Monday, May 30, 2005

Star Magic's Talented Newcomers

Originally published on Manila Bulletin

Celebrity World
by Crispina Belen

It’s easy to note that many talented newcomers are in the Star Magic (formerly Talent Center) stable of ABS-CBN. Most of them are in the cast of the network’s new reality, "Qpids" which premiered last Monday (May 23).

One of them is Carla Humphries Loren who turned 20 (CF's note: should be 17) last May 20. Carla enjoined us to watch "Qpids," which she described as "talagang maganda at ibang-iba. Masayang show ito so please find time to watch it." It must be good and promising indeed because the network pitted it against GMA-7’s toprating reality show "Extra Challenge."

Statuesque Carla is half-Filipino and half-French and her looks (which is cross between Audrey Hepburn and Jennifer Love Hewitt) make her a stunning beauty. She has also travelled extensively even at an early age. She stayed in Paris for several years (and that is why she could speak French quite well). But home will always be Lipa and Batangas where her mother and relatives come from. Carla belongs to a political family in Batangas, her grandparents being mayors for several terms.

Carla hopes to make a name in acting but she would never forsake her studies, she said. She is an incoming Fine Arts sophomore student at UST. An innate artist, Carla has been painting ever since she was nine years old. Her very first painting, which depicts a bahay kubo, is the one she loves most, she said that’s why she has kept it. The others, she has given to friends and relatives. Carla has about 30 art works and that’s why we told her she can very well hold her own arts exhibit already. Her style is surrealistic and she uses oil as a medium.

Carla is one of Star Magic’s most in demand print and TV commercial models, and just came back from Bangkok, Thailand where she shot a shampoo (Sunsilk) commercial. Talent scouts came over to look for a commercial model for the shampoo and she was lucky enough to have been chosen, Carla said. She is also one of Harvard USA celebrity endorsers and has also done a Gentext and iced tea endorsements.

A member of Star Circle Batch 11, Carla has appeared in shows like "Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas," "Berks," and "Sarah, the Teen Princess." In "Qpids," she is one of the "Love Princesses."

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