Local stars to watch in 2013


03:01 AM January 5th, 2013

By: Mark Sablan, January 5th, 2013 03:01 AM

The local entertainment scene is thriving, with the following young stars showing promise in their respective fields. From reality show winners (and losers) to networks’ prized finds, here are the names that we’re confident will make waves this 2013.

ALDEN Richards

Alden Richards

After proving his acting chops in the GMA 7 prime time show “One True Love,” the guy called “Ang Pambansang Dimples” will be seen as the young Bong Revilla in the Kapuso series “Indio.” We hope this isn’t the only thing he has for us this year.


Akihiro Blanco

This “Artista Academy” finalist may not have won TV5’s talent search, but with his chinito good looks, undeniable charm and Robin Padilla bad-boy aura, we bet Aki will make a big impact in show biz this year.


Benjamin Alves

He’s proven that despite being a newcomer, he can act (“Coffee Prince”) and host (“Party Pilipinas”). Oh, and show some skin, too (Bench Universe). We’re definitely looking forward to more acting, hosting—and skin-showing—gigs by this guy.

Daniel Padilla

There’s no stopping this guy. The actor-singer had everyone gushing about him last year; he should be winning even more fans this 2013.

Derrick Monasterio

He’s a promising actor, a talented and underrated singer, plus a looker. He really should be groomed by GMA 7 to be the next matinee idol.

Juancho Trivino

Undeniably handsome and charming, Juancho  is currently the bida of GMA 7’s teen show “Teen Gen” (he plays the son of Joaquin Torres/Bobby Andrews), a role that  should open more doors for him.

KZ Tandingan

After winning “The X Factor Philippines,” KZ should be releasing an album soon. This much-anticipated record plus her other music-related endeavors should grow her already big fanbase this 2013.


This singer/rapper/dancer/choreographer will make the local music scene more colorful with his solo album under Viva Records.

MAX Collins

Max Collins

Things are looking good for the former Kapamilya star. Now with GMA 7, she’s getting good projects such as “Pahiram ng Sandali,” which reveals how promising she is as an actress and reminds us how lovely she is. After such a big project, we can only expect her in even bigger ones.

RITA de Guzman

Rita de Guzman

The winner of the first season of the talent search “Popstar Kids,” Rita has blossomed into a young woman who is proving that she is now not just a better and more experienced singer, but also a promising actress. And it looks like her home network GMA 7 is seeing this (finally!), based on how more visible she has become lately. Rita, who showed her vocal chops when she auditioned for “Miss Saigon,” should glow more this 2013.

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