Hyping up someone as the
next-this and the next-that seems to be the most popular trick
unimaginative publicist rely on when packaging fresh talents who are
eager to make our moms and yayas weep as headliners of the latest
reincarnation of Flor de Luna.
It just seems automatic these days, calling someone who can effortlessly
flood the studio in 10 second with tears flowing from her left eye the
next Kristine, Claudine or Juday, that is.
Never mind if her right eye is unable to produce even a single drop
during gut-wrenching scenes-an abnormality that historians say was
common among countless witches tortured and burned during the
But maybe there's an upside to this PR tactic meant to initially create
a buzz, a short-term move that'd later be sustained by a more deft plan
to promote the newbie on her own merits.
Fortunately, Michelle Bayle, the promising 20-year-old hottie from the
flourishing stable of certified next-best things known as the ABS-CBN
Talent Center, is ripe for that kind of treatment.
Having lived in Toronto, Canada for five years, it was almost a
no-brainer for showbiz scribes to tout this voluptuous niece of
international ramp sensation Anna Bayle as the next Vanessa del Bianco.
"Being billed as that wasn't really such a bad thing" says Michelle, the
Star Teens Canada (an ABS-CBN international talent search) winner last
year. "Vanessa and I are good friends, and I really admire her as an
artist. But I want to be known on my own merits."
That, of course, would require persistence, a value not alien to
Michelle who, prior to coming here, toiled for a year learning
backing flips and frenetic dance steps as the first Filipina
cheerleader of the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football
Aside from the aforementioned cheerleading job, she has already
done some modeling and guesting for the Filipino Sunday show
there. It was also a modeling job that she got here, must be
from her aunt's side of talent although she has no plans of
joining any beauty contest.
"Ang gusto ko lang, e, maging singer, dancer, actress, model and
host," Michelle laughed. "Ambisyosa ako, e. Pero gusto ko talaga
maging singer and dancer. My first assignment here was when I
guested in 'A.S.A.P.' and it was followed up in 'Keep On
Dancing.' Ang first acting job ko naman was for 'Star Studio'
episode with Piolo Pascual." Michelle, of course, considers her
"Star Drama Presents"assignment as her most challenging.
"My God, our director Chito was considered a hero sa set. Being
new, I have my anxieties na bigla ko na lang gustong umupo sa
corner and asked myself kung tama ba 'yung ginawa ko but I think
I did okay." As a kid, Michelle's parents knew she liked acting
but they never knew she would be this serious. "Now that I'm
here, they're all for me and wish me luck." Add her boyfriend in
Canada, who's wishing her that her dream would now come true.
"What I do is never enough for me. Other artists tell me
magiging artist ka lang talaga if you constantly devote time to
improved yourself, if you feel deep inside to that you can do
much better," she says. "I've been in the business for just a
year, I know I can still do more to prove my worth. And I
definitely don't mind being challenged," she added.(SNS)
's biggest star," says Lily Monteverde. "You can easily sense
it. Malakas ang appeal niya sa mga lalaki at mga babae. Men see
her as a very luscious and seductive young woman whose beauty is
now in full bloom. Women see her as a very fashionable beauty
who carries herself very, very well."
"Red Diaries" tells the story of three different women, all of
them played by Assunta de Rossi. One's a kept woman whose love
affairs with many men end up in a bizarre triangle of illicit
romances. The other one's a homecoming maiden who crosses paths
with a naive teenaged seminarian whose recurrent wet dreams have
her as the central object. Then there's the battered wife who
ultimately learns to regain her self-esteem and hatches a scheme
against her violent husband.
"Red Diaries" also stars Carlos Morales, Anton Bernardo, Dante
Rivero and Pilar Pilapil together with newcomers Jam Melendez
and Dante Gomez. (SNS)
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