Marian Rivera fulfills promise to Cebuanos

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Monday, February 24, 2014


MARIAN Rivera kept her promise and went back to Bantayan Island in Cebu to turnover 100 bangkas to the fisherfolk community in the coastal town.

It took the Primetime Queen one month, since the launch of Kapuso-Adopt-A-Bangka Project in January, to fulfill her commitment to the Cebuanos to help them rebuild their lives after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) displaced thousands of people in the Visayas.

In an interview with Rivera after the Kapuso Night event mounted by GMA Regional TV during the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City, she said the long travel going to Bantayan Island paid off as soon as she saw the completion of a promise.

Marian Rivera
Marian Rivera

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"Nawala lahat ng pagod mo kasi andoon yung 100 families na binigyan ng bangka. Nakakataba ng puso kasi totoo na ba ito? Na andoon yung 100 na bangka na naglalaot na sila," she said.

The actress thanked everyone who made the endeavor a reality. She said that it was just the beginning of the campaign as they plan to continue the project until they provide enough means of livelihood to the locals.

"Hindi ako aalis ng Bantayan na hindi ko lahat nabibigyan. Gradual ang gagawin ko diyan. Sabi ko naman nung una pa lang na hindi ako nangangako na maibibigay ko lahat pero unti-unti maibibigay ko yung mga pangarap nila," she said.

Aside from the 100 bangkas delivered in Bantayan, GMA Regional TV also conducted fishing trainings and taught residents alternative ways of earning a living.

"Hindi lang kami basta nagbigay ng bangka. Binibigyan din namin sila ng idea (kung ano pang pwede nilang magawa). Parang nag-aaral sila kung ano ang dapat gawin sa pangingisda and what if walang makuha ngayon, anong pwedeng gawin," she added.

Rivera said that their help will extend beyond the distribution of the bangkas. They plan to monitor and check the community from time to time.

"After five months, titignan din namin kung anong nangyari sa mga taong binigyan namin. Naka-survive ba sila, naka-ipon ba sila or nakatulong ba sila. Hindi lang siya basta project. Nakatali kami sa mga buhay nila," she added.

Rivera is happy to be part of the rebuilding efforts of the people of Cebu and said that it's also her way of paying forward the blessings she has received over the years.

Aside from the Adopt-A-Bangka Project, Rivera is also involved in various GMA Regional events since middle of last year.

Marian said she enjoys touring the Philippines and it's her chance to reciprocate the love and support she received from the fans.

"Noon, hindi ako nabigyan ng pagkakataon na umikot. Ngayon, ito na yung time na pwede akong magpasalamat sa mga taong nagmamahal sa akin. Na andyan at hindi ako iniiwan," she said.

"Naniniwala ako na marunong kang magpasalamat sa mga taong nagluklok sa iyo diyan kasi utang ko sa kanila yan. Kung wala ang mga fans na ito, kahit anong ganda mo or talented mo, kung walang tao na nagpu-push sa iyo, pinagtatanggol ka, at naniniwala ka, I don't think na magtatagal ka sa showbiz," she added.

As of this posting, the Kapuso Primetime Queen had already participated in over 20 regional events of GMA-7 and plans to continue doing so. (Sunnex)

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