TV5’s Star Factor presents its 12 Shining Stars


Six of Star Factor’s 12 remaining Star Hopefuls: (clockwise from top-left) Rico dela Paz, Ritz Alzul, Kevin Francisco, Nikita McElroy, Christian Samson, and Morisette Amon.


From the thousands who have auditioned around the country, only 12 are left to compete in Star Factor, TV5’s artista search. The twelve is composed of five boys and seven girls whose ages range from 13 to 19 years old.

Aside from the title of TV5’s next biggest artista, the twelve also compete for P1 million cash prize, a TV5 management contract worth P1 million, and a 3-bedroom, 2-storey house and lot.

The final twelve Star Hopefuls are:

At 17 years old, Kevin Francisco is already his family’s breadwinner. The former Hotel and Restaurant Management major at the Far Eastern University had to stop his studies due to financial difficulties after the death of his father.

High school student John Uy, 17 years old, studies at Xavier School. John hopes to finish schooling while pursuing a career in showbiz. He almost did not make it to the final 12 in last Sunday’s episode.

Miguel Estenzo, 19 years old, is the oldest Star Hopeful in the competition. Claiming that he is a "math wizard," he studies Civil Engineering at the Rizal Technological University.

Comedian-wannabe Rico dela Paz, 14 years old, idolizes Vhong Navarro. He is Star Factor’s resident joker, and his fellow Star Hopefuls call him ’pasaway’ because they say he never runs out of energy.

Commercial model Christian Samson, 17 years old, dreams to become a dentist someday. Aside from a string of TV commercial credits under his belt, he is also a good dancer.

Jazz Ocampo, 13 years old, is the youngest Star Hopeful in the competition. She is a first year high school student who dreams of becoming an actress, a ballet dancer, or a fashion designer.

Mass Communication student Krissha Viaje, 17 years old, is a big fan of K-Pop. She proudly claims that many people mistake her for a real Korean. Her favorite K-Pop group is 4 Minute.

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Davao-bred Nikita McElroy, 17 years old, is proud to display her exotic Amerasian looks. She wants to succeed in the world of modeling and showbusiness, just like her idol Wilma Doesn’t.

Accountancy student Ritz Alzul, 16 years old, admits that she grew up in Pampanga as a shy kid. Fortunately, her family and friends were able to convince her to join beauty pageants and to audition for Star Factor.

High school sophomore Morisette Amon, 14 years old, is a young diva in the making. A Cebuano at heart, she uses her strong singing voice to outlast her fellow star hopefuls.

Eula Caballero, 15 years old, wants to be the next biggest kontrabida. A high school senior, she has already performed in several school plays in her hometown, Cebu.


Christine Serrano, 15 years old, is this year’s South-East Asian
Princess, beating other finalists from China, Singapore, Indonesia,
and other South-East Asian countries. She wants to be a model and a
fashion designer someday.

Who among these 12 Shining Stars will become the next biggest star? Watch Star Factor on TV5 every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. after Aksyon Linggo.


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