Star Circle Questors (Season 1):
Where Are They Now?
By Tynne De Leon
The early 2000s saw the rise of reality contests on television, and it may come as a surprise to most that a lot of our brilliant actors today came from these talent search shows. One of the more popular shows then was Star Circle Quest. To make us feel old, the show was from 12 years ago.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back on these former contestants from the first season and see what they are up to now:
8. Joseph Bitangcol
Though he may have not stayed in the talent show for long, he still made name in the industry after his exit. Bitangcol has starred in a lot of television shows of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 since 2004, with his recent stint being a guest star in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
He wedded his non-showbiz girlfriend Frenchesca Tonson last July 2016 and they welcomed their first baby girl two months after.
7. Michelle Madrigal
Shortly after SCQ, Michelle has been a Star Magic talent and starred in some ABS-CBN shows until her move to GMA-7. Aside from being an actress, she’s also a model for men’s magazine FHM and was featured as its cover several times. After 8 years from the network, she then signed up for a contract at Viva Artists Agency in 2015, along with her sister and fellow sexy actress Ehra Madrigal.
She flew to United States early last year to study culinary arts and will be back home this year.
6. Neri Naig
We always see Neri on our social media feeds especially if you follow her husband, Parokya ni Edgar’s vocalist Chito Miranda. But before her relationship with Chito, Neri is an actress who appeared on ABS-CBN teleseryes from time to time after SCQ.
They married twice in 2014: in a civil ceremony and in a formal Tagaytay wedding. Neri had a miscarriage in 2015, but became pregnant again a year after. She has given birth to a baby boy last November.
5. Melissa Ricks
After finishing 4th runner up, Melissa got a lot of projects as a Star Magic talent. She had a lot of shows in ABS-CBN over the years. Her roles include Matt Evan’s love interest in some teleseryes and a lead role in 2011’s Nasaan Ka Elisa? She had a relationship with actor Jake Cuenca.
After giving birth to her daughter with her boyfriend Charles Togesaki, she became more focused on her baby. However, she still accepts some projects with ABS-CBN from time to time, and she was one of the creators behind Chicken Pork Adobo, a multi-channel online network by ABS-CBN.
4. Joross Gamboa
We always see Joross in his supporting roles in movies and television, but before that, he was a runner-up in Star Circle Quest. Since then, he has appeared in the three big networks and some of his best roles are portrayals of gay men. Joross also shines in indie films; he won the best supporting actor in Cinemalaya’s Si Intoy Siyokoy ng Kalye Marino last 2012, proving to us time and again how versatile of an actor he is. He is currently under GMA Network.
He tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Kathy Saga last November 2014 and welcomed their first baby a year after. If you want to keep up with the couple’s adventures, you can follow them on Instagram.
3. Roxanne Guinoo
Roxanne was definitely a promising young talent when she joined SCQ: she’s one of the judges’ favorites and she’s always one of the top questors every week. So it’s no wonder that after finishing “the quest” as the third runner-up, she has made a name for herself in showbiz.
She previously dated actor Jake Cuenca and her co-questor, Joross Gamboa for two years. After she married her Filipino-Chinese boyfriend in 2011 and gave birth to her first child, she accepted less projects. Two more kids after, she decided to be a hands-on mom and left showbiz for good.
2. Sandara Park
Sandara was actually the crowd favorite since she entered SCQ, although she only finished as a runner-up. She had a lot of shows, TV endorsements and even began her music career while she was still with Star Magic; that is, until she returned home to South Korea in 2007. She then signed a contract with YG entertainment, one of the top entertainment companies in Korea and debuted as part of the now disbanded girl group 2NE1. She also appeared in several dramas and variety shows in Korea, and is one of the most famous girl group members.
While she renewed her contract with YG as a solo artist, she returned to the Philippines as one of the judges in the boyband search, “Pinoy Boyband Superstar.”
She had a relationship with former co-questor, Joseph Bitangcol.
1. Hero Angeles
After becoming the “Grand Teen Questor” of the first season, Hero pursued his showbiz career in ABS-CBN and eventually moved to GMA-7. He also co-hosted with Kuya Germs’ late night show “Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman” and even directed a Cinemalaya movie in 2007. However, his career saw several ups and downs. He rarely appears on TV and he’s now focused on his career as a “miniature” artist. You can check his artworks here.
Who was your favorite teen questor back then? Share with us in the comments section below!