- Angelica Panganiban and Angel Locsin trended after they delivered powerful speeches via live stream.
- They tackled different topics like information dissemination, mass testing, democracy, etc.
Kapamilya actresses Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban were applauded online after they took part in a live online conference with other notable ABS-CBN figures.
The two talked about their thoughts and worries regarding the current situation of the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the ABS-CBN franchise issue came to place.
“Naniniwala po ako na if we get through this pandemic alive, physically and mentally healthy, para po sa akin isa na pong napaka-laking accomplishment. Kaya naniniwala po ako na sana po ma-extend ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN,” Locsin stated.
She emphasized how much ABS-CBN can help the current situation by disseminating information to those who need it the most as not everyone is privileged enough to have access to the internet.
“The more information, the easier access to information for everyone is better. Dahil alam ko po, alam nating lahat, na sa pandemyang ito every second counts.”
She ended her statement by saying that she believes that the shutdown of the media giant is not a solution to the country’s challenges and will not help Filipinos go through the pandemic.
On the other hand, Panganiban took her statement in a more personal and emotional approach by reminding everyone that she’s actually adopted.
“Para po sa mga hindi nakakaalam, ako po ay ampon. Lumaki po ako sa isang pamilya na hindi ko naman po kadugo. Pero ni-minsan hindi ko po naramdaman na hindi nila ako kapamilya kahit pa hindi ko sila kadugo.”
She compared the love she received from her adoptive family to the love that ABS-CBN gave her.
“Tulad po ng pagmamahan na ibinigay sakin ng ABS-CBN, niyakap po nila ako ng buong-buo. Tinanggap kung sino ako, binigyan ng pangalawang tahanan. Sila ang nag hubog sakin kung sino ako ngayon. Sila ang nagturo sakin kung paano manindigan, maging matapang, at magbigay ng galing sa puso.”
And as an act of gratitude, she vows to give back to those who need it.
“Naniniwala akong mahalaga ang kalayaan sa katulad kong artista. Ang maipahayag ang aking saloobin ng buong tapang at walang halong takot. At bilang isang artista ng bayan, tayo ang magsisilbing boses sa mga hindi makapag-salita, tenga para sa mga hindi makarinig, at mata para sa mga hindi nakakakita.”
She added that it’s also their responsibility to be the support for those who are sad, who wants to laugh, and those who are needing much-needed information.
“Pero higit po sa lahat ng iyan, kaya ko piniling humarap sa inyo ngayon dahil nararamdaman ko ang agam agam at walang kasiguraduhang kinabukasan natin ngayon.
“Alam nating lahat na hindi lang kami ang talo sa pagpapasara ng ABS-CBN. Taong bayan ang talo sa laban na ito.”
Teary-eyed, Panganiban said that the closure of the Kapamilya network is not just the loss for them who work there, but the loss of the whole country.
She then addressed the issues that are supposed to be prioritized in the middle of a pandemic.
“Tandaan sana natin na hindi ABS-CBN ang kalaban ngayon. Hindi po ang mga artista na nagpapahayag ng kanilang saloobin ang kalaban ngayon.
“Ang issue ay free mass testing. Ang issue ay yung pagbibigay ng ayuda para sa mga mas nangangailangan. Ang issue po ay ang pagiging handa ng ating healthcare system sa isang pandemya. Ang issue ang kawalan ng trabaho ng milyong-milyong Pilipino. Ang issue ay kung saan kukuha ng pagkain ang bawat pamilya.”
The two actresses were commended and supported by netizens for fearlessly voicing their opinions.
angelica panganiban and angel locsin, two women who have fought for our country and spilled nothing but facts. can we just appreciate both, when women come together they truly shake the world. i hope the government will actually hear what they have said and take it seriously.
— ynigo (@changmined) May 12, 2020
Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban is so fucking precious let’s protect them at all cost.✨✊🏻
— ejreuven (@reuvenEj) May 12, 2020
Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban. Two Angels working together. I stan both brave and powerful women.🥵❤️
— Josh Jeirell Domingo (@jeirell_josh) May 12, 2020
— Robi L. Caguiat (@Robirrific) May 12, 2020
Si Angel Locsin at Angelica Panganiban lang ang dalawang artistang matapang na nagsalita sa totoong isyu ngayon. Yung iba hanggang yakap at dasal lang. Walang mga bayag!
— Defend Press Freedom (@lloydyangel) May 12, 2020
If Angelica Panganiban and Angel Locsin already speak up about on what's happening on our country, why the other celeb's can't? It's time for the other celebrities to speak up! Real talk kung real talk! Matamaan yung kailangan matamaan! I salute these two Angel's for being brave!
— Gwy (@ChefTrishaC) May 12, 2020
The Laban Kapamilya live stream, which was held on May 12, included other celebrities like Angel Aquino, Shaina Magdayao, Bianca Gonzalez, Enchong Dee, and Boy Abunda, among others.