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Pineda: Meet the final 10 celebrity contenders in Your Face Sounds Familiar 2021

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GENEVA Cruz, Christian Bables, and Lie Reposposa are three of the ten celebrities vying to win the season three of Your Face Sounds Familiar. On Thursday, February 5, ABS-CBN Entertainment released a teaser introducing the 10 celebrity contenders. Your Face Sounds Familiar (YFSF) makes a comeback this 2021 with 10 new celebrities taking on the challenge of impersonating local and international music icons to win.

They are: “Pop Royalty” Geneva Cruz, who made a showbiz comeback in 2020, is now doing her first regular show after eight years of living in the U.S; Idol Philippines graduates Matty Juniosa, Enzo Almario, and Lucas Garcia, who comprise the group iDOLLS, are tagged as YFSF’s “Idol Trio”; and “Pinoy Big Belter” Lie Reposposa is the teen batch 1 winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Otso and also a finalist of It’s Showtime’s “Tawag ng Tanghalan”

Dubbed as “The New Breed Actor,” Christian Bables takes onYFSF after his supposed drama series with Bea Alonzo titled Kahit Minsan Lang was shelved. CJ Navato, a former child star and Goin’ Bulilit graduate, is now being tagged as “The Viral Crooner” after his covers earned million views on YouTube. Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 and Hello, Stranger actress Vivoree Esclito is “The Rising Sweetheart” of YFSF. The Voice of the Philippines season one runner-up Klarisse de Guzman is “The Soul Diva” of YFSF. It’s Showtime host Jhong Hilario, who is called “The Sample King,” a title he earned after showing samples of his talents as a judge during the first year of It’s Showtime.

As previously announced in ABS-CBN’s 2020 Christmas Special, Luis Manzano replaces Billy Crawford as host in Your Face Sounds Familiar. Nyoy Volante and Jed Madela will be the artists’ mentors, while Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, and Sharon Cuneta will remain as the judges. Melai Cantiveros and Denise Laurel won the first and second seasons of Your Face Sounds Familiar, respectively. YFSF also had a kids’ edition with Awra Briguela as the winner of the first season and TNT Boys dominating the second season.

Your Face Sounds Familiar’s third season is set to debut this February 2021 on ABS-CBN’s broadcast platforms: A2Z Channel 11 on Free TV, Kapamilya Channel on cable, and Kapamilya Online Live on YouTube and Facebook. Your Face Sounds Familiar is under the banner of ABS-CBN Entertainment, which establishes ABS-CBN as a content provider for different broadcast platforms as blocktimers, including its A2Z Channel 11 stint and ASAP Natin ‘To airing on rival network TV5.

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Jodi Sta. Maria vlogs about her visit to Tabing Ilog's shoot location in Pagsanjan, Laguna. The iconic youth-oriented TV series jumpstarted the careers of Paolo Contis, Desiree del Valle, Jodi, Baron Geisler, Patrick Garcia, Paula Peralejo, Kaye Abad, and John Lloyd Cruz.

Airing from 1999 to 2003, the show was Jodi's first regular TV show with ABS-CBN where she played Georgina "George" Fuentebella. Joining Jodi in the main cast of Tabing Ilog were Kaye Abad, Desiree del Valle, Paolo Contis, Baron Geisler, Patrick Garcia, Paula Peralejo, and John Lloyd Cruz.

She said in her vlog entry dated January 30, 2021, “Papunta ako sa isang probinsya na malapit na malapit sa puso ko because I remember when I was starting back in 1997, 1998, iyong pinaka-unang regular show na ginawa ko with ABS-CBN ay dito namin shinoot for four years.”

The first time Jodi took a sentimental journey to the show's location was in 2006, three years after Tabing Ilog ended.

Jodi continued in her vlog, “Nae-excite ako kasi it’s been more than 15 years since huli ako nakatapak sa Pagsanjan, Laguna. Ngayon, hindi ko alam kung anong ie-expect ko—kung pareho pa rin ba iyong lugar, pareho pa rin ba yung mga bahay na pinagshoot namin or nagbago na, nandoon pa ba, nag-iba na ba. I really don’t know but I’m very excited na bumalik sa Pagsanjan. I’m sure maraming memories ang magbabalik.”

One of the places Jodi visited was Cosme St., where the houses of Tabing Ilog’s main characters were located. Jodi showed the house of her character, George, as well as the houses of cousins Gerry (Mylene Dizon) and James (Patrick), Rovic (John Lloyd), Badong (Paolo), and siblings Corrine & Fonzy (Baron).

The 38-year-old actress recalled, “So four years kami nandito. Every Wednesday kami nagte-taping, every week iyon for four years.” Jodi also went to Pagsanjan Garden Resort, where the iconic dock of the barkada as well as Eds’ (Kaye) house were located.

She shared in her vlog, “Kung natatandaan niyo iyong dock na merong gulong, dito kami nag-i-stay noon, standby area namin ito dati. It used to be a resort and malapit rin dito iyong bahay ni Eds. If you go straight, meron diyang ilog kung nasaan nandoon iyong dock namin before. So iyan iyong nilalakad namin kapag kailangan namin pumunta sa set. Ito iyong world namin noong time na ginagawa namin ang Tabing Ilog.”

Proceeding to the dock area, she said, “Let’s see kung nandoon pa rin siya because, normally, kapag malakas ang ulan malakas din ang lagaslas ng tubig ang nangyayari, laging tinatangay iyong dock namin. So let’s see if the dock stood the test of time.”

Indeed, the dock is no longer there but the tree seen in the title card of Tabing Ilog is still standing.

Jodi recalled, “That’s the tree, nandiyan dati iyong dock and then everytime, makikita namin na maraming nagbu-boating kasi dito dumadaan iyong mga turista na nagshu-shoot the rapids.”

Tabing Ilog jumpstarted the television and movie careers of its lead stars who all became household names.


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