Childhood dreams: Find out what these Kapamilya stars could’ve been!

As kids with vivid imaginations and growing zest for life, many of us had a childhood dream tucked in our hearts. But, more often than not, life will steer us in different directions, leaving those dreams just dreams. We asked these Kapamilya stars what they’ve wanted to be when they were just seven. They all had cute, interesting answers! 

Angelica Panganiban was just a little girl when she started working in the limelight. About that time, she also wished to be a nurse. Growing up, this dream lived through her penchant for taking care of loved ones, “Kapag may kaibigan ako na may sakit, busy ako mag-alaga. Ako ‘yung nagbibigay ng gamot. Gusto ko ‘yung feeling na may inaalagaan ka, 24/7 kang nandiyan at hands-on ka sa mga bagay-bagay.” She wanted to be a nurse thinking they’re in-charge of the caring while doctors are expected to think more scientific besides the years spent in medical school. Isn’t it amazing that she’s playing her dream job via primetime series Walang Hanggang Paalam

While it’s plain to see that Charlie Dizon was born for stardom, she would’ve become a doctor had life taken a different turn. She wanted to be either an OB-gynaecologist or a dermatologist for her mom, “Lagi ko siyang niloloko na gagawan ko siya ng shampoo para mapigilan ang white hair.”

In love with discovering new things, Jameson Blake wanted to be a scientist. Jayda Avanzado knows it would be challenging to chase her childhood dream – to be a veterinarian – because she grew up allergic to fur and pets. That’s why she’s glad to have pursued her other passion which is music.

Manuel Chua was supposed to take up medicine as well, however, “Hindi pala ako mahilig sa Science. Hindi pala ako mahilig ako sa Biology. Ayaw ko na nga, doon ko na lang ako sa Management.”

Robi Domingo sure knows how to dream big as a kid. His ambition was to be a rich and handsome guy. He was so determined that he asked for divine intervention in making these happen, “Sa offertory, magbibigay ako ng pera ko doon kasi akala ko magwi-wish ka. Binibigay ko lahat ng baon ko tapos sinasabi ko, ‘Lord, gawin mo akong pogi ‘tsaka gusto kong yumaman.” Well, the Lord listened! 

We are not complaining that the universe ruined Donny Pangilinan’s childhood dream to be a businessman or else we wouldn’t be blessed with one lovable TV heartthrob like him.  

A true water baby, Kira Balinger’s biggest fantasy was to be a mermaid. Her love team partner Grae Fernandez wanted to be a professional basketball player. Perhaps he could’ve been teammates with Joseph Marco. On the other hand, Sam Milby envisioned ‘architect’ as a future occupation. 

Then-seven-year-old Vivoree Esclito showed complete devotion to her mom and dad, “I wanted to be what my parents wanted me to be.” She was still unsure, “Gusto ko talaga ‘yung genuinely happy sila tapos happy din ako. Siyempre, susundin ko kung ano ‘yung pinakagusto kong gawin for myself pero dati hindi ko pa rin naman masyadong alam kung anong gusto ko. Bine-base ko lang ‘yung future job ko kung anong gusto ng parents ko for me.”

Some Kapamilya stars like Andrea Brillantes are making their seven-year-old selves extra proud by living the dream. The Huwag Kang Mangamba torchbearer has always aspired to become a well-known actress. Lie Reposposa envisioned her future as a performer while Amy Nobleza is bit by bit achieving her dreams as a singer.

Francine Diaz had fun being a student-teacher that she wanted to be a real educator when she grows up, “Nag-eenjoy ako kapag inuutusan ako ng teacher mag-check. Gusto ko rin ‘pag nagsusulat ako sa blackboard tapos nagtuturo ako. Gusto ko rin maging teacher para maturuan ko yung mga bata.”

With all the cooking experiments this quarantine, it seems Zephanie Dimaranan’s dream to wear the chef’s hat remains achievable. But for now, she’s making more music. 

Simon Ibarra planned to train under the Philippine Military Academy but life had a different plan. Nonetheless, the respect and admiration for uniformed men remained, “Tuwang-tuwa ako sa mga sundalo na magaganda ang uniporme. Noong high school nga, pinangarap ko pa na mag-exam sa PMA, hindi lang natuloy. Macho, may panininindigan, may integridad – ganu’n ang tingin ko sa kanila.

Having a strong obsession with superheroes, it is common for young boys to be fascinated with flying. CJ Navato wondered how it feels like to fly and explore outer space, so he wanted to be either a pilot or an astronaut. 

FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano star Vance Larena also wanted to be a spaceman, ”I’ve always been in love with the universe.” Thrilled by out-of-this-world adventures, Karl Gabriel is another astronaut-wannabe, “Parang ang sarap makita ng mundo na nasa taas tapos tinitingnan mo kung ano bang meron doon, ine-explore mo.” This dream eventually turned into designing and building his own car and being known as an artist. 

If there are boys in love with spaces and flying, others like JC Santos thought of sea adventures. He wanted to be a seaman for two reasons – to be like his Dad and travel a lot.  “Gusto kong mapuntahan din kung ano ‘yung pinupuntahan ng Daddy. I think that time, I wanted to be a traveller dahil noong nalaman ko na nagta-travel ang Daddy ko, gusto ko din maging seaman tulad niya.” 

If Dimples Romana can talk to her younger self, she’d tell her to find a role model in Callie Ahmee, her firstborn, “If I was seven years old, I would like to be like my firstborn. She’s so smart, kind, independent. She’s not afraid to dream and she’s not afraid to make mistake.”

Others wanted it simple. Janine Gutierrez found joy in doing the laundry that she wanted to wash clothes for the rest of her life, “Dream ko maglaba. ‘Yun lang talaga ang gusto kong gawin araw-araw noon. Hanggang ngayon naman ginagawa ko pa rin, so achieved!”

Inspired by her kiddie pretend plays, Kiara Takahashi’s dream profession was to be a cashier. Years later, due to constant travelling between Japan and the Philippines, she got fascinated with the life of a flight attendant, “I really look up to flight attendants. “Yan yung hindi ko natuloy na pangarap ko, although pangarap ko rin ‘to, maging artist, to sing and act.“ She’s now happy to at least have a flight attendant bestie! 

Shawntel Cruz and LA Santos are seemingly profound dreamers as kids. At seven, their ambition was to inspire others. She said, “Gusto kong mag-inspire ng tao within that age kahit siguro makulit ka noong time na ‘yun but just the thought of being someone who can encourage people.”

Childhood is about dreams. What was your biggest career fantasy when you were seven, Kapamilya?