Did you know that Angel Locsin at one time attended the workshops of ABS-CBN’s talent arm, Star Magic, and was in fact part of Star Circle Batch 9?
In her Instagram stories last Saturday, March 26, Angel reposted a post from Divine Lee about her sister, Danes Lee, who was in the same batch.
Part of Divine’s Instagram story was a throwback post of Janus del Prado from December 2019 that included a photo of the Star Circle Batch 9 artists.
In the photo, Angel is seated in the third row, third from left. Seated to her right is GMA-7 prime star Heart Evangelista.
Also in the photo are Zeppi Borromeo, Michelle Bayle (third row, first and second from left), Janus (second row, second from left), Adrian Alandy (second row, fourth from left), CJ Jaravata (fourth row, leftmost), and Rafael Rosell (fourth row, rightmost).
When Angel reposted the photo, she simply wrote, “Yes! Major throwback”
ANGEL VS. HEART FOR A ROLE
It was year 2000 when Angel auditioned for a part in the then-ongoing youth-oriented series G-Mik.
The show premiered in February 1999 and was headlined by Camille Prats, Angelica Panganiban, Carlo Aquino, Stefano Mori, Miko Samson, and John Prats.
ABS-CBN was looking for a talent who would be the love-team partner of John.
Angel revealed in a Magandang Buhay interview in 2016 that she actually auditioned for that role.
Angel recalled, "Nag-audition ako sa G-Mik, hindi ako nakuha. For John Prats dapat.
"Naaalala ko, nag-paa ako kasi naka-heels ako 'tapos nalaman ko si John Prats pala [yung partner].
"Nag-paa ako talaga sa audition as in tina-try kong liitan yung sarili ko!”
Angel did not make it. Instead, the role, which was later known as Missy, went to her batchmate Heart Evangelista.
Angel’s career as part of Star Circle did not flourish. In 2002, Angel would try to enter showbiz again, but this time, via GMA-7.
Angel had her Kapuso debut in the youth-oriented show Click, the rival show of G-Mik.
Her love team with Railey Valeroso turned out to be one of the most popular pairings in the show at that time.
Angel was then groomed to become one of GMA-7’s big stars, headlining the fantaserye Mulawin in 2004 and portraying the title role of Darna in 2005.
In 2007, Angel left GMA-7 and transferred to ABS-CBN, which remains her home network up to this day.