Fresh faces to watch in showbiz

David Licauco

David Licauco

Just by the sheer number of auditionees to never-ending reality talent searches on TV today, there is but one conclusion to make: Everyone wants to be a star. But for four young lookers, luck seems to be on their side as they neither need to queue up for auditions under the scorching sun or pouring rain, as their case may be; nor go through dares and challenges that may have nothing to do with acting, singing or dancing just to be noticed.

On July 29, seasoned talent manager Arnold Vegafria—who handles the careers of such showbiz celebrities as Carla Abellana, Nikki Gil, Billy Crawford and Victor Basa—presented his latest batch of discoveries, whose talents have already been tested in several showbiz projects in the past year. They are Chanel Morales, David Licauco, Danielle Lee, and Jerico Ejercito.

A 20-year old Scorpio, Chanel Morales singing and acting chops have already impressed producers on TV5 where she has starred as a lead in several Wattpad Presents episodes. She also brought the house down singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” in Artista Academy, and hopes to be able to juggle a singing and acting career in her dream of stardom.

Chanel Morales

Chanel Morales

David Licauco was spotted by Vegafria’s ALV Talent Circuit as a standout among the current crop of ramp and glossy magazine male models. Keen and driven with passion to make it big in the industry, this Filipino-Chinese looker hopes to achieve his goals as soon as possible, given the right guidance and breaks in his career.

Citing his first runner-up win in Mr. Chinatown 2014 as his first ever foray into the spotlight, although he was already considered a star around campus as a player of the College of St. Benilde’s basketball team. After landing a slot on many a runway and fashion shoots, the 6’1” athlete hopes to be recognized as a serious actor this time.

Tall, young and lovely Danielle Lee has always wanted to become a star, but her dreams were put on hold to finish her studies. Even in school, however, she has had a steady flow of modeling stints after being spotted as the little sister of celebrity Divine Lee.

Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee

Being the svelte and leggy teener that she is, Lee has been touted as a potential beauty queen, poised to footsteps of such showbiz personalities-turned-world-class-beauties like Miss World Megan Young and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

Finally, from the tough showbiz clan of the Ejercito-Estradas, Jerico Ejercito is naturally eyeing the title of showbiz’ next action hero. He is the grandson of George Estregan and the son of actor and former Laguna governor Jeorge E.R. Estregan Ejercito. He has appeared in Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story and El Presidente.

A Political Science graduate from De La Salle University, the young Ejercito aspires to be a track and field Olympian, even as he ventures into a showbiz career.

Jerico Ejercito

Jerico Ejercito

Fortunate four
As if landing a slot in ALV Talent Circuit’s roster of talents is not enough, it was also announced during the group’s official presentation that Regal Entertainment matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde has also signed on the four young showbiz aspirants as the company’s “2016 Regal Babies.”

Monteverde said, “Through the years, the Regal Babies have consistently turned out to be box-office superstars and this year is no exception. I see a bright future ahead for Chanel, David, Danielle and Jericho.”

She added, “We have always admired Arnold’s sharp eye for talent, and the impressive list of stars under his wing attests to his credibility as a starbuilder. As we share the same vision, we are looking forward to conceptualizing new and trendsetting projects aimed for today’s young generation of moviegoers.”



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