I love my dad. But growing up with someone as famous as he is isn’t easy. Then again, it’s not like I had a say on whether I wanted to be raised in the limelight. Up until I entered the music industry, I was so sure I didn’t want fame. I thought it came with too many strings, opinions, and sacrifices. I still feel this way sometimes.
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But I’ve witnessed how my dad uses his for the better. He uses his influence to spread the word, to help those in need, and to remind others that we are all human—that we make mistakes and how it’s okay to. I try to follow in parents footsteps in that sense, by raising awareness on the causes I support.
It has other perks too. My brothers (Gab Valenciano and Paolo Valenciano) and I had so much fun backstage. We learned about music. We met all kinds of people.
Even though fame has its downsides, I’m grateful for the position I’m in. Unlike other celebrities, I think I’m fairly “semi-invisible", which I love. I can still hang out with my college friends and my childhood friends, and they really keep me grounded. I make it a point to make time for the little girl in me that enjoys being surrounded by loved ones. At the end of the day, I just gotta keep my priorities in check.
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