In an interview with Manila Bulletin, Rey Mysterio took time to speak out about bullying and how it had driven him to launch his career. The interview also states that Rey feels very welcomed in the Philippines and loves the fans compassion for him.
MANILA, Philippines – World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Rey Mysterio has admitted to being bullied as a child.
Although he did not want to go into details, it was, he said, among reasons that prompted him to be part of WWE and Fox International’s anti-bullying campaign “be a STAR,” a nationwide effort meant to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through education and awareness.
“It’s a good initiative that I could relate to,” Mysterio said during a recent chat with Bulletin Entertainment. “I really do believe that there is a great need for people all over the world to address this matter.”
Another inspiration that pushed Mysterio to join the campaign is his daughter Aalyah.
“She joined one of the talks that I gave early on and I was so proud that she was able to grasp the whole meaning of the campaign. I know, because she was in a situation in her school not long after that and she was able to actually apply what she had learned during the talk. So, it was inspiring really, for me, and right there, I thought, this could really be helpful.”
For Mysterio, there is a great need for children to understand individual differences early on in life.
“Positive values are an important tool. These should be inculcated to children because they are, at their age, already forming the attitudes that they are to carry in life as adults,” he said.
But even parents may still have a lot to learn about bullying. “It is important for parents to be in on this because our children need all the support we can give them especially in this day and age,” he said.
As part of the campaign, the 37-year old Mexican-American on Saturday appeared in “Bully Buster,” a talk hosted by family and child development psychologist Honey Carandang and attended by over a hundred Filipino children.
“It was quite fulfilling on my behalf,” he said. “To be part of the endeavor is both an honor and a privilege.”
It is not the wrestler’s first visit. Mysterio and several other wrestling stars visited the country in 2009 for a show.
“I still remember the excitement of that first visit,” he said. “The warmth and graciousness that the fans showed us back then was quite amazing and really, it’s not like anything changed. You guys really know how to make someone feel welcome.”
The three-time world champion enjoins his Pinoy fans to keep on watching WWE on Fox.
“I take my passion and drive from what my fans give me,” he said. “So, as long as I feel that love, I will keep on giving them my best.”