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Kapamilya stars dominate Google’s influential women list


by Nickie Wang

On the eve of Women’s Day celebration, Google Philippines released a list of 20 most influential women in the country, and majority of the names were from the Kapamilya network.

The list, which is based on the volume of search queries local Google received last year, named 11 Kapamilya stars.

However, on top of the list is Willing Willie co-host and Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad. She is followed by Kris Aquino (a Kapamilya), and then Ruffa Gutierrez (a Kapatid), 2010 Miss Universe 4th runner up Venus Raj (now a Kapamilya) and teen singing sensation Charice Pempengco (former Kapamilya).

Rounding up the top 10 Angel Locsin, Sarah Geronimo, Regine Velasquez ( a Kapuso, Heart Evangelista (former Kapamilya now a Kapuso), and Senator Mirriam Defensor-Santiago.

Other stars that made it to the top 20 list are former Kapamilya Kristine Hermosa (13th), still Kapamilya Toni Gonzaga (14th), Sharon Cuneta (15th), Mariel Rodriguez (16th), Bea Alonzo (18th), and Korina Sanchez (19th).

Meanwhile, Lea Salonga placed 11th, US-based fashion designer Monique Lhuillier at 17th and superstar Nora Aunor in number 20.

In a statement released by the local Google, it says that to measure a person’s “influence” on the Web, Google’s Zeitgeist explores millions of search queries it receives every day and reveals the trends and the top keywords which define the Filipinos’ “top-of-mind” in terms of searches.

The list is actually a reflection of the presence of these people in the Internet yet does not necessarily mean that they have directly affected the lives millions of Filipinos. They may be considered popular but not all of them have made significant contributions in their respected fields.

Since it’s already been stated that the list is all about popularity in the Internet, why are Marian Rivera and Anne Curtis not included in the list? They were both two of the most-searched female celebrities last year, based on the same collection of lists of the most frequent search queries produced by Google.

At any rate, this list is a remarkable sign that ABS-CBN’s effort in strengthening its presence on the Internet is paying off. It has been spending millions to digitize its contents to be accessible to media consumers even those based abroad.

Another showbiz scion in the business

Cesar Montano may not be the bright star that he was, but for sure someone from his kin can continue his legacy as one of the prominent actors of his generation. And this is what 15-year-old Carlos Diego Loyzaga’s mission at the moment.

Diego, as what he wants to be called, is the son of Cesar with Teresa Loyzaga. He grew up in Australia and now in the country to pursue a childhood dream. The love-child has inked a three-year-contract with ABS-CBN and Star Magic and his first appearance would be in the top-rating series, Mara Clara. He is set to reprise the role of late Rico Yan and will be paired opposite Clara (Julia Montes).

Before the teenager, who personally chose to join showbiz, was allowed by his father to enter the glitzy and oftentimes rowdy world of celebrities, he had to promise that school will be his top priority. The teenager is also reminded by his parent that he should practice strict discipline now that his life will be opened to the public.

“I enjoy acting. At school, there is a theater, I really enjoy being part of it. That’s one of the reasons, besides my parents, I want to try if I was capable of doing what they have achieved,” says Carlos in an interview

Carlos is a student at OB Montessori Greenhills where Mara Clara lead star Kathryn Berbardo (Mara) is enrolled.

Summer drama workshop

Gantimpala Theater opens its door to young kids who like to enhance their talents in acting and musical theater. The artistic company will hold its 34th Summer Drama Workshop starting April 25.

Within 20 sessions plus a culminating recital on May 28, participants will learn basic acting and acting for musical theater. In basic acting, participants will learn practical application of stage acting with lectures and actual exercises on concentration, spontaneity, improvisation, confidence, body and voice preparation, eight basic efforts, characterization and script analysis.

On the other hand, the acting for musical theater teaches creative drama, music, voice and dance exercises that will help participants to perform in a musical production.

Gantimpala Theater was one of the original artistic companies’ of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). During its more than two-decade residency at the CCP, it produced “untried and untested” plays that were winners of the CCP Playwriting Contest.

After the Edsa Revolution, it became a self sustaining theater company with a whole year season of the Four Classics—Kanser, El Filibusterismo, Ibong Adarna and Florante at Laura; the National Artist Production Series; original Filipino children’s musicals and contemporary English plays.

Gantimpala Theater is located at the 2nd Floor, Open Air Auditorium Building, located inside the Rizal Park. For interested applicants call 528-0603 or 536-5860.

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