As a way of documenting the ever changing taste of Filipinos in physical beauty, YES! Magazine has come out with a special 120-page publication that presents showbiz industry's 100 Most Beautiful Stars.
Starting this year, YES! Magazine will be coming out with a special edition that pays homage to the stars that they find beautiful—"for sheer DNA, for attitude, for accomplishments, and for the pure pleasure of their company."
In her Ed's Note, editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon explains why they chose Judy Ann Santos as their cover girl for this special issue. In fact, four pages of the publication are dedicated to text and photos of the young superstar.
Film and TV directors, talent managers, and showbiz insiders share insights on why these celebrities deserve a spot in this elite list. Based on this prestigious list, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has come up with a Top List of the Most Beautiful Young Stars in local showbiz. These young celebrities are all aged under 30 years old, making them the finest looking specimens of their generation.
PEP's choices for the top 10 slots might not coincide with the reader's choices but we hope it stimulates discussion on the true measure of a person's beauty.
Here are the Top Most Beautiful Young Stars chosen by PEP, in alphabetical order:
Bea Alonzo. A height of 5'7" makes it easier for Bea Alonzo to play roles that are much older than her real age. At 15 years old, she was able to deliver a convincing portrayal of a 21-year old law student for the teleserye Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. Even at a young age, the fragile, innocent-looking Filipina-British is able to play her roles with complexity, precision and depth—all the hallmarks of a great actress.
Claudine Barretto. Her box-office appeal is undeniable, making Claudine Barretto one of the most bankable stars of this generation. Her list of top-grossing films include Anak, Kailangan Kita, Milan, and Dubai. Coming from a family of beautiful women has blessed Claudine with an almost translucent, seemingly poreless skin that makes her truly "one of the faces the camera loves."
KC Concepcion. As the daughter of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion, Maria Kristina Cassandrais blessed with good genes—and it shows! KC, as she is often called, makes best-selling covers, whether they're for showbiz glossies or fashion mags. The vivacious and articulate cover girl continues to fascinate the public even when she's halfway around the world—in Paris, France to be exact.
John Lloyd Cruz. This native of Nueva Ecija is one of the most promising dramatic young actors in the country, following his string of soap operas that had viewers hooked on his characters in Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, It Might Be You, and Maging Sino Ka Man. The almond-eyed John Lloyd has an enigmatic personality to match his boy-next-door looks, making him a heartthrob worth watching for.
Richard Gutierrez. At a young age of 23, Richard Gutierrez is dubbed by YES! Magazine as being way ahead of the pack. With a string of blockbuster films and top-rating TV shows to his name, Richard is making a name for himself, just like his father, Eddie Gutierrez, himself a matinee idol during the ‘60s.
Sam Milby. Undoubtedly the most famous housemate of Pinoy Big Brother, Sam Milby charmed viewers with his killer smile and even with his broken Tagalog. The Fil-Am cutie stayed inside Kuya's House for only 49 days but his showbiz career flourished immediately after his ouster. Several box-office hits and a platinum album later, Sam continues to endear himself to his fans for his good looks and equally pleasing personality.
Angelica Panganiban. Possessed with a ravishing body and sultry looks, Angelica Panganiban is a woman who is not afraid to flaunt her ample assets. The former child star has proven her versatility in various roles that came her way—from Sarah, ang Munting Prinsesa to Santa Santita to White Lady to the upcoming A Love Story.
Piolo Pascual. His boyish smile and piercing gaze are enough to turn ladies into mush. On top of good looks, possessing a tremendous amount of talent makes for a perfect certified-heartthrob package. Still single at 30, Piolo Pascual is one dream boy who will continue to elicit shrieks and sighs from wide-eyed fans everywhere.
Judy Ann Santos. After celebrating two decades in the showbiz industry, Judy Ann Santos is chosen by YES! to represent all the 99 other beautiful people handpicked for this special issue. Dubbed as the Nora Aunor of her generation, Judy Ann is not only cited for her distinct Filipino looks, but also for her beautiful personality as well.
Dennis Trillo. He first gained prominence via his film debut Aishite Imasu (Mahal Kita) 1941, which skyrocketed him from newbie status to one of Philippine cinema's most credible actors. The matinee idol has been tagged as a man of mystery because of the intensity of his eyes. This quality makes Dennis Trillo a puzzle that most women would want to solve on their own.
YES! Magazine's special issue of the 100 Most Beautiful Stars is now available in bookstores and magazine stands nationwide.