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Ejay's life more cinematic than any of his roles.

A lot has changed for hunky actor Ejay Falcon since he was declared winner of the second teen edition of 'Pinoy Big Brother' 11 years ago.

From a strong lineup of housemates, he bested TV host Robi Domingo, 'Just a Stranger's' Josef Elizalde and 'Kadenang Ginto's' Beauty Gonzalez, to name a few.

The Filipino-French actor won the reality show when he was only 17 years old, but the difficulties he had to hurdle as a young boy were even more 'cinematic' than his eventual ascent to stardom.

It's a life that's more colorful than any of the roles he has essayed so far.

Ejay didn't have an easy life or a comfortable childhood because he wasn't just estranged from his French biological father; his mother reportedly left him and his siblings in Mindoro. At 15, he plucked up enough courage to look for her in Manila, only to find out that she already had another family!

As luck would have it, Ejay won 'PBB' two years later-and the rest is history.

Ejay, now 29, looks back at that episode of his life with a lot of fondness and gratitude. He says he owes his career to the reality program, which he says has changed him for the better.

How different was Ejay before he joined the show and more than a decade later?

'Very different,' he quipped. 'Sobrang laking pagbabago, especially in terms of self-confidence. In those days, you would hardly hear me talk because I was painfully shy ... kasi promdi. Pero ngayon, iba na ako.

'The show changed so many aspects of my life. Even if I didn't finish college, I'm glad I was able to send my siblings to school. I became the breadwinner of the family. Who knows, maybe I can also get a degree in due time. That's a goal I'm more than willing to pursue.'

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Sep 3, 2019
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