Jennylyn Mercado opened up that she once lost everything and the experience shaped the values that she possesses right now.
The actress has been very vocal about her support for the embattled employees of ABS-CBN, who are going to lose their jobs in the middle of the pandemic following the denial of the network’s franchise by the House committee.
“Naranasan ko na rin ang mawalan ng lahat after giving birth to Jazz. Wala akong trabaho, kaya kahit 1 buwan pa lang siya, umalis ako papuntang Amerika. Kumanta kanta sa mga restaurant dun para may mapadalang pera para sa pamilya ko,” she shared.
Jennylyn remarked that the said phase in her life taught her essential life lessons.
“Those experiences shaped the person that I am now. And through those experiences I learned that kindness, patience, and empathy is what makes people human,” she relayed.
Naranasan ko na rin ang mawalan ng lahat after giving birth to Jazz. Wala akong trabaho,kaya kahit 1 buwan pa lang siya,umalis ako papuntang Amerika.Kumanta kanta sa mga restaurant dun para may mapadalang pera para sa pamilya ko— jennylyn mercado (@MercadoJen) July 16, 2020
Those experiences shaped the person that I am now. https://t.co/GBDjBItEmy
That tough time turned around when she was given a second chance by her network.
“Sinundo ako ng manager ko at bumalik kami dito. Tapos binigyan ako ng second chance ng GMA. And I tried (and am still trying) to make the most out of it. Kaya I will always be grateful sa kanila,” she wrote.
Recently, the actress lambasted those who are rejoicing the closure of ABS-CBN.
"Sa mga lumuha at nawalan, our prayers and hearts are with you. Sa mga taong tuwang tuwa sa mga pangyayari, huwag niyo sana danasin ang lumuha din at mawalan," she said.
The actress added, "Hindi ba na tinuruan tayo ng ating mga magulang na maging makatao sa kapwa? Rejoicing because of other people’s sorrow is not only wrong, but inhumane. You are cruel."
Jennylyn also urged the netizens to show compassion and to not turn a blind eye on the sufferings of others.
“No network is perfect, policies can and will be improved. Ang importante ngayon ang mga taong nawalan ng trabaho lalo na at pandemya. Ang daling sabihin na okay lang sa inyo kasi sa tingin ninyo ay hindi kayo naapektuhan. Pero sana kahit saglit ay ilagay ninyo ang sarili sa posisyon nila. Huwag kayo maging manhid sa hirap na nararanasan ng iba," she remarked.
She also stood firm about her right to free speech after a netizen tried to suggest that she stop giving out her opinion about ABS-CBN.
"I am a Filipino and that alone is enough. To be neutral or silent in times of injustice is injustice. If being ‘bashed’ is a small price to pay for practicing my right to freedom of speech. Then I am fine with it," she stated.