Protégé: Andres Vasquez shines with Maricel Soriano and director Brillante Mendoza

It’s much too early to tell but if Metro Manila Protégé, Andres Vasquez play his cards right, he just might be Protégé’s first-ever male winner.

Andres was one of those few proteges who were awarded for their exemplary performance in last week’s acting exercise wherein all the proteges got the chance to act alongside the “Diamond Star” Ms.Maricel Soriano in five short films directed by Cannes Film Festival award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos.

The 21-year old protege from Metro Manila was awarded as Best Male Protege by Ms. Maricel Soriano and was also chosen byBrillante Mendoza to receive the Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Award.

A professional theater actor, Andres played up to his strengths by churning out an award-worthy performance and rose above obscurity leaving his still clueless  Protégé batchmates behind.

Apart from Andres, Elle Ramirez (Mega Manila) also received a special award for Best Female Protege and the Visayas Team for Best in Ensemble Acting.



Maricel Soriano lends stellar support to Protege hopefuls

Maricel Soriano


After proving that they could sing and dance during the previous gala nights, the remaining 15 proteges will showcase their acting skills this Sunday by starring in five short films and acting alongside no less than the “Diamond Star,” Ms. Maricel Soriano.

The fate of the remaining protégés David, Ruru, Steffi, Bryan, Zandra, Mikoy, Japs, Reese, Shelley, Arny, Jeric, Thea, Vien Alen, Andres and Elle will be judged by how well they perform in this week’s task, which is to star alongside Ms. Maricel Soriano in one of five short films written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos. The short films are directed by Cannes Film Festival awardee Briliante Mendoza.

Who among them will gain the nod of their mentors, the judges and the viewing – and voting – public? Find that out this Sunday on Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break after iBilib on GMA-7.

Also, catch the daily updates about the lives of the protégés inside their training quarters in Inside Protégé, which airs weeknights on GMA Telebabad, and in the web show Protégé: Pa-Like¸ which is available via

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Protégé cuts 5, reveals Top 15

GMA 7’s Protege unveils top 15

After the Bottom 10 performed on stage for a talent face-off on Sunday, August 19, five of them were eliminated leaving a top 15 that will continue the battle for the next big artista break.

During the first elimination night of Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break, two protégés from each region clashed for a spot in the Top 15. They are:

Mykel Ong vs Arny Ross from South Luzon;
Zandra Summer vs Mitch Capili from Visayas;
Vien Alen King vs Kelly D. from Mega Manila;
Apple Vega vs Ruru Madrid from Mindanao;
Japs de Luna vs Glenn Roy from North and Central Luzon.

Based from the face-off, each mentor decided to eliminated their following protégés…

North and Central Luzon:
Ricky Davao eliminated Glenn Roy

Jolina Magdangal eliminated Mitch Capili

Mega Manila:
Roderick Paulate eliminated Kelly D.

South Luzon:
Gina Alajar eliminated Mykel Ong

Philip Salvador eliminated Apple Vega

With 5 contestants leaving the show, 15 contestants remain in the competition…

GMA 7’s Protégé eliminates 5 contestants tonight

GMA 7’s Protege Eliminates 5 tonight

After the nerve-wracking announcement of the Bottom 10 during the first battle night, the showdown for survival will happen this Sunday (August 19) as the ten protégés will perform on stage for a talent face-off against their own teammate.


One of the biggest events in the competition will unfold in the firstelimination night as five of the 10 protégés will leave the battle stage at the end of the show. Two protégés from each region will clash for a spot in the Top 15.

The Bottom 10 protégés are Mykel Ong and Arny Ross from South Luzon; Zandra Summer and Mitch Capili from Visayas; Vien Alen King and Kelly D. from Mega Manila; Apple Vega and Ruru Madridfrom Mindanao; and Japs de Luna and Glenn Roy from North and Central Luzon.

The competition further intensifies as each protégé will perform in front of the judges with the best talent they think will help them survive the elimination round. However, the final decisions will still come from the celebrity mentors. Viewers should look forward how each mentor will decide on whom to save and whom to let go.


Meanwhile, the Top 10 protégés who are safe from elimination will be performing together in a grand musical number. Just One Summer’sJulie Anne San Jose and Elmo Magalona will also have a special performance on the show.

How will the mentors face the dreadful decisions that they have to make? Who will be the five protégés to say goodbye in the firstelimination night?

Don’t miss the drama and action this Sunday, 8:30 PM on the third gala night of Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break after iBilib on GMA.


Protégé Reveals Top 20 tonight

GMA 7 Protege Season 2

The search for the next big Kapuso stars officially begins as Protégémakes its highly-anticipated and star-studded premiere on Philippine television this Sunday, August 5. The first live gala night happens after IBilib on GMA’s Sunday Grande block.

After several months of its intensive nationwide hunt, Protégé will finally unveil the coveted TOP 20 aspirants who will go head-to-head in the weekly elimination nights and outdo each other in hopes of winning over the judges’ and the viewers’ votes.

This competition is touted to be the grandest artista search this year as five celebrity mentors are tapped to train, supervise, and educate the Top 20 protégés in every rehearsal, workshop, weekly tests and trainings.

The mentors who were sent out to different parts of the country to find their four (2 boys and 2 girls) protégés include acclaimed actor and TV director Ricky Davao (Northern and Central Luzon), seasoned actress and TV director Gina Alajar (Southern Luzon), drama and action film legend Phillip Salvador (Mindanao), multimedia iconJolina Magdangal (Visayas), and multi-awarded actor Roderick Paulate (Mega Manila).

Two winners will be proclaimed at the finals night — one male protégé and one female protégé. At stake are 12 million pesos worth of cash prizes and a management contract with GMA 7.

As expected, the four esteemed judges — well-respected talent manager/director Bert de Leon, multi-awarded drama actress Cherie Gil, entertainment guru Joey de Leon, and GMA Network Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar — will grill the Top 20 protégés armed with their hard-hitting yet motivational critiques.

All geared up to lend support and boost the spirit of the aspirants are Gala Presenter Dingdong Dantes and Journey Host Carla Abellana.

Witness the bracing drama as Protégé reveals the Top 20 during its first gala night this Sunday, 8:30pm on GMA.