Jeyrick Sigmaton, more popularly known as the “Carrot Man”, took social media by storm after his candid images, which were taken by a random netizen, circulated online in 2016. According to some social media users, “Carrot Man” shares an obvious resemblance to Hero Angeles, Vic Zhou of
“Meteor Garden”, and Kim Taehyung of BTS (Bangtan Boys).
In an interview ABS CBN News, he described what happened during that day he became instantly famous.
“Hindi ko nahalata na kinukunan ako, kasi hinahabol namin ‘yung hininga namin, kasi paakyat ‘yun. Mabigat ‘yung carrots,” he recalls. “Walang signal sa amin kaya hindi ko alam na nag-viral. Hindi naman kasi uso sa amin ‘yung Facebook noon. Magtrabaho ka na lang para may pera ka.”
Since his sudden popularity, a landslide of opportunities have surfaced for him here and abroad. In fact, he even landed numerous acting roles on television and secured a modeling contract for a local clothing brand.
Then, he revealed his unforgettable experience on his overall makeover.
“Noong na-makeover ako, doon ko ho nakita na, ‘Wow, ganito pala. “Parang nagulat lang ako sa sarili ko, kasi noong nagbubuhat ako ng carrot, talagang walang ayos-ayos. Tapos noong inayusan ako, napa-wow talaga ako noon, tapos excited na ako sa mga next na gagawin ko… Hindi ko naman sa pinagyayabang, pero may kaguwapuhan din pala.”
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But despite all the success he had before, Jeyrick Sigmaton eventually became less and less visible on social media. Therefore, he went back to his normal life in Baguio City.
“Pagkatapos ng mga guestings at endorsement, napadpad po kami ng UK, Korea, and then Thailand po. Wala naman ho akong pinagsisisihan, pero napapaisip ako minsan, ‘Ba’t ganito ‘yung nangyari?’ Madalas kong narinig na sinasabi ng iba, ‘Bakit hindi mo tinuloy ‘yung showbiz mo?’ Hindi ko tinuloy dahil walang humawak sa akin noon. Bumalik lang kami ng Baguio ulit,” he says.
However, there are people who still encourage him to finish what he started.
“May nag-encourage sa akin na, ‘Bakit hindi mo ituloy? Pumunta ka doon at ituloy mo.’ Tapos ‘yung mga pinsan ko, pinagtutulakan nila ako, ‘Go, i-push mo ‘yan, kasi sumikat ka na, sayang naman, mag-workshop ka na lang doon’”
As for now, he is currently doing an acting workshop and he finally met a talent manager named Benjie Alipio, who handles Kapamilya actor Ejay Falcon.
In the near future, Carrot Man wants to become a housemate on Pinoy Big Brother (PBB).
“Inaasahan ko pong makapasok sa Bahay ni Kuya, kasi ang daming nangangarap na pumasok doon,” he says. “Nag-pu-pursige po akong mag-workshop para mapaghandaan ‘yung pagpasok sa Bahay ni Kuya, kung makukuha po.”
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