Kapamilya Snaps: 8 stars who got their start in showbiz through chance encounters
Before becoming the illustrious stars we look up to, cheer for, and look up to, all of our favorite celebrities were definitely regular people like us at some point in their lives. Although some were lucky enough to be awarded spots on reality competition programs or to have relatives or connections in the industry, some were able to survive chance encounters.
And so it was for the eight Kapamilya Superstars listed in this Kapamilya Snaps feature, who made their debut completely unexpectedly!
Jodi Sta. Maria was spotted by a talent scout during one of her auditions.
As she constantly amazes us with her portrayals in the series of projects she has starred in, there is no doubt that Jodi is one of the biggest stars in the country.
However, due to several failed attempts to be cast in TV commercials, did you know that she nearly gave up long before her career started? That’s what she revealed during her interview on veteran Kapamilya journalist Karen Davila’s YouTube channel last February.
But, thank you for the persistent talent scout who continually encouraged her to audition for TV commercials and then for ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 7 when she was still in her third year of high school.
After the rigorous workshops she had to follow, she finally had her run-in Star Drama Presents: Jolina Magdangal as the actress-singer’s younger sister said, as she told DJ Jhai Ho during her appearance on the “Before They Were Stars” podcast last year. It may be a bit of a role, but it served as a springboard for him to score more projects, including the classic Tabulation Ilog. And now she’s dubbed the ‘Silent Superstar’ and continues to kill prime time with her performance as Jill in the soon-to-end film. The broken wedding vow.
Star Magic’s open call encouraged Sue Ramirez to join showbiz.
In addition to Jodi, we also watch for the superb portrait of Sue in The broken wedding vow.
In her 12 years on the local entertainment scene, we’ve seen how she grew from an aspiring teenage actress to one of the most in-demand and versatile leading ladies of her generation. But unbeknownst to us, she actually never dreamed of joining showbiz, even though she used to participate in various school activities in her youth.
But that suddenly changed when her father suffered a stroke, forcing her mother to step in and persevere and single-handedly support her and her four older siblings. While appearing on Karen Davila’s YouTube channel last March, she recalled how helpless she felt at that time because there was nothing she could do to help.
So, she grabbed the opportunity to audition for Star Magic when she saw the public invitation on TV at the age of 13, and luckily, she was accepted! She was immediately cast on the youth variety show To yell!, then made her acting debut in the remake of Mula Sa Puso in 2011.
The irresistible charm of Liza Soberano was noticed by a talent scout on Facebook.
Liza Soberano also had an incredible story of how she broke into the business!
She may be one of the most amazing and admired young actresses today, but she used to get turned down at auditions time and time again. At one of his receptions at Magandang Buhay, she shared how talent scout Dudu Unay discovered her on Facebook. She may already have charm, but she still struggles to be cast in TV shows and commercials.
Despite being repeatedly rejected, Liza refused to give up and auditioned for Star Magic. But she was not contacted immediately. So, Dudu then introduced her to Ogie Diaz, who immediately saw her potential and signed to be her manager.
Angel Locsin’s showbiz career began in a grocery store.
Apart from being a great actress and host, Angel is also adored by many for countless reasons. However, few people know that her showbiz journey actually started in a grocery store.
In her Magandang Buhay a guest in 2016, she recalled that life-changing moment happened when she was in high school and her father tasked her with buying groceries. As she was leaving the store, a talent scout approached her to ask if she wanted to be a model. Although she accepted the offer, she still found it amazing since no one in their family is in the industry and she never imagined having this kind of opportunity.
There was also a time when Angel won a contest to join the Star Magic Workshops, which ultimately led to her auditioning for Star Circle Batch 9C. She was also given the chance to work with mommy host Jolina Magdangal for a music video and audition to be John Prats’ leading lady for G-Mikwhich eventually went to Heart Evangelista.
Pia Wurtzbach’s showbiz and pageant stints were both down to chance encounters.
Another influential and empowered woman that many of us look up to is Pia, known to the world as Miss Universe 2015.
And although many already know the story of how she won such a coveted crown, she actually had an acting career before joining the pageants.
As his life story was featured on Maalaala Mo Kaya in 2017, we discovered that when the My Daddy Pi The lead actress was a child, a talent scout approached her mother while they were at a mall and asked her if she wanted Pia to become a model. They accepted the offer, and that’s when she became the main breadwinner after her German father abandoned them.
After years away from the limelight, Pia was again approached while dining in a mall, this time by representatives of a beauty camp to offer her training as a beauty queen.
Vina Morales was discovered while she was still part of a choir in Cebu.
One of the iconic singers of the OPM scene, Vina is known for her distinct voice and style. It was also this incredible talent that allowed her to enter showbiz at age nine after winning a singing competition in Cebu.
During an interview with the King of Talk on Tonight with Boy Abunda, she recounted the time she sang with the choir at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church in Bogo, Cebu. Seeing her potential, Father Fritz Malinao, a priest-slash-songwriter in the community, discovered her and asked her to sing his composition as an entry to the Cebu Pop Music Festival. The song, titled “Paglaum”, won the Grand Prix and won Best Performer.
Representatives from a talent agency saw his performance and offered him a singing and acting contract, forcing him and his family to move to Manila to launch his showbiz career.
Coco Martin was a waiter at a restaurant when a former ASAP assistant manager invited her to audition
Best known today for his iconic role as Cardo Dalisay in Ang Probinsyano of the FPJ whom he has embodied for almost seven years, Coco lived a humble life before fame and fortune.
His passionate fans surely know that he studied hotel and restaurant management at the National College of Business and Arts. In one of his media interviews, he said he was discovered by the deputy director of as quickly as possible then serving them in a restaurant where she worked. He accepted her invitation to audition and was ultimately successful. However, he was unable to participate in the launch of Star Circle Batch 9, as his grandmother told him to complete his studies before pursuing a career in showbiz.
Years later, he was introduced to independent films, which opened up his return to the entertainment scene. However, life was hard for his family then, so he decided to quit and work as a janitor in Canada. It was upon his return to the Philippines that he again tried his luck in mainstream media, especially ABS-CBN, and finally succeeded.
Ronaldo Valdez was spotted by the late King of Comedy Dolphy while on a basketball court
Among the legends of the Filipino entertainment industry, it is truly amazing how despite his age, Ronaldo is still active and currently starring in the prime time series KathNiel. 2 Good 2 Be true.
But did you know that it was actually comedy king Dolphy who discovered it decades ago? In his 2017 TWBA guest post, he told Tito Boy that the late comedian-actor was actually looking for an actor to partner with Susan Roces in an upcoming movie when their paths crossed on a basketball court.
Although Susan was initially hesitant because he looked so young, she was eventually won over after Dolphy gave her an instant makeover.
These Kapamilya stars are proof that everything in our lives has its perfect timing. Thus, we must learn to be patient and trust that things will be given to us if they are truly meant for us. Never give up on your dreams, Kapamilya!