After being declared as the Final Five contenders of StarStruck V, Sarah Lahbati (Ultimate Female Survivor), Steven Silva (Ultimate Male Survivor), Diva Montelaba (First Princess), Enzo Pineda (First Prince), and Rocco Nacino (Second Prince) are now making most of the opportunities coming their way after winning in GMA-7’s reality-based artista search.
Aside from being mainstays of Party Pilipinas, the Final Five are also undergoing rigorous workshops to improve their skills and talents. The Final Five were present during the April 16 meet-and-greet session of StarStruck V held at the Summitmedia office.
"Singing, acting, dancing, hosting. Doon namin talaga sobrang ini-ispend yung schedule namin sa workshop," shares Diva Montelaba.
Steven Silva also said that he is brushing up on his Tagalog. "Kailangan talaga kasi I’ve lived all my life in the States tapos my dad is not Filipino. My dad is Portuguese. So siyempre sa bahay namin we only speak English."
He reveals that he practices a lot through everyday conversations, "Kasi simula sa StarStruck hindi [ako nakakaintindi] ng Tagalog. Like, nothing. Pero now meron na kahit konti. So I’m still trying everyday to ayusin yung Tagalog ko tapos try to get rid of my accent. It’s hard but I’m trying."
The Final Five also share their joy in being part of GMA-7’s Sunday variety show Party Pilipinas.
"Masaya po kasi binibigay lahat naman para mapaganda yung show. Doing well. Ako very proud po ako na kasali ako," says Rocco, who shares a dance segment with Mark Herras and Aljur Abrenica.
"Ako po sumasayaw every week sa Party Pilipinas. Hosting on the side," answers Enzo. "Sa Party Pilipinas saka sa StarStruck batch sila [Steven Silva and Sarah Lahbati] yung kumakanta."
PREFERRED GENRES. Most of them mentioned that they want to star in teleseryes in the Kapuso Network. Diva points out that she would like to try kontrabida roles.
"Nung ginagawa ko yung kontrabida sa Diva with Pauline Luna yung sobra talagang may action ng pagiging kontrabida parang ang dami kong compliments na natannggap. Sabi ng mga tao bagay ka talaga diyan," recalls Diva. "Parang nafi-feel ko naman talaga na mas kaya ko siyang gawin. Pero naniniwala akong marami pa akong pwedeng gampanan na roles. So yun gusto kong mahasa yung acting skills ko kaya kung bibigyan man ako ng project gusto ko yung sa mga teleserye... yun na yung mga puyatan talaga."
Sarah Lahbati, the sixteen-year-old Ultimate Female Survivor shares the same preference. "Drama. Drama and sana comedy one day."
Fellow finalist Enzo Pineda, on the other hand, sees himself in a different genre. "Mahilig ako sa mga computer games, yung mga Final Fantasy... Hindi naman sa pagiging cyber addict pero gusto ko sana telefantasya and siguro ano... light drama. Parang love team love team ganun."
Meanwhile, Rocco Nacino is now playing the third wheel in the love story of lead stars Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo in Gumapang Ka sa Lusak.
"Nagulat po ako kasi akala ko small role lang po siya pero hindi pala. Big role pala. Major role pala kaya very challenging sa akin pero I’m happy. I’m doing my best. Natutuwa ako na kinuha ako ni Direk Maryo J. de los Reyes for that."
How did he prepare for his role?
"Binibigay po sa amin yung script ahead of time. I make sure na bago pumunta sa set nabasa ko yung buong script. Hindi naman memorize. To be familiar with the story. Hindi lang sa lines ko pero sa lines din sa mga kasama ko, magiging kaeksena ko para maintindihan ko. Kasi ang tinuro sa amin in our workshop, acting is reacting. So parang magrereact ka sa mga sinasabi ng mga kasama mo so if alam mo lang yung lines mo, hindi mo alam kung saan ka papasok. Parang yun ang naturo sa amin so that’s what I... parang inapply ko lang sa role ko sa Gumapang. I make it a point na basahin pauli-ulit yung script for the week at iintindihin ko yung story saka ko imememorize yung lines."
FUTURE LOVE TEAM PARTNERS? PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked each of them if they could choose a Kapuso star as their love team partner, whom would they pick?
Steven Silva replies, "I guess you could say people I idolize a little bit... maybe Rhian Ramos or LJ Reyes."
"Si Kuya Dong [Dingdong Dantes] kasi mabait siya," Diva declares.
Rocco, on the other hand, quickly mentions the name of his co-star Jennylyn Mercado. "Right now since nakakatrabaho ko si Jennylyn, we have a good relationship."
Enzo smiles before giving his response. "Ah... magandang tanong yan. Gusto kong makasama si Sarah Lahbati. I feel very comfortable with Sarah. Close friends kami, we go out. So kung pinair up ako sa kanya okay lang. Masaya ako dahil very comfortable ako. Walang hiya."
But when Sarah was asked with the same question she only came up with one name. "Richard Gutierrez. Richard... sino pa ba? Si Richard... Si Richard Gutierrez. Haha!"
PEP was quick to remind her of Enzo, who has openly admitted that he likes her. "Ayun star na nga pala siya. Si Enzo pwede rin."
Other than being regulars in Party Pilipinas, the Final Five are also visible in various GMA-7 shows such as Unang Hirit, Diz Iz It, and Eat Bulaga, among others.