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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.

Oct 2, 2012

Mark Neumann Surprised That He Made It To The Final 6 Of 'Artista Academy'

MARK NEUMANN is the last male student chosen to join “Artista Academy’s” Final 6. Did he expect it? “Not at all,” he says. “Kasi earlier, ang pinuri ng judges were Brent Manzano and Benjo Leoncio, so I thought one of them would make it. Sobrang gulat ko when I heard my name.”

How does he feel about it? “Siempre, sobrang saya kong pumasok ako sa Final 6. I’m just so thankful kasi when I joined the search, I just told myself that i-enjoy ko lang siya at bahala na what will happen. I have no background in singing, dancing or acting. But with the help of Artista Academy, I learned so much and now, part pa ko ng Final 6. My prayers in Baclaran paid off kaya I can say na this is an answered prayer.”

The remaining six students are now facing various tests and challenges for their continuing training until the finals night on the last week of October. Mark is called the Class Comedian of ‘Artista Academy’ or the Filipino-Croatian Justin Bieber. He was born and raised in Germany but his mom returned to Philippines when he was 12. He finished high school in Batangas then went to England but he’s not happy there so he returned to Manila. An uncle urged him to try his luck in “Artista Academy” and now, he’s on the threshold of a showbiz career.