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This Week on 'We Rise Together': Francine Diaz, Francis Magundayao, John Arcilla + more!

Sam Cruz reveals the deal she made with mom Sunshine before joining showbiz

Patricia Matalog
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Patricia Matalog

7/23/2021 in News
This Week on 'We Rise Together': Francine Diaz, Francis Magundayao, John Arcilla + more!

Two new Star Magic faces, a veteran actor, and two talented young artists were the guests for this week's "We Rise Together"!

Last July 19, two of Star Magic's newest artists Sam Cruz and Sheena Belarmino talked about their journey now that they're part of the talent management arm and what are their expectations as artists.

Sheena also recalled how it all began for her before she signed with Star Magic.

"It started when I entered 'Dance Kids' last 2015. Hanggang third round lang ako tapos bumalik po ako for 'Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids', 2017. Then nabigyan po ako ng opportunity to be part of 'Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids Season 2' and then na-expose po ako sa 'ASAP,' 'Showtime,' then 'yun na po start ng journey ko with Star Magic," she shared.

For Sam, she revealed that she made a deal with her mom Sunshine Cruz because she really wanted to pursue showbiz.

"It all started out when I was 15 and I got signed with a music record label. I had to really work for it po kasi hindi ako pwede mag-join ng showbiz kung hindi ako magaling sa grades ko in school. So I really had to do well 'coz mommy told me na hindi ka talaga ready kung hindi mo gagalingan 'yung school work mo. I really had to work hard for it and that's when it all started," Sam recalled.

"I got a call late last year from Star Magic and Squad Plus and that's when I joined na po," she added.

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The lead stars of "Tenement 66" Francine Diaz and Francis Magundayao are all set for the world to see their movie which finally premiered yesterday, July 23. During their July 21 guesting, the two had a little catch up where we found out that Francis is currently a film student in his third year.

"I'm currently in my third year in college taking up film. Nag-aaral ako ng pagpe-pelikula which is why noong ginagawa namin 'yung 'Tenement 66' para akong nasa paraiso kasi lahat ng pinag-aaralan ko is right in front of me. I'm currently doing my own projects. I'm honing my skills when it comes to filmmaking," he shared.

In terms of their working relationship on set, Francine is grateful for her Kuya Kiko for breaking the ice between them.

"Hindi ko na alam kung paano kami naging close pero noong mga unang araw ko sa shoot, sobrang mahiyain ako. Yung iba akala nila snob ako, masungit, pero 'yung totoo hindi ko lang alam paano sila ia-approach, paano makikipag-usap. Pero noong pang-apat na day na namin sa shoot doon na kami mas naging close, doon na nagiging mabigat yung mga eksena, doon kami medyo napupuyat na. Tapos ayun kwentuhan talaga," Francine recalled.

She added, "I think si Kuya Kiko 'yun, siya yung nakapag-break ng ice tapos doon na nag-start yung friendship namin."

You can stream "Tenement 66" on iWantTFC for only PHP 249 per ticket!

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Veteran actor John Arcilla was among the over 40 artists who signed and renewed contracts with Star Magic last June. And on the July 23 episode of the show, he shared what made him say "yes" to remain a Kapamilya.

According to John, he is very grateful for the network who had been with him in most of his journey as an actor.

"I was so lucky kasi tuloy-tuloy yung projects ko sa ABS-CBN, laging sa primetime. Laging mahahaba at laging #1 on television. Parang feeling ko, na-formalize ko na lang din sa sarili ko ang mag-yes kasi ang tagal ko na ring gumagawa sa Kapamilya. Matagal ko nang nararamdaman na Kapamilya 'yung madalas na kasama ko sa journey ko as an actor," he said.

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Catch your favorite Rise artists and their celebrity guests on "We Rise Together" every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 12 noon on Rise Artists Studio and Star Cinema's Facebook pages.

You can also watch full episodes on Rise Artists Studio's Youtube channel!

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