Life certainly did not come easy for Gigi De Lana.
On Karen Davila's latest vlog, the 26-year-old recalled her struggles before she became the "Cover Queen" that she is today.
Gigi said she grew up only having her mom since her parents are separated.
“Mahirap po siya talaga kasi kaming dalawa lang yung nagtutulungan. Tapos para mapag-aral niya 'ko, uutang siya [nanay]," she recalled.
The Rise artist then resorted to joining different singing contests to help her mom make ends meet, although she admitted it still wasn't enough.
"Ang pinakamalala na nangyari sa'min ni mama is wala kaming food. Noong time na 'yun kanin, ulam po namin is toyo. Tapos wala kaming kuryente, 'yung tubig, nag-iigib. Hanggang college ako, mahirap po," she shared.
Fast forward to when Gigi finally had her big break, which was winning the daily round of "It's Showtime's" "Tawag ng Tanghalan."
At that time, Gigi revealed she already thought of quitting singing.
"Noong time po na 'yun, bago ako sumali ng 'Tawag,' ayoko na ring kumanta kasi ang dami kong sinalihan na TV competitions - 'X Factor,' hindi ako nakapasa. 'The Voice,' hindi ako nakapasa. Baka po at that time hindi pa ready."
"Noong hindi ako nakapasa, uuwi kami sa bahay, iiyak ako. [Naiisip ko] baka hindi naman talaga 'to para sa'kin, baka tama si mama," she said.
Things were finally getting better for Gigi, until she found out that her mom has Stage 2 breast cancer.
“Nag-breakdown po ako. Pero 'di ko pinakita sa kaniya kasi siya, down na siya. Sabi niya sakin, 'Nak, ipa-opera natin.’ Kaso wala pa 'kong pera,” she shared.
Gigi has now launched a fundraiser for her mother's treatment with the help of her band, the Gigi Vibes, whom she also considers as family.
Now an official Star Magic and Rise artist and also an "ASAP Natin 'To" regular, Gigi has a piece of advice for those who are going through what she went through.
“Wag kayong mag-give up sa pangarap ninyo. And kung ano ang vision mo, na sa tingin mo mangyayari, gawin mo, push mo ‘yan. Wag kang titigil hanggang ‘di mo siya nakukuha,” she enthused.
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