Kapamilya, starting from now, we will have our weekly Kapamilya Top 5. So for today, we will list down the Top 5 Breakthrough Kapuso-Turned-Kapamilya stars. For this list, we excluded stars that already have shows in GMA7 which casted them as the lead roles. So you will not see Angel Locsin or Iza Calzado in this list. This is the list of stars who from being “unknown” became Certified Big Stars.
Runners-up for this list include Cristine Reyes and Megan Young.
Number 5 on our list is the Fil-Spanish actor Jake Cuenca. Jake was introduced with teeny bopper supporting roles in GMA7 in 2004. Two years later, he transferred to ABS-CBN via “Pedro Penduko”. His biggest Kapamilya break was being starred in the Primetime TV remake of “Palos” together with Cesar Montano. Since then, he has joined several hit teleseryes such as “Tayong Dalawa”, “Rubi”, “Maria Mercedes” among others. He will be again soon seen in Primetime with Julia Montes, Coco Martin and Kim Chiu through “Ikaw Lamang”.
Paulo Avelino joins our list as number 4 Breakthrough Kapuso-Turned-Kapamilya star. He was a product of a GMA7 talent reality show in 2006. Afterwhich, he has done supporting roles in various Kapuso drama series. He decided to join ABS-CBN in 2011 and in 2012, he achieved his biggest break through a major role for a primetime series, Walang Hanggan alongside Coco Martin and Julia Montes. He was commended for his remarkable acting in the said series. Currently, he is seen in “Honesto” and will be paired with Bea Alonzo via the upcoming TV series “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon”.
Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo gets the number 3 rank on our list. Although she was a part of the Ang TV gag show in the 90’s, we do not consider this as a start of her TV career since she was just a kid at that time. Her real TV career started in 2002 wherein Sarah competed and won in the Star for a Night singing contest aired in IBC-13. After that, she did a short stint in the now-defunct GMA7 variety show SOP in 2003. Sarah signed a contract with ABS-CBN network in 2004, which aired her first television series, Sarah the Teen Princess. She also became a regular host and performer on the variety show ASAP. She has proven her star prowess by drawing blockbuster concerts and movies such as her tandem trilogy with John Lloyd Cruz: “A Very Special Love”, “You Changed My Life” and “It Takes A Man And A Woman”. She will soon again be seen as a Judge/Coach in the prestigious franchise “The Voice of the Philippines”.
Who will forget her “I Love You Piolo!” scream in a softdrink TV ad in 2001? Toni Gonzaga is the number 2 on our list. From 2002 to 2004, she was tapped as a co-host for the longest running noontime show Eat! Bulaga. Foreseeing her promising talent as a TV host, ABS-CBN offered her a contract in 2005. Since then, she has been the host of the longest running reality show in Philippine TV, Pinoy Big Brother. She is now known as the “Ultimate Multimedia Star” because of her success in TV, movie and music recordings. Currently, she starred in the just-released hit movie “Starting Over Again” opposite Piolo Pascual and is seen in the TV comedy sitcom “Home Sweetie Home” opposite John Lloyd Cruz.
Ranking the first in our list is no other than Anne Curtis. Anne started her career playing younger sister or a female friend in GMA7 TV shows from 1997 to 2003. In 2004, she made the big switch as a Kapamilya star and was given lead roles in shows such as “Kampanerang Kuba”, “Maging Sino Ka Man” and “Dyosa”. Her biggest movie break was the phenomenal “No Other Woman” which is one of the highest-grossing Pinoy movies of all time. She is also one of the most followed stars in the social networks as she was the first Filipino star to reached 1 Million followers in Twitter. Proving that she can draw crowds, she is a leading product endorser in our country now. Currently, she is hosting the breakthrough noontime show “It’s Showtime” and will be seen swimming soon as the highly coveted “Dyesebel” in Primetime Bida.
Who would have thought that these “once-not-so-known stars” will hit fame that big after jumping fences?.
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