by Rochelle Genevieve Col-Long
JERICHO ROSALES is one of the better finds in the show biz
industry. He has the look and the talent to make it really big in
the immense arena of show biz. Yes, Jericho is one of the hottest
stars that ABS-CBN Talent Center has produced. He is currently
starring in the TV soap opera Pangako Sa `Yo opposite another
talented young star, Kristine Hermosa. He is also part of the cast
of the weekend and TV show Munting Paraiso with Connie Reyes
and Ronaldo Valdez.
Echo, as he is fondly called, started in
showbiz when he entered the Mr. Pogi contest in the TV noontime show
Eat Bulaga! winning the much coveted title at the age of 1.5.
This opened a wider and opportunity-laden horizon for him. He may be
a product of a beauty contest but Jericho has proven to everybody
that he is not just another pretty face. His track record provides
evidence that he has talent and can stand his ground against the
This latest Walker image model is very
much aware of sacrifices he has to do for show biz. This is what
he has to say for neophytes in show biz: In this business, if you
are just a newcomer, you can't be choosy. You have to work hard and
prove that you are really good. I had to give up my teenage years in
favor of work, and not just for myself but for the sake of my mother
and siblings as well."
As for how his career is going, Echo
says, "Show biz has been kind to me. I have been recognized
as a young dramatic actor who is slowly but surely on the rise. I am
doing everything to live up to people's expectations."
So far, good projects are coming his way.
Aside from his telenovella series Pangako sa `Yo, he is also
a mainstay in ASAP and he also starred in the multi-awarded
film Tanging Yaman. He is now filming the movie version of
the acclaimed book Dekada `70 with the star for all seasons
Vilma Santos. Echo says he relates the scenes he has to execute from
experiences he has encountered in his young life "but most of
the time, I really feel the character I am playing and I visualize
the entire story of the film or the TV drama I am shooting to get a
better feel for my role."
Ten years from now, how does Echo see
himself in the industry? "I guess I would still be in it.
Perhaps I would have garnered acting awards to prove my ability as a
And what would be his advice to young
aspiring actors? "As we all know, this business always has
welcoming arms for new wannabes. But you have to brace yourself up,
guys, for the demands of the industry. Work hard and prove your
worth. Don't stop dreaming and don't stop believing in
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