Photo credit to Janine Berdin's Facebook page
If she looked familiar to you when she first stepped on the Tawag Ng Tanghalan stage, that’s probably because it wasn’t the first time the spotlight found Janine Berdin.
These throwback photos revealed the then younger Cebuana alongside many of our favorite Kapamilya celebrities namely Piolo Pascual, Vhong Navarro, Gary V, Ryan Bang, and child stars like Mutya Orquia. She’s also noticeably donning the red shirt Star Circle Quest shirt in some of them.
Apparently, when she was eight years old, Janine joined Star Circle Quest: Search for the Next Kiddie Superstars 4. Unfortunately, her flight failed to soar all the way and only landed her on a semi-finals seat. She spent a little more time in front of the camera after the competition as an actress. Some of her appearances were on episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya, Wansapanataym and even on the mermaid fantasy series Mutya. Eventually, she decided to return to her home province for a break.
Janine made a second attempt in fame by joining The Voice Kids PH and Tawag Ng Tanghalan Season 1, but it wasn’t her time just yet. With a never-say-die attitude, she finally earned a chance to prove herself on the second season of TNT and soon walked away with the title of grand champion.
TNT JOURNEY: Janine Berdin proves that dreams do come true in Tawag Ng Tanghalan stint
On Tonight with Boy Abunda, Janine shared that she started taking part in singing contests at five years old. Although she lost more times than won, she found comfort in her parents. “Palaiyak po ako,” she admitted, but her parents never failed to show that they believed in her.
Her mother would always help her practice, which is why she dedicated her performance of Lea Salonga’s Tomorrow during the TNT 2 semi-finals to her mom. “Kasi gusto ko pong marinig niya na ‘yong version ko as a 16-year-old, as me now,” she explained. Meanwhile, her father would show his support by buying her materials like CDs to listen to. After the rollercoaster ride she went through, there’s no doubt now that Janine was meant to be on the limelight.
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