10 awesome young stars to watch

MANILA, Philippines – Young, game-changing, and delving deep into exploring the textures and layers of their changing professions, today's creatives, artists, and personalities are taking on the world's many opportunities with gusto. 

Whether they're actors, musicians, fashion designers, or poets – or everything at once – these millennials are owning their talent, working hard, and making names for themselves in their chosen fields.

Below are just a few millennials to watch out for as they continue to hone their craft and do amazing things in their fields. 

With an EP and an album under her belt at 21 and more to come, BP Valenzuela is one to watch out for. With the help of some friends, this young musician started out selling her 2014 EP out of her backpack. Today, she's played at music festivals Wanderland 2015, GoodVybes Fest 2016, and Singapore's 2016 Bandwagon Riverboat. ([WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: BP Valenzuela)

Leaving NYC in a week, but I now have something to remind me of it always A photo posted by Soleil Ignacio (@choleil) on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:09pm PDT


Soleil Ignacio is a fashion illustrator whose feminine, edgy style and smooth flowing lines has caught the eye of the Estee Lauder companies, Nylon Magazine Singapore, Vidal Sassoon, Louis Vuitton Philippines, and more.

Aside from working with brands and on personal projects, Soleil is now in New York, studying at both Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.

Reese is an award-winning jack-of-all-trades, in the best way – a singer, songwriter, artist, graphic designer, and fashion designer all rolled into one. ([WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Reese Lansangan)

Gino Santos


Friday shoots with my @sevenfriday_philippines hope I have an early pack up so we can yay! #sevenfridayph A photo posted by Gino M. Santos (@ginomsantos) on Aug 11, 2016 at 8:25pm PDT


Gino Santos is an up-and-coming director whose short and full-length films have won awards and screened at local and international festivals.


His first full-length feature, The Animals, won the Best Editing award at Cinemalaya 2012, was nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Musical Score at the 36th Gawad Urian Awards, and was screened in Stockholm, Malaysia, and New York.


Like The Animals, most of his films since then have been about the struggles of today's youth, delving into themes of growing up an the era of social media (#Y), one-night stands (Love Me Tomorrow), and finding love (Island Dreams).


He's also directed commercials for brands like Jollibee and P&G and shows on GMA7 and TV5.

Hannah Reyes

Today has been okay :) A photo posted by Hannah Reyes Morales (@hannahreyesmorales) on Nov 9, 2014 at 5:49am PST


Hannah travels the world as a photojournalist, traveling the world and documenting inequality and poverty, whether it's human trafficking for the New York Times or changing indiginous cultures for a National Geographic grant.

A young musician on the rise, Clara won the People's Choice Awards at Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP) 2014 and released her first solo album the following year. Fans are clamoring for more, but Clara is on an indefinite hiatus to pursue other interests and rest. Still, we can't wait to see (and hear!) what else Clara will produce in the years to come. ([WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Clara Benin)

Juan Miguel Severo started out performing spoken word poetry as a struggling actor trying to make ends meet. His career took off after performing poetry as a recurring character on the show On The Wings of Love, making him a household name. (READ: Actor Juan Miguel Severo on failure, happiness, and life before OTWOL)

Teen actress Teri Malvar is a rising star already being recognized for her great work on-screen. Her most recent award was Best Actress at the 2016 Moscow International Film Festival for the movie Hamog (Haze) by Ralston Jover.

She was also one the recipients of the New York Asian Film Festival’s Rising Star Asia Award and was Best Actress at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in 2015.

In 2013, Teri beat Nora Aunor at the Best Actress award at CineFilipino Film Festival for her performance in Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita.

Kelsey Merritt

Kelsey is still in school, but has been making waves in fashion and modeling in recent years. She's graced the covers of Rogue and Preview, and has been part of ad campaigns for Maybelline and Vera Wang.

Abbey Sy

Patiently waiting for...my new book to come out. This weekend.Thanks @googlygooeys for the spontaneous shoot. I've been too busy working I forgot how to pose properly. A photo posted by Abbey Sy (@abbeysy) on Sep 5, 2016 at 5:46am PDT


Abbey Sy is a go-getter. This artist, designer, workshop instructor, and entrepreneur started out creating colorful journals and lettering by hand, and has since published a book, The ABCs of Hand Journaling and her own sketch pads, postcards, and more in collaboration with other brands. 

She's worked with Faber-Castell, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, and Moleskine, just to name a few, and holds workshops for anyone who wants to learn her brand of art during her weekends.

These young creatives are just a few millennials who are on their way to changing the world. Tell us about them in the comments! – Rappler.com