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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.

Apr 23, 2014

A Story Of Two Julias: Montes And Barretto

THIS IS A tale of two Julias. The Kapamilya Network has two actresses named Julia in their stable: Julia Montes and Julia Barretto. The first Julia currently co-stars with Coco Martin in “Ikaw Lamang”. The second Julia plays the title role in “Mira Bella”.

And what do they have in common? They’re both born in the month of March, both started as child stars and both became breadwinners early on for their respective families. Julia M (Mara Schnittka in real life, she turned 19 on March 19) started earning for her deaf mother, Gemma Hautea, and her Lola Flory as a TV commercial model then became a child actress as the daughter of Angelu de Leon in “Sana ay Ikaw na Nga” on GMA-7 before moving to ABS-CBN to be part of “Goin’ Bulilit”. She has since bought a house and lot for her family and put up a beauty salon for her grandma.

Julia B (Julia Francesca Baldivia in real life, she turned 17 on March 10) comes from a showbiz family as her mom (Marjorie) and aunts (Gretchen and Claudine) are all into acting. She started as a child star in soaps like “Walang Kapalit”, “Kokey” and “Palos”. She now helps sending her younger siblings to school. Here’s wishing both Julias success in their careers for the sake of their respective families.