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Jericho Rosales shares his inspiring story as a former fish vendor

Jericho Rosales talks about his humble beginnings long before he became a TV and movie star.

BY ABS-CBN CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

FRESH SCOOPS

8/31/2010 8:07 AM
Jericho Rosales shares his inspiring story as a former fish vendor


During the launch of Chowking’s Tikman Ang Tagumpay ad campaign, Jericho Rosales shared his inspiring success story about his struggling years before he became one of the hottest celebrities today. He had no qualms about admitting that he used to be a fish vendor and was in fact, proud of it. But because of the nature of his job then, there were really trying times according to the talented actor. “Grabe yung puyat at pagod kasi 2 a.m. gigising na kami maghahanda ng mga isdang paninda, tapos 5 a.m. nagsisimula na kaming magbenta. Kaya lang pag-uwi, minsan ayaw kami pasakayin sa loob ng jeep kasi mabaho kami. So kapag amoy hasang yung kamay ko, tapos nakikita kami ng pasahero, tinatago ko na lang,” he began.

Even back then, Jericho was already the type who really gives his best in whatever he does. “Grabe yung puyat at minsan sa sobrang pagod ko ‘di na ako makabangon. One time nananaginip ako kumakain ako ng higanteng bisugo. tapos bigla akong binuhusan ng tubig para magising ako. Hanggang sa panaginip talagang isda pa rin. Yun lang yung mahirap nung bata ako. Pero masarap yung everyday nakukuha mo yung 25 to 50 pesos mo. Enjoy na ako sa ganon. Hindi ako nangungupit,” he recalled in between laughs.

During his elementary and high school years though, it was a challenge for Jericho to establish friendships as his family was always on the move due to his mom’s work. He also revealed how he overcame his insecurities as a child who was deprived of the luxuries that he can now afford. “Siyempre bilang tao, natural para sa akin yung mahiya ako. Lalo na dati ‘pag nanood ako ng ANG TV, ‘di ba kasi ang gaganda ng mga damit nila? Kaya iniisip ko nun ang ANG TV para sa mga mayayaman. Kasi ako nga walang sapatos e. May sapatos ako yung pang-basketball ko na kulay blue. Ang gamit sa school dapat itim. So bumili ako ng pentel pen para kulayan yung buong sapatos ko. Pero nagtatagal lang yun mga two weeks so bibili nanaman ako ng bagong pentel pen ‘pag nag-fade ulit.

But such hardships became Jericho’s motivating force to follow his dreams no matter how impossible it may seem. And those experiences keep him grounded especially now that he is an accomplished actor/singer. “Kasi yung pera at mga materyal na bagay e mga bagay na kinakain ng panahon, nauubos, nasisira. Kaya para sa akin, success is actually yung mafu-fulfill mo yung purpose mo. For example sa mga artista, kung alam mo yung meaning kung bakit ito ang napili mong career, para sa akin success na yun. Kapag nai-share mo yung talent mo hindi lang sa immediate family mo. Kaya blessed ako na nagkaroon ako ng chance na makita sa telebisyon at makapag-inspire sa maraming tao.

In the meantime, Jericho can’t wait to return to primetime TV via the teleserye Green Rose opposite Anne Curtis. “That’s something I am looking forward to. Sa ngayon kasi marami pa akong gustong icontribute sa industriya. And gusto ko lang ipagpatuloy yung pag-produce ko ng albums, gusto ko rin mag-concentrate sa paggawa ng mga pelikula. Yun ang gusto ko mangyari sa career ko. But of course you can be successful everyday. Think of long and short term goals then start achieving them one day at a time,” he beamed.