If there's one thing that's most notable about Mark Manicad, it's that he's very true to himself. There's no air of pretend—what you see is what you get. And maybe that's where his staying power in his job lies, even if actually used to be in the limelight (he's a former dancer and model, and a news presenter, too). He's got tips on how you can keep the fire burning even if you've got a fast-paced, highly demanding corporate job:
Your corporate job should be at least a bit of your passion. "Kaya ko nagustuhan, kasi it's similar to modeling–I’ve been modeling for about 11 years–so parang sa'kin, mundo ko na 'to, dito na ako lumaki. Kung dati nasa harap ako ng camera, ngayon, ako naman 'yung nasa likod ng camera. Alam ko na yung galawan kasi kahit dati pa lang, mas iniintindi ko 'yung behind-the-scenes. So madali na lang 'to para sa'kin."
Never take your job as a chore. "Hindi siya dapat boring, so kailangan mong galingan."
Be an all-around person. "May times na hindi ko naman trabaho ginagawa ko, pero what motivates me is passion."
Present yourself in the best possible way. "Every time, give your best. When you look good, you feel good. Sabi nga nila, kapag magdadamit ka daw, 'yung parang lagi mong makikita 'yung ex mo."
Pray for it. "Pinag-pe-pray ko na sana magtagal ako, magkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob, ng tiyaga para gumising ng maaga everyday, na mas lumawak yung natutunan ko dito sa job ko."
Expand yourself. "'Yung mga naiisip mong idea, huwag mo laging iwan sa isip mo lang. Kailangan gawin mo."
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Graphic illustration on banner by Jana Jimenez / Produced by Katrina A. Angco / Photographs by Vyn Radovan / Styling by Barry Viloria and Camille Santiago / Interview by Mariel Abanes / Grooming by Eddie Mar Cabiltes / Shot on location at Citadines Salcedo