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Awra Briguela reveals how he overcame bullying: ‘Wala silang karapatan na maliitin or apakan ka’

‘The Seniors’ actor Awra Briguela talks about his high school experience before joining showbiz.

Awra Briguela reveals how he overcame bullying: ‘Wala silang karapatan na maliitin or apakan ka’-Rhea Manila Santos
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Rhea Manila Santos

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03/25/2022 10:14 AM
Awra Briguela reveals how he overcame bullying: ‘Wala silang karapatan na maliitin or apakan ka’
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After joining showbiz as a young actor after being personally handpicked by Coco Martin for his show FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in 2016, Awra Briguela said that his life changed completely including how he went to school.

“Nung nag-viral kasi ako or when I started my career, I was in first year high school so yung first year sobrang naapektuhan kasi sobrang dumami yung schedule ko so parang kailangan ko mag-home study. Pero nung second year to third year medyo lumuwag luwag yung schedule ko. Mas gusto ko talaga face-to-face kasi mas na-e-enjoy ko kasi may mga crush sa school, kaibigan, ganyan. And kahit sobrang busy ako nun sa pag-a-artista, pinilit ko talagang ipagpatuloy yung school ko and I never stopped until now,” he said.

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Even when he became a celebrity, Awra said he made sure not to miss out on extra-curricular activities that he enjoyed.

“Yung high school ko  in-enjoy ko talaga kasi nakapag-join pa ako ng varsity sa volleyball and yung mga competition sa school nakakakapag-join din ako so in-enjoy ko talaga siya. And madami rin akong naging kaibigan since tatlo yung naging school ko nung high school since palipat-lipat ako from Las Piñas to Quezon City to Las Piñas. Kasi nung first year ako sa Las Piñas and then nag-condo ako sa QC nung madami na akong naging project so wala akong choice kundi mag-home study. The next year since QC-based na ako, dun na ako naglipat ng school para mag-face-to-face classes. Nung nawala ako sa Ang Probinsyano and I needed to go back to my family, sa Las Piñas ulit ako nagtapos ng high school.

“Ako naman as bida bida, Ms. Everything talaga ako nung high school. Kasi nga nag-aartista na ako, nag-join pa ako ng varsity tapos sumali pa ako ng dance club. As a gay friend, lahat circle of friends, lahat kaibigan ko kahit mapalalake or babae. Lahat kaibigan ko talaga. Bida bida ako kasi not so brainy so babawi sa performance dahil mas mataas ang performance tasks sa exams so mas bumabawi ako sa mga performance at sa mga projects. So pag may mga ganap sa school nag-de-dress up talaga ako ng malala. Kunwari may mga United Nations, ganyan,” he shared.

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Although he enjoyed being popular in school, Awra admitted he also experienced being bullied but fought back against the bullies.

“Ako kasi nung una nakaranas talaga ako ng bullying sa school pero hindi yun nagtagal kasi nag-stand up ako for myself. Like kahit gay ako, wala silang karapatan na maliitin or apakan ka. Just be true to yourself and let them accept you for who you are. And don’t take their opinion seriously kasi I know that wala namang tama or maling opinion. Iba pa rin yung totoo ka sa sarili mo at alam mong mas mahal mo yung sarili mo kesa sa ibang tao. Kasi hindi naman importante yung panghuhusga nila sa iyo, ang importante is mahal mo yung sarili mo. If someone bullies you, let them. Hayaan mo sila. Ignore them. Kasi they’re just jealous because you have something that they don’t have,” he said.

The Seniors star said he enjoyed his high school experience so much that he even kept souvenirs.

“Lahat ng notebook ko nung grade 10 kasi nag-pandemic na so hindi na nagamit. Ang sad part nga nun excited ako grumaduate. Nag-practice pa ako ng graduation with toga tapos nag-pandemic. Biglang after nung practice practice namin, kinabukasan wala ng pasok. Hanggang nag-lockdown na. But at least we were able to shoot our pictorial for the school yearbook,” he added.

Created by directors Antoinette Jadaone and Dan Villegas, watch The Seniors exclusively on Vivamax. Starring Julia Barretto, Ella Cruz, Awra Briguela, Andre Yllana, Gab Lagman, and introducing Andrea Babierra.  Directed by Shaira Advincula.