Due to Angel Locsin’s portrayal of strong female characters, it was hard to imagine that she too was bullied in the past.
Filipina television and film actress Locsin, 33, posted this Friday on her Instagram story an exchange with a former high school bully who sought forgiveness for past transgressions.
Her former classmate from the University of Sto. Tomas High School reached out to the star of “The General’s Daughter” through a private message on Instagram, to apologize for his/her actions when they were younger.
The user’s identity was protected by Locsin and his/her message read: “Hi Angel, you probably don’t remember me but I used to not like you back in USTHS. I remember I bullied you before… I want to say I am sorry. I want you to know (while I am watching your movies in Netflix) that I am extremely amazed by how good an actress you are! Congratulations on how you have become a very good actress! I can probably say that perhaps, I am a fan now! Again, I apologize.”
“Hello! Mga bata pa tayo noon. Your message made me smile. Salamat. Pasensiya na rin kung may nagawa ako para hindi mo ako magustuhan. Sabi nga nila, it takes two to tango. So ayun. Pasensya na. Ingat lagi!” responded the famous actress.
She then went on to tell her Instagram followers that she was “quite moved” by the sudden act of contrition and shared it online for anyone who needed to be inspired by her former bully who now turned over a new leaf.
The Kapamilya star has served as an inspiration to many because of her charitable heart.
“At some point in our lives, we’ve all been bullied, and we’ve all been bullies. But as a wise Beatle once wrote, ‘Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend’. So if you have the chance to apologize to someone you’ve hurt, take it. And if someone asks for your forgiveness, give it to them. In either case, if your efforts are sincere, you’ll never regret it,” claimed Locsin.
The controversial Cebu Priest identified as Fr. Romeo Obach issued the ‘public heartfelt apology’ on Tuesday, July 8, to the mother and her immediate family for his words and ‘rude attitude’ before performing the rite of baptism in Mandaue City in Cebu.
The priest apologized for his actions after netizens bombarded him with negative comments on Facebook as the video went viral online. The video of the incident Sunday, has already been shared in Facebook for almost 20,000 times as of last night.
“I deeply regret I have done this. I only later realized how cruel my ways to educate and impart lessons for the said event,” Obach said in a statement.
“I am deeply sorry to the mother of the child, her relatives, the sponsors and the witnesses of the incident,” he said.
The priest also apologized to the public and the netizens for his “unbecoming” behavior, and the same time asking for forgiveness.
“I am deeply sorry and I humbly ask your forgiveness,” Obach said.
The Redemptorist community was also “deeply saddened” by the incident, and said that it may serve as a “reminder” to the clergy “of our role as pastors”.
Obach has been suspended by his superior pending investigation.