14 September 2010

ten years ago, my life changed.


it was september of year 2000, exactly ten years ago, when my life took a slight detour. little did i know then, that detour would change my life forever!

you know when people say "GoD has a plan"? whether you go through something good or bad, whether its something that makes you extremely happy or devastatingly sad, our faith teaches us that everything happens for a reason and GoD has a plan. there is a plan. :)

i was a simple comm arts freshman in ateneo then. i was nerdy, shy, i kept to myself. all i wanted to be then was a writer and director for film. just like many other "discovery" stories, i was walking in the mall with my sister when i was approached by a caster asking me if i wanted to try out for the pantene healthy hair quest. they were looking for "real people" with "real hair stories". i really didn't think i was cut out for that kind of thing and so i pushed my sister, who then had long black hair to submit an entry. they took my picture as well saying, since i was there, might as well. fast forward to the final casting one week later, and i found myself the winner of the search.



never would i have thought in a million years that i would ever be in my own commercial. never.

i liked the set up of working as a model and studying at the same time. it taught me time management. it taught me the value of hard earned money. it opened my world in a way i never thought possible. i met so many people from executives to make up artists to photographers to stylists to editors. my network of connections and circle of friends grew. more doors started to open. i took more detours. i took more chances but also turned down some. i grabbed more opportunities. i got my heart broken one too many times, both in my personal life and work life. i was the subject of so much criticism and my character was attacked. i found comfort and support in the arms of my loved ones. i just continued to dream and work hard and do my best. i took time to enjoy traveling. to enjoy quality time with my family and friends. i rewarded myself. i saved money. i learned new things. i enjoyed life.

today i find myself in a place i never thought in a gazillion years would be possible. never. never in my wildest dreams did i think i would ever work in shows and have advocacies that would be able to influence and inspire people. never. but, here i am. i find myself still in awe thinking about how my life turned out. sure enough, like they say, GoD had a plan for me.

i am 27 years old. and i would have to say that this is the most important lesson life has taught me thus far. that GoD has a plan for me. GoD has a plan for you, GoD has a plan for every single person you love, GoD has a plan for me. whether something good or bad happens, it all works out for the best in the end. your life may take detours you don't want to happen, or detours that make you fearful, but it is only in time that you will understand why your life had to take that detour.

trust and believe.

keep the faith.

just be the best you that you can be. ♥

73 comments:

rexie. said...

I really like this post. we really have this defining moment which molded us to be the person that we are now.

It's quite inspiring to read posts sharing their defining moment. It reminds us of our own moment. Thank you.

LiQuiDfiRe said...

i so agree.. am a firm believer too that God has a plan for everyone... so, amen bianca... =)

said...

Wow...ten years...congratulations Bianca and hats off to you for keeping yourself grounded and humble in spite of your achievements. =)

I remember reading this blog from pre-PBB days pa ata...I've moved from blog to blog and you used to visit mine (I blogged a few times about JC Chasez & Dennis Trillo that you used to comment on, not that I'd expect you to remember, dami mong readers e).

You have come a long way since way back then. It's good to see that you're still the same girl...more mature, more grown-up but still with the same faith in God and love/passion for life that I enjoyed reading about in your blog posts.

God bless Bianca and all the best to you.

Anonymous said...

i want to believe that God has a plan for each and everyone of us. it's been a while, i wanna stop running around a circle. minsan nakakapagod din..but still, i wanna believe..

Glenn Kun said...

Indeed, God has an astonishing plans for US!

Anonymous said...

AMEN to this bianca! =)

Paul CS. Cuachin said...

This is the why I love reading your blog. You inspired people to go beyong their limits. Your a major, major inspiration to the youth. Love et! Live. Take Care.

Liz Claudio said...

Awesome! Galing talaga how God works :) You're so right, though...the challenge is to trust and believe and keep the faith while we wait to see how it all works out :)

You encourage and inspire so many people, Bianca! :)

hoshi said...

Hi Bianca!

i agree with you that God has a plan for each of us, puwedeng nakuha na natin at pwede ding sa ibang paraan niya ginagawa.

i'm in my struggling period of my career & life but i still believe that He will never neglect me. And may purpose ang bawat pangyayari sa buhay. Pray-Pray lang talaga!

thanks for sharing your inspiring story ten years ago. Vaya con Dios!

The Silent Spectator said...

God works in mysterious ways sometimes, but He has a plan!

God bless you, Bianca! :-)

Thanks for your wonderful blog!

-T.S.S.

like_ruth said...

Amen! God bless you more! this article has really blessed me. ♥

kristine said...

hi bianca!
thanks for sharing your article.you inspired everyone who read this,esp ME. God bless

aysa said...

very inspiring ms.bianca. :)

sneakyflorie said...

aw! yesterday i was trying to write something about life's many detours. how my life changed in just one decision. no matter how we analyze things, yes! God has a plan for each of us.

Kenny Joy Kempis said...

it is God's plan to let me read this! wow! i am inspired again to find a career... GOD BLESS!

Kateanne said...

Hi bianca, very inspiring thank you for sharing especially now that i am having a hard time with my life. almost wanted to give up and question Him for giving me this kind of trials. thank you that i can still hold on to Him and believe that He has plans for me.

Anonymous said...

God really have plans for all of us, and one proof is your story.

thank you for being so humble. thank you for sharing your stories to other people thru this site. thank you for serving as an inspiration to all of us. you deserve everything you have now.

God bless. take care. :)

jei-ku said...

Amen! =)
God is giving you a lot of blessings because you know how to share it to others too.
More years to come!!

Tet said...

I really like this post. I was like, "sana ganito din mangyari sakin for the next ten years". :)

Jodel said...

Wow, I didn't know you had this commercial. . .
Congratulations Ate Bianca for a successful career & I hope you many more projects to come.
Through your thoughts and experiences that you share with us, it can help us or guide us in our life, for me you're a True Role Model for the Youth. Thank you Ate Bianca.+_+

Samantha Timbreza said...

Thank you for sharing His Light today. This blog is my "today's source of inspiration". You go, Bianca! :)

Pixy said...

hi ms.bianca!
I really love your post. You are one of the people I really look up to. It has been my dream to be a comarts student at ateneo but since we don't have that much money to pay for its fee, i wasn't able to go. I didnt even have the chance to take an exam there. according to my mom it will just be a waste of 500php since i really cant study there. i just became satisfied admiring ateneans specially because i often see lots of tv hosts that are from ateneo. my mom asked me to take up accountancy but after a year i transferred. i told her that what i really love is writing and that is what i see my future self doing. I just hope i could have that one life-changing experience just like you. :)) keep inspiring people. :))

Anonymous said...

God is really good!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

Miss Ailyn said...

i love reading your posts.

they made me pause for a while and turn back the hands of time and contemplate.

God bless you Bianca and stay humble.

I always love your shampoo commercial, I still have that pic from my Meg magazines collected from my youth. =)

we're of the same age.

Smarla said...

thank you Bianca. this is an inspiring post. it helps me stay positive even when i feel im a little lost. thank yo :)

ting ting said...

So true. I agree. We take this life once with a lot of detours. I believe in God and I am keeping my faith.

Nice blog Bianca. God Bless You more. :)

a.k.a panjo said...

very inspiring.. :)

@jennncute said...

God plans ahead!nice blog Bianca! :)

Anonymous said...

True Biance.. God has a plan for all of us!!! Inspiring story.. gogogo!!! Loves the way you live your life...God bless you always!!!

I am ekiM said...

Inspiring.. Thank you, Bianca. I'm curious though, why do you write God with a cap D? :)

Jervon said...

Yes, I agree with you Bianca, and I must say reading this blog in THIS very time is very appropriate for me. It helped me uplift my spirit.

Link me pala kung pwede lang :D
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Ciao! Grazie!

Lorenz said...

"Your life may take detours you don't want to happen, or detours that make you fearful, but it is only in time that you will understand why your life had to take that detour. trust and believe."

Because I've been reading this blog since forever and you're always someone I look up to. Thank you for being an inspiration. :) -Lorenz

Marie said...

wow this blog is very inspirational. I know a lot of people say that things happens for a reason, but I never really thought about it until I read this blog; or maybe i did think about it but its at the back of my mind. Now I will keep it in mind that God has a plan for me after the hardship I'm going through now. I believe that good things will eventually come and I will be waiting.

Supermimaigurl said...

truly, God has plans for all of us..and it is His plan that you become an inspiration to a lot of people, including me..thank you for sharing your story Biancs..you are really that humble that's why you are so blessed..Keep it up..soar high Bianca..

di isabel said...

very inspiring. it's a nice reminder that everything that is happening to us is happening for a reason. i will definitely put that to heart.

the.anonymous.me.jops said...

amen to that Bianca!! i totally agree that God has his plan for each and every one of us in this world.. every plan that we must take as an opportunity to become a better person... Thanks Bianca for this enlightening & very meaningful blog to inspire us readers to believe that God really love us.. More power to u, ur career and to ur blog!! am gonna continue reading ur blog!?♥

ahbel said...

ahhhh =) i really love your blog, i always check it to see if you have a new post.

i hope you stay humble and sweet wherever your success takes you... way to go bianca!!! fighting! hahahha

Anonymous said...

hi bianca!! i just want to let you know that this article of yours inspire me today. I am in the midst of giving up a career because it took a detour that definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone..its tough, and I DON'T LIKE IT.

somethings telling me inside that i have to do my best...because like you, i also recognize God's plan for me in my life...

Kreztin said...

You are truly an inspiration to all! You're such a wonderful person inside and out. I know, and I believe whatever His plans are for us, it brings us a change but it will be for the best. ☺

Anonymous said...

Wow, this blog entry made me cry. I am going through some tough moments but your blog entry gave me hope. Yes, God has a plan. Thank you, Bianca! You never fail to inspire me. :)

Joel Concepcion said...

You deserve everything that you have right now Bianca. Keep the fire burning!

supershang said...

Inspiring! Seriously..it made me think. Thanks Bianca!

Anonymous said...

I really love this post. OML once said to me that destiny will find you. :D

You have plans for your future but God has better plans for you. Have faith and trust HIM. :D

♥ SMEM

sweetlady said...

Hi Biancs! super inspiring naman ng blog entry mo. And you know what? You also give an inspiration to my friend who happens to be your look alike. kindly check this photo i submitted at candymag. PLease? It's her birthday, and I want you to take a look.

http://www.candymag.com/snaps/gallery/53143

gleeenn said...

that was great, really inspirational :)

KrazySexyKewl said...

amen to that B, u know, i've always been a fan. from ur undoubtedly good hosting to unicef involvements. God has a plan for all of us. i am also waiting for that time that i can write up a blog of this degree- blissful :)

lvdvitug said...

Always have faith in God and he will do the rest. Whatever challenges may come don't be afraid to take chances no one knows for sure what these consequences may take you.

Trust in him always and you will never be lost. I always say these phrases when I feel lost and lonely at times "Nothing seems to be impossible when you believe in yourself and have the courage to accept defeat when all things did not go the way you planned it."

jillsabs said...

Hi Bianca!

Wasn't Aissa also a finalist for the Pantene search?

AA said...

I really like this post. I'm 24 and I think I'm at a detour myself & finally, God has led me to the path that I should be taking -- the path that has always been meant for me.

Thank you for sharing this. I hope that by the time I'm 27 (or all the time, really), I may feel like I am where I'm supposed to be.

Cheers and may you continuously be blessed, Bianca. =)

Angela23 said...

yes, I also realized that today. I felt that God would always help us find what's meant for us. We just have to open our doors and have faith in Him. I am also blessed to be guided by Him. Now, I am happy where I am.

rainbow box said...

i love this. thank you.

Anonymous said...

VERY BEAUTIFUL & INSPIRING!!!

Renzo Blanco said...

tulad nga ng sabi sa kanta tuwing eviction sa pbb, "someday it's gonna make sense." :)

inspiring.

Francess Angeli said...

Thank you for being such an inspiration :)

I mentioned you in my dying blog http://iamfrancess.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/answered-prayer-in-less-than-5-seconds/

God bless!

Biily said...

sometimes when life is taking a detour there are so many "whys". But little did we know that, that is the right time we should trust God for his plan for us.

Anonymous said...

I'm just really curious why you spell GoD --- that way :)

Traveliztera said...

Bianca, I agree with you. Many people do not understand why this or that happens. Then again, it really is hard to say that we have all the answers. There's A LOT OF DIFFERENT ANSWERS but there's only one true answer to the why: because that is God's plan and everything happens (whether positive or negative) for a bigger reward from Him! :)

Congratulations for being where you are right now Bianca ! :)

iskang_sabaw said...

Your blog was insightful. I have been agnostic for some time now, and reading your blog makes me want to relive my Christian faith.

Indeed, God works in ways that we cannot see. He has a reason for everything. We might not understand for now but the time will come when we will. GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME :))

http://iskangsabaw.blogspot.com/

Cheska said...

keeping my faith and waiting for His plans for me to unfold.. I hope all works out for the best in the end..

Nice post, keep inspiring people..

ching said...

thank you for sharing your story.. yeah maybe God really has a plan why he lets something happen..

Angela Villa-Real said...

Hi! I like this post. Kasi it shows na no matter how simple you are, basta there's a plan for you, it will happen. "Nerd" to model. Wow! :D Siguro gugustuhin ko na rin mag mall, baka may maka-discover. Kidding! Haha! I always wanted to be like you, host and yung nagmomodel. Hay. Very lucky.

I just want to share with you.. I dreamt of you one night. I was reading your blog daw(I started reading your blog when I was 12. That was 2008. I was a fan eversince! Ü) and you posted pictures of you crying kasi there's some sort of epidemic here in the Phils. Tapos dogs yung carrier nung disease, and your dog was infected. You're very devastated daw. (Maybe because you love your dog so much. :>) There.

And last night lang, your sister naman was in my dream. Haha! Weird, but it's true. My sisters and I saw her in Singapore. And she paid daw for our MRT ride. Really nice. And she accompanied us pa daw to our hotel kasi we're lost. Basta sinamahan niya kami. :)

Oops. I shared too much.
Take care! <3

Continue on inspiring us. :)
God bless, Miss Bianca! Ü

♥ANGELA

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite entry of your blog. For making me realize that YES! GOD has a plan for me too, Thank you! May GOD bless you always.

naomi said...

that's true, bianca. good that you already know. may God bless you always. <3

irish said...

keep that faith alive! :D

Yes. i strongly agree that God has a plan for all of us. and for the detours we have to take in our lives, it's the God's given freewill that we have to use.

thank you for continuously inspiring as always. your faith and trust in Him put you where you are now.

and you deserve it. :D

Jef Menguin said...

I agree with you. God has a plan for us, for all of us.

We can sit down, set our goals, and decide to make our dreams come true. But we must never forget that we see things as a little piece of a puzzle. God sees the big picture. He is the puzzle maker. We need to be open to His plan. Doing so will bring us not only success but happiness.

Eena said...

Happy 7th birthday to your blog and I hope to see more entries, because I'm always excited to see your new entries! God bless!

-Eena

maxtagege said...

i am a fan of you, but recently lang ako naging active sa technology.
Ate bianca, please keep posting blogs that is so positive and full of hope. With those blogs, you keep inspiring me to be the best that I can be, and you keep my faith to God alive.

I hope to read more blogs from you, and also to have a friendship with you thru twitter or with your blogs.
God Bless!

tin-tin said...

I love it...so much! :)

John Eric "icko" Silla said...

i love bianca(=

Serica Chua Rojas said...

Hey Bianca! For some weird reason, this entry of yours reminds me so much of Arthur Rimbaud and his philosophy. Dr. Garcia often talks about you until this day. You should see him light up every single time he does. He even told me so much about you during my final orals with him. :) Keep up with your career while maintaining that sense of holistic formation. Real people like you makes the world even rounder. God bless! :)

Vida said...

awww.. :) i think that's really God's plan for you.. You're beautiful inside and out that't why you deserve everything you've got right now.. Stay humble and pretty! TRUE BLUE FILIPINA!

web design manila said...

By far the best post on your blog, which simply talks about everything what i wanted to know.

kayoyama said...

wow.. seven years.. If only I have known this blog before.. I could have been more inspired. You're definitely one of my idols Bianca. Keep it up.