Famous Filipino TV Personalities and their Past Jobs Before They Rose to Fame

Most of us wish that fairy godmothers would simply “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” us to richness and fame. But life doesn’t work that way. Instead, we learn the hard way to success.

With hard work, motivation, and determination, our dreams will surely come true. To inspire us along the way, GMA had compiled the famous stars in showbiz that had humble beginnings before they reached the top.

Diether Ocampo


He was a former bartender near ABS-CBN. Talent scouts discovered him. Apparently, they saw that he was not all looks since he was one of the famous stars in showbiz.

Jericho Rosales

A surprising talent that went international, Rosales was a crew service of a pizza restaurant and a personal driver before he became famous and studied abroad.

Nora Aunor

“The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema” was a vendor near a train station before. She used to sell water and peanuts.

Richard Gomez

Before being a politician, Richard Gomez was a star in showbiz. He used to be a service crew of a fast food restaurant.

Marc Pingris

The now PBA player, Parc Pingris, was a fish vendor and also sells “ice buko” before he became famous.

Fernando Poe Jr.

He used to be a stuntman before he became the leading man and the “King of Philippine Cinema.”

Kim Domingo

She was a promo girl at a liquor company before she became the “Asia’s Fantasy.”

Marvin Agustin

Before owning a chain of restaurants, he was a food vendor and a waiter. He then starred in different movies and teledramas.


He used to be a coachman and a shoe cleaner before becoming the “Comedy King.”

Willie Revillame

Before becoming the host of “Wowowin” and a millionaire, he used to be a jeepney barker and a newspaper boy.

Coco Martin

Before starring in various movies and TV shows, he used to be a janitor in Canada and used to do indie films.

Manny Pacquiao

One of the most inspiring men, he used to be a construction worker and baker. He used to sell Sampaguita too. Now he is a world-renowned boxer and politician.

These inspirational people are proof that you can achieve your dreams with hard work. Now, these people are far from what they were before, but they stayed humble despite it all.