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ALV TALENT CIRCUIT
Jay-R, Grace Lee, Gary Estrada, Patrick Garcia, Baron Geisler, Jessa Zaragoza, Ahron Villena, Denise Laurel, Camille Prats, Kris Lawrence, Pinky Amador, Geneva Cruz, Victor Basa, Divine Lee
In a starring role
If this issue were a marquee, it would explode.
For every square inch would be aglow with a star, each with its unique flash, each with its unique dazzle. And that’s what dentist-turned-starmaker/media specialist Arnold L. Vegafria has put together — a blinding marquee.
What does it take to be a star? Starmaking is as difficult as — if not more difficult than — rocket science, for there is not one formula that will yield the prize. So starmakers like ALV have not just X-ray vision, they have laser vision, seeing right through every wannabe, seeing that rare X-factor that will make you a Carla Abellana or a forgettable aspirant.
And for ALV, starmaking doesn’t end when you’ve reached the firmament. You’ve got to stay there for all the world to see. Because shooting stars turn to dust after their burst of glory.
This issue is also a compendium of stars — from beauty queens to athletes, from legends to ingenues. It is a virtual glossary of stars under ALV’s watchful eyes. PeopleAsia lets you get to know each star, his hopes and aspirations, his ascent to the sky. Each has a lesson to impart, a story to share. Each has a teleserye of his own unraveling.
We learn from ALV’s rosters that stars are no longer limited to those who light up the screen — they’re also the hunks we see on the hard court and the rugby field, as well. Stars are no longer synonymous with actors and actresses because even beauty queens, event hosts and politicians, also have the power to light up the firmament.
Showbiz observers say that ALV’s talents are exceptional because they are aspirational: they make you want to look up at the skies and wish upon a star. Some of the most bankable celebrities todays are not actors or singers, unlike in the early days of Philippine movies and television, when only screen gods and goddesses were worth taking autographs from.
The road to stardom is strewn with people who have the looks and the talents to have been stars, but have stumbled along the way. Luck, hard work, good breaks all play a part in the equation that equals fame and fortune. Those, plus a three-letter element: A-L-V.
Also in this special issue, PeopleAsia takes a closer look into the “medicine of tomorrow,” stem cell therapy. Doctors Z and Aivee Teo, whose patients include A-list celebrities, explain its benefits even as they manage expectations of it as a “cure-all.” (Pages 214-215.)
We take you to the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, where I was part of the delegation that picked up PAL’s first A330-300 wide body aircraft. Take a virtual tour of the factory of Airbus, which has sold over 13,200 aircraft to more than 500 customers/operators since it first entered service in 1974. A truly global enterprise of some 59,000 employees, it boasted €56.5 billion in revenues last year.
In a plant that can accommodate as many as 18 football fields and the Statue of Liberty, Airbus manufactures the world’s biggest commercial aircraft, the double-deck $403.9 million A380.
PAL has ramped up its ongoing fleet modernization program when it took delivery of an A330-300 at the Airbus Delivery Center, the “vanguard” of 20 such units being ordered by PAL.
So we take you to the skies in this issue, through both stars and planes — and reveal to you many of the secrets that will take you there.