The Philippine Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino (age 47), says in her latest Instagram post that “Crazy Rich Asians” book author, Kevin Kwan (age 43), touched her life with “genuine friendship and kindness”.
Kris Aquino said she will forever treasure a recent conversation with Kevin Kwan, wherein he uttered these comforting words:
I have so much admiration and new appreciation for you. You have survived and endured so much, with grace.
Kris Aquino says those encouraging words from “Crazy Rich Asians” book author Kevin Kwan, was an “affirmation that there are people who will love and celebrate you”, no matter what happens.
According to Kris Aquino, Kevin Kwan wanted her to be part of the “Crazy Rich Asians” movie as far back as June 2017. The book author wanted a Filipina to play the part of a “princess” in the film, which is now making waves in Hollywood and worldwide.
Kris Aquino eventually played the role of Princess Intan, a Malay royalty who refuses to speak to anynone, in the “Crazy Rich Asians” movie.
The actress-producer and entrepreneur said that author Kevin Kwan, Director Jon Chu, and distributor Warner Brother Pictures, deserved the gratitude of Filipinos “for shining a special light on us Filipinos”.
Kris Aquino then addressed people who don’t like what she wrote in her post to unfollow her on Instagram.
Then Kris started talking about what she termed as “hard won TRUTHS”. She said that what people who wanted to break her only managed to do, is to let her prove to herself how strong she really is.
Because of the many attempts to put her down, Kris Aquino said she realized that she made it without quitting.
Kris Aquino said she has in fact managed to rebuild herself and stand without stepping on others and without sacrificing the values and principles that her parents, Corazon “Cory” Aquino and Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, instilled in her.
Kris Aquino sees that her mission now is to make others see that people should wear their scars with dignity as proof that they fought life’s battles bravely.
The last few sentences in Kris Aquino’s post seem like catchphrases or mantras against put-downs, bashing, criticisms, and whatever brings you down in life.
Kris Aquino wrote:
…nobody should have to accept being belittled, insulted or judged unfairly. Do no harm yet never let anybody get comfortable trying to dehumanize you.
KRIS AQUINO (@krisaquino) on Instagram:
“I have so much admiration and new appreciation for you. You have survived and endured so much, with grace.” Two sentences from a recent conversation I shall forever treasure. I was reaching out to a man who touched my life with genuine friendship and kindness.
I’ve survived enough storms to know that hearing encouraging words when your humanity deserves acknowledgment – that gesture of support becomes an affirmation that there are people who will love and celebrate you – come what may.
June of 2017, he was the one who wanted me to be a part of his passion project. It’s FATE that a man I’d never met but had long been a vocal fan of, championed for us to be represented; and it was his vision that a Filipina would portray his “princess”.
I’ve learned enough to not have made @crazyrichasians [Crazy Rich Asians] a referendum on me and my last name. It would be a disservice to all the talented, passionate, and generous people I’d worked with for people who hated me and/or my family to not give this beautiful movie a chance.
So, I purposely stayed off social media. To those who are like me, those who read the trilogy, watched and fell in love with @crazyrichasians [Crazy Rich Asians] – you answered my prayers because @kevinkwanbooks [Kevin Kwan], @jonmchu [Jon M Chu] and @wbpictures [Warner Bros. Pictures] deserved to feel our gratitude for shining a special light on us Filipinos, the “superfans” in Kevin’s words.
If you don’t like my words, stop reading, do us all a favor and unfollow me. I’m stating hard won TRUTHS: To all who tried to break me, all you did was let me prove to myself how STRONG I am.
I am standing without having needed to step on others, and I didn’t demean or sacrifice the values and principles my parents instilled in me.
On my own – I rebuilt myself dahil yung sinubukan patumbahin ng paulit ulit – namulat sa katotohanan na kinaya nyang hindi sumuko (because the one who was tried to be brought down repeatedly – came to know the truth that she managed without quitting).
She now sees that her mission is to make others see from her open book life – that people should wear our scars with dignity because they are proof we valiantly faced life’s battles. That nobody should have to accept being belittled, insulted or judged unfairly. Do no harm yet never let anybody get comfortable trying to dehumanize you. #laban (#fight)