2018 saw the breakthrough of a face that most people thought they’ve seen the last of. Vivoree Esclito may have lain low after her stint in Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 back in 2016. But, this year, the 18-year-old Bohol native finally found her footing and proved to us that she isn’t going down without a fight.
While her PBB housemates MayMay Entrata and Kisses Delavin have already secured their places in show business early on, Vivoree’s slow burn doesn’t make her any less of a star, and she continues to convince us as she carves her path to the realization of her dreams. If there’s such a title as Breakout Darling of 2018, her claim would be the most legitimate considering the noise that her name has made this year.
Dress by Yves Camingue
Speaking of the buzz that has surrounded Vivoree over the past several months, being half of the tandem KierVi is largely responsible for it. The love team culture in the industry may be massive–with army-like fans who back their favorite stars up–but it only favors those with an instant chemistry that works seamlessly on and off-cam. Luckily, Vivoree found her partner in the form of Hashtags member CK Kieron–whom she was paired with in the serye Since I Found You top-billed by seasoned actors Piolo Pascual and Arci Muñoz–kicking things off in accelerating speed since then. Currently, Vivoree and CK have accumulated a huge following that looks as promising as breakout love teams like MayWard, DonKiss, and MarNigo.
But all associations aside, Vivoree is a force on her own. She doesn’t simply owe her success to a reality show or a leading man. The way she triumphed over her doubts and trying times ultimately made her worthy of a spot in the scene. Looking back, Vivoree admits that a feeling of hopelessness started to settle in when she couldn’t get any projects after her exit from PBB. “Parang feeling ko baka wala na akong lugar sa showbiz,” she reminisces. She has also been open about how the way she kept questioning herself affected her mental health.
However, Vivoree knew that she still got some fight left in her, and there’s no way she’s going back to Loon–her hometown where her parents had already been telling her to retreat to–to turn her back on her goals. “Parang may nagsasabi sa ’kin na showbiz really is for me, that this is my career path, and that I just don’t have to give up,” she says. “Kailangan ko lang talagang lumaban pa para marating ko ‘yung mga bagay na gusto kong marating.”
When asked what helped her get back on her feet every time she felt doubts trampling her down, Vivoree shares, “When I get sad, pinaka-una ko talagang ginagawa is I let out all of my emotions, feelings, disappointments, lahat ng sadness, either through prayer or to my mom.”
But while having someone on her side to hear her out is her go-to reliever, Vivoree knows that the next step is much more important: she must always find the strength to pick herself up. “Ikaw lang talaga kasi makakatulong sa sarili mo eh. You just have to believe in yourself. Kasi ‘yung mga tao sa paligid mo, hindi maniniwala sa ‘yo kung ikaw mismo ay hindi naniniwala sa sarili mo. You really have to encourage yourself.”
It’s easier said than done, we know, and Vivoree does, too. Up to this day, she’s still learning to overcome her own negativity. “Challenge para sa akin ‘yung labanan ko ‘yung sarili ko,” she says, pertaining to her tendency to have a pessimistic disposition. Of course, the inevitable bashing she sees online only adds up to her negative thinking. She confides, “Marami akong nababasa na pangba-bash sa ’kin. Kahit na alam kong it shouldn’t bring me down, minsan naiisip ko, ‘Hala, baka totoo ‘yung sinasabi nila na hindi ako enough.’”
But, as we all know by now, Vivoree finishes the race no matter the hurdle. “When you hear something bad about you, you get hurt. It’s the very first step to overcoming it,” she says. “The next is you ask yourself so many questions, but after that, you should know how to answer them by yourself, too.” Whether she realizes that it’s all white noise or sees real room for improvement in herself, what ends the cycle is the moment of enlightenment. “‘Yung nakakapag-overcome sa ‘kin sa huli is when I learn from all the negativities that they throw at me.”
Skirt by Yves Camingue
As she closes 2018, Vivoree can say that she has come through, and it’s a feat to be incredibly proud of. As a final note, the all-around artist lets us in on her most ambitious goals which includes performing for an international crowd and taking on a role in a world-renowned film. And after seeing her fight through her inner battles, turning her dreams into reality doesn’t seem like a shot to the moon.
And with that, Vivoree Esclito becomes a living testament as she makes her way to the stars: “Gusto ko lang malaman ng lahat na ‘yung pinaka ordinaryong tao ay pwede ring mangarap nang malaki.”
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Photographed by Andrea Beldua
Creative Direction by Madel Asuncion
Art Direction by Mikka Caronan
Styled by Van Mercado
Makeup by Owen Sarmiento
Hair by Mycke Arcano
Metallic top (worn in the cover photo) by Yves Camingue