PINOY Big Brother Otso Housemate Christian “Tan” Roncal stays thankful and positive despite ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy. And instead of feeling bad about the pandemic we are facing now, he decided to focus on things that would enhance his body and stay healthy at the same time.
“I did exercises and workout everyday during lockdown dahil tumaba ako nang sobra. Somehow, I achieved the body that I wanted. Right now, my focus is on my studies and shooting during weekends,” Tan said. The 16-year-old Filipino-Dutch actor-model gained a lot of fans when he joined and became one of the finalists of the ABS-CBN reality show Pinoy Big Brother Otso (PBB8).
He said he never expected to be so blessed in life until the reality show, and he is thankful for all the opportunities coming his way: “Sobrang happy po kasi last year parang low-key pa ako. Pero ngayon parang medyo better na. Kaya naman happy ako.”
The looker, coupled with his talent 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.
He always considered himself a happy little boy—until his parents separated when he was three. Since then, growing up in a broken family became a struggle for Tan.
“I had insecurities about my family kasi nga hindi kami buo. In my mind, I envied 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 the effort to keep the family, both have moved on with their lives.
For Tan’s part, instead of wallowing in self-pity and sadness, the 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 a brood of five—to take on the role of father figure and become the breadwinner in the family. Tan said that he doesn’t mind doing the sacrifices for his siblings because they are all responsible and smart.
“Ako rin ang nag-aalaga sa mga kapatid ko ’pag wala si Mama. OK lang po sa akin. Gusto ko ring alagaan ang mga kapatid ko. Iyon ’yung parang purpose ko siguro,” he stressed. Tan considered his two acting forays in MMK as sure steps forward to many roles to come. Tan is doing a TVDG Pilikula Spotlight with then PBB8 partner Ashley del Mundo.
“I’m so excited to be working with Ashley on this project produced by ABS-CBN TVDG and Starhunt. Sobrang bago sa experience at sobrang saya na nabigyan kami nang pagkakataon ni Ash na muling magkasama.”
If ABS-CBN prized talents Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla have active, supportive Kathniel fans, the young love team have the AshTan fanatics. And Tan is extremely lucky to have loyal fans this early to support him all the way.
When asked what is his take on the pandemic’s popular BL (Boys Love) series which has been trending in social media, like the Thai’s 2Gether and the digital online series Hello Stranger headed by Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara, Tan said he has not seen one yet. But he said he is most willing to star in one should an offer comes his way.
“Sabi ko po sa sarili ko nung nag-audtion pa lang ako sa PBB gusto ko pong maka-experience gumanap bilang third gender kasi sa panahon ngayon, nakikita ko pong sobrang daming bagay na dapat malaman or ma-realize ng mga tao tungkol sa kanila. I believe love has so much to offer and love doesn’t have any restrictions. So if ever mabibigyan po ako ng chance na gumanap sa mga BL series, I would definitely accept it as it would also give a new dimension in my career.”