Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MTRCB Conducts Inspection and Information Drive on Passenger Buses and Common Bus Terminals

THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) conducted an inspection and information drive on passenger buses and various bus terminals on 27-28 March 2018.

The regular inspection and information drive, led by MTRCB Chairperson Rachel Arenas, aims to increase public awareness and to ensure that buses only exhibited materials within the General Audience (“G”) or Parental Guidance (“PG”) film classification so that children on board will not be exposed to materials inappropriate for their ages. This also coincides with the anticipated volume of commuters travelling to different provinces for the Holy Week break.



There were three violations gathered at the inspection held last March 27 (Tuesday) at Araneta Bus Station and Araneta Bus Port as per the MTRCB’s Monitoring and Inspection Unit (MIU). The buses were from Ceres Transport Inc., Ceres Gold Star and Elavil all of which displaying unrated video materials. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) drive found at Elavil Bus was confiscated by the MIU and would serve as evidence of their violation. The Ceres Transport bus and the Ceres Gold Star bus also exhibited films beyond the PG rating.



For March 28 (Wednesday) the inspection continued at Florida Bus Terminal and at Victory Liner Terminal to cover more stations for the info drive and to guarantee that passengers view the version of the materials which was approved by the Agency. The said inspection was led by Chairperson Rachel Arenas with Board Member Joey Romero. No violations were found in these bus companies.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

BARBIE and TAKI together in an unusual horror/drama 'ELEHIYA'

APT Entertainment Lenten Specials are traditionally aired during Black Saturdays on GMA Network and started in 2000.

This year, APT Entertainment Inc. proudly presents ELEHIYA starring Barbie Forteza and Taki Saito, airing on March 31 at 7:30 pm.

The unusual horror drama is directed by Michael Tuviera and also in the cast are Jeric Gonzales, Thea Tolentino, Allan Paule, Archi Adamos, and Lotlot de Leon.


Spirits are believed to roam around in limbo as they seek to close unfinished business, to finally walk into the light, to move on.
But what if they're bound in this plane because it's the living that can't move on?
Barbie Forteza portrays the role of Lucia, a fake seer who has no love for anything and anyone but her sister Cristina, to be played by Taki Saito.

But Lucia gets a run for her money when she wakes up one day and sees ghosts for real. Seeking to close her 'eye', she and sister help the spirits move on while learning to let go of her living ghosts too--her anger for their father, her grief with the loss of her mother, her lack of faith.

Follow the story of the two sisters as they toe the line between the living and the dead, how they find redemption in love, and how they find God in the midst of pain this Black Saturday in....Elehiya.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

​AS MORE MISSING GNOMES SPOTTED: "SHERLOCK GNOMES" REVEALS MORE POSTERS

MANILA, March 19, 2018 – Following the reveal last week of the Philippine-themed poster for Sherlock Gnomes, Universal Pictures has also unveiled the special artworks exclusively created for other countries.


So, besides the Philippines, where else in the world are the missing gnomes? Turns out, they were also sighted in Egypt, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Singapore and Spain.

Check out the posters and watch Sherlock Gnomes in Philippine cinemas March 21.


In Sherlock Gnomes, the beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES.


The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.


This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.


Sherlock Gnomes is based on Characters by Rob Sprackling & John Smith and Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil and Keely Asbury and Steve Hamilton Shaw. Story by Andy Riley-& Kevin Cecil and Emily Dee Cook & Kathy Greenberg. Screenplay by Ben Zazove and Directed by John Stevenson.


Sherlock Gnomes is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

“READY PLAYER ONE” UNVEILS '80s INSPIRED NEW POSTER

Warner Bros. Has unveiled a new one-sheet art for “Ready Player One” which, like its trailers, echoes the '80s vibe. Check out the poster below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas Saturday, March 31.

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.


The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

“Ready Player One” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

DESTINY ARRIVES WITH THE BRAND NEW 'AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR' TRAILER

THE Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is nearing the culmination of the last decade with the release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” in Philippine cinemas April 25.

To mark the occasion, take a look at the thrilling new trailer at https://youtu.be/QwievZ1Tx-8.


As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.


Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.




PINOY JEEPNEY FEATURED IN OFFICIAL “SHERLOCK GNOMES” POSTER!


MANILA, March 15, 2018 – Where in the world are the missing gnomes? 

Well, based on the newly released poster of Sherlock Gnomes, they're in the Philippines, traveling aboard the iconic Jeepney somewhere in Bohol.

Check out the Philippine-themed one-sheet art and watch Sherlock Gnomes in cinemas March 21.
In Sherlock Gnomes, the beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES.


The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.
This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.

Sherlock Gnomes is based on Characters by Rob Sprackling & John Smith and Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil and Keely Asbury and Steve Hamilton Shaw. Story by Andy Riley-& Kevin Cecil and Emily Dee Cook & Kathy Greenberg. Screenplay by Ben Zazove and Directed by John Stevenson.

Sherlock Gnomes is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

MARIAN, super effective na endorser kaya palaging nire-renew

SA muling pagpirma ng kontrata ni Marian Rivera-Dantes sa pagiging Mega Prime brand ambassador, hindi lang Mega Mushroom and Corn ang kanyang i-indorso dahil kasama na ang buong Mega Prime Canned Vegetables and Fruits line.


In-introduce ng Mega Prime Quality noong 2016 ang kanilang initial line ng easy-open canned vegetables (mushrooms, whole kernel corn, cream style corn, green peas) at ngayon ay meron na ring garbanzos, fruit coctail, peach halves at nata de coco, lahat ito ay nasubukan na ni Marian at halos araw-araw ay nagagamit sa pagluluto at paggawa ng desserts.

At bilang Mega Prime ambassador, si Marian ang magiging first-ever member ng Prime Mom Club, na exclusive social community ng mga nanay, na nakakaunawa ng mga panga-ngailangan nang nagsisimula pa lang na mga ina tulad ni Marian at matulungan na maging matagumpay na homemakers.


Mai-enjoy din ng Prime Moms ang privileges tulad ng oppor-tunity na maging bahagi ng Mega Prime Exclusive events, a Special Prime Mom Club ID, a monthly newsletter na maglalaman ng  exciting recipes at makatanggap ng special gift items.  Mai-invite din ang mga Prime Moms sa regular get-togethers.

Bukas ito sa mga moms na may edad na 25 hanggang 35 at pwedeng mag-sign online o kaya sa on-ground various activities and events.

Official nang nag-sign online si Marian sa Prime Mom Club, kaya siya ang magiging founding member.


“Sobrang excited ako na kasama ako sa Prime Mom Club. It’s important for us first time moms to connect, share our experiences and learn from each other.  Gusto kong i-share yung mga alam ko lalo na sa kusina at masaya kasing mag-try ng recipes na nag-work for other mommies.  
“I really hope na maraming mommies ang sumali sa Prime Mom Club,” sabi ni Marian.

Ayon naman Marvin Tiu Lim, VP for Sales and Marketing of Mega Global Corporation, “Marian is the perfect example of a prime mom, she is family- oriented, inherently smart, always resourceful and above all, endowed with a beautiful soul.

“She knows how to juggle the demands of her chosen career and raising a loving family, attributes which she has clearly shown as a brand endorser of Mega Prime.

“As we celebrate Women’s Month, we would like to inspire mothers to emulate Marian’s example by partnering with her again as we launch the Prime Mom Club.  In doing so, we hope to be a partner of mothers as they prepare delicious, nutritious meals for their families.”
Simula ng maging endorser si Marian ng Mega Prime, mas nakilala ang mga produkto at naging mabili, patunay lang na super effective talaga siyang endorser, kaya naman patuloy na nire-renew ang kanyang kontrata, hindi lang sa Mega Prime pati na sa iba pa niyang ini-endorse.
Soon, magkakaroon din siya ng cooking show sa GMA 7 na kung saan magagamit niya ang ipinagmamalaking products lines ng Mega Prime sa kanyang mga iniingatang recipes.

Limang Best Films ang magtutunggali sa '2nd Eddys Awards'.... SHARON, makakalaban nina JOANNA, MARY JOY, BELA at ALESSANDRA sa Best Actress

MAGLALABAN-LABAN ang limang de-kalibreng pelikula para sa Best Film category ng 2nd Eddys Awards ng Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd) ngayong darating na Hunyo, 2018.
Ang limang nominado bilang pinakamagaling na pelikulang Filipino ngayong taon ay ang Birdshot (TBA Studios); Deadma Walking (T-Rex Entertainment); Respeto (Cinemalaya Foundation, ArkeoFilms, Dogzilla); Smaller And Smaller Circles (TBA Studios); at Unexpectedly Yours (Star Cinema).


Nominado naman para sa Best Actress category sina Joanna Ampil, Mary Joy Apostol, Sharon Cuneta, Bela Padilla at Alessandra de Rossi.
Paglalabanan naman nina Abra, Joshua Garcia, Edgar Allan Guzman, Aga Muhlach at Ronaldo Valdez ang Best Actor award.


Tatlong special awards ang ipamimigay ng Eddys ngayong taon: ang Joe Quirino Award ay igagawad sa yumaong movie reviewer at professor na si Mario Hernando (Posthumous); Manny Pichel Award ay ibibigay sa Entertainment Editor at columnist na si Ricky Lo; at ang Producer of the Year ay igagawad kay Vic del Rosario, Jr., ng Viva Films.


Bibigyan din ng special tribute (Posthumous) si Mario Hernando, ang mga direktor na sina Maryo J. delos Reyes, Soxy Topacio, Maning Borlaza, Argel Joseph, ang aktres na si Isabel Granada at award-winning veteran actor na si Bernardo Bernardo.

Ang pagbibigay ng award ng SPEEd ay isang paraan para i-encourage, lalong pataasin ang moral at patuloy na magbigay-inspirasyon sa mga Filipino filmmakers, producers, writers, actors at iba pa na kasama sa pagbubuo ng isang matino at dekalidad na pelikula.


Narito ang kumpletong listahan ng mga nominado sa 14 kategorya para sa 2nd Eddys Awards for Movies.
BEST FILM
1. “Birdshot
2. “Deadma Walking”
3. “Respeto”
4. “Smaller And Smaller Circles”
5. “Unexpectedly Yours”


BEST DIRECTOR
1. Julius Alfonso (“Deadma Walking”)
2. Raya Martin (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
3. Cathy Garcia-Molina (“Unexpectedly Yours”)
4. Alberto Monteras II (“Respeto”)
5. Mikhail Red (“Birdshot”)


BEST ACTRESS
1. Joanna Ampil (“Ang Larawan”)
2. Mary Joy Apostol (“Birdshot”)
3. Sharon Cuneta (“Unexpectedly Yours”)
4. Bela Padilla (“100 Tula Para kay Stella”)
5. Alessandra de Rossi (“Kita Kita”)


BEST ACTOR
1. Abra (“Respeto”)
2. Joshua Garcia (“Love You To The Stars And Back”)
3. Edgar Allan Guzman (“Deadma Walking”)
4. Aga Muhlach (“Seven Sundays”)
5. Ronaldo Valdez (Seven Sundays)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Angeli Bayani (“Maestra”)
2. Alice Dixson (“The Ghost Bride”)
3. Chai Fonacier (“Respeto”)
4. Therese Malvar (“Ilawod”)
5. Jasmine Curtis-Smith (“Siargao”)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Enrique Gil (“Seven Sundays”)
2. Sid Lucero (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
3. Dido dela Paz (“Respeto”)
4. Arnold Reyes (“Birdshot”)
5. Dominic Roco (“I’m Drunk, I Love You”)


BEST SCREENPLAY
1. Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (“Kita Kita”)
2. Eric Cabahug (“Deadma Walking”)
3. Jason Paul Laxamana (“100 Tula Para kay Stella”)
4. Njel De Mesa and Alberto Monteras II (“Respeto”)
5. Raymond Lee/ Ria Limjap (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. Ike Avellana (“Respeto”)
2. Mycko David (“Birdshot”)
3. Neil Daza (“The Ghost Bride”)
4. Odyssey Flores (“Siargao”)
5. J.A. Tadena (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
1. “Ang Panday”
2. “Bliss”
3. “Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad”
4. “Ilawod”
5. “The Ghost Bride”


BEST MUSICAL SCORE
1. Ryan Cayabyab (“Ang Larawan”)
2. Jay Durias (“Respeto”)
3. Robbie Factoran and Ricardo Jugo (“Siargao”)
4. Von de Guzman (“Deadma Walking”)
5. Jerrold Tarog (“I’m Drunk, I Love You”)


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
1. Popo Diaz (“Respeto”)
2. Michael EspaΓ±ol (“Birdshot”)
3. Gino Gonzales (“Ang Larawan”)
4. Ericson Navarro (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
5. Mark Christian Sabas (“The Ghost Bride”)

BEST SOUND DESIGN
1. Nicole Amores, Jason Conanan, Mark Locsin, John Michael Perez, Kathrine Ariane Salinas, Mikko Quizon (“Siargao”)
2. K.C. Caballero (“Ang Larawan”)
3. Albert Michael Idioma (“The Ghost Bride”)
4. Albert Michael Idioma (“100 Tula Para Kay Stella”)
5. Corinne De San Jose (“Respeto”)

BEST EDITING
1. Lawrence Ang (“Respeto”)
2. Jay Halili and Mikhail Red (“Birdshot”)
3. Marya Ignacio (“Kita Kita”)
4. Vanessa de Leon (“Deadma Walking”)
5. Mark Victor (“Siargao”)

BEST ORIGINAL THEME SONG
1. “Aking Ligaya” (“Deadma Walking”) – Lyrics by Eric Cabahug, arranged by Khalil Refuerzo, interpreted by Ahbby Sumaoang Landayan
2. “Basta’t Kasama Kita” (I’m Drunk, I Love You) — Lyrics and arranged by Kai Honasan (and Carlo Lava), interpreted by Kai Honasan
3. “Kaya Natin ‘Yan” (“100 Tula Para Kay Stella”) Lyrics by Jason Paul Laxamana, arranged by Carl Christian Guevarra, interpreted by Bela Padilla
4. "Respeto" (“Respeto”) – Lyrics by Abra and Loonie, music by Jay Durias, beats by B-Boy Garcia, interpreted by Abra and Loonie
5. “Twelve” (“12”) – Lyrics and interpreted by Alessandra de Rossi, music and arrangement by Marc Abaya


(Published @ People's Balita - March 17, 2018)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

ABS-CBN STAR MAGIC INTRODUCES FRESHEST FACES OF 2018 STAR MAGIC CIRCLE



THE next faces to watch out for from Star Magic are now here!
Collectively known as 2018 Star Magic Circle, 13 newest faces are set to turn heads and lead projects in the coming years. 


Composed of a unique mix of individuals from various arenas, the 2018 Star Magic Circle has a theater actress, an ivy league graduate, a public acting workshopper, an athlete, some showbiz royalties and a former reality show hopefuls.



DONNY PANGILINAN
Age: 20
Birthday: February 10
Talents: Performing, hosting & acting.


Hailing from the known Pangilinan clan in the showbiz industry, Donny Pangilinan is the eldest son of former actress Maricel Laxa and motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan.

Donny Pangilinan first gained following through his interaction with his fans on social media. But things took a different turn after his appearance on Magandang Buhay in 2016 with his mother. That lone event spawned other guestings and other opportunities including endorsements and an offer to become a MYX VJ.

Aside from hosting, Donny also dabbled into singing which yielded two singles “Did You” and “Different kind of Love.” He is keen on unveiling his acting chops, which will happen very soon given that he has finally landed his debut film Walwal along with co-Star Magic artists Jerome Ponce and Elmo Magalona, among others and his debut soap Playhouse opposite Kisses Delavin.



ZONIA MEJIA
Age: 16
Birthday: August 26
Talents: acting, singing, dancing and swimming


She first broke into mainstream consciousness as a former Pinoy Big Brother 737’s “Blossoming Beauty ng Quezon City” in 2015. Hailing from a family of swimmers, since coming out from the famous yellow house, Zonia has been part of a number of shows such as the youth-oriented show LuvU and the recently-concluded afternoon soap The Promise of Forever.

Aside from acting, Zonia also dreams of dabbling into dancing in the future. But if given the chance, she would like to portray the role of a mermaid, since swimming is her cup of tea.





YASMYNE SUAREZ
Age: 20
Birthday: September 6
Talents: Acting and singing


As far as being equipped is concerned, Yasmyne Suarez is coming into the industry with the necessary tools at hand. Yasmyne started training under Star Magic workshops as early as 2013. In order to pursue her passion further, she then decided to study theater in the Ivy League school New York University for two years.

Soon as she returned into the country, Yasmyne made sure to put what she has learned in the US into practice by continuing with Star Magic’s acting workshops. She was finally able to utilize what she was able to learn from all her acting classes last year when she was asked to do a stint for the horror flick Spirit of the Glass 2

But if she could have it her way, Yasmyne dreams of starring in her very own Olivia Lamasan opus a la Starting Over Again in the future.




HENZ VILLARAIZ
Age: 18
Birthday: Aug 11
Talents: Singing, acting, dancing, playing the guitar and writing songs


His affinity for boybands inspired Henz Villaraiz to try his luck on Pinoy Boyband Superstar last year. While many didn’t make the cut, Henz made it to the live shows and his weeks of performances and trainings in the show landed him a spot on the competition’s Top 10. Little did Henz know that the said blessing would change his life for good as he was among the few ones who were selected by Mr. M to sign a management contract under Star Magic.

Born in Manila, Henz pursued his education in Australia but he then moved to Japan where his mother is now based. But his mother’s desire to teach him independence led him back into the country and into Star Magic. At the moment, Henz is part of the daytime soap Sana Dalawa ang Puso and he’s also working on his first independent film for Cinemalaya Film Festival.



DANIELA STRANNER
Age: 15
Birthday: September 25
Talents: Dancing and playing the guitar



Filipino-German Daniela Stranner is one of the youngest members of the group who hails from Pampanga. Scouted at a music festival, Daniela, with her foreign-looks, really eyes to become a model. But fate seems to have other plans for this young football varsity player after a VTR session, which eventually led to her going face-to-face with Mr. M.

Not too long, she signed up for acting workshops and eventually caught the eye of some local magazines for photoshoots. But this young stunner is excited to delve further into the industry, hopefully, through rom-com movies in the future.





PATTY MENDOZA
Age: 20
Birthday: September 15
Talents: Dancing, sketching/drawing, singing

Her face may resemble many other stars in the business today, but Patty Mendoza is sure to be a persona of her own. Patty was discovered modeling in University of Santo Tomas, where she finished her degree. That lucky day eventually led to her taking part in a go-see with Mr. M.

Prior to being discovered, though, she has already taken part in a number of commercials. Now that she’s launched, Patty hopes to be able to put all that she has learned from the acting workshops into the test by taking part in a film together with her idols Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz.
    



       
LEILA ALCASID
Age: 20
Birthday: October 16
Talents: Singing, painting/drawing, and writing


Her venture into the industry might seem expected, what with her father, Ogie Alcasid’s innumerable contributions to the music industry and her beauty queen mother, Michelle Van Eimeren’s stint in the local tinseltown. But Leila Alcasid didn’t really see it coming when she met with Star Magic’s Mr. M. That meeting spawned the suggestion for her to undergo acting workshops that eventually endeared her to the business.

Aside from acting, Leila also excels in singing. In fact, she recently-released her first single “Completely In Love With You.” Leila hopes to be able to star in a film with her dad.



ANNA LUNA
Age: 22
Birthday: September 12
Talents: Acting, singing, and dancing


She has already made waves in the independent film scene not only locally but overseas. But Anna Luna first dipped her hands into acting as a thespian as young as 15 years old. PETA honed her acting chops before she even entered the independent film scene. Among her most notable projects were Paglipay by Zig Dulay and Maestra by Lemuel Lorca, which earned her a Best Actress award from the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela. She has also been part of a number of Star Cinema films such as The Breakup Playlist, How to be Yours and Dear Other Self, all as a best friend of the main character.

But her most notable work of late was the award-winning film Changing Partners, which also paved the way for her to catch Mr. M’s attention. While many aspire for title films, Anna has but a simple wish now that she’s part of Star Magic Circle 2018 and that is to be able to headline her own Maalaala Mo Kaya episode.



CHANTAL VIDELA
Age: 15
Birthday: December 15
Talents: acting, singing, modelling, and playing guitar and piano



Standing 5’5” Fil-Argentinian Chantal Videla started in the business as a commercial model when she was just 13-years-old. Unlike many teens her age who might be intimidated to try her luck in auditioning for Star Magic, Chantal welcomed the challenge and it did pay off for her as she got accepted into the fold.


Chantal hopes to follow the steps of her idol Liza Soberano and even have the chance to work with her in the future either in rom-com or light drama films or soap operas.








KARL GABRIEL
Age: 20 yrs old
Birthday: December 1
Talents: Acting and dancing
         
   
Inspired by his desire to help his family and his interest in acting, mechanical engineering student Karl Gabriel signed up on Star Magic’s public acting workshop almost two years ago. Not too long, Karl auditioned for Pinoy Boyband Superstar, but unlike the others, he unfortunately didn’t make it into the live shows because as he recalls, he got too emotional during the taping.
            
But his stint wasn’t all for naught as he landed a role in Wansapanataym as a bully to Marco Gallo. In the long run, Karl hopes to be able to land his own title project and to work with the likes of Liza Soberano in the future.




MARKUS PATERSON
Age: 19
Birthday: June 3
Talents: Singing and acting

It could very well be considered as a plot twist when Fil-British Markus Paterson finally caught the eyes of Mr. M after enduring four, unsuccessful go-sees with him. Originally a footballer and a music-lover, Markus then became part of ASAP Chill Out. With his hunger to unveil his musical side still burning inside him, Markus tried his luck in the reality singing competition Pinoy Boyband Superstar. 

Unfortunately though, he didn’t make the cut but the show did open doors for him in the business.
Since the end of his stint on the competition, Markus has been part of a digiserye, a Wansapanataym episode and more recently the daytime serye Sana Dalawa Ang Puso. 

Despite delving into acting, Markus didn’t let his musical side take the backseat as he also became a Tarsier Records artist.



CHARLIE DIZON
Age: 21
Birthday: April 12
Talents: Acting and dancing


It may have taken quite some time for her to eventually get into Star Magic, but Charlie Dizon is convinced that the wait is all worth it. Safe to say that Charlie is really passionate about acting after juggling attending acting workshops and finishing her degree in Human Resource Management for almost two years.

Her hard work eventually paid off as Charlie became part of a number of films such as Finally Found Someone, Loving in Tandem and Seven Sundays, where she got her biggest break. Her last big screen role left an indelible mark in her psyche that Charlie hopes to be able to focus in doing comedy roles in the years to come. One of Charlie’s biggest blessings in her budding career to date, is her role in the newest fantasy soap Bagani.



TONY LABRUSCA
Age: 22
Birthday: August 7
Talents: Acting & singing
           

He could very well be the poster boy of moving on what with his viral TV commercials for a local fast food giant. After that he became one of the successful products of Pinoy Boyband Superstar, despite failing to make it on the Top 5. 

His exposure on the show became the stepping-stone for him to become part of the primetime soap La Luna Sangre as the lobo named Jake.

Despite his venture into acting, performing onstage has always been in Tony’s blood as the son of actor-dancer Boom Labrusca and former Kulay singer Angel Jones. He has especially showcased his singing skills through his various guestings on ASAP and through his debut single “Tanging Ikaw,” which was released last year. With his soap over, Tony is looking forward to working with veterans like Eddie Garcia in the future and to continue inspiring other showbiz hopefuls all over the country.