One of the brightest young stars in the industry right now is 17-year-old actress Francine Diaz. You might know her from her breakout role in the internet-famous Kapamilya serye Kadenang Ginto where she played Cassie Mondragon. But before landing her first major role, Francine actually started out by modeling and taking on minor roles in teleseryes (literally, because she would play the younger versions of the main characters and had a very short exposure on TV). She is also very open about the struggles she and her family went through before joining showbiz.
In a new video on Dr. Vicki Belo's YouTube channel, Francine sat down and talked about her humble beginnings in the local entertainment scene. Back then, Francine and her mom would need to borrow money just so they'd have enough for the fares to go to VTR castings. "Parati kaming nangungutang ng pamasahe para lang makapag-VTR po ako," Francine tells Belo.
There was even a time when they had to knock on their neighbors' door at midnight just so they could ask to borrow money. "Minsan nangungutang kami. Kumakatok kami sa kapitbahay naman, naalala ko, siguro 12 a.m. na noon... Kailangan na kailangan na namin ng pera kasi 'yun po yung time na talagang ang hirap namin. As in, wala kaming kuryente, wala rin kami masyadong food noon, pati ng water, tapos bagong panganak pa lang si mama sa kaptid kong bunso," she added. Thankfully, the neighbor gave them money, which Francine is very grateful for up to this day.
Now, though, Francine has amassed a loyal and loving fanbase who take pride in every accomplishment she makes, including being able to finally buy her family a house and a car. Her next goal? To at least help one of her siblings finish their studies!
Check out her interview with Dr. Vicki Belo here:
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