"Before, I used to think na happiness is caused by success or yong mga goal na na-reach mo, or mga natupad na pangarap.Pero sometimes, it boils down to what you do for others."- Glaiza de Castro
These stars have earned the reputation for getting the work done and going the extra mile in every project that they take part in.
Small wonder that Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Rocco Nacino, Glaiza de Castro, Edgar Allan Guzman, Joross Gamboa, Arjo Atayde, RK Bagatsing, JC Santos, Sandino Martin, and JM de Guzman are considered reliable by the people they work with.
Jasmine Curtis Smith made a splash in the indie scene with her first two projects: the psycho-thriller Puti (2012) and the OFW drama Transit (2013).
She was then known as the younger sibling of her famous sister, Anne Curtis.
With her unique beauty and acting talent, Jasmine held her own and was noticed in the 2014 movies Dementia, starring Superstar Nora Aunor, and in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, where she played leading lady to action star Robin Padilla.
She captivated even more in the stage play No Filter: Let's Talk About It and in the shows of her former home network, TV5.
She gained more fans for her dramatic acting in the mainstream movies Halik sa Hangin (2015) and Imagine You & Me (2016).
When Jasmine returned to making indie movies, she made her mark in a variety of roles: a lesbian who falls in love with her best friend in Baka Bukas, an ex-girlfriend who pines for a second chance in I'm Drunk, I Love You, and a barrio lass left behind by her lover in Siargao.
The 24-year-old actress, who recently joined GMA's stable of stars, is in the cast of Alden Richards's upcoming teleserye, Victor Magtanggol.
Rocco Nacino has been a Kapuso after emerging the runner-up in the fifth season of the network's reality TV talent search, StarStruck, in 2009.
Rocco always leaves a mark in the projects that he takes part in, whether it's a drama series (Haplos, Beautiful Strangers) or anthology (Magpakailanman, Karelasyon), a variety or musical program (S.O.P, Sunday All Stars), a gag or game show (Bubble Gang, Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge).
The 31-year-old actor, who's also a registered nurse and a master's degree holder with honors in nursing, is particularly memorable in the political drama series Bayan Ko and in the fantasy-action teleserye Encantadia 2016, as well as in the indie flick Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.
Rocco's Encantadia co-star, Glaiza de Castro, has shown great dependability, versatility, and intensity in each assignment she takes on.
Glaiza is especially brilliant in the TV series Grazilda (2010), Amaya (2011), Temptation of Wife (2012), and The Rich Man's Daughter (2015).
The 30-year-old star of the daytime soap Contessa, is also an accomplished musician, singer, and songwriter with four studio albums under her belt: Magbalik Ka (2001), Glaiza (2006), Glaiza: Synthesis (2015), and Magandang Simulain (2017).
Get to know Glaiza more in this Q&A:
What's the most important lesson you've learned so far?
"So far, na yong happiness is ano siya, byproduct siya ng ginagawa mo at ng decision mong gawin sa buhay.
"Before, I used to think na happiness is caused by success or iyong mga goal na na-reach mo, or mga natupad na pangarap.
"Pero sometimes, it boils down to what you do for others."
What's the one thing that you've always wanted as a kid but never got?
"I think yong ano, ma-determine ko yong gusto kong gawin bilang performer and musician, kasi bata pa lang talaga ako, gusto ko na ng music, so gusto kong sumali sa banda.
"Kumbaga, to be a professional musician."
But you're a professional musician.
"Well, kasi hindi ako nag-undergo ng training, ng formal training. I wanted to go to school, 'tapos nagtrabaho na ko at an early age.
"Hindi ko na siya nagawa. I just want to know more about the production side of it."
What's the nicest thing someone else has done for you?
"I like simple things kasi. Recently, I received this letter na cute, may mga stars-stars. Parang ang old school non, e, na someone will write to you na handwritten.
"Now kasi it's so easy to say things, pero ang effort na may nilagay siya don na cute, na nagsulat siya, nag-take siya ng time to go to the post office, and mailed it."
Edgar Allan Guzman likewise sings and is currently co-producing an album with his manager, Noel Ferrer.
The 29-year-old former backup dancer and Mister Pogi 2006 winner in the looks competition of the noontime show Eat Bulaga! gave a superb performance in Deadma Walking, a seriocomic entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival, where he won the Best Supporting Actor award.
He reveals more of himself in this Q&A:
Who or what do you always make time for?
"Who? Siyempre family ko. Kasi yong family time, napaka-importante para sa akin. Sa trabaho namin kumbaga nawawalan kami ng oras minsan, lalo na sa nanay, minsan mo lang makausap, 'tapos sa kapatid mo.
"So ako, if ever may free time ako, or every Sunday, I'll make time, I'll find time for them para maka-bonding ko sila.
"What? Ako siguro, lalo na ngayon, iyong pag-arte ko, iyong craft ko sa pag-arte. I make time for reading scripts, for watching movies."
What compliment that someone gave you that really stuck in your memory?
"Pogi daw ako, hahaha!"
Sino ang nagsabi sa iyo?
"Iyong nanay ko. Seriously, para sa akin, iyong great actor daw ako."
Sino ang nagsabi sa iyo?
"Iyong manager ko. Kaya ko din pinagbubutihan ang craft ko sa pag-arte kasi gusto kong patunayan o gusto kong i-maintain yong ganong tingin nila sa akin, especially sa mga award-giving bodies.
"That's why I'm focusing on my craft sa pag-arte."
What's your favorite line from Deadma Walking?
"Charot, charot! Iyong favorite scene ko, don ko sinabi iyon. Nasa loob kami ng kuwarto ni Joross [Gamboa, his costar], nasa kama kami.
"Kaya ko siya favorite kasi lumabas lang siya nang natural, as in on the spot. Nasa script po iyon pero kasi nagmamadali kami nong time na iyon.
"One take lang. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, 'Ang ganda ng eksena.' Na-feel ko iyong pagiging magkaibigan namin. Kaya ko favorite line ang 'Charot, charot!' kasi iyon ang tumatak sa tao."
Edgar Allan's Deadma Walking co-star, Jorross Gamboa, may not have won in ABS-CBN's reality TV talent artista search, Star Circle Quest, in 2004, but he's proven to be the one among his peers to have the longevity in the industry.
In the past two years alone, the 33-year-old family man appeared in five movies (My Ex and Why's, Can't Help Falling in Love, Deadma Walking, Ang Dalawang Misis Reyes, and Mga Mister ni Rosario) and in four TV shows (Encantadia, La Luna Sangre, Pepito Manaloto, and Ang Probinsyano).
He's also set to make his debut as a writer-director in Allergy in Love, a romantic comedy meant to be released on ABS-CBN's digital platform.
Joross's not-so-secret weapon is his easygoing personality that has endeared him to practically everybody he meets in and out of showbiz.
When asked how he felt about him and Edgar Allan being second choices for their roles in Deadma Walking, Joross sees only the positive side of it.
"Hindi lang second choices," he points out. "Hindi ko alam kung pang-ilan kami rito."
"Pero nakakatuwa naman pakinggan na hindi nga raw kami first, second, third choice, pero kami daw yong right choice."
Arjo Atayde was around 11 when he was cast in the kiddie gag show Ang TV 2 in 2001, but when his first foray into showbiz folded up the following year, he opted to go back to his studies.
He resurfaced in the industry nearly a decade later, proving that the acting truly runs in his blood, courtesy of his mother Sylvia Sanchez.
Arjo honed his craft by tackling complex roles in several episodes of the drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya, and in teleseryes Dugong Buhay, Pure Love, and Nathaniel.
By the time he was offered the offbeat role of Joaquin Tuazon in the long-running primetime action-drama series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, Arjo was completely ready to be the nemesis of Coco Martin's lead character, Cardo Dalisay.
The 27-year-old mestizo actor made such an impact in the show that his character's death scene became a hot topic among the teleserye followers.
He was immediately given a new assignment, Hanggang Kailan, the daytime soap that had Sylvia and him playing mother and son.
RK Bagatsing has showbiz connections, too, through his older siblings Raymond and Monina Bagatsing.
But he chose to make his own name through pure hard work, perseverance, and persistence.
"Ever since naman, I never exploited the fact that Raymond Bagatsing is my brother," he said in a PEP.ph article.
"Pag nago-audition ako, never kong mine-mention na he's my brother because he made it on his own, e.
"Very unfair for him for me to relay na, 'Halika, tulungan mo naman ako,' or yung idea na, 'Hi, kapatid ko po si Raymond.'
"Sobrang nag-start ako from scratch na kakayanin ko ito kasi kinaya ng kapatid ko.
"Gusto ko, kahit yung kalingkingan ng naabot ng kapatid ko, in my own work, on my own effort, maabot ko."
RK started out in indie flicks (Slumber Party, Violator, Apocalyse Child) and crossed over to TV, which gave him his biggest break in Wildflower and now in Precious Hearts Presents: Araw Gabi.
Fellow Kapamilya actors JC Santos and Sandino Martin were both bit by the acting bug onstage and pursued it by studying Theater Arts in UP Diliman.
In between theater work, they acted in indie flicks--The Janitor, Esprit de Corps, and Imbisibol; and Sandino in Dagitab, Esprit de Corps, Riggo: The Dog Shooter, and Oro--and in some drama series before they gained wide popularity.
JC shot to fame as the third wheel in James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s teleserye, Till I Met You, in 2016, paving the way for him to play bigger roles on film and TV.
The 29-year-old actor starred in the romance flicks 100 Tula Para Kay Stella and Mr. and Mrs. Cruz, co-starred with Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta in Meant to Beh, and is currently in the cast of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
Sandino, on the other hand, shone in the musical films Ang Larawan and Changing Partners, both released in 2017.
The 26-year-old actor, who essayed the role of Cris in both the original stage and movie adaptation of Changing Partners, tackles another challenging role in the daytime soap, The Blood Sisters.
Still, Sandino keeps a special place in his heart for theater.
"Nothing beats working in theater," he points out. "I'm originally a theater actor. I always come home.
"Knowing your roots makes you grounded and makes you realize why you love acting so much.
"The best thing about being an actor is you can always be anyone," he adds. "And being anyone is one of the greatest gifts makukuha ng isang actor because in every character we do, there's always something in you.
"And once you do those things, it makes you resolve your past problems. You can't resolve them in real life, but you can always resolve them onstage or in film.
"Masarap sa feeling. You can move on with life."
JM de Guzman, the male lead star of Precious Hearts Presents: Araw Gabi, began acting as a child in TV ads and in the kiddie gag show Ang TV 2.
Then he took up Theater Arts in UP Diliman, where he learned the true essence and value of his art and craft, and eventually fell head over heels in love with acting.
His love, passion, and commitment are in full display in all his works, starting with his debut movie, Last Supper No. 3 (2009) to his raved performances in Intoy Shokoy ng Kalye Marino (2012), On the Job (20120), and Tandem (2015), and all the way to his big box-office hit, That Thing Called Tadhana (2016).
The 29-year-old movie and TV star counts Hollywood acting giants Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, and Dustin Hoffman as the actors he looks up to.
"Ang gagaling nila, parang silang-sila yong character," he says.
"Yon ang gusto ko. Yon ang nakaka-inspire. Parang, pa’no kaya nila nagagawa iyon?"
"Me process kasi," he explains. "Merong trial and error. Me mga gagawin kang matatawa ka, pagtatawanan ka, ima-mock ka ng ibang tao.
"Pero yong risks na ipapasok mo kasi, di ba, para mapahiya ka or magkamali ka para makuha mo yong truth."