Diether Ocampo: How his career changed over the years and how his foundation gives back to society

Diether Ocampo has spent years in show business and portrayed countless roles. Now he chooses projects carefully and prefers more challenging roles. "This time naman siguro di na lang tayo basta-basta tatanggap ng [role], di ba? Gusto naman natin siyempre na masiguro na maipapakita natin sa mga sumusuporta sa atin na talagang hindi matatawaran yung quality, di ba?" says Diether.


For years now, actor Diether Ocampo has been the endorser of the Pizza Hut food chain.

The close relationship between the actor and the brand is based on mutual trust and loyalty.

In a recent interview of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) with Diether, he said that his showbiz career evolved together with the brand.

"Siyempre, nakita niyo naman kung papaano ako nag-start, di ba? Sa industry, ha, and halos sabay po kami ng Pizza Hut na nag-evolve.

"Marami din kaming mga memories na pinagsamahan, definitely hindi lang yung mga endorsement ang partnership namin, e."

"They’re also part of my advocacy, which is yung K.I.D.S. Foundation. They’re very generous in supporting, especially yung less privileged Filipino children."

K.I.D.S. FOUNDATION. While enjoying all the blessings he has received in his career, Diet always gives back through his foundation.

The Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan Foundation, Inc. or simply K.I.D.S. Foundation was established in November 2006 by Diether and his friends Ramon Carlos Castro Jr., Edgardo Bautista Jr., and Ma. Karina H. Tanega.

Its website states that the Foundation started with a simple "dream" and "passion to improve the lives of our future leaders."

The founders saw it as a way to "give back to the society that has been good to them, and to show the world that there are no limitations when it comes to realizing dreams."

As they celebrate their fifth anniversary this November, Diet and his friends are like heroes to the children in the foundation.

The foundation provides scholarship grants, fund-raising activities, and conduct various charity works that would benefit the children in the said foundation.

Aside from that, Diether mentioned that they also have an annual treat for these lovely kids in his foundation.

"So, every Christmas season nagdadala kami ng mga bata to watch the Disney On Ice sa Araneta Center. Sa Araneta Coliseum kasi usually may mga ano diyan, e, for kids."

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The philanthropy of this actor does not end there.

Recently, Diether held his second Diether Ocampo Charity Golf Cup last July 21 at Tagaytay Highlands, Tagaytay City.

The event is a fund-raising activity for K.I.D.S. Foundation, The Knowledge Channel and KRIS (Kristiyano-Islam) Peace Library. (CLICK HERE for related article)

Diether proudly says, "I’m happy to announce the recent success of the second Diether Ocampo Charity Golf Cup."

"A lot of partners have supported, kasi this time we partnered with the Kris Library. [Para sa] mga bata sa Mindanao, nagpatayo kami ng library diyan.

"So, not only Christian but also Muslim kids ang nagbe-benefit diyan, also yung Knowledge Channel."

THE ROLES HE PLAYS. Diether stars in ABS-CBN’s primetime show Guns and Roses.

He’s playing the role of Marcus, the policeman in charge of investigating the death of Reign’s (Bea Alonzo) fiancé.

Action is the main event of the show, and the different stunts that they have for every action scene is a challenge for him as an actor.

"Itong bagong teleserye namin, Guns and Roses, isa sa pinaka-challenging na roles na ginagampanan ko ngayon dahil alam mo, iba, e," Diet said.

"I think, solely ano, ang dami ko na kasing nagawang role, di ba? Ako yung tipong tina-try ko lahat ng ano, e, try drama, comedy, horror, and then now action.

"Pagdating sa larangan ng drama wala akong problema diyan, e. Pero pagdating sa action, medyo usually demanding, that’s why it’s a good challenge, you know.

"I’m very blessed that I was given this project, this rare opportunity talaga."

Aside from the different fighting scenes, what gives an air of change to Diet in this show is playing an antagonist role.

"Siyempre, its more interesting to do yung may pagka-antagonist!" he exclaimed.

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"Kasi you can play with the character, but I also ano, siyempre merong ano ’yan, e, very important role. Dahil siyempre dapat merong retribution [and] merong redemption, di ba, sa character."

Having tried almost all types of roles, he says that he’s now "picky" with the roles that he will portray.

"This time naman siguro di na lang tayo basta-basta tatanggap ng [role], di ba?" he said.

"Gusto naman natin siyempre na masiguro na maipapakita natin sa mga sumusuporta sa atin na talagang hindi matatawaran yung quality, di ba?

"Iyong gusto natin laging merong bago tayong maibibigay sa ating mga manonood."

ON INDIE FILMS. Though he admits being "picky" with the characters that he plays, Diether says he’s open to starring in independent films.

He actually took part in two independent films this year— Slow Fade and RakenRol.

Slow Fade was Diet’s first indie film. He described it as "Very unpredictable yung mga eksena, although alam mo naman yung formula pagka indie, you don’t know really what to expect." (CLICK HERE for related article)

Another is RakenRol, the five-years-in-the-making film, where he starred with Jason Abalos and Glaiza de Castro, which was said to be an "ode to the Philippine rock music scene." (CLICK HERE for related article)

For Diether, being part of these films is his way of showing support for the independent film industry.

He said, "Its fun doing those projects, kasi hindi lang siymepre nakakatulong sa industriya ng mga indie filmmakers. But, also siyempre nae-explore ko yung ibang avenue, di ba?"

Yet, what he likes the most in doing indie films is, "to know and work with other people who are very passionate pagdating sa paggawa ng mga pelikula, na kahit limited yung budget."

So, his message for independent filmmakers out there: "Ako, all support ako diyan!"

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