Filipinos were enjoying the victory of Pambansang Kamao MannyPacquiao over Mexican boxer Oscar delaHoya on Sunday, December 7, when the shocking news spread, justhours after the fight, that young actor Marky Cielo, 20, or Mark AngeloCadaweng in real life, had passed away that morning.
The stunned public never expected the popular young actor todie so soon. Marky Cielo was juststarting to make a big mark in show business.
Although the first StarStruck Ultimate Sole Survivorlasted only two years in the entertainment scene, Marky already brought pride tothe Mountain Province,his birthplace, and to BaguioCity where he spent hisstudent days. Marky was openly proud of his Igorot roots.
To his fans, he has left an inspiring life for those whowant to try showbiz.
In Marky Cielo's memory, PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal) enumerates the highlights of his short-lived career in localshowbiz.
StarStruck: Nationwide Invasion. Marky was a freshman engineering studentat Saint Louis University (SLU) in BaguioCity when his classmatesand close friends encouraged him to join the third batch of GMA-7's artistasearch called StarStruck.
Under the screen name, Marky Cielo, the native of Mountain Province outshone his fellow StarStruck"avengers" in dancing. His trainingwith the SLU Dance Troupe paid off when the popular choreographer and StarStruckjudge Douglas Nierras noted his dancing skill.
Although Marky did not bag the Best Male Dancer title, hereceived a biggest prize at the end of his StarStruck journey. He was proclaimed the Ultimate Sole Survivor,winning following prizes: a house andlot worth 2.5 million pesos, a business package worth 1.5 million pesos, and acash prize of 1.3 million pesos. Hissuccess, of course, signaled the start of his career in show business.
The Actor. Marky waslaunched as an actor in the telefantasya program called Fantastikids(2006), which premiered shortly after StarStruck. He was chosen to play one of the lead rolesin this fantasy television show.
Eventually, he worked with his StarStruck batchmatesas an actor in the "Young at Hearts" episode of Love To Love Season10. TV projects continuously came hisway-the primetime teledramas Encantadia: Pag-Ibig Hanggang Wakas (2006),Bakekang (2006), and Asian Treasures (2007), Joaquin Bordado (2008), Codename:Asero (2008), and the most recent, LaLola (2008).
Marky's popularity rose when he got one of the three thelead roles in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan. As Alexis del Mundo or Zaido Green, the youngactor worked with fellow Kapuso hearththrobs Dennis Trillo and Aljur Abrenica.
Other TV series where he appeared were Boys Next Door(2007) and Kaputol ng Isang Awit 2008)
In 2006, YES! magazine Readers' Choice Awards chose Marky asone of its nominees for The Next Big Thing category. The followng year, the Kapuso star was hailedas The Most Promising Male Artist by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial ScholarshipFoundation.
Dance Heartthrob. The third batch of StarStuck was able to produce another danceidol through Marky. If Mark Herras of StarStruckBatch 1 was called "bad boy ng dance floor," Marky was dubbed the "ultimate dance floorheartthrob" when he won the online poll conducted by a local entertainmentwebsite. Marky's votes were in closecompetition with other celebrity dancers like John Prats, Mark Herras, RayverCruz, Gerald Anderson, and Mart Escudero.
This year, Marky showed off more of his dancing skills whenhe became a regular in SOP's "Sayaw One." Here, he was always featured in a dance"showdown" along with Migs Eugenio, Mark Herras, and Mart Escudero.Also part of this group were SexBomb dancer Rochelle Pangilinan, fellow StarStruckfinalists Ryza Cenon, LJ Reyes, and actresses Chynna Ortaleza and JennyMiller.
Marky's Firsts. Despitehis brief career in show business, Marky already tried different stints asidefrom acting and dancing In two years, healso became a beauty pageant judge and a regular host in several TV shows.
In 2007, Marky was chosen as one of the judges in the 43rdBinibining Pilipinas Pageant. This wasthe year when Anna Theresa Licaros was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universewhile MTV VJ Margaret Wilson became the country's representative to Miss WorldPageant.
Marky's hosting skill was first seen in Startalk'ssegment called "Struck Attack." This iswhere StarStruck finalists are usually placed to see their potential asa host by giving showbiz news bits. Markyhosted with other StarStruck finalists like Jan Manual, Chuck Allie, JesiCorcuera and Chariz Solomon, among others.
Later on, he joined other young celebrities in hosting thespin-off show of the Sunday variety program SOP. Marky and the other young contract artists ofGMA-7 also performed regularly in the show SOP Gigsters, hosted mainly byshowbiz twins Raymond and Richard Gutierrez.
Earlier this year, Marky went back to his roots in theCordillera region for GMA News and Public Affairs Presents Kalam. Inthis documentary, the proud Igorot was able to show the public the problemsfaced by indigenous rice farmers. Healso discussed the effects of the high yielding rice varieties on the nativeland, and the costly farm products.
Role Model for the Youth. The latest and probably the most importantrole that Marky played in his life was his being the youth spokesperson of theDepartment of Health for its anti-smoking campaign.
Aside from inspiring other people, particularly the newgeneration, in achieving their dreams and being proud of their roots, Marky hasalso influenced his co-actors to quit vices like smoking.
Marky may have left the world but his life has taught usdifferent lessons in life. As his mother, Mrs. Mildred Cadaweng, said in aninterview, "Sana sa maiksing panahon na nakatrabaho niyo siya, na napanood niyosiya, sananakapag-iwan siya ng magandang loob, magandang aral. Sananakapagbigay siya ng inspiration... Lalo na sa mga nakatrabaho niyang mgaartista, mga fans niya."
By Igorot tradition, Marky was laid to rest at his home'sbackyard in Sinto, Bauko, MountainProvince, today, December15, at 2:00 p.m.