Photo: @sdalrymple/ Instagram

By: MJ Gonzales |Gogagah

There are no dragging storyline or cheesy dialogues for adorable and brilliant child stars.  They’re the element that pinch our hearts when they cry and bring smile in our faces. However, they also like us grow up, mature, and find their own destiny whether inside showbiz or not. Do you remember Serena Dalrymple, one of the cutest young stars in late 1990s?

Hailed from a hit commercial about Food chain’s fried chicken, Dalrymple became a household name after. She did several shows under ABS-CBN, but her star went brightest in the movies like Isprikitik, walastik kung pumitik; Tong tatlong tatay kong pakitong-kitong; Haba-baba-doo, puti-puti poo, Hiling, and Mila (starring Maricel Soriano).  But definitely people would always remember her as Maya, the cute and direct-to-the-point daughter of Lea Bustamante (played by Vilma Santos), in Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa.  Because of effective portrayal he bagged not only Best Child Star, but also Best Supporting Actress awards that Film Academy of the Philippines and Urian gave to her.

When Dalrymple became older, she’s visible more in the small screen. She did drama in Sana’y Wala ng Wakas, Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan, and Marinella – where she’s co-lead with Shaina Magdayao and Camille Prats. She’s still young and promising, when she bid goodbye in showbiz in 2007 to concentrate fulltime on her studies. After that she’s only appeared once a while through TV guestings and to reprise her role in Ang Tanging Ina film series.

She then went to US, studied in London and got Masters Degree in International Business at Hult International Business School.  The former child star is now an analysts in a company under Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California.

Photo: @sdalrymple/ Instagram
Photo: @sdalrymple/ Instagram

In her interview with Kabayan Today hosted by  Giselle Tongi last year, she said  she prefer to pursue her career as analyst than to go back as movie or TV star.

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