The Steady Rise of GMA’s Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza

Being a celebrity in the Philippines means fame and prestige. But for GMA’s primetime princess Barbie Forteza, being a celebrity means using her talent in making art an expression of her individuality. Started as a tween sensation in GMA’s programs such as First Time and Tween Hearts, Forteza emerged as one of the country’s most-awarded and most sought after actresses.

Forteza is both a television and cinema star. Her television shows such as Meant To Be and The Half Sisters became two of the most successful TV series ever to air on Philippine television. While her portrayal on movies earned her both local and international recognitions.

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Her moving portrayal in Marquina gave Forteza a Best Supporting Actress award at the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, and her genuine performance in Laut, on the other hand, earned her a Best Actress nod at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal.

Forteza’s rise in the entertainment industry proves one thing: a celebrity can be a mainstream sensation but can still maintain the integrity of artistic expression. With Forteza, although she portrays teenybopper roles, she still managed to get herself involved in projects that would put her artistic sensibilities to the test.

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Forteza, in essence, is an embodiment of the grandeur of the entertainment industry. She has what it takes to become the next superstar with her box-office and ratings credentials, without compromising the essence of cinema as an art form.

What’s in store for Forteza is really interesting to look forward to. More precisely, her upcoming role as a poor Manileña who accidentally got immersed in the crazy world of the richest family in Cebu via GMA’s summer primetime offering Inday Will Always Love You is something that will categorically bring Forteza’s career to new heights as this is going to be her first TV series to be shot outside Metro Manila.

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But the biggest question is the longevity of Forteza’s career. With the way things are looking up for her, Forteza is an actress that will surely be here to stay.


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