Dreams do come true! This is a very positive statement that you might have heard Anne uttered several times already.
Anne Curtis, who we fondly call “Diyosa” is an actress and one of the style icons of Philippine showbiz. She has been in the industry for two decades now, and we have seen a lot of her since then. From her role as Princess Dahlia in the Magic Kingdom, to her daily cute crazy stint in the noontime show It’s Showtime, Anne has undoubtedly been part of the Filipino household, and her fans have no age limit.
Anne confessed that she entered showbiz with big dreams and she’s grateful that most of these dreams have come true. We have seen how hard-working this Dyosa is, and her vibrant attitude inspires a lot of us. Apart from acting and hosting, Anne can be seen in TV ads, top magazine covers, and she is a huge social-media influencer too. Though she has been into some controversies, Anne rises all the time and continues to be the Dyosa that she is.
A few years ago, Anne surprises us with her singing, and the event went beyond through her concerts. She’s been dubbed as “Annebisyosa” for that. Though a lot of her fans were into it that she even filled the Araneta, Anne was not spared from being a victim of dream shaming when people called her out for holding the Annebisyosa concert.
“To sing before a huge audience was my dream. And I worked hard to make it happen. It was not something that I did just for myself, but the Annebisyosa concert was also my way of encouraging people to always fight for their dreams in the face of those that say you can’t do it,” Anne recalled. “It is sad when people set dreams in their hearts only to be dream-shamed by people either because of their color, their status in life, their current skills. It gets worse when it is their own family or their loved ones who shoot down their dreams. The Dream Machine platform hopes to encourage dreamers to continue chasing their dreams and we will do our best to help them,” she adds.
Anne, who has been doing charity works quietly for many years, decided to put up the Dream Machine after hearing stories of dream shaming.
Through Dream Machine, Anne hopes to connect with dreamers and learn more about their dreams through the Dream Machine website.
There are three categories of dreams that Dream Machine will be supporting:
Youth, Education, and Empowerment.
“Before the school year started, we were approached by the General Roxas Elementary School in Quezon City for support in their school renovation. Dream Machine was very happy to help and we are hoping that the renovation will inspire the students to study better,” Anne shared.
Dream Machine also hosted the Color Run to empower the dreams of disabled children under the auspices of UNICEF. Anne has been a UNICEF ambassador for 2 years already.
“Proceeds of the Dream Machine Color Run goes to the children with disabilities being taken care of by UNICEF. These children are dreamers, too, and you’ll be surprised that some of their dreams are not really for themselves but for their families,” Anne said.
Dream Machine will also roll out the red carpet for the dream weddings of three couples in the first quarter of next year. Couples are invited to share their love stories with Anne through the Dream Machine website. Three couples will be chosen and will be provided their own dream weddings by the Dream Machine.
“The Dream Machine wants to put a stop to dream shaming and instead would like to inspire and encourage more people to dream big. The Dream Machine wants to connect with the dreamers, the dream chasers. The platform serves as the dream-weaver, and will try to find ways to finally turn dream chasers into dream catchers,” Anne explained.
Anne said she’ll be happy to welcome other people who would want to be part of the Dream Machine as dream-givers as much as she would love to hear the stories of the dreamers.
“At the end of the day, what Dream Machine hopes to achieve is to be able to inspire the dreamers, help them achieve their dreams and hopefully be able to start a dream revolution where there’ll be a lot of dream-givers to help the dreamers. The world will be a much happier place when that happens,” Anne said.
Start sending in your dreams via the Dream Machine website http://www.dreammachine.ph/.