Annaliza star Andrea Brillantes does not see competition in Xyriel Manabat, says real rivals are GMA-7’s child stars

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Newcomer Andrea Brillante, 10, feels no pressure being pitted against ABS-CBN’s child star Xyriel Manabat. The titular Annaliza believes that she and Xyriel are both talented. She tells, “Magkaiba naman kami ng pag-acting. Magkaiba naman kami ng galing kaya wala akong dapat isipin na kumpetisyon kasi parehas din naman kaming sa ABS-CBN. Ang mga ka-kumpetisyon namin, yung nasa GMA!”

Andrea Brillantes continues to prove that the Kapamilya network was right in giving her the titular role in the teleserye remake of Annaliza.

The 10-year-old actress’ decent efforts combined with that of her co-actors’— Zanjoe Marudo, Kaye Abad, Denise Laurel, and Patrick Garcia— reflect in the ratings that the show obtained on its first three days of airing. Now on its third week, Annaliza appears to maintain a good performance.

At the thanksgiving dinner that the cast and crew of the show threw a couple of weeks back, (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked actress Kaye Abad for a bit of feedback regarding their little big star, Andrea.

Kaye, who plays the teleserye’s vengeful kontrabida, Stella, told PEP how the newcomer surprised her.

“Nakakatawa yung bata kasi willing siya to learn and excited siya palagi!”

The Tabing Ilog star further remarked that the child actress specifically requests that their acting be as real as possible, even if it means getting physical.


“Nakakagulat sa kanya, gustong-gusto niya yung pag sasaktan ko siya!” Kaye revealed.

She recalled their first scene together, wherein her character, Stella, had to throw a bag at Annaliza who was fast asleep.

Prior to taping the said sequence, Andrea requested Kaye, “Ate, saktan mo talaga ako ha?”

Kaye laughed, “Ganun siya! Na-e-excite siya pag sasaktan siya!”

“Masokista?” she joked.

Kaye added that Andrea is quite independent, too. Apparently, the young actress does not allow her mother’s presence on the set when she is taping a scene.

ANDREA’S BACKSTORY. Andrea looks even lovelier in person. Her pretty face is made remarkable by her bushy eyebrows, smooth cheeks, and pretty smiling eyes.

Her candidness tells something about her confidence, more importantly her smarts when she starts to open her mouth.

She related that she was four years old when she went to her first audition. While she failed to mention if it was for a show or a TV commercial, the young actress did say that she blew it.


“Hindi ako nagsalita, nakatulala lang ako!

“Wala, wala akong naggawa!”

Andrea would later regain her confidence when she joined the Little Miss Confetti beauty pageant, where she was crowned first runner-up.

There and then, she decided she would give acting a try.

“Sinabi ko sa Mama ko, gusto ko na maging artista.

“Nagpatuloy-tuloy na ako hanggang sa naging Annaliza na ako,” she said, ending a brief version of her backstory.

Prior to being given her biggest break yet, Andrea was in a TV commercial and constantly given guest roles in a few ABS-CBN shows such as Wansapanataym and Maalaala Mo Kaya.

She was first given a supporting role in the 2010 Shaina Magdayao-starrer, Alyna, wherein she played the girl who confused Shaina’s character as her biological mother.

Back then she used the screen name Blythe Gorostiza.

COMPETITION. In the Kapamilya network, Andrea presently shares the child star status with actors Zaijian Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat, two talents who made a mark before she did.


Does Andrea feel the weight of competition on her shoulders?

“Minsan,” she mumbled.

She later pointed out upon collecting her thoughts, “[Pero] magkaiba naman kami ng pag-acting.

“Magkaiba naman kami ng galing kaya wala akong dapat isipin na kumpetisyon kasi parehas din naman kaming sa ABS-CBN.

“Ang mga ka-kumpetisyon namin, yung nasa GMA!

“Kaya dapat, magkakampi kami!” Andrea said, drawing amusement from her interviewers.





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