MANILA, Philippines – Billy Crawford rarely comments on politics. But the singer and host did speak up when asked how he felt about the results of the US elections last November 8, with Donald Trump emerging as the new president-elect.
At the press conference of his new show The Ultimate Brocation on Tuesday, November 15, Billy, who is Filipino-American, said: “I normally don’t answer politics or what not. But if I may say, it’s disappointing. It’s really disappointing for me as an American. I really have no idea where this beautiful nation will be in the next 15 years from now.
"You know, I really feel bad for the kids, I really feel bad for women, I really feel bad for all the stuff that’s going on in the United States because for some reason it just makes a statement that if you have money, you have power, you can run the world.
“And so that’s what’s implemented on people’s mind nowadays. And people don’t want to work for it, people don’t want to take chances anymore, and it’s just really disappointing that this has happened to the United States. But there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.
The singer and Pinoy Boyband Superstar host said he and his friends who are based in the US are hoping for the best.
Trump's racist and misogynistic remarks throughout the campaign have taken center stage during a difficult election season.
“We’re just praying. For me, I’m just praying for a brighter future for all of us and for unity and for maybe for peace and control on what’s happening globally. You know because it’s not just because I’m American, I need to support and really go for Americans or just because I’m half Filipino as well, you know in religion, in politics, you’ll always encounter someone who’s opposite of your opinion,” he said.
'The Ultimate Brocation' and Coleen Garcia
Aside from from his hosting duties for Pinoy Boyband Superstar and It’s Showtime, Billy is busy promoting for his new show The Ultimate Brocation. Shot in Hong Kong, the show follows Billy and some of Asia’s popular personalities. Billy is joined by Malaysian hip hop artist SonaOne, Thai DJ and TV host P.K., Singaporean chef Bjorn Shen, and martial arts star Philip Ng of Hong Kong, who will guide the guys during their stay in Hong Kong.
A little over a month until we see these four hilarious BROs in action in Hong Kong! #UltimateBROcation A photo posted by Ultimate BROcation (@ultimate.brocation) on Nov 11, 2016 at 12:15am PST
When asked why he decided to join a reality show, Billy, who started his career in showbiz as a kid, said it was something different for him to try.
“I guess it was to add on the bucket list. I guess you know it’s an added experience because I’ve never taken a trip with strangers before. It’s something unheard of and I took the opportunity, took the chance and now we’re keeping in touch,” he said of the experience.
@itssonaone, @billyjoecrawford, @DJPK and @bjornshen checking out a local market in Hong Kong and grabbing all the fresh produce they can find! Where is @bjornshen going to put his fish? #UltimateBROcation #discoverhongkong A photo posted by Ultimate BROcation (@ultimate.brocation) on Nov 9, 2016 at 3:32am PST
Although he has been doing on-camera work as a host and singer, Billy admitted that doing The Ultimate Brocation was a different experience, since he was being followed by cameras all day.
“I was pretty scared at first we were being filmed 24/7. But after it’s like you understand why you forget about the camera, you forget about everything and you actually just have a good time spending it with them.”
While filming the show, Billy was away from girlfriend Coleen Garcia for a duration of time. He admitted to missing her so much, and said that he would call her a lot.
"Hindi mo lang alam. Araw-araw ko na miss [si Coleen]. As in like yung phone bill ko as in ibang klase din yung sinisingil sa akin ngayon," he said.
(You just don't know. I miss her everyday. As in my phone bill is really something else, because of how much I will have to pay.)
For Christmas and New Year, Billy said he will be meeting members of Coleen's family in Spain for the first time.
"I've never to Spain, she's never been to Spain. Yung family niya (Her family) will be there as well," he said
Billy also took the opportunity to clarify a report that he got into an altercation in Hong Kong when he and Coleen were on vacation. According to the report, Billy was held because he hit someone for harassing Coleen.
#harbourcity #discoverhongkong #spooHKy A photo posted by Coleen Garcia (@coleengarcia) on Oct 30, 2016 at 9:07am PDT
Here's what Billy had to say about the incident:
“For some reason it was taken out of context. Hindi po ako nakulong. Kasi kung nakulong ako, hindi ako makakabalik ng Pilipinas to be honest with you. In all cases (I was not arrested. Because if I were jailed, I won't be able to go back to the Philippines, to be honest with you), I’ll be deported to the United States.
"But may nangyari, may kaguluhan na nangyari dahil nabastos si Coleen, and it was a verbal altercation between someone there and me. Good thing yung shunga na nambastos kay Coleen ay ginawa niya sa harapan ng pulis. So nakita ng pulis and the thing that’s about Hong Kong police, they are very very strict. Kahit yung pinakamaliit na magsigawan kayo sa street, pwede ka i-question and pwede ka i-hold for statements.
(But something happened, there was a commotion because Coleen was disrespected, and it was a verbal altercation between someone there and me. That guy who disrespected Coleen did it in front of the police. And the police saw it and the thing that's about the Hong Kong police, they are very, very strict. Even the smallest quarrels on the street, they can question you and hold you for statements.)
"And doon talaga lumaki yung respeto ko sa (that's where I really have much respect for) authority ng Hong Kong. Kasi (Because) they had to hold us – ako, si Coleen si Renz, yung kasama ko (my companion) at yung ibang party. They had to hold them to para malaman nila kung ano yung kaso, yung mangyayari (so they could find out what really happened). So I had to explain to them, Coleen had to explain to them. So na-detain kami nang kaunti. Pero hindi ako nakulong (we were detained for a bit. But I was not jailed)," Billy said.
Produced by entertainment channel KIX and Endemol Shine group, The Ultimate BROcation will air on December 14 via Cablelik, Cignal TV, Destiny Cable, Gsat, and Sky Cable. – Rappler.com