Extreme poverty is a very strong motivation for many to strive so that their lives wither away in such a state of nothingness. Among them chose to strive harder to make their dreams a reality.
No matter the difficulties and obstacles, there are people who overcome poverty. These 9 Pinoy celebrities have fame and fortune yet they experienced hardships because of poverty way before their popularity and market value rose. May their story serve as inspiration.
1. Manny Pacquiao
These world renowned boxing champion experienced eating once in a day. He starved, was homeless and had to do odd jobs just to survive. He is now a world champion and has a net worth of almost 3 Billion pesos.
2. Willie Revillame
He may be known as the country's richest TV host but he experienced selling newspapers and worked as "barker" of jeepneys.
3. Gretchen Barretto
Gretchen had to work in showbiz at an early age. She is now known to be one of the richest celebrities.
4. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
In an interview, Regine said, “Yung pinangarap ko noon, pinray [pray] ko kay God na sana matulungan ko yung family ko, kasi nga mahirap lang kami no'n. And I wanted to be a recording artist. What happened to me, dun sa pinangarap ko, dun sa pinag-pray ko, He gave me so much more.”
5. Jake Zyrus
Charice joined in singing contests to support her family. She became an international sensation when she got discovered by Ellen DeGeneres.
6. Sarah Geronimo
She suffered from ulcer because there came a time when she had nothing to eat. This pushed her to join showbiz. “Hirap na hirap na po kami talaga. Naging driving force po talaga [iyon] para kumilos ako, mag-audition ako. Hindi ko na siya ginawa dahil sa pangarap ko, ginagawa ko siya dahil gusto kong mai-ahon ang pamilya ko sa kahirapan.”
7. Jericho Rosales
She sold fish before he joined Mr. Pogi 1997. “Success is actually 'yung mafu-fulfill mo 'yung purpose mo.”
8. Vice Ganda
His father was killed in front of him and his mother. Vice Ganda's mom went to the USA to work. He is now one of the sought- after TV host and endorser.
9. Marvin Agustin
This Kapuso actor is said to be a 'secret millionaire.'“Hindi naman totoo na mayaman ako. Gusto ko maging inspiration ang story ko na hindi hadlang ang kahirapan o pinag-aralan.” Marvin worked as a waiter when he was 16. He is now the owner of restaurants.
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