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Photography: Stephen Capuchino

Ryza Cenon is no doubt making a mark in showbiz. Having moved to the Kapamilya network and given various projects, such as Ang Probinsyano, The General’s Daughter, and MMK: Manibela, Ryza feels overwhelmed and thankful for all the opportunities.

However, life was not a bed of roses for the newly-Kapamilya actress. Things did not always come easy for her, and everything that she has now she had to work hard for. 

In an exclusive sit-down interview with StarStudio.ph, Ryza narrates her life as a child and the struggles she had to endure, up to her life now as an entrepreneur.

Ryza recalls that life back then was not the ideal life.

Photo from push.com.ph.

“Medyo magulo,” Ryza begins. “Kasi every two years lumilipat kami ng lugar, so wala kaming permanent na lugar. Hindi ‘ganun ka happy yung childhood ko. Hindi siya ganun ka-ideal na childhood. Sobrang thankful ako na lumaki ako sa lola kasi hanggang ngayon, nadala ko ‘yung lahat na tinuro niya sa akin.”  

She narrates that her grandmother was strict and gave her rules to follow.

“Like meron akong curfew nu’ng highschool ako. Kailangan 5:00 pm bago magdilim, kailangan nasa house na ako. ‘Tapos kapag may mga event, like J.S, prom, hanggang 10:00 pm lang ako.”

Photo from Instagram (@iamryzacenon).

SHOWBIZ CALLING

Ryza did not allow life’s shortcomings to get the better of her. She continued to count her blessings, until one day fate ran its course. An opportunity found its way to the soon-to-be star’s lap, and she did not let this pass by.

But Ryza admitted that at first, she had her reservations entering the showbiz scene.

“Actually, hindi talaga ako ‘yung mag-o-audition do’n sa reality show na Starstruck sa kabilang network,” she adds, referring to the reality talent competition show that she joined back in the year 2004. “’Yung pinsan ko talaga yung mag-o-audition. Kaya lang, hindi kasi siya qualified dahil sa age niya, bata siya ng 1 year. So ako yung qualified. Actually, ayoko talaga. ‘Tapos kinausap ako ng kapatid ko at sinabi niya, kung pwede, ako na lang. Subukan lang naman, wala namang mawawala sa kung i-tra-try ko daw”.

Photo from Instagram (@iamryzacenon).

Ryza explains that she finally gave in and auditioned.

“So tri-nay ko naman. Hindi ko naman na-expect na ako ‘yung mananalo. Sobrang grateful din ako na ako ‘yung nabigyan ng chance or opportunity na makapasok dun. And I know nu’ng nanalo ako, hindi pa tapos. Kumbaga, yun palang ‘yung start ng journey ko pagdating sa showbiz.”

Photo from ABS-CBN News.

DEALING WITH INTRIGUES AND DEPRESSION

Needless to say that the world of showbiz can be overwhelming and toxic—and Ryza disclosed that she herself had her fair share of having to go through of all that.

The former Ang Probinsyano star revealed that there were times that she did not know how cope with all of the pressures of showbiz—which apparently led to her depression.

“Sa young age na ‘yun, medyo na-experience ko na ‘yung mga chismis. So du’n, medyo natakot nga ako, at parang nagdalawang-isip ako kung itutuloy ko pa ba siya (showbiz). At nagkaroon ako ng konting depression that time, kasi hindi ko alam kung pano ko siya i-handle – ‘yung mga ganoong chismis. Kasi, sobrang bata ko pa ‘nun eh,” she revealed.

Photo from Instagram (@iamryzacenon).

Ryza explains that going through all of these challenges was a struggle, due to the fact that she had no one to turn to at times, and she would only pray to God.

“And wala naman akong parent. Kasi mommy ko, namatay siya, two years old ako, and my dad may sarili nang family. So wala akong malalapitan. Meron namang akong guardian, ‘yung tita ko, do’n ako nakatira sa kanya. But still, iba pa rin pag nandun ‘yung parents mo to guide you.”

Despite the challenges she had to face in showbiz, there were also a few highlights in her career. Ryza stressed that her move to the Kapamilya network was definitely one of the pinnacle moments in her life, and she added that she felt that it was time for her to move forward.

“Sobrang grabe ‘yung desisyon na ‘yun dahil kakalipat ko rin sa Viva (Entertainment). Kailangan ko na rin mag-move on. Kailangan ko na rin ng bagong pamilya, and that’s ABS-CBN. Talagang hinintay ako ng Viva na gusto nila whole-hearted ako lumipat sa ABS-CBN,” Ryza recalls.

SILVER LINING

Notwithstanding all the hurdles that Ryza had to go through, both in her personal life and career, she is proud of all her accomplishments. The hardworking actress stressed that it is her choice to keep moving up, and not let the stumbling blocks of life get the better of her. 

“Sobrang proud ako. Yung iba, sinasabi nila, alam mo ang galing mo na hindi ka nagrebelde. Kasi after ng lahat na naranasan mo from your childhood, ang tino mo. So proud ako na ikwento, na eto ako. Dito ako nanggaling, pero eto ako, choice ko na huwag magrebelde. Choice ko rin na dito ako makarating, kung sa’n man ako ngayon,” Ryza says, smiling.

She underscored that she has learned a lot with this business venture and all her trials in life,  and is happy with her current disposition. She also gave advice to aspiring entrepreneurs to keep moving forward and not give up when the journey becomes challenging.  

“Marami akong natututunan. Diba nga kung mag-fail ka, ang ibig sabihin may matututunan ka dun at i-a-apply mo ‘yun sa bago mong business. At alam mo na ‘yung dos and donts ng business,” Ryza emphasized.

It is truly inspiring that Ryza continues to work hard, juggle her projects with her business, and at the same time not let her past struggles define her.

She has indeed come a long way despite everything, and with that, she gives others what they truly need in times of distress and loneliness: hope.

Art Direction: Alfred Amado

Hair & Make-Up: Jean Pineda

Photographer's Associate: Ryan Dela Cruz