With the family drama series Bagong Umaga now on its finale week, Tony Labrusca said the show will be unforgettable for him not just because of the lock-in taping experience, but also because of how many of the cast ended up getting COVID-19. The 25-year-old actor made the revelation during the Bagong Umaga finale presscon held last April 27.
“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say this, but the show is about to finish, I don’t think they can get mad at me for this. But halos lahat kami COVID survivors. Am I allowed to say that? I’m so sorry (laughs). We’re working in a time of pandemic and it happens. But God is good and we all survived so that was pretty unforgettable. But I want to reiterate, prod took really, really good care of us. Without them, we would be nowhere so I’m sorry shucks, I don’t want to get into trouble (laughs),” he shared.
At least six of the cast members tested positive for the virus. Aside from the initial announcement of Heaven Peralejo, Nikki Valdez, and Sunshine Cruz on their social media accounts, cast members Barbie Imperial and Keempee de Leon also admitted they had the same results but chose not to go public with their experience.
Tony shared his realizations after recovering from the potentially fatal virus. He said he went through all the usual symptoms which included body pains, fever, and cough.
“Nakaka-praning siya kasi I had a friend who survived COVID and yung sinabi niya sa akin nung nag-recover na ako, ‘Tony, alam mo ba na ito na yung second life mo? Kasi when people get COVID, it’s either they live or they die. Dalawa lang yun eh.’ So it’s crazy na kasama na ako sa statistics. Nakaka-praning siya but I’m just really thankful that I recovered really fast. On my 12th day I tested negative na. And with the help of production team, sila talaga yung naging family namin so parang sila talaga yung nag-alaga sa amin, made sure that we got home safe and that we had the proper meds, the doctors were always taking care of us so nakatulong talaga yun. We were all handling it like a family para no one felt left out and no one felt alone.”