Dimples and Nikki were both members of Star Magic (then ABS-CBN Talent Center) Star Circle Batch Four that was launched on March 10, 1997.
The other artists in their batch were Jericho Rosales, Kristine Hermosa, Carol Banawa, Julia Clarete, Vanessa del Bianco, and Dominic Ochoa.
Both Dimples and Nikki posted in their respective Instagram accounts throwback photos of their humble beginnings in the industry.
DIMPLES ROMANA: “MAY PUSONG HANDANG MATUTO.”
On Instagram, Dimples posted a photo of her at 12 years old and wrote, “Puno ng pangarap, araw araw nagdadasal at may pusong handang matuto at makinig.”
Back then, not knowing much about the discipline of acting, all she had was the “willingness and humility to learn and be better, every single day.”
After 24 years, “That young lady is still in me. Never took any opportunity given to me for granted, always reminded myself to be good to everyone around me regardless of their position or status. Made the conscious effort to always show my gratitude towards people.”
Thankful for the blessing of “a long, steady and stable career” that has enabled her to achieve so much more, the Kapamilya actress is poised to pay it forward.
She continued in her post, “With all the experiences I’ve had over the years, from transitioning from that shy timid young lady, to creating my own path, from reinventing myself to become a host, entrepreneur, author, brand ambassador, endorser along the way, from doing supporting and character roles, playing characters that are iconic in their way, the things I’ve learned from the masters and all those who came before me, I will share soon.
“Time to share and teach, Dimples. Are you ready for #DimpsTips leveled up?”
Dimples, who remains a Star Magic talent, stars with Ian Veneracion in the Brightlight Productions’ series Oh My Dad that airs on TV5.
She is also set to do a teleserye with ABS-CBN titled Viral, with Charlie Dizon, Jake Cuenca, and Jameson Blake.
NIKKI VALDEZ: “ANG SARAP BALIKAN ANG LAHAT NG SAYA, HIRAP AT SAKRIPISYO”
To celebrate her milestone, Nikki posted a picture of her from the press kit of Star Circle Batch 4’s launch.
She also posted her first calendar as an artist, which shows her batch’s press conference and launch on ASAP.
Nikki recalled, “Ang sarap balikan ang lahat ng saya, hirap at sakripisyo bago makapagcelebrate ng araw na ito—- ang halos araw-araw na pagbiyahe sakay ang bus, jeep at taxi para makarating ng ABSCBN para sa training, pupunta ng Hotel Rembrandt para magworkshop at mga locations ng taping at shooting kasi wala pa naman ako kotse noon.”
Nikki also acknowledged the people who particularly made her launch possible—among them the person who let her borrow “pagkarami raming damit para sa pictorial” and her longtime friend “na may parlor para sa paghot oil ng buhok ko para daw maganda ako sa launching at pictorial namin kasi di pa naman uso ang mga sponsor noon...”
Most of all, she thanked Star Magic and named the people who have given her love and support all these years.
She wrote, “THANK YOU ng paulit ulit at sobra sobra sa Star Magic (dating Talent Center) headed then by Mr. M, Tita Mariole Alberto and lahat ng naging handlers ko from Ate Melissa Remulla, Kuya Alan Real, Nanay Nenette Roxas to our current Star Magic Head Direk Lauren Dyogi and current handler Ate Nhila Mallari and road managers na karamihan ay handlers na rin ngayon, sa mga mahal naming production people and sa ABSCBN sa walang sawang pagmamahal at pag alaga. I am where I am now because of all of you.”
At present, Nikki is in the cast of ABS-CBN’s afternoon drama series Bagong Umaga.