RYLE Santiago reveals he’s not close to his father, Junjun Santiago, ABS-CBN Business Unit head of several shows, including “It’s Showtime.”
“I’m closer to my stepdad (Chris Tan),” said the Hashtag member, “I was young when my parents separated, and eventually had their marriage annulled. Kaya I grew up with my stepdad.”
Of course, the young man is looking forward to having a better relationship with his dad.
Meanwhile, Ryle’s mom, actress Sherilyn Reyes, told us that when Ryle was seven years old, Chris wanted to legally adopt him, but Junjun would not hear of it.
But Ryle remains close to Junjun’s brothers, Randy, Rowell and Raymart, who all work in ABS-CBN.
“Nababaitan sila lahat kay Ryle,” said Sherilyn.
Ryle was accompanied by his mom and stepdad at his contract renewal as endorser of the Cherub products of Megasoft last Saturday, Sept. 7.
“We cannot say enough of Ryle as endorser of our product,” said Megasoft VP for Sales and marketing Aileen Choi Go, “He is not just cooperative but he also embodies the ideals we try to promote. We want Megasoft products to be geared for students, especially, for their daily use, kaya pinaka-ideal ngang endorser si Ryle.”
Asked for the real score between him and young actress Kira Balinger, Ryle merely smiled.
Ryle is now currently being linked to Pauline Mendoza, a contract talent of GMA 7.
Kira, 19 years old, was born in the United Kingdom. She was 13 when her mother, a Filipina, decided they settle down in the Philippines.
She’s her mom’s only child with her British father. “I have older siblings with my mom. All of them are on their own and doing very well. And mabait silang lahat sa akin,” she said.
It has always been the young star’s dream to be in the limelight.
“Nakakatuwa how I was discovered for showbiz,” remarked Kira. ”My mom and I were eating at a restaurant sa isang mall when a lady approached us and requested to talk to us. Reluctant at first ang mama ko. But since the lady looked mabait naman, she relented. And that’s when she revealed she was a talent manager. She told me she can help me to be introduced to Star Magic (the discovery and talent arm of ABS-CBN), when I told her I wanted to be an artista.
“Before my mom and I knew it, we were being introduced na to director Johnny Manahan and Miss Mariole Alberto.”
Kira underwent an acting workshop for three months. Then, she was introduced in the series, “The Story of Us,” as Kim Chiu’s younger sister.
Currently, Kira is featured as one of eight children of Joey Marquez and Sylvia Sanchez in the series, “Pamilya Ko,” which will start airing on Monday, September 9. Playing her siblings are JM de Guzman, Kiko Estrada, Kid Yambao, Jairus Aquino, Maris Racal, Mutya Orquia and Raikko Mateo.
Also in the powerhouse cast are Irma Adlawan, Arci Muñoz, Rosanna Roces, Noel Trinidad and Perla Bautista.
Being introduced as JM’s leading lady is Alyssa Muhlach, the daughter of Almira Muhlach and former cager Bong Alvarez.
“Pamilya Ko” is under the direction of Raymund Ocampo/
Kira is also with McCoy de Leon, Jameson Blake, Paolo Angeles and Mark Oblea in the movie, “G!,” directed by Dondon Santos and produced by Cineko Films.
“G!” is an entry in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and is scheduled to unreel starting September 13.
McCoy de Leon is, no doubt, the busiest among the young talents in “G!” He is a member of Hashtag, featured in the noontime show, “It’s Showtime,” and is in the top action series, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” topbilled by Coco Martin.
He is also in Black Sheep’s “Block Z,” Maris Racal, Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia and Ian Veneracion.
“It’s in the love department,” said someone close to McCoy, “where he seems dehado.
“Mukhang wala muna siyang balak umibig muli, mula nang mag-break sila ni Elisse (Joson).”
Elisse is now reportedly being courted by Jameson Blake, also in the movie “G!”
“In fairness kay Jameson,” the friend of McCoy cut in. “Nagpasintabi muna siya kay McCoy bago niya niligawan si Elisse. Well, wala pang balita kung anong fate ni Jameson sa layunin niya kay Elisse.”
Elisse, while waiting for a new project, is managing her own business.