SHAIRA Mae Dela Cruz is a discovery of TV5 in their Artista Academy search. Her loveteam with batchmate Mark Neumann clicked in several “Wattpad Presents” episodes even if, off cam, she was then going steady with Edgar Allan Guzman, with whom she is rumored to have broken up.
After TV5 has stopped producing local shows, she’s lucky APT Entertainment got her to be part of their morning youth oriented show, “Trops”. “Supposed to be, guesting lang 'yun, but sinuwerte ako, ginawa akong regular member ng cast,” she says. “Then after that, naisama-sama rin nila ako sa ‘Eat Bulaga’ and ‘Sunday PinaSaya’. And now, kasama rin ako sa movie nila with Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros, ‘Trip Ubusan: The Lolas vs. Zombies’ which opens today in theaters.”
She enjoyed doing the movie where she is paired with Miggy Tolentino of “Trops”. “Masaya sa set kasi kasama rin namin sina Taki Saito and Kenneth Medrano na cast members din noon ng ‘Trops’. And it’s fun working with the three Lolas kasi lagi silang nagpapatawa sa set so para lang kaming naglalaro sa shooting. Pero 'yung scenes na hinahabol kami ng zombies, scary talaga.”
She’s now doing shows with GMA7 and Edgar Allan is also currently in GMA doing “My Korean Jagiya”. Do they get to see each other? Is it true they broke up because Edgar’s family and manager are against her?
“Basta tungkol diyan, please lang, ayoko nang pag-usapan. Magkaiba naman kami ng shows, e. So basta sa ganyan, ayoko na lang sumagot hangga’t maaari, kasi tahimik na ang buhay ko ngayon. At mas gusto ko, 'yung tahimik na lang lagi at walang intriga.”
TERESA ADVISES SON DIEGO: NEVER HURT WOMEN
TERESA Loyzaga has left Australia and returned to Manila for good. “Kasi my two sons, Diego and Joseph, have both decided to come home here at dito na mag-work, so wala na akong kasama roon. Mahirap naman 'yung magpabalik-balik to see them, kaya umuwi na lang ako dito,” she says.
Didn’t she have her own job in Australia? “Yes, but I resigned na from my job as a flight attendant in a big airline kahit walang kasiguraduhan kung makakakuha ako ng bagong trabaho dito. But I’m just really thankful that ABS-CBN now got me at isinama ako sa cast ng ‘Hanggang Saan’ that will start airing this November 27. I play the mother of Sue Ramirez, na magiging love interest ni Arjo Atayde na anak naman ni Sylvia Sanchez. Kami ang babago sa buhay nilang mag-ina.”
Teresa is very close to Diego, her son with Cesar Montano. She usually accompanies him to his presscons and takes his pictures. She was also seen in MOA Arena last Saturday and took photos of Diego while participating in the Bench fashion show. What kind of advice does she give to Diego? “I tell him to always be the best in his craft, be professional, and don’t ever hurt women intentionally. He should just think of me and what I myself went through.”
A BIG UPHILL BATTLE FOR CLIQUE5 TO CLICK
CLIQUE5 is a new boyband managed by 3:16 Events and Talent Management Company. They were presented to the press and performed several song and dance numbers. Their manager, Kathy, says this is just the beginning as their company will also introduce soon a girl group called Belladonnas. They will have a big show with their girl counterparts in Japan by next month.
“Total package sila na hindi limited ang talent kasi they underwent rigid dance workshops, voice lessons, personality development and acting workshops,” she adds. “We made sure they’re well prepared at hindi hilaw bago namin sila isinalang in performing.”
Their first song is a Christmas ditty in time for the coming holiday season, “Tuwing Pasko," written by Joven Tan, who did two other songs for them, “Bakit Hindi” and “Puwede Ba, Teka Muna”. Their voices have very good blending and given the chance, they might just make it in showbiz. There’s a plan for them to launch a full length album with Ivory Records.
The group’s members are Karl (this mestizo guy is 17, the best looking in the group and a high school senior at Philippine Christian University), Sean, Clay, Josh and Marco Paolo (the tallest at 6 ft. tall, he’s 19, a martial artist and a balikbayan from Vienna, Austria.) Their ages range from 16 years old to 20.
Karl, Sean, Josh and Marco Paolo got to know each other as contestants in the Circle of Ten model search then they performed Clique5. Clay is an aircraft mechanic who auditioned so he can become a member of the group. They all want to try acting and their mutual showbiz crush who they’d like to work with is Liza Soberano.
Asked what’s their difference from other boybands, here’s their combined reply: “We’re not products of a contest but very rigid training that made us versatile as we can do different genres in singing and dancing. We’re also into acting and we want to grow in the industry as total performers. We look at each other as brothers, not rivals, and we’re here to help and support one another.”
Well, here’s my best wishes for this group. The competition in showbiz now is so tough and even if you’re a part of a top network that gives you regular exposure, it’s not really a guarantee that you’d make it. The most popular male group now is Hashtags and it’s because they have a regular daily exposure in “It’s Showtime”.
The other ABS-CBN group, Boyband PH, products of a nationwide search and contest, isn’t as lucky. Someone who joined it but was ejected, Anthony Labrusca, is now even more popular than any of its members.
GMA has also introduced several boybands, from the Kpop group called Down to Mars (which has since folded up), to Top One from the talent search, To The Top, and One Up (whose members are all good looking), but they have yet to really make it big. So it will be one big uphill battle for Clique5 and here’s hoping they’ll succeed to find their own niche in local showbiz.