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MTB TV Idol Ahron Villena is the newest member of the �MTB: Ang Saya-Saya� family. Having recently won the coveted hosting job, Ahron now appears regularly on the show. On the other hand, his fellow TV Idol finalists AJ Dee, Marc Cortez, JE Sison and Kiko Matos appear on separate weekdays. They are seen on-screen pitting their singing, dancing and hosting skills with the other noontime hosts. They are true testaments of MTB�s ability of being able to showcase wholesome family entertainment and Workshop@ABS-CBN�s dedication to mold future artists through specialized training.

The �MTB TV Idol� search innovates the usual contest on TV by showing that good looks and charisma are not the only winning criteria needed but also talent. The TV Idols have gone through extensive training at Workshop@ABS-CBN under the supervision of Star Magic�s (Talent Center) SVP Johnny Manahan and Workshop@ABS-CBN�s manager Beverly Vergel. Workshops in acting, voice, dance, speech and comedy improvision not only enhanced their confidence and skills but equipped them with the discipline and values that would aid them in their future showbiz careers. Seasoned host Boy Abunda and Dominic Ochoa in turn shared their knowledge and experiences in their hosting workshop.

Moreover, the training for the TV Idols aims to improve their craft and learn further techniques while integrating values such as discipline, responsibility, self-empowerment and teamwork, which are learned through exercises that also encourage social interaction and self-expression.

Ahron said that he used to be shy but nevertheless he tried his luck in auditioning. He says, �Walang masama mag-try (in auditions). Kasi tulad ko, nag-try ako. Pinalad ako. Kaya kung may talent kayo, kung magaling kayo, go for it!� To those who eventually make it big. He advises, �Huwag lalaki ang ulo kasi dun ka babagsak at babalik ka sa pinanggalingan mo.�

Ahron himself recommends Workshop@ABS-CBN to aspiring contest auditionees and future artists. He mentions that though you may have innate talent, training is still needed to improve and develop yourself.

Like Ahron an the other TV Idols, get the edge with Workshop@ABS-CBN! Discover the thrill of performing in Acting Workshops, synch and jive to the beat in Streetdance Workshops, reach for the high notes in Voice Classes. Voice and Dance courses are offered year-round.

Other courses offered are the Newscasting and News Reporting Workshops. Enrollment is on going and limited slots are available.

Watch out for the Hosting workshops to be handled by Boy Abunda and Arnell Ignacio, as well as the Feature Writing by An Alcantara and Entertainment Writing by Leah Salterio. For details and inquiries, call 415-3828, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also e-mail workshops@abs-cbn.com or text Workshops to 2366.

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