ANNASTACIA AND LEI: SM’S LITTLE STARS

1. The SM Little Stars 2015 Grand Prize winners Annastacia Beatriz Penny and Lei Andre Navarro, both from SM City North EDSA. They both brought home P200,000 Cash and Shopping Money, 1-year Talent management contract with TV 5, National University Full College Grant, a trip to China for 2 with overnight stay for 2 at Microtel Hotel, , P15,000 worth of Gift Cards from Toy Kingdom and Ride-All-You-Can passes at Storyland for 1 year.

Last year’s SM Little Stars winners Chun Sa Angela Jung of SM City Clark and Jun Carlos Gumacal of SM City Iloilo during the Grand Finale of SM Little Stars 2015.

SM Little Stars 2015 celebrity judges : (from left to right) Dancer and choreographer Joshua Zamora, beauty queen Venus Raj, Trumpets Co Founder and president Audie Gemora, TV5 host and multi-awarded actress Gelli De Belen, and TV director and Talent5 head Mac Alejandre.

TV actress Jasmin Curtis hosted the event.

SM Jinjiang China winner Shen Yushu in his Kung Fu demonstration.

SM Chengdu China winner Yang Xiaopan in her “Hello, Yang Xiaopan” modern dance.

SM Chongqing China winner Yang Hui Lin in her Chinese dance to the tune of Qiao Hua Dan.

Grand Prize Winner Annastacia Beatriz Penny from SM City North Edsa amazed the audience with her own rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’

Lei Andrei Navarro shows his winning moves in his Act and Dance performance.

SM City Cebu’s Yessha Hilkiah De la Calzada sang her way to the audience’s hearts with “And I am Telling You.”

SM City Muntinlupa’s Jian Arthur Wills’s song and dance performance to the tune of Bebot and Nae Nae.

Third Runner up Aian Kurt of SM City Pampanga.

It was a shining night for Annastacia Beatriz Penny and Lei Andre Navarro, both 7 and representing SM City North EDSA, when they were named SM Little Stars 2015 during the grand finals held recently at the SM Mall of Asia Center Stage.

Annastacia Beatriz Penny charmed the audience in her own rendition of the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow; while Lei Andre Navarro was all high energy with his acting and dance performance to the tune of Twerk It Like Miley, Eh Kasi Bata, and Whong Dance Revo.

They bested over 17 finalists in the annual nationwide search for cute, adorable and talented kids, and as Grand Prize Winners, they each received amazing prizes. These included P200,000 worth of cash and shopping money, and a five-day and four-night trip to China for two with round trip tickets, hotel accommodations and tour.

They were also entitled to a four-year college scholarship grant from National University; a one year Talent management contract with TV 5, P15,000 worth of Gift Cards from Toy Kingdom and a Ride-All-You-Can passes from SM Storyland for one year

Other shining stars: First Runner-Up Dawn Arione Angela Ilagan of SM City Naga, who danced and declaimed; Second Runner Seth Levi Salada of SM City Davao; who amazed the audience with his drum performance; and Third Runner Up Aian Kurt Garcia of San Fernando Downtown, who acted and danced to remix music.

In the program hosted by Jasmine Curtis, the kids charmed the distinguished board of judges. These included Trumpets co-founder and president Audie Gemora, TV host and actress Gellie de Belen, Director and TV 5 Talent Head Mac Alejandre, Beauty Queen Venus Raj and director and choreographer Joshua Zamora.

What makes an SM Little Star? The Criteria for judging includes Star Quality, 30 percent; Personality, 20 percent; and Talent, 50 percent. Audie Gemora, who has been involved in SM Little Stars for over two decades now – first as a director, and now as judge, says that, “it’s like coming home every year. I always look forward to a new batch of SM Little Star because there will always be a colorful mix of kids with unique personalities and talents. It’s like Christmas when you look forward to finding gifts under the Christmas tree. Children are, after all, gifts from God.”

Other finalists included SM City Iloilo’s Raphaela Aguila and Arnell John Borre, SM City Marilao’s Kyle Ian Baterna, SM City Cagayan De Oro’s Leanne Margaret Cajulao, SM City Bicutan’s Leandro Comia, SM City Lucena’s Liam Thaddea Paglicawan, SM City Manila’s Sofia Novielle Santos, SM City General Santos’ Ma. Teresa Sagario, SM Center Las Pinas’ Aiyana Kailyn Silva, and SM City Muntinlupa’s Jeanne Elisha Ventura, and Jian Arthur Wills.

One of the highlights of the program was the participation of the SM Little Stars winners from China who also showcased their talents during the event. They were SM Zicuan’s Zhao Dingwenxuan and Zhang Jingqi, SM Chengdu’s Wang Yize and Yang Xiaopan, SM Xiamen’s Huang Yuwen and Cai Lin Qian, SM Chongqing’s Liu Jing Yu and Yang Hui Lin, and SM Jinjiang’s Huang Leixuan and Shen Yushu.

The SM Little Stars pageant is one of the many exciting events of the SM Supermalls.

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