“Artista Academy” winners Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica charm Pinoy fans in Dubai!

Fresh from their win as Artista Academy Best Actress and Best Actor, Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica flew to Dubai to entertain Filipino fans last December 1 during the annual “Bayanihan Festival” held at the famed Zabeel Park, one of the largest and most modern outdoor parks in Dubai.
sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica

TV5 International and its partner Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) were among this year’s sponsors of the annual Filipino get-together.

The young couple—now known as SoVin to their fans—were thrilled to be part of this exciting event. It was their first international trip together since their big win. “Sobrang excited po talaga [kasi] makikita na namin yung mga Kapatid natin sa Dubai,” Sophie revealed. “Tapos siyempre first time po namin magkakasama ni Vin [na magtravel] together.”

Sophie and Vin weren’t the only artists present during the event. Dingdong Avanzado, Jessa Zaragoza, and Jon Santos were also there to entertain our kababayans. The Kapatid stars and their guests braved the rare Dubai rain to entertain the Pinoys at the event. Dingdong serenaded the audience with an a capella version of his hit song, “Basta’t Kasama Kita,” while wife Jessa sang her ever-famous “Bakit Pa”. Veteran comedian Jon Santos provided the laughs with his hilarious stand-up comedy routine.

That same evening, another show was held at the Boracay Club of Asiana Hotel where all the artists graced the event much to the delight of the packed venue. Vin performed “Hinahanap Hanap Kita” with the hotel band and Sophie got everyone dancing with her rousing performance of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” The Artista Academy couple shared the stage as they joined the crowd in dancing “Oppa Gangnam Style”.

During their downtime, Vin and Sophie had the chance to go around Dubai and visit iconic landmarks like the Burj Al Arab and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. It was indeed a memorable trip not only for Sophie and Vin but also for the Filipinos who shared their time with them.

TV5’s international channels Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International are available in the Middle East and Europe via OSN.

Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica is Artista Academy Winners!

Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica emerged as Best Actress and Best Actor of Artista Academy respectively, during the Awards Night held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, October 27, 2012.


Sophie Albert, dubbed as the “Artistic Chick of Mandaluyong,” and the “Singing Hunk of Pampanga” Vin Abrenica, emerged as the first Best Actress and first Best Actor award of Artista Academy.

Vin and Sophie each bagged a total of P10 million worth of prize package which includes a trophy especially crafted by Leeroy New, a condominium unit at Lakefront in Parañaque City, 1 million pesos cash, a Toyota Innova and an exclusive TV5 contract with a minimum guarantee of P5 million.


Hosted by Cesar Montano, the Artista Academy Awards Night showcased all six Honor Students’ talent in singing, dancing and also in acting via a short film directed by Eric Quizon (for the 3 girls) and Bb. Joyce Bernal (for the 3 guys).

Both winners will also become new Close Up ambassadors and lead stars of an upcoming teleserye on TV5.

Meanwhile, the non-winning honor students Akihiro Blanco, Chanel Morales, Shaira Mae andMark Neumann, together with Tropang Kick-Out members Benjo Leoncio, Brent Manzano, Chris Leonardo, Jon Orlando, Malak So Shdifat, Marvelous Alejo, Nicole Estrada and Stephanie Rowe, will all become exclusive TV5 talents. All of them will star in an upcoming youth-oriented series on the Kapatid Network titled “Forever Barkada.”

Artista Academy awards night set tomorrow at the Big Dome!

The awards night of TV5’s grandest artista search happens tomorrow, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m. as Artista Academy (AA) returns to the SMART Araneta Coliseum where it first opened its doors to over 12,000 hopefuls for its massive one-day audition last June.

It will be the ultimate showdown of talent, looks and charm as six grand finalists — Honor Students Akihiro Blanco, Chanel Morales, Mark Neumann, Shaira Mae, Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica — put to use everything they have learned from their months of training at the Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) to show how deserving they are of the Best Actor and Best Actress titles.

Artista Academy grand winners will bag a total of P20M in cash and prizes plus guaranteed lead roles in an upcoming TV5 teleserye.

The grand night will showcase all six Honor Students’ talents in singing, dancing and acting. Their individual short films will also be shown along with the comments of the directors who have worked with them. Eric Quizon directed the three short films of the girls while Joyce Bernal helmed the boys’ drama flicks.

The other Artista Academy students (Tropang Kick-Out members Benjo Leoncio, Brent Manzano, Chris Leonardo, Jon Orlando, Malak So Shdifat, Marvelous Alejo, Nicole Estrada and Stephanie Rowe) will also be sharing the stage once again for a special production number.

Admission to the Artista Academy Awards Night at the Big Dome is free. For tickets, tune in to Artista Academy weeknights at 9 after Wil Time Bigtime.

“Artista Academy” Top 6 to ‘outshine’ each other this Saturday!

As the Grand Awards Night of TV5’s grandest artista search nears, the final six contenders to the P20 Million total prizes face tougher challenges to prove themselves worthy of Artista Academy’s Best Actor and Best Actress titles.

This Saturday, October 13, the Artista Academy Honors’ List of 6 will take on the challenge to “outshine” their fellow finalists. They will have a dance showdown wherein they will each have celebrity partners. Mark Neumann will be dancing with Aira of Sexbomb, Vin Abrenica with Myka of Sexbomb, Akihiro with Philippine All Stars, Chanel Morales with AJ Muhlach, Shaira Mae with Edgar Allan Guzman, and Sophie Albert with AJ Muhlach.

The Live Exam will also showcase two short films helmed by Artista Academy’s resident critic and director Mac Alejandre. The girls will star in one short film with acclaimed actor John Arcilla while the boys will be acting with Jenny Miller in another short film. For their singing challenge, the Final 6 will be performing OPM kilig duets.

Every grade counts for each of the Artista Academy final 6, and they know that their Live Exam scores will have great bearing on their chances of winning the coveted Best Actor and Best Actress awards.

The Artista Academy Grand Awards Night will happen on October 27 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. For information on how to get free tickets to the star-studded event, visit the TV5 website at www.tv5.com.ph.

Artista Academy’s Live Exam airs this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Final 6 of “Artista Academy” revealed!

TV5‘s talent reality search “Artista Academy” announces final six who will vie for the coveted P20 million worth of prizes.

Shaira Mae and Mark Neumann enter the Honors’ List of FInal 6 and join the Top 4 students – Akihiro Blanco, Vin Abrenica, Chanel Morales and Sophie Albert, for the excelled from the combined votes of the judges and of the text votes of the fans for the entire past week. Shaira Mae and Mark emerged from the other competing students in the Danger 4 namely Benjo Leoncio, Malak So Shidfat, and  Tropang Kick-Outs namely Chris Leonardo, Jon Orlando, Brent Manzano, Marvelous Alejo, Nicole Estrada, Stephanie Rowe on this face-off which happened live at theBroadway Centrum.

The Honors’ List of Final 6 finalists will still be fighting for the glamorous artista life and an astounding 20 million pesos worth of prizes await the ultimate Best Actor and Best Actress, that “Artista Academy” offers.

Artista Academy” airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and weeknights at 9:00 p.m. on TV5.

Get to know Artista Academy’s Malak Shidifat!

Get to know more about “Artista Academy” finalist Malak Shidifat, dubbed as “The Mysterious Babe.”


20 years-old

Malak is your typical troubled teenager who longs for attention and is in need of guidance. Born of a Pinoy mom and a Palestinian dad, she grew up without her parents by her side. She currently lives with her boyfriend because she had an altercation with her aunt who, until very recently, was her guardian. Hopefully, Artista Academy will help inspire Malak to embrace discipline and give direction to her life.

Get to know Artist Academy’s Jon Orlando!

Get to know more about “Artista Academy” finalist Jon Orlando, dubbed as the “Class Leader” of Quezon City.


19 yrs. old

Calling himself a “half-Italian, half-Filipino from Canada,” Jon easily adjusted to living in the rough district of Lerma where his mother grew up, though people often tell him that his good looks make him stand out in the “squatter” community. “I truly love the people in Lerma because that’s where my mom is from. For me, it has always been about getting to know my mom’s past here in the Philippines. The more I looked, the more I fell in love with being here,” he shares. Jon arrived last February, and although he has been to the country many times before, he has never actually decided to stay for long – that is, until he made it to Artista Academy’s Top 16. With his looks, talent and intelligence, he is definitely one of the strongest contenders in the competition.

Get to know Artista Academy’s Julia Quisumbing!

Get to know more about “Artista Academy” finalist Julia Quisumbing, dubbed as the “Athletic Beauty of Makati.”


22 yrs. old

Julia is honest enough to admit that she has lived a privileged life. Hailing from a well-to-do family, she enjoys the luxury of pursuing her interest in extreme sports, including wakeboarding, skydiving and scuba diving. She loves going to bars and house parties on weekends.

Get to know Artista Academy’s Stephanie Rowe!

Get to know more about “Artista Academy” finalist Stephanie Rowe, dubbed as “Muse na Palaban ng Pampanga.”

16 yrs. old

Stephanie is someone who truly loves the spotlight. In fact, she admits to posting her videos on YouTube in the hopes of getting noticed. She is also her family’s source of joy as she often indulges them with her penchant for comedy. Stephanie is fluent in Filipino, English and Taiwanese, thanks to her Filipino mom and British dad, and also because she spent part of her childhood in Taiwan where she attended a local school.

Get to know Artista Academy’s Sophie Albert!

Get to know more about “Artista Academy” finalist Sophie Albert, dubbed as the “Artistic Chick of Mandaluyong.”

21 yrs. old

At first glance, it is easy to typecast Sophie as the sweet girl-next-door. But behind her bright smile, one can sense the forlorn spirit of someone who is eager to break out of her shell. Having lived half her life seeing her beloved dad in a coma, Sophie has managed to distract herself with extreme sports and being “one of the boys”. In Artista Academy, she is expected to bloom and become one of the prettiest and most talented actresses of this generation.

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