15 Filipino Actors To Watch Out For

These rising stars are on their way to become household names in the coming years.

This new year welcomes a fresh batch of things to look forward to; new TV shows, movies, and actors poised to become the next big thing.

While stuck in this seamlessly never-ending quarantine in the Philippines, we’ve had the chance to really watch and explore all sorts of media. Discovering new talents left and right, we can already tell that these actors on our radar will make a mark in the industry. While they may not be household names in the strictest sense just yet, some of them are already starting strong. Check back in after the end of this year to see these Filipino actors make a name for themselves, for the next generation.

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CHARLIE DIZON

On her first lead role in a dark coming-of-age film, Fangirl, Charlie Dizon made waves last 2020 as she was awarded Best Actress in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). She also starred in Four Sisters Before The Wedding, the prequel of the 2013 film, Four Sisters And A Wedding.

ALEXA ILACAD

Though we’ve been familiar with Alexa as a veteran child actress from Goin’ Bulilit, she’s making herself known as she dips her toes not just in acting, but in the music industry as well. Catch her in Four Sisters Before The Wedding as Bobbie Salazar and listen to her latest single, Love At First Sight.

GILLIAN VICENCIO

Gillian Vicencio is a newcomer in the acting industry, but that didn’t stop her from making an impression as young Alex Salazar (formerly portrayed by Angel Locsin) in Four Sisters Before The Wedding.

BELLE MARIANO

We can’t forget about the casting of Belle Mariano as Gabbie Salazar in, you guessed it, Four Sisters Before The Wedding. Tbh, we hope whoever cast these four beautiful ladies in the movie got a raise.

VIVOREE ESCLITO

We’re calling it: Vivoree Esclito is the next It-girl. She’s got the unique charm of a leading lady and a bright personality that her fans know and love. Last but not the least, she’s a multi-talented star, too.

LEXI GONZALES

Lexi Gonzales is StarStruck Season 7’s First Princess and she’s in for a great start this 2021 as she started the year taping for the newest fantasy rom-com series, My Fantastic Pag-ibig.

ADRIANNA SO

Just as much as everyone loves Pearl Next Door, we’re loving Adrianna So, the lead actress for the show, just as much! Here’s to manifesting that she gets to be a part of more important stories to be told.

FRANCINE DIAZ

We’re excited about the range that Francine is going to offer. After showing us her amazing performance in Kadenang Ginto as a protagonist, catch her next role as the rebel daughter in Huwag Kang Mangamba, opposite to her co-star, Andrea Brillantes.

KOKOY DE SANTOS

Is this list really relevant without our first NYLON Manila cover star, Kokoy De Santos? With his breakout role in Gameboys, we fully believe that Kokoy will reach new heights and become a household name.

KELVIN MIRANDA

If you watched Dead Kids on Netflix, then you’ll know that Kelvin has a bright future ahead of him. Already starting a buzz for his latest movie, The Lost Recipe, whose trailer came out yesterday, we can tell that his career will go no way but up!

JC ALCANTARA

In JC Alcantara’s performance of his own story in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, TV, he has exhibited a promising career ahead of him. Moved by his performance and his now main role in the BL series, Hello Stranger, there’s not a doubt that we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.

ELIJAH CANLAS

Elijah Canlas was already an acclaimed indie actor for his role in Kalel, 15. Rising through stardom with the hit Boys’ Love series, Gameboys, we’re so ready to see more of him as he proves to be the most promising actor of this generation.

IAN PANGILINAN

Gaya Sa Pelikula is the talk of the town as it hit major streaming service, Netflix this month. Ian Pangilinan, who stars in the movie as Vlad shows great potential for more iconic roles.

PAOLO PANGILINAN

Paolo Pangilinan, who plays the main character, Karl in Gaya Sa Pelikula, will definitely be someone to watch out for. Paolo isn’t just a great actor, but a skilled gymnast as well.

KYCH MINEMOTO

You may have seen Kych in your favorite recent indie movies and BL series as a side character, but we firmly believe that with his range of acting and confidence that exudes through the screen, he’ll be getting his breakout role that will leave you wanting for more.

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