Gerald Anderson may have stayed in the US with his American father for more than a decade but in his heart, he is more “Pinoy” (slang for Filipino) than “Kano” (American).
The young actor said so on “Umagang Kay Ganda” on July 5, pointing out that even Americans identify him as Filipino.
“Pag nasa States ako, ang tingin ng mga tao sa akin [dun], Pinoy [ako]. Kasi iba ang balat ko, ang mukha ko [kesa sa kanila],” he said.
This is why Gerald is amused that it’s the other way around when he is here in the country.
“Pagpunta ko sa Pinas, baliktad naman: Amerikano daw ako! Pero yung roots ko talaga, Pinoy.”
Gerald’s father is an American instructor in the Philippine navy who travels back and forth between the US and Zambales. When he was three years old, he and his family moved to San Antonio, Texas. At age 14, Gerald and his family returned to General Santos City, South Cotabato, Mindanao where his mother hails.
Gerald said that it took him awhile to get used to putting “po” and “opo” in his sentences when talking to the elderly or people in authority.
“Kasi sa Gen San, walang ‘po’ at ‘opo.’ Dito na lang pagpunta ko sa Maynila natutunan ‘yon,” he said, referring to 2006 when he joined “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition.”
The report said that his younger siblings call him “kuya” while he addresses her older sister as “ate.”
To test how Filipino he truly is, “Umagang Kay Ganda” asked Gerald several questions which exposed his predilections.
Suit or barong?
“Parehong maganda, though, personally, mas gusto ko suotin yung suit sa panahon ngayon. Pero kung traditional, syempre barong.”
Adobo or steak?
“Both. Masarap din ang Adobo.”
Wine or tuba?
“Tuba. Kung saan kasi ako lumaki sa Gen San, pag may dumadaan na nagbebenta ng tuba sa bahay, bumibili kami.”
Asked to choose between saying “I love you” or “Mahal kita” to a woman she fancies, Gerald gave a sensible answer.
“Mahal kita pero, syempre, kung American ‘yung babae, ‘I love you.’”
Gerald has been in the news more than usual lately because of rumors that his love team partnership with young actress Kim Chiu will be given a rest. According to the grapevine, their stint on the soon-to-end soap opera, “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo,” will be their last project together.
Source: Jojo P. Panaligan, Manila Bulletin