It’s never right to make fun of a person with down syndrome. Even the Kapuso sexy star Andrea Torres stated that this much is true, adding that hearing such offensive jests hurts her to the core, especially since her brother has down syndrome.
During the recent press conference for Anthony Vincent Bova’s acting workshop, held at GMA Network Center, Andrea shared with the media personnel:
“Kapagka sa kapatid, naaapektuhan ako… minsan dyinu-joke nila yung ganun. Yung mongoloid… hindi ko siya kayang marinig, yung ganun. Lately, parang ang sinasabi nila, abnoy daw yung kapatid ko, iyon yung nao-offend ako…”
Still, Andrea opts to not respond nor call out the online users who make insolent remarks against her brother, Kenneth.
“Tatagal pa, e, hahaba. Pero na-offend talaga ako, dinamdam ko siya talaga.”
In the same talk, the Kapuso star admitted that she just deletes the censuring comments on her page or, in extreme cases, blocks the rude netizens from entering her page.
“Pag nag-i-start pa lang na alam kong [redacted] na, dini-delete ko na lang, tapos block. Marami na akong iniyakan na comment. Ano lang talaga sila, parang more on, Kailangan mong labanan ng prayers and positivity. Ganun lang talaga kasi parang, wala e, hindi mo maku-control yung part na yun ng work mo.”
With her online critics, Andrea shared she learned to be patient and keep her cool amidst their derogatory notes.
“Nasasabi ko naman sa family ko, nailalabas ko naman. Lalo na pag wala namang followers, kasi tatagal pa yung usapan. Parang mas gusto ko na lang na kalimutan na lang natin, huwag na lang nating pag-usapan, parang ganun.”
When asked what her message could be to her critics, Andrea said she’d rather focus on her work and be happy with her life.
Meanwhile, the soon-to-be leading lady of Alden Richards in Victor Magtanggol shared how ecstatic she is to undergo training under Bova.
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“Actually, every time na may soap, namumuhunan akong mag-workshop sa sarili ko. There’s always something new na dapat maging open ka na matutunan. So, feeling ko nga, dapat every year o twice a year nagwo-workshop kami, e.”