Article and Photos By Alex Datu

 “It’s a destiny at si Kuya Germs talaga ang nag-convince sa akin na tanggapin ang Destiny Rose.  Sabi niya, kahit anong project, kailangan kong i-grab.  Maraming siyang plano sa akin at talagang ipinaglalaban niya ako.”

Ken Chan
Ken Chan as Destiny Rose
Ken Chan
Ken Chan

Kapuso network’s next important star, Ken Chan admitted that he just broke up with her non-showbiz girlfriend of two years due to lack of quality time with each other. Since he joined showbiz and became the lead star of Destiny Rose, his time has been occupied and heavily loaded with tapings, TV guestings and mall shows. They decided to part ways because the girl has also her priorities in life and he doesn’t want to hamper her dreams. And the young actor chose to focus on his blooming career.

Ken was discovered through a TV commercial. After he auditioned for GMA 7’s Twin Hearts and was lucky enough to pass with flying colors, the soap opera became his opener in showbiz.

“Nakita po ako ni Kuya Germs at agad niya akong inimbayt para mag-perform sa Walang Tulugan. Pagkatapos noon, naging regular na ako doon.  And then, naging tatay-tatayan ko na siya.  Tapos sunod-sunod na ang mga projects ko sa GMA-7,” he narrated.

As a newbie in the industry, it was not easy for him to do the role of a transgender. He had to do some research about his role as Destiney Rose.

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“Sobrang dami kong ginawang acrting workshops sa GMA-7 and then, tinuruan din akong kumilos with finesse. Wala po akong hesitation na gawin ang role dahil, una sa lahat, ang ganda ng concept ng istorya, ang ganda ng story line at noong nalaman ko ‘yung mga makakasama kong mga bigatin artista, hindi ako nagdalawang-isip na tanggapin ang Destiny Rose.  Hindi naman po ako natatakot, secure naman ako sa gender ko at saka, nand’yan naman ang GMA Artists Center at GMA Network na tutulong sa akin para hindi ako ma-type cast,” he shared.

Ken, 21, is a third year HRM student at St. Benilde College. He related that he had no intention of joining showbiz, but only  appear in TV commercials. But since he was given a big break via Destiny Rose he has no choice but to make good in his acting career.

“Actually, I auditioned for the role,” he  insisted. “At sobrang suportado si Kuya Germs sa akin. Last time na nakausap ko siya, sabi ko sa kanya, natupad na rin yung kissing scene na pangarap ko kaya lang, ginawa ko sa lalaki hindi sa babae. tawa siya ng tawa,” he shared with a hearty laughed.

He also recounted an incident in the mall  where he thought he would be bullied because of his role as a cross-dresser, but instead, he was adored.

“Sobrang ne-respeto nila ‘yung role ko.  Sobrang minahal ng tao ang Destiny Rose.  Siyempre, nakikita ako ng mga tao sa labas, tuwang-tuwa sila sa akin and I came to a decision as long as gusto ng tao ako bilang Destiny Rose at ma-extend kahit isang taon, gagawin ko pa,” he happily said.

Like any actor, it’s one of his dreams to have an acting award. “Ako siyempre, bilang aktor pangarap kong magkaroon ng award and I think, itong ginagawa ko sa Destiny Rose, gagawin ko ang lahat. Suwerte lang siguro kung magkakaroon ako ng award pero ang pinaka-award ko po dito ay ‘yung ratings namin na mataas talaga,” he proudly shared.

            Now that his mentor-manager has just passed away, he considered it a big lost in the industry; not only is he an institution, but on what he had contributed, especially in helping struggling young people with big potentials and were given the chance to become big stars.

“Malaking-malaki ang nawala sa industry,” he stressed. “Ang relasyon kasi namin ni Kuya Germs hindi lang as my manager and as his talent kundi he’s my second father at itinuring niya akong anak-anakan. He’s been a part of my life and his part of my family, extended family na namin si Tatay, but I’m really happy for him because he in a better place right now. Parang hindi kumpleto ang show business ‘pag wala siya.”

As of today, Ken is a bonafied voter. And according to him, he has already thought of the ideal qualities of a president who must lead the country in the next six years.

“Gusto ko ang presidente natin na may bakal pero may pusong mamon.  Pangalawa, gusto makarisma at pangatlo, gusto ko makabayan kasi kung makabayan siya, mahal niya ang bayan at mahal niya ang tao.  Hindi importante sa akin kung marunong ba siyang mag-English, ang importante sa akin kung ano bang status niya sa buhay at ano ang mga nagawa niya.  Ano ang maipapakita niya at handa niyang ibigay sa sambayanan.  Pero hindi ko pa talaga alam kung sino siya, pero pinaplano ko pa kung sino sa mga kandiatao natin pero wala pang specific na tao,” he explained.

Will he endorse someone if given the chance? “Why not, it’s just a work. Bilang artista, mayroon naman kaming karapatan pumili kung sino and i-endorese naming. Kaya lang, nakalagay kasi sa contract naming with our studio na bawal kaming mag-endorse,” he replied.

And lastly, with the demise of Kuya Germs, we talked about loyalty and his future in the business.

“Hindi ko alam kong anong mangyayari sa akin sa showbiz, basta go with the flow lang ako,” he  answered, “pero ang puso ko talaga ay nasa GMA.  Kung ako ang tatanungin, dapat si Kuya Germs ay may rebulto sa GMA-7.  Grabe si Kuya Germs sa kanyang pagiging loyalist.  Araw-araw niya sinasabi sa akin ang tungkol sa loyalty.  Na maging loyal sa mga taong nagbigay sa akin ng oportunidad.”

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