The Year of the Wooden Horse started just right for Star Magic talents Xian Lim, Jake Cuenca, Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon, Empress, Matteo Guidicelli, Sam Milby, Jason Abalos, Paulo Avelino, Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, Shaina Magdayao and Zanjoe Marudo.
Find out why in this week’s edition of Star Gazing.
Xian Lim may have not fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional basketball player but his current showbiz success is more than enough to make up for it. His team-up with Kim Chiu is now more successful than ever, as proved by the huge success of their latest movie team-up, Bride For Rent, which is also Star Cinema’s opening salvo for 2014.
When Jake Cuenca transferred to ABS-CBN in 2006, he was given substantial and leading roles that showcased and enhanced his acting skill. From then on, he had been cast in primetime teleseryes such as Tayong Dalawa, (2009), Rubi (2010), Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (2012), Kahit Puso’y Masugatan (2012) and the recently concluded local adaptation of the Mexicanovela Maria Mercedes. His success as a leading man certainly foretells more major projects ahead.
Jessy Mendiola is undeniably one of today’s most sought-after actresses. She captivated viewers with her beauty and acting skill in the recently concluded Maria Mercedes, in which she played the title role. Her celebrity status is sure to go up when she gets paired with John Lloyd Cruz in a movie that will also star Richard Gomez and Gretchen Barretto to be produced by Star Cinema.
Ejay Falcon has succeeded in crossing over to showbiz from the time he was declared as the Pinoy Big Brother Plus Edition grand winner back in 2008.He has also fulfilled his dream of becoming an action star with several projects in 2013.
For his next role, Ejay will take on a characgter with a bigger purpose via Homeless, an advocacy film about victims of the Super-Typhoon Yolanda.
Known for her dramatic performances either in television and movies, Empress remains to be one of the most notable young actresses of her generation. She had cameo role in Erik Matti’s On the Job and played young Angel Aquino in Apoy Sa Dagat. Her team-up with Joseph Marco flourished in their first soap opera, Huwang Ka Lang Mawawala. A regular of ASAP 18, she looks forward recording an album very soon.
Racer-turned-actor Matteo Guidicelli shares equal billing with Andi Eigenmann in the hit afternoon teleserye Galema: Anak ni Zuma. This 2014, this fitness and health buff will be one of the co-hosts of the reality-based TV show Pinoy Biggest Loser Doubles.
Sam Milby is all set to make a splash this 2014 as he will be one of leading men of Anne Curtis, who was recently announced to play the title role in the fantaserye Dyesebel. Aside from Sam, Gerald Anderson will also be part of the series.
Jason Abalos may have lost in Star Circle Teen Quest back in 2004 but he is a living proof that a lost can still serve as a stepping stone to reach one’s dream. Today, Jason is an actor who is sure to deliver whatever role is entrusted to him. He has proven his acting prowess through a number of acting awards, including the Best Actor Award from Gawad Urian in 2008 for his performance in the film Endo.
He recently starred opposite Jessy Mendiola and Jake Cuenca in the teleserye Maria Mercedes and is slated to star in a movie this 2014.
Paulo Avelino is finally realizing his dream of becoming a dramatic actor since his transfer to ABS-CBN in 2012. He currently stars in the on-going hit primetime teleserye Honesto and was part of 2013’s Metro Manila Film Festival entry Pagpag.
While Honesto is still airing, Paulo already has a teleserye in line. He will be Bea Alonzo’s leading man in Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.
Erich Gonzales shared the spotlight with Coco Martin and played the latter’s leading lady in the top-rating primetime series Juan dela Cruz in 2013.
This 2014, watch out for Erich as she gets reunited with Enchong Dee in a post-Valentine movie.
Enchong Dee had his hands full in 2013 both on the big and small screens. This year, Enchong is set to share equal billing with Richard Gutierrez, Dawn Zulueta, and Shaina Magdayao in the upcoming teleserye You’re My Home.
In 2013, Shaina Magdayao portrayed different roles. She captivated the TV viewers when she played the fairy princess Mira in Juan dela Cruz and touched hearts when she portrayed the “old maid” Gabbie in Four Sisters and a Wedding.
This 2014, the 25-year-old actress will once more showcase her dramatic side in the upcoming teleserye You’re My Home, which will also star Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.
With his role as Guido in the ongoing afternoon teleserye Annaliza, Zanjoe Marudo proved that he has already evolved as a dramatic actor. He is also a Gawad Tanglaw’s Best Supporting Actor Awardee for his exceptional performance in the movie One More Try. He will also be part of the new teleserye You’re My Home this 2014.