Celebrities look back on their lives in 2008

(Clockwise) Gary Valenciano, Richard Gutierrez, Claudine Barretto and Arnel Pineda. Some celebrities admit that 2008 has been a year of ups anddowns. Despite the intrigues andcontroversies, many still describe it as a happy and lucky year.


Few hours ago, we bid goodbye to the year 2008, which hasbecome very controversial, and eventful as well, for the showbiz industry.

Before welcoming the Year of the Ox, however, PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked some of our local celebrities to look back at what happened in their lives during the Year of the Rat. Here are their answers with some of them even sharing what they want to do this 2009.

Gary Valenciano - "A lot of ups and downsbut I think this year has been overwhelming for me. There are things that I could have done but I didn't do. There are things that I shouldn't have donebut I did. But overall, I think it'sbeen a very blessed life and incredible blessed year and it only makes me lookforward to the years ahead."

Claudine Barretto - "Masaya itong year na ito, kasi parang ang dami kongna-achieve bilang tao—hindi lang bilang artista kundi pati bilang tao."

Richard Gutierrez - "Siguro balanselang. Maraming magandang nangyari,marami ring nangyari na hindi masyadong okey. Pero, all in all, natutuwa ako dahil kahit na may masamang nangyari, maymagandang nangyari. Ang importante sa akin, ang pamilya ko nandiyan sa likodko. They're always there to support me,to help me out. Of course, GMA-7 hasalways been there for me also. So,overall, I'm very happy.

"This year [2009], hopefully ma-fulfill ko ang goals ko. As an individual and as an actor, marami rinakong goals. Pero, siyempre, with thevery limited time that I have, mahihirapan din akong ma-achieve 'yong goals na'yon, pero that won't stop me from achieving those goals."

Jericho Rosales - "I think it's a very,very good comeback for me and I'm very happy about it. I'm very thankful, thankful kay God. Ofcourse, sa mga supporters, di ba? I'mjust very thankful and humbling din, at the same time. In a way, parang, siyempre, 'yong pinagdaananko humbling, di ba? Now, I'm back and tuluy-tuloy na."

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Arnel Pineda - "I'm very lucky, I was so blessed. I think I will share it with the less fortunate children."

For the new year, the vocalist of the foreign bandJourney wishes to have, "good health, because I've been quite sick because of,you know, the grueling tour. I have tobe healthy para maka-ready sa next tour."

Valerie Concepcion - "Maganda naman ang naging 2008ko. Masaya kasi maraming blessings andit was a great year. You know, Icouldn't ask for more—my family is okay and in good health, 'tapos sa careerko, maraming blessings na dumarating. Sa lovelife naman, though I still don't have a boyfriend, I'm datingsomeone, so I'm in someone's company and okey na ako doon. 'Tapos 'yong anak ko, mabait naman siya,lumalaki siyang mabuting bata at masipag mag-aral."

Zanjoe Marudo -"Okey ang 2008 sa akin kasi nasunod naman ang mga gusto kong mangyari. Nakapunta ako ng Amerika, nabisita ko angtatay ko doon at saka mga kapatid ko dahil sa Coverboys [the all-male singinggroup of co-Kapamilya hunks like Jake Cuenca and Raphael Rosell]. Nakapunta ako sa iba-ibanglugar, hindi ako nawalan ng trabaho, dire-diretso ang trabaho ko. Mas maramirin akong natutunan dahil paiba-iba nga ng klase ng role ang ginagawa ko."


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