“Being an actor is a privilege. I make sure to use it wisely,” says Enzo Pineda, explaining why he wants to become a good role model for the youth.
In 2012, Enzo became an ambassador for Children’s Hour. He tells the Inquirer: “GMA 7 called to ask if I was OK with the idea; I said, ‘Yes.’ The timing was perfect because I was looking at that time for an advocacy I could embrace.”
Children’s Hour, a program of Child Foundation Inc., requires volunteers to donate at least an hour of their time and worth to kids in need.
The 22-year-old actor, one of the lead stars of the new Kapuso afternoon drama “Ang Kakambal ni Eliana,” is also set to work with the National Youth Commission on a campaign for the May elections. “We’re thinking of something to help encourage young voters to choose wisely,” he says.
As a role model, Enzo says, he will make sure to bring something new to the table, like maybe introduce a sport. He’s been into wakeboarding for seven months now and is planning to compete in a summer tournament.
When it comes to partying, Enzo’s guideline is: “Drink when you’re happy; not when you want to be happy. I drink with friends if I have something to celebrate. I hope all young people realize that drinking and smoking are good for no one. I practice healthy living, especially now that I’m into crossfit training. You always look good when you work out.”
The actor adds: “I was a party hardy when I was younger—mabilis din ako nagsawa (I got tired of it soon enough).”
On fulfilling one’s dream, Enzo counsels: “First, you have to determine for yourself what it is you really want, what makes you happy. Then you work doubly hard to achieve it. I’m starting to live my dream. Acting is what I really love.”
The actor vows to continue improving his craft. “The right thing to do is often the most difficult,” he points out. “There are many actors who think attending workshops is a waste of time. I enjoy it. I’ve improved a lot because of it. We should never take things for granted. Learning doesn’t end when you get a good review.”
“Ang Kakambal ni Eliana,” with Kim Rodriguez as lead actress, also features Lexi Fernandez and Kristoffer Martin. It begins airing on the Kapuso channel on April 22.