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JC Alcantara recalls his ABS-CBN journey, even the network’s shutdown

When the pandemic hit and ABS-CBN shut down in 2020, Alcantara went through various struggles just when his career’s starting.

Kapamilya artist JC Alcantara recalled how he began his career with ABS-CBN amid the network’s shutdown.

In an exclusive interview, Alcantara shared his showbiz journey, admitting he was a fan of Goin’ Bulilit.

“Bata pa lang ako, sobrang fan na ako ng Goin’ Bulilit.

“So si Nash Aguas, ginagaya ko ‘yung pag-arte n’ya. And ‘yun nga, pagnanonood ako ng may mga audition. 

“Nagpupunta ako like sa PBB. Sa mga kahit anong audition ‘yan pupuntahan ko kasi gusto ko talaga mag-artista. Kaso hindi ako matanggap. Nasho-shortlist ako na andun na ako sa dulo tapos wala na.”

He then recalled the number of rejections he faced back then.

“Parang hindi para sa akin ‘to so nag commercial ako. Mayroon akong isang friend na nag-offer sa akin na ‘JC parang bagay sa ‘yo ‘to.’ 

“Marami akong struggle, marami akong rejections na natanggap like, 25 to 35 na audition, hindi ako makuha. And then, at that time sumuko na ako. Sabi ko parang hindi talaga sa akin ‘to.”

Thankfully, one of Alcantara’s auditions panned out, and it resulted in him becoming a Kapamilya.

“Then, last commercial, na last VTR ko, natanggap ako. So sobrang naging masaya ko na ito na, derederetso s’ya, hanggang sa dumami ‘yung commercial ko, natupad lahat ng pangarap ko. 

“Then, ‘yun sa showbiz na tinawagan ako ng mga boss ng iba’t ibang network. So mas nakita ko, ‘ah ABS-CBN talaga. Kaya pinuntahan ko talaga s’ya.”

When the pandemic hit and ABS-CBN shut down in 2020, Alcantara went through various struggles just when his career’s starting.

“Ang daming pumasok na problema sa akin, so na-depress ako that time. Na-aksidente ako. Nagka-COVID so nag-lockdown dito sa Pilipinas tapos nabangga ‘yung car ko.

“Nag-lockdown tapos nagsara ‘yung ABS so ang dami nang pumapasok sa akin na, ‘teka, eto na ako eh, mapuputol ba ‘tong pangarap ko?'”

Fortunately, his Hello Stranger The Series role came in and helped him solidify his career as a Kapamilya artist.

“Kaya sobrang grateful ko sa Black Sheep kasi pumasok nga itong Hello Stranger the series na nagbigay ng liwanag sa buhay ko, sa pangarap ko. And then, grabe ang daming blessings ang dumating sa akin kaya sobrang grateful ako. Sa Star Magic, sa Rise Artist.”

Alcantara starred in Black Sheep’s Hello Stranger The Series opposite Tony Labrusca. Due to its success, the series paved the way for Hello Stranger, the Movie.

He also released his single, Please Na Miss Kita.



In June, Alcantara signed as an official Star Magic artist during the Star Magic Black Pen Event.

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