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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.

Jan 14, 2022



Ever since it was launched in 1995, GMA Artist Center has produced some of the most luminous names in Philippine showbiz such as Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, Barbie Forteza, and Ken Chan to name a few. Over two and a half decades later, GMA Network’s talent management arm has held on to its promise of housing the country’s biggest stars and honing its up-and-coming artists.

This 2022, Artist Center takes it up a notch as it starts the year with a fresh and energized new name. Say hello to “Sparkle!”

With Sparkle, GMA aims to light a fun and exciting spark in the entertainment industry all while evolving to fit the ever-changing new media and digital landscape. 

Spearheaded by Mr. Johnny Manahan together with Ms. Gigi Santiago-Lara, Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions, Sparkle is here to propel GMA Artist Center to even greater heights.

As Mr. M aptly puts it, “Only the brightest stars sparkle. Our aim is to leave a little Sparkle wherever we go.”

GMA Artist Center’s webpage and official social media accounts have been revamped and received the Sparkle treatment to better reflect its vibrant and colorful future. In turn, be sure to expect more engaging and dazzling content across all platforms.

Aside from its new title, Sparkle is also proud to introduce its cluster of bright, young stars to watch for this New Year! Meet Sparkle’s Next Brightest Stars for 2022.  Sparkle’s Next Brightest Stars: 

Sanya Lopez

Sanya Lopez is one of the true gems of Sparkle. She is sensual, beautiful, very talented, and down to earth. Her versatility is shown in the various roles she has played onscreen, including the phenomenal hit First Yaya. In 2022, she is all set to star in more teleseryes like "Agimat ng Agila Book 2" and "First Lady".

Her musical and dancing talents are quite phenomenal, making her one of the top TikTok stars and a regular host on All-Out Sundays. She even has her very own single titled “Hot Maria Clara”.

Sanya is also trusted to endorse several brands that include cosmetics, appliances, and other beauty products. 

This sparkling young lady is surely going to shine even brighter in 2022. 

Bianca Umali

Beautiful, cool, smart, and oh-so-exciting, Bianca is ready to set 2022 on fire. Bianca is a versatile actress who dances, sings, and looks great in anything she wears. She is also a great host and an interesting content producer where she shows off how smart and woke she is in real life. 

Her challenging roles in Legal Wives and Sahaya plus her international series on HBO’s Halfworlds are sure signs that this young star is really sparkling. This year, catch her in Mano Po 2 and enjoy her performances on All-Out Sundays. 

Bianca is a great endorser, too, and her IG posts always get a multitude of likes and comments. 

Bianca is all set to sparkle even more in 2022. 

Ysabel Ortega

GMA’s new sweetheart is Ysabel Ortega. 

Beautiful skin, sparkling eyes, a sincere smile, and the nicest and sweetest personality have made Ysabel an easy favorite. 

Even with such assets, Ysabel stays humble and always looks back to her roots in her provincial family home. 

She will soon be seen in a new primetime series airing in 2022 titled "What We Could Be" and will be one of the leads in the much-awaited "Voltes V: Legacy" as Jamie Robinson. 

Ysabel is also a hit online with her social media pages and her own YouTube channel. Aside from that, she is also a sought after endorser in her own right. 

Let’s watch Ysabel twinkle her way to super stardom!

Gabbi Garcia

More than just our favorite It girl, Gabbi Garcia is on top of her game, capturing hearts with her stellar moments on screen through singing and dancing, hosting with so much ease, and au naturel acting. 

Her commanding presence on social media can be felt by her loyal followers from IG to YouTube as her gift of gab, wit, and intelligence make her a fave of brands that matter! 

Currently headlining All-Out Sundays, she is set to make a primetime soap early next year with twin soul Khalil Ramos, "Love You Stranger".  An international movie to be shot in the US is also in the works. Things are looking big and shiny for Gabbi who definitely sparkles the brightest!

Derrick Monasterio

This Kapuso hunk has killer eyes that will melt even the toughest hearts.

Derrick Monasterio is Sparkle’s man’s man. He is fit, athletic, tall and handsome.

His sense of humor as well as his dramatic prowess have made him a favorite in shows like Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko and Regal Studio Presents. Catch Derrick’s maiden soap this year as this young hunk will show you what he’s got!

Oh, and he sings and paints too. What more can you ask for?

Derrick is all set to make your hearts flutter this 2022 and he will do just that with a wink!

Miguel Tanfelix

Miguel is Sparkle’s heartthrob!

Every girl would feel a romantic excitement when they get to see and meet Miguel. His look and captivating smile could easily win the hearts of many. Miguel is a multi-awarded actor who has graced the screen in many memorable projects. Being a great dancer and performer has made Miguel a TikTok superstar, but this young man has a keen business sense too. He invests in the right portfolios and has started businesses at such a young age. He is also an endorser of international brands.

You will get to see more of him on GMA's Sunday noontime show All-Out Sundays and in the upcoming primetime series slated for 2022 called What We Could Be. His biggest project to date would be Voltes V: Legacy where he plays the lead character of Steve Armstrong.

Miguel is surely going to dazzle you and win your heart.

Ruru Madrid

The leading man that will make your heart sparkle. 

Good looks, a killer bod, and an irresistible charm make Ruru the ultimate leading man in GMA!

Ruru has partnered with beautiful leading ladies and has become the top choice for male lead roles. He is also a businessman and is into creating his own content empire starting with his recently launched YouTube channel.

He endorses big brands and will be starring in the political-fantasy drama, "Lolong", one of GMA’s biggest Primetime shows in 2022 about a giant crocodile.  You can also catch him perform and host every week on All-Out Sundays.

Get ready for Ruru’s rise to greater heights this 2022!

Khalil Ramos

His soulful eyes and killer smile says it all for this young and talented man who can sing his way to every girl's heart and act just about any role with so much grit and honesty.  

Armed with multiple talents up his sleeve, Khalil is currently making all our fan hearts swoon in Love on Air.  This photographer and promising director is also a sought after creator on the net. Come 2022, you will see him paired with twin soul Gabbi in the primetime soap, Love You Stranger. Plus, he is gearing up to release a musical album that’s sure to set sparkles of light and love to everyone. Definitely the Kapuso star to watch out for!