Jeyrick Sigmaton rose to viral fame in 2016 when photos taken of him circulated online. Sigmaton was working the fields of Bauko Mountain in the Mountain province when the photos were taken. He was captured carrying a sack of carrots, earning him the nickname Carrotman. Netizen’s shared the photos and commented on his good looks.
Sigmaton recounted the events that led to his fame in an interview withABS-CBN’s Pipol.
“May mga dalaga, tapos nandoon kami sa baba, nag-harvest po ng carrot. Pag-akyat naming, dala-dala yung carrot, kinukunan po ako ng picture. Doon ako nagulat noong pumunta si mayor, iyon ho ang sinabi, na sikat nga daw ako, pinag-uusapan sa Internet. Hindi naman kasi uso sa amin yung Facebook noon. Magtrabaho ka na lang para may pera ka, ganon ho.”
Afterwards, he would often hear people exclaim ‘Uy, si Carrot Man!’ when he was out in public.
Sigmaton is a member of the Igorot ethnic groups. He admits that when he first started gaining fame he didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Soon after appearing on shows like Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Bubble Gang, Unang Hirit, Sunday PinaSaya, and Wowowin, he adopted a new look, trading his long locks for a modern haircut and ditching the baggy pants and hoodies. After the makeover, Sigmaton says he finally saw what all the fuss was about.
“Noong na-makeover ako noon, doon ko ho nakita na, ‘Ay wow, ganito pala.’
“Parang nagulat lang ako sa sarili ko kasi noong nagbubuhat ako ng carrot noon, talagang walang ayos-ayos. Tapos noong inayusan ako, napa-wow talaga ako noon. Hindi ko naman sa pinagyayabang, pero may kagwapuhan din pala.”
However, since his 15 minutes, the gigs have slowed down and endorsement deals or guestings are becoming more rare. Having returned to Baguio with his family, the young man is planning his next career steps.
It seems the direction he wants to take it is towards Kuya’s House. Sigmaton expressed interest in entering Pinoy Big Brother as a housemate. His motivation is partly because of the encouragement of admirers and family members who believe in his potential stardom.
“Inaasahan ko pong makapasok sa Bahay ni Kuya kasi ang daming nangangarap na pumasok doon. Lucky ako pag nakapasok ako doon. Kakayanin ko ‘to dahil sa sarili ko din at sa pamilya ko at sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin. Pinakamahirap po yung mahiwalay ka sa pamilya, makapag-adjust na kahit nag-iisa ka, mabuhay na mag-isa ka, ganun po.”