Networks line up bets for child superstardom



The big, brash entry of Ryzza Mae Dizon has shaken up the ferociously competitive world of local TV-film child stardom. Just one season ago, the lay of the land was much more predictable and secure: At ABS-CBN, Zaijian Jaranilla was preparing to temporarily fade away due to the inexorable deadline imposed by “galloping adolescence”—but, not to worry, the channel had another reliable pace-setter in Xyriel Manabat, who still has some productive years left to her stellar “reign.”

As for GMA 7, the busiest child performer there was cute but pudgy (or pudgy but cute) Jillian Ward. But, what a difference a year makes: Now Ryzza is “suddenly” the flavor of the year at GMA 7—and where’s Jillian?

Did her handlers do anything that the studio didn’t like or agree with? We hope not, but the fact remains that, last year, she was all over the place. Whatever the real reason for her relative absence, it’s similarly clear that Ryzza is the channel’s current darling.

Aside from her many other current involvements, GMA 7 has taken the unprecedented step of whipping up a new show at 11:30 a.m. weekdays for the new apple of its corporate eyes.

XYRIEL Manabat

“The Ryzza Mae Show” is still struggling to figure out what it should be about, but what isn’t an issue here is that the whole shebang is built around the unusual concept of a child as the focus/fulcrum of an entire daily show!

Will it eventually make sense? It had better—failure due to over-reaching would be not just embarrassing, but also expensive. And it simply won’t do  for the country’s newest child star to do less than spectacularly well at this all-important “launching” stage of her fledgling career. Our hopes and prayers go out to her.

Whatever happens over at GMA 7, ABS-CBN is lucky to have such a gifted and natural pint-sized performer of its own in Xyriel. She’s proven that she can do practically anything, no matter how far-fetched or gauche, and still make it look natural and felt. The wonder is why the channel has yet to fully acknowledge her exceptional ability by giving her a show of her own.

Oh, she’s in this teleserye and that fantasy show, but only as part of a big cast, so the focus isn’t fully on her, as it should be. Maybe, later this year?

Star Cinema should also be whipping up a good movie showcase for Xyriel. If she’s handled right and given good material, she could make it big. Why not ask Michiko Yamamoto, acclaimed writer of “Magnifico” and other sensitive stories about children, to script a film specifically for Xyriel?


RYZZA Mae Dizon with guest Gretchen Ho photo: facebook photo

N has other child talents who are also doing well, like JB Agustin in “Little Champ,”  but they aren’t as focused and natural as Xyriel,  so she should be given the special attention and showcases she deserves.

That’s it: This season, ABS-CBN’s best bet is Xyriel, while GMA 7 is building Ryzza up in a take-no-prisoners way. If ABS-CBN belatedly realizes Xyriel’s worth, the winner of their big square-off—is a foregone conclusion!

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  • teraytaray

    I do not know Xyriel Manabat that well because I am a GMA Pinoy susbcriber. If you haven’t yet, NUT, please watch Ryzza Mae’s talkshow. She is very spontaneous and more often than not makes me LOL with her antics. Yes, it is obvious that there are people who are coaching her behind the camera while on air, but you can tell that most of the things she say are hers alone.

  • BCon

    Incidentally, this morning was the first time I watched the Ryzza Mae Show and I became an instant fan. I have never yet seen such an intelligent, spontaneous kid in all my life. Her repartee is simply incredible and had me smiling the whole morning. As they say, making people laugh is more difficult than making them cry. Ryzza is my bet for child superstardom.

  • River Olecram

    Halatang ayaw ni Mr Torre kay Ryzza.

  • andresa igbac

    sana mabigyan pa ng maraming shows and movies si xyriel. she’s really talented. si ryzza, ok din. may future din sya :) tingin ko sa kanya, bulinggit na dely atay-atayan :)

  • Aiko Ito

    Ryzza is a darling. She perks up my day.

  • nes911

    Between nestor torre and ryzza as hosts, i would prefer the latter immensely.

  • blue blaze

    I totally agree with Mr. Torre this time around. I watched an episode of The Ryza Mae Show and I pity the child! She memorized her lines well and followed the scipt to the letter. However, she was not sponteneous nor witty enough. Having her to carry the show on her own is one responsibility that’s just too heavy for Ryza to bear. Is management really that desperate to cut down the lead of the competition? The ratings show that the audience is starting to get tired with Ryza’s antics in the program as it consistently loses out on Be careful with my heart.

    Zyriel, on the other hand, was stellar in her performance in 100 days to heaven. She showed maturity, wit, and sensitivity as the reincarnated Madame Ana. Her succeeding assignments however failed to let her shine.

  • Jc Co

    Bakit di bigyan ng sariling show si Xyriel then itapat kay Ryzza para magkaalaman… Etong si Nestor Torre bayaran ng ABS CBN, Walang taste when it comes to entertainment.. Ilang years na ba si Xyriel sa showbiz 2 years or more? si Ryzza one year pa lang ata. Bayaran ka lang ng ABS..

  • Julian Jose

    Open your eyes Mr. Torre, most people love Ryzza, most people enjoy her show, read social networks eg. IG, twitter and the likes to know how they adore the show. Lumalabas na 1 kang walang kwentang writer at nakikisakay sa popularidad ni aling maliit pra pag-usapan ang column mo.. the result – they pity on you!

    few weeks pa lang, ryzzamaechacha (wala pong space) has 100k followers in instagram. she is earning a ton, and you are earning none because you are crap!

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