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'Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy' child star Rhed Bustamante: Where is she now?

Rhed was diagnosed with Incontinentia Pigmenti

Kirsten Olaño
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Kirsten Olaño

9/10/2018 in News
'Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy' child star Rhed Bustamante: Where is she now?

At a very young age, Rhed Bustamante has shown great potential to be the next superstar. 

Rhed was five when she was discovered in the "Bida Kapamilya" segment of "It's Showtime" back in 2012.

Her natural skills on entertaining people opened many opportunities for her thereafter.

She was picked to co-star with Vice Ganda in "Girl Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" released in 2013 and in "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" in 2014, both for the Metro Manila Film Festival and directed by the late Wenn Deramas. 

She was also cast in "Maria Leonora Teresa" with Iza Calzado, Zanjoe Marudo, and Jodi Sta. Maria, and appeared in several Kapamilya shows such as "Luv U", "Ipaglaban Mo", "Wansapanatym", and "Maalaala Mo Kaya".

One of her most memorable outings on TV was in the afternoon teleserye "Flordeliza" in which she was tagged as the youngest "bida kontrabida" of her generation, acting side-by-side with Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Desiree del Valle, and Carlo Aquino.

But what's up with her now?

Her revelation might shock you.

"Akala ko po kung mag-a-artista ka marami pong mag-o-offer sa'yo. Hindi po pala ganoon."

On yesterday's episode of "Rated K", September 9, Korina Sanchez had a one-on-one interview with Rhed, now 11 years old.

"Mahirap po isipin kasi ganoon po talaga ang buhay. Minsan po hindi ko na rin alam kung ano ang gagawin ko para makatulong ako sa pamilya ko."   

Two years ago, Rhed was diagnosed with Incontinentia Pigmenti (a genetic disease of the skin, hair, teeth and central nervous system) which she inherited from her mother. Apart from that, her father also suffers from a lung ailment. 

"Natutunan ko po na katulad ko pong bata, nag-e-expect po kami. Huwag po tayo mag-e-expect masyado kasi masakit po 'pag hindi siya nangyari. Katulad po na in-expect ko na kapag nag-artista ka, okey lahat pero hindi po pala. Kaya po siyempre dapat lagi kang mag-pray kay Lord po," Rhed related to Korina.

At present, Rhed is on sixth grade and hopes to go back to acting as soon as life permits her. She has two other siblings who she wishes to provide proper education for. 

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