Veteran actress Tessie Tomas admitted to having felt depressed after the 21-day community lockdown prevented her from paying a visit to her ailing mom in the Philippines.
In a vlog released on her YouTube channel called TessTube, the veteran actress shared her experience during the lockdown while walking on the empty streets around her neighborhood in the Isle of Man.
According to Tessie, her current situation made her a stronger person following her experience wherein she had to endure the chilly weather in the middle of a lockdown.
“Ang observation ko po, tumibay po ako. Hindi lang po sa aking emosyon kung hindi pati sa weather kasi malamig po talaga ang winter dito. Ngayon po siguro 5-7 degrees kami kaya hindi po madali,” Tessie shared.
Tessie went on to say that she had to store food in advance to make sure she and her husband have enough food to eat.
“Alam niyo po, wipeout ang mga fruits, veggies. Lahat naman meron … ‘yung mga canned goods, juices, meron ding milk and importante ‘yung bread. Importante ang bread,” she said.
Admitting that she has been feeling down lately, Tessie said she finds refuge in going to Church.
Tessie shared that her mother — 92-year-old former radio personality and actress Laura Hermosa — is battling with advanced age and renal complications
“Kaya din po ako nalulungkot ngayon mga kaibigan kasi dapat po January 5 o noong isang araw pa pala ay nakaalis ako papuntang Pinas para madalaw ko ang Nanay ko,” Tessie said.
She went on: “Hindi po ako natuloy, nag-rebook ako for February 16 dahil po sa new strain ng [COVID-19] virus na nakakalungkot na lahat ng trips coming from UK ay hindi pinapapasok sa maraming bansa kasama na ang Pilipinas. Nakakalungkot talaga kaya medyo depressed po ako.”
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One of the most highly-respected actresses in the country, Tessie Tomas is known for her many roles in both film and television including Aling Teysi, Manay Barbara Tenco, Meldita, and Amanda Pineda.
She last appeared in the ABS-CBN teleserye The Blood Sisters which starred Erich Gonzales.
The 70-year-old actress is currently living in the UK with her British husband Roger Pullin.
She has a son named Robin.