PEP YEARENDER 2017: MayWard, Joshua Garcia, AlEmpoy lead Breakout Stars this year

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Some of 2017's Breakout Stars include the team-up of Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber (left), actor Joshua Garcia (right), and the love team of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez. 

Every year, a selected few stand out among the rest and get a shot at fame in the showbiz industry.

Many do attempt to acquire the spotlight, but only a chosen few end up claiming it.

Good looks, talent, charisma, and sometimes luck play a big part for aspiring artists to get a shot at fame.

Some succeed in a short period of time, others have to wait longer.

This year, we came up with a list of the artists who stood out in the crowd of aspiring artists and celebrities.

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber

After their stint in the Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7 edition in 2016, funny girl Maymay Entrata (Big Winner) and Filipino-German lad Edward Barber (fourth Big Placer) entered showbiz.

The two were paired together and came to be known as MayWard.

They didn’t have a permanent show at first and mostly did guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows.

Nevertheless, their following slowly grew.

Their potential as a big love-team-in-the-making came when they made their first movie, Loving in Tandem, last September.

For a couple of newcomers as lead stars, the film did well in the box office and earned positive reviews from film critics, which is only good for MayWard’s chance of a promising future in showbiz.

Later this year, Maymay also got the attention of America’s Next Top Model host and supermodel Tyra Banks with the Kapamilya star’s white gown at the Star Magic Ball designed by Mark Bumgarner.


Joshua Garcia

Joshua Garcia first became a household name when he became a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother All In in 2014.

He may not have been the Big Winner of that PBB season, but the 20-year-old Batangueño has become one of the most promising young actors today.


Joshua has been compared to dramatic actor John Lloyd Cruz, and many have commented that he exudes JLC's vibe.

In the past couple of years, he has been busy with acting projects, both in movies and on television, which also earned him acting awards and nominations.

The good reviews he got in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Vince & Kath & James helped him boost his credentials, as well as his good chemistry with Julia Barretto.

The two are now reported to be a couple.

Most recently, he and Julia appeared opposite showbiz veterans Robin Padilla and Sharon Cuneta in the Star Cinema movie Unexpectedly Yours, which earned good reviews from critics and was a box-office hit.

Joshua also currently appears in the ABS-CBN primetime series, The Good Son.

Inigo Pascual

It was a brave decision for the young Inigo Pascual to enter the industry first dominated by his father Piolo, as the comparisons were always sure to follow. 

But ABS-CBN ultimate leading man Piolo Pascual’s son is now proving that he has what it takes to become a star, particularly in the music industry.

It helps that Inigo is carving his won niche in music rather than focus on his acting career.

While he is relatively new in the industry, Inigo has won awards and nominations from different award-giving bodies that highlight his potential as a male singer.

Just last June, Inigo gained the distinction of being the first OPM artist to hit the No.1 spot in the first ever Billboard Philippines Top 20.

This is for his hit single “Dahil Sa 'Yo.”

Currently, Inigo can be seen performing in the ABS-CBN Sunday variety show, ASAP.

Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez (AlEmpoy)

The movie of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, the romantic comedy Kita Kita, is definitely one of the biggest movies of 2017 and considered as the highest-grossing local indie movie.


It surpassed the P300-million mark when it earned P320 million. This is a feat considering that it was made with P10-million budget by Spring Films, an independent film outfit, which is a co-production between Piolo Pascual, Joyce Bernal, and Erickson Raymundo.

Alessandra and Empoy, who are long-time showbiz actors, are vocal in saying that the movie is their biggest break so far.

This project also gave them big follow-up projects, such as a follow-up movie together and an upcoming teleserye on ABS-CBN opposite Piolo, Arci Muñoz, and JC de Vera.


Moira dela Torre

This year has been good to Moira dela Torre, who’s slowly garnering raves for her music with so much “hugot” and her singing style.

Though she is not a newbie, it is just recently that Moira got her share of the limelight in the music industry.

This singer-songwriter has been in the business for a decade already.

Her song “Malaya” and her version of “Torete” (which is the theme song in the film Love You to the Stars and Back) have millions of views on YouTube.

The song “Titibo-Tibo” that she interpreted was declared the winner of the Himig Handog 2017 competition.

Sanya Lopez

In the five years that Sanya Lopez has been in the business, she has indeed come a long way.

In this short period of time, she has top-billed teleseryes and even bagged one of the four much-coveted protagonist roles in the 2016 remake of the GMA-7 telefantasya Encantadia.

She portrayed Sang’gre Danaya, one of the four guardians of the gem stones that possess magical powers in a fairy kingdom.

Currently, she top-bills the GMA afternoon teleserye Haplos together with Rocco Nacino.

The 21-year-old lass from Laguna is slated to star in the upcoming teleserye Halik Sa Apoy in 2018.


Sanya also showed off her curves at the recently concluded Bench Undergarment Fashion Show, Bench Under the Stars, and secured the Top 20 spot in FHM’s Sexiest 2017 poll.

Ryza Cenon

Ryza Cenon’s career took a turning point last year when she starred in the independent film Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B which bagged some of the major awards at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival, Best Director (Prime Cruz) and Best Supporting Actress (Vangie Labalan).

Ryza was also nominated for the Best Actress category for her lead role as the manananggal.

This role also shed the 30-year-old actress's wholesome image.

Currently, Ryza also stars in the ongoing Kapuso top-rating afternoon teleserye Ika-6 Na Utos, which also stars Sunshine Dizon and Gabby Concepcion.

Jak Roberto

Earlier this year, Jak Roberto’s role in the Kapuso primetime soap opera Meant To Be helped him boost his career.

The older brother of Sanya Lopez would usually portray supporting roles and have TV guestings in his home network, and his role in Meant To Be was his biggest one yet.

His romance with Barbie Forteza, his leading lady in the aforementioned series, proved favorable to fans as well.

The 24-year-old actor is expected to portray one of Glaiza de Castro's leading men in the 2018 afternoon teleserye Contessa.

Gil Cuerva

Initially, what most people knew about Gil Cuerva was that he was a model.

Then suddenly, this newbie starrred opposite Jennylyn Mercado, one of today’s A-list actresses, in a GMA-7 primetime teleserye.

The said project is the adaptation of the highly-successful Korean TV series, My Love from the Star.

His good looks, long hair, and chiseled body all helped Gil become many women's apple of the eye and keep them glued to the teleserye.

Gil has yet to star in his follow-up project, but his role in My Love From the Star definitely gave him a good start to his budding showbiz career.






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