How to fight ‘all forms of evil,’ according to Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie Picache isn’t just one of the country’s finest actresses; she’s also one of the most good-natured and level-headed celebrities we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. But, what the actress isn’t, we must say, is someone who minces words and says something she doesn’t mean.
Pie was one of the stars Inquirer Entertainment thought of asking for our series of stories this week that commemorates the dark years of the Ferdinand Marcos-instigated martial law in the ’70s and early ’80s: Should actors be outspoken about their political views, or should they stay neutral?
But, our timing last Thursday was a little “off,” as it turned out: The award-winning actress just posted an impassioned reaction on her Facebook wall, about a human rights-related incident she just learned about that took place in Katipunan the previous night.
“I’m so tempted to answer [the question] now, but I’m full of emotions at the moment because of what happened,” she told us politely. Cherry Pie didn’t want anger to cloud her judgment and objectivity.
The actress may have needed some time to keep her wits about her, but she refused to “sit on the fence,” as many other celebrities had opted to do when asked the same question. Nope, “indecisiveness” isn’t on Pie’s to-do list.
Cherry Pie has her son’s future in mind, as her answer eloquently explains: “I’m first a mother before I’m an actor. I will always speak up and stand for what I believe in, more so if the future of my son—our children, our families—depends on it. People are already sick and tired of having to deal with violence, vengeance, anger and hate towards life, especially [those that affect] our poor brothers every day.
“What I’d like to remind ourselves in these difficult and most trying times is to be vigilant, to tirelessly instill the value of caring for one another, to be concerned and be involved… to take action. Let’s be kinder—share, love and pray.
“Now is the time to extend God’s radical love, and I strongly believe that it’s the best way to fight all forms of evil. We need to express ourselves, celebrity or not, as human beings, citizens and parents. That is the call.”
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