Mark Anthony Fernandez: Life Lessons From My Father

Mark AnthonyFernandezhas acting in hisblood. Born into a family of movie stars, he knew early on that he was destinedto be in the spotlight, calling acting his life's Plan A. "Bata pa lang ako,artista na ako," he tells Men's Healthmagazine in theirNovember issue, "Eventually, I ended up being serious in doing the job. Irealized I can excel here."


Thegive-all attitude that Mark Anthony has towards life is something his father RudyFernandez imparted. "My dad said, ‘WalangPlan B, walangPlanC. Buhos mo lahat," he says. This outlook probably saved Mark in hisdarker days. By now, everyone knows about his stint in rehab and the slow,grueling climb to recovery. Just like anyone, Mark's life hit countlessroad blocks. But one can take a cue from Mark's resilience and learn a thing ortwo about bouncing back.

Today,Mark is back to being the talented actor that everyone once knew, his star shiningbrightly in roles both big and small. His professionalism and love for thecraft are things his father also instilled in him. "He told me to love my jobso my job will love me, too," he says, citing this as his favorite life lessonfrom his father.

Thegive-all attitude that Mark Anthony has towards life is something his father RudyFernandez imparted. "My dad said, ‘Walang Plan B, walang PlanC. Buhos mo lahat," he says. This outlook probably saved Mark in hisdarker days. By now, everyone knows about his stint in rehab and the slow,grueling climb to recovery. Just like anyone, Mark's life hit countlessroad blocks. But one can take a cue from Mark's resilience and learn a thing ortwo about bouncing back.

Today,Mark is back to being the talented actor that everyone once knew, his star shiningbrightly in roles both big and small. His professionalism and love for thecraft are things his father also instilled in him. "He told me to love my jobso my job will love me, too," he says, citing this as his favorite life lessonfrom his father.

RudyFernandez may have succumbed to his two-year battle against periampullary cancer,but the life lessons he shared with Mark will live on. Read more aboutMark Anthony Fernandez in the November issue of Men's Health magazine, arunning special that will help you train for the Men's Health Urbanathlon,a city-based, multi-disciplinary race that integrates urban structures in therace course.

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Open to men and women of all ages, the Men's Health Urbanathlonwill be on November 16, 2008 at the UP Diliman Campus. For more information, visit www.menshealth.com.ph.

TheNovember issue of Men's Health magazineis now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.


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