Cosmo Baes

We’ve got our eye on Christian Bables, Wil daso­vich, Fred Lo, and ninno.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - CONTENTS -

“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.”

He’s woke.

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

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