-hearted spin-offs or even slight spoofs of classic scenes in his movies “Milan” (with Claudine Barretto) and “Starting Over Again” (with Toni Gonzaga). As the videos’ release coincides with OFs’ present situation, they take on more significance and meaning in Piolo’s view.

“Mahilig ang mga Pinoy sa drama eh. Pero pati comedy rin. Etong mga videos, parang pinagsama yan tapos may twist. Yung pangkalahatan na mensahe ng video ay kailangan natin ngayon: yung kasiyahan at pag-asa.

“Ang drama natin ngayon, real life. Pandemic. Lost jobs. Quarantine. Sandaang araw na itong drama. Hindi kagaya ng drama sa pelikula, two hours lang. So we need relief, we need to feel lighter, to see that we can still smile. Ma-realize lang natin na, oo nga, okay pa rin tumawa, magsaya. Na meron pa ring pag-asa. May solusyon. We can always find ways,” said Piolo.

Reaching out, getting help

Piolo said that the most important thing that OFs need to remember is to reach out for help.

“Marami kasi sa atin, may tendency to keep things to ourselves. Masyado tayong matiisin. Akala natin puntos para sa atin yung magdusa. No, it’s not. Kung malungkot ka, o masama ang loob, call a friend. Makipag-usap sa kapamilya. Wala namang award na ibibigay sa iyo kapag sinarili mo ang problema mo. Nagiging delikado lang lalo ang mental health mo,” he said.

He also reminded OFs not to hesitate getting professional help if needed.

“There’s still a stigma over mental health. Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na dapat ikahiya ang mental illness. Tratuhin natin na tulad lang ng ibang sakit sa katawan.”

He noted that there’s no shame in getting help in order to be better in our minds and emotions.’

Piolo added that people should be more empathetic and compassionate.

“Pag may lumapit sa atin dahil nalulungkot, o may problema. Huwag balewalain. Sometimes, we say, ‘Kaya mo yan!’ pagkatapos iiwanan natin.. Hindi sapat yun. Huwag natin iwanan. Samahan natin tapos pakinggan natin.Hindi naman kailangan tayo ang mag-solve ng problema. Basta maiparamdam natin na hindi siya nag-iisa. Na nandon tayo to support him or her.”

Call for bayanihan

Piolo added that the new videos show precisely how to help.

“In all the videos, mapapansin mo na kahit light and funny ang approach, malinaw ang mensahe: kapag ang kapwa Pinoy ay nasa alanganin, kapwa Pinoy ang tutulong. Hindi naman kailangan na solohin natin ang problema. Ang lakas ng Pilipino, nasa pagtutulungan, bayanihan. Especially during this pandemic, which is a huge, global problem, we need to call on the best in ourselves and help each other,” he said.

In one video, “Starting Over There”, a desperate man (named Marco Villanueva, played by Piolo) chases after a taxicab in the rain, calling after “Ginny” (the character played by Toni Gonzaga in the original film). It is implied that, similar to the film, Ginny is leaving Marco to work abroad.

We then realize that Marco is doubly desperate as he kneels in the rain, because Ginny seems to have left with his ATM card. He says that he needs it to access a remittance. Then a twist happens when an old woman, hair done in curlers, finds Marco as he fumbles in his pockets. Marco sees the ATM card was in his pocket all along.

The old woman chides him, pointing out that with his ATM card, Marco can access an ATM, a BDO branch, and even a BDO Cash Agad kiosk at a sari-sari store. All of which are just around the same block as they are.

Another video, “Starting Over Today,” shows the same character, Marco, passionately delivering the classic lines from the original film. We realize that Marco is inside a bank, somewhat mortified that he wasn’t able to get a BDO Kabayan Savings earlier–because he thought it would be a complicated, arduous process. The teller assures him otherwise.

The third video, based on “Milan,” shows Marco asking help from a lovely fellow OF in sending money from Italy to a BDO Kabayan Savings account. The lady – whose features are noticeably familiar – is supposed to be a stand-in for Claudine Barretto.

All the new videos aren’t just fun and enjoyable to watch but also showcase how Filipinos, deep down, are ready to help someone in need. During this public health and economic crisis, all essential services–including banking and remittances–have become crucial to our survival, sanity, and happiness. The pandemic and economic crunch may last longer than expected. But as Piolo’s commercials show, in their own witty and hilarious way, we still have each other. And that’s worth the effort to keep on fighting and hoping.

BDO Remit – through BDO Kabayan Savings – its special savings & remittance account for the overseas Filipino market – has become a lifeline for overseas Filipinos during the pandemic. BDO Remit has kept its services running to help Filipinos overseas and their families cope with the challenges of the pandemic.

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  1. leysie
    July 5, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Idol ko tlaga si Papa Piolo.
    Love it😍

  2. cath mones
    July 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    may pambawi naman pala si Papa P bandang dulo e haha sobrang nakakakilig talaga si Papa P. Habang tumatagal lalong gumagwapo. Gusto ko tong version ng movie nya na Milan with Claudine dati haha ngayon ginawang comedy haha

  3. Ma. Cyril Creer
    July 5, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for this .. nabawasan kahit papaano Ang boredom dito SA bahay .. BDO you find ways talaga to help us be entertained ..

  4. Joyce
    July 5, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Wow Ang galing Ng pagkakagawa Ng TVC kala ko talaga drama..hehe my twist lhat Ng videos drama tas comedy pla..bdo always find ways tlaga❤️

  5. Jennifer Nedia
    July 5, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Felissima 😍

  6. Lyka BAQUEROS
    July 5, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Salute to BDO.. gumawa sila ng way para matulungan ang ating mga OFW para sa mga minamahal nila dito sa pilipinas na maipadala ang perang pinaghihirapan nila..

  7. Jennifer Nedia
    July 5, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    BDO remittances is Felissima 😍

  8. Thess Sebastian
    July 5, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Funny approach tlaga piolo..💖💖💖 thankyou BDO.

  9. Dhel Manog
    July 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Agree ako sa mga sinabi ni Papa P..Kailangan natin ng makakausap hindi natin kailangan sarilinin ang problema dahil hindi maganda sa health ..Gusto ko talaga lahat ng movie ni Papa P..

  10. Elleen Lopez Blas
    July 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Yes tama, pwede na mag send at mag claim ng padala anytime hassle free and convenient pa sa BDO, they find ways.

  11. Elinor S.
    July 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Ang pogi talaga ni Papa P. Pero ang pinakafavorite ko yung last vid. Nakakatuwa kamukha ni Claudine B. ung girl.

  12. Joy balleta
    July 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Buong mundo apektado sa pandemic na ito. Lahat nabago ang buhay, maraming may trabaho dati na ngaun nag aalala kung may trabaho pa bang mababalikan pa . Maraming nagugutom, mraming mga magulang na d makatulog kung san pa ba makakakuha ng pangkain sa araw araw, mga nagtatanong kung kelan matatapos ang pandemic na ito?. Kung taung mga tao na nasa pilipinas na kasama ang pamilya ay nakakaranas ng ganitong stress , depression, ano pa ung mga OFW na malayo sa mga pamilya nila? Doble sa knila ang impact ng pandemic na to. Mga Tanong na: Kamusta na kaya ang pamilya ko sa pilipinas? May nakakain pa kaya? Ligtas ba sila? Worst question. Pano kung mawalan aq ng trabaho dto sa abroad dahil sa pagsara ng kumpanya o pagbawas ng tao dahil sa pandemic na ito? Nakakalungkot na sa panahon na to malayo sila sa pamilya nila . Kaya ngaun pahalagahan nmn natin ang mga OFW na malaking ambag sa ating bansa dahil sa mga Remmitance . Taung mga pilipino ang magtutulungan laban sa pandemic na ito, tulong tulong po tau. Salamat BDO Kabayan Savings

  13. Irene Wwanchho Serrano
    July 5, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    so cuteeee ni Papa P dito😍😍😍

  14. Maryrose marcelino
    July 5, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Always Finds ways talaga ang BDO. Yes to BDO. ❤️🙏

  15. Antoniette Sanchez David
    July 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Iba talaga pag bdo ang gamit kaya ako makabangon lang kami mag start ulit ako mag ipon at sempre kay bdo ako mag titiwala..☺️☺️☺️ pogi mo papa P idol ka naman mama ko..🥰🥰🥰🥰

  16. Nicole Desales
    July 5, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Sobrang ganda nang mga drama na to

  17. DonnaRia Mahayag
    July 5, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Ang galing ng nakaisip e, drama na nga ginawan pa ng twist iba ang pinoy parang BDO always find ways

  18. Mariya Wendy
    July 5, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Napaka flexible talaga ni Papa P. Kahit saang genre pwede sya. Kaya deads na deads mama ko sa kanya e.

  19. Karen Marie Flores
    July 5, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    BDO always find ways talaga during pandemic nakakatulong cla sa mga nangangailangan good job BDO😊gwapo ni papa P ,opo npanood ko n po ..gsto ko po dun yung sinabihan sya ng ale na artista kb?hahaha

  20. Irish Panesales
    July 5, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Angganda ng Movie nato, ganda ng partner ni Papa P. BDO WE FIND WAYS❤

  21. marlyn
    July 5, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    kahit panu maibsan ang mga prob sa crisis, maganda din kc nakakapanood nng mga ganyan lalo na madami malakarelate…thnx for the movie, sarap panoorin yan.

  22. Raquel Chiong
    July 5, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Aliw ang commercial na to ni Papa P para sa Bdo naincorporate sa mga movies nia. Natuwa akonsa starting ober again isa yan sa fave movie ko. Dati naiyak ako dyan pero dito naaliw ako hahaha. Nakagoodvibes 😊

  23. Bagay JayaMae
    July 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Super nakakatulong, talaga ang BDO way find ways ika nga hihi..

  24. Erica Carbo
    July 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Bet ko po ung “Starting Over Today” na friendzone 😁 .. Kala ko po talaga movie na .. BDO lang po pla .😅 ..

  25. Graziella Covar
    July 6, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Yess ! Malake talaga ang tulong ng ng Ating kababauan na nagtatrabaho abroad kaya deserve naman nila na mapagaan din ang kanilang dinadala. Lalo sa panahon ngayon. Takot sila na magka sakit ang kapamilya nila back in Pinas. Sa ganitong paraan makakalimutan muna nila ng pansamantala ang mga worries nila.

  26. arlene obien
    July 6, 2020 at 6:50 am

    ang galing naman kasi ni piolo in terms of acting just like bdo.

  27. Richel Atencio
    July 6, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Truth, kung may pinagdadaanan.. Wag natin sarilinin.. Magbuhos tayo ng sama ng loob sa mga taong mapagkakatiwalaan natin.. Makakagaan yun sa nararamdaman natin.. Mababawasan kahit papano ung sakit na nararamdaman pag may taong handang makinig sayo. Anyways, gusto ko ung “starting over today”.. 😊 i love u papa p! 😍😊

  28. Noime Ortagoza
    July 6, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Nakakatuwa naman,kaya BDO we find ways,Papa P.ang gwapo pa rin,nakakakilig.

  29. Bessie Ramos
    July 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Ang ganda ng tvc ni PAPA p. Kinilig ako ng natawa . BDO we find ways talaga 😍

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