By MA. LEONILA R. GARCIA
“Pinoy Big Brother Otso” Housemate Christian “Tan” Roncal stays thankful and very positive amid the current pandemic and the closure of his home studio, ABS-CBN.
Instead of feeling bad, he decided to focus on things that would physically enhance his body and stay healthy at the same time.
“I did exercises and workout everyday during lockdown dahil tumaba rin kasi ako. Somehow, I achieved the body built that I wanted. Right now, my focus is on my studies and shooting during weekends,” Tan said.
The 16-year-old Filipino-Dutch young actor-model gained a lot of fans when he joined and became one of the finalists of the famous reality show PBB, 8th edition. He said he never expected to be so blessed in life until the said program.
And he is thankful for all the opportunities coming his way.
The good-looking young man with his talents and determination really deserves a place in showbiz. His mestizo features definitely stand out in a crowd. Needless to say, he got his spunky persona and good genes from his Filipina mom and Dutch father.
But growing up in a broken family has become a struggle for Tan on a daily basis.
“I had insecurities about my family kasi nga hindi kami buo. In my mind, I envy others for having solid families. And I felt really sad during family days in school, minsan si Daddy lang pupunta, minsan naman si Mama, pero never naging buo kami as a family.”
Although Tan said that his parents still made efforts to be with them, both have moved on with their lives.
For Tan’s part, instead of wallowing in self-pity and sadness, the 16-year-old newbie made his family as his inspiration to succeed in life.
“May mga financial problems kami, hindi ko po ikinahihiya iyon. Yun po ‘yung tumatak sa akin, so dun po ako naging mas mature at hindi ako naging pasaway.”
The family’s financial struggles led the young actor — the third child in the brood of five, to take on the father figure and become the breadwinner of the family.
Tan considered his two acting forays in MMK as sure steps forward to many roles to come.
He said he was lucky to have acted along with Maymay Entrata, Janella Salvador, Edward Barber and Joshua Garcia.
Soon enough, Tan is doing a TVdg Pilikula Spotlight, with then PBB partner Ashley del Mundo.
“I’m so excited to be working with Ashley in this project produced by ABS-CBN TVdg and Starhunt. Sobrang bago sa experience at sobrang saya na nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon ni Ash na muling magkasama.”
The young loveteam, by the way, have the AshTan fanatics backing them up. And Tan is extremely lucky to have loyal fans this early to support him all the way. The G10 Squad Solid Tan Roncal Official pledged to be on his side no matter what. “Walang iwanan hanggang sa dulo,” is the fan’s club mantra.
When asked what is his take on the pandemic’s popular BL (Boys Love) series which is trending in social media, Tan admitted having not seen one yet. But he said he is most willing to star in one should an offer come his way.
This early, Tan is starting to save enough money to build his family their own home in Davao. He said he is moving mountains to reach his dreams.
For this, we wish him the best of luck.