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"From Rags To Riches" Filipino Celebrities Who Crawled Their Way To The Top.


"From Rags To Riches" Filipino Celebrities Who Crawled Their Way To The Top.

It is no secret that many people live in extreme poverty and most of them may see their lives wither away in such a state of nothingness. But poverty did not stop many individuals to try harder at life, make their dreams a reality and turn goals into facts.

These celebrities have found fame and fortune in their respective careers yet they have experienced the struggle of poverty way before their popularity and riches soared dramatically. May their stories inspire you to want more in life and make your dreams come true.

Below are some inspiring journeys of some of our favorite celebrities who faced and overcame their struggles in their early lives and went from rags to riches.

Apl de Ap

The Black Eyed Peas’ co-founder apl.de.ap is at the top of his game in the music industry. He’s also just beginning to speak out about his journey from a young boy with a visual impairment to his current status as a star vocal coach on The Voice of The Philippines. “I was born with my eye condition,” apl.de.ap, aka Allan Pineda, said in an interview. “Today, I feel much less handicapped by my legal blindness as technology has helped me a lot…. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t extremely tough at times, and occasionally I still feel challenged by it.”

He was born in Angeles City, Philippines, to Cristina Pineda and a man stationed at a nearby Air Force base who left soon after his birth. He and his six younger siblings helped support the family by farming after school, which was an hour-long jeep ride away. “It was really tough growing up,” said Pineda. “I didn’t have much in the Philippines. I did not know my dad while my mom was a struggling single mom trying to raise me and my siblings. I never saw a doctor for my eyesight back then because it was something we couldn’t afford, nor was there access to great medical clinics and facilities.” He was sponsored to visit the United States through Pearl S. Buck International, a program that helps orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children. The foundation brought him to California at age 14 so he could get treatment for nystagmus, the eye condition that causes Pineda’s eyes to move involuntarily. The nonprofit organization placed him with a lawyer named Joe Ben Hudgens, who eventually adopted Pineda.






After moving to Los Angeles, Pineda met William Adams. The two became lifelong friends — and Adams became superstar musician will.i.am, who Pineda performs within the Black Eyed Peas. Despite his international success, he gives back to the community by building classrooms for children.

Coco Martin

It’s no surprise that his newfound on-screen identity would eventually take him to headline the most phenomenal projects in the media circuit nowadays. However, for Coco Martin, there’s always more than meets the eye. His name, recognized by Filipinos all over the globe, also tells the story of how one man reaped a string of life-changing victories from a single seed of a dream. After working overseas to financial support for his family, he flew back to the Philippines to fulfill his calling. He started getting recognition for his notable acting prowess in indie films, even gaining a Gawad Urian, among other awards.






For a man of his stature, one could say that his name has already made a mark. But more than his identity as a stellar actor, Coco desires to leave everyone with a legacy – a piece of his creation, a part of his soul that will forever influence and inspire new generations of dreamers like him. It’s all about transcending being an actor and creating the world that character is living in. He sees himself writing, producing, and directing more of his own projects, beginning where his roots flourished – independent films.

Manny Pacquiao

Surrounded by chickens in the yard of his simple one-story home in the city where Manny lived between the ages of 10 to 15, Mejia reverentially retrieves two moth-eaten lumps of cloth that he keeps like a holy relic in a glass cabinet in his living room: Pacquiao's first pair of boxing gloves. Pacquiao and his family were poor even by the wretched standards of other villagers in Tango. One uncle - Benito Bequilla, 67, who would take him fishing - recalls that they were so hard up they could rarely afford even to eat rice.






The turning point for Pacquiao came when he won against world-class featherweight boxer Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in Texas with a TKO. After that fight, he was recognized internationally as a force to be reckoned with. Today, he is one of the most respected boxers. Despite his loss during the Mayweather match, he still has won the hearts of many boxing fans both in the Philippines and worldwide. His one-of-a-kind story will continue to inspire and it will always portray the journey of what millions of Filipinos continue to aspire for.

Vice Ganda

Before the world-renowned name, he was simply Tutoy. The youngest of five siblings, Tutoy was raised in an eclectic neighborhood on the outskirts of Sta. Cruz, Manila. At first glance, he was as typical as the other boys along their street, playing basketball and gabbing about girls. However, for Tutoy, it occurred to him from the very beginning that his heart was truly not in such things.

Before Vice Ganda's life now. He is surrounded by poverty in their community although he grew up in that community with violence that's all around him, Vice Ganda did his best to hide his true sexuality from his father, a barangay kagawad who would often maltreat his two older gay brothers, Emmanuel and Babot.






After tragedy struck their family and his mother left for the states to become a caregiver, Vice finally found the guts to come out of the closet. Unlike his two brothers, Vice did not experience any discrimination because of his talent and his perseverance. Now, Vice Ganda is a secret millionaire because he had so many films.

Jericho Rosales

You might be wondering where his “hugot” in telenovelas come from. Before the matinee idol established himself as a respected figure in the showbiz arena, he was living a life fit for primetime drama.

Jericho sold fish in the talipapa when he was just 11 years old to help his mother. He also worked as service crew at a pizza chain to send himself to school. His singing skills might be even rooted from his side job of being a barker.






In 1996, Echo was discovered on Eat Bulaga’s Mr. Pogi segment. Outside of his acting and modeling career, he owns a barbershop called Talas ManileƱo and is husband to supermodel Kim Jones.

Jake Zyrus

Born Charmaine Clarice Relucio, Charice started joining singing competitions to help her single mom raise her and her brother Carl. “You start from 10 p.m. and you finish at 7 a.m., and I had to go to school,” she shared with CNN correspondent Anna Coren.

She became of the most favorite talents of international producer David Foster and was cast as Sunshine Corazon in the musical series Glee. She was also once dubbed “the most talented girl in the world” by Oprah Winfrey.




Wealth tends to create more wealth, but a rich background is not the only way to the top. Some of the world's wealthiest people started out dirt poor. All from humble beginnings, these people not only climbed to the top of their industries but also became some of the richest people in the world. Although the rich do get richer, these rags-to-riches stories remind us that through determination, grit, and a bit of luck anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success.


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