“My Special Tatay” lead actor Ken Chan dedicates the recent award he received to people with intellectual disability.
On Instagram, the actor who plays the role of Boyet — who has slight intellectual disability — shared how grateful he is to be an instrument in creating awareness on the condition of the special people.
“I am very happy that I was able to shed some light upon autism through Boyet’s character in My Special Tatay,” he said on the photos he posted.
“I dedicate this award to the people who have intellectual disability and autism,” he added.
Chan received the Performance of the Year award during the recent Inside Showbiz Awards.
Before ending his post, the actor reminded his followers that people like Boyet simply need respect.
Playing the role of a person with intellectual disability gave Ken Chan the opportunity to better understand special people like the character he plays.
“Ang natutunan ko po sa My Special Tatay, one word, ‘respect’…. Ako, nakausap ko ‘yong mga taong may ganitong kondisyon, ang sarap nilang kausap, ang kulay ng buhay nila. Ang kailangan lang nila respeto,” he told Magpakailanman Mel Tiangco in an interview.
[I learned from My Special Tatay, one word, ‘respect’…. I’ve talked to people with this condition and I love talking to them. They have a very colorful life. All they need is respect.]
“Masuwerte po ako, Tita Mel, dahil nabigyan po ako ng pagkakataon na maging boses ng mga taong mayro’ng intellectual disability. Itong My Special Tatay, naging instrumento po siya para i-share kung ano ba ‘yong nararanasan ng mga taong may mental disability or intellectual disability,” he expressed.
[I’m blessed, Tita Mel, to be given the chance to be the voice of people with intellectual disability. This series, My Special Tatay, has become an instrument in creating awareness on the condition of people with mental disability or intellectual disability.]