MANILA, Philippines - Two of the most sought after Kapamilyas were immortalized in bronze after the oldest existing university in Asia unveiled a sculpture in celebration of its 400th or quadricentennial anniversary.
Beauty queen-turned actress Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach and bankable actor Piolo Pascual were ecstatic after the University of Santo Tomas (UST) unveiled its QuattroMondial monument last Thursday.
"Wow, ako ba 'yan? 'Di ako makapaniwala but it's such an overwhelming experience. And sobra akong excited and happy and humbly grateful," said Gonzales.
"It's really a privilege. It's an honor. First time. I don't know what to feel. It's a major milestone in my life and not just my career. For me, nothing else gets better than this," said Pascual.
The 10 meter-high monument cast in bronze made by prominent sculptor Ramon Orlina consists of 4 human figures representing UST's core values of excellence, spirituality, tradition and erudition.
Both Pascual and Gonzales were excited to be back in their alma mater.
"UST changed my life. Because of UST, nakapasok ako sa ABS-CBN. My friends from Teatro Tomasino paved the way [for me] to enter show business. If not for UST, siguro hindi rin ako magiging artista," said Pascual.
"UST has always been such an integral part sa buhay ko. 'Yung mga memories and moments that I've experienced in UST, dadalhin ko 'yan habang buhay. Just being able to come back in this school again, what a wonderful homecoming," said Gonzales.
Saying that determination can go places, both Pascual and Gonzales advised youngsters not to lose hope in reaching for their dreams.
"Just dream, believe, be inspired and be hopeful kasi dreams do come true," Gonzales said.
"The most important thing in life is to reach for your star, reach for your goal, and never give up. Always be determined and persevere," Pascual said. -- Report from Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News