She was ahead of every other child star from her time. At five years old, Rhed Bustamante was first discovered on It’s Showtime’s Bida Kapamilya segment. Because of her energetic and bubbly personality, she became a member of the noontime show that would regularly bring happiness to the madlang people.
By 2013, an acting career was waiting for her. A few months after her stint on the variety show, she became part of the fantasy series Galema: Anak ni Zuma. It was her role on this show that easily made her a favorite by box-office director Wenn Deramas. This show also paved the way for her character in the Unkabogable Vice Ganda’s blockbuster comedy movie “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.”
Two more years later, Rhed was still receiving offers. She made earned an appearance in the horror suspense “Maria Leonora Teresa.” Which was then followed by her most memorable role to date, as Liza on the hit family drama teleserye FlordeLiza.
The child star’s last project was “Seklusyon” which was an official entry to the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival in 2016. At nine years old still, it was her role in this movie that gave her the Best Actress nomination and Special Jury Prize. Unfortunately, opportunities had stopped coming. Until recently, she was featured on Rated K.
“Akala ko po, kung maga-artista ka, marami pong mago-offer sa’yo. Pero hindi po pala ganoon,” Rhed shared her thoughts in the interview. Their family had lost their source of income. To make matters worse, her father as a lung disease while she herself has a skin illness. In the hope of making ends meet, she and her mother started a small store in Sampaloc, Manila.
These photos of Rhed’s family show that they can still smile no matter what life throws at them because they would always have each other. And now, at 11 years old, she was given a second chance at acting with a role on FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as Ana.