Popular TV host and journalist Raffy Tulfo was advised by his doctors to either lie low or retire from public service.
“I’ll be lying to everyone if I say I don’t get affected by my work,” said the host of the public service program “Idol in Action” on TV5. “In fact, I’ve been seeing a lot of doctors lately. Most of them are telling me that my work contributes to the stress I’m feeling. I agree with them.”
Tulfo, however, is also convinced that he could manage his stress and health well. “It’s because I love my job. If you love it and are passionate about it, you will feel good no matter how complicated or difficult the challenges you face every day are. I believe this lowers the stress level, too,” he pointed out.
“You enjoy playing it even if you know that your body will be aching all over once you’re done with the game. You continue doing it because, in your mind, you know that you’re enjoying it,” Raffy Tulfo explained. “My cardiologist, who was able to watch the show, told me that this might have an effect on my heart later on. I said this is the only job I know that also makes me happy.”
Raffy Tulfo says public service makes him happy
“I came from a middle-class family. I had nine other siblings. I would always borrow clothes from my brothers because I don’t have that much money. My relatives—aunts, uncles, cousins—would oftentimes give me money, too. I told myself, when I grow up and have finally become financially independent I would repay all of them by also giving to those who are in need,” he said, citing why he stayed in public service for 20 years.
“I have no other reason for doing it. I’m not giving you a show biz answer. I’m into public service to share my blessings. It feels good to be able to receive help, but it’s more fulfilling if you’re the one giving it,” he added.
Tulfo’s public service show Raffy Tulfo in Action has 15.8 million subscribers on YouTube.