New weekend afternoon fave: GMA’s ‘Sparkle U’

Anjay Anson, Zephanie and Michael Sager. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GMA-7

GMA’s latest youth-oriented anthology series Sparkle U will give Kapuso viewers a feel-good and heartwarming afternoon every weekend.

Sparkle U features the good times and the struggles that Filipino youth are facing today in their teenage lives.

The show’s first installment, #LikeforLike, will be headlined by some of Sparkle GMA Artist Center’s most promising stars — Shayne Sava and Abdul Raman, Zephanie, Michael Sager, Roxie Smith, Anjay Anson, Lauren King, Vanessa Peña, and Princess Aliyah.

#LikeforLike follows the story of a 17-year-old wallflower, Bekang (Shayne) and three other teens, Sue (Zephanie), Marco (Michael) and Wado (Anjay). From being nobodies, they will suddenly become famous after rescuing the campus queen bee, Yazzi (Roxie) from a fire incident.

As their high school lives begin to change, the four teenagers must deal with and adjust to their new status. They will be forced to act according to society’s expectations, especially after gaining attention from more popular students and the anonymous Jen Z, a vlogger who reveals secrets and controversies inside the university.

Will Jen Z make or break the relationships these teenagers have with their friends, families, and even with themselves? Will their sudden fame be something good for them, or will it only harm their young minds?

The creative team behind this drama includes Creative Head for Afternoon Prime Dode Cruz; creative consultant Kit Villanueva-Zapata; head writer J-mee Katanyag; and writers Mikee Ladera, Meryl Bunyi and Louize Al-Shehri.

Learn from the youth’s perspective and catch Sparkle U — under the helm of esteemed director Barry Gonzales — soon on GMA Network.

Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. For more stories about the Kapuso Network, visit

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