FilAm Gail Banawis in Star Magic’s premiere movie “Connected”

by Ricky Rillera

The cast of Star Magic’s movie “Connected” | Contributed Photo

NEW YORK — FilAm singer and actress Gail Banawis will have her moment of triumph and fame as she joins fellow Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) alumni Amanda Zamora, Chico Alicaya, Ralph Malibunas, Kobie Brown, Andi Abaya, and Richard Juan in the Philippines’ Star Magic’s first movie venture “Connected.”

“Connected” is a youth-oriented movie that tackles young love and the struggle to combat feelings of isolation in a connected world. The former “PBB” housemates are featured as seven young adults with different personalities but are all looking for attention, a sense of purpose, and love. The movie, written by Mary Rose Colindres and directed by Theodore Boborol, will stream starting July 22 on KTX, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV video-on-demand, and SKY Cable in celebration of Star Magic’s 30th anniversary.

Boborol, the director of ”Vince & Kat & James,” “Finally Found Someone,” and “Just The Way You Are,” returns in this movie as his first film since ”James & Pat & Dave” in 2020.  Gail, who hails from Yonkers, New York, and has moved to the Philippines to participate in the Pinoy Big Brother, plays the ‘astig‘ Fil-Am musician Fin. She finds love in the character played by Ralph while she is in the process of searching for something.

Gail Banawis | File Photo

Gail is the only child born to Gilray Dizon Banawis and Janette Dinoy Bongon. In an interview, her mom said that at an early age — barely three years old — Gail started to exhibit her singing talent. She could mimic Celine Dion, Britney Spears, and Back Street Boys.

She has appeared in several productions, such as Love at First Stream (2021), Pasabuy (2021), and Pinoy Big Brother. In 2015, during the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gail sang the Philippine National Anthem. She has also performed in many Filpino American events in the tri-state area and was recognized for her talents by several organizations. Among such awards include PAFCOM’s Pinoy Idol Grand Champion in 2011, Knights of Rizal Youth Achiever in 2011, PAFCOM’s Bb. Pilipinas in 2013, and Philippine Fiesta in America’s Outstanding Professional Achievement in 2013.

The 26-year-old star has also front-acted in several shows such as Side A & KZ Tandingan Live in Concert, Arnel Pineda, Gabby Concepcion, Piolo Pascual, Rachel Alejandro, KC Concepcion, the Dabarkads Jose Manalo & Wally Bayola, and David Pomeranz.

Star Magic has been the home and training ground for the biggest and brightest names in Philippine entertainment for three decades. It has provided workshops in acting, dance, art, script appreciation, styling, voice production, and physical fitness training to develop disciplined, well-rounded, and world-class performers.  Star Magic artists are encouraged to use their influence for good by supporting ABS-CBN Foundation’s advocacies.

According to Magic’s and ABS-CBN Entertainment Production head Laurenti Dyogi, Star Magic Studios is one of the exciting plans for Star Magic’s 30th year.

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