Admitting that she struggled for years to find her place in the entertainment industry, Alex Gonzaga shared words of advice for young people who are still searching for their self-identity.
"You just have to process whatever life throws at you right now. May mga challenges na ibibigay sa atin at lahat ng mga experiences mo, may it be bad or good, celebrate. Kapag mas maraming bad doon ka mas natuttuo at doon mo mas nakikita kung ano 'yung kailangan mong baguhin," she said in Toni Gonzaga's latest vlog upload.
She added, "Ako it took me years here in the industry to realize who I am, kung ano talaga 'yung kaya kong ibigay... Those twelve years were all a blur and a struggle lalo na sa kalooban ko. Mas masaya ako off-cam actually kaysa sa on-cam nong 12 years na ‘yun kasi sa off-cam mas ako, mas ako 'yun. Kasi feeling ko on-cam hindi ako maintindihan ng tao at hindi 'yun ang hinahanap nila."
In the same vlog, Alex asked Toni, “Are you proud of me?”
Toni replied, “I've always been proud of you. Ikaw lang 'yung hindi proud sa sarili mo. Lagi naman ako proud sa kanya.”
She quipped, “Lagi na lang ‘yan naiiyak kapag sinabi kong ‘I am so proud of you.’ Ganon kalalim ‘yung bubog niya sa pagka-proud.”
Reflecting on Alex’s journey, Toni reminded the netizens to be true to themselves and the world will embrace you for who you are.
“Alex fought her way all throughout our childhood to be seen and heard. Growing up she kept comparing herself to others. It took many life experiences for her to discover who she really is, and that is enough. She finally found the courage not to dim her light anymore by being unapologetically true to herself,” Toni said.
She added that it is never too late to discover your authentic self.
“It was a long and challenging journey. She finally stopped asking for permission to achieve her dreams. It's never too late to know who you really are. Embrace yourself and the world will embrace you. And if others can't stand your light, hand them your shades," she stated.