Starstruck 2 graduates CJ Muere and Benj Pacia find success outside showbiz

by Ruel J. Mendoza
Oct 2, 2017
Benj Pacia (left) and CJ Muere were part of StarStruck Batch 2.

Remember CJ Muere and Benj Pacia?

The two guys joined GMA-7's StarStruck 2, where Mike Tan emerged the Ultimate Male Survivor.

Benj made it to Survivor 6, but was eliminated following the season's "Strike Back" component, where an avenger is given the chance to reenter before the finals.

Taking Benj's place was CJ, who became the batch's First Prince.

Both Kapuso actors became active from 2004 to 2007.

Ten years later, CJ is now a dentist/orthodontist, while Benj is an entrepreneur.

The former screen partner of Ryza Cenon finished Dentistry at Centro Escolar University and passed the Dentistry Licensure Exam in 2013.

He is now known as Dr. Caesar Joseph Muere, and is the Press Relations Officer of the San Pablo City Dental Chapter.

CJ also worked as a school dentist in Canossa College and an associate dentist at Lee Muere Dental Clinic in San Pablo, Laguna.

Last September 10, he opened his own clinic, All Smiles Dental Home.

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His fiancée, Dr. Patricia Vargas, a pediatric dentist, is his business partner.

Attending the clinic's opening in Angeles City, Pampanga, were Benj and Mike, who congratulated CJ on Instagram: "Congratulations to our friend Cj Muere on starting his own dental practice!"

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CJ is set to tie the knot with Patricia this year at the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, more popularly known as Manila Cathedral.

They got engaged in May 2016.

For his part, Benj is now a computer engineer and an entrepreneur.

His latest venture is Wipeout Ribs and Grills, which can be found at the North Yard Food Park in Angeles City.

Thank you Cj, Wendel and Mike for visiting Wipeout Ribs and Girlls. ???? ????

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He is also part of Empanador Ilocos Empanada, and of Baps Waffle Burger Jr., which has branches in San Fernando and Lubao, Pampanga.

Benj was paired with Miss World 2013 Megan Young during their StarStruck days.

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Benj Pacia (left) and CJ Muere were part of StarStruck Batch 2.
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