Don’t Stop Believin’

I often hear and read of the phrase Patience is a Virtue and all the while I really value its meaning being an optimist and positive thinker. Whenever there are problems or circumstances which didn’t produce fast results, I have to always remind myself of that phrase and keep on waiting and working on its realization.But for others with the fast pace world we live in, it’s hard to be patient. Many are expecting that anything will bear fruit easily and fast, and not getting it will lead to disappointments and distress. Not only ordinary people are experiencing disappointments due to slow attainment of dreams, many stars and celebrities also have gone through the same stage of life.

The Star Power Dream

One Saturday I was able to watched the MMK story of Star Powers Grand Champion Angeline Quinto. Her story depicts, a young girl’s dream to be a singer. She’s a frequent singing contests participant who oftenly got runner-up prizes.Isang tao na nangangarap ng butiin subalit madalas ay nabibigong abutin. Sa istorya nya nilahad ang mga pagkakataon kung saan mistulang sumuko na sya sa pangarap nya dahil sa kanyang mga pagkatalo. Lalo pang nakadagdag sa bigat ng dinadala nya ang pagtalikod kanya ng kanyang ama at kapatid dahil sa pagiging talunan.

It even told how she rebelled to her parents because of her disappointments and failures. How painful it is for a son/daughter to be ridiculed by your own family just because you failed their expectations on you, and it gets a big toll on Angie. She carry that grudge on her heart that causes her to decide not to pursue want she really love, singing.

But certain events turned out that led her back to her old path. When Star Power came she again audition to try one more time. With the support of her adoptive mother, she again gained confidence to sing and prove to his father and brother that she’s not a failure, that she can make it this time. And true enough with her vocal prowess she was able not only to redeem herself in front of her family but getting admiration and accolades from the whole world who have watched her realize her greatest dream. At the culmination of the event, she was announced as the Star Power champion besting 4 other good singers.

The Micropone

Aside from Angeline, there are also other stars who have gone through long wait until they got to harvest the fruit of their patience and hard work. There is Charice, from being a runner up on a singing competition, to being a Youtube sensation and now on Glee television.

She’s was also a product of numerous singing contests who also experienced many losses and disappointments. But with the support of her mother, she didn’t quit until she got recognized and became the star she always dreamed of. Who would have imagined that a small girl who failed her quest in a Nat’l Singing tilt will be recognized and guested in Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah shows and now acting in Glee, and have music album in the US. Her patience and determination and long wait really transformed into a sweet fruit of victory.

The Crown

Another believer is Ma. Venus Raj, the Philippines’ representative to the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. Before she got to compete on the pageant she was stripped out of the crown for alleged mis-representation of her birth details. But she fought for her crown to be back, and she never stopped until she got to be sent to Las Vegas as the countries delegate. Good enough, she awed many people and was favored for the crown. On the day of the competition, she made pinoy’s proud by landing a 4th runner up prize.

The Gloves

Lastly, who would have never knew the 8th division world champion in boxing Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao. His story is really a great manifestation of what patience and hardwork is all about, sabi nga sa tagalog, Kung Walang Tiyaga, Walang Nilaga. Everyone knows his story of being a poor boy in Mindanao, to being a taga-masa ng tinapay sa panaderia, to a multi millionaire boxing/actor/singer and politician today. His rugs to riches story is such an inspiration to many that Fame and Fortune is really hard earned, matched by dedication, determination, persistence, patience and faith in God. He may have lost several bouts but he did not stop on his dream of being a champion. He kept on working to be better and stronger and look at him now a WINNER.

There is really no easy way to success, sabi nga nila No Pain, No Gain. Every dream will always be realized we just have to keep on trying and keep on pursuing the dream that we want. Disappointments and failures will be encountered along the way, but don’t let those pain break us. Use those to make you stronger and better and wiser to hurdle the challenges and hindrances that’s blocking the path towards your dreams. As they also say, Quitters dont win, Winners don’t Quit, so don’t stop believing in your dreams. Work on it, persevere on it, and always pray for it. A dream that is matched with hard work, determination, perseverance and faith will always be a dream capable of reaching and realizing.


No finish line is too far for a person who continues to run“.

*Credits to the owners of the photos taken from google search.

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