In sorting through the remaining celebrity New Year updates that made their way to The Manila Times desk this month, a remarkable coincidence jumped off the pages of Star Magic’s roster of young talents in that three of its lovely young talents’ names begin with the letter “J.” Catch up with them today, and find out how these sparkling ABS-CBN jewels are doing in their respective careers thus far, and what 2014 has in store for them.
Having started in showbiz at an early age, Julia Montes finally got her break when she landed the role of Clara in the remake of the longest-running soap opera in the Philippines, Mara Clara.
Her effective portrayal as the main bida-kontrabida of the teleserye showcased her caliber as a dramatic-actress-in-the-making and eventually earned her lead roles in movies and prime time soaps.
Her team-up with Coco Martin in the teleserye Walang Hanggan in 2012 led to their first movie team-up A Moment in Time in 2013.
Julia’s current endorsements include ABS-CBN Mobile, Bench, Belo, Block & White, Buscopan Venus, Chic Nails, Coke, Eskinol, Freshlook Illuminate Contact Lens, Comfit shoes, Whisper.
She is also expected to have a new soap and a hair care endorsement this 2014.
Janella is currently seen in the daily daytime soap Be Careful With My Heart, where she plays the role of Nikki, for which she won the Best Female New TV Personality in the 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV in 2013. She is also the recipient of the 2013 German Moreno Youth Achievement Award. Janella is currently one of the celebrity faces of Palmolive Shampoo.
Julia Barretto started very young in the business with a stint in the fantasy comedy, Kokey, but it seemed the timing back then was still not ripe, until she made a comeback as one of the faces of Star Magic 13.
Known as the daughter of comedian Dennis Padilla and former actress Marjorie Barretto, endorsements followed soon after, with Julia becoming face of Palmolive Shampoo, Ponds, SM Accessories and Bench.
She will be soon launched in the teleserye Mirabella, in the title role. Previously, Julia has appeared in episodes of different ABS-CBN programs like Wansapanataym and Maalaala Mo Kaya.