On Wednesday, April 20, members of GMA Network’s Sparkada were very happy to be picked by known star builder Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan and Kapuso executives to lead the Kapuso Network’s newest barkada.
In their very first press conference, 16 of its members, namely Roxie Smith, Anjay Anson, Vanessa Peña, Jeff Moses, Cheska Fausto, Michael Sager, Kirsten Gonzales, Kim Perez, Caitlyn Stave, Vince Maristela, Dilek Montemayor, Raheel Bhyria, Tanya Ramos, Larkin Castor, Lauren King, and Sean Lucas were very happy for the opportunity.
Meanwhile, Saviour Ramos could not attend due to his locked-in taping for the upcoming miniseries Raya Sirena.
All of them were grateful and blessed for the chance. Lucas even described it as “good pressure” being a member of Sparkada.
“Ako naman po kasi, I feel very honored pero at the same time pressured. Pero it’s good pressure naman. Kasi may nakita si Mr. M and siguro challenge na rin yun sa’kin na makita ko sa sarili ko iyon.”
Mr. M, who was also present at the launching, also shared the selection process in looking for the 17 fresh faces of Sparkada. He revealed that he saw the “x-factor” in these new talents.
“Of course mayroon ‘yang mga auditions. Dumaan sila sa mga tatlo o apat na Little by little, s’yempre makikita mo, ma-appreciate mo ang mga special qualities nila. Lalo na yung sinasabi ko na ‘x-factor’. Tapos dumaan rin sa isang corum of judges,” he shared.
He was also a no-brainer to select these young artists who have shown their potential to be stars.
“Sila rin mayroon silang participation dito sa process. But like I said, with these people, parang halata ko na agad eh. Nakita ko kaagad eh. They’re representatives of their generation kasi media-savvy sila. Alam na alam nila iyan eh and they’re not shy at all.”
Earlier on Sunday, Sparkada performed, for the first time, on GMA Network’s variety show All-Out Sundays.