In alphabetical order, Starmometer’s 8 Hottest Stars of 2008 are:
ANGEL LOCSIN – Her first fantaserye as kapamilya, Lobo, topped NUTAM ratings last July; She won in the 2008 Star Awards for TV Best Actress for her performance in Maalaala Mo Kaya beating other veteran stars; She ranks 12th in the 2008 Top Celebrity Endorsers with 11 tri-media endorsements; Her movie this year, “Love Me Again”, premiered successfully in the US; She’s Maxim’s Sexiest Woman of 2008; She’s Starmometer’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2008, topping the 100 Most Beautiful Pinays list for the third year in a row; She’s also voted as the Fantaserye Queen and Covergirl of the Year.
CHARICE – The 15-year-old pinay international singing sensation was hailed “The Most Talented Kind in the World” by The Oprah Winfrey Show; After her guesting stint on Ellen, she appeared twice on Oprah and other talk shows like Good Morning America and Paul O-Grady Show; She performed with some of the world’s best singers—Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban with the help of David Foster; She starred in her own life-story in Maalaala Mo Kaya; Her debut self-titled album under Star Records achieved Gold status; She’s currently recording her very first international album.
JOHN LLOYD CRUZ – He is the reigning Box Office King of Philippine movies and he is about to capture the title for the second year in a row in 2009 because his movie this year “A Very Special Love” opposite Sarah Geronimo is the top grosser for 2008. A Very Special Love is also the 2nd Top-grossing Pinoy movie of all time after 2003’s Tanging Ina; His tv series “I Love Betty La Fea” opposite Bea Alonzo is also doing very good in the nationwide tv ratings; He ranks no. 17 in the Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers list with 8 tri-media endorsements.
KC CONCEPCION – The mega-daughter started her showbiz career in the first quarter of 2008 and she already achieved a lot! Her first movie “For the First Time” opposite Richard Gutierrez was a monster hit in 2008 and ranks 3rd top-grossing movie of the year with a total haul of P134.7 million; She starred in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya as her first acting project and it was followed by a month-long drama special “I AM KC”; She graced various magazine covers; Her debut album “a.k.a. Cassandra” achieved gold status; She was chosen by the World Food Program of the United Nations to be the National Ambassador Against Hunger; She ranks 4th in the Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers with 9 tri-media endorsements.
MANNY PACQUIAO – Our Pambansang Kamao was named Best Pound for Pound Boxer this year; He won three titles in one year – superfeatherweight, lightweight, and welterweight, the first Filipino and Asian to do so; He won the rematch against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez last March 15; He knocked out David Diaz last June 28; He just won the dream match earlier this month, beating the golden boy Oscar dela Hoya; He was named Champion of Champions by ESPN; He graced the cover of Readers’ Digest; He has his own tv show, Pinoy Records, on GMA 7 which is a top-rater from time to time.
MARIAN RIVERA – Her back to back tv shows “Marimar” and “Dyesebel” topped the NUTAM tv ratings making her the current Primetime Queen; She was voted the Sexiest Woman in the Philippines by FHM Magazine; She was voted 2nd Most Beautiful Pinay of 2008; She graced various magazine covers; Two of her movies this year, My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend and One True Love were box-office hits; She was named “Hottest Star of 2008” by no less than Kris Aquino; She has the most endorsements in 2008 and ranks 4th in the list of Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers; Her dance album achieved platinum status; She is also the no. 1 newsmaker of the year by hitting showbiz headlines with various intrigues and controversies being thrown at her.
PIOLO PASCUAL – ABS-CBN’s hottest leading man and matinee idol is also the country’s most sought-after male endorser; His pairing with Angel Locsin in the tv series Lobo topped the NUTAM race last July; His movie “Love Me Again” with Angel Locsin had a successful premiere in the US; He has his own perfume and clothing line; He ranks 5th in the Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers list with 15 tri-media endorsements under his belt; He is a platinum recording artist; He was voted RP’s Sexiest Man of 2008.
SARAH GERONIMO – The Popstar Princess is the only Pinoy artist to achieved 4 platinum awards in a year; Her launching movie “A Very Special Love” is the no. 1 movie of 2008; She is the shoo-in for Box Office Queen award next year beating Bea Alonzo; She ranks 14th in the Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers with 10 tri-media endorsements under her belt; She ranks 3rd in Starmometer’s 100 Most Beautiful Pinays of 2008.
Close shots were Claudine Barretto, Kris Aquino, Judy Ann Santos, Richard Gutierrez and Dingdong Dantes.