Batch 2019: Meet the 16 new faces of Star Magic

Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2019 04:28 AM | Updated as of May 23 2019 03:49 PM

MANILA—Star Magic, the Kapamilya talent management arm behind many of today's local superstars, introduced on Wednesday 16 new faces poised for the big time in showbiz.

The unveiling of Star Magic Circle 2019 coincided with the month-long celebration of the ABS-CBN group's 27th anniversary, which has so far been marked with digital documentaries and retrospectives.

That the fresh talents were shown video messages from their seniors at Star Magic was fitting for the milestone, with the likes of Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban giving advice to the up-and-comers.

The longevity of the two, who each count more than two decades in the business, is a testament not only to their talent, but also their training courtesy of Star Magic, a combination this new batch is hoping to channel.

Whether it will bear similar fruit remains to be seen, but at least for Wednesday night's introduction, the future looked promising for this young circle:

GILLIAN VICENCIO, 19

This former culinary arts major is best known for her ghost role in the horror film "Eerie," and is set to appear in the iWant series "Kargo." Instagram: @starmagicphils/@_gillianvicencio

BELLE MARIANO, 16

After graduating from the kiddie gag show "Goin' Bulilit," Belle took on dramatic roles via "Maalaala Mo Kaya" and "Ipaglaban Mo." Her upcoming projects include the films "Danztep" and "Sa Isang Sulok ng mga Pangarap," as well as the iWant show "13 Reasons Why Not." Instagram: @starmagicphils/@belle_mariano

GLEN VARGAS, 23

This former boy-band member already has a string of film roles to his name, including parts in "Talk Back and You're Dead" and "Diary ng Panget." He has also done plays and TV commercials, on top of modeling in Singapore and Thailand. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@_glenvargas

KENDRU GARCIA, 20

Having grown up in Saipan, Kendru was initially not fluent in Filipino, but that changed with his interest in local rap, which he has come to embrace. He was discovered by Star Magic after he enrolled in one of its workshops. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@heykendru

ARIELLE ROCES, 22

This business analytics graduate has appeared in several print and commercial ads, and now hopes to pursue acting, particularly action-packed roles. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@arielleroces

EISEL SERRANO, 20

A self-confessed go-getter, Eisel has checked many of her goals, including finishing her travel management degree, ending up cum laude, and entering showbiz. The latter, she achieved by enrolling in Star Magic's workshops and getting discovered. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@eiselserrano

RA LEWIS, 21

Part Filipino, Canadian, and Polish, RA tried out for the ongoing edition of "Pinoy Big Brother" — but instead of clinching a slot as one of the housemates, he was scouted by Star Magic, which had him undergo workshops. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@ra__lewis

JAVI BENITEZ, 22

The son of former Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez, this political science and computer science graduate opted for a different path as a host, particularly for ANC's "Game Changer" and Studio 23's "Sports Kidz." Now, he's set to broaden his horizons with his foray into acting. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@javibenitezzz

AIYANA WAGGONER, 12

This half-American is the youngest of the batch, but is also one of the more experienced when it comes to ramp modeling with her catwalk-ready height. She recently appeared in the horror film "Eerie." Instagram: @starmagicphils/@_aiyanawagonner

ARABELLA DEL ROSARIO, 17

Discovered through a billboard outside her school, Arabella proved to also have the talent to match her looks. Aside from singing, she is also an avid dancer. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@arabelladelro

ANTHONY JENNINGS, 18

This half-British commercial model recently made his acting debut via iWant's "Touchscreen," and is set to join the cast of Star Cinema's OFW drama "Hello Love Goodbye." Instagram: @starmagicphils/@anthonyjenningss

JC ALCANTARA, 19

Thanks to a TV commercial that went viral, JC has had no shortage of opportunities in the business, including roles in Star Cinema's "Kasal" and the hit drama series "Halik." Instagram: @starmagicphils/@jcalcantaraofficial

SOPHIE REYES, 20

The great-granddaughter of the film icon Paraluman, and daughter of actress Rina Reyes, Sophie fits the definition of "showbiz royalty." She is in fact no stranger to the limelight, with stage roles as part of "Sound of Music" and "Magsimula Ka," among others. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@soupwithsophie

MELIZZA JIMENEZ, 17

This newcomer will be familiar to KathNiel fans, as she appeared in the film "Barcelona: A Love Untold" in 2016. She has also taken on roles in "Wansapanataym" and "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," and is looking forward to dabbling in music as well. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@jimenezmelizza

JEREMIAH LISBO, 20

This hotel and restaurant management student credits hard work and prayers for landing his dream of modeling and appearing in a TV commercial. Now he's expanding that dream as he ventures into acting. Jeremiah is set to appear in a series starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@jeremiahlisbo

KYLE ECHARRI, 15

A finalist in "The Voice Kids," Kyle has transitioned into a teen star with his roles in Star Cinema's "Seven Sundays" and the hit drama series "Kadenang Ginto." The young singer is also looking forward to returning to music, particularly to treat fans to a second album. Instagram: @starmagicphils/@kyleecharri