Success does not come easy and it entails a lot of hard work and perseverance to get to the top. Bear in mind that not all successful people always win, but we can surely admire them for their efforts and learn from their experiences. We idolize individuals who strive to reach their dreams, and the people who have made it bigtime after a tough and grueling process.
For today’s episode, Magandang Buhay hosts Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal welcomed Idol Philippines Top 12 hopefuls who talked about the struggles they have to face in their life journey and their inspirations to go for their dreams.
First up were Zephanie Dimaranan, Rachel May Libres and Sheland Faelnar, who gave a mind-blowing performance that the studio audience truly enjoyed. They were very grateful to their parents who were always supportive of their craft. Zephanie told the MB hosts that as early as 3-years old she already had the passion for singing and would do it in front of everyone. She underscored that her parents were always there for her since the beginning and supported her career, “Buong buhay ko lagi silang nandiyan… lalong lalo na ‘pag sumasali ako sa competitions.” It comes as no surprise that Sheland, at a young age, was already quite the performer and would do a lot of videoke singing. The Idol hopeful stressed that her mother has always been present and continued by saying, “Siya po ‘yung pinaka dahilan kung bakit ko pinu-pursue ko ‘yung passion ko which is singing.” Meanwhile, Rachel underlined that her artistic skills were honed because of her mother, who would urge her to sing. “Siya po talaga ‘yung nagturo sa akin ng lahat ng bagay especially po sa pagkanta. Siya rin po ‘yung nandyan para sa akin,” she disclosed.
The next set of performers consisted of Renwick Benito, Dan Ombao and Miguel Ordon who didn’t fail to impress the crowd with their stellar performance. Renwick spoke about the struggles that he had to face in life, particularly when his child was taken away from him because he and his ex-girlfriend did not end in good terms - which apparently led to his depression. “’Yung ex ko niloko ko. And nilayo po sa akin ‘yung anak ko,” he pointed out somberly. While Dan disclosed that he went through a stage when he took all of the opportunities for granted and didn’t take his work seriously because at that time he just wasn’t mature enough to take on the responsibility. “Masyado akong nagsaya nung mga araw na ‘yun,” he admitted frankly. However, he underscored that he will make the most out of this second chance, and won’t take it for granted. Miguel journey wasn’t so easy either, as the contestant revealed that his mother was never really keen on him becoming a singer. Although he added that he has a feeling that his mother is slowly but surely becoming supportive of his career, “I think now that everything is happening. She’s quietly supportive.”
For the third batch, Lucas Garcia, Elle Ocampo and Matty Juniosa gave an all-out performance that indisputably wowed viewers as well as the momshies. In the sit down interview, Lucas stated that this is the biggest break for all of them, and he is happy to be here because they all consider each other as family. Lucas’s mother, Aida surprised him with a heartfelt message, praising him for a job well done and for loving her the way that he does. “Gusto ko rin pasalamantan nang sobra ‘yung mong sinasabi sa akin na mahal na mahal mo ako. Dun pa lang panalo na ako,” she said lovingly. “’Yung journey po namin sa Idol Philippines, ang hindi po namin makakalimutan ay ‘yung mga friendships na nabuo. Family po talaga”. Meanwhile Elle was in for a surprise as she received a touching letter from her mother telling her how happy and proud she is of all of her accomplishments and what she has become. Elle also stressed that it is an honor for her to be here because this journey enabled her to express how he truly is, “Eto po ‘yung hinihintay kong opportunity para maipakita ko ‘yung sarili ko.” Matty added he is very excited with everything that transpired because he feels that this is the chance to showcase how he really is as a person. “Parang debut ko as a person in the world,” he said. The three friends were very proud of each other and of who they; moreover were proud of their sexuality.
The hit morning show also welcomed Lance Busa, Fatima Louise and Trish Bonilla who sang their hearts out to the crowd. The three performers also shared their sentiments of how it feels to be compared to their artistic family members, which they stressed could be quite overwhelming. Fatima divulged that there are times when she gets compared to her talented sister, which she admitted affected her at first. Although she decided to not let the comparisons get to her and took this with a grain of salt. “Inisip ko na lang siya as positive na magstra-strive harder ako,” she elaborated. On the other hand, Trish also knows how I feels like to be compared to another person as she faces being pressured to be as good as her mother Mau Marcelo. “Ginagawa ko lang ‘yung best ko at pino-prove ko na kaya ko.” Meanwhile, Lance discussed how he pushed to pursue his dreams of joining Idol Phiippines, while he had to handle his strict father, “Gusto niya po perfect.” But he clarified that he now understands why his father was strict with him, because he only wanted what was best for his son. Marcelo even thanked his father or being the way that he is.
In the end, the aspiring singers were very touched with the sweet messages from their family congratulating them for a job well done in their Idol Phiippines stint.