Gabbi as photographed by Erwin Canlas for Preview Magazine
She answers to the full name Gabriella Louise Ortega Lopez. But in the world of local showbiz, she is simply known by her screen name “Gabbi Garcia”.
An exclusive talent of GMA Artist Center, Gabbi is all of 18 and already showing great potentials of becoming a beauty queen years from now. In fact, she said during an interview with Allan Policarpio of the Philippine Daily Inquirer that “Given the chance, I’d love to join Binibining Pilipinas. I’m only 18. But maybe when I turn 22 and have become more mature, who knows? I stand 5 feet, 7 inches. Maybe I’d still get taller!”
The past number of months saw her being pitted against ABS-CBN’s Liza Soberano as the likeliest joiners of a future Bb. Pilipinas edition representing GMA Network. And I don’t see why not. Given time to evolve into the “right” age for the nationals, she could really suit for pageantry and be a titleholder someday.
But for now, let us enjoy her blooming beauty on the small screen. 🙂
Gabbi for Preview Magazine
courtesy of GMA Network
Actor Arjo Atayde will play Rocky Gathercole in MMK this July 1
courtesy of ABS-CBN
This coming Saturday, July 1, Maalaala Mo Kaya
(MMK) on ABS-CBN will feature the life story of internationally-renowned Fashion Designer Rocky Gathercole who will be played by young actor Arjo Atayde in an episode that will trace his rise to fame coming off from early struggles and heartaches in life.
This should be an interesting watch as the public will get to know more of the individual who comes up with some of the most dazzling and meticulously-crafted collections I have seen. In the fashion show portion of the same (styled by Patrick Henry Mergano and accessorized by Christopher Munar with shoes by Jojo Bragais), he is reunited with one of his muses (right photo) – Priscilla Kim dela Cruz – who wore his attention-grabbing national costume during Bb. Pilipinas 2016.
Priscilla Kim Dela Cruz in Rocky Gathercole during Bb. Pilipinas 2016
Mark the airing date so you won’t miss it. In the meantime, watch a previous ABS-CBN feature on Rocky on the show “My Puhunan”.
While we await the official results of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 5 which will be revealed next week in the season finale, let us look at the lighter side of this beautiful Fil-German who – in the video below from Preview Magazine – gives us samplings of her fluency in the German language. She makes it sound easy like Heidi Klum during Project Runway.
courtedy of Preview.ph
Gloria, Pia and Margie for Magnolia Chicken
Magnolia Chicken has achieved a casting coup of sorts by assembling the Philippines’ three Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz (1969), Margarita Moran (1973) and Pia Wurtzbach (2015) – in its latest TV commercial which christened their brand of fowl as “Pambansang Manok
” (National Chicken) in the process. I like it that the ad agency (PublicisJimenezBasic) behind the TVC was able to bring the concept to fruition as getting all three winners in one ad campaign is an idea waiting to be picked up since Pia won. Maybe the right brand is just waiting to be tapped for all three to appear in.
Watch the commercial now.
courtesy of Magnolia Chicken Station
Show of hands: Did Maureen really win Asia’s Next Top Model S5?
The rumors are not just hushed talks.
Most everyone I know (at least those who follow the program on Star World) is nagging me if Maureen Wroblewitz of the Philippines has finally won the country’s first-ever top place finish in Season 5 of Asia’s Next Top Model.
Truly, I cannot give a definitive answer to the question for two (2) good reasons:
courtesy of AsNTM
1) I did receive sound-offs from at least two sources that the Philippines won (as Season 5 has completed filming many weeks back) but without valid photo proof and only unbridled persistence that she indeed finished as #1, I can only take the claims as possible hype to raise the unified interest of Philippine viewers to watch the remaining episodes and jack up the ratings.
2) If I indeed hold factual information that Maureen surpassed the efforts of all previous Filipinas who came soooo close to victory, then I wouldn’t want to spoil the excitement in deference to the request of the producers to withold any major spoiler. Even if I was not personally hooked up by their media people for Season 5, I still respect the efforts of the show to build up a proper momentum for the finale.
Be that as it may, the last two episodes have been really telling. In favor of a possible Maureen victory, that is. But let’s take spoiler quips from all over with a grain of salt and watch till the end to see if they will hold water.
Here is a video of one of the “leaked claims“.
courtesy of Showbiz Nest Video
This coming Saturday, June 3, the life story of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will finally unfold on the ABS-CBN weekly drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya?” courtesy of the beautiful Liza Soberano who will play the lead. Focus will be given on her family life (and the drama surrounding her younger years) before achieving pageant glory. Her mother, Cheryl, will be played by actress Zsa Zsa Padilla.
Watch out for cameos of ladies from Aces & Queens – like Apriel Smith, Jessica Ramirez and Patricia Babista – during her training scenes at the beauty camp.
Watch the teaser now.
courtesy of ABS-CBN
Don’t miss this episode of MMK!
We all know that Bb. Pilipinas (and BPCI for that matter) has ABS-CBN as its exclusive home network. So when all the six titleholders hopped over to the studio of its rival channel, they were all brought to “neutral” territory, that is GMA News TV, for their guesting with hosts Kara David and Howie Severino.
Watch the video now. And tell me if you can see more details about the way the ladies project themselves during the group interview.
courtesy of GMA News TV