MANILA -- One of TikTok’s fastest rising sensations Queenee Mercado has a “panalo” story that's primed to inspire and motivate today's online generation.
Long before fame and success came, Mercado was a simple probinsyana who grew up in her hometown in Batangas. She did not show much promise then, and stardom was just a distant dream for her.
As a kid, she needed to hurdle a few speed bumps, including being called “broiler” because of her plus-size.
But Mercado was undaunted. As a showbiz aspirant, she participated in acting workshops, hoping these would open doors for her.
For the longest time, however, she only snagged bit roles.
Thankfully, her flair for self-expression led her to the video-sharing platform TikTok. That was when Mercado’s profile really took off. To date, she has accumulated over 13 million followers, a testament to how her charm and appeal can generate a rabid following.
Puregold has trained the spotlight on Mercado through TikTok’s “52 Weeks,” a 36-episode series that starred Mercado in the lead role of Mina, alongside co-star Jin Macapagal.
Despite this, she has remained unaffected, an attitude that endears her to her legions of followers.
Mercado’s rise as a social media star proves that determination and a healthy mindset can trump any or all challenges. And if one wants to be happy, humility is important to have as well.