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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.

Nov 5, 2020



CHANTAL VIDELA is the big surprise in TV5’s Sunday afternoon drama, “I Got You”. 

She was not included in any of Brightlight Productions zoom presscons for their new show so we were surprised when we watched “I Got You” and saw that aside from Beauty Gonzalez, Jane Oineza and RK Bagatsing, there is another important role, that of Iya, the teenage love child of Beauty and RK played by Chantal.

We first saw Chantal when she was introduced as part of Star Magic Batch 2018, which includes the likes of Tony Labrusca (now the most popular among them), Markus Paterson (now about to be a young dad), Donny Pangilinan (now also with TV5) and Leila Alcasid (the daughter of Ogie and Michelle Van Eimeren.)

After that, we saw her in the mini-series “Spirits Reawaken” shown on iWant TV where she was paired with Grae Fernandez, the son of Mark Anthony Fernandez. 

But their love team obviously didn’t prosper (honestly, they don't have good chemistry) and she now gets another newcomer as her love interest in “I Got You”, another newcomer with whom she doesn’t also have any chemistry at all. We think the one who'd be good with her is Patrick QUiroz, her co-star in "Spirits Reawaken".

Born on December 15, 2002, Chantal has a Pinay mom and an Argentinian father. No wonder she was very fluent speaking her Spanish lines in her role in “I Got You” as a 17-year old girl who grew up in Spain. 

She started in showbiz as a TV commercial model before joining Star Magic. She was last seen on TV in the primetime soap “Starla” and on the big screen, in the comedy “Familia Blondina” with Karla Estrada. 

Chantal is very pretty on screen, has a stunning mestiza screen presence and can also act convincingly. In “I Got You”, she is able to hold her own admirably in her dramatic scenes with Beauty Gonzales and RK Bagatsing. 

She plays Beauty’s rebellious daughter who is annoyed with her mom who concealed from her the truth about her identity. Beauty told her she doesn’t have a father as Beauty just got an unknown sperm donor to conceive her. 

But through the internet, she was able to track down her real dad, RK Bagatsing, and the primary reason why she wanted to return to Manila is to meet him in person, which terribly shocked Beauty when they all finally meet each other face to face. They had a dramatic confrontation.

She has all the potentials to make it big, so if Chantal’s career is properly handled, we have no doubt that she can go places in local showbiz.