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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.

Dec 12, 2012

‘Protégé’ Female Winner Thea Tolentino Would Rather Have Her Own Identity Than Be Compared With Angel Locsin

PROTEGE female winner Thea Tolentino is often told that she looks like a young Angel Locsin. How does she feel it about it? “It’s flattering but, siempre, gusto ko namang magkaroon ng sarili kong identity and not just to be the lookalike of someone kasi hindi raw sumisikat yung mga lookalike lang ng isang sikat na artista.”

What are the changes in her life after winning in “Protégé”? “Sa sarili ko, I now have more self confidence kasi dati sobrang shy ako. I’m just so thankful as I didn’t really expect to win dahil lahat, sinasabing si Elle Ramirez ang mananalo. Ako pinakahuli sa’ming tatlong babae kaya sobrang gulat ko when I won. Siempre, naging mas mahirap ang sked ko kasi I tape for ‘Teen Gen’, but I’m continuing with my studies sa St. Benilde Calamba kasi graduating na ko from high school in March. Sayang naman kung pabayaan ko pa.”

What’s the reaction of her classmates? “Lahat sila, nagulat na I won kasi nga I’m sobrang quiet lang in school. They all voted for me raw. I want to thank my teachers pala kasi they gave me reviewers para makahabol ako sa classes namin. So weekdays ko ngayon, devoted sa classes ko and weekends, for workshops and tapings sa ‘Teen Gen’ that will start airing na this Sunday afternoon after ‘Party Pilipinas’.”