All Eyes on Angelina Montano
Barely five minutes into the interview and we've already called it. We love Angelina Isabele Montano and people are going to love her, too. Not that we didn't see it coming the moment we met her at 7107 Culture + Cuisine on the day of our shoot. We just waited for the shy 15-year-old to warm up a bit. And when she did, we discovered that she's sweet, polite, pretty—both inside and out, and with great skin to boot! But what sealed the deal was her candor.
In a world of often disregarded or overlooked "How to be you po?" and "You're so pretty" comments on Instagram, Angelina Isabele Montano had us when she admitted to feeling kilig over comments like those. Because in this day of downplaying the enthusiasm over one's number of followers and likes even if it's obvious that it's the only thing that matters to them, it's refreshing to know that someone admits to liking the feeling and owns up to it. "I'm really thankful about that. I'm flattered by those comments. There are also people DM-ing me stuff and I answer them with, 'Oh thank you, thank you.'" And we totally get her! We can only imagine how exciting it is to have 145k Instagram followers without a serious attempt to do so, such as devoting five lines on an IG caption for hashtags alone or commenting #likeforlike or #ROW on Kylie Jenner's Insta. It's quite a feat for a "regular" 15-year-old who's not an actress, a blogger, or a famous YouTuber (yet!).
And by "regular," we mean she's a typical teenager who goes to school, is a fangirl, likes being on social media, and the like. It just so happens that her parents are talented celebrities Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano.
Angelina was quite young when she realized that her parents are famous. "There was this one time my parents and I went shopping and then a mob of people went up to them [to take pictures] and I'm like 'Oh, okay'." In a way, she's gotten used to it, but not to the point where she doesn't get excited about the social media attention she's getting anymore. In fact, she counts her following as one of the pros of being a celebs' daughter. "Because of them, I get a lot of followers on social media. I'm thankful that I have fans, actually. Thanks to my parents," she admits. The con, unsurprisingly, is having little to zero privacy. "There are some situations when people tend to ask about your private life [to the point that they overstep the bounds]." That and the bashers that come with being Instagram-famous. "I noticed that the more followers I have, the more bashers I get." But instead of letting the negativity get to her, she found an antidote in the form of the best advice her mom has taught her: "To be myself, and 'Don't be bothered by what other people think of you because whatever you do, you're doing it for yourself and for God'." So whenever she comes across horrible comments—not that she pays attention: "I usually just ignore them, 'cause the positive comments are really overwhelming that I tend to overlook that negative ones"—she blocks and deletes them right away.
Bashers and haters aside, Angelina is enjoying her newfound fame and uses it as an avenue to share her other talents. She posted about an artwork once and revealed to us that she really likes the craft. "I really like painting. I've been doing it since I was really little. And I usually practice during class. If there's nothing to do, I usually just doodle on my notebook." Unfortunately for us, that's the only artwork she's ever posted (aside from some WIPs on Twitter). The upside though is that it's not her only talent—she also sings and plays the ukulele and, yay for us, she posts about it more often!
It was only last year when she really started singing and playing the ukulele. "It took me a while to come out with my singing because I'm kinda shy 'cause my sister Sam's very good at it. She's so good. She's a belter, and I'm just...new," she says and adds that Sam and their younger sister Chesca are used to performing in school talent shows while she isn't. Thanks to her mom and some YouTubers and 'grammers, Angelina found the courage to post her singing and ukulele-playing videos online. "I saw a few videos on the internet about people doing it and I'm like, 'Oh, so I'll just do it also,' and my mom also encouraged and told me, 'Don't be shy. Just do it, you're okay naman eh, you're good.'" And so when she finally posted it, the response from her followers was overwhelming! "They liked it. So I started making covers and decided to make a YouTube video." A few months later, she signed a recording contract with Universal Records.
Painting, singing, ang playing a musical instrument aside, Angelina also models for a makeup brand, which she says came as a bit of a shock for her. She admits that she's never seriously considered the possibility of being a model. "I guess I did want to become one, but I didn't really expect it to happen." So when she got a text message from her mom asking if she wanted to endorse a makeup brand, she started screaming. In school. Which initially caused worry among her friends.
Funnily enough, "I'm screaming" was also her tweet when she found out that the person she admittedly stalks the most on IG followed her back on Instagram, no less! "I really admire Liza Soberano! She's super pretty. She's perfect," she says. If you come to think of it, this whole thing could only be the beginning of their great working relationship together. Angelina looks forward to working with her (aside from her mom, of course) the most if ever she does decide to enter show business and now that Liza already follows her back, maybe she'd think the same, too. Oh, the possibilities are endless!
No wonder Angelina gets asked "How to be you po?" a lot. She's pretty, talented, and gets almost everything she secretly and openly wishes for. While it may be later rather than sooner before she finishes her studies and decides to join show business, we're pretty sure that Angelina Isabele Montano will always have a place in the industry, what with her talent, attitude, and good looks. To that we say, ready when you are, Angelina!
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
I just posted some of my own movie reviews from LSS to The Heiress para naman may pagka-movie critic ako in the midst of the pandemic… from Home! Check them out here: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3 (#PPP2019): • #LSSTheMovie: bit.ly/MyLSSReview • #ThePantiSisters: bit.ly/MyTPSReview • #ImEllenyaL: bit.ly/MyImEllenyaLReview Metro Manila Film Festival: • #TheMallTheMerrier: bit.ly/MyTMTMReview • #MissionUnstapabol: bit.ly/MyMissionUnstapabolReview • #3polTrobolHuliKaBalbon: bit.ly/My3polTrobolReview Non-film fest: • #JamesAndPatAndDave: bit.ly/MyJPDReview • #TheHeiress: bit.ly/MyTheHeiressReview Any thoughts? Don't forget to connect by commenting! Enjoy #MovieBingeAtHome! #COVIDMovieCritic