It’s difficult to imagine someone as successful as Angel Locsin being at the mercy of bullies, but it just goes to show how pervasive the problem of bullying really is. Anyone can be bullied, and anyone can be a bully — regardless of whether we expect it from them or not. On the one hand, that tells teachers and parents to be vigilant of what their children are going through. On the other, it shows us that we should move on from our past experiences.
Angel Locsin put it this way:
At some point in our lives, we’ve all been bullied, and we’ve all been bullies. But as a wise Beatle once wrote, ‘Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.’
So if you have the chance to apologize to someone you’ve hurt, take it. And if someone asks for your forgiveness, give it to them. In either case, if your efforts are sincere, you’ll never regret it.
She shared this perspective on bullying after a former high school bully of hers reached out to her and apologized. Angel posted a screenshot of their conversation on her Instagram story. The conversation went:
Classmate: Hi Angel, you probably don’t remember me but I used to not like you back in USTHS. I remember I bullied you before… I want to say I am sorry. I want you to know (while I am watching your movies in Netflix) that I am extremely amazed by how good an actress you are! Congratulations on how you have become a very good actress! I can probably say that perhaps, I am a fan now! Again, I apologize.
Angel: Hello! Mga bata pa tayo noon. Your message made me smile. Salamat. Pasensiya na rin kung may nagawa ako para hindi mo ako magustuhan. Sabi nga nila, it takes two to tango. So ayun. Pasensya na. Ingat lagi! [We were just kids then. Your message made me smile. Thank you. I’d like to say sorry also if there was ever anything I did to make you dislike me. Like they say, it takes two to tango. So there, I’m sorry. Take care!]
What are your thoughts on bullies? Forgive and forget or hold on to past hurts?