Joyce Ching's tengga period turns out to be what she needs to graduate

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Joyce Ching did what she had to do—have classes from Monday to Saturday, except Wednesday—to finish college . This meant not being able to accommodate a teleserye in her schedule.


Ever wonder why you saw less of Joyce Ching in 2017?

From 2014 to 2016, the Chinita actress averaged five guestings and two series.

But last year was her tengga period of sorts, and, partly, it was her choice because it was her last year in college.

In her long graduation post on Twitter last July 6, the Kapuso star revealed focusing on her studies, and having a "super overload" semester.

She wrote, "I had to go to school Mon-Sat (except Wed) so I could finish all my requirements and graduate.

"Before I enrolled, I was really praying and asking God if I should do it. Because if I did, it was impossible for me to get a teleserye because tapings usually happen MWF.

"But I just really felt that God wants me to finish college, it was His plan for me. So I told Him, 'Lord, Mon-Sat to, hindi ko talaga kaya mag-teleserye, Ikaw na bahala sa schedule ko.

"Basta Lord, hindi ko talaga kaya at hindi ko kakayanin if magkakaroon ako ng show, either tatapusin ko 'to or masasayang pag-enroll ko.”

Her prayer was answered. But no work means no income, so towards the end of the school year, her funds were already depleting.

She continued, "But I still enrolled. I wasn’t getting any calls for a show or a teleserye. All I had for he last 4 months were a few guestings and mall shows. (Paubos na ang savings mga mumsh!)

"But it was okay. Hindi naman kailangang sobra-sobra para masabing blessed ka at nag-provide si Lord for you.

"It was enough for us to survive and for me to pay for my school fees.

"I already conditioned myself and I told God that I would only start asking Him for a show when I’m already done with school.

"Because I want to finish dahil sayang ang tuition fee, hello?"

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Lat week, she finally finished Bachelor of Arts in Film at the Meridian International College of Business and Arts.

And indeed, things happen in God's perfect timing because as soon as she completed her school requirements, she got a call from her manager.

She said, "But since God is God and everything is well-planned, right after I presented my last presentation for my last class as a film student, (as in no joke, right after ko talaga mag-present, mga 3 seconds lang ang pagitan, ganun), my manager messaged me and called me saying I already have a show and I already have a schedule the following week.

"TOTOO BA LORD?! HINDI PA NGA AKO NAKAKAPAGDASAL AT HINDI KO PA NGA NAIISIP NA MAGSIMULA MAGDASAL PERO BINIGAY MO NA?! PALABAN!"

In the end, she invited her social media followers to watch her upcoming project.

"If inabot niyo pa ang part na to, manood na din kayo ng The Stepdaughters, Mon-Fri, 3:20pm sa GMA. Yun yung show ko."

Congrats, Joyce!

With her parents Minda and Michael, and younger brother Kimbert


With her boyfriend Kevin Alimon


Here's Joyce's post in full:

I guess all I can talk about is God’s faithfulness. It has been 4 years of working and studying. It wasn’t easy, there were a lot of sacrifices (especially with sleep), a lot of decision-making (sleep or eat, work or go to school), but God was just really faithful in giving me strength, provision, and time for everything. This is also a proof of how sovereign God is and how everything is under His power and control. When I thought I had no more energy, I had no time to review, no time to shoot (for school and for work), no time to finish all my requirements, everything just happened. Everything was provided for me. And all I had to do was trust Him and not worry about anything.

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In my last sem in school, I had to super overload (yes, super overload) with my subjects so that I could finish with my batchmates. I had to go to school Mon-Sat (except Wed) so I could finish all my requirements and graduate. Before I enrolled, I was really praying and asking God if I should do it. Because if I did, it was impossible for me to get a teleserye because tapings usually happen MWF. But I just really felt that God wants me to finish college, it was His plan for me. So I told Him, “Lord, Mon-Sat to, hindi ko talaga kaya mag-teleserye, ikaw na bahala sa schedule ko. Basta Lord, hindi ko talaga kaya at hindi ko kakayanin if magkakaroon ako ng show, either tatapusin ko to, or masasayang pag-enroll ko.” But I still enrolled. I wasn’t getting any calls for a show or a teleserye. All I had for he last 4 months were a few guestings and mall shows. (Paubos na ang savings mga mumsh!) But it was okay. Hindi naman kailangang sobra-sobra para masabing blessed ka at nagprovide si Lord for you) It was enough for us to survive and for me to pay for my school fees. I already conditioned myself and I told God that I would only start asking Him for a show when I’m already done with school. Because I want to finish dahil sayang ang tuition fee, hello? ????

But since God is God and everything is well-planned, right after I presented my last presentation for my last class as a film student, (as in no joke, right after ko talaga mag-present, mga 3 seconds lang ang pagitan, ganun), my manager messaged me and called me saying I already have a show and I already have a schedule the following week. TOTOO BA LORD?! HINDI PA NGA AKO NAKAKAPAGDASAL AT HINDI KO PA NGA NAIISIP NA MAGSIMULA MAGDASAL PERO BINIGAY MO NA?! PALABAN!

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But anyway, I just really wanted to share how amazing God is and how He has planned everything for all of us. Amazed na amazed na amazed talaga ako! Hindi ka ba na-amaze? Sobrang funny ni Lord!! ???? There sometimes would be closed doors for certain opportunities, but that’s only because it’s all part of the journey He’s taking us in. We just really have to trust Him, His process and let Him lead the way and do ourselves a favor and not worry or stress out on the things we shouldn’t be worrying about.

P.S. If inabot niyo pa ang part na to, manood na din kayo ng “The Stepdaughters”, Mon-Fri, 3:20pm sa GMA. Yun yung show ko


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