- There are numerous celebrities who have experienced more hardships than others before becoming famous personalities
- Their humble beginnings were recognized because of all their sacrifices just to have a better life
- Included in this list of rags to riches stories in the Philippines are a comedian, two current actor-politicians, and an iconic actress among others
A celebrity’s life is full of glitz and glamour.
They probably earn more in one project than what most Filipinos do in a year. Aside bagging several endorsements under your belt, it also pays a lot to witness life size billboards of yourself.
However, the road to stardom is not easy. At some point, they must have experienced the tedious process of auditions and face countless rejections. While each of their stories are unique and inspiring, it all boils down on how quite a chosen few are touching more than the others.
These ten celebrities will inspire everyone to work hard for a better life as it will definitely pay off someday.
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1. Coco Martin
The actor is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management before he became a waiter. But in the hopes of giving his family a better life, he applied as a caregiver in Canada. After realizing his true calling in acting, he went back to the country and started getting recognition in the indie scene. Now, he is one of ABS-CBN’s most prized artists and is currently starring in the top-rating TV series, ‘Ang Probinsyano.’
2. Ai-ai delas Alas
Ai-ai is now dubbed as the ‘Philippine Queen of Comedy’ and a mainstay in GMA’s Sunday variety show, ‘Sunday Pinasaya.’ But before that, she worked as a sales lady in a department store. Armed with a sense of humor and wit, she started joining stand-up comedy in Manila which eventually led to acting. Her biggest break came through Wenn Deramas’ ‘Ang Tanging Ina.’
3. Willie Revillame
If someone would tell you that the same Willie Revillame who owns a yacht, his own private plane, buildings, and numerous real estate properties used to be a sidekick who was just bossed around – you would probably have a hard time believing it. But the TV host did not shy away from his poor past, and was even always mentioning the struggles he went through before reaching his current state – inspiring viewers of his TV show.
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4. Jennylyn Mercado
Besides getting recognition for winning in GMA’s reality talent competition, ‘Starstruck,’ she made headlines after revealing that she was a battered child. Her stepfather went as far as pushing hot iron into her back and cigarette butts were used to burn her skin. Now, the Kapuso actress is living a better life with her aunt Lydia who rescued her and her son, Alex Jazz.
5. Jericho Rosales
Given his good looks, it would be hard to imagine Jericho Rosales in fish ports. He used to be a fish seller in order to help his mother who was also a vendor in the public market. Rosales was also a service crew and a driver among others. He took every opportunity including the joining the segment, ‘Mr. Pogi’ of ‘Eat Bulaga,’ where he gained recognition. He is now happily married to Australian model Kim Jones.
6. Vice Ganda
Comedian Vice Ganda make people laugh everyday with his profession. However, his life wasn’t always as colorful. He wasn’t shy to share anecdotes of his life before fame arrived which included him selling bottles of water during the World Youth Day in 1995 just to earn money. Now, as a blockbuster-artist and a host of ‘Showtime,’ he continues to entertain people while also standing as an inspiration to the audience.
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7. Richard Gomez
Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City belongs to the most iconic faces in the showbiz industry even at the age of 50. But years before he was known, Gomez was humbly serving burger and fries in a restaurant. With a face like that, Gomez was bound to be scouted. True enough, he eventually became an actor, model, and even an athlete since then.
8. Nora Aunor
The Philippine Superstar’s name will always be cemented in the industry for her acting prowess. Her acknowledgment doesn’t end there as she also explored her talents in singing. But who could’ve imagined that this iconic actress was a familiar face on train stations for selling peanuts and bottled water?
9. Marvin Agustin
Agustin shared the same hardships with Rosales who had to work numerous jobs to earn money. His professions include being a mascot, a clerk at a video store, and a waiter. Far from his past, he is now an entrepreneur aside from being harnessing his acting chops. In fact, he’s currently building his own entrepreneur school to help children get into business at a young age.
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10. Isko Moreno
During his political campaign, Moreno boasted on his ability to relate with people of all classes including those who live in the slums – and he wasn’t lying. At the age of 10, the former actor was pushing a cart to collect newspapers and bottes to resell them to a junk dealer. He also helped his mother by rummaging for leftovers to be their meal. His life ultimately took a better turn when he started acting.
There are various ways for a person to become a celebrity. One is by joining a reality show where he would compete with other participants to get recognized by celebrity judges and be chosen by the people through text votes. Another is to get scouted by talent managers on public places such as malls, bars, and restaurants.