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Julie Anne tries rom-com route

by Nestor Cuartero

JUST A THOUGHT: “Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul

26Julie Anne San Jose (2) copy copyCLOSE TO HOME: Nothing like playing a role that’s so close to home.

That’s exactly how Julie Anne San Jose feels about her Celina character in newly unveiled series, Guitar Princess. My Guitar Princess airs weekdays before Eat Bulaga on GMA-7.

The singer-actress plays a music-bound young lady who discovers a family secret as she delves deeper into her passion.

Julie Anne also welcomed the opportunity to work with new castmates Kiko Estrada and Gil Cuerva.

SHERYL GOES FOR HULA HOOP: Sheryl Cruz surprised many with her appearance at the My Guitar Princess media launch.

The veteran actress looked a lot slimmer, a feat she credited to a healthy diet and guess what, hula hoop.

Event host Maey Bautista introduced Sheryl as the Queen of Hula Hoop.

Sheryl said she thought of reviving hula hoop as a form of exercise in her quest to look better. As a child, she loved playing the hula so much.

Then, it occurred to her that doing it again, repeatedly for hours, could be a good form of exercise.

‘It is also something that I enjoy doing, so I decided to take it on,’ she said.

Sheryl plays an under-dressed, downright homely character in Guitar Princess. She is cast as a maid, mother to Julie Ann. In a previous life, her character was a famous singer herself.

ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH A TWIST: My Guitar Princess premiered on May 7, the story of an 18-year-old girl who loves to sing and to play the guitar but is a little insecure of her talent. Her mother, Adele disapproves and discourages her from singing.

Yet the pull towards the inevitable proves to be strong. Celina’s talent will be the driving force for her to share her craft with other people. Will this strengthen the bond she has with her mother or will it tear them apart?

Can Celina realize her dreams and find her heart’s true desires through the music she creates?

The new series also stars Isabelle de Leon, Jazz Ocampo, Marika Sasaki, Marc Abaya.

My Guitar Princess is the first-ever TV series on Kapuso Network by Nick Olanka, who directed the indie films Ronda and Ang Huling Araw ng Linggo.