As we all say so long and farewell to 2019, we are more than eager to embrace the arrival of 2020, the first year of the second decade of the new millennium.
In today’s Arias, an introduction of some showbiz hopefuls that we expect to see in concerts, films, television shows, theaters and of course, in wholesome and entertaining music videos and commercials. We give you these young men and women who will matter in this new decade and beyond.
Louie Abuel, Gold Azeron, Elijah Canlas, Jansen Magpusao, and Kelvin Miranda—Young Jedi acting masters, definitely the crème de la crème of the Gen Z who are all leading men potentials.
Abuel starred in the Cinemalaya coming of age flick Edward. Azeron was a hermaphrodite in Metamorphosis and was proclaimed best actor. Canlas was an HIV stricken teen sex worker and only begotten son of an aging priest in Kalel 15. Magpusao, trended and broke hearts as the motion picture John Denver Trending showed the downside of social media. And Miranda, was perfection as a wallflower and wet blanket; the brainiest yet the poorest classmate in a school of conos in Dead Kids.
Indeed, these fine lads are Philippine cinema’s new hope.
Kira Balinger, Krystal Bimner, and Jillian Ward-—three pretty young misses with foreign-sounding last names are the best representatives of Eastern and Western genes that gave birth to a triple kind of wonderful.
Kira is currently one of the eight children in the top rating Pamilya Ko. Bimner is the daughter of Carmina Villaroel in the crowd horror MMFF favorite Sunod. And Ward, is the lead star of the GMA 7’s top rating afternoon primetime drama Primadonnas. A trio of young misses who are not only pleasing to the eyes, they hook us with their emotional commitment and honesty in giving life to their respective role assignments.
Andres and Atasha Muhlach, Maverick and Cassandra Legaspi—the wonder twins of the Muhlachs, Andres and Atasha attended the MMFF Awards Night, with the Miracle in Cell Number 7 lead star and MMFF box office champion Ariel Muhlach whom we all know as Aga with the perfect trophy wife and mother of course Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach. Spell stellar wattage and that was what the Muhlach twins added to the ho-hum awards ceremony.
Cassy and Mavvy, meanwhile are having their slices of Kapuso fun in a cooking show with their mommy dearest and will be part of a new Sunday noontime musical variety show.
Andres, Atasha, Maverick and Cassandra are the perfect personifications of the words “improvement of the progeny.”
Mary Joy Apostol and Mai Fanglayan -—Apostol made such an impactful acting debut in Mikhail Red’s Bird Shot. She gave all of us a “yabang Pinoy” in great way kind of moment when she bagged the best actress award at the first ASEAN Film Awards in Da Nang, Vietnam three years ago.
Fanglayan was an Urian Best Actress nominee for Tanabata’s Wife. Most recently, she made a lot of people tear up with her portrayal of a young woman afflicted with Hansen’s disease in Culion. Mary Joy and Mai are the muses of drama we must all embrace, love and support.
Jeremiah Tiangco and Sephy Francisco. Jeremiah is the grand champion of GMA-7’s The Clash Season 2. Sephy, on the other hand, is the transgender singer who dazzled everyone in I Can See Your Voice and even had international singing exposure in South Korea and in United Kingdom.
Jeremiah is a balladeer and a matinee idol. Sephy, is both an alto and mezzo soprano who is always gorgeous in her fashion forward dresses. With their singing talents, aural pleasures are what these singers give all of us.
Mike Liwag—and finally, this year’s biggest breakthrough star. For the theater going public, Mike made quite a splash and raised body heats a plenty as the lover in Artist Playground’s Laro. He was a bad boy, the user kind of a lover that most gay men cannot resist.
Before the year ended, he became Jaime in Culion, the suitor of Jasmine Curtis-Smith’s Doris. As Jaime, a man-boy content with his life in the Hansen’s disease colony, a tragedy opened his eyes and heart. When he confessed his heartbreak, you just cannot help the welling of your tears. Emotional commitment and a truthful performance, that is what Mike Liwag invests in the characters he portrays.