[dropcap letter=”T”]he child star will always generate interest as they grow up. It’s a given fact: one that the likes of Angelica Panganiban and Judy Ann Santos practically built their careers on. Still, not every child star continues to be prominently in the limelight. Some decide to step away. Others, like Jiro Manio, have to deal with the post-traumatic stress that comes with being subject to harsh pressure and expectations while being under bright lights at a very tender age.
We’ve done this before. Here are 8 more former child stars and their current whereabouts and goings-on, to the best of our knowledge.
8. Margarita Fuentes
Today: We know she graduated from PWU with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism. Most random forum discussions say she’s now a secretary at a law firm. A cursory look at her Facebook account doesn’t give too many clues. Then again, for some reason, Carmen’s Best Artisanal Ice Cream mentions her real name in their Facebook page. She’s kept a low profile post-showbiz, that’s for sure.
7. BJ Tolits
Today: He never really left show business, but admittedly, he hasn’t made as many waves as you would have expected him to. He’s jumped from network to network, and recently had a spot of infamy when he guested with Katrina Halili on Maynila. The problem was with the hashtag they picked for his so-called comeback…
Sometimes, you wonder if these things are intentional.
Best Known For: Being Palikpik in the classic Sineskwela.
Today: She worked as a Digital Marketing Strategist for TV5, then recently moved to Publicis to continue her blossoming advertising and marketing career. (It really helps your certainty about this news when you’re Facebook friends with the former child star…)
5. Tom Taus
Best Known For: Cedie, ang Munting Prinsipe. Also, for being Antoinette’s little brother.
Today: Don’t be coy. We all know he was in town as recently as 2014 to promote the fact that he’s now a club DJ, as he learned the craft while he was in the United States. Whatever you do, don’t ever call him “Cedie” anymore. He claims to have long outgrown that role, and it’s not so hard to believe him.
4. Dindin Llarena
Today: This lovely lady is now a Corporate Services Responsibility Associate in PTT, according to most sources.
3. Stefano Mori
Today: He supposedly has migrated to Italy, but according to his Facebook fanpage, he’s supposedly busy in Palawan with his new restaurant.
Best Known For: Winning That’s My Boy in the ‘00s, and then starring both in Eat… Bulaga! and Beh Bote Nga as a comedy sensation.
Today: He’s 21 years old now, give or take a year, and he likes to play basketball. He’s also studying in UST, but given his height, it’s doubtful that he’ll be part of the Growling Tigers lineup anytime soon. He has no regrets about show business, since it helped him save up for his future, which looks pretty bright right now.
1. Atong Redillas
Today: Atong is a professor in UP Manila (not Diliman, as our first article stated), where he teaches Film and the Humanities. On top of that, you can see him doing open mic standup comedy with Comedy Manila (the same guys who work with Funny One winner Ryan Rems Sarita) almost every Wednesday in Sev’s Cafe and almost every Thursday in UNO Morato. In hopes of making a showbiz comeback, he quips that he plans to live in NAIA sometime soon.
Honorable Question: Who’s this kid, and where is he now?
Could it be?
Anyone who happens to know who the kid in the Bear Brand commercial is? As in the one who ends up being the grandpa who says “look at my mole?” There are rumors going around that this happens to be former professional poker player and producer Marco Aventajado. What’s your take on this mystery?
UPDATE! We have found him!
The boy who ends up being “look at my mole” is Jay Zayco! Thanks for commenting and letting the world know that you look awesome in a sailor suit!
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