Piolo Pascual praises OFWs as 'unsung heroes'

Posted at 12/26/2012 9:12 PM | Updated as of 12/26/2012 9:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Himself an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) at one point in his life, actor Piolo Pascual considers his "kababayans" abroad as the "unsung heroes" of the country.

Piolo Pascual. File photo

"I worked as an OFW before, and sabi ko nga, tuwing nagso-show ako para sa mga OFWs, sila, for me, ang unsung heroes ng country natin," Pascual told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of a recent tribute concert to OFWs.

Pascual, 35, once worked as an emergency room representative in California. In an earlier interview with YES! magazine, Pascual said he also became a part of the security team at the prestigious Academy Awards, and took on commission-based "advertising," as he went office-to-office in Beverly Hills.

Fortunately for the actor, he was in the company of some family members when he worked in the United States, "so it wasn't as difficult."

Referring to his preparation for his role as an OFW in the 2004 film "Milan," Pascual told ABS-CBN News, "Nakita ko talaga first-hand kung paano 'yung hirap ng trabaho, kasi we personally talked to people na pinagdaanan 'yung ganoong buhay."

"Gumaganda ang economy natin because of their remittances, and hindi alam ng mga tao kung gaano kahirap ang pinagdadaanan nila sa buhay pag nasa abroad nila," Pascual added.

"Mas matatapang sila kaysa sa mga nandito, kasi niri-risk nila 'yung buhay nila. Talagang sasaluduhan mo sila, i-aadmire mo yung tapang nila, para lang mabigyan ng magandang buhay 'yung family na iniiwan nila dito," he said.