When the cast of ABS-CBN’s youth-oriented series, Gimik, started taking on bigger projects, the Kapamilya network decided to scrap the show and honed the talents of a new batch of teen actors.
Thus, Gimik’s spin-off, G-Mik, was born in February 1999.
ABS-CBN gathered together former child stars who were about to transition into adulthood, and were also keen on doing projects more appropriate for their age.
G-Mik later became an avenue for ABS-CBN’s new teen discoveries.
Like the cast of Gimik, the new teen stars eventually became household names themselves.
Twenty-one years later, some of them have remained in the limelight, while others chose to pursue careers outside of show business.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) takes a look at the lives of the G-Mik cast 21 years after they appeared on the iconic show.
Angelica Panganiban started her career as a child actress. When she reached her teens, Star Magic (then ABS-CBN Talent Center) immediately included her in G-Mik.
In the show, she played Jelai, the best friend of Roni (Camille Prats). Jelai has a crush on her male best friend, Junjun (Carlo Aquino).
Eventually, Jelai and Junjun fell in love and became involved in a relationship.
In real life, Angelica and Carlo also became a real-life couple while being part of this show.
After G-Mik, Angelica surprised everyone when she decided to do a mature role in the 2004 movie Santa Santita.
At present, Angelica is considered as one of the most prized talents of Star Magic.
Some of her memorable roles on television were Scarlet in Iisa Pa Lamang (2008) and the title role in Rubi (2010). She was also tapped to play Madam Claudia Buenavista in the remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo (2015).
In her movies, Angelica was paired with prime leading men, such as Piolo Pascual, Gabby Concepcion, Paulo Avelino, and Dingdong Dantes.
When it comes to affairs of the heart, Angelica got involved in long-time relationships. She was with Derek Ramsay for six years before they parted ways. She and John Lloyd Cruz then dated for four years before they called it quits.
In late 2018, Angelica reunited with Carlo for the movie Exes Baggage. The movie brought hope to CarGel fans who never lost hope about their idols getting back together.
Carlo and Angelica also worked with each other in the daytime series Playhouse, with Carlo playing the third wheel to Angelica and Zanjoe Marudo.
At one point, Angelica and Carlo almost rekindled their relationship. But in early 2019, their relationship turned sour. Photos of Carlo’s non-showbiz girlfriend, Trina Candaza, then became viral on social media.
At present, Angelica is preparing for her upcoming movie with Coco Martin.
Carlo Aquino started his career as a child star before forming the JCS trio, along with John Prats and Stefano Mori.
The JCS trio was included in the cast of G-Mik, which replaced ABS-CBN's youth-oriented program Gimik.
Carlo played Junjun, the peacemaker of the group who fell in love with his best friend Jelai (Angelica).
G-Mik gave birth to the love team of Carlo and Angelica.
After G-Mik, Carlo did character roles in teleseryes. He was paired with Sarah Geronimo in the remake of Bituing Walang Ningning (2006).
In 2007, Carlo transferred to GMA-7 and did kontrabida roles.
In 2013, Carlo returned to ABS-CBN and was given lead roles in the shows Flordeliza (2015) and The Better Half (2017).
Carlo top-billed the 2018 movie Meet Me In St. Gallen. That year, he revealed that his relationship with his non-showbiz girlfriend already ended.
In September 2018, Carlo and Angelica reunited via the movie Exes Baggage. Fans speculated that the two rekindled their romance because Angelica posted a sweet message for Carlo on Instagram and told him, "Mahal kita."
However, in January 2019, photos of Carlo going out with a non-showbiz girl surfaced online. She was later identified as Trina Candaza.
At that time, Angelica openly admitted that she was dealing with heartbreak although she didn't disclose the person who caused it. Later on, it was confirmed to be Carlo.
At present, Carlo is still in a relationship with Trina. Both of them have become more open about their relationship by posting their photos on social media.
As for his showbiz career, Carlo is part of the Kapamilya prime-time series A Soldier’s Heart, which started airing in January 2020.
He also renewed his contract with ABS-CBN on February 2020.
After signing up with ABS-CBN Talent Center, Heart Evangelista was included in the cast of G-Mik as Missy Sandejas, a lady whom Yuan (John Prats) met at a billiards place.
Yuan hated Missy at first, but he eventually fell in love with her.
Their love team earned a fan base, which is why they top-billed G-Mik's replacement program, Berks. Unfortunately, the show was short-lived because of declining ratings due to scheduling problems and the changing TV landscape.
Even then, Heart and John were among the lead stars of the 2003 movie My First Romance.
That same year, Heart became a video jock (VJ) in ABS-CBN’s cable music channel, MYX.
Heart and John became a real-life couple, but the two broke up.
Heart was then tapped to play the leading lady of Jericho Rosales in Ang Panday in 2005.
On the set of Ang Panday, romance blossomed between the two stars, and this led to their controversial relationship. Heart's parents did not approve of Jericho back then.
In 2008, Heart decided to transfer to GMA-7.
A few months after her network transfer, Heart and Jericho ended their three-year relationship.
As a Kapuso, Heart was able to top-bill several drama projects, including Luna Mystika (2008), Dwarfina (2011), Legacy (2012), Luna Blanca (2012), Forever (2013), Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig? (2013), and My Korean Jagiya (2017).
She also had a hosting stint in Startalk in 2014.
In 2012, Heart became involved in a relationship with politician Chiz Escudero. The love affair also became controversial because Heart’s parents, particularly her mother Cecile Ongpauco, strongly disapproved of Heart and Chiz’s relationship.
In 2015, Heart and Chiz got married in Balesin, without Heart’s parents. But Heart’s father, Reynaldo Ongpauco, sent her a letter in time for the wedding.
Everything eventually turned out well because the newlyweds were able to fix their relationship with Heart’s parents that same year.
In 2018, Heart got pregnant with her first baby with Chiz. But then, in June 2018, she revealed on Instagram that she lost her twins after suffering two miscarriages.
In that same year, Heart tried to audition for a role in the international movie Crazy Rich Asians. She did not make it, but she was featured in the "These Are the Real Crazy Rich Asians" feature of fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar US.
She also started her YouTube channel titled Love Marie, her real name.
In 2019, for the first time, Heart became a judge in GMA-7’s reality program, StarStruck.
Heart turned 35 this 2020 and celebrated her birthday in Baguio along with Chiz and a few friends.
Before Camille Prats top-billed G-Mik as a teen actress in 1999, her biggest break came in 1995 when she was cast as a child actress. Back then, she bagged the title role in Star Cinema’s film Sarah: Ang Munting Prinsesa.
Prior to Sarah: Ang Munting Prinsesa, Camille was part of the youth-oriented gag show, Ang TV.
After doing several shows as a child actress, ABS-CBN Talent Center tapped her to lead G-Mik as Roni, the best friend of Jelai (Angelica Panganiban) and the younger sister of Yuan (John Prats).
Roni had a crush on Borj (Stefano Mori) and they became a couple. However, Roni eventually realized that she has feelings for her childhood crush, Basti (Danilo Barrios).
While she was doing G-Mik, Camille became known for forming a trio along with Shaina Magdayao and Serena Dalrymple. Together, they top-billed the movie Hiling and the afternoon series Marinella.
After G-Mik, her projects started dwindling, although she was able to do supporting roles in Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (2001) and Basta't Kasama Kita (2003).
In 2005, Camille transferred to GMA-7. She shocked everyone by posing for the men's magazine FHM. She top-billed the afternoon series Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako together with Marian Rivera and Ehra Madrigal.
Camille then went on to do various roles in Kapuso shows.
In 2007, news broke that Camille was pregnant. She married Anthony Linsangan in January 2008. After that, she was able to resume her showbiz career.
Unfortunately, Anthony died in 2011 due to nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
Camille focused on honing her craft as an actress as she starred in Kapuso programs such as Munting Heredera (2011), Bukod Kang Pinagpala (2013), The Borrowed Wife (2014), Second Chances (2015), Wish I May (2016), and Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw (2018).
The actres was able to get a second chance at love when she married her childhood friend VJ Yambao in January 2017.
Camille and VJ now have two children.
As for Camille’s TV career, she currently hosts the daytime talk show Mars Pa More with Iya Villania. Mars Pa More is GMA-7’s spin-off of Camille’s defunct talk show in GMA News TV, Mars, which aired from 2012 to 2019.
Just recently, Camille taped an episode of Mars Pa More together with the cast of GMA-7’s youth-oriented program Click: Tricia Roman, Maybelyn dela Cruz, and Chynna Ortaleza.
Click was the rival program of G-Mik in the past.
John Prats started his career as a child actor via the gag show Ang TV in 1992. He also became a part of the weekly drama series Familia Zaragoza in 1995.
John then formed a trio with Carlo Aquino and Stefano Mori called JCS. The trio was chosen to top-bill G-Mik in 1999, along with John’s sister, Camille Prats, and Angelica Panganiban.
In G-Mik, John played Yuan, the older brother of Roni who has a very bubbly personality.
John did not have any love-team partner in G-Mik until 2000, when Heart Evangelista’s character, Missy, entered the picture.
The two characters had a cat-and-dog relationship, until they developed feelings for each other.
After G-Mik, John and Heart’s love team earned their own fan base. For this reason, ABS-CBN assigned them to top-bill two more projects: the youth-oriented series Berks and the movie My First Romance, both shown in 2003.
After those two projects, John went to star in other projects with other love-team partners. First was the series It Might Be You, where he was paired with Maja Salvador, who was still starting out in showbiz.
He was also part of the shows Bituing Walang Ningning (2006), Crazy For You (2006), Parekoy (2009), and Bud Brothers (2009).
In late 2009, John joined the gag show Banana Split. The show had already gone through several reformats, but John still remains a part of the show.
In May 2015, John married his longtime girlfriend, actress Isabel Oli. They already have two children.
In 2016, John almost transferred to GMA-7. His project was supposed to reunite him with his former love-team partner, Heart Evangelista. However, John’s transfer did not push through.
Instead, John joined the cast of ABS-CBN’s prime-time series, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which is still airing until today.
John soon ventured into directing concerts, under the management of Cornerstone Entertainment. His first concert happened in 2018, via Moira dela Torre’s Tagpuan concert at the New Frontier Theater (formerly KIA Theatre).
Stefano Mori started his career as a child actor in the mid-'90s, doing several dramatic movies and TV shows such as May Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo (1996) and Mula sa Puso (1997).
In 1999, Stefano was tapped to be part of G-Mik, together with his JCS bandmates John Prats and Carlo Aquino.
He played Borj, the childhood crush of Roni (Camille Prats) and the best friend of Yuan (John Prats). Borj and Roni became lovers, but they later broke up.
Borj then became rebellious, and his relationship with his barkada turned sour.
After G-Mik ended in 2002, Stefano decided to leave showbiz.
According to reports, Stefano is now a businessman and a chef. He owns a restaurant called Casa Italia, which has branches in Palawan and Italy.
Danilo Barrios, a member of the dance group Streetboys, was originally part of G-Mik’s rival program, Click. However, his stint in the Kapuso program was cut short when he decided to join G-Mik in 2000.
In G-Mik, Danilo played Basti, an arrogant young man who was originally the childhood crush of Roni (Camille Prats).
Basti got involved in a love triangle between Roni and Borj (Stefano Mori), but Basti eventually won Roni’s heart.
After G-Mik ended, ABS-CBN tested Danilo’s acting skills by casting him in teleseryes like Darating Ang Umaga (2003), where he was paired with Aiza Marquez. He also played the main kontrabida in the fantasy series Spirits (2004).
After Spirits, projects started dwindling for Danilo, but he sometimes appeared in episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya, among other shows.
In 2006, Danilo transferred to GMA-7 to do the series Pinakamamahal, produced by TAPE Inc.
Danilo is known for being the ex-boyfriend of Aiza Marquez. He also had a relationship with VIVA Hot Babe Jaycee Parker, with whom he had one daughter.
At present, Danilo is married to his non-showbiz wife, Regina Soquena, who was his first love.
Danilo and Regina are busy managing their four companies: Ysabelle Spa & Skin Clinic, Hugo clothing, My Precious One, and TATIOACTIVE DX Beauty & Wellness Center.
During his spare time, Danilo occasionally does TV guesting stints.
He was also present at the Streetboys’ reunion and collaboration with other '90s dance groups in a concert titled 90s Dance Concert: Panahon Ko ‘To.
JANUS DEL PRADO
Janus del Prado started his career as a child actor in the '90s movie Batang X, but his name was more associated with the fantasy film, Magic Kingdom.
He is the son of the late veteran actor Renato del Prado.
Janus joined G-Mik in 2001 as Epoy, a character who always had a hard time fending for himself because of his family's financial status.
After G-Mik, Janus focused on becoming a dramatic actor when he transferred to GMA-7 and became part of the 2004 heavy drama series, Hanggang Kailan. The series allowed him to work with veteran stars Christopher de Leon, Lorna Tolentino, and Alice Dixson.
In less than a year, Janus returned to ABS-CBN and did a string of TV projects, mostly playing support characters who supplied comic relief in the story. These shows included Krystala (2004), Bituing Walang Ningning (2006), Lobo (2008), Ang Lalaking Nagmahal Sa Akin (2009), The Legal Wife (2014), Bridges of Love (2015), and Starla (2019).
He also appeared in Star Cinema movies where he played support characters with notable roles, like in One More Chance (2007) and Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013).
Miko Samson is one of G-Mik’s original cast members. He played Tonsy, one of the barkada’s new neighbors.
Tonsy’s relationship with the boys started on the wrong foot, but they eventually got along and became the best of friends.
After G-Mik, Miko decided to leave showbiz and pursue his studies.
According to his Instagram account, Miko was based in the United States for a long time. He finished his Law degree at Columbia University.
He regularly posts his opinions about Philippine politics on his social media account.
Miko is now engaged to his non-showbiz girlfriend.