He may have been one of show business’ best-known villains on TV and the big screen, but these days, John Regala is eager to impart a different side of him to the public.
“I’m now an environmentalist,” he proudly announced at a luncheon in Q.C. And in his efforts to help out a group of green hobbyists, scientists and botanists with a “miracle powder” for growing indoor plants, the actor has also invested in their discovery and formulation, turning it into a business venture.
Officially, Regala is president and CEO of Project Green Evolution, which advocates bringing nature indoors with bonsai plants.
“I was hospitalised at the start of the year and I was visited by Edwin dela Torre who is the inventor of water bonsai in our country. Explaining to me the health benefits of having indoor plants, he sought my help to promote the product,” the actor explained.
“Ang pollution po hindi lang sa labas nasasagap,” Regala continued “Kasi pag inisip nyo po, tayong mga laging naka-aircon at nakasara ang bintana, paikot-ikot lang po yung hangin na hinihinga natin.”
Seeing the logic in dela Torre’s advocacy to enjoin people to surround themselves with indoor plants to clean the air they breath, Regala tried out planting water bonsais with the help of the inventor’s mix and got addicted to it.
“It’s not only a hobby but an effective way of combating indoor pollution,” he enthused.
Moreover, Regala realized that bonsais can also serve as a source of income for just about anybody.
“To raise funds for this group of environmentalists, we are now marketing this Water Bonsai Organic Root Grower, and pitching the project to various local government units and barangays as a form of livelihood.”
Calling bonsai planting a “win-win” situation, Regala hopes to target more groups to get into the hobby-cum-small business venture in the near future.
“Imagine the income it would generate for people, because if those who will engage in the project cannot sell their plants, we will pledge to buy their bonsais and sell it through the company.”
Already, the actor has further plans to bring the project to jails, and even the Actors Guild and Film Academy of the Philippines members, many of whom he knows are plant lovers.
“I’m optimistic everyone can go green,” he added. “Wouldn’t it be nice to all have our own little share in preserving nature by re-planting cuttings, while creating livelihood and boosting our health?”
Asked how he would like to describe himself with his new found advocacy, John Regala beamed and declared, “Kontrabida sa pelikula, sa kalikasan ay bida.”