• Coleen Garcia (File photo, NPPA Images)Coleen Garcia (File photo, NPPA Images)

    First, she was discovered as a stunning teen newcomer who made heads turn and eyes glued to her weekly youth-oriented drama on ABS-CBN every Sunday.

    In the first Yahoo! OMG Awards in 2011, she was among the nominees based on Yahoo! Search for Amazing Female Newcomer and really proved her worth by garnering a surge of popular votes. But she lost out in the homestretch to an already prized talent in a rival network.

    Immense potential

    She indeed showed her immense potential that time but it seemed Coleen Garcia needed to wait for that big break, not for being that gorgeous, cute face, but for the real , impressive talent she could reveal amid a fiercely competitive stable of young stars, who like she, are battling for good projects and precious exposure in the Kapamilya network.

    While it seemed newer stars are basking in the limelight, Coleen was unfazed with the setbacks and was fully satisfied with the blessings that came her way.

    One important blessing in her career was her
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  • Magic of ‘Meteor Garden’

    F4 members Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu, now known as JVKV, appears in a 2013 press event (Yahoo! Taiwan)F4 members Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu, now known as JVKV, appears in a 2013 press event (Yahoo! Taiwan)

    One afternoon in May 2003, everyone was curious about a Taiwanese drama ABS-CBN was about to air. Press materials showed a gorgeous-looking Taiwanese actress backed by four dashing young men. It seemed an ordinary youth-oriented drama from that part of the world.

    Little did we know that as it premiered on ABS-CBN, it turned out to be so special and phenomenal, it even defied time, with countless reruns from morning till afternoon in succeeding years. And now, nearly 11 years after its original run in the Philippines, Meteor Garden remains big with a special rerun that now attracts the social media generation of fanatics, who tweet about episodes with special hashtags that consistently top Twitter Trending Topics a few minutes after airing.

    Compelling story

    What is so special and magical about Meteor Garden, that even the today’s teenagers (who were months old when Meteor Garden was first shown) are so crazy about?

    First, the story itself is quite compelling. As we all know, the
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  • Mermaid wars

    Louise delos Reyes and Anne Curtis face-off in this aquatic TV ratings war. (File photos GMA-7, ABS-CBN)Louise delos Reyes and Anne Curtis face-off in this aquatic TV ratings war. (File photos GMA-7, ABS-CBN)

    As subject of folly and fiction, mermaids are by no means any laughing matter for the country’s top TV networks.

    ABS-CBN and GMA-7 have made a big production splurge on stories about these mythical creatures that has captured the imagination of Filipino masses through the years. There was the monster hit Marina from ABS-CBN that further catapulted then teenage star Claudine Barretto to superstardom. It was so huge that rival GMA-7 had to immediately concoct its own mermaid primetime entrant, albeit belatedly. The Kapuso network aired a spoof Marinara, starring Rufa Mae Quinto, to further solidify the power of mermaids on local TV.

    Biggest splash

    After this first chapter of the mermaid wars, both networks continued to use this legend as continuing peg for conceptualizing what it thinks should lord over the ratings. GMA had since secured the rights for Mars Ravelo’s cartoon Dyesebel to be transformed into a TV series after years of success on the silver screen. It then became
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Pagination

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