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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 2, 2015

Marian Rivera, Anne Curtis, Angel Locsin, Heart Evangelista Turn 30, Who Will Replace Them?

ONE BY ONE, our top young actresses today are turning 30. Marian Rivera turned 30 on August 12 while Heart Evangelista turned 30 on February 14. Anne Curtis turned 30 on February 17 while Angel Locsin turned 30 on April 23 and Toni Gonzaga turned 31 on January 21. Marian and Heart have gotten married. Toni is also tying the knot soon, while Anne and Angel are both also committed to their respective beaus.

Writers like us who started our careers in entertainment writing in the 70s have seen many stars shining bright and then fading to give way to the changing of the guards of younger blood, from Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos (now in their early 60s), Alma Moreno (turning 56 on May 25) and Lorna Tolentino (53 last December 23), Sharon Cuneta (49 last January 6) and Maricel Soriano (golden girl on February 25), Judy Ann Santos (turning 37 on May 11) and Claudine Barretto (turning 36 on July 20). Those currently below 30 include Sarah Geronimo, Bea Alonzo, Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, Carla Abellana and Lovi Poe.

Knowing the premium that the public puts on youth, Marian and her company of 30 somethings just have a couple of more years to remain on top of their respective careers and soon, today’s teen stars will be taking over. This is the reason why the networks keep on discovering and developing new blood, because the public is fickle and their interest for stars quickly wanes, so they really just come and go while new faces are being discovered.

At ABS-CBN, they have the likes of Liza Soberano (whose “Forevermore” surely catapulted her to stardom), Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, Julia Barretto and Janella Salvador. On GMA-7, they’re pushing for Bianca Umali who’s only 15 and Gabbi Garcia, who’s 16. And they also have the likes of
 Barbie Forteza, Bea Binene and Joyce Ching.

Like we often hear, many are called, but only very few are actually chosen to stay on and shine bright. Let’s see who among today’s teen stars will the fountain bless and be fortunate enough to replace the batch of Marian and company.