“I really look up to tita Angel kasi sa lahat ng strengths niya, sa advocacies niya, and super matulungin sa tao. Di ba sinasabi nila na she’s a real life hero. So gusto ko rin marating siyempre yung magaling sa acting. I don’t look up to her as someone I want to copy, parang inspiration. I like the way she acts and how she has her feet on the ground pa rin. How she has a good heart despite kung sino na siya ngayon. And gusto ko rin na magaling siya mag-acting,” she said.
Currently part of the drama series Huwag Kang Mangamba where she plays the role of Francine Diaz’s younger sister, Alyanna said she didn’t start out being in love with showbiz. “I started when I was five years old and I didn’t see myself as acting and I also didn’t know how to speak Tagalog back then. So medyo nahirapan ako at first. I just took the opportunity since minsan lang naman may opportunity na ganyan and a lot of people have talent but not everyone is given the opportunity so I won’t let it go to waste. I just found myself loving it where I am eventually,” she recalled.
After her aunt made headlines for opening a community pantry for her 36th birthday where an elderly man passed away while waiting in line, Alyanna shares a message of support for her.
“Tita Gel, I just hope you stay strong and we all believe in you and we hope you are okay since hindi mo naman kasalanan yung nangyari and we know that your intentions are pure and you just want to help people out,” she said.
Just like her famous relative, Alyanna hopes to someday do her own charity work as well. “I think I would like to talk to her more about that because I have to educate myself more. I’m still young. So maybe in the future I would also consider doing that,” she added.
Even when it comes to acting, Alyanna says her aunt is her one and only acting inspiration and idol. “Honestly si tita Angel talaga is who I really look up to. She’s been giving me advice naman to just really be myself and to keep my feet on the ground,” she said.