“Huwag kayong puchu-puchung artista!” was Angelica Panganiban’s candid reminder to showbiz newcomers in her speech Sunday, as she accepted an award celebrating her 28 years as a Star Magic talent.
Panganiban, 36, was among the loyalty awardees at the Star Magical Christmas thanksgiving event, held at Sheraton Manila Hotel in Pasay City.
Before being handed the special trophy in recognition of her nearly three decades with Star Magic, a montage of Panganiban’s career since childhood was shown, chronicling her transition to a teen star, her transformation as an adult, and becoming one of the industry’s most acclaimed actresses.
“Siyempre, ang saya ko na binibigay ninyo ito sa akin, itong recognition na ito. Thank you so much. Pero ang dami kong kasama para ma-achieve ito,” she said, as seen in a video uploaded by her “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” co-star DJ Jhai Ho.
She went on to thank those whom she worked with over the past 28 years, as well as ABS-CBN executives who were instrumental in her success. Panganiban also mentioned former Star Magic heads Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto.
The actress then turned her attention to up-and-comers who took part in the event, sharing advice about the long wait for a breakthrough, and being kind to anyone they work with.
In Panganiban’s case, she recalled not being the “favorite,” and later embracing an unconventional role that would change the trajectory of her career.
Approaching her 30th year as an actress, Panganiban has seen colleagues come and go, and also rise through the ranks. Pointing this out, she reminded younger talents to treat their co-worker equally.
Turning serious, Panganiban stressed the importance of kindness regardless, and to give put in the effort to improve their talent.
“Good night, have fun, Merry Christmas!”