Today, January 12, Piolo Pascual will be celebrating his 40th birthday, and one of his wishes is to change the people's perception about him.
“When I read articles about me, I've always been perceived as shy, reserved, and really safe.
“So for me, now I wanna be wiser.
“I wanna be able to explore things I've not done before, kind of stepping out of my comfort zone and think something out of the box, to be able to know more about what I can offer to my audience,” he told the entertainment reporters and bloggers at his birthday conference prepared by Star Magic last week.
Like what he said in his past interviews, Piolo reiterated, “I thought I already hit my glass ceiling as an artist.
“But I realized, I'm just turning 40.
“As what they always say, 'Life begins at 40,' and I kind of feel that.”
Piolo said age should not hinder people from learning new things.
“Nararamdaman ko now that I'm turning 40, there's still a lot of things that I can discover as compared to how I look at my life five, three years ago.
“I thought I've done so many things.
“Now, looking ahead, I realized ang dami ko pa palang puwedeng gawin.
“Ang dami ko pa palang puwedeng ma-discover and part of that is being able to do something I've not done before—score more, not be too safe, not being able to care what people think or perceive about me.”
NEW PHASE. From being a talent in the defunct youth-oriented variety show That's Entertainment, Piolo is now known as an actor, a singer, and movie producer.
He has also become one of the most sought-after celebrity endorsers.
What more can we expect from him?
Piolo said, “I'm entering a new phase for my third decade in the industry.
“You know, I've been in the business for quite some time now, you know, half of life.
“When I began in this business, I just never stopped learning. I never stopped living my life.
“...every day is an opportunity for me to be a better person.”
Before, retiring already crossed his mind. But based on his current life goals, he is not slowing down anytime soon.
“Siguro, in general, I wanna assess it this way...
“Professionally, in my first ten years in this business, it's all about knowing yourself, knowing your identity, knowing what you can do or what you can offer—if you can sing, act or dance.
"It's all about establishing yourself in the industry.
“Towards the next 10 years, it's all about finding your niche, becoming a brand, and really establishing yourself as an artist.
“So those ten years prepared me for the next ten years of my life, which is starting this year.”
Piolo also feels grateful to what the industry has given to him.
“It's really more about being mature and growing in this business, and paying it forward or giving it back to the business that embraced me these last two decades."
ADVICE TO KIDS. Though the Kapamilya star started out young in show business, he wouldn't recommend it to kids who are aspiring to become a celebrity.
It can be recalled that he used to be hesitant about allowing his son Inigo to join showbiz.
“I've tried so hard not to have my son enter showbiz,” he related.
“You know, every year, every Father's Day, my son would say, 'Papa, kahit one year lang sa showbiz.'
“But I would always tell him, 'That's not really good for you. I'm not saying it's bad for me, but it's a lot of hard work.
“'Once you step into the business, you're gonna forget about your studies.
“'And I want you to focus first on being young, for having a control of your life because once you become an artista, you become a public figure.
“'You don't own your life anymore, that's the big trade off.'”
But still, if Piolo were to advise kids, he would tell them to finish their studies first then go after their dreams.
“If I can turn back the time, I wanna be able to do other things. But now, I don't own my time anymore.
“So for the kids, if it's really what you want, then go for it."
But he reminded that it's not only a matter of wanting to become a celebrity.
“In showbiz, if you really are cut out for it, do workshops, do training, do classes—acting, singing, dancing and whatsoever.
“Better to enter the battle equipped than to learn the ropes while you're in it because time might pass you by and you might not be able to finish school.
“One day, you'll regret the fact that you rushed into it.”
Most importantly, he said, “Get your heart ready because you'll be heartbroken several times.
“That's the best way for you to become a better person, to build that character.
“You know, young people go through that, that makes us who we are and who we become after a couple of years, that will make us better equipped and better experienced in life.”