Millennials on lockdown: How celebrity kids, teens stay productive at home (Conclusion)
Here’s the continuation of Inquirer Entertainment’s interviews with other young celebrities on how they stay productive and keep themselves busy during the lockdown:
Niño Muhlach’s 10-year-old son Alonzo, meanwhile, expressed his worries over the possibility of children being home-schooled while the Covid-19 pandemic is happening. He prayed that “someone comes up with a vaccine or a cure for this virus, so we can resume normal classes again.”
The young actor added: “I still don’t know how online school would be like. I guess it would be like normal classes, but using the Zoom app. Kids my age have a lot of energy. I miss playing tag and basketball with my classmates. School without play will be sad.”
Miggs Cuaderno, on the other hand, zeroed in on what he thought were the advantages of home schooling. He said that for kids who felt like they have a lot of catching up to do with their lessons, “they can very well do so while they’re at home. They can reread a particular unit until they finally understand it, since they don’t have any deadlines, anyway.”
“For fast learners, they can do advanced reading on units that interest them. I actually think a child can cover more lessons while in quarantine if he chooses to. It’s unlike the usual school setup where you only learn a particular lesson along with the rest of the class at a given time,” he pointed out.
Miggs, 15, also said a child would never get bored while in quarantine if he’s imaginative. “You can fight boredom by thinking of interesting games to play with your family, or by watching movies with them. You can also enhance your talents in dancing, singing and acting by watching YouTube tutorials or enrolling in online classes. In fact, I already took part in online acting workshops, as well as dance and voice lessons,” he shared with Inquirer Entertainment.
While in quarantine, actress Teri Malvar said she made sure to spend her time doing what she loves—watching movies and TV series. “I have been binge-watching Korean dramas, as well as Japanese anime films (like Studio Ghibli) since the start of the quarantine,” the 19-year-old said.
Since her school calendar didn’t really get affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)—she is done with her studies for this particular school year—Teri said she got to bond with her family more “by making merienda recipes we find online, like dalgona coffee!”
The ECQ has given her more time to reflect, said Teri. “I am happy and blessed that I’m still able to eat three or four times a day, watch Netflix and play the ukulele at a time like this. But I am also uneasy with the fact that not everyone has the same privileges as I have,” she admitted. “So, no matter how little, I try to help by donating to some of my friends’ donation drives, because it’s not enough that I slack off. Given the opportunity to share, I would do so in a heartbeat.”
We sought the help of Barbara Miguel’s mom, Renerich, to get a reply from the 15-year-old actress.
Barbara said she focused on the physical and mental well-being of her family while in quarantine. “Instead of feeling down as a result of this pandemic, we tried to maintain a positive outlook,” she pointed out. “Spending more time with my family is a treasure. We learn new skills together, like baking, cooking, sewing and doing arts and crafts. We also try to develop our talents together by recording acting and dancing videos.”
As a form of self-improvement, Barbara said she used her free time to “build strength and tone my body. Also, I watch films where I can get [to learn] more about acting. I still find time to study my lessons, of course.” INQ