16 years old from Davao City
Protégé of Phillip Salvador (Mindanao)
When Mindanao protégé Steffi Pacheco walked down the stage during the Top 20 Protégé presentation last Sunday, she did so with the confidence and projection of a supermodel.
Asked about her first ramp on TV, she said it was a dream-come-true.
“Siyempre masaya, na nakakakaba. Masaya kasi isa rin ‘to sa mga pangarap ko – yung makatungtong sa stage ng Protégé,” she said.
Steffi’s journey to the Protégé stage began when she auditioned in Davao.
“Nakakaba kasi marami ring mga magaganda at magagaling na nag-audition din. Napressure din kahit papaano pero naniniwala naman ako na kaya ko din pong patunayan na karapat-dapat akong mapili bilang protégé with the help din po of prayers,” she recalled.
It has been Steffi’s mantra not to give up on a dream, especially this one since she’s always wanted to become an actress since she was a small girl. She also joined the competition for the sake of her family.
“Gusto ko po talagang maging isang magaling na artista at naniniwala po ako na sa tulong ng mentor ko, mahahasa pa po ang mga talent ko po. Ito rin po ang naiisip kong way para maiahon sa hirap ang pamilya ko,” said Steffi.
“Yung tatay ko po ay isang taxi driver habang ang mama ko po ay housewife lang po. Si mama po ang nag-aalaga sa aming tatlong magkakapatid,” she added.
Get to know more of Steffi and the lives of the other protégés from Monday to Friday (evenings) on Inside Protégé hosted by Jennylyn Mercado on GMA-7 and the online webshow Protégé Pa-Like hosted by Maxene Magalona available on www.gmanetwork.com/protege.
Watch the weekly live gala nights hosted by Dingdong Dantes and Carla Abellana every Sunday, 8:30pm on GMA-7.