Star Magic Circle 2013 – Meet the 12 New Kapamilya Stars (Video)

Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent management arm, has introduced its newest batch of future superstars. The 12 talents include familiar faces and new discoveries. Check them out!

Star Magic Circle 2013

Check out this video featuring the 12 members of Star Magic Circle 2013 lip-synching to the One Direction song “One Thing.”

And now check out the profiles of the 12 up-and-coming stars as released by Star Magic:

Alex Diaz (Top row, 3rd from left)
Age: 17
Birthday: July 21
Talents: Acting, dancing, hosting, singing

Of Scottish-Filipino descent, Diaz was based in Canada for two years before landing a part in a TV commercial in the Philippines. The upcoming actor said his father had initial reservations about his planned career path. Even then, he pursued work as a commercial model.

The stint opened opportunities for the 17-year-old, including an invitation to audition for Star Magic. Before the door to ABS-CBN’s talent center opened, however, Diaz lready tried his luck in joining the reality TV show “Pinoy Big Brother.” Currently a Marketing Management student at the Enderun Colleges, Diaz said he hopes to star in his own film or TV series in the future.

Ingrid dela Paz (third row, right side)
Age: 18
Birthday: April 10
Talents: Acting, dancing

The Far Eastern University student’s “discovery” as a potential star came as a wonderful stroke of luck. She was one of the ushers at an ABS-CBN event, the Gawad Eugenio Lopez Awards, when she met the network’s President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio. Dela Paz said she was overjoyed to have been urged by Santos-Concio herself to try her luck at showbiz.

Admittedly, dela Paz has long dreamed of becoming an actress. She was even a member of a drama club in high school, which she said helped boost her confidence. Pointing to her family as her inspiration, the 18-year-old hopes to take on more dramatic portrayals after appearing in an episode of the long-running drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

Jerome Ponce (2nd row, right side)
Age: 17
Birthday: June 4
Talents: Acting, dancing

Ponce is surely a familiar face to fans of the top-rating kilig-serye “Be Careful With My Heart.” In the series, the 17-year-old portrays Luke, the son of Richard Lim a.k.a. Sir Chief (Richard Yap).

Before joining the daytime soap, Ponce attempted twice to enter the popular “Pinoy Big Brother.” But as luck would have it, his go-see to join the reality TV show led him to auditioning for “Be Careful With My Heart” instead. For now, the former Mapua University student said he would like to stick to the “good boy” image he’s built as Luke. Eventually, however, Ponce said he would be more than ready to step up as a versatile actor.

Jane Oineza (Bottom row, leftmost)
Age: 16
Birthday: July 22
Talents: Acting, dancing, hosting, singing

Oineza recently made headlines as the only Filipina actress to have earned a nod at the upcoming New York Festivals. She is nominated as Best Actress for her role as a young girl who was raped by her stepfather in an episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

One of the original cast of the kiddie gag show “Goin’ Bulilit,” Oineza has successfully crossed over to dramatic acting, with roles in TV series like “Ligaw na Bulaklak” and “Maria la del Barrio.” Pointing to her idol Bea Alonzo’s versatility as her inspiration, the 16-year-old said she would like to take on roles in action films, romantic-comedy movies, and even more drama TV offerings.

Jon Lucas (Top row, rightmost)
Age: 17
Birthday: August 18
Talents: Acting, dancing, singing

Lucas initially only planned to pursue a career in basketball, but his stint in a pageant in 2010 served as a boost of confidence that he could have a chance at showbiz. Fast-forward to 2012, the 17-year-old was 129th in line at the auditions for Star Magic Circle Batch 2013.

Currently part of the primetime series “Kahit Konting Pagtingin” as Angeline Quinto’s brother, Lucas said he looks foward to working with his idols Coco Martin and John Lloyd Cruz, as well as his dream leading lady Erich Gonzales.

Janella Salvador (2nd row, left side)
Age: 14
Birthday: March 30
Talents: Acting, singing

Only on her first role in a “teleserye,” Salvador has already managed to trend an expression among avid viewers of “Be Careful With My Heart.” As Sir Chief’s daughter Nikki in the top-rating series, Salvador is now known for her character’s favorite expression, “Oh my G!”

The daughter of actress-singer Jenine Desiderio and singer Juan Miguel Salvador, the 14-year-old said she hopes to star in her own “teleserye” in the future, citing the likes of her primetime favorites “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” and “Princess and I.” Her dream leading man? Daniel Padilla.

Julian Estrada (Top row, leftmost)
Age: 17
Birthday: January 15
Talents: Acting, dancing

Estrada is following in his dad’s and granddad’s footsteps. The son of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the 17-year-old already has a taste of showbiz, having appeared in the lawmaker’s 2008 film “Katas ng Saudi.”

Currently a high school student at OB Montessori, Estrada said his interest in acting has made him less shy. Pursuing it as a career now, he hopes to make his family of actors proud. For now, Estrada is leaning towards taking on “bad boy” roles, perhaps even opposite his showbiz crush Anne Curtis.

Julia Barretto (Bottom row, 2nd from left)
Age: 15
Birthday: March 10
Talents: Acting, dancing

Showbiz is very much part of this 15-year-old’s genes. She is the daughter of actress Marjorie Barretto and comedian Dennis Padilla, and the niece of entertainment royalties Claudine and Gretchen. For this aspiring actress, joining showbiz has been a long time coming.

Aside from eyeing a soap opera of her own — she cited Sam Milby as her ideal co-star — Barretto said she is willing to learn singing to hopefully become a recording artist. Now all set to finally make acting a career, Barretto said she would like to be known for her talent, and not for her famous aunts and parents.

Khalil Ramos (Bottom row, 3rd from left)
Age: 16
Birthday: January 22
Talents: Acting, dancing, singing

He first rose to fame as a finalist in the reality talent search “Pilipinas Got Talent.” With a self-titled album and a top-rating series almost immediately following, Ramos regards his first year in showbiz as a big blessing.

But for the graduating high school student, a singing career, over doing more acting roles, takes priority. Nonetheless, Ramos said he is open to doing more TV series, citing as a fulfilling experience his working relationship with the likes of Gretchen Barretto and Albert Martinez in “Princess and I.”

Liza Soberano (Top row, 2nd from left)
Age: 15
Birthday: January 4
Talents: Acting, dancing, singing

Soberano is set to make a splash this March as she plays a third of a “love triangle” in the upcoming romantic-comedy movie “Must Be Love.” The 15-year-old said she is thrilled to star with Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo for her first big screen project.

Preceding her debut film, Soberano has already appeared on TV as the younger sister of Jake Cuenca in the defunct afternoon series “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.” Since her first taste of acting, the American-Pinay said she has already grown to love the craft. Going forward, Soberano sees herself taking on “good girl” roles and “kawawa” characters.

Kit Thompson (Bottom row, rightmost)
Age: 16
Birthday: February 15
Talents: Acting, dancing

Popularly known for his stint as a teen housemate in “Pinoy Big Brother,” Thompson’s start in showbiz was as a ramp model at a Bench fashion show. At the event, a stylist had asked him to audition for the reality TV show. After exiting the famous yellow house, Thompson debuted on primetime TV via the drama series “Kahit Puso’y Masugatan.”

Along with Soberano, the 16-year-old is set to join the cast of “Must Be Love.” Going forward, Thompson said he hopes to do more drama projects in the vein of his first TV role.

Michelle Vito (3rd row, leftmost)
Age: 15
Birthday: October 4
Talents: Acting, dancing, singing

Already a model at an early age, it was only a matter of time before Vito explored the world of acting. Last year, she made a mark on afternoon TV as the teen “kontrabida” in the fantasy series “Aryana.”

The role may have earned her unfavorable responses from fans of the show, but Vito said she values taking on the “mean girl” character as it honed her skills as an actress. Citing Bea Alonzo and Julia Montes as her idols, Vito said she hopes to follow in the Kapamilya actresses’ footsteps.

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