Claudia Barretto entrusts career to Viva

Young and talented Claudia Barretto has joined Viva’s stellar roster of artists and creatives. The young singer and creative now entrusts her budding showbiz career to competent and experienced star builder Viva Artists Agency.

Claudia, younger sister of Julia—who’s also with Viva—is now set to explore other new possibilities a career in entertainment can give her. A family profession that her mother, father, and siblings have all excelled in.

With Claudia, Viva gets a young creative who actively pursues her interests. And so far, this curiosity has led Claudia to situations that have fed her budding artistry. Among them, a stint in a Thai movie in which she played a young Pinoy singer, releasing a Moira Dela Torre-written single entitled “Stay,” and appearing as a featured singer with Ryan Tedder’s OneRepublic on the latter’s performance video of “Better Days.”

Conversely, with Viva, Claudia gets a hugely influential artist management company to back her up on her creative endeavors which include her artistic interests in acting and writing. Through Viva Artist Agency’s Veronique Corpus, doors will be opened for Claudia that will maximize her potential as a product endorser, media personality, and as a brand.

And of course, Viva Records, whose long and storied experience in creating hits, will be with Claudia on her musical growth and journey every step of the way.

Asked a query as to where she draws inspiration from, Claudia answered “it’s really the people that I come in contact with that keeps me creative.” Further driving home, the point by adding, “I’m drawn into it.”

And with Viva, Claudia will have some of the brightest creatives in the biz that she can collaborate with whether its actors when she finally takes the dive into the movies, or musicians when she decides to again release new music.

WATCH: Rom-com film ‘Miss Q & A’ releases teaser music video

INSIGHT 360 Films has released a teaser music video of its upcoming romantic comedy film—“Miss Q & A: Para Sa Magaganda Lang Ba Ang Love Life?”—starring Kakai Bautista and Zoren Legaspi.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lemuel Lorca and produced by Chris Cahilig, “Miss Q & A” tells the story of a romantically frustrated pageant trainer and public relations maverick (Bautista) who goes on a blind date with a handsome photographer (Legaspi). The screenplay was written by John Bedia in collaboration with Lorca and Cahilig. 

The song “Halika,” written and performed by emerging recording artist Seth Dungca, became the perfect accompaniment to the teaser music video. The music’s warm and inviting instrumentation, combined with Dungca’s soothing delivery, flawlessly captures the wistful feeling of being in the throes of a new love.

Seth Dungca’s Halika is the official soundtrack of the film

In the music video, we see love beginning to blossom between our two leads as they spend time at a theme park. With each attraction they visit, the sparks that fly between Kakai and Zoren’s characters ignite powerful emotions they hadn’t felt before. 

Cahilig expresses the entire team’s exhilaration in sharing this story with the Filipino audience. “Miss Q & A reminds us that love can happen for all regardless of age or appearance,” says Cahilig. “It’s what makes this film very special to all of us involved in its creation. After investing so much hard work and time in its production, we are incredibly excited about everyone finally seeing the finished product.”

Kakai Bautista and Zoren Legaspi stars in Lem Lorca’s romantic comedy film Miss Q & A

Miss Q & A marks the third feature film from Insight 360 Films. It comes in the wake of Echorsis, an award-winning horror comedy from 2016, and 2020’s Mia, a romantic comedy film with an environmental message. 

Cahilig is confident that the soon-to-be-released film will meet the stringent standards left by its predecessors. “With Miss Q & A, Insight 360 continues its push towards telling unique and compelling stories that Filipinos can relate to. We are very hopeful that Filipino audiences will enjoy this movie just as much as we enjoyed making it for them.”

Seth Dungca’s “Halika” is available for streaming on Spotify. 

Viva Records welcomes ‘Masked Singer Pilipinas’ grand champ Daryl Ong

R &B crooner, balladeer, and songwriter Daryl Ong is the newest addition to the roster of great talents of music label Viva Records. Fresh from his win as the grand champion of the local franchise of hit reality singing competition Masked Singer Pilipinas, he is on for a winning streak!

Daryl Ong was formally announced as the newest artist of Viva Records on a press conference held today, January 6.

Daryl confirmed joining Viva after testing the waters with the label the past few months when he collaborated with powerhouse singer Katrina Velarde for the original tracks “Love Me Now” and their Christmas single “‘Tis The Season” (alongside other remarkable singers) in late 2020. 

And now at start of a new year, Daryl Ong begins a new journey with a new record label. Daryl shares that it’s an exciting opportunity that brings a brand-new environment for him, “I believe that there is always something new to learn in life and it’s the same with music, Viva Records opened up a new world for me to explore, and so I will make sure to make the most out of this wonderful opportunity, expect original songs, and amazing collaborations soon!”

But even before that, Daryl Ong was already on winning. 

In the course of Masked Singer Pilipinas, Daryl Ong was pitted against some of the best OPM artists including Bituin Escalante, Nina, Katrina Velarde, Roselle Nava, and many more. In the grand finale held last December 26, Daryl Ong came out on top, unidentified of course, as fans and the celebrity judges were made to choose among the masked heavy hitters. Winning the Masked Singer Pilipinas is testament to Daryl Ong’s vocal skills and quality. That when it comes down to it, his voice shines through. For him, his victory reaffirmed his confidence in his talent, “It felt awesome, especially the fact na hindi kami kilala or nakikita ng Judges so yung mga binibigay nilang compliments were unbiased, it’s a huge boost sa self-confidence.” 

During the course of the competition, Daryl lent those golden pipes of his to songs such as “Kiss From A Rose,” “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You,” and “One Last Cry” for the finals. 

Indeed, exciting times lie ahead of Daryl Ong as he carves a new phase in his singing career with Viva Records. And still glowing hot from his big win as first Masked Singer Pilipinas champ, we can expect more new music from Daryl Ong this 2021. As we await Daryl Ong’s upcoming endeavors, he thanks all the supporters that are with him in this new venture, “My message to all my supporters would be a message of thankfulness and love, for supporting me and continuously believing in me and accepting me for who I am as a person and as an artist, And I hope that wherever this musical journey takes me, they’ll be there to be my inspiration and strength, that I will always think of, every time I perform.”

Fate pairs Adrian Lindayag, Keann Johnson in ‘The Boy Foretold by the Stars’

Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson, two of the most talented rising stars in the country today, play the leads in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2020 romantic comedy “The Boy Foretold By The Stars.”

Adrian is a stage performer who was a mainstay of the iconic late night variety show “Walang Tulugan” hosted and produced by the renowned German “Kuya Germs” Moreno. Among Adrian’s notable projects include ABS-CBN’s top-rating afternoon teleserye “Kadenang Ginto” and the blockbuster stage musical “Rak of Aegis.” Currently, Adrian can be seen in the TV 5 sitcom “Oh My Dad” with Ian Veneracion and Dimples Romana.

Keann, meanwhile, is a model who has appeared in commercials and TV shows.

Adrian and Keann get the biggest breaks of their careers in “The Boy Foretold By The Stars” produced by Clever Minds, Inc. of actress Jodi Sta. Maria and her partners, The Dolly Collection and Brainstormers Lab. In this feature directorial debut of writer-director Dolly Dulu, Keann and Adrian play Luke and Dominic, respectively — both students at an exclusive boys’ school.

“Luke is an athletic, boy-next-door, introverted type of guy,” Keann says of his role. “He’s very mysterious. Once you get to know him, you’ll end up falling in love with him.”

Adrian discloses that his character Dominic is outgoing and studious.  He says, “Dominic is a senior high school student. He is an achiever. He is a student leader. Very logical ang personality niya. Straight ‘A’ student. Ambitious siya.”

Luke and Dominic develop a special relationship after meeting at a school retreat called Journey With The Lord.

Fans of the boys love (BL) and rom-com genres will be happy to know that “The Boy Foretold By The Stars” has a lot to offer: a kilig story with a heartwarming message, moving performances of the good-looking cast and topnotch production values. “Our movie was shot and created even before the recent BL hype,” says Adrian. “Nakunan namin siya at natapos before the pandemic. Kaya sobra naming swerte wala kaming restricitons. Ang dami naming talents. Pwede kaming mag-shoot kahit saan.”

The rom-com features big scenes and breathtaking locations, one of which was a scene shot in a field filled with numerous lights. “The mounting, the quality of our film… it’s really a visual treat,” says Direk Dolly.

It’s really a big film with an important message, says co-producer Derrick Cabrido of Clever Minds, Inc. “Noong napunta sa amin ang materyal na ito, almost tapos na ang pelikula. When we saw the material, we already saw yung potential ng product…. Sa dami ng nangyari sa atin this year, we deserve a movie like ‘The Boy Foretold by the Stars’ na light and we can learn from.” 

“The Boy Foretold By The Stars” won 3 awards, including 2nd Best Picture, at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 Gabi ng Parangal.

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