Reality artista search in the Philippines are very in demand now to all inspiring individuals to have a career in the showbiz industry. This is one way of reaching their dreams to become celebrity just like their idols.

Pinoy Manila was fortunate to join with other entertainment bloggers to have an interview with one of the famous and “super galing” actresses in the country- Gina Alajar. Definitely, you still remember the character of Dian Lamitan in an epic series “Amaya.” She’s a very effective “Kontrabida” because even me, I feel for Amaya every tine she’s doing bad things. Also, she played motherly character as Zeny in the recently concluded afternoon soap, “Hiram na Puso.”

Ms. Gina Alajar is one the mentors of GMA’s upcoming artista search, “Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break.” She will handle the Southern Luzon protégé. She will be competing other celebrity mentors like Roderick Paulate (Mega Manila Mentor), Philip Salvador (Mindanao Mentor), Ricky Davao (Central and Northern Luzon Mentor), and Jolina Magdangal (Visayas Region Mentor). Each mentor has 4 proteges, so there will be 20 Proteges who will battle for the Big Artista Break.

We asked first what are the qualifications on choosing the protégé. She answered it direct to the point. She emphasized the words “Looks” and “Mukhang Artistahin” that is one of the first factors she looks into. I definitely agree on that. This is an artista search, you should have first the looks. Let’s face the reality, having the skills or should I say the talents cannot stand alone on this kind of contest.

“Kailangan mga artistahin na talaga tapos nandun na yung talent, nakikita mo na yung pwedeng madevelop, tapos madaling sumunod, madaling turuan. Importante rin na meron siyang karisma, meron siyang “It”, yung mamahalin siya ng madla. Mahirap yun e kasi hindi lahat na-chacharm ang taong bayan. So, kailangan meron siyang gaang, meron siyang magandang bukas ng mukha para i-embrace siya ng tao,” she explained.

“Mejo mahirap hanapin yun and I think dun palang natin malalaman yan kapag inintroduce na siya sa mga tao. Pero ngayon sa akin, my initial reaction is: meron ba siyang mukha, meron ba siyang tayo, meron bang pag lumakad siya sa isang kwarto ay magtitinginan sa kanya lahat, nakaka-attract ba siya ng attention, yung ganon,” the director added.

We also asked about what she can say about her co-mentors. She’s anxious about the fact that anything could happen on the show and the mentors themselves might come into conflict with one another

“Mahirap kasi hindi ko alam kung magkakaroon ng lamat ang mga friendship na ito e. May kanya-kanyang style, may kanya-kanyang ideas yan e, at itong lahat ng mga mentors na ito walang kinatatakutan, they say what they say – kesyo masaktan ka – yun lang yung kinakatakot ko dun. Like ako, baka meron akong masabi na biglang ma-offend ang kahit isa sa kanila. Si Philip pa naman pikon yan (laughs). Pikon yan talaga. Pero maaring kimkimin niya yung galit niya sa akin, pero I think hindi maiiwasan yun e.

“Kaya nakakaba, mas nakakakaba yung labanan ng mga mentors kaysa sa labanan ng mga proteges kasi dun sa mga mentors yun yung magkakaroon ng feedback sa isa’t isa, baka magkaroon lang kami ng mga conflict – hopefully not – pero hindi maiiwasan, sa palagay ko hindi maiiwasan,” explained Gina.

And to all my readers,  Pinoy Manila is not really part of the protege nor an auditionee,  my blogger friend took me a picture. Look my photo below.. woot wooh..(sorry guys.. I’m such a camwhore lolz)

Protégé officially begins on July 23 (Monday) with the daily, 30-minute update dubbed “Inside Protégé” which will be hosted by Jennylyn Mercado and aired on GMA-7’s primetime block.

The first gala night will be on August 5 (Sunday), which will be held at Studio 7 of the GMA Network Studios and hosted by Dingdong Dantes and Carla Abellana.

Apart from the mentors, four judges will also give their critiques of each protégé’s performance during the weekly gala. The judges are Joey de Leon, Director Bert de Leon, Cherie Gil and GMA top honcho Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

Watch out Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break only on GMA Telebabad

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