Diether Ocampo admitted he has been offered to transfer to a different TV network. However, he opted to stay with Star Magic because "Dito po ako lumaki, e."
The actor said the ABS-CBN talent arm helped him a lot to become a better actor.
He remembered that when he was just starting out, he was a little delinquent and lacked perseverance at work.
"Batch 1 pero na-reject po ako," he started narrating to the media during the press conference held recently for the 20th anniversary of Star Magic.
"Well, Caviteño po tayo, e. Noong sumadsad tayo dito sa city, medyo parang hindi ako aware kung ano 'yong kultura dito.
"Nakilala kong parang surrogate father si Mr. M [Johnny Manahan, Star Magic executive]. Siya 'yong nagpakilala sa akin sa ibang directors and producers.
"Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared."
Good thing it wasn't too late when Diether realized he had to straighten up and be more serious about his job.
He said, "May nakikita sila, e. Kapag nakita nila na, 'A, ito may potensiyal,' they will give you the opportunity.
"Pero kapag walang sa 'yong manggagaling na perseverance or determination, they won't support you."
"I guess that goes for everybody na kailangan meron ka talagang initiative.
"I guess that's one of the things I've learned.
"Pero masaya naman 'yong experience kasi I've learned a lot."
GIVING ADVICE TO YOUNGER ACTORS. Another reason Diether decided to stay was because he also wanted to pass on the lessons he learned to the younger talents of Star Magic.
Diether was one of the first celebrities introduced as a Star Magic talent in the early '90s. After two decades, he discovered a lot of things about show business from his previous experiences.
"Hindi ko naman kinakaila na there were opportunities outside.
"Kumbaga, I would just like to contribute doon sa mga taong tumulong din sa akin to get to where I am now.
"I guess, doon ko siya laging tinitingnan, sa gano'ng perspective," said Diether.
He further related, "Marami kasi kaming mga pinagdaanan.
"On a personal level, parang dumaan din kami sa iba't ibang mga pagsubok.
"Suwerte nga itong [mga mas batang Star Magic talents], like sile Jessy [Mendiola], Xian [Lim].
"I could totally relate to what Piolo was saying kanina kasi we get to share the things that we have learned. Hindi na nila kailangang daanan, e.
"Kumbaga, 'yong mga namboldyak na sa amin, bago pa sila maboldyak, tinuturo na namin sa kanila."
Diether also said, "Wala nang mawawala sa amin kasi pinagdaanan na namin.
"It's really up to them whether they're gonna accept it.
"Kumbaga, as a piece of advice bilang senior, we would like to share what we have learned."
Reporters also asked Diether to share his secret for staying long in the business.
But the hunk actor just said with a smile, "I don't think I can share that secret.
"It's something that they have to learn through the years."