ABS-CBN's talent development and management arm, Star Magic, celebrates its 22nd anniversary on May 25 on ASAP with its past and current stars in grand production numbers. From being initially dubbed as “Talent Center” by ABS-CBN honchos Freddie Garcia and Johnny Manahan in 1992, it produced the highly successful afternoon youth show Ang TV which helped launched the careers of many new faces in showbiz with numerous mall shows, live concerts, and even two albums.
With the growth of its talents and reputation, Talent Center started launching their discoveries by batches three years later after it was founded with Star Circle Batch 1 in 1995. Here is a look back on the unforgettable milestones and highlights of the country's premiere talent center.
1992: Ang TV was born, launching the careers of the likes of Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal, Patrick Garcia, Roselle Nava, Lindsay Custodio, Jan Marini Alano, and Katya Santos.
1994: Ang TV Generation 2 was launched featuring the newbies Kaye Abad, Carol Banawa, and Marc Solis.
1995: Star Circle Batch 1 was launched with eight members, including Rico Yan, Regine Tolentino, and Victor Neri.
1996: Star Circle Batch 2 included Diether Ocampo, Marvin Agustin, Mylene Dizon, and Patrick Garcia. This batch became part of the cast of Gimik. Gimik popularized the tandems of Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin, Mylene Dizon and Bojo Molina, and Rico Yan and Judy Ann Santos.
Later that same year, Star Circle Batch 3 was introduced with Piolo Pascual, Kaye Abad, Paolo Contis, Cheska Garcia, Carlos Agassi, Kristopher Peralta, and Bojo Molina.
1997: Batch 1 member Regine Tolentino became the first Filipina VJ for international channel, MTV Asia.
Star Circle Batch 4 was launched with Carol Banawa, Jericho Rosales, Nikki Valdes, Dominic Ochoa, Kristine Hermosa, Paula Peralejo, and Julia Clarete. A new teen-oriented variety show, Kaybol: Ang Bagong TV, was also launched featuring other Talent Center artists.
Star Circle Batch 5 introduced their first boy group Koolits (composed of John Lloyd Cruz, Marc Solis, and Baron Geisler. Also in the batch were Bernard Palanca and Don Laurel.
Star Circle Batch 6 was launched later that year with Carlo Munoz, Drinie Aguilar, Bearwin Meily and Justin Cuyugan.
1998: Talent Center artists showed they had box office power with hit movies like Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin's Kung Ayaw Mo Huwag Mo, Serena Dalrymple's 'Tong Tatay Kong Pakitong-Kitong, and Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan's Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita.
Star Circle Batch 7 welcomed Jodi Sta. Maria, Miko Samson, Alessandra De Rossi and Tracy Vergel.
1999: Star Circle Batch 8 was launched, led by commercial model Leandro Munoz and Australian beauty Janet McBride with Sarah Christophers, Miko Palanca, Jennifer Illustre, Christian Santino and Mike Yuseco.
2000 - Carol Banawa represented the Philippines in the Asian Music Festival held for the first time in Manila at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Star Cinema released what would be one of its top grossers, Anak, which starred Claudine Barretto and Vilma Santos. It became one of the most highly acclaimed Filipino films worldwide. It premiered simultaneously in Manila and in Hong Kong.
The movie Kahit Isang Saglit brought about a new love team with Piolo Pascual and Judy Ann Santos.
Star Cinema capped off its very successful year with yet another multi-awarded film, Tanging Yaman by highly-acclaimed director Laurice Guillen in her directorial debut.
2001: Matinee idols Jericho Rosales, Carlos Agassi, Diether Ocampo, Bernard Palanca, and Piolo Pascual were re-introduced on ASAP as “The Hunks.
Star Circle Batch 9 was launched led by commercial models Rafael Rosell IV, Monique Del Mar, LA Mumar, Janus Del Prado, Heart Evangelista, and Hazel Ann Mendoza.
Star Circle Batch 10 came later that year and included Maoui David, Alfred Vargas, Karel Marquez, Dennis Trillo, Bea Alonzo, and Nadine Samonte (Eidloth at the time).
2002: Star Cinema's valentine film offering Got 2 Believe starring Claudine and Rico became a huge box office hit.
One of the biggest tragedies in the ABS-CBN family came with the passing of 27-year-old Rico Yan, on March 29.
Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa starred in Star Cinema's Forevermore which crystallized the love team's hold on their followers on TV and movies.
Watch ASAP this Sunday, May 25 as it celebrates Star Magic's 22nd Anniversary on ABS-CBN.