Valerie Concepcion is ecstatic. She loves her television gig—co-hosting the noontime show Wowowee." Ever since, dream ko talagang mag-host," says the 19-year-old actress. Now her dream has come true.
Back in June 2007, when she did this YES! beauty section shoot, Valerie was still recuperating from an injury she had sustained on the set of her mini-series, Sinasamba Kita.
She was also talking about how grateful she was to GMA-7 for giving her a second chance to establish a career after the birth of her now-three-year-old daughter Fiona. But then her manager, Becky Aguila, had a falling-out with GMA-7 executives. This was after another one of Becky's wards, Angel Locsin, transferred to ABS-CBN. Valerie found herself caught in the middle of a controversy not of her own making.
Her character in GMA-7's Fantastic Man was subsequently killed off. But instead of ending up jobless, Valerie found herself getting the red-carpet treatment at ABS-CBN, particularly from the Wowowee people: "Grabe 'yong pag-welcome sa akin. Na-feel ko, why not? Baka it's time to move on."
Move on she did. She became part of Anak ng Kumander, the Manny Pacquiao starrer that suspended production when the boxing champ started preparing for his bout with Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico.
Valerie met Manny while shooting the Jet Li commercial for San Miguel Beer. "Magkatabi kami ni Manny sa table," she recalls. "Being the madaldal that I am, in-interview ko siya. Kinuha naman niya number ko."
The result: Valerie got the role of a rebel leader in Manny's movie. It's her first action movie. "Nakikipagbarilan ako!" she squeals with delight. "Pag wala si Manny, ako 'yong rebeldeng nagbibigay ng mga utos!"