TV5′s “Artista” Academy” on Saturday night named the Top 16 young aspirants who will vie for P20 Million in total prizes and the chance to live the glamorous artista life in possibly the grandest and most intensive talent search on Philippine television.
After a series of screenings, the 16 finalists have emerged as the most deserving of the 13,000 hopefuls who came to the grand auditions held June 19 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
They are: Akihiro Blanco (Pasig), Alberto Bruno (Marikina), Benjo Leoncio (Cebu), Brent Manzano (Quezon City), Chanel Morales (Bacolod), Chris Leonardo (Laguna), Jon Orlando (Quezon City), Julia Quisumbing (Makati), Malak So Shdifat (Manila), Mark Neumann (Quezon City), Marvelous Alejo (Valenzuela), Nicole Estrada (Pasig), Shaira Mae (Las Piñas City), Sophie Albert (Mandaluyong), Stephanie Rowe (Pampanga), and Vin Abrenica (Pampanga).
As “Artista Academy” scholars, all 16 finalists will be given full scholarship to the Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) to undergo a comprehensive curriculum-based training with highly esteemed professionals in the industry, including multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan, music master Louie Ocampo, dance guru Georcelle Dapat of G Force.
All 16 finalists are guaranteed talent contracts with TV5, but only two will win the big prize.
By the end of the competition, “Artista Academy” will announce the Best Actor and Best Actress who will win a total of P20 Million plus lead roles in a forthcoming TV5 teleserye. Not only will they be certified professional actors after they finish their course from AATA, they will also be the richest winners in the history of all talent searches in the country.
“Artista Academy” airs from Monday to Saturday evenings after “Wil Time Bigtime”.
Marvin Agustin is the reality host who shares with viewers the 16 students’ journey every night while Cesar Montano takes charge as the Live Exam Presentor every Saturday.
Sitting in as Live Exam Critics are Lorna Tolentino, Gelli De Belen, and TV5 Talent Center head and renowned TV and film director Mac Alejandre.