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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.

Aug 10, 2012

Sophie Albert Is The Girl Most Male Artista Academy Students Want To Be Paired With

SHE’S THE the girl picked by most male candidates to be their ka-love team. When she was chosen as finalist of “Artista Academy”, she was using the name Bianca Reyes. But since there are so many Biancas in showbiz, she chose to use her real name: Sophie Albert.

She’s 21, stands 5’6” and lives in the plush Wack Wack Subd. in Mandaluyong. “Pero bahay yun ng lolo ko, nakikitira lang kami,” she said.

Actress Tanya Garcia is her cousin. Her mom and Tanya’s dad are siblings, but most writers agree she looks more like Marian Rivera. Her dad had a stroke in 2000 and has since been comatose. Her mom runs their poultry business and if she’d win as best actress, she’d give her P10 million prize to her mom to start a new business.

“I really miss my dad because he spoiled and babied me when I was a child,” she says. “It pains me to see him sa bahay na nakahiga lang and we don’t even know if he hears us. But I still talk to him. I told him nakuha nga ako rito sa ‘Artista Academy’ and I saw there was a tear in his eye. Siguro happy siyang nakuha ako rito.”