A defeated Anne Curtis felt like crying at one point during her stint as an undercover street vendor, as part of the Lenten special of "It's Showtime" Tuesday.
Anne Curtis is one of the wealthiest female celebrities in Philippine showbiz. However, she was able to experience the life changing opportunity to know-how the life of a poor Filipino family for a day during the Lenten special on “It’s Showtime.” We learned in there Tuesday episode that Anne helped the street vendors Carlos and Maring Cinco to sell rags at a footbridge and on the highway. Surprisingly, Anne was able to sell all of the rags despite wearing a mask.
Anne Curtis took it up as a challenge and instead of selling with them, she took the job of the two, Maring Cinco and her grandson Carlos for a day, while the rags maker and vendor, together with their family were given the VIP treatment by other co-hosts of Anne Curtis in the noontime show.
The actress Anne Curtis is known for her sartorial taste and regular OOTDs or Outfit Of The Day, was given first a "makeover" -- apart from practical clothes to wear on the street, she wore a wig, a hat, and a face mask to conceal her identity and to able to do the job as a normal individual not just a celebrity that is up for a challenge in a show.
Initially, the actress stayed on a footbridge, she put up a small table on one side and put the rags she carries which was a bit heavy according to her. The actress on the footbridge was very energetic to sell the items but sadly she was not able to sell even a single one. It reach to the point the she lost her hope. When was able to sell her first item she was very happy and excited she was able to do it. In the middle of her sales talk to the passer-by of the bridge a barangay official approached her and told her that vendors are prohibited in the area because the stall will make it difficult to the people to pass the bridge easily. Agreeing to what the official said the actress said that "laws should be respected," the actress instead went on a sidewalk to sell the rags to passing drivers.
Her turn as a street vendor was met with several rejections, to a point that the optimistic actress admitted she felt like crying, now realizing the daily experience of Cinco and the difficulty of earning enough amount of money for their food and other daily expenses.
She said: "'Yung pinaka mahirap doon, kahit ano'ng effort mo, 'yung mga tao, hindi ka pa papansinin. Dadaanan ka lang nila, kahit 'hi,' 'hello,' pagbibigay man lang ng recognition na nandiyan ka, as in wala. (The most challenging there is even how you put your effort, there are people who will still not notice you. They will just pass you by, even a simple hi or hello they cannot even give, or just a humble recognition that you are there, still no.)
"At one point, gusto ko nang umiyak, kasi ito ang nangyayari sa kanila. Dadaanan lang sila ng mga tao. Imagine, you're there trying to sell pieces given to you by your lola or your mom, gusto mong makabenta kasi wala kayong kakainin, or kailangan mo ng pambaon bukas, tapos walang pumapansin sa 'yo. Sabi ko, 'Gosh, ang hirap ng ginagawa nila.' Nilalagay ko 'yung sarili ko [sa posisyon nila]. (At one point, I want to cry because this is what happened to them. People will just passed them by. Imagine, you're there trying to sell pieces given to you by your grandmother or your mom, you want to sell it because you it’s the source of your living, you need it also to provide for your future needs then none of them will notice you. I said Gosh, what they are doing is so difficult. I put myself to their shoes.)"
It was not an easy day to the actress but she was very happy when she sold all the rags she had. Even if the job was very stressful the actress was able to smile at the end of the day because she managed to sell several pieces of the rags, for a total income of P1,670. She also noticed that most of the saleable items are the small rags to the drivers who pass her by. The amount she earned in her on the job challenge was turned over to Maring Cinco and her family at the end of the segment, but that wasn't the only thing they received.
The family of Maring Cinco were surprised with groceries, a laptop, a washing machine, a television set, as well as a four-year college scholarship for Maring Cinco's grandson, Carlos.
Reflecting on her experience as a street vendor, Curtis said: "Doon ko na-realize, that's how hard it is. 'Yun lang 'yung way of them to have a living, ang magbenta ng basahan, e hindi nga lahat ng tao, kailangan ng basahan every day. (. (There I realize, that's how hard it is. It is just the only way for them to have a living, to sell rags, e not all people there, needs rags in every day.)
"Iba 'yung respeto ko. 'Di ba, tayo, we take them for granted, hindi natin pinapansin 'yung mga kumakatok, ni hindi nga natin na-a-acknowledge. Iba na 'yung [pananaw] ko -- 'Sige na, bili tayo, para makauwi na sila.' Now na alam ko kung ano ang istorya ng isang basahan na 'yun, iba na 'yung respeto ko sa mga nagtitinda. (My respect to them totally change. Like us, we take them for granted, we did not even notice, to those who knock on cars we usually ignore them, we did not even acknowledge them. Now, it totally change my perspective. Please, we should buy some for them to be able to go home. Now that I know already the story of the single rag, it change my respect to all the vendors out there.) "
Netizens were impressed by Anne Curtis’s efforts to help out the street vendors. According to one of the viewers she said “tong si anne ung tipong may kaartehan sa pananalita pero di talaga maarte sa mga bagay2. game talaga sya.(This Anne is kind of person with lots of sophistication in the way she talks but a way different to other things. She is always game.)” Another viewers said “I'm proud of you Ann, napaka bait mo talaga God bless you (I'm proud of you Ann. You are very thoughtful God bless you.)” Lots of viewers were happy to what the actress had done to the vendor.
She was even praised by some of the viewers in her good deeds. A viewer said “Ewan ko kung matatawa ba ako o maaawa kay Anne” “Saludo ako Kay Anne ..Wala syang ka Arte Arte sa katawan...habang pinapanood ko naluluha ako at napapa smile” And another was amazed in how she was able to sell the rags without revealing her identity “Maganda nga na nagtaklob sya ng mukha kasi siguro pag nakita ng tao mukha nya ubos agad yan.. galing ni anne.. hindi kita mukha nya pero nabenta nya lahat”