Leo Consul, one of the hosts of the popular TV show “It’s Showtime” Indonesia, is so proud and happy of his achievement, when he remembers all the trials and challenges he has encountered as he shared it on Facebook.
The host had recalled how he started in reaching his dreams, patiently waiting outside ABS-CBN with other participants, who all wanted to audition for Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Dream Academy.
“Naalala ko yong pila noon sa labas ng ABS-CBN for Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Dream Academy. Gutom, uhaw, kaba, takot at lahat-lahat na ng pwedeng maramdaman ng isang taong may matinding pagnanasang makamit angkanyang mga pangarap na buong tapang kong hinarap para lamang matupad ang higante kong mga pangarap.”
Leo sacrificed waking up early. At dawn, he was already lining up, with other participants, with all his hopes. But at the end of the day, he brought nothing but questions, doubting his capabilities.
“Pumila ako ng madaling araw bitbit ang isang libong pag-asa at umuwi ng walang dala maliban sa mabigat na balikat at butas na bulsa. Maraming mga tanong sa isipan ko: Anong kulang? Bakit sila at hindi ako? Hindi ba ako magaling? Kulang ba talento ko? Name it.
And now, he finally found the answer to all his questions and doubts, as he wanted to tell it to all aspiring individuals who are having the same dream. Leo believed that there is always a right time for everything.
“But I tell you what, hindi dahil hindi ka magaling or kulang ka or mas magaling sila kaya hindi ka nagtagumpay. Ang totoo nyan, HINDI PA IYON ANG PANAHON MO. Lahat may tamang oras. Lahat may tamang tiyempo.”
While waiting for the right time of having a big break, a person should persevere and never give up. With his experience, he could say that there were people who would pull you down and tear down your self-confidence but the one who survives are the ones who never stopped.
Naalala ko yong pila noon sa labas ng ABS-CBN for Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Dream Academy. Gutom, uhaw, kaba, takot at…
“Kelangan mo lang magpursige habang mataimtim kang naghihintay sa tamang panahon na nakalaan para sayo. In time, everything will make sense. Huwag kang panghinaan ng loob. May mga taong manghihila sayo pababa at lalamunin lahat ng kumpiyansa mo sa iyong sarili pero tandaan mo, tanging ang mga taong hindi humihinto sa pag-abot ng kanilang mga pangarap ang nakakarating sa dulo ng tagumpay. Tuloy-tuloy ka lang. 🙌🏻”
And Leo leaves a final message:
“And I’ll say it again: Dream Big! The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”
Leo perseverance and hard work paid off, though not in the Philippines but bringing the name as a representative of the Philippines in hosting a franchise local show like Showtime in Indonesia is really a big break for him.
Laarni Lozada was the grand champion of the second season of ABS-CBN’s singing competition Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA). But unlike her batchmates Bugoy Drilon, Cris Pastor, Miguel Mendoza and Liezel Garcia, she decided to take a break from the entertainment industry.
So where did she go after PDA and her short stint at ASAP? She said that she continued her studies in Philippine Women’s University.
“Pinagpatuloy ko kasi ‘yung pag-aaral ko. Naka-graduate naman po ako ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Education major in English sa Philippine Women’s University (PWU).”
She remembered that when she was still a contestant, there were rumors that she was uncooperative in some of the tasks. She explained that it was only for the protection of her family.
“Every morning, pinapakausap kami sa psychiatrist, sa psychologist. Then, pinalalabas ‘yung emotions namin, kung ano ‘yung problema namin sa pamilya, at sa kung ano pa. Sabi ko, it’s a singing reality show, at hindi naman po ito Pinoy Big Brother. Sabi ko, kanta na lang po muna. Hangga’t maaari, ayoko po munang ilabas ‘yung problema sa family ko. I protected my parents. Kasi siyempre po, kung ilalabas ko ‘yung problema ng pamilya ko, baka wala nang mukha na iharap ang nanay at tatay ko sa mundo, sa dami ng problema namin that time.”
The singer admitted that she suffered from all the bashing and the system in the entertainment industry.
“Aminado po ako na na-depress ako noon, kasi hindi ko kinaya ‘yung mga intriga sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling ‘yung mga taong naninira sa akin. Na-down po talaga ako, dahil sa bashers ko. And that time, ‘yung family ko po, nasa probinsiya. Hindi ko po kasama noon ‘yung mga taong inaasahan ko na tutulong sa akin, nag-iisa lang po ako that time.”
So this resulted to her travelling to another country to escape it all.
“Nagtago po ako, nag-abroad po ako. Pinuntahan ko na lang po ‘yung tita ko roon. Kain-tulog lang po ako ru’n. Hindi ko na inisip ‘yung mga intriga sa akin.”
But what happened to her relationship with other former contestants? Laarni admitted that unfortunately, they didn’t maintain their friendship after PDA.
“Actually, sila ‘yung mga naging close after naming lumabas sa PDA. Kasi, hindi ako nakakasama sa kanila kapag niyayaya nila akong lumabas, ‘yung magpunta sa ganito, sa ganyan, mag bar-hopping. Homebody kasi ako e, hindi ako masyadong malabas. Gusto ko lang talaga ‘yung lagi akong nasa bahay, nagpapahinga lang ako.”