1. Nikko Natividad
The 23-year-old Hashtags member used to be a waiter in a casual-dining restaurant in Malolos, Bulacan. At 17, he was a Pinoy Big Brother housemate and had to work various jobs. At 19, he went abroad to make life more comfortable for his family.

He finally made his showbiz break when he joined It's Showtime's "Gandang Lalaki" contest, where he won the grand prize.


2. Coco Martin
With a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, the FPJ's Ang Probinsyano star and one of ABS-CBN's prized actors was once a restaurant staff at Max's restaurant in Fairview. One day, a customer handed him a business card bearing the name Rene dela Cruz, who happened to be the assistant director of Johnny Manahan, the big boss of Star Magic at that time.

Together with Heart Evangelista, Coco was supposed to be launched as part of Star Circle Batch 9, but his lola advised him to finish his studies first. After college, he worked as a janitor in Canada.

In 2005, he returned to showbiz and appeared in the film Masahista.

In 2007, he starred in eight movies and went on to become the "Prince of Philippine Independent Films."

In 2009, he bagged the male lead role in the afternoon soap Nagsimula Sa Puso, which cemented his status as a mainstream actor.

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3. Jericho Rosales
Echo, as he has come to be known, was once a fish vendor who helped his mother with manning their stall in a public market. He also became a food server when his mom decided to work in a restaurant.
Hoping to improve his and his family's life, he joined Eat Bulaga!'s "Mr. Pogi" and won -- a feat which propelled him to stardom.

Twenty years later, Echo still remains one of ABS-CBN's most reliable primetime actors.
4. Marvin Agustin
Marvin used to be a driver, a vendor, a mascot, and a clerk at a video store. He also worked as a waiter in the Alabang branch Tia Maria's, where he was eventually discovered.
Marvin was launched as part of Star Magic Batch 2 in 1996. Among his batchmates were John and Camille Prats, Mylene Dizon, Patrick Garcia, and Jolina Magdangal, who became his screen partner.

Today, he is one of the most successful celebrity restaurateurs.

5. Piolo Pascual
"Papa P" is proud about being a waiter during his high school days. He even worked as a security guard. 
Backed by his can-do attitude, he joined That's Entertainment in 1994. After returning from the U.S. in the late 90s, he finally got his big break in the soap opera Esperanza, topbilled by Judy Ann Santos, who became his screen partner.
Piolo is now a successful recording artist, actor, producer, and endorser.

6. Diether Ocampo
Diether (or "Diet" as his friends call him) initially studied Physical Therapy in De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, but his heart was somewhere else and he decided not to pursue it.
To tide him over, he worked as a service crew member of Pizza Hut and as a bartender in Steel Bar, Quezon City.

He also worked as a dancer before he was launched as part of Star Magic Circle Batch 2 in 1996 and became one of ABS-CBN's in-demand actors.

Diet's latest TV project was TV5's Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap.

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7. Richard Gomez
Long before that iconic Bench commercial and being touted as the "Adonis of Philippine Movies," Richard worked as a service crew member in McDonald's, where the late Douglas Quijano discovered him.
The former You're My Home star is now happily enjoying his family life with Lucy Torres, and he is currently the mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte.

8. Martin Nievera
Martin spent his teenage days flipping burgers in his family's restaurant in Hawaii. In 1982, he decided to return to the Philippines to follow his father's footsteps. 
But the son of Bert Nievera didn't just become a singer as he also ventured into acting and hosting.
After recording a quadruple platinum, three triple platinum, five double platinum, and 18 platinum albums, he cemented his title as the country's "Concert King" and currentlyremains active in showbiz.

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

*Minor edits have been made by FemaleNetwork.com editors. 
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