- In a Lenten Special of It's Showtime, Anne Curtis had to be a rag vendor to help a family
- The show featured the life of an old woman who makes rags with the help of her grandchildren who lived with her
- Anne decided to conceal her identity by wearing a mask so as to experience how it is like to be a vendor like them
During an episode in a Lenten Special of 'It's Showtime,' a true to life story of an old woman making and selling rags was one of the stories they featured.
Showtime hosts visit the people they are featuring and helped them.
Anne Curtis helped them by selling the rags made by them.
She wanted to experience the real situation of a rag vendor so she decided to conceal her true identity by wearing a mask.
She first placed her rags in a footbridge.
Anne was having a hard time as she felt people were not even looking at her though she is making her best to get noticed.
“Ilalagay mo kasi iyong sarili mo on a daily basis kung anong ginagawa nila para kumita ng pera. Kailangan ko gawin bitbitin lahat ng ginawa nilang basahan. Sobrang bigat. Dadaanan ka lang nila.”
That is one of the hardest part of her experience according to her.
A traffic enforcer came and warned her to vacate as selling in the area is prohibited.
So habang nasa taas ako, kinausap ako ng barangay officer na bawal talaga magbenta sa foot bridge. Nakakaharang daw sa mga dumadaan. Ayun, so we have to respect the law kaya umalis kami kaagad.”
She had to transfer to an area where only a few people are passing by.
It left her with no choice but to sell to the people in their cars. According to her, she had to wait for the stop light for her to be able to sell to the drivers.
As time goes by, Anne Curtis felt the gravity of what she’s doing. In her confession, she almost gave up at one point.
“At one point, gusto ko na umiyak kasi parang ito iyong nangyayari sa kanila. Parang dadaanan lang sila ng mga tao. Imagine you’re there trying to sell pieces given by your lola or mom.
“Gusto mo makabenta kasi wala kayong kakainin tapos walang pumapansin sayo? Ang hirap naman ng ginagawa nila.”
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Curtis is half-Filipina half-Australian with an Ilocano descent.
She was born in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia, the daughter of Carmencita Ojales, a Filipina from Bolinao, Pangasinan and James Ernest Curtis-Smith, an Australian lawyer.
Her father is a World War II veteran and married Carmencita Ojales in 1982.
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