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The cast of Lipgloss: (Top, from left) Fred Payawan as Jiggo, Rodjun Cruz as Jake, Mikee Lee as Maui, Sam Concepcion as Kyle, and Kevin Lapena as Edge; (bottom, from left) Charina Suzara as Julivee, Miki Hahn as Steph, Saab Magalona as Abby, Maxine Eigenmann as Abby, Mary Grace Perido as Louise, and Cheska Ortega as Ziggy.

Photo: Courtesy of TV5

Bagamat bagong bihis pa lang ang TV5 kinailangan munang manghiram ng talents—mostly from ABS-CBN—for its slew of shows all piloting this week. May foresight ang Prime Events Force Unlimited to come up with a show that will also introduce new talents exclusively for TV5. This way, kasabay ng audition for available talents, nagpa-go see rin ang Prime Events to discover new stars at tila sinuwerte naman sila sa mga nakuha nila—mostly teens from exclusive schools willing to try showbiz.

 

Lipgloss is a loose adaptation of the hit TV series Gossip Girl and follows the lives of the students of an ultra-exclusive high school through the school's "unofficial" website.

 

Halos baguhan ang mga cast with the rest, the under-exposed talents from ABS-CBN's Star Magic.

 

Leading the male cast are Star Magic's Rodjun Cruz, na kapatid ni Rayver Cruz, playing the main antagonist Jake; Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Season 1 housemates Fred Payawan as Jake's younger brother Jiggo and Mikee Lee as the resident bad boy Maui; at ang first Little Big Star winner na si Sam Concepcion as the moderator of the website Lipgloss as Kyle.

 

Joining them is fresh talent Kevin Lapena as the main lead boy Edge. A high school graduate of Don Bosco Makati, now a college sophomore of De La Salle, he fits in perfectly to the exclusive-school boys Rodjun of De La Salle high school, Fred from Colegio San Agustin, now of De La Salle, and Mikee of Ateneo from elementary to college.

 

Bukod sa exclusive schools, panlaban naman ng ilang mga bagong girls to be introduced in the show ang kanilang showbiz lineage.

 

Playing the two female leads are Saab Magalona as Meg and Maxine Eigenmann as Abby. Saab is the younger sister of Maxene Magalona and the second eldest daughter of Francis Magalona and Pia Arroyo; samantalang nakatatandang kapatid naman ni Andi Eigenmann si Maxine with famous dad Mark Gil.

 

Three other three new girls are Cheska Ortega playing Ziggy, the younger sister of Edge, who is formerly from Poveda and had to transfer to Reedley International School dahil hindi siya pinayagang mag-artista; Charina Suzara, playing the wannabe rich girl Julivee, is a student of OB Montessori; and Mary Grace Perido, the loner skating champ Louise, is from San Agustin College in Cavite.

 

Another Star Magic talent Miki Hahn plays the bad girl Steph. She is the only member of the cast who stopped schooling after finishing high school.

 

Makakasama nila ang mga beteranong artista na sina Lorenzo Mara, Rachel Lobangco, Lloyd Samartino, at Ricardo Cepeda. Lipgloss is directed by Cris Pablo and Aleah Eugenio.

 

Lipgloss pilots this Saturday, August 16, at 5 p.m.