WHO would have thought that the very shy Binondo boy who spent his early life in showbiz as one of the most sought after poster boys of all fan magazines is now seen giving lengthy speeches from the heart not just to his constituents in the 3rd District of Manila but to his friends in the entertainment media.
Serving. And will continue to serve is Congressman Yul Servo Nieto’s mission in life.
“Hindi ko pwedeng talikuran ang showbiz. Dahil dito ako natuto mg maraming bagay mula sa mentors ko like direk Maryo J. (Delos Reyes). Noon nasa isang sulok lang ako pangiti-ngiti at yes or no lang ang alam sabihin. Kaya nga ayaw ako payagan ni Direk noon na pumasok sa pulitika nung sabi ko gusto ko mag-Konsehal. Lahat fell into place. Sabi nga. Naging Congressman na ako kasi ayaw ko na tumigil na mag-silbi sa tao.”
His track record as a public servant is something to reckon with.
“Para ring awards na tinanggap ko noon sa showbiz ang rewards at awards na ipinagkakaloob din sa akin bilang public servant.”
Every once in a while, Yul continues to act on TV and the movies.
“Basta hindi sasagasa sa aking tungkulin, wala namang problema. Nakaka-miss din kasi. Pero may prayoridad na tayo.”
Everyone is curious to ask Yul about his longtime friend and the Ninong of his four kids (except the eldest) Piolo Pascual who’s been known as a supporter in a lot of his projects for the district.
“Dati na naman kasi niya ginagawa ‘yun sa iba’t ibang distrito namin kasi meron siyang Foundation. Kaya tuon ang pansin niya sa pagtulong. Nung una ako tumakbo humingi ako ng suporta sa kanya at sa iba pa nating kasamahan. Hanggang naging palagian na ang pamimigay niya ng tulong. Pasko. Birthday (January) niya. Grabe ang blessings na ibinabahagi niya sa mga tao. Libong ham. Libong pares ng sapatos. Kahit hindi siya nage-endorso malaking bagay ang tulong niya sa mga tao.”
Beside and behind Yul is his sister Apple who has become his Chief of Staff all those years he worked as a public servant. Now, Apple is following his footsteps and running as a Councilor in his district.
“Malaking tulong si Apple kasi kapag hindi ako ang makakapunta although sa isang araw sinisikap kong madalaw ang mga burol na minsan trenta, siya ang sumasalo. Sa 7-11 ako nagpapagpag. Mas pinupuntahan ko siya kesa birthdays kasi, ang birthday kasiyahan na ‘yun ng lahat. Sa burol, nakikita ko na napapangiti ko naman ang mga pamilya ng mga naulila. Kahit paano nakakagaan-gaan sa pakiramdam nila na may sumalo sa kanila.
“Dati P200 ang abuloy na ipinabibigay sa amin. Kailangan pare-pareho para walang inghitan. Ngayon medyo tinaasan ko naman. Gusto ko na noon na mas malaki pa. Eh, nasabihan din tayo.”
When it comes to disciplining his flock, Yul taught them a good way as to how to wait for their turns. In receiving blessings among other things.
“Nung una kasi, nagkakagulo, nagaagawan. Iniiwasan namin na magka-stampede o may masaktan. Dati kinailangan ko pa sumampa sa bangko para awatin sila. Ngayon naka-upo na sila sa mga bangko at may mga tickets ng tinatatakan para makakuha sila ng kung relief man yan o regalo. Mas maayos na. Masaya lahat. Wala namang nauubusan.”
He never forgets his friends especially the people who was with him when he was just starting in showbiz.
“Kaya in celebrating my (post) birthday, gusto ko na makita at makasama kayo. Gaya ng turo ni direk Maryo sa amin. Na huwag makakalimot. Munting salu-salo para sa mga susunod pang pagkikita. At maiikot ko naman kayo sa aming Distrito sa Maynila dahil sa pagpapaganda nito. At mabalikan ang mga lugar na nire-restore na nagiwan na sa atin ng maraming ala-ala. Tara sa Binondo. Sa mga restaurants doon na dati na nating pinapasyalan at sinasadya.”
The politician is right in front of us.
In my case, as his publicist when he entered showbiz, just one word-Thailand. And his eyes will squint with that big smile.
“Ang bird, Ate! Hindi tayo hiniwalayan. Haha. Parang may binabantayan na makita!”
(That was a pictorial with the Raymund Isaac and stylist Jinky Ilusorio for his publicities in a private island, Munork in Rayong, Thailand).
His sweetness never diminished. His “pamatay na ngiti” is always present. He has gone a long way. He reached for the stars. Got them. And continues to reach for the moon. In the bigger picture of his life.
AFTER announcing and clearing things about his position as OWWA Deputy Administrator, Arnell Ignacio met the QUEEN of The Philippines candidates at the MOA Esplanade’s Seaside Terminal.
The candidates of the pageant to be held on Sunday, March 3 at the Valenzuela Amphitheater People’s Park cruise into the sunset with now Citizen Arnell together with some of the sponsors of Queen of the Philippines like High Peak Cruise.
Queen of the Philippines is an LGBTQ+ pageant which aims to celebrate the Filipino spirit and beauty that can be found in all of us.
Grand winner of the Queen of the Philippines 2019 will be dedicated to spearhead community awareness in all aspect for LGBTQ+ growth and development in national level.
Also to help promote the country’s LGBTQ+ community and be involved in the socio-civic, health and wellness, sports fitness and other related educational, environmental and peaceful advocacies such as HIV and AIDS awareness.
In two days, the new Queen will be crowned.
“As their host on Sunday, and meeting them now, seeing them upclose, parang mahihirapan talaga ang judges to choose the one who will wear the crown. Hindi lang sila magaganda, witty rin. Kaya magkakaalaman din talaga sa Q and A.”
Produced by Aqueous Entertainment and Star Image Artist Management, all colors will unite on that one stage on Sunday.
And the would be Queens spent an afternoon getting more knowledge about AIDS and HIV, tips on poise and beauty and advice from Arnell regarding different things.
Before his final day in OWWA, Arnell was able to get some breath of now fresh air from the Bay and admoring the beautiful sunset with a bevy of beauties-Filipina beauties that his #31 Juan Movement Partylist will definitely uphold!