Keifer Sanchez launches solo single with “Last Reply”

Keifer Sanchez is the latest TNT Boys member to launch a solo single with “Last Reply,” an emotional ballad about one’s struggles over the end of a long-distance relationship.

Now 17 years old, the first runner-up of “Tawag Ng Tanghalan Kids” exhibits his maturity not just through his voice but also in the theme of his new single, which he co-wrote with Debbie and Ferdie Mak, produced by Mak Entertainment Services, and released under Star Music.

Keifer said “Last Reply” highlights the significance of knowing when to let go. He said, “Once we make certain choices, we must learn to accept the outcomes that are associated with those choices, whether good or bad. And since those choices cannot be undone, we must learn to let them go in order to preserve our happiness.”

As a member of the TNT Boys, Keifer has performed with fellow members Mackie Empuerto and Francis Concepcion in many countries such as the US, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, and more. He has also guested in international TV shows like “Little Big Shots” in the UK, US, and Australia, “World’s Best,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” where he even had the opportunity to sing with famous pop singer Ariana Grande.

Keifer is a high school student attending online classes at the Ateneo de Davao University. He plans to continue his studies abroad eventually.

Feel the heartache of saying goodbye by streaming Keifer’s “Last Reply” single on various digital music platforms and on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Miss Earth Australia 2022: Highlights from the Grand Launch and Fashion Show

If you think fashion is only for adults, think again! With kids’ fashion and children’s wear making waves worldwide, it’s now not unusual to see adorable kids successfully walking the ramp for their fave brands like seasoned models.

Thanks to social media, reality TV shows, mainstream media, and the rapid growth of international brands such as U.S. Polo, Adidas, Nike, and H&M – all of which sell kids’ wear brands; children today are more in tune of fashion trends than ever before.

And by debuting kids’ fashion in Hyatt, Regency, Stargazer Production, a fast-growing organisation dedicated to promoting young emerging talents, has once again gone to great lengths to put the spotlight on Stargazer models and winners and finalists from Miss Little, Junior, and Teen Earth Australia.

Check out the photos below to see highlights from the Miss Earth Australia 2022 Grand Launch and Fashion Show courtesy of Paul Vasquez.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: The Amazing Winston Vengapally

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A scroll through Winston Vengapally’s Instagram says it all. This up-and-coming child actor has all the animation, life, and prowess of his mega-watt mother; serial entrepreneur and social media influencer, Meeta Vengapally.

The Vengapally family recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue the acting careers of Winston and Sitara, and as it turns out, they both hit the ground running in Hollywood.

Winston’s acting chops on the screen have been appearing up a lot lately. It all began with Pop Evil’s music video for “Be Legendary,” where Winston played the young version of the lead singer, Leigh Kakaty. The music video is riotous and inspiring, and Winston’s performance steals the show at several moments. Similar to his Instagram, the young actor proves that he has the nuance and skill to express himself with a presence that is very rare in child actors. This kind of inspired performance also appears on “Never Have I Ever,” a popular Netflix series where Winston had a guest-starring role.

The very charming Door Dash commercial, which continues to run on all the NBA and MLB finals games, ends with Winston jumping on his bed, excited for his order and exuding a state of young exuberance that is effortless and puts a smile on your face. His Go Daddy commercial is another lighthearted hit, and to put things into perspective; he booked this job with his sister, Sitara. Recently, he made his debut on the Dhar Mann series and has been asked to return for several more episodes since its debut.

So, when we say that the Vengapally kids hit the ground running in Hollywood, we mean it!

As with any child prodigy, success doesn’t come out of anywhere. Hard work and mentorship have brought him to where he is today. The 13-year-old is achieving things that many can only dream of, but practice and intention have kept him on the move and favored by casting directors in the City of Angels. He’s highly praised by the directors and producers he has worked with. In fact, a writer and producer for a hit series for whom Winston auditioned for said: “Winston is a natural; his comedy and improv abilities are more honed in than some of the seasoned celebrities we work with here .” Door Dash commercial director Clay Weiner along with casting directors Krisha Bullock and Jamie Snow ( Bullock & Snow Casting) have been key mentors for Winston, who have taught him the importance of acting; the fact that acting is an art, so he needs to keep working on his craft and pursuing his dreams (Bullock & Snow Casting is a well-respected team in the industry, focusing on children’s television shows and comedies). Other influential people who have taken Winston under their wings include Howard Meltzer, Joey Paul Jensen, AHC Casting, and Catherine Stroud. Being able to train with such a brilliant group of experts continues to shape Winston’s foundation as an actor.

Everyone is familiar with the famous actress Mindy Kaling of The Office, who happens to be the producer of Never Have I Ever. The actress, comedian, writer, and producer was responsible for casting Winston to play co-star in the new upcoming season.

Dhar Mann knew that Winston was the right actor for his series after the feedback received from the audience from his first video, which went viral and has accumulated over 11 million views. The kid has shot more than six episodes in less than a month – there is definitely no slowing down for Winston Vengapally!

One of the most crucial turning points in Winston’s new journey stems from when famous casting directors Sally Stiner and Barbie Block got Winston closer than ever to his big break last year. He was one of the last in a long string of actors who were considered for a role in the Netflix movie Home Team. This process entailed six to seven meetings that proved Winston’s talent and highlighted how the entertainment industry, in the end, is very much about talent as well as looks and physicality. Is someone the right fit to play someone else’s parent or sibling? This entire experience has helped Winston to tackle every audition and meeting with an open mind and from the point of view of being the best actor, he could be. In the end, many factors that are out of an actor’s control play a part in the decision-making process.

This brings up another topic which Winston’s rising star gives voice to: children of color have fewer opportunities in the entertainment industry, but that doesn’t stop this child actor from being constantly invited into the room, proving to directors and casting directors that diversity in casting isn’t about optics, it’s about discovering talent that would otherwise be overlooked. Putting himself in the spotlight repeatedly proves that Winston not only has conviction but also has the chops, training, and mentorship to back it up.

StarCentral Kids sat down with Winston to ask some questions about his rising star status and what he hopes for the future and here’s what went down:

Winston, you’re on a roll at the moment; well done! Many people in the industry are talking about how well your career is going. What is your favorite part about acting?

I really like playing different characters and expressing different feelings. Each new part I get to play is different, and I like to think about what my character is going through. I also get to meet a ton of amazing people who are creative and inspire me so much to keep working on my craft. I work with so many talented people, and that’s really cool. It’s weird that so many people see what I do on screen.

You’ve worked with and met so many industry experts. What have they taught you?

Everyone I’ve met has been super nice to me. From casting directors to producers to fellow actors, they all offer something I can learn from. The casting directors and film directors are mentors to me because they show me how everything works, making it easier for me to act and not worry about anything else. They encourage me, so I know I’m doing good and should just do what my instincts tell me. Sometimes it’s scary because I work with a lot of people who are considered famous and respected by everyone in Hollywood.

Do you ever get intimidated when you meet powerful people in the industry?

At first, I did. Like, I know someone is special and important. But my mentors taught me just to be myself, and if I get nervous, it’s okay because being myself is the most important thing everyone wants from me. Even the important people tell me to be me, making me more comfortable with being creative.

How has your life been after moving to Los Angeles? Is it hard to balance your career and school?

It’s busy, I think! I am usually doing homework on set these days, so I am used to it now. I guess it’s good that I have school work because it’s something to do while I wait on set. I also love to shoot around the hoops, so I do that when I am free on the weekends.

You’ve worked with your sister Sitara before. Is that fun to do?

It is fun because we’re really close. We can play games and stuff on the set. We’re different actors, but we tell each other we did a good job when the day is over. Sometimes I don’t feel like telling her that, but my mom makes me, hah!

That’s too funny! Sitara, while we have you, would you say that you and your brother have different acting styles?

Sitara: We both have fun, and it makes me happy he’s doing a good job. We both do a lot of work, and I am proud of my brother because he’s really focused even when I think he’s weird.

Last question. Winston, what is your biggest future dream here in Hollywood?

I want to do more movies. I just love being on the set and playing different characters. I love cool stories a lot, and it seems like doing movies, you’d get to be in the best stories. And I’d like to be in stories that people think are really important. Also, I am not sure if I mentioned this, but one of my favourite things to work on is learning how to do an Indian accent. I don’t have an accent naturally, but I work on learning to speak in an Indian accent because it’s fun. I try to come up with new jokes and practice with my friends and family; they get a kick out of it. It would be so cool to be on a show where I get to showcase that.

The Wiggles Make History With First Ever Rolling Stone AU/NZ Cover

Credits: The Wiggles, photographed on May 27, 2022, at Hot Potato Studios by Giulia Giannini McGauran. Creative: Katie Taylor. Stylist: Jana Bartolo. Hair and Makeup: Lei Tai. Production: Long Story Short. Photography assistant: Izaac Margin. Styling assistant: Kirsten Humphreys.

Rolling Stone AU/NZ publisher The Brag Media has recently announced that multi-award-winning band The Wiggles will grace its September issue cover, cementing the group’s first time to be anointed by Rolling Stone. Yellow Wiggle, Tsehay Hawkins, also becomes the youngest person to appear on the local cover of the iconic pop culture masthead.

The Wiggles granted Rolling Stone AU/NZ unprecedented access to their recent Australian arena tour — a double headliner with the new and original lineup — and to their Hot Potato Studios in Sydney, as they worked on new music and rehearsed a brand new TV show.

The Wiggles as you’ve never seen them before, the cover story is a colourful take on a record-breaking two years. It began with a mashup of “Fruit Salad” and Tame Impala’s “Elephant” (that later topped triple j’s Hottest 100), followed by the addition of Hawkins as the group’s first woman of colour, and a spectacular sold-out tour with all original members.

Rolling Stone AU/NZ print editor, Jake Challenor, said: “Just like Rolling Stone, The Wiggles have stood the test of time. Here is a band that, for three decades, has entertained and inspired future generations,” he said. “The last two years have been some of their best in history. The Wiggles are more relevant than ever, which is exactly why pop culture icons like Lil Nas X and The Kid Laroi are embracing them. Without a doubt, 2022 is officially the Year of The Wiggles.”

The September-November edition — which includes a Wiggles-themed adult colouring book — hits newsstands in Australia and New Zealand on Monday, September 5, 2022. Also appearing in the next issue are interviews with musicians Ben Lee, Eddie Benjamin and Teeks, plus Twitch streamer Whippy, and features on the climate crisis, niche influencers and much more.

Last year Rolling Stone Australia expanded its brand with the inaugural Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards, now in its second year, and, according to Roy Morgan data on the national magazine market, Rolling Stone Australia reached 191,000 readers in the six months to December 31 2021, ahead of staple Australian mastheads Golf Digest, Family Circle and Who. This year The Brag Media also announced the inaugural Rolling Stone New Zealand Awards.

About The Brag Media:

The Brag Media’s mission is to be the most ubiquitous presence in Australian culture; with its people, its artists and its brands. The Brag Media represents some of the most iconic titles in the world including Rolling Stone, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, thebrag.com, Tone Deaf, The Industry Observer, don’t bore us, Enthusiast Gaming, Life Without Andy, HypeBeast and more.

The Brag Media’s publishing business reaches over 30% of the Australian population each month, while its events business produces the Rolling Stone Awards and offers commercial partners end-to-end event ideation, production and marketing. The Brag Media has also expanded into talent management, audio and podcasting, and in 2021 launched a creative and agency services division.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet.

Meet The Global Phenomenon Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: The Talented Vlad & Niki

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“Vlad & Niki” is the global preschool phenomenon and the number 1 boys channel on YouTube, starring the imaginative personalities and antics of brothers Vlad and Niki, who are showcased in non-stop fun and crazy adventures. Since launching on YouTube in 2018, “Vlad & Niki” has attracted more than 266+ million subscribers worldwide, 83+ million subscribers to their English Channel, and 154+ billion views while averaging five billion monthly views on 21 channels and translated into 18 languages. Their mobile apps have surpassed more than 100,000,000 downloads. Each episode is produced with a creative mix of live-action, animation, and music to create comedic videos for the preschool demographic. “Vlad & Niki” is the property of Content Media Group FZC, LLC, headed by co-founders Sergey and Victoria Vashketov, the parents of global superstar kidfluencers Vlad and Niki.

“Vlad & Niki” continues to be well received by critics as well as the public as the dynamic duo captured three more prestigious awards, including being named ‘Best Web Series for Kids’ by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA); winning the Shorty Awards honor for “Best Influencers & Celebrity YouTube Campaign;” 43rd Annual Telly Awards’ “Silver Winner in Children’s Video;” 26th Annual Webby Awards “Honoree in the 2022 Social Category;” 42nd Annual Telly Awards’ “Bronze Winner in the General Children’s Online;” International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences’ 10th Annual Lovie Awards “Outstanding Work Shortlist” category. Their Zuru Toy’ Surprise Egg” won the silver prize in Toy Shop’s UK’s 2021 Independent Toy Awards Silver Prize in ‘License of the Year’ category.

In April 2022, Vlad & Niki began streaming on HBO Max, and they are expanding their family with a new baby this Fall.

StarCentral Kids recently caught up with Vlad and Niki’s mother, and co-star Victoria Vashketova to discuss their journey in the social media world, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourselves and how you started?

‘Vlad & Niki’ started as a family hobby. Vlad saw other boys making videos and asked us if we could make our own. Our dad started shooting fun videos on the weekends when he wasn’t working. He would edit them in his spare time and then post them.

What are you both currently doing to maintain/grow your profile?

YouTube is our focus. We continue to create content kids love watching, and their parents approve. Each episode we produced is filled with an innovative mix of live-action, animation, and music.

We began in 2018 and now have 21 channels, translated into 18 languages. It is incredible; we have 266+ million subscribers worldwide (83+ million on our English channel). We published more than 300 videos and have a staggering 154+ billion views.

It’s important that we maintain an authentic voice of our personalities. We hope we are inspiring other families to play together on their own adventures.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Due to Vlad’s and Niki’s young age, we have to manage their social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook. They help us select photos and sayings, so we stay true to them. My husband Sergey and I each have our own Instagram profiles.

You can find us via our Instagram accounts:

Vlad @vlad.super.vlad

Niki @nikitoys_official

Victoria (me) @vsv_viki

Sergey @vashketov

Facebook @Vlad.and.Niki.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

Learning to say no and how to balance the kids and our time. We have had to decline some fabulous invitations and opportunities so that we do not burn the kids – or us.

What new project would you guys love to start?

We partnered with Zuru Toys and Playmates Toys, and it has been a long road to get them developed and finally in the stores and sold online – the toys are currently doing very well.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Believe that anything is possible and figure out how to accomplish it.

What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Make sure the content you are creating is authentic. The audience/fans know when you aren’t being real.

Teen Star Krystal Brimner Makes A Statement In Her Sophomore Single “Young”

Former child star and now a teen performer Krystal Brimner makes a statement for her fellow youth who are still figuring out who they are in her sophomore single “Young.”

The feel-good dance pop song, composed by fellow Kapamilya talent SAB and produced by Star Pop label head Rox Santos, encapsulates the highs and lows of being young especially in the age of social media, where many aspire to portray a perfect life and live up to society’s standards without much room for mistakes.

“It reminds us of the beauty of one’s youth, the discovery and learning from our experiences, and most of all the joy in figuring out who we are or what we want to be,” Krystal said.

She debuted the song live on PIE Channel last Wednesday (June 22), where she flaunted her laudable talent in singing and dancing and proved just how much she has grown as an ace performer.

This growth, however, is not so surprising for those who have followed Krystal in her career so far, as she has always exhibited her many talents through her projects since entering showbiz when she was only 4 years old.

At 9 years old, Krystal won the Best Child Performer award at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival for starring in the critically acclaimed film “Honor Thy Father,” where she even went viral for shaving her head as part of her role. Not long after, she landed the titular character in the Resorts World Manila production of the beloved musical “Annie.”

For a time, the budding singer-actress was also a part of a trio with AC Bonifacio and Sheena Belarmino called A.S.K. who regularly performed on “ASAP” and other Kapamilya shows. Now a blooming 15-year-old artist, Krystal has recently ventured into recording via her debut single “Let Me Be Me.”

Ensemble Stars!! Music EN Officially Launches on iOS and Android

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Ensemble Stars!! Music, produced by Happy Elements, is proud to announce that its English version is now officially available on Android and iOS. As of June 16, 2022, players from Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and other ten more countries can now download the game for free from Google Play and App Store for a chance to receive fabulous rewards.

 Celebratory In-game Activities and Updates:

  • Guaranteed Gacha: A 5-star guaranteed card pool is now available.
  • Lives & New Songs: A new song will be added to the song list every date with a higher Drop Rate of items during the release celebration period.
  • Story: Main Story Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are available for a more fancy journey with idols.
  • Shop: Beginner Package, Monthly Cards, Diamond Up for the first time top-up in the game
  • Special Event: “Sparkling Start Dash Mission” to help Subaru become more sparkling. 5-star fully-uncapped [More Sparkling!] Subaru Akehoshi, Sparkling 10-Scout Ticket, and other rewards are waiting for you when all missions on the map are completed.

For more information, please check the official website: https://www.ensemblestars.com/

To celebrate and share the joy with more fans, Ensemble Stars!! Music revealed a game video ad on the huge screen of the famous Times Square in New York City from June 15 to 21 local time. Cosers who love the game will appear on-site to witness this essential moment. The interaction with the cosers in the real world in front of the lifelike gaming video will definitely bring fans a special cross-barrier experience between the virtual anime world and reality.

As one of the most popular music idol training mobile games with more than 10 million players in Asia, Ensemble Stars!! Music has been honored with a series of highly acclaimed awards, including “User’s Choice Game of 2021”, the “Best Pick Up & Play “on Google Play, and the “Best Music Game” from Sensor Tower APAC Awards 2021 worldwide. Since the announcement of the availability of its English version, the game has already attracted over 200,000 players to pre-register on its official site, proving the game’s enormous popularity across regions.

Source : Happy Elements

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What’s On: “Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real” Exhibition At The National Gallery Of Victoria

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is a FREE all-ages exhibition that invites kids and their families to experiment with innovative ways of making their own works of art.  

Presented in conjunction with the world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, The Picasso Century, and inspired by the works and artists in the exhibition, Making Art offers four activity spaces where young audiences can experiment with paper collage, drawing, poetry, and large-scale sculptures. 

Make a Creature is a digital interactive game allowing kids to produce their own animation inspired by Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse and artist Remedios Varo. In the game, players take turns to draw sections of an image resulting in an animation that can be shared with friends and family. 

Inspired by French artist Georges Braque’s invention of papier collé (pasted paper) and his collaboration with Pablo Picasso, Make a Collage invites children to experiment with patterns and shapes to create their own paper collages and produce an accompanying digital animation. 

Make a Poem offers children a relaxed space to draw a portrait and write a poem in relation to their artwork. Inspired by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova’s series of prints held in the NGV Collection, this activity encourages children to create a connection between drawing and creative writing. 

Make a Sculpture invites children to play with large-scale, interlocking shapes to build their own sculptures. Taking cues from Pablo Picasso’s methods of creating three-dimensional paper objects, this activity encourages children to play with scale and create ever-evolving structures.  

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, said: ‘This NGV Kids exhibition will introduce families to a range of dynamic art activities that were used by pioneering artists of the 20th century. Through a mix of digital activities, sculpture creation, drawing and creative writing activities, we invite children to generate their own ideas and interact with themes featured in NGV’s world-premiere exhibition, The Picasso Century.’ 

The Picasso Century is a major ground floor exhibition at NGV International featuring over 80 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 60 of his contemporaries drawn from the Centre Pompidou, the Musée national Picasso-Paris, and the NGV Collection. The Picasso Century charts the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso in dialogue with the many artists, poets, and intellectuals with whom he intercepted and interacted throughout the 20th century.  

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is on display until 9 October 2022 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Further information is available via the NGV website: NGV.MELBOURNE.  

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is generously supported by the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations, the City of Melbourne, Spencer Ko, and Taylor Fletchett.  

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Penny France, the Media Manager at NGV

Spotlight: Jurassic World by Brickman

This is an adventure with 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making!

Jurassic World by Brickman is an immersive adventure like no other as Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught re-imagines Jurassic World, the blockbuster franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, in the largest LEGO® brick exhibition in Australia.

Featuring large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes, and activities made from over 6 million LEGO® bricks. Plus, in a Sydney exclusive, the newest Jurassic World by Brickman® dinosaur was unveiled. Weighing in at 400 kilograms, the Baryonyx is over 4.8 metres long and made up of 102,317 LEGO® bricks. You can relive the magic of beloved stories and characters from the Jurassic World franchise, as you embark on a thrilling journey across the island – Isla Nublar.

You”ll be able to walk through the iconic gates of the park and experience the inner workings of the Jurassic World lab and venture into the baby dinosaur enclosure, where a life-size Brachiosaurus weighing well over 1.8 tonnes awaits! Encounter incredible models of Triceratops, Velociraptors, T.rex and many more.

There are 2.5 million LEGO® bricks for you to show off your own building skills. Get hands-on with LEGO® brick palaeontology, mystery mosaics, island-building, hybrid dinosaur creations, and much more.

More than two years and 10,000 build hours have gone into the creation of Jurassic World by Brickman®, making it the biggest exhibition the Brickman team has ever created. This is a not to be missed experience for kids and adults alike.

Event Of The Week: Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo Sydney

What: Headlining the highly-anticipated Vivid Sydney, Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo will be an immersive and inspiring experience where guests can explore the Zoo on an illuminated night walk, all while connecting with wildlife and conservation.

Discover over 70 festival-favourite lanterns from 14 captivating species🐅🦍 as you explore this roar-some after-dark experience and take in the best views of Sydney Harbour – all at the same time.
Wild Lights is a ticketed and inclusive event, where festival-goers will get to experience:
✨See over 70 animal-inspired lanterns and installations
🎆Explore the zoo by night on the illuminated night walk
✨Experience the three, never seen before, purpose-built, inclusive installations from Cushman & Wakefield, each with their own inclusive story in their inception, appealing to visitors of all abilities
🎆Enjoy a sky-high view of the lights on the Sky Safari Cable Car with the Sky Pass Ticket
✨Indulge in our special Wild Lights items featuring a Loaded Donut Bar, sweet toasties, fairy floss, colour-changing unicorn noodles, Chip on a Stick, and more
🎆Pop in for a drink in any of our 2 licensed venues across the zoo
✨Check out the spectacular Vivid view out over Sydney Harbour
When: Running from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June (every Wednesday – Sunday), including Monday 13 June.
Session 1: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Session 2: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
There are two sessions times each evening to assist with social distancing.
Where: Taronga Zoo Sydney (Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088)
Tickets: Via this link