Andi Eigenmann slammed the people who have been leaving insulting remarks to her partner Philmar Alipayo.
In their vlog last August 5, the couple opened up about their relationship and how Philmar is getting used to having a celebrity partner.
"At first (mahirap) because people will come to me, bashing me," Philmar admitted.
Andi defended him from people who have been targeting his natural skin color. She said, "Parang bakit 'yung Pilipino sa tingin nila 'yung itsura ng Pilipino pangit, like my partner’s maitim. Hello that’s so nice tan. You have nice skin."
"I didn’t think people (should) be saying bad things to Philmar just because of his skin color and also because he’s from the province,” she added.
The actress also emphasized that a person's choice to live in the province doesn't define a person's success.
“I hope that Filipinos would get rid of that mentality that if you’re from the province, you are not successful. That that means you’re inferior to everyone else who is finding jobs in the city because that’s not the meaning of success and also, every person is different,” she said.
“There are just people who think that life for them is much better and gives more meaning staying on an island just like me and Philmar. And that’s why we’re happy together here.”
She continued, “We’re here because we’re happy to be here and he never left the island because he wants to be on the island. It doesn’t mean because he’s not successful.”
Andi also advised people to never use the "taga-isla lang" remark to people who are happily living in the province.
“‘Taga-isla ka lang?’ Don’t ever say that. ‘Taga-isla ka lang,’ don’t say that that’s a ‘lang’ lang thing because, to me, you guys are the richest people on earth to be surrounded by such beauty, nature, and living in paradise like this,” she enthused.
Watch their full vlog here:
Andi and Philmar are currently living in Siargao with their daughter Lilo and Andi's daughter with Jake Ejercito, Ellie.
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