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Yen former school brat now a Regal star

  • Written by Mario Bautista
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MOTHER Lily Monteverde has signed up two Kapamilya talents to do movies for Regal Multi-Media, Yen Santos and Devon Seron, and Regal is determined to build them up to be big movie stars. “I like them because they are both full of promise,” says Mother Lily. “They can also act well so I see a bright future for both of them.”

Yen (full name is Lilieyen) was discovered through “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010” where James Reid won. Born on Nov. 20, 1992 in Cabanatuan City, she joined PBB as one of the teen housemates. “Para maging in, napabarkada ako noong high school sa isang grupong nagka-cut classes at pinatawag ang parents ko sa school,” she says. “My mom said sumali na lang ako sa PBB. Ayoko sana kasi sobrang mahiyain ako noon, pero mapilit siya, so pinagbigyan ko. Sabi ko, 'wag siyang madi-disappoint kapag di ako nakuha. We went to Tarlac para mag-audition. First time ko mag-try sa ganun. Akala ko, di ako nakuha, then they told me to go to Baguio for the second screening. Ayun, nag-qualify ako. Umabot ang stay ko sa loob ng bahay ni Kuya for one and a half months. After that, I thought back to normal na ang buhay ko, pero pinatawag ako ng ABS at isinali sa ‘Good Vibes’, my first regular show. Tapos, pinag-attend na ako ng acting workshops ng Star Magic.”

She then appeared in several episodes of MMK and Wansapanataym, and did supporting roles in shows like Growing Up, Ikaw ang Pag-ibig, E-boy, Okatokat, Dugong Buhay. Her big break came in “Pure Love" in 2014 where she played a lead role, along with Alex Gonzaga. This was followed by “Dream Dad” and in last year’s “All of Me” where she met Director Dondon Santos who has now cast her in the lead role of Regal’s “Once in A Lifetime: Northern Lights” opposite Piolo Pascual, filmed in New Zealand.

She has also started taping for a new soap, “Because You Loved Me”, where she’s paired with Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca, shot on location in Mindoro, with Dan Villegas as director. “Hindi pa tapos ang movie with Piolo, may remaining scenes pa kami to be shot here in Manila. Hindi pa rin tapos 'yung bagong soap and I don’t know when we’ll resume taping kasi naging busy si Direk Dan in co-directing the new JaDine soap.”


DEVON Seron was born in Cebu on May 20, 1993, she grew up in a slum area. She has scoliosis and despite their being poor, her parents enrolled her in a pricey private school near their home, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, so she doesn’t have to walk far. She ended up as 4th placer in PBB Teens 2010, where James Reid won. PBB paid for the rest of her tuition fee so she could finish high school. She then started taking up business management at STI, but she stopped when she got busy with showbiz work.
After PBB, she made the rounds of various ABS-CBN shows and was cast as a mainstay in “Shoutout” in 2011 and later, “Mula Sa Puso”. She also did several episodes of MMK and GMA7’s “Maynila”. She also played supporting roles in “Angelito”, “Apoy sa Dagat”, “Maria Mercedes”, “Moon of Desire”, “You’re My Home”. She’s now being seen regularly in the hit morning soap, “Be My Lady”.
She has also appeared in several movies, doing supporting roles in Star Cinema’s “The Reunion”, “Maybe This Time”, “Halik sa Hangin”, “Everything About Her” and Regal’s “Haunted Mansion” and “I Love You to Death”.
She’s the original ka-loveteam of James Reid after PBB when they were paired in “Good Vibes”. How does she feel now that James is a top matinee idol and found a new partner in Nadine Lustre? “Honestly, I’m very happy for him. Nagkahiwalay kami when he left ABS and moved to Viva at ako naman, I was paired with Sam Concepcion in ‘Angelito’. Everything happens naman daw for a reason, di ba? Last weekend, we finally saw each other again ni James after three years in ‘Showtime’ kasi he’s promoting their show. I congratulated him for his success.”
How does she feel now that Mother Lily signed her up     to a contract and will be given a lead role in the possible Metro Filmfest entry, “Pwera Usog”, a horror movie? “I was so happy when I was informed na Regal is getting me. Mangiyak-ngiyak nga ako sa tuwa and I promise I will do my very best at ibubuhos ko lahat ng makakaya ko sa projects nila for me.”
How does she feel that she’s one of the top winners of PBB 2010 but Yen Santos, who’s one of the housemates evicted early in the show, is now a bigger star than her and even paired with Piolo Pascual? “I’m happy for her. Aminado naman akong mas magaling si Ate Yen kaysa sa’kin kasi ilang beses na rin siyang nabigyan ng lead roles sa soaps sa ABS. Hindi ako naiinggit. Basta I just use it as motivation para mas lalo kong paghusayin ang trabaho ko."


GABBY Eigenmann is happy to join the cast of GMA7’s hit afternoon soap, “Sa Piling Ni Nanay”. He plays Benedict, the former boyfriend of Yasmien Kurdi as Isabel who helps her to be more prosperous in life. “Maganda 'yung role ko kasi ako ang magiging instrumento sa pagta-turn around ng buhay ni Yasmien from being the poor miserable Isabel na inaapi-api ni Katrina Halili as Scarlet to be someone who is now very successful in the real estate business,” says Gabby. “Tutulungan ko siyang maghiganti.”
Yasmien then sees Mark Herras again as Jonas, now a drunkard. Mark couldn’t believe that it’s Yasmien who's facing her as she is now transformed to a wealthy and sophisticated woman. He tells Katrina about it but Katrina won’t believe him. Yasmien vows to take revenge on Katrina who thinks she’s already dead. Slowly, she tries to make her presence felt to Katrina, like giving her a birthday cake greeting the supposedly dead Isabel. Katrina gets so scared about what’s happening. And she gets so shocked when Yasmien finally makes an appearance in front of her. It's payback time!