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9 More Celebrities You Probably Forgot Were Candy Cuties

Remember when you've seen them in the pages of Candy?
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The Candy Teen Con 2016 is almost here and we're counting down the days to the biggest teen event in the country! Aside from the awesome workshops you can learn from at the event, what we're also excited about is for you to meet this year's batch of Candy Cuties led by one of this year's cover men Jack Reid

To make you more excited about the Cuties parade happening on Saturday, we've rounded up a few Candy Cuties who've made their names in the biz before and after gracing the pages of Candy. Recognize some of them? Who knows you might be meeting the future matinee idol, right?

  1. Ivan Dorschner

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After his stint in the Pinoy Big Brother house, Ivan was featured as a Candy Cutie together with his batchmates James Reid, Bret Jackson, and Ryan Bang. He lived for a while in LA this year, but he got back in the country this year. Are you excited to see more of him? We know we are!

  1. Kobe Paras

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Before he went to the United States to study and train as a professional basketball player, Kobe first appeared in Candy with his older (and equally handsome!) brother Andre. Right now, he's training with NCAA Division 1 school Creighton University in Nebraska.

  1. Richard Juan

This cutie from UP Diliman appeared in Candy before he became an SM Youth Ambassador and a housemate on Pinoy Big Brother: 737. Now, he's a recognizable face in the country. Catch him perform at the Candy Teen Con this weekend!

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  1. Ruru Madrid

Just a few years ago, Ruru was just starting out in the biz. But this year, with love team Gabbi Garcia, he's made a name for himself when he was chosen to play the role of Ybarro in Encantadia.

  1. Manolo Pedrosa

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We were really surprised to see one of our fave Cuties on Pinoy Big Brother: All In, but we knew that after his stint on the show, he'll make it in the biz. True enough, the Candy Cutie and ex-PBB housemate appeared on Maalaala Mo Kaya and Oh My G.

  1. Jameson Blake

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Just like Manolo, Jameson also became a PBB housemate for Pinoy Big Brother: 737. He became a member of Hashtag on It's Showtime after.

  1. Jack Reid

Yup, we still couldn't believe that one of this month's cover boy was just launched as one of the Candy Cuties last year. He now has a huge following and has appeared on the TV show Panday.

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  1. JC de Vera

Now let's travel back to September 2003. One of this generation's brightest leading men graced the cover of one of our very first Candy Cuties issue. Back then, he was famous for his role on the teen-oriented show Click. Now, JC's appeared on several TV shows like You're My Home and The Better Half

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  1. Richard Gutierrez

Before this country got cray over his baby boy Zion, his dad Richard won our hearts first. He appeared on the cover of Candy's September 2002 issue. Since then, he's appeared in a looot of projects like Captain BarbellFull House, and the reality show It Takes Gutz to Be a Gutierrez.

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Who's your favorite Candy Cutie? Leave a comment below or talk to us via Twitter @candymagdotcom. :)

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Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.

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For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.

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My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.

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As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.

I smiled as I expressed my gratitude towards her. As I walked away, I realized that I accomplished something legendary that night. I was able to showcase that pageants are not only for thin-looking, tall people. I managed to snatch everyone’s attention with this average height and chubby body. That night started with so much uncertainty and insecurity. As I stared at my reflection, I looked exhausted but I was wearing a different smile. A smile of victory and bravery. A smile that defeated the stereotypes and stigma about people like me. That night ended with a realization that maybe winning isn’t always about winning the crown, it’s about winning people’s hearts and having a winning heart.

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