Jericho Rosales On His Humble Beginnings: 'I had a dream—to get myself and my family out of poverty'

He was a jeepney barker, pizza boy, and fish vendor in the past.
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/jerichorosalesofficial

On May 18, teleserye and movie heartthrob Jericho Rosales took to Facebook to share some words of encouragement and to inspire people to keep following their dreams. 

He wrote: "[I] think a lot of us have stopped dreaming and reaching our goals because of the negative factors around us—poverty, lack of support, and the additional uncertainty we get from this pandemic. Or at least we deeply questioned them. Our tomorrows are filled with questions and cares. It is natural for us to think that way. We all are going through this and it is very hard." 

Echo said that dreams may be far from reality, but "nothing is impossible." He talked about his humble beginnings, recalling how he came from a low-income family and sharing the odd jobs he did when he was younger. 

"I came from a poor family [and] went to six public schools in elementary and high school. [I] didn't go to college because I didn't know what career meant and we simply could not afford it. When I was young, I collected discarded wires and old newspapers to be sold in junk shops in exchange for money and sometimes cheap cheese curls. I collected plastic trash from a dumpsite with my cousin, I sold ice buko (frozen coconut water with milk and sugar), sold fish in the market, became a jeepney "barker", a pizza boy, and a driver." 

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"Clearly, I did not have the ideal life situation. But I had a dreamto get myself and my family out of poverty and have our own house. That was my first major dream. I had faith in God and I also had time. So I prayed and prayed and never stopped learning new things. I kept moving. I kept my dream in front of me."

Echo added that he learned to speak English by watching TV and movies, he *forced* himself to read more, and he talked to a lot of people, which "opened his eyes to new possibilities." He ended his post by writing: "'Di mo kailangan ng tsinelas sa dagat ng pangarap. Naks." 

We'll keep these in mind, Echo! 

The actor started his showbiz career by joining the "Mr. Pogi" segment of variety show Eat Bulaga! in the '90s, and rose to stardom when he starred as Angelo Buenavista in Pangako Sa'Yo (2000) opposite Kristine Hermosa. Now 40 years old, the actor is married to Kim Jones.  

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