A milestone happened just today – AN OSCARS FOR A PINAY!

My friend Stefanie Walmsley won! I’ve been flooding your screens for this pero pasensyahan nyo na, kung may “stage mother” ako naman “stage friend”!

Life is full of challenges and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. Mas bongga ang arrive if may konting hirap d ba? Hello, si FPJ nga nagpapabugbug bago nya dedbolin ang kalaban, si Mara nga inapi api muna ni Clara bago naging winner! Ganun talaga ang bida, pa-api ka muna (wag nyo naman kareerin ha! remember my MAGMAGANDA KA TEH post).

I know how hard Stef worked for this. HARD AS IN BONGGANG HARD. Sleepless nights, doubts, not knowing what’s next. Ganun. I’m sure we had a lot of those moments na para tayong tinanong ni KRIS AQUINO “Sure ka na ba? Deal or no deal!”. And I’m sure a lot of times, the lines are really blurred as to yes or no ba ang isasagot (sino ba naman may alam kung jackpot ang nasabox or not d ba?).

Steffy is the perfect example for hard work, prayers and believing. I know how much this award means to her but syempre it’s not my story to tell. Again lemme just generalize it.

Believing is for both ends. You believe in yourself and believe in others. In Steffy’s case, someone believed that she will get there. She will be at the Oscars. She will get her Oscar. Someone believed even before she believed herself. That person close to her heart nag “peksman, cross my heart dadating si Steffy dun”. At first she was so confused. She knew she had a gift for movies and theatre but she doesn’t really know how to get to the Oscar’s. But it took just that one person’s words to continue pushing her to the Oscar’s. She tried acting, production, lahat na. Nag-assistant, broadway, pinoy films, as in LAHAT! Ang lola mo super sa eyyfort, kung kailangan magcartwheel ang tanong nyan “gusto nyo split ang landing?”, if they tell her can you cut your hair, sasabihin nyan “actually bagay sakin kahit kalbo pwede nyo rin idye sabay na”, if they say can you work overtime, she’ll say “d naman talaga ako mahilig matulog eh…”. You see, she always gives more than what is expected. EYFFORT SYA. That’s what I want you guys to think of. Sometimes, the way to our dream is so blurred but whatever it is… 110% with the task on hand. Wag kang umarte na.. “wit naman ako papapala dito eh” or “hay, this is really not what I want to do kaya chakahin ko nalang”. Steffy never complained. When she was an assistant, bonggang assistant sya – she told me that she would run and carry sangkatutak na starbucks for the stars in the dead of winter – take note hindi nya trabaho yun but gow ang lola nyo. Even she did not expect that her hard work as an assistant will be part of her success and the Oscars. Basta kung anong nasa harap-kinakareer nya. All her trials taught her about hard work and determination and that’s what got her to the Oscars (yes, kaya wag nyong maliitin yan sangkatutak na pinapaxerox ng boss nyo. Mas bongga if isabay mo na ang pagtimpla ng kape nya). Through these things she believed herself. She believed na kaya nyang itakbo yung mga starbucks na yun, she believed that kahit masmahirap ang buhay abroad (if she stayed in Manila, prinsesa toh) kakayanin nya kasi bongga sya, and she believed that every task no matter how small or big is important. She even believed when others didn’t (God of Love didn’t get nominated for CANNES film fest kasi pang OSCARS ang lola nyo!). She still believed and pushed when everyone would have stopped with matching peace sign “Time first! Give up nako!”

My point here is simple. Believe in yourself and be that person who believe in others. Wag kayong maasim and ingiterra! haha! Malay nyo, you might be that person who pushed another to achieve his/her dream. Just like Steffy’s angel.

I doubted myself a lot of times. I think nga I doubt myself more than believe in myself eh. But when I’m caught in that situation, I always think “Keri ko toh, hindi ko naman kamamatay or ikapapanget toh eh. Gow lang ng Gow!”. I would also like to thank (yes! makakapagspeech din ako!! haha! chance ko na toh!) those who believed in me. My angel friend, and other friends na ilang beses akong sinabihan “maarte ka! go mo na yan, wag kang umemote!” or “char! birthday mo? bat ka sumesenti?” or “feelingera ka, kaya mo yan!”. No matter how casual or beckimese ang approached it worked. Dagdag lakas ng loob silang lahat. Sabi nga ng mga becky “When in doubt, GO ALL OUT!”

So for STEFFY. Thank you for believing in yourself and making us proud. Bonggang inspiration ka samin. Tutumbling narin kami sabay split. For Steffy’s angel, thank you for teaching us that we all need to support each other’s dreams. Thank you for being Steffy’s inspiration.

So guys/ghels and beckies…. sabay sabay “DON’T STOP BELIEVING! HOLD ON TO THAT FEEEEELING!!”

Much love,

D