Teddy Corpuz: It’s Showtime! part 1

by Ruth Manlapaz
CBN Asia Web Content Developer

Teddy Corpuz of local rock band Rocksteddy was given his first taste of showbiz when he became part of GMA 7’s Idol Ko si Kap as a rapper. He was then later offered with opportunities to do commercials, movies and hosting.

Right now, his popularity continues to rise as host of ABS-CBN’s Showtime. Find out how this performer found the Very Important Person (VIP) of his life and how he became a winner in His sight.

Introduction to the VIP

At the age of five, Teddy was introduced to the VIP of his life: Jesus Christ. When his mother became a Christian, she shared her newfound faith with Teddy. He describes how it is like to be a typical church-going kid.

“Noong maliit ka, hindi mo pa alam kung bakit ka nagchu-church, or the revelation of who God really is para sa iyo, or si Christ. Parang alam mo lang ‘yung mga basics, na si Adam at si Eve kinagat ‘yung apple… si Jesus Christ namatay para sa ating sins. Pero walang mabigat na nakapataw sa’yo na ganito pala dapat,” Teddy shared.

“As you grow old, doon lang nagkakaroon ng unti-unting realization or ng revelation.”

Teddy can still remember the time during high school when he was baptized in a swimming pool, but still, he felt there was no change in his life. He even started doing vices like smoking and drinking. But one church retreat in Zambales transformed him for good.

“Sabit lang ako kasi ayaw kong pumupunta sa mga ganyang retreat. Gusto ko lang uminom at magyosi,” he confessed. “Wala akong idea na somehow, doon ako ita-touch ulit ni God.”

In that retreat, their pastor made them draw symbols of their life story. Teddy drew the sun and mountains, symbolizing the freedom given by his parents at an early age. His second symbols were his vices: alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.

“Tapos ‘yung third symbol, na-choke na ako. Parang may tatay, may nanay, tapos may babae na anak, tapos may isang lalaki doon sa dulo. Ganoon ‘yung symbol ko na talagang ako ‘yung black sheep sa family… sa amin ng utol ko,” Teddy recalled.

“Feeling ko, sa family namin, ako ‘yung pinaka-bad… Ayoko rin namang maging bad, sabi ko. ‘Yun na ‘yung turning point, eh. After that, ‘nung na-release ko na ‘yun, lahat na ng ginagawa ko parang naging magaan na. Tapos nag-stop na ako uminom… nagstop na akong mag-yosi.”

Performing for the World

At an early age, Teddy showed potential in leadership. He remembered leading in games, dance contests and even Boy Scout activities. He also exhibited his talent not just in singing but also in dancing.

In high school, he started joining bands, and even had his own rock band that became popular in his school. When they disbanded, Teddy entered another band in college.

“Pero bago ako nagkaroon ng banda, nag-quit na ako mag-band. Kung baga ‘yun ‘yung time na na-Born Again ako… Pero ganoon pa din, eh. Kahit na na-Born Again ako, parang nandoon lang ‘yung feeling na, ‘Uy, ito pala ‘yung ginagawa ko noon.’”

Learn more about the incredible changes that took place in Teddy’s life next week on www.cbnasia.org.

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