TV5 introduces its own homegrown stars via teen show "Lipgloss"

The cast of Lipgloss: (Top, from left) Fred Payawan as Jiggo, Rodjun Cruz as Jake, Mikee Lee as Maui, Sam Concepcion as Kyle, and Kevin Lapena as Edge; (bottom, from left) Charina Suzara as Julivee, Miki Hahn as Steph, Saab Magalona as Abby, Maxine Eigenmann as Abby, Mary Grace Perido as Louise, and Cheska Ortega as Ziggy.



Bagamat bagong bihispa lang ang TV5 kinailangan munang manghiram ng talents—mostly fromABS-CBN—for its slew of shows all piloting this week. May foresight ang PrimeEvents Force Unlimited to come up with a show that will also introduce newtalents exclusively for TV5. This way, kasabay ng audition for availabletalents, nagpa-go see rin ang Prime Events to discover new stars at tilasinuwerte naman sila sa mga nakuha nila—mostly teens from exclusive schoolswilling to try showbiz.

Lipgloss is a looseadaptation of the hit TV series Gossip Girl and follows the lives of thestudents of an ultra-exclusive high school through the school's "unofficial"website.

Halos baguhan ang mgacast with the rest, the under-exposed talents from ABS-CBN's Star Magic.

Leading the male castare Star Magic's Rodjun Cruz, na kapatid ni Rayver Cruz, playing the mainantagonist Jake; Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Season 1 housemates FredPayawan as Jake's younger brother Jiggo and Mikee Lee as the resident bad boyMaui; at ang first Little Big Star winner na si Sam Concepcion as the moderatorof the website Lipgloss as Kyle.

Joining them is freshtalent Kevin Lapena as the main lead boy Edge. A high school graduate of DonBosco Makati, now a college sophomore of De La Salle, he fits in perfectly tothe exclusive-school boys Rodjun of De La Salle high school, Fred from Colegio SanAgustin, now of De La Salle, and Mikee of Ateneo from elementary to college.

Bukod sa exclusiveschools, panlaban naman ng ilang mga bagong girls to be introduced in the showang kanilang showbiz lineage.

Playing the two femaleleads are Saab Magalona as Meg and Maxine Eigenmann as Abby. Saab is theyounger sister of Maxene Magalona and the second eldest daughter of FrancisMagalona and Pia Arroyo; samantalang nakatatandang kapatid naman ni AndiEigenmann si Maxine with famous dad Mark Gil.

Three other three newgirls are Cheska Ortega playing Ziggy, the younger sister of Edge, who is formerlyfrom Poveda and had to transfer to Reedley International School dahil hindisiya pinayagang mag-artista; Charina Suzara, playing the wannabe rich girlJulivee, is a student of OB Montessori; and Mary Grace Perido, the loner skatingchamp Louise, is from San Agustin College in Cavite.

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Another Star Magictalent Miki Hahn plays the bad girl Steph. She is the only member of the cast who stopped schooling after finishing high school.

Makakasama nila angmga beteranong artista na sina Lorenzo Mara, Rachel Lobangco, Lloyd Samartino,at Ricardo Cepeda. Lipgloss is directed by Cris Pablo and Aleah Eugenio.

Lipgloss pilots this Saturday, August 16, at 5 p.m.


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