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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 13, 2020


IVANA ALAWI is a certified youtube star. She has no less than 8 million subscribers in her youtube channel.

These days, there is no film industry at all since movie theaters have been closed down for months now by the pandemic and as to when they will open again is uncertain.

And there’s also not much work on television since ABS-CBN’s franchise was not renewed and GMA cannot tape new episodes for their teleseryes, so they’re just showing replays of past shows.

Only the digital world on the internet really produces regular new content with a lot of stars now having their own youtube channels.

And the surprising thing is that big names like Sharon Cuneta and Kris Aquino do not have that much followers as lesser known stars like Ivana Alawi and also Alex Gonzaga. Alex, like Ivana, also has 8 million followers so that makes her another bonafide youtube star.

No wonder most young people today want to have their own youtube channels. A friend was telling us that she nearly lost her mind when her very own aughter told her she no longer wants to go to college.

She asked her daughter what she wants to do with her life and the reply she got was: “I want to be a youtube star.” And now, her daughter doesn’t do anything all day but just monitor the youtube channels of other people and then try to practice singing and dancing and hosting in front of the mirror all day.

“I hope it’s just a phase that my daughter is going through and she’ll wake up one day realizing na hindi talaga career ang maging youtube star,” she sighs.

But what do you thing makes a youtube channel star irresistible to the fans?

In the case of Alex Gonzaga, it’s the comical situations she uploads on her channel, some of which are just too ludicrous in its inanity.

As for Ivana, no doubt it’s her sexy videos. She doesn’t really have much of a career as an actress, but no doubt her videos showing her dancing in various states of deshabille are all irresistible to her fans.

The latest video she posted after she hit 8 millions fans showed her going topless, with only her arms and hands covering her boobies. She says it’s her gift to her fans for the success she achieved in gaining 8 million followers.

We’ll tell our friend to make her daughter follow the career path of Ivana. The only problem is that her daughter has a 36-inch waistline, so she might have to go to the gym first before testing the waters to be a youtube star like Ivana Alawi.