Masaya po kasi I found a family that I could be with. Sobrang feeling ko po I belong with them,” this was Melizza Jimenez‘s reaction when asked about how she feels that she’s now part of ABS-CBN’s newest breed of artists — the Star Magic Circle 2019. The 18-year old senior high graduate has entered the biz a few years back but it was only this year that she has officially inked a contract with the network.

Barcelona: A Love Untold and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano

Her biggest breaks to date are her stints in Star Cinema‘s blockbuster hit Barcelona: A Love Untold with the country’s top loveteam KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) and the long-running primetime series by Dreamscape, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano with Primetime King Coco Martin. She played the younger sister of Kathryn Bernardo’s character in the movie and Sam Pinto’s character on TV.

Melizza’s being a real-life KathNiel fan makes her wish she’ll also be given a chance to be part of a successful teamup. Find out in the video who her loveteam prospects are!

Almost a PBB housemate

Just like many young viewers her age, Melizza developed a fondness for the country’s biggest reality show, Pinoy Big Brother. In 2015, she auditioned and almost became one of Kuya’s housemates. She lost her slot to fellow Kapamilya star Kamille Filoteo. In our intimate interview, she recalled the details of her journey and how one thing, sometimes looking like a failure, led her to where she is now. She may be young and still starting out but the chinita beauty is showing so much promise.

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Passion for the arts

One of the things that fuel Melizza’s drive is her being in touch with her emotions. Her exposure to the arts provided outlets for her pent-up feelings. As a young girl, Melizza recalls being mentored by her architect-dad Mark in painting and drawing. This led her to pursue other forms of art as well. She honed her skills in the performing arts via the Star Magic Workshops even before bagging a spot in its elite circle of stars.

During the interview, Melizza’s mom and dad were present. Her dad was the one who had songs ready for our listening through a portable speaker. It was revealed that Melizza has already written meaningful and heartfelt musical masterpieces from her personal experiences. The young star turned emotional when asked about the stories behind them.

WATCH the videos to find out!

Seeing the love she’s getting from her doting parents, we asked more about her family to know if she’s an only child. Little did we know, Melizza is the younger sister of tennis champion, Kapamilya actress, and former Girl Trends member Maika Rivera. Beauty and talent really do run in the blood.

Melizza recently graduated from senior high school (Colegio San Agustin). She’s here with her sister Maika.

Here’s an early throwback to Melizza’s launch as a member of the Star Magic Circle 2019.

Here’s a quick chat I also had with her and her fellow artist Arabella after the launch: