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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.

Mar 12, 2018

ABS-CBN's Star Magic Introduces Their Lucky 13, Promising New Talents Out To Conquer The Highly Competitive World Of Showbiz

WE REMEMBER the first Star Circle batch launched in 1995. There were 13 of them, among them Jomari Yllana, G Toengi, Regine Tolentino, Victor Neri and the late Rico Yan. The next batch had more names that became popular like Marvin Agustin, Diether Ocampo, Carlo Aquino and Stefano Mori (still child stars then), Jolina Magdangal, Patrick Garcia, Angelica Panganiban, Camille and John Prats. This must have been the batch with the most successful stars.

Through the years, other batches were introduced and the harvest included Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales, Jodi Santamaria, etc. A lot of stars are introduced but as the saying goes, many are called but only a few are chosen to succeed. Some were never really given good breaks so they quickly faded away back to oblivion and anonymity. Now, Star Magic launches its latest batch that introduces the lucky 13 new talents, 5 boys and 8 girls, some of whom are not really new anymore.

Let’s start with the ones who we’ve already seen in past projects.
Anna Luna

Anna Luna, 22 - She has appeared in many indie and mainstream films, notably in “Maestra” fo which she won the best actress award at an international filmfest held in Venezuela. It’s her performance in “Changing Partners” that made Mr. M notice her enough to ask her to join Star Magic.

Tony Labrusca

Tony Labrusca, 22 - He didn’t make it in Pinoy Boyband Superstar but he was cast in “La Luna Sangre” and that became his breakout role as the werewolf Jake. This made people take notice of him. He has also recorded his first single, “Tanging Ikaw”.

Leila Alcasid
Some are the children of more famous parents:

Leila Alcasid, 20 - The daughter of Ogie and ex-wife Michelle Van Eimeren, she has already released her first single, “Completely in Love with You”.

Donny Pangilinan

Donny Pangilinan, 20 - The son of Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan, he’s familiar as a VJ in MYX. He has recorded two songs, “Did You” and “Different Kind of Love”. He is doing a movie with Regal, “Walwal”, and a soap with Kisses Delavin, “Playhouse”.

Henz Villaraiz

These are the other three boys:

Henz Villaraiz, 18 - He was discovered in Pinoy Boyband Superstar where he made it to the top 10. Born in Manila, he studied in Australia and Japan. He’s now part of the morning soap “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko” and is doing an indie film for Cinemalaya.

Karl Gabriel

Karl Gabriel, 20 - Another Pinoy Boyband Superstar discovery, he’s a mechanical engineering student and although he was eliminated from the reality show, Star Magic signed him up and he landed a role in “Wansapanataym”.

Markus Paterson

Markus Paterson, 19 - This Fil-Brit guy is a football player and looks very mestizo. He also joined Pinoy Boyband Superstar but didn’t make it, but that opened doors for him and Mr. M signed him up. He later became part of “ASAP Chill Out” and Tarsier Records signed him up to a recording contract.

Here are the six other girls:

Zonia Mejia

 Zonia Mejia , 16 - A part of PBB 737, she comes from a family of swimmers. She has since appeared in several shows, including “Luv U” and “The Promise of Forever”.
Yasmyne Suarez

Yasmyne Suarez, 20 - She’s been taking Star Magic workshops since 2013 then studied acting in New York University for two years. She has done a movie, “Spirit of the Glass 2”, and dreams of being directed by Olive Lamasan someday.

Daniella Stranner

Daniella Stranner, 15 - This Fil-German girl is one of the two youngest members of the batch. She plays football and wants to become a model, but Mr. M saw her and told her to take acting workshops. She hopes to be given the chance to do romcoms.

Chantal Videla

Chantal Videla, 15 - This Fil-Argentinian girl started  doing commercials when she was 13. She then auditioned with Star Magic and is now part of their latest batch of new stars. She hopes to work with her idol someday, Liza Soberano.

Patty Mendoza

Patty Mendoza, 20 - This UST student was discovered while modeling and did a number of commercials. She then took acting workshops and hopes to eventually do a movie with her idol, Bea Alonzo.
Charlie Dizon

Charlie Dizon, 21 - Her name might be Charlie, but she’s a girl. She already has a college degree in Human Resource Management but acting is her real love and she has done small roles in movies like “Finally Found Someone”, “Seven Sundays” and “Loving in Tandem”. She’s now also part of the new primetime soap, “Bagani”.

So, who do you think among these newbies will make it big? Showbiz has become so highly competitive so let’s just all wish them good luck.