Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tween-age Trend: GMA and ABS-CBN Teenage Stars Faceoff

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
From the international up to the local scene, teenage stars truly predominates much exposures on screen. With young billionaire-earning stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, singing icons like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, youth were inspired to show off their skills for a showbiz break.

Truly, some of the brightest names in the local show business started out young while becoming a part of a teen oriented show or drama. Back then, two popular teen drama shows battles for popularity and viewership – the GMA’s “Gimik” and the ABS-CBN’s “T.G.I.S”. 

T.G.I.S and Gimik

 T.G.I.S. revolves around a clique of friends living in a fictional village presumably located somewhere in Quezon City. The show deals with the various episodes concerning adolescent life. Meanwhile, Gimik, which was originally created as part of ABS-CBN’s 40th Anniversary, was patterned after a popular US show.

After the shows went off the air in 1999, celebrities which are part of the drama parted of ways and try to find their luck in show business.  Only a few were able to stand out and shone more. T.G.I.S successful products Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis still remain visible up to this day. On the other hand, Gimik stars Diether Ocampo, Dominic Ochoa, and John Lloyd Cruz were able maintain their popularity and exposures on screen. 

Tween Hearts and Growing Up

The Gimik and TGIS rivalry before were seemingly revived by the debut of new young and fresh faces from both networks. Now, we can see the GMA’s Tween Hearts starring Joshua Dionisio, Barbie Forteza, Jhake Vargas and Bea Binene competing with the ABS-CBN’s Growing Up featuring the top billed Mara Clara stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.

Both shows like their predecessors goes with the same plot and same airing slot – reason for an endless comparison of the main cast from one another. Which of them is the best, the hottest or the most popular? The same questions asked one-and-a-half decade ago.

Matter of fact, we can’t expect much from teen artists because they are too young to deliver convincing performances. But their image as young stars can work wonders. At the very least, it serves as their ticket to more assignments once they are no longer teenagers. There are so many more opportunities for stardom, they just only have to make sure that they continuously hone their skills like what the brightest stars did when they were still part of teen dramas.

GMA's Tween Stars faces the ABS-CBN's Grown Up's

Barbie Forteza and Kathryn Bernardo

Joshua Dionisio and Daniel Padilla

Bea Binene and Julia Montes

Jhake Vargas and Sam Concepcion

The Loveteams: 

JuliElmo and Bretzie 

KrisJoy and Jaevon
AldenLouisse and Trivan


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