In 2021, GMA-7 started uploading past episodes of the youth-oriented show, Click, which premiered in 1999 and was shown last in 2004.
The teen-oriented show became the launchpad of some of the Kapuso network’s up-and-coming teen stars at the time.
The first batch, which ran from December 1999 to March 2002, saw the beginnings of Alessandra de Rossi, Roxanne Barcelo, and James Blanco, now household names in teleseryes and movies.
In March 2002, with some of the first batch members poised to take on more mature and dramatic roles, GMA-7 introduced fresh faces while retaining a few familiar names to form Click's second batch.
Joining the cast were commercial models, children of veteran actors, and new discoveries who, just like their predecessors, were to be groomed as Kapuso prime stars.
The second batch proved to be a success as Click reached higher ratings, toppling its competition.
Far bigger success awaited most of its stars after their stints in the show.
They were given big breaks in movies and television to become famous stars, and have remained active in showbiz, albeit in the rival network, ABS-CBN.
Other members of the Click barkada decided to leave show business and focus on their personal lives.
In December 2021, GMA-7 started uploading the second-batch episodes of Click, which aired from March 2002 to June 2003.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) takes a look at the lives now of the 12 stars of Click batch two, 20 years after their debut in the show.
ALESSANDRA DE ROSSI
Character: Vivian “Ian” Rufino
Alessandra first joined Click in the first batch’s third season in July 2000 and had four love-team partners: Miko Sotto, Biboy Ramirez, Jet Alcantara, and Polo Ravales.
Alessandra—who is also known by her nickname Alex—was retained in the second batch when most of the cast members had left the show. This time, she was looked up to as the “ate” of the group. One of her main conflicts was when she fell in love with JB (Sherwin Ordonez) while still in a relationship with Joseph (Polo Ravales).
After Alex graduated from the show in 2003, she started doing independent films such as Mga Munting Tinig and Homecoming. On television, Alex was assigned kontrabida roles in GMA-7 shows. One of her most notable kontrabida roles was in the 2005 version of Darna, where Alex portrayed Valentina to Angel Locsin's Darna.
Also in 2005, Alex top-billed the internationally acclaimed Singaporean horror movie The Maid. The movie won the European Fantastic Film Festival Federation (EFFFF) Asian Film Award at the 10th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan).
Through the years, Alex continued portraying kontrabida roles in GMA-7 and ABS-CBN teleseryes.
In 2017, Alex top-billed the independent movie Kita Kita with Empoy Marquez. The film received favorable reviews and did well in the box office with a total worldwide gross of PHP320 million.
This was also the time when Alex reinvented her career, saying no to kontrabida roles after doing it on TV for more than 10 years.
Alex lives alone in her own home in Quezon City, for which, she told PEP.ph in an interview, she paid in full when she was in her early 30s.
Being free of financial obligations has allowed Alex to choose her projects.
She is reported to be in a special relationship with director Rico Gutierrez, but both have yet to admit the real score between them.
Character: Jose Basilio “JB” Montelibano
Sherwin did his acting debut in the fantasy series Pintados. He was also a member of the dance group Abztract dancers.
Prior to joining the show's second batch, Sherwin entered the third season of Click in July 2000 as JB and was paired with Maybelyn dela Cruz, who played Rosario.
In the middle of the story, however, Sherwin was paired with Trina Zuniga, who played Melai. Their love team was well-received by Click fans until Trina’s character was killed when she transferred to ABS-CBN.
When the second batch started, JB was still in a relationship with Rosario, who was studying in London. He would later become involved with Ian (Alessandra de Rossi) until they all left the show in 2003 to make way for the third batch.
Aside from Click, Sherwin also did the TV shows Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin and Nuts Entertainment.
He left show business the following year and went back to doing theater plays. He also opened his own resto bar business, which has been affected by the pandemic.
Sherwin is now a father of two kids. His eldest son, who lives in Japan, welcomed his first child at the age of 20 back in 2020. This made Sherwin a proud lolo at 43.
Currently, Sherwin is busy with his online selling business of branded products.
Sherwin was also present during the reunion of Click batch one members on PEP.ph’s online talk show, PEP Live, in June 2020.
Character: Isabella “Issa” Pascual
Tricia, known for her commercial for a food brand, became part of Click’s pioneer batch in December 1999 after her first show, the youth-oriented variety show Bestfrends, ended its run.
In Click, Tricia was first paired with Bestfrends co-star Joseph Ison, then later with the late Miko Sotto. During the last season, she was paired with Onemig Bondoc.
In the second batch, she was briefly paired with Railey Valeroso. When their team-up ended, Tricia went solo until the end of her stint in the third batch in 2003.
After Click, Tricia was cast in Kapuso teleseryes such as Love to Love, Mulawin, and Captain Barbell.
Currently, Tricia is busy being a mom to her two kids. She also helps with her husband’s businesses, including the butcher shop Meat PH.
Tricia’s last TV appearance was on the GMA-7 talk show Mars Pa More, where the girls of Click—Maybelyn dela Cruz and Chynna Ortaleza—had a mini-reunion.
Tricia was also present during the reunion of Click batch one members on PEP.ph’s online talk show, PEP Live, in June 2020.
Character: Maria Carina “Kara” Rodriguez
Danica entered Click during the latter part of the first batch in October 2000. Her supposed guest role for only six episodes lasted for more than two years as she was effective in being the main kontrabida that wreaked havoc in the lives of the Click barkada.
While being part of Click’s second batch in 2002, Danica also became part of the sitcom Daddy Di Do Du with her father, Vic Sotto, Maxene Magalona, and Isabelle de Leon. The sitcom was such a hit that it ran for five years.
Playing Kara on Click earned her more kontrabida roles in GMA-7 and ABS-CBN teleseryes, such as Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (2002), Krystala (2004), and Hongkong Flight 143 (2006).
Danica’s last teleserye was the TAPE Inc-produced series Pinakamamahal (2006) with Marian Rivera and Pauleen Luna.
In 2007, Danica and basketball player Marc Pingris got married. They have two kids, Jean Michael and Anielle Micaela.
Danica shows her family life and shares cooking tips and recipes through her YouTube channel and social-media accounts.
She was also present during the Click barkada reunion on PEP Live on June 10, 2021.
Character: Mikaela “Mimi” Mendez
Chynna became part of Click when the first batch entered college in June 2001. She was Mimi, the roommate of Toni (Roxanne Barcelo) who got involved with her roommate’s boyfriend, Anton (James Blanco). It was Chynna’s first project after transitioning from a 5&Up host to a teen actress.
She then continued her stint in the second batch where she was paired with Richard Gutierrez. Their love team became a hit that they were able to do more shows and movies outside Click.
While doing Click, Chynna had a relationship with co-star Railey Valeroso. Their relationship lasted for nine years.
When Click ended, Chynna’s love team with Richard was dissolved. She then focused on doing character roles on television and movies. Some of her remarkable teleseryes included Atlantika (2006), Magic Palayok (2011), and The Rich Man’s Daughter (2015).
They are also running their own recording label, O/C Records, which counts former IV of Spades vocalist Unique Salonga as one of its talents.
Character: Lorenzo “Enzo” Francisco
Richard, the son of actor Eddie Gutierrez and talent manager Annabelle Rama, first joined Click as one of the new characters in the second batch. He played Enzo, the new neighbor of the old barkada. Richard was also paired with Chynna Ortaleza, whom he first worked with in Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.
Richard and Chynna’s tandem in Click was so well-received by the fans, that there came a time when they were pulled out of the show in 2003 to avoid overexposure.
All at the same time, they were doing the movies Kuya and Mano Po 2, starring in the prime-time soap opera Habang Kapiling Ka, and starting the Sunday youth-oriented show Love to Love.
Richard and Chynna’s love team ended when Richard got his big break on TV via the fantasy series Mulawin, where he was paired with Angel Locsin, who was his twin sister in Click.
Mulawin received high ratings, and the Angel-Richard love team became phenomenal, gaining a lot of fans and projects.
Richard eventually went solo, and was paired with different leading ladies in GMA-7. Among them were Heart Evangelista, Rhian Ramos, Michelle Madrigal, Maxene Magalona, Carla Abellana, and his would-be girlfriend and wife, Sarah Lahbati.
In 2013, Richard became a freelancer after his contract with GMA ended.
The following year, Richard and Sarah introduced their baby boy named Zion. In 2018, Sarah gave birth to their second child, Kai.
Richard transferred to ABS-CBN in 2017, and did the series La Luna Sangre with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Since 2020, he has been a part of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, where he plays kontrabida to Coco Martin.
It serves as his reunion with Coco, who played a short role as Richard’s rival in Click.
Character: Charlotte Anne “Charley” Francisco
Angel was one of the freshest faces from GMA Artist Center (now Sparkle) who was added to the cast of Click. She played the role of Charley, the boyish twin sister of Enzo (Richard Gutierrez).
Angel was originally paired with Bryan Revilla, but it was her team-up with Railey Valeroso that clicked with the viewers.
As a result, Angel and Railey were paired in the movie Kuya (2003) and in the drama series Twin Hearts (2004).
Angel also became the teen lead in the series Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin (2003), the sequel to the prime-time show Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw starring Alice Dixson, Christopher de Leon, and Richard Gomez.
In 2004, Angel got the biggest break in her career when she was paired with Richard, her Click twin brother, in Mulawin.
The series catapulted them as big stars of the Kapuso network at that time.
But Angel's most remarkable role was Darna. GMA-7's adaptation was aired in 2005.
While Angel’s movie career centered on her love team with Richard during this time, she was able to work with different leading men on TV: Dennis Trillo, Cogie Domingo, and Robin Padilla.
In 2007, after doing a string of teleseryes in GMA-7, Angel decided to transfer to ABS-CBN, her current TV network.
Some of the series she top-billed were Lobo (2008), Imortal (2010), The Legal Wife (2014), and The General’s Daughter (2019).
Angel worked with Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, Diether Ocampo, John Lloyd Cruz, Jericho Rosales, JC De Vera, and Paulo Avelino as her leading men in her ABS-CBN teleseryes.
In terms of her showbiz relationships, Angel got into a relationship with the late Miko Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto, Phil Younghusband, and Luis Manzano.
In August 2021, Angel got married to filmmaker Neil Arce, her boyfriend of four years.
Angel also busies herself with being active in charity work.
She is also known to be critical of the government, especially during the pandemic and the shutdown of ABS-CBN.
KAREN DELOS REYES
Character: Rowena “Weng/Weena” Abergas
Karen became popular to the masses as the "paboritong apo" in a TV commercial.
This paved the way for her entry to Click, where she played the role of Weng Abergas.
Weng was a gasoline girl who became obsessed with JB (Sherwin Ordonez), and pretended to be a rich girl named Weena. '
She was also the best friend of Icko (Railey Valeroso), who had secret feelings for her. When her secret was about to be revealed by Kara (Danica Sotto), a twist of fate happened in Weng’s life: her father won the lottery.
Weng was originally paired with Railey, but it was her team up with AJ Eigenmann that earned a following.
Karen and AJ were also co-stars in the prime-time series Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw.
When Karen’s role was killed in the second season of Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin, she transitioned into playing kontrabida roles in the teleseryes Narito Ang Puso Ko (2003), Mulawin (2004), and Darna (2005).
After Darna, however, Karen’s TV projects dwindled. She went to Palawan for a time and, later, enrolled at the College of St. Benilde and finished a course in Photography.
In 2009, Karen staged a showbiz comeback via Stairway to Heaven and joined Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown.
In 2012, Karen stopped doing regular showbiz jobs except for guest appearances in GMA-7 shows. In 2017, she gave birth to her son, Gabriel Lucas.
She actively shares her journey as a mother on her Instagram account. Karen is also a freelance TV commercial director, based on her Instagram bio.
It was in Click where Bryan Revilla, the son of Senator Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado, started his acting career. He played Emil, the childhood best friend of Charley (Angel Locsin), and both had feelings for each other.
When Emil's relationship with Charley did not work out, he got involved with Belle (Dyan Delfin). However, both Bryan and Dyan eventually left the show even before their stints in batch two ended.
After Click, Bryan did not do regular showbiz projects, save for his appearances in GMA-7 shows such as Love to Love (2003), Mulawin (2004), and Kamandag (2007).
In 2018, Bryan staged a full showbiz comeback when he top-billed the “Virgo” episode of Tres, an ensemble movie that featured the Revillas.
In 2021, Bryan filed his certificate of candidacy to represent the 2nd district in the Provincial Board of Cavite.
Character: Joshua “Josh” Mendez
AJ Eigenmann is the youngest son of Gina Alajar and Michael de Mesa. He joined show business in 2002 with Click as his first TV show. He played the role of Josh, the rebellious younger brother of Mimi (Chynna Ortaleza) who was forced to stay in the Philippines.
His rebel ways changed when he met Belle (Dyan Delfin). However, Belle’s parents disapproved of her getting involved in a relationship, so she was sent to Canada. During the time Belle was in Canada, Josh became involved, and eventually ended up, with Weng (Karen delos Reyes).
GMA-7 took notice of AJ’s acting chops in Click and, together with Karen, gave him a role in the drama series Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw.
After Click, AJ did an episode of Love to Love and the TAPE-produced shows Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako (2005) and Pinakamamahal (2006) until he decided to leave showbiz.
In 2014, AJ got married to Rosetti Robles. He is now based in the United States, where he is a licensed veterinary technician.
Character: Anabelle “Belle” Castillo
Dyan Delfin was one of the freshest faces included in the second batch of Click. She played the role of Belle, the cousin of Ian (Alessandra de Rossi). In the story, Belle decided to stay with their grandmother Mamu (Gloria Diaz) and study in Manila instead of going to Canada with her mother (Jean Saburit) and sister (Iza Calzado).
However, Belle's involvement with her roommate Josh (AJ Eigenmann) caused her to be sent to Canada.
Unfortunately, when Belle returned from Canada, Josh had already fallen in love with Weng (Karen delos Reyes).
Belle then turned to Emil (Bryan Revilla) and both developed feelings for each other.
Before batch three was introduced in 2003, Dyan decided to leave the show.
In 2004, Dyan joined Mutya ng Pilipinas. She was also able to do the shows Hanggang Kailan (2004) and Leya (2004). However, she was not able to finish the latter because she had to go to the United States to get her green card.
In 2013, Tricia Roman visited Dyan in the U.S.
Character: Frederico “Icko” Panelo
Railey Valeroso is one of GMA-7’s discoveries who debuted on Click as Icko, a gasoline boy and the ever-reliable best friend of Weng (Karen delos Reyes). He was the only person who knew that Weng was pretending to be rich.
Icko had secret feelings for Weng, but his attention shifted to Issa (Tricia), who had a crush on him.
The writers later decided to reshuffle the love teams, and Icko ended up with Charley (Angel Locsin), which proved to be a more successful move.
Their love team became part of the movie Kuya (2003) and the teleserye Twin Hearts (2004).
Railey was also the first Click leading man to get a plum role in a teleserye. Prior to Twin Hearts, Railey was one of the leads in the 2002 series Habang Kapiling Ka with Angelika dela Cruz, Toni Gonzaga, and Click co-stars Richard Gutierrez and Chynna Ortaleza.
Railey then took a break from showbiz. In 2008, he staged a short comeback via the ABS-CBN series Palos.
Railey got into a long-term relationship with co-star Chynna in 2003. In 2014, however, they decided to end their relationship.
That same year, Railey finished his Business Management degree at the San Beda College and later pursued law.
Railey is now married to a non-showbiz girl and has two kids.