About a month ago, people got shocked by my sudden appearance on ABS-CBN’s ‘It’s Showtime’ as one of their hurados for the week.
Without any knowledge, I, myself, was also surprised to hear the hosts of the show call me as the newest Kapamilya star. I swear, I had no idea! But hearing them say those words definitely made me feel butterflies in my stomach. It made me happy.
Not a lot of people know this but I actually started my career at the young age of 7 with ABS-CBN as one of the kids on the now-defunct kiddie gag show, ‘Ang TV.’ I was a part of that show for a year, making esmyuski jokes alongside Angelica Panganiban, Camille Prats, CJ Ramos, Stefano Mori, Tom Taus, John Prats, Cheska Garcia and Patrick Garcia from 1993 to 1994 and then moved to GMA-7 afterwards to be part of ‘5&Up.’ But I really took my profession as an actor seriously when I was already 15. I joined the cast of ‘Daddy Di Do Du’ together with Danica Sotto, Isabelle de Leon and of course, Mr. Vic Sotto. That show was really one of my favorites because not only did it open so many doors for me, I also found a family in its cast, staff and crew. The show ran for 6 years which was why saying goodbye to my character Donna was one of the hardest and most painful things I ever had to do in my life. After that, at the age of 21, I started taking on more mature roles for afternoon soap operas such as, ‘Una Kang Naging Akin,’ ‘Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin,’ ‘My Lover My Wife,’ ‘Faithfully,’ and my very last show with GMA-7, ‘Mga Basang Sisiw.’ I’ve played so many amazing and challenging roles on TV while working with some of the best actors and directors in the industry and for that, I have GMA-7 to thank. They also made me discover my love for hosting through shows such as ‘Protege’ and ‘Party Pilipinas.’ For so many years of my life, I grew up and grew as an artist as a Kapuso in the studios of GMA-7.
However, as I’ve mentioned, my last show with the Kapuso network was ‘Mga Basang Sisiw’ which ended in October of 2013 and as an artist, all I really ever wanted was to grow and do more. Since I wasn’t doing anything from October 2013 up until July 2014, I was already itching to work which was why I asked my mom who is also my manager to ask GMA-7 if I could already try working at a different TV station. Ultimately, the decision came from me. I was the one who told my mom that I wanted to make drastic changes in my career and I think I had every right to do that because after all, this is my career we’re talking about. I figured, I’m already 27, I’m not getting any younger — I might as well explore my options and see what else is out there for me. With the help of my efficient and ever-so-reliable mom-ager Pia, I was properly released from GMA-7 and now, I am currently working in the TV station where it all began for me: the Kapamilya network, ABS-CBN. Let me make it clear, however, that I am not under contract with the said network but I will be doing shows with them in the very near future.
In the few months that I’ve been roaming the halls of ABS-CBN, these are the different shows and guestings that I was lucky enough to be a part of. Although I am so grateful that ABS-CBN opened their doors to me, I will never forget what GMA-7 helped me achieve as an artist. In my heart, I will forever hold a special place for the Kapuso network as well as my bosses there, the people I worked with including actors, production staff, makeup artists, camera men and all the PA’s. I will always be thankful for my wonderful years as a Kapuso but for now, it is time for me to grow and fulfill my duties as one of the newest Kapamilya artists. In every industry, there should be no rivalries — Only inspirations, motivations and an undeniable passion for one’s craft. Who knows what else is going to happen in the coming weeks, months and years but as of now, I know that I am happy and that I can’t wait to do so much more with my life. If there’s one thing I learned from my parents it is never to turn down blessings. Thank You, Lord for all these amazing opportunities! Whether I am a Kapuso or a Kapamilya, my heart will forever remain humble, happy and grateful. <3