Meet Star Magic Circle 2013

by Rizza Benedicto
Mar 12, 2013
Star Magic Circle 2013 is composed of (L-R, girls) Julia Barretto, Jane Oineza, Liza Soberano, Michelle Vito, Janella Salvador and Ingrid dela Paz. (L-R, boys) Khalil Ramos, Alex Diaz, Julian Ejercito, Jerome Ponce, Jon Lucas and Kit Thompson. (CLICK HERE to view more photos of Star Magic Circle 2013)

Star Magic has formally introduced the 12 celebrities who were recently launched as Star Magic Circle 2013.

They are Julia Barretto, Jane Oineza, Liza Soberano, Michelle Vito, Janella Salvador, Ingrid dela Paz, Kit Thompson, Jon Lucas, Jerome Ponce, Julian Estrada, Alex Diaz and Khalil Ramos.

Some of them are considered part of showbiz royalty while others are former child stars. Julian is a grandson of former President Joseph Estrada, Janella is the daughter of singer-actress Jenine Desiderio, while Julia is the daughter of Dennis Padilla and Marjorie Barretto.

They are technically Batch 19 of the talent management arm of ABS-CBN but these youngsters were formally introduced as Star Magic Circle 2013.

Julia Barretto – is currently a sophomore high school student at Miriam College. She wishes to follow the footsteps of her aunt, Claudine Barretto.

How was she discovered?

“Ako tinanong ako if I was interested to play as the young Claudine in Walang Kapalit so I took the opportunity and it started there.


Showbiz crush: “Sam Milby, iba po kasi yung dating niya tapos super cute yung face, tapos yung eyes ang ganda, ang ganda pa kumanta.”

Considered showbiz royalty because of her parents Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla, Julia Barretto has long been waiting for her big break on television. Julia has been encouraged by the people around her to try showbiz and that she’ll definitely become a big star in the future. She dreams of having a teleserye, like that of her aunts Claudine Barretto and Gretchen Barretto, and even a recording album as she believes she has what it takes to be a singer. Eventually, Julia wants to be known in the industry because of her skills and not just because of her parents and aunts. She wants to work with Sam Milby in a movie or teleserye.

Jane Oineza – is currently in 3rd year high school and home schooling at Living Heritage Academy. She wanted to follow the footsteps of Bea Alonzo.


How was she discovered?

“Ako naman po, nag start sa commercials when I was 4 or 5, kinuha po ako sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggang from there I started doing younger version of teleserye lead roles.

Showbiz crush: “ John Lloyd Cruz I like him, I like his sense of humor , how he talks and everything.”

A familiar face on television because of her stint as an original Goin’ Bulilit kid, Jane Oineza has been working as a child actress since the age of four. She blossomed as a young woman on the shows Ligaw na Bulaklak and Maria La Del Barrio. At the young age of sixteen, her work as an actress has already been recognized, not only in the country, but also abroad. Her Maalaala Mo Kaya episode opposite Angel Aquino as an abused child earned her a nomination at the prestigious New York Festival. Jane says she wants to be like Bea Alonzo, who is a very versatile actress and she is looking forward to try a lot of different roles in the future. She wants to try action, like that of the Angelina Jolie movie Salt. She also wants to do romantic comedies like Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She hopes to stay and work in ABS-CBN in more years to come.


Liza Soberano – is a third year High School student at St. Patrick School. She wants to follow the footsteps of Anne Curtis.

How was she discovered?

“I started out by modelling also, tapos na-discover ako ng road manager ko ngayon at pinakilala niya ako sa manager ko nagayon na si Ogie Diaz.”

Showbiz Crush: “Sam Milby”

Proud to have been part of hit afternoon serye Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo as Jake Cuenca’s younger sister, Liza Soberano says she can’t wait to tackle her next project. The 15-year-old girl already envisions herself as a prime actress in the years to come and wants to portray a variety of roles from being the good girl to being the “kawawa” one. She admits to not taking her job as a commercial model seriously but has eventually taken acting to heart. Liza will have her first big screen appearance in Star Cinema’s Must Be Love, as the “ka-love triangle” of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.


Michelle Vito – is a 3rd year high school student at Makati Integrated Christian School. She wants to follow her look alike Julia Montes’ career path.

How was she discovered?

“Before po kasi when I was 7 years old, I started with commercial and go-sees po dito sa ABS.”

Showbiz Crush: “Si Kuya Jericho Rosales”

Michelle Vito didn’t mind playing the mean girl in recently concluded teleserye Aryana as it honed her skills as an actress. The teen admits she idolizes Bea Alonzo and Julia Montes and that they inspired her to pursue acting as a career. Michelle began modeling when she was just a kid and she says her most memorable experience is about it is falling in line for hours just for a go-see.

Janella Salvador – is one of the showbiz royalties in this batch. She is the daughter of singer-actress Jenine Desiderio and singer Juan Miguel Salvador. She just graduated 7th grade in St. Paul, Pasig last year.


She admits that she wants to follow the footsteps of Anne Curtis because she was never boring.

How was she discovered?

“I was actually discovered by singing, when I was 6 years old nag-guest ako sa Eat Bulaga because of my mom [Jenine Desiderio] I sang there and then after that tinawagan na po ako ni Mr. M [Johnny Manahan] and ni Direk Manny Valera."

Showbiz crush: “Si Daniel Padilla”

Popularly known as Sir Chief’s daughter, Nikki, on hit serye Be Careful with My Heart, Janella Salvador was first seen on television in a variety show. In real life, Janella is the daughter of actress-singer Jenine Desiderio and singer Juan Miguel Salvador. Inspired by her mother, Janella hopes to star in her own teleserye someday, like that of her favorites Princess and I and Ina Kapatid Anak or a dramatic episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya. She also wants to work with her crush, Daniel Padilla.


Kit Thompson – is currently in 3rd year high school. He wanted to follw the career path of then Pinoy Big Brother housemate Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca.

How was he discovered?

“Nagmo-model po ako no’n, Ton Lau, a stylist asked me kung gusto ko maging artista then pinakilala niya ako kay Ericsson Raymundo ng Cornerstone.”

Showbiz crush: “Julia Montes”

Kit wishes to be paired with Jane Oineza as his love team.

Attracted to fame since he was a young boy, Kit Thompson is most remembered as a former housemate in Pinoy Big Brother’s last teen edition. He first became a ramp model and at a Bench Fashion show, he was asked by a stylist if he wanted to try show business, leading to his stint on PBB. The Fil-New Zealander got his first acting gig via the Iza Calzado starrer Kahit Puso’y Masugatan and hopes he will star in more dramas in years to come. He will soon be seen on the silver screen in the Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla starrer Must Be Love. His advice to those who want to pursue showbiz is to be serious in their crafts and not do things half-heartedly or hurriedly. He says everything will come in its right time and place, like it did for him.


Jon Lucas – is currently in 1st year high school. He admires and aspires to be like John Lloyd Cruz.

How was he discovered?

“Nagsimula rin po ako sa modelling po, sa beauty pageant, nag-audition po ako sa Star Magic yung open audtion po at doon po ako na-discover."

Jon recalled, “Pang 191 po ako sa lahat ng nag-audition.”

Celebrity crush: Coleen Garcia

If given a chance Jon wanted to be paired with batchmate Liza Soberano.

Jon Lucas shares that at first he only wanted to be a university basketball player but when he joined a pageant in 2010, his friends encouraged him to pursue a career as an actor. He is very lucky to have made it to the final list of Star Magic Circle Batch 2013 as he lined up along with five hundred other hopefuls in the talent management’s public audition last April 2012. The young man adds he can’t wait to work with his idols Coco Martin and John Lloyd Cruz and his ultimate crush Erich Gonzales. He is currently being seen on Kahit Konting Pagtingin as Angeline Quinto’s younger brother.


Jerome Ponce – graduated from Malayan High School of Science.

How was he discovered?

Jerome narrated, “Ako naman po na-discover po ako dahil dati ko pong manager si kuya Leo Bukas, naging manager ko po siya for almost 3 years.

“Nag-audition po ako sa PBB tapos naging reserve lang po ako.

“Pero may kaibigan po yung tito ko, si Tito Avel [Bacudio] designer po siya siya po nagsabi sa akin na mag audition sa Be Careful [with my Heart].”

Showbiz crush: “Jessy Mendiola pero pwede si Maja…”

Dream love team: “Sa akin naman po si Ingrid [Dela Paz] kasi parang nakikita ko po na madali siya ka-trabaho dahil sa personality niya.

Jerome Ponce attempted to be a PBB teen housemate twice but fate instead led him to a go-see of the now hit afternoon drama Be Careful with My Heart. Now popularly known as Sir Chief’s firstborn, Luke, he fondly remembers his audition for the show. He says the show’s staff called him up, not to inform him if he passed, but to inform him of their taping schedule. And he even had to memorize his script in ten minutes. Jerome says he wants to give showbiz a chance and postponed his collegiate studies at the Mapua University. He shares that he likes making people smile and he likes the acknowledgement one gets in the business aside from the fame and the lifestyle. Jerome wants to maintain the ‘good boy’ image he has on Be Careful with My Heart but says he eventually wants to take on more versatile roles.


Julian Estrada – is currently a sophomore at OB Montessori. He admits that he wants to follow the footsteps of his grandfather former president Joseph Estrada.

Julian explained why he chose his grandfather over his dad Jinggoy Estrada, “Lasi po dumiretso po ang daddy ko sa politics po agad.

“Yung grandfather ko po isa po siyang versatile actor, gusto ko po masubukan yung mga nagawa niya.”

How was he discovered?

"Na-discover po ako sa movie ko dati, I was with my dad in Katas ng Saudi."

Celebrity crush: “Si Anne Curtis po kasi she’s simply beautiful.”

There are sightings on Instagram of photos of Julian and Julia Barretto so they were asked about their current status he revealed, “Basta good friends po kami.

“Para po sa akin ngayon trabaho lang po muna.

“We are just close friends.”

Son of Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Julian inherited the acting bug and began his showbiz career when he appeared in his father’s 2008 movie, Katas ng Saudi. A second year high school student at the OB Montessori, Julian admits he is a very shy person but after he discovered acting, he has become open to more possibilities in show business. Julian believes he will be good in doing dramas and hopes to make his family proud. Julian feels he will succeed in doing bad boy roles and wants to act opposite John Lloyd Cruz and Anne Curtis someday.


Alex Diaz – is a dean’s lister at the Enderun Colleges where he is taking Marketing Management. He admitted that he wants to be like his idol, John Lloyd Cruz.

How was he discovered?

“Na-discover po ako sa Oishi ad kasama po ni Kit [Thompson].”

When his father didn’t approve of his career in modeling, Scottish-Filipino Alex Diaz pursued it behind his back. After living in Canada for two years, Alex went back to Manila and he was invited to a go-see in Star Magic after his stint in a TV commercial. A dean’s lister at the Enderun Colleges where he is taking up Marketing Management, Alex says he has always had a passion for the arts since he was a little kid. The young man admits though that he got star struck seeing famous celebrities when he was waiting in line at a PBB audition and he is curious of how it is to be a star.


Khalil Ramos – is a graduating high school student at the Colegio de San Agustin. He admires Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz.

Khalil was first scene in Pilipinas Got Talent season 3 where he placed 3rd in the finals.

He got the attention of the press when he bluntly revealed his admiration for Julia Barretto. He hopes he can be paired with Julia in the future.

Catapulted into the spotlight after landing second place in Pilipinas Got Talent’s third season, Khalil feels very blessed to have gotten the role of Kiko in primetime teleserye Princess and I in the short time he is in showbiz. He was very thrilled to see his face every day on TV and in the primetime slot nonetheless. Although he is thankful to have broken into the world of acting, Khalil emphasizes that his number one priority is still his singing career. Wanting to perform in front of people since the age of five, Khalil says he wouldn’t mind doing a dramatic show again or an action teleserye in the future. Khalil says he felt really challenged with his stint on Princess and I, because aside from it being his first ever teleserye, he was able to work alongside known personalities like Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Gretchen Barretto and Albert Martinez.

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Star Magic Circle 2013 is composed of (L-R, girls) Julia Barretto, Jane Oineza, Liza Soberano, Michelle Vito, Janella Salvador and Ingrid dela Paz. (L-R, boys) Khalil Ramos, Alex Diaz, Julian Ejercito, Jerome Ponce, Jon Lucas and Kit Thompson. (CLICK HERE to view more photos of Star Magic Circle 2013)
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