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  • From Fish Vendor To Successful Actor: Jericho Rosales' Humble Past Is The Inspiration We Need Today

    “I had a dream: to get myself and my family out of poverty and have our own house.”
    by Maika Bernardo .
From Fish Vendor To Successful Actor: Jericho Rosales' Humble Past Is The Inspiration We Need Today
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  • Who didn't have a crush on Pangako Sa 'Yo star Jericho Rosales back in the early 2000s? Most millennial moms were single then and wishing they were Kristine Hermosa.

    Jericho Rosales is happily married to fashion influencer Kim Jones for seven years now, and the couple has a great relationship with Santino, Jericho's teenage son with model Kai Palomares.

    Recently, the actor has been busy creating hilarious TikTok videos. Check out his TikTok account @gabinanaman, and watch Jericho give a “lolo on the loose” dance tutorial, or his Pinoy-centric take on the Bible verse “He who finds a wife finds a good thing.” He also did a spot-on impression of the comedian Babalu.

    Even this video of Jericho Rosales washing the dishes can brighten our otherwise Omicron-threatened day. Right, moms?

    Rightly so, as Jericho Rosales created these videos to help ease the pressure of the pandemic. In a post on Instagram, he shared that the reason he created these videos was to, "help Pinoys all over the world to deal with the mental and emotional challenges ng pandemic."

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    "Personally, it was a good distraction and I discovered a different side of me. I was being myself and I couldn’t be happier," he adds.


    No doubt, this dad and husband is truly inspiring. But did you know that his success story is also as inspiring as his new-found mission?

    Humble beginnings as fish vendor,  jeepney barker, pizza boy, and driver

    Before finding success as an actor, he was a fish vendor, a jeepney barker, a pizza boy, and even a driver. Nearly two years ago, while the world was on lockdown, Jericho penned a post full of hope and wisdom. This “2020 too,” it still resonates with all of us.  

    “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,” he begins. “Our tomorrows are filled with questions and cares. It is natural for us to think that way.” 
     
    Who better than a person with humble beginnings can say this? “With a heart full of hope and a mind filled with positivity, nothing is impossible.”  
     
    Jericho is transparent about his background: “I came from a poor family, and went to six public schools... [I] didn’t [even] 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... Clearly, I did not have the ideal life situation.” 

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    "But I had a dream - to get myself and my family out of poverty and have our own house."

    Jericho is a dreamer and makes a case for continuing to dream despite “the additional uncertainty we get from this pandemic.” He says his first major dream was “to get myself and my family out of poverty and have our own house,” and adds, “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.” 
     
    Jericho then shares how he has made his dreams come true: “Learning skills, surrounding yourself with forward-thinking, like-minded people, and using your challenges as tools for self-improvement or development are keys to opening doors of opportunities.” 
     
    He has also found practical ways to educate himself: “I learned to speak English by watching TV and movies. Forcing myself to read and talking to people gave me wonderful ideas and opened my eyes to new possibilities with a clearer vision for my life.” 
     
    Jericho ends his post with one last piece of advice we can all use in these challenging days: “Keep dreaming, keep hoping, and keep moving.”

    Thanks for the inspiration, Echo!

    Read his post here:

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