The little big star is a Negrense

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By Adrian Bobe

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


SUMMER is the time to be outdoors. Far from the hectic office and school works, it’s the time of the year for adults and kids to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea.

This may be the typical summer for many, but for newest TV child superstar Alyanna, she is focused on reviewing her school lessons this summer.

She wants to study Algebra and Science in advance, to avoid cramming as the school starts early June. Indeed, she’s not your ordinary kid in the block; she is dedicated, passionate about acting and persevering to accomplish school works.

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Alyanna is so young, but she is such a pro in front of the camera. In online articles, directors are quoted as saying, “The kid is a pack of potentials. A class of her own kind, and a soon-to-be acting genius the Philippine teleserye fans should look out for.” Further, critics shared, "She will grow beautifully in and out of the lenses."

After reviewing her videos online, I could attest to the originality of her talent - a little big star worth emulating. Her list of TVCs include being the face of milk supplements, real estates, banks, filtered water and the first brand ambassador of Mossimo Kids.

At eight, she is now considered to be among the roster of promising child stars of the country. Her TV stints include billing primetime hits like ABS-CBN's Ikaw Lamang, guesting at variety shows and etching her name in the prominent halls of show business. She reveals having fun time shooting as young Isabel that Kim Chiu banks on in the historical nightly TV show.

Her skill in drama first landed her as daughter of Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales in the defunct Maria La Del Barrio. Her ability to memorize lines and give justice to her roles earned her various nods from reputed directors and writers.

Articles from critics noted Alyanna's dramatic competence as something “that transforms speaking dialogues to realistic masterpieces that earn good ratings.” As for advertisers, her round eyes and almost perfectly shaped features landed her numerous advertisements. On top of it, her skin is glowing with radiance, a requisite in overcoming striking TV lights.

Alyanna is a Negrense. She speaks Hiligaynon and very conversant in her own dialect. More than speaking, her knowledge of the Ilonggo culture is enough reason to tap her shoulders for first, getting acting contracts and second, taking pride of her local heritage.

This summer, she undergoes summer advancement reviews. Her devoted mother, wandered a little after having difficulties in looking for a review center that will cater her daughter's supplemental education.

After numerous searches, she landed in Mega Memory, the study and advancement center I operate, located in La Salle Avenue. The first meeting revealed to me that Alyanna, after all, is still an 8-year-old kid: playful, has childish countenance like any other kids, and curious to discover new things. And this is where my center comes in, helping her in abstract reasoning and numbers.

The child wonder in her is actually making the job of my advancement team easier. She would arrive ready to meet her requirements everyday. The task is a little boring for any pupil but three rules keep us guarded: focus on the books, no long breaks, and yes, understand by heart. Despite the heavy lessons, the star that she is just glows brighter during difficult modules.

Probably, her exposure to the mechanism of the alluring world of showbiz and at the same time, of school, allows her to balance the two.

She says, "I think I have to finish school and make good grades." So while she enjoys the popularity of being on TV, the young superstar feels the need to study in school and learn a lot.

This early, I can already say that she is among the notable Negrense artists who continually make us proud in their expertise in drama. Alyanna is a little big star, a child wonder claiming her rightful spot in the colorful, challenging world of show business.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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