In January, Tony Labrusca issued a public apology for “taking his frustrations out” on an immigration officer over work visa issues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He recently opened up about the incident, revealing that he has an anger management issue.
Growing up, Tony was “the angsty kid who was angry at everything.” He said on Tonight With Boy Abunda, “I think it just stemmed from feeling like I wasn’t being heard. I don’t want to blame my family or whatever, but I didn’t feel like I was always being listened to… It came to a point where I didn’t even know why I was so angry. I would start crying and not know why I was so upset.”
The actor says, “It’s something I’m working on. I go to a life coach. I also went to a neurological doctor because I wanted to know why I was so emotional. It’s a double-edged sword because being emotional has helped me so much in my acting… They told me that there’s a side of my brain that controls emotions and it’s running on beta waves. That’s, like, the highest frequency it can go. I don’t have that much control over my emotions.”
The lesson he learned from the airport incident? “Calmer heads will prevail. It has also taught me so much about humanity and the industry that I’m in. I don’t want to complain because this is exactly what I signed up for.”
Born in the US to Filipino parents, Tony is now a recognized Filipino. “It’s not equivalent to dual citizenship since you won’t be carrying a Philippine passport, but when you travel, you’re recognized as a Filipino."
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