Derek Ramsay, Matteo Guidicelli, Isabel Oli, and more stars describe their 2016

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Isabel Oli-Prats became a mother this 2016. She gave birth to her daughter Lily Feather on April 18.


The year 2016 can be described in many ways: good and happy, bad and sad.

While each individual had spent their year differently from one another, these celebrities reflected on their 2016 and shared their takeaway from the year.

Xian Lim: "Crazy"

He could hardly believe the year he just had.

The Kapamilya actor began his year with the film Everything About Her, where he played the son of Vilma Santos.

"It's so crazy to start off the year with that!" the actor told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a short one-on-one interview after his Christmas concert in Robinson Magnolia, last December 17.

"Salamat sa Diyos, salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta, it was a success!"

More acting opportunities came Xian's way in the middle of 2016 when he and his love-team partner Kim Chiu took their first dive into more serious and more mature roles in the primetime series The Story of Us.

"We shot in New York. It was just a crazy journey. From my directors, kay Direk Richard [Somes], Direk Wil [Fredo], and kay Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina that took over the show. I learned so much.

"This 2016 kept me so grounded."

He paid closer attention to his professional and personal journeys.

"Dati kasi nagrereklamo ako, 'Man, the struggle!'

"Sobrang cliche na parang, yeah, you start the year na it's an uphill climb.

"Iyon iyong natutunan ko e don't ever think nando'n ka na sa taas. It's always that struggle.

"When people watch, when people read, they think it's really easy, but it's not.

"Ako, I don't want to be treated as 'O, artista, iyan, sa pedestal iyan, he's a star.'

"Take me out of that.

"I wanna show the people, my supporters, I wanna show them the struggle, that climb, na mahirap to be an artist, and there's people who really take it seriously.

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"I might fail, but that's part of it."

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Isabel Oli-Prats: "Grabe."

She became a mother to her daughter Lily Feather on April 18.

Looking back, the first-time mom was awestruck with how everything had turned out for her and her family.

"Grabe! It's a pretty challenging one but every thing that had happened, it was really worth it."

Sam YG: It had its "ups and downs."

In a recent interview during the launch of Burger King's latest menu offering Chicken Fries, Sam said he had to make a lot of "adult decisions" this year.

"There were some things I had to give up, there were new doors that were opened. Decisions had to be made.

"There were tough times, there were good times, I think that's what made the year extra exciting for me." he told PEP.

"When you start finding yourself deciding about the bigger things in life, I think that's also a sign of maturity and whatnot, so that's where I found myself."

One of his biggest lessons: the value of rest.

"Let go of some things, realizing na you can't do every thing you want at the same time.

"You can do every thing you want, but you have to space it out kundi kawawa ka.

"Learn to rest...Slow down therapy."

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Benjamin Alves: "A lot of surprises"

At the opening of the third Books and Borders Cafe in Eastwood City, that was how he described 2016.

This made him look forward to 2017 which will begin with his first teleserye with rumored girlfriend Julie Ann San Jose.

"Surprise is always good even if it's bad. It's the way you take it.

"It's makes me feel excited of what 2017 has in store, with the way it is ending now."

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Andre Paras: a year of maturity

Turning 21 years old last November 1, he felt the need to figure out his current place in life.

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"2016 has been a year for me to become a solid person in a way na I'm an adult na bata.

"May point na I know how to differentiate from being a kid to someone mature, I guess."

The young actor also felt surprised to have found more time to do other passions.

He recently went back to school, taking up a course in Film.

Aside from being actor, Andre found interest in making a film and the visual technicalities needed to shoot one.

Ella Cruz: Unexpected

One of the year's major highlights for the actress was her dance collaboration with international artist Darwin, who sang the hit song "Dessert."

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Patty Ang: "Biggest year"

The fashion designer earned actress Andi Eigenmann a spot in Vanity Fair's list of Best Dressed during the Cannes Film Festival.

This gave Patty's brand the momentum it needed.

"We had international recognition, my career boosted, my line is getting bigger, we had e-commerce, we're doing RTW.

"Hopefully, 2017 will be bigger for us."

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Derek Ramsay: Still productive

He didn't have much TV roles this year, but he scored four films and three major endorsements.

"You're doing something right," he remarked.

"Three major endorsements this year without being on TV. I say I pat myself on the back for putting the work. It's no joke."

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Matteo Guidicelli: "The best."

Celebrating his tenth anniversary in the industry, Matteo said he is "really thankful for 2016."

Aside from being a part of Dolce Amore, he also had a major solo concert Matteo Made in Cebu.

With such a great year, Matteo now looks forward to 2017.

"I'm always excited for what life has to offer, so 2016 have been the best."


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