It cannot be denied that many Kapamilya celebrities and staff have been severely affected by the closure of their home network, ABS-CBN. Adding to the problem they face is the pand3mic that continues to prevail in the country. Here are some celebrities who are said facing difficulty due to the closure of ABS-CBN.
Before Stephen’s career began on Its Showtime in 2018, she first became a contestant in the game show ‘Wowowin’ on GMA-7. She was looking for her American father at that time who was also based in America. Wanting to help her family, she auditioned to be a dancer on Its Showtime. Mommy Evangeline raised Stephen and her other four siblings alone.
Stephen felt her mother’s distress so she entered the world of showbiz. Because of her talent, she was given the opportunity in the noontime variety show of the Kapamilya channel. She has also started vlogging with her boyfriend who is the brother of actor JM De Guzman.
Growing up next to the railroad in Bicol, Albay, Barbie dreamed big for her family. She was motivated by their situation before for her to work harder in life. She thought of auditioning for a reality show and trying her luck. Barbie joined the reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother: 737 in 2015. But after two weeks upon entering Kuya’s house, she was immediately evicted. But her desire to help her family did not end there.
She was given her first acting stint in an episode of MMK that featured her life. After joining Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi, many viewers noticed Barbie and this paved way for her to receive several projects and endorsements.
Zephanie has already inclined in singing ever since she was young. She joined The Voice Kids Season 2 in 2015 and Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 2 in 2017, but unfortunately, she didn’t win in the said singing competitions. In her last singing competition, she was able to take home the title as the first winner of Idol Philippines. She then gave her family the prize she won in the said singing contest.
Zephanie did not expect the big changes that will happen in her life. A few months after her victory, she was included as one of the new regular performers in ASAP Natin ‘To. Due to her popularity, she joined Brian McFadden, the former member of the group ‘Westlife’, for his 1st major solo concert in the Philippines.
Zeus grew up in Pasay City where he learned how difficult life is. He said that he practiced dancing on the street, so he was known for his skill on the dance floor. He is also proud to say that he has stayed away from crim3 and bad habits because of his dancing. Because he joined many dance groups to support his family, it became easy for Zeus to enter showbiz.
His first TV project was dancing as a Zombie with other housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up in 2009. He later joined the reality show after being rejected and this is where his career began. Zeus is also the leader of the group ‘Hashtags’ on Its Showtime and he was chosen to be its leader.
Jackie has been inclined to dancing ever since she was a child. She participated in the programs at their school when she was still in a nursery where there were dance productions. When she entered college, she became part of the pep squad that supported her in her studies which also became her motivation to improve her grades. Even though she wanted to be a flight attendant then, Jackie still has a passion for dancing so she auditioned for G-Force. But she did not last long as a member of the group because traveling to and from their house in Antipolo caused her fatigue.
Until It’s Showtime open an audition for dancers. This was the beginning of her career where she was known as ‘Ate Girl’.
Joshua is from the reality TV show of the Kapamilya channel ‘Pinoy Big Brother: All In’ and is dubbed as ‘Tatay’s Boy of Batangas’. Their financial problem put and encourage him to join the said TV show. Joshua, on the other hand, was fortunate as he was able to enter the showbiz after leaving the PBB house.
His popularity rose when he played the role of Tonying in KathNiel’s film, ‘Barcelona: A Love Untold’. After that, he has done many TV series with Julia Barretto as his love team. His last project was the film ‘Block Z.’
Francine played minor roles in the ABS-CBN series before she was given a big role. She was the third among six siblings. At a young age, she already knew how difficult their life is before. So she used it as her motivation and inspiration to work harder and give all the best she could in every project she makes. Her father is a former OFW while her mother is a housewife.
In 2018, Francine’s big break came when she joined the cast of the ABS-CBN’s series entitled ‘Kadenang Ginto’ as Cassie Mondragon. In the said series, she and Kyle Echarri formed a love team called ‘KyCine.’
It was 1994 when Baron entered the world of showbiz through the TV show ‘Ang TV’ on ABS-CBN. After joining Batch 5 of Star Circle, the management saw potential in his acting. He also has a group before called ‘Koolits’ with actors John Lloyd Cruz and Mark Solis. When he joined the ‘Tabing Ilog’ series, this is where his love team with Jodi Sta. Maria started.
Like other personalities, Baron also experienced difficulty in life where he became an alc0holic and dru6 dependent. When he joined the cast of ‘Ang Probinsyano’, his alc0hol add1ction did not stop. He then decided to voluntarily rehab himself in Cebu and he recovered eventually. He also met his wife, Jamie Evangelista, in the said city.
Even though he was born in America, Tony still travels back and forth to the Philippines where he grew up. He said in an interview that he was not happy in Canada where they migrated when he was just 9-years-old. When he graduated high school in Canada, he decided to return to the Philippines and try showbiz. He was given the opportunity and his first break was the TV commercial for a fast-food chain.
He also auditioned to join the group ‘Boyband PH’ but unfortunately, he failed. His acting debut is when he became a cast of an episode of the Wattpad series on TV5. Tony became more prominent when he made the iWant original movie ‘Glorious’ with Angel Aquino.
Andrea first appeared in the popular kiddie gag show ‘Goin’ Bulilit’. She also played the role of Shaina Magdayao’s daughter in the drama series, ‘Alyna’. She was only given a big break when she became the lead star of the TV series, ‘Annaliza’. Andrea also played the role of Lia Buenavista, Angelo’s sister in the remake of the series, ‘Pangako Sa’yo’.
Andrea became more popular when she played the role of Marga Bartolome, the daughter of Daniela Mondragon in ‘Kadenang Ginto’. This is where her love team with Seth Fedelin was formed. It was also reported that their friendship deepened due to their love team.
Maris Racal entered as a housemate in the reality TV show ‘Pinoy Big Brother: All In’ in 2014 where she was with Joshua Garcia. After she won as the 2nd placer in the said show, projects started to come to her as a full-fledged actress. She has starred in the series ‘We Will Survive’, ‘Until Where’, and many more.
Maris’ first big-screen project was the movie ‘Star Versus Me’ in 2015. She was also part of Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo’s movie ‘The Breakup Playlist’. Maris and Inigo Pascual’s love team started where the latter’s father, Piolo entered the PBB house and told Maris to wait for his son. Since then, the ‘MarNigo’ love team has been formed.
Since childhood, Maymay has dreamed of becoming an actress. At the age of 14, she tried to audition for various talent shows. Although she was not lucky in the previous contest she joined, she has given the opportunity in ‘Pinoy Big Brother: Luck 7’ in 2016 where she won as the 1st Big Placer. She and Edward Barber’s love team called ‘MayWard’ were formed inside the PBB house.
The first project they have as a love team was the film ‘Loving In Tandem’. Even though the two have separate projects, MayWard made sure that they were still there for each other. Star Creatives TV released a big surprise for their fans. This is the teaser for their debut series, ‘Heart To Heart’ which has yet to have a playdate as its shooting has been postponed.
Child star Awra Briguela was discovered in his viral video where he showed off his talent in drama. Because of the viral video, Coco Martin discovered him and included him in the action-drama series ‘Ang Probinsyano.’ With the talent he showed, Awra has also made TV series and movies. He has starred in ‘Ang Panday’, ‘The Super Parental Guardians’, and ‘Familia Blondina.’
Just last year, he starred as an H1V positive teenager in the iWant original series ‘Mga Batang Poz’ based on the best-selling young adult novel written by Segundo Matias Jr. He also made the movie ‘James & Pat & Dave’ with Donny Pangilinan, Loisa Andalio, and Ronnie Alonte.
Seth stood as the second parent to his three younger siblings. To help his family, he worked as a caretaker of an abandoned swimming pool at their residence. He was called the ‘Hopeful Son of Cavite’ and he was also the first official housemate of PBB Season 8 to enter PBB house after winning the housemate selection challenge.
Due to joining PBB, Seth was able to enter the showbiz industry. He was included in the popular series ‘Kadenang Ginto’ with his love team Andrea Brillantes. He also has a group along with Andrea Kyle Echarri, and Francine Diaz called ‘The Gold Squad’ that already has more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube.
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