MANILA – “The entertainment industry in the Philippines made me feel like one of the most worthless artists in the history of artists.”
These were the words of Gab Valenciano as he took to Facebook on Sunday to express how he feels about local showbiz and why he left the country three years ago.
According to Valenciano, before he went to the United States in 2012, he was “secretly hiding under an umbrella of depression for a good 4 years, drowning in an industry I was never really accepted in and masking it by going out almost every night and making the worst decisions in life.”
When he left, Valenciano said he decided to maximize himself “by getting out of a system that mocks the very core of what it means to be an artist.”
“[It is] a system that sincerely believes that being light-skinned is a privilege. That talent is nothing but a bonus accessory. That looking good is a much greater necessity than actually being good. That hard work doesn't get you anywhere, it's who you know and how far you're willing to go to live the dream. That the destination is much more relevant than the journey. That your self-worth is based on the number of followers you have. That your every asset is fixated on branding and advertising. That being amazing gets you hits, but doesn't provide you with a life you deserve.
That it is okay for corporations to believe in a quantity over quality business model over excellence. That desiring to actually love what you do comes with a hefty price tag,” he said.
While admitting that it was a challenge for him during his first few months alone in the US, Valenciano said he stuck by his decision “because I believe in a much bigger picture.”
Calling his decision as the most “monumental” thing he has ever done, Valenciano said: “I will never forget my roots and where I came from, but I don't owe it a thing.”
“I needed to spend 3 years abroad and work with the biggest ‘stars’ just to gain the respect every artist deserves. Not like I was out to prove anything, I was just doing what I loved to do the best way I knew how. What is it with the obsession of international success? Why do we have to succeed elsewhere to be recognized? Is it some kind of winning formula? Charice, Arnel etc,” he said.
Valenciano said he is happy to be in a place where he is being appreciated.
“If you ask me why I love where I am with everything I've got, it's probably because despite my obsession with rainbow colored spandex, afros, rad 80's music and dancing like a complete idiot, I was accepted and appreciated beyond what I could have ever imagined, ultimately propelling me to my dream career and profession, professional filmmaking,” he said.
“The moment you understand your true value, that not everything is based on fame or fortune, will be the very same moment you understand what it means to be truly happy,” he added.
Nonetheless, he admits he still has a long way to go in achieving his goals.
“I am happy now yes, but I still have a very VERY long way to go. I have given myself a 10 to 15-year life blueprint filled with dreams, goals, plans and ambitions. One of the many things being abroad has brutally taught me is to live and dream long-term. No shortcuts. No cutting corners. Success is objective and the world tends to dictate what success is. To me, success is happiness,” he said.
According to Valenciano, he is making this statement specifically for those who also feel that they are being taken for granted.
“You feel like the fire burning in you is dying because your passion isn't fueled up or supported by your very own country and countrymen. You deserve so much more and the only way to heal yourself is by making life-changing decisions. Step out of your comfort zone. Travel. Explore. Be brave. Meet new people. Jump out of a plane. Learn different cultures. Don't be so freaking close minded. Traffic and corruption sucks? Stop complaining. Do something about it. Be willing to risk it all,” he said.
To end his statement, Valenciano said: “This isn't for everyone. I know people who are absolutely content and happy with their lives in the Philippines. And I have much respect for them. This is for a very specific group of people who have gone or are going through what I went through. Also, if you are wondering why I didn't include any faith-based concepts, it's because I am speaking from a very realistic point-of-view.”
Source: ABS-CBN NEWS
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