‘Pearl Next Door’ queen Adrianna So finally gets her time to shine

Adrianna So in a teaser poster for “Pearl Next Door.” Image: The IdeaFirst Company

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Finally landing a lead role after seven years in the biz — and in the midst of a pandemic — is a feat not lost on Adrianna So, the star of the upcoming girls’ love series “Pearl Next Door.”

“This is all too surreal. I never imagined this could happen,” So told INQUIRER.net. “I dreamed of it, yes, but I didn’t really think it was possible.”

“So I feel very honored but at the same time very pressured. I just hope I can live up to the expectations.”

It was through The IdeaFirst Company that she got her breakout role in the hit and widely praised boys’ love (BL) series “Gameboys,” where she portrayed charming BFF and fan-dubbed “bi queen” Pearl Gatdula who made sure that #LoveWins for #CaiReel (Elijah Canlas as Cairo and Kokoy De Santos as Gavreel).

IdeaFirst will soon deliver one of the first GL series in the country this October. As with “Gameboys,” it is secretive of the release date; fans’ only clue so far is that it could air on a Friday. The series is directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal of “Gameboys” and written by Keavy Vicente.

“Pearl deserves to have her own series. There’s more to her than being a shipper,” Vicente told INQUIRER.net of the decision to create “PND.”

Who is your girl, Pearl?

“PND” revealed its cast last August, comprised of Iana Bernardez, Phillip Hernandez, Rachel Coates and Cedrick Juan.

The whole team has been tight-lipped about details of the show. So could only say, “[You’re] going to see different layers of Pearl for sure.”

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First COVID-19 case in PBA bubble ‘may be false positive’—joint statement

FILE PHOTO–Arrival of teams in the PBA Bubble. CDC PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The first case of COVID-19 infection inside the PBA bubble in Pampanga “may be a case of false positive,” the league said Wednesday night.

In a joint statement, the PBA and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the referee, who is asymptomatic, “yielded negative on the presence of COVID-19 virus” after undergoing antigen testing Wednesday afternoon.

“The referee will remain on strict 14-day quarantine at the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City, and will be subjected to another RT-PCR test to confirm the negative antigen result,” the statement read.

“All of the eight persons listed as the referees’ close contacts were also established and isolated within 12 hours. They will undergo another round of RT-PCR tests on Saturday, October 24.”

Games, which are being held at Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena & Cultural Center, pushed through as scheduled Wednesday with NLEX beating NorthPort, 102-88, while the match between Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix is being played as of posting.

“We would like to assure the public that the integrity of the bubble has not been compromised. Protocols have not been breached,” the statement added.

“As announced earlier, all games are allowed to continue as scheduled but with stricter measures at the Quest Hotel and Angeles University Foundation Arena. The continued cooperation of all participants is key in ensuring that the resumption of PBA’s 45th Season is safe and COVID-free.”

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The current stars who can form the ElClasico of tomorrow

Ansu Fati.

Barcelona versus Real Madrid doesn’t just showcase global superstars, it also boasts and provides a platform for some of the best up and coming talents in world football.

Who could forget 19-year-old Lionel Messi’s hat-trick in 2007 or Vinicius Jr breaking Messi’s record for the youngest ElClasico goal scorer earlier this year.

With both sides featuring a plethora of upcoming stars no older than 21, the future of ElClasico is secure – and already on show!

Barcelona’s brightest young star is Ansu Fati (17), the club’s youngest-ever LaLiga goal scorer and all-time youngest Champions League goal scorer. He is already a full international with the Spanish national team – and La Roja’s all-time youngest goalscorer, having scored on his first international start. Despite his age, Fati has already established himself as a first-team regular under new coach Ronald Koeman and looks set to become a future world-class attacking force in LaLiga.

19-year-old right-back Sergiño Dest joined from Ajax this summer in a deal worth up to €26 million, quickly becoming the first USA international to ever play for the club in LaLiga.

Two other young stars, Trincao and Pedri, also arrived at Barça this summer, from Braga and Las Palmas respectively. The former is already a full Portuguese international at the age of just 20 and commanded a €31 million fee in the summer, while Pedri is still just 17 but tipped for a huge future: “Pedri is a blessing for Spanish football,” said former Betis and current Las Palmas coach Pepe Mel this summer.

Real Madrid’s squad also boasts lots of highly exciting young stars. Martin Odegaard is the club’s great creative hope for the future. The 21-year-old Norwegian looks to have begun fulfilling his incredible potential (which prompted Real Madrid to sign him as a 16-year-old

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