Piolo Pascual shares what he thinks of random drug testing.
As the host of the new food and travel show The Crawl which premieres on September 3 on Lifestyle TV, Piolo Pascual admitted he was excited to do his first lifestyle show which had him visiting Osaka, Japan on a search for the best ramen and okonomiyaki. "We’re really excited because this is something new and something different [kind of] travel show. Joining me is my best friend Lui (Villaruz) as we discover and eat different dishes in Japan,” he shared during The Crawl launch held last August 27 in Ooma restaurant in Makati city.
During the event, Piolo also shared his sentiments regarding the voluntary drug testing recently done by his fellow Star Magic artists. The Crawl host said he supports the campaign against illegal substances. "I guess at the end of the day magnified ang showbiz eh. So as much as it can be voluntary, it can just be random. So I think we have to do what we have to do as citizens, not just because we are from showbiz. We have to walk the talk and be a good example. So just the same, gagamitin nila ang showbiz para ipakita sa tao kung anong mali sa tama. Nasa tao na rin naman yun if you want to submit to it, pero we have a battle cry eh. The government has a battle cry and we just have to support that and if we love our nation and gusto natin ng growth, we have to abide by it,” he explained.
With his son Inigo at an age where he is exposed to all kinds of experiences, Piolo said he has not been lacking when it comes to reminders to stay away from drugs. "I always tell him of course as a father alam mo naman talaga na hindi puwedeng hindi mo sabihan ang bata. Hindi puwedeng hindi mo bigyan ng advice pero at the end of the day sa kanya pa rin naman yung choice eh. So I always tell him whatever he does, basta ready siya to suffer the consequences. Pero siyempre hindi ako mawawala at hindi ako titigil sa pag-advise sa kanya,” he said.
Having been in the industry for more than two decades already, Piolo shared how he was able to live a drug-free life while being around people who may have been using it. "I always look at the good in a person. I don’t judge because I don’t want to be judged as well. Walang masamang tinapay sa akin eh so hindi ako namimili, hindi ako yung tipo na kailangan ko lumayo kasi lahat naman ng tao may kabaitan, lahat naman tayo may taglay na kagandahan ng loob so dun na lang ako nag-du-dwell. Yun na lang tinitingnan ko sa bawat isa para hindi ka mang-judge ng tao or hindi ka kailangan umiwas especially kasi napakaliit ng mundo. People come and go but the most important thing is you leave a good impression in that person’s life,” he said.
Piolo also said his entire family has always chosen to live healthy so he would submit to a drug test if ever he was asked to. "Every year nagpapa-drug test naman ako eh sa policy ko sa Sunlife kailangan yun eh. Especially pa kumukuha ka ng policy for insurance and sa general check up namin as a family we have it twice a year so sanay tayo dun,” he added.