Beaming with Filipino satisfaction, 20-year-old Sophia Laforteza has been creating buzz within the worldwide leisure scene as she emerged as one of many 20 finalists — chosen out of 120,000 auditionees — for “The Debut: Dream Academy.”
“The Debut: Dream Academy” is an audition program created by HYBE alongside American report label Geffen Information, wherein candidates compete and endure “Ok-pop methodology” to be a part of a world lady group. HYBE occurs to be the South Korean leisure firm behind large Ok-Pop acts equivalent to BTS, Tomorrow X Collectively and ENHYPEN, amongst many others.
Laforteza is the one Filipino finalist within the present — a feat in itself — and he or she is up towards candidates from completely different elements of the world. In case you’re to know extra about Sophia, right here’s a number of the info about this aspirant.
Carla Guevara’s daughter
Sophia is the second youngster and the one daughter of theater and TV actress Carla Guevara and government chef Godfrey Laforteza. Sophia’s older brother, Bailey, is 22 years outdated, whereas their youngest brother, Oreo, is 12 years outdated.
Sophia completed her highschool schooling at A number of Intelligence Worldwide Faculty in Quezon Metropolis. She was additionally an achiever in highschool, as seen within the a number of medals slung round her neck throughout her commencement.
Dancing since she was 5
In a 2007 interview for “She Stated… She Stated…”, Carla disclosed that then-five-year-old Sophia had been allotting 5 hours of her Saturdays to her dance classes. Sophia took 5 dance lessons on the time, particularly ballet, jazz, musical theater, pop and faucet.
A clip from the interview was uploaded on the “sophiesfolder” YouTube channel, a fan account devoted to the younger superstar.
Singing expertise from mother
Sophia showcased her singing prowess via movies on her TikTok web page, wherein she belted songs from Disney films “Magnificence and the Beast,” “Frozen” and “The Little Mermaid.”
@sophialaforteza #duet with @jasonsekili lol I attempted #disney ♬ unique sound – Jason Sekili
@sophialaforteza #duet with @kuyslars ♬ love is an open door – lars
@sophialaforteza singing on right here once more after months 🏼 vanessa’s trick for ya #thelittlemermaid #vanessastrick #singing @halle ♬ unique sound – sophia laforteza
She additionally made a brief cowl of Charlie Puth’s “You Stress Me Out,” which earned praises not solely from followers but additionally from OPM singer-songwriter Rico Blanco.
@sophialaforteza @charlieputh did @marissaguirree ‘s model cuz it was so fireplace 😌 my runs aren’t as clear as hers lol #fyp ♬ unique sound – Charlie Puth
Bosom buddies with Leon Barretto, Lorin Bektas
Sophia’s circle of buddies embody Leon who studied in the identical faculty as hers in highschool. On Sophia’s 18th birthday, Leon devoted a birthday submit to her which might be seen on her Instagram highlights.
In 2020, Sophia and Leon additionally went on a visit to California with Lorin Gutierrez, Ruffa Gutierrez’s eldest daughter.
Only in the near past, Leon expressed his help to Sophia on her “The Debut: Dream Academy” journey and underscored how the latter is deserving of the achievement.
She’s an ARMY
Sophia is a loud and proud fan of Ok-pop supergroup BTS, dubbed as ARMY. Her Instagram web page reveals a few of her fangirling moments, from her 2022 home get together together with her household whereas watching the livestream of BTS “Permission to Dance” live performance; her 2021 go to to a Line Pals retailer—which options sticker characters made by BTS members—in the USA; to edited images of Sophia with BTS’ V.
“The Debut: Dream Academy” began airing on Sept. 1 via YouTube and Japanese streaming platform Abema. The sequence’ closing episode might be launched on Nov. 18. EDV
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