“What if I didn’t sleep, what if sinamahan ko yung driver?”
Kapuso actor David Licauco looks back with realizations and regrets years after a tragic car accident that took the life of his close friend in 2013.
In an interview with Karen Davila for her YouTube channel, Licauco shares that a supposedly fun Tagaytay trip with his five high school friends ended up with a tragedy, following a collision with a gas truck on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
His best friend met his demise instantly, in which Licauco recalls that hours before the accident, there was some sort of foreshadowing at a restaurant they dined in.
“Parang miracle siya, kasi I remember, yung nagba-backing yung kotse sa Leslie’s, di ba, yung parking boy, usually nasa side nung driver? Pero for some reason, nandoon siya sa side ko. Sabi niya, ‘Sir, seatbelt lang po, ha.‘ Pero natulog ako kasi I was very sleepy,” he shares.
As sleep took the best of him, Licauco admits that he gave in. It was only at the toll gate that he woke up and remembered what the parking boy told him to do. So, he did—ten minutes before their car collided with the gas truck.
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For an accident that took place right before his eyes, Licauco admits that it had invited a lot of realizations, especially on life’s value and meaning. He shares, “Mas minahal ko yung sarili ko, mas minahal ko yung friends ko and family because you never know like life is lent to us.”
The actor believes that he was spared from the accident because God planned on giving him a more purposeful life. When Davila asks what this purpose might be, Licauco directly responds, “I’d like to think na I wanna serve as an inspiration to the youth, to my fans, friends, and family.”
David Licauco on his regrets
Far from the realization that the accident brought, it also instigated a lot of regrets on Licauco’s part, especially with his best friend’s death. He says, “Medyo sinisi ko rin yung sarili ko kasi, ‘What if I didn’t sleep, what if sinamahan ko yung driver?
Licauco adds that the accident could have been avoided if only he was wiser and more aware back then.
In a separate interview in 2018, he admits that the pain beats him more psychologically, but according to him, “I’m okay now. Hindi naman ako depressed.”
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