Toni Gonzaga started auditioning for entertainment projects since age nine. She was a “singing sensation” in her hometown in Taytay, Rizal, sweeping grand prizes in barangay competitions.
Yet it took her eight years to get her lucky break - a soft drink commercial with Piolo Pascual.
What kept her going?
“’Pag bata ka pala hindi mo mapapansin ‘yung time,” she tells Anthony Taberna in “Tapatan ni Tunying” in its Aug. 28 episode. “Ngayon kasi ramdam na ramdam ko na ‘yung anong petsa na, anong edad ko na ngayon na nandito na ‘ko.”
The 30-year-old Ultimate Multimedia Star adds, “Every rejection became my motivation. Mahusay din ‘yung support system ko, ‘yung mommy’t daddy ko, na [nagsabing] ‘O sige, susuportahan ka namin sa pangarap mo.’”
Toni did not let her “simple features” hinder her from reaching her dreams. She worked hard to hone her skills and improve her personality.
“Talagang lahat pinasok ko. Kumanta ako sa mga hotel lounge, nag-talent, talagang all around,” the box office actress relates. “Kumbaga sa kasambahay, luto, linis, laba, yaya. Kaya kong lahat. Para ‘pag tinanong ako ‘pag nago-audition ako nu’n, ‘Ano’ng kaya mong gawin?’ Ang isasagot ko, ‘Lahat po.’”
Eventually, Toni became an in-demand host and recording artist. She also proved her acting mettle especially in the movies.
She has landed major roles in Star Cinema's “D' Anothers,” “You Are The One,” “You Got Me,” “My Big Love,” “My Only U,” “Ang Tanging Pamilya,” “My Amnesia Girl,” “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi,” “This Guy's In Love With You Mare,” “Four Sisters and A Wedding,” and “Starting Over Again.”
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