This August, GMA Films, in partnership with SM Development Corporation, gathers today’s hottest teen stars in a movie that highlights the ups and downs of high school life.
Titled "Tween Academy: Class of 2012," the new flick stars Kapuso tweens Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas, Lexi Fernandez, Louise delos Reyes, Alden Richards, Derrick Monasterio, Kristoffer Martin, Joyce Ching, Yassi Pressman, and Elmo Magalona.
Barbie plays Kara, a cosplayer and online retailer of collectible toys. As she comes to terms with the death of her father, she uses her techie skills to help her mom make ends meet for their family. She develops a special friendship with one of her customers, Robin (Joshua Dionisio).
Joshua is cast as a geeky toy collector named Robin. He spends most of his time at their family-owned computer shop, and does other students’ homework for extra income. His liking for comic books and collectible toys leads him closer to Kara.
Bea plays the character of Georgina or George. Tough yet compassionate, George finds herself caught up in the “best friend syndrome” as she begins to develop feelings for her long-time best friend Jeremy (Jake Vargas). Afraid of being rejected by her friend, she agrees to help Jeremy become closer to the girl he likes.
Jake is Jeremy or Jepoy, the group’s resident rocker. He does everything to get Chloe’s (Lexi Fernandez) attention unaware that George has feelings for him.
Lexi's character, Chloe, is a spoiled rich girl battling an eating disorder. Chloe portrays the reality that even the most beautiful and popular girl in school still has insecurities.
Louise is the high school sweetheart Jessamine or Jess. Struggling to fit in, she hides her family’s real financial situation from her friends so she can be part of the “in crowd” like Chloe.
Alden adds “kilig” to the movie as Christian, the high school heartthrob. Despite his popularity especially among the girls, Christian remains humble and friendly to his batchmates. He is friends with Robin and has a crush on Jess.
Another promising young Kapuso actor, Kristoffer plays Diego. Diego has a hard time controlling his temper and his devil-may-care attitude always gets him into trouble. His girlfriend Ashlee (Joyce Ching) serves as a good influence to him.
Joyce is Ashlee, a diligent working student. At a young age, Ashlee has learned to adapt to the many stresses of life, as she juggles her time between work and school, not to mention her boyfriend Diego.
Derrick plays a character so unlike the roles he has on TV. He is Maximo, the resident school bully, who likes to pick on Kara, George, and Enzo. Unknown to many, Maximo is actually a coward deep down, and is most threatened by Diego.
Party Pilipinas’ dance diva Yassi Pressman dabbles in acting once more as she assumes the role of Caitlin, the school’s queen bee.
Elmo ventures from television to movies as he takes on the role of Enzo. Perceived as an introvert, Enzo spends more time with his gadgets and his two best friends, Kara and George. Elmo’s character comes out of his shell as he experiences love for the first time.
FHM Philippines’ sexiest woman for 2011, Sam Pinto, joins the tweens as their teacher Maddie. Maddie goes beyond the four walls of the class room as she teaches her students a thing or two about falling in love.
Joining the young stars are some of our unforgettable 80's and 90’s idols including Angelu de Leon, Bobby Andrews, Yayo Aguila, Pinky Amador Nadia Montenegro , Jojo Alejar and Chuckie Dreyfuss, who add depth and color to the movie as they play equally important roles. Tween Academy: Class of 2012 will also surprise viewers with Kapuso stars, socialites, and sports icons playing cameo roles.
Directed by Mark Reyes, the movie provides an honest portrayal of issues facing teens today – from dealing with labels, peer pressure, first love, first heartbreak, and everything else in between.
Tween Academy: Class of 2012 runs in theaters nationwide starting August 24. (GMA 7 Press Release)