Premiere Actress and Director GINA ALAJAR was present during Protege’s Online Screening last Sunday July 8 at the GMA Network Center.
Ms. GINA ALAJAR is Protege’s Southern Luzon Mentor and she shares her experiences with GMA’s New and Up-coming Reality Show – PROTEGE: The Battle for the Big Artista Break!
Ms. Gina Alajar said that the mentors right now are in the final phase of selecting their four (4) Proteges from their shortlists where the candidates have to undergo a one minute monologue challenge during a third call back. There will be 20 Proteges who will battle for the Big Artista Break, four (4) for each mentor. Roderick Paulate is Mega Manila’s Mentor, Ricky Davao is Central and Northern Luzon’s Mentor, Jolina Magdangal will be the mentor for the Visayas Region while Philip Salvador will handle the candidates from Mindanao.
On Conflicts with fellow Mentors?
“We are all here to compete and mentor new artists.” Ms. Gina Alajar said. “Mas nakakakaba yung labanan ng mga mentors kaysa sa mga proteges. Kasi baka meron kami masabi at ma-offend namin ang isa’t isa. Hopefully walang maging conflict pero sa reality show na ganito, hinsi kasi yun maiiwasan. Naku si Philip (Salvador), pikon pa naman yan.”
What are you looking for in a Protege?
Here are Ms. Gina Alajar’s criteria for selecting her proteges:
- At least mga artistahin na talaga
- Andun na yung talent kahit maliit, basta pwede ma-develop
- Masipag at madaling sumunod o turuan
- May charisma – ito ang pinaka importante. Dapat may “IT” factor at talagang mamahalin ng tao.
Initially – may mukha, may tayo at pagtitinginan ng mga tao kapag dumaan
Talent but no Looks
“May mga napili naman ako na not physically appealing pero merong talent at pwede i enhance kaso it’ll be a big gamble on my part. Kasi baka ako lang ang nakakakita nung potentials. You will not stand-out in this search kung puro talent lang at walang looks.”
Charming but lacks talent
“This is an artista search so it’s all glamour. I think di ganon kalaki yung time para i build up ang isang new-comer so I would go for the looks first kasi yun yung important at this point, kahit kasi hindi inate yung talent madedevelop naman yun lalo na kung masipag yung protege. But I hope to get someone who is a ‘Total Package’ yung may looks at very talented.”
Enhancing the talents of her Proteges
“I will get help from other resources although meron silang boot camps with facilities and instructors. Pero, maghahanap pa din ako ng mga pwedeng tututok sa kanila when it comes to dancing and singing which I am definitely not capable of giving.”
Initial Impressions and Personal Favorites
“Meron na akong mga napipili pero ang mag se-seal kung tama ang mga napili ko ay dun sa third call back nila. Yung ibang regions meron din namang mga magaganda at gwapo pero ilalaban ko yung sa akin, at may laban talaga yun sa akin.”
What to expect on Protege?
“There will be 13 weeks of challenges, may week na nakatutok sa kanta, may week para sa sayaw, pag arte, commercial modeling, ramp modeling, etc. It is different from starstruck kasi sa Starstruck kasi they are just one group while in Protege, you have 5 mentors with 4 proteges. May mga different styles ang bawat mentor so the progress of proteges will depend on what the mentors are giving them and how hard working are the mentors and their proteges.”
On the present status of the entertainment industry
“The networks are really hoping to discover the next superstar or the next big love team or the next drama king. Sa totoo lang, napaka-raming artista at marami sa kanila walang trabaho. Konti lang kasi ang gumagawa ng films ngayon at karamihan pa ay puro indie. Maraming artista pero most of them don’t fit the roles. Konti lang ang talagang bankable if you base it on popularity and talent.”
“Christopher De Leon is still the king of drama for so many years at wala pa din nakakakuha ng title na yan – of course, there are John Lloyd, Jericho Rosales, Coco Martin and Sid Lucero but Christopher De Leon at their age is Christopher De Leon already.”
“Naghahanap tayo ng mga bagong titilian at magaling umarte. Kaso madalas hindi nagsasabay yun e. Sikat nga pero isasaturate muna ang kasikatan at pag bumababa na ang popularity saka lang mag-aaral umarte at i rere-invent ang sarili kaya too late na. Sana lang pwede ipagsabay. Ang hinahanap natin ay yung may lasting power at hindi yun pagtyatyagaan lang dahil kinikilig tayo sa love team pero puro pa-cute’an lang naman.”
The reality component of Protege “INSIDE PROTEGE” will start on July 23 on primetime hosted by Ms. Jennylyn Mercado.
The Gala Night will be on August 5, 2012. There will be four judges, Direk Bert De Leon, Funny man Joey De Leon, Actress Cherrie Gil and Ms. Annete Gozon-Abrogar and winners will be determined by text votes.
Here’s a quick peak on the screening of one of the Protege hopeful and the pics I’ve taken during the interview: