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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 15, 2011

Introducing TV-5's New Actresses

THE KAPATID NETWORK is really building up its own stable stars starting with their young actresses: Alex Gonzaga, Eula Caballero, Ritz Alzul, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Arci Muñoz, and Danita Paner who are all hosts of their Sunday afternoon show, “Fantastik”. Alex maybe considered the most senior as she’s now in two daily shows: the toprated “Babaeng Hampaslupa” and “Juicy Express.” Eula, who’s in “Bagets”, is the youngest of the six at 15 and the grand winner of Star Factor, TV5’s first-ever star search. Ritz is a Star Factor runnerup and now stars in “Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak” along with Arci Munoz. Jasmine Curtis-Smith will also star in her own show, “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum” with JC De Vera. Danita starred with JC in “My Driver Sweet Lover” and is now paired with Oyo Sotto in the thriller, “Bangis”.

We first met Eula at the Star Factor auditions in Cebu where she cried while being interviewed by the panel of jurors. She said her parents asked her to break up with her boyfriend as she’s only 15. Direk Joey Reyes consoled her by saying he also cried when his parents asked him to break up from his own BF when he was 15. Her full name is Lou Eula May Caballero Simo and was born on May 23, 1995. She’s a high senior at University of San Carlos in Cebu but she’s on leave now. She says being in showbiz has taught her to be more independent and responsible. You can twit her at imeulacaballero.

Ritz was born on Januay 11, 1994 in Sta. Rita, Pampanga where she’s now the Sangguniang Kabanita chairperson. Her full name is Ritz Ann Riggie Alzul (which TV5 simplified to Azul) and she’s taking up accountancy at Lyceum. She wants to be a lawyer someday. She’s happy with the generally positive she’s getting for her performance in “Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak”. You can email her at ritz_alzul@yahoo.com.

As everyone knows, Jasmine is the younger sister of Anne Curtis. Born in Australia on April 6, 1994, she’s now a high school senior at Loyola College in Melbourne. She wants to take up theatre arts or film in college. You can follow her on twitter as @jascurtissmith.

Arci’s full name is Ramona Cecilia Munoz. Managed by Annabelle Rama, she was discovered when she joined GMA’s Starstruck IV. Born on January 12, 1989, she’s taking up theatre arts in UP Diliman. A rocker at heart, she used to be the member of a band called Philia, a Greek word meaning brotherly love. She writes songs and hopes to go back to singing with her bandmates one of these days as she really loves music.

Danita Paner was born on April 12, 1989 and also started as a singer as singing is her first love. She studied at OB Montessori Greenhills and Reedley International. She and JC De Vera do not hide their going steady at the moment. You can follow her at twitter on @danita paner.