Despite challenges, hard work pays off.
As we celebrate Labor Day today, PUSH also pays tribute to the stars who started from humble beginnings and eventually became the famous celebrities they are today.
Jericho Rosales was once a fish vendor and a personal driver
Jericho "Echo" Vibar Rosales was discovered on the television program Eat Bulaga! via its segment Mr. Pogi in 1996. His story was an ever inspiring rags to riches one. Jericho has made no secret of his roots as a fish vendor. He is, in fact, proud of it. As a child, he used to help his mother, who was a fish vendor, sell at a public market. As he grew older, he did more odd jobs, from being a service crew at a pizza fast food chain to a driver. He is now a renowned actor and singer plus an endorser for various brands. He is one of the lead stars of ABS-CBN’s teleserye Bridges of Love and is happily married to model Kim Jones.
Coco Martin was a caregiver in Canada
After working as a waiter at a restaurant, like many Filipinos, Coco left the country in search of greener pastures. A graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Coco hoped that he would be able to help his family by working in Canada. He tried to secure a visa working as a caregiver but it wasn’t long before Coco would of course realize that his true calling was to become an actor. Coco Martin is now one of ABS-CBN’s prized talents and a Gawad Urian Award-winning actor. He became famous for starring in independent films, and was dubbed the "Prince of Philippine Independent Films".
Vice Ganda was a bottled water vendor
Vice Ganda knew what his talent was, and that was to make people laugh with his quick wit. He worked with this talent, never giving up, until he captured the hearts of many Filipinos. Vice is vocal about his past, sharing anecdotes of how he grew up in Tondo, including selling bottled water during the 1995 World Youth Day.
Vice is now a television presenter, endorser, actor, and recording artist. He is one of It’s Showtime’s regular hosts and has starred in several films, four of which are considered the highest-grossing films in Philippine cinema.
Isko Moreno was a garbage collector
Before he became an actor, Isko Moreno found alternative sources of income at the age of 10 by pushing a cart and going house-to-house to gather old newspapers and used bottles, then reselling them at a local junk dealer. He also rummaged through restaurant garbage bins for leftover food, which his mother would cook for dinner. Isko is now Vice Mayor of Manila and is being considered by the Liberal Party to run for Senator in 2016.
Nora Aunor sold water and peanuts at a train station
Nora Aunor, for all the fame and recognition she has today, also came from humble beginnings. In order to help her family, she had sold bottled water and peanuts to the passengers at the train station near their house at a young age. Her poverty, however, turned out to be her driving force to move into the world of entertainment where she stood out above the rest. Nora is now recognized as the Philippines’ “Superstar” as she has starred in several movies and TV series, has several musical recordings, and has appeared in several stage productions. She has received various awards and nomination, not only from local award giving bodies but also abroad.
Richard Gomez served burgers and fries as a fast food service crew
Before his success as an actor, Richard started out quite humbly by working in a famous fastfood chain during his younger years, and was alleged to be very popular among the college girls. This was where he was actually discovered and persuaded to enter into the world of business. Richard is now an award winning actor and is currently a contract artist of ABS-CBN.
Ai-Ai Delas Alas worked as a sales lady
Ai-Ai De las Alas first gained nationwide recognition for her movie Ang Tanging Ina, which became a blockbuster hit. The movie eventually spawned two more movies: Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat and Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!) Ai-Ai, for all her hilarious jokes, worked very hard for the success that she has today. She started out as a sales lady at a department store as well as a stand-up comedian in Manila before she was discovered and turned into the Concert Comedy Queen we all know and love today.
Marvin Agustin had a lot of odd jobs including being a mascot
Marvin Agustin isn’t shy to admit that he has had a number of roles even before he was discovered as an actor. He helped his mother, who was a business woman, sell various things. He was also a video store clerk, a waiter, even a mascot just to earn a living and help with the family’s expenses. He was discovered by a talent scout while working at a restaurant and as they say the rest is showbiz history. Aside from becoming a popular actor, Marvin has also turned into a successful businessman, concert producer and restaurateur.