As we all know, there are actually many, different ways for one to achieve his/her ambition of making it in the local entertainment scene. Some join and/or win talent and reality shows, while others are discovered through auditions or social media or are spotted by talent scouts while walking or hanging out at a random place.
However, there are the ones who are apparently born to shine, just like the Kapamilya stars featured in this episode of Kapamilya Snaps who actually started off as child actors.
Before being hailed as the Philippine showbiz’s Queen of Primetime Drama, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo appeared in a slew of projects, with the 1988 film Ula, Ang Batang Gubat being her first-ever starring role. From being an esteemed actress who earned her big break as Mara in the hit classic teleserye Mara Clara, she further exhibited her versatility as an artist through her hosting stints in Bet On Your Baby and Paano Kita Mapapasalamatan.
Those who grew up in the 90s up to early 2000s know that Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban are among the hottest young stars of their generation. Both products of the youth-oriented show Ang TV, they went on to become household names when they earned recognitions for their award-winning performances on the big screen – Carlo in “Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? “(1998), while Angelica in the film incarnation of “Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa” as Becky.
They also became on-and-off-screen sweethearts, but parted ways due to various reasons. Both of them have remained active through the years and appeared in different projects. They got reunited in 2018 for the romance flick “Exes Baggage” and in the daytime drama Playhouse. Carlo recently starred in the primetime series A Soldier’s Heart, while Angelica currently topbills Walang Hanggang Paalam.
From earning a number of ad campaigns after getting spotted by a talent scout at 12 years old, Anne Curtis eventually landed roles in movies and TV shows – with the 1996 fantasy-adventure film “Magic Temple” being her first. Over two decades later, she catapulted into becoming one of the country’s biggest stars who is more beloved as an actress and host of It’s Showtime.
Before becoming the well-loved villain in La Luna Sangre and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Richard Gutierrez played a lot of roles both in the small and big screen through the years. However, not everyone probably knew that he, along with his twin brother Raymond, started out as child actors and even had the chance to work with their father Eddie Gutierrez.
Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Nash Aguas, Jane Oineza, Nash Aguas, Sharlene San Pedro, Miles Ocampo, Alexa Ilacad, and Andrea Brillantes – as we all know – are alumni of the long-running kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit. Thus, there’s no surprise that they grew up as great artists and even among the brightest in the industry.
From being a bulilit, Kathryn bloomed into becoming the Queen of Hearts as she starred in a slew of romance-drama series and flicks, such as Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2015), La Luna Sangre (2018), “The Hows Of Us” (2018), “Hello, Love, Goodbye” (2019), and “The House Arrest Of Us” (2020).
Julia, on the other hand, became the Daytime Drama Queen as she headlined successful afternoon soap operas Doble Kara (2015) and Asintado (2018). Her comeback project after taking a hiatus was the weekly action-drama series 24/7.
Star Circle Kid Quest Season 1 grand winner Nash turned out to become one of the most bankable heartthrobs who relentlessly wowed fans with his outstanding performances on The Good Son (2017) and A Soldier’s Heart (2020).
His runner-up Sharlene also went on to become a multi-talented young star who’s able to show off her skills in acting, dancing, singing, and hosting throughout her 16-year career. Her most recent appearances include Maalaala Mo Kaya, Ipaglaban Mo, Langit Lupa (2016), MYX, and iWant digital movie “The Gift” (2019).
Even before her stint in Goin’ Bulilit, Jane had already amazed us with her acting prowess both on the big and small screen. And that went on after her “graduation” as she got cast in various movies and TV shows that further displayed her versatility as an actress, such as in Precious Hearts Romances Presents series Los Bastardos and Araw Gabi.
Just like Jane, Miles was already able to exhibit her acting chops prior to joining the gag show through Mangarap Ka (2004) and MMK. After her graduation, she went on to star in various TV dramas, such as Luv U (2012), Home Sweetie Home (2014), And I Love You So (2015), and Sana Dalawa Ang Puso (2018).
The same went for Alexa who already bagged TV commercials at four years old. After her departure in the comedy program, she starred in Bagito (2014) that showed off her maturity and got cast in The Good Son (2017) and The Killer Bride (2019).
Andrea had been blessed with a slew of TV projects, such as her first-ever lead role in the 2013 remake of Annaliza, Hawak Kamay (2014), Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2015), and Kadenang Ginto (2018). It was in the latest wherein she further astounded us with her versatility as a young actress through her impeccable portrayal of Marga Bartolome.
Meanwhile, coming from a family of celebrity, it is no surprise that Julia Barretto eventually started her own showbiz journey. From being that adorable girl in a shampoo commercial, she got cast in various TV dramas, with her stint in the 2007 fantaserye Kokey as one of the most remarkable. She then went on to topbill Mirabella (2014), And I Love You So (2015), A Love To Last (2017), and Ngayon At Kailanman (2018) that helped her establish her own name.
Last, but definitely not the least, is Zaijan Jaranilla who shot to fame as a child star when he portrayed the iconic role of Santino in the highly popular drama May Bukas Pa. He continued to improve his talents through the years and in 2018, he shocked fans with his growth by playing Liksi in the fantasy series Bagani.
These celebrities may have been born to be stars. But they still worked hard on each role to reach their level of success.