We’ve got our eye on Christian Bables, Wil dasovich, Fred Lo, and ninno.
“For me, it’s never about being the lead or supporting lead. I give my all to every role.” —Christian
He’s super into his craft.
Crying, stuttering, almost speechless— Christian Bables, 24, accepting the Best Supporting Actor award at last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival was as endearing as his portrayal of the fiercely loyal Barbs in Die Beautiful. His big win is the culmination of hard work and sheer determination (for a time, he sold whitening and slimming products to pay for acting workshops). It has opened plenty of new doors: as of press time, he’s filming two rom-coms, a horror flick, and a top-secret Chito Roño project.
Fred Lo, 27, is no stranger to the spotlight, with leading roles in theater productions like Rent, The Sound of Music, and Cinderella under his belt, and several telenovela projects lined up this year. But his real passion is performing for and inspiring children. “Being in Hi-5 was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I found a new calling in teaching kids through TV and song. In the future, I want to put up a foundation for children.”
He’s never not hustling.
Hip-hop artist Ninno Rodriguez, 23, is on a mission to revolutionize local rap music. As evidenced by his albums Third Culture Kid— a polysyllabic work of genius— and Super Shadow Moses Turbo as part of nerdcore trio Shadow Moses, he’s more than willing to put in the work. “I
write, produce, and mix and master tracks. I dropped out of school to pursue music, and my family agreed on the condition that I’d work hard to be the best at what I do.”
Wil Dasovich, 25, never thought he’d be entertaining for a living, but here he is, miles away from his hometown of SF, California, vlogging his travel adventures as Tsong and Tsonggo on Youtube. When he’s not ticking off items on his bucket list or going viral with his bekinese videos, he’s conceptualizing, recording, and editing. “I work on my vlogs from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I don’t find time for it—it is my life. My dad, mom, and sister have also gotten into vlogging, and we’ll all be posting about our Euro trip this month. It’ll be really cool.”
Asked about the future of Philippine cinema, Christian says, “I don’t think I’m in the right position to say something about it, but I hope that we reach a point when commercialism no longer dictates the rules of the industry. It’s better to give recognition to those who truly love the art of filmmaking.” “Simmer,” a track off of
TCK, is a commentary on our sociopolitical climate, a subject often at the forefront of Ninno’s music. “It’s not that I want people to subscribe to my beliefs. I just want their eyes to be opened to different possibilities.”
“I believe in the spontaneous way of living. That’s why traveling is the best. It makes you adapt to new situations.” —Wil
“I found a new calling in performing for children. If I weren’t an actor, I would have been a kindergarten teacher.” —Fred
“I got into hip-hop for the storytelling. Whether it was about struggle or success, or triumph or defeat, it was always about telling a story.” —Ninno