By Lista Macuja Filipinos are naturally interested in the lives of people outside the country. Sometimes, foreigners become symbols of our aspirations because of their beauty, regal bearing, amazing talent, and/or undeniable appeal.
Acknowledging this, Star Cinema has tapped foreigners to add cinematic magic in an array of movie projects through the years. Who are they?
1. Dayanara Torres, Puerto Rican
2. Cynthia Luster, Gained prominence in Hong Kong
- *Films with Star Cinema: "Basta't Kasama Kita (1995)" with Aga Muhlach (boyfriend of 4 years), "Hataw Na (1995)" with Gary Valenciano, "Type Kita... Walang Kokontra (1999)" with Cesar Montano.
When the 1994 Miss Universe pageant was held in Manila, reigning Miss Universe Dayanara Torres had to go to the country to relinquish her crown. The entire nation was smitten by her apparent beauty, including eternal pretty boy Aga Muhlach. He eventually became Dayanara’s boyfriend.
She was tapped to topbill a number of movies that highlighted her “beauty queen” status and her amazing dancing skills.
She also used to host “ASAP” and dance show “Keep On Dancing.”
She posted a tweet last March 22 through her Twitter account (@DayanaraPR) inviting Filipinos to watch the biopic of Cesar Chavez, a political figure in Puerto Rico. "#Philippines 2all my #filipino friends come watch #CesarChavezMovie U r also part of our #Story #PRIDE #Latinos 3/28" posted Dayanara.
3. Carmen Soo, Malaysian
- *Film with Star Cinema: "Tapang Sa Tapang (1997) co-star Lito Lapid.
Filipinos’ fascination of Jackie Chan paved the way for Cynthia Luster to create a dent in the local movie industry.
Cynthia became the pseudo female counterpart of Jackie Chan in the country, making her a household name in Filipino families during that time.
Now, she is currently residing in Fukouka, Japan.
- *Films with Star Cinema: “T2 (2009)” with Maricel Soriano and “Alagwa (2012)” with Jericho Rosales.
Carmen Soo, when she was introduced in local showbiz, was a breathe of fresh air. She was simple, down-to-earth, soft-spoken, and beautiful. Plus, she was a very gifted actress.
4. Hans Isaac, Malaysian
- All of a sudden, she was paired with some of the country’s top leading men during that time, including Jericho Rosales (“Kahit Isang Saglit”), and Christian Bautista (“Your Song: Beautful Girl”)
Her immense talent as an actress was noted in her movie appearances.
5. Mario Maurer, Thai
- *Film with Star Cinema: “Miss You Like Crazy (2010)” with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo
Hans is part-Indian, Filipino, Spanish. His mother is of Filipino and Spanish descent and his father is Indian Malaysian.
In his participation in “Miss You Like Crazy,” he was dashing, charming that he gave John Lloyd Cruz a run for his money. He played the third guy in the John Lloyd- Bea Alonzo movie.
- *Film he made with Star Cinema: “Suddenly It’s Magic (2012)” with Erich Gonzales
He is an Asian superstar because of a string of international hit movies, including the landmark international blockbuster “Love of Siam.”
Years ago, a clothing brand tapped Mario to be its endorser. During this time, Filipinas went gaga over him. Star Cinema acknowledged this and got him to star in a romantic movie with Erich Gonzalez -“Suddenly, It’s Magic.”
As expected, Mario’s onscreen charm brought magic to the said movie.
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