Getting one’s face and name up in bright lights has long been one hallmark of a celebrity being as famous and popular as their fans might say he is. And some locations are the prime real estate, as it were, for having billboards of oneself; for example, the world-famous Times Square in New York City. Even Filipino celebrities have managed to get their images there for at least one evening of glory, from singers like Reese Lansangan of indie duo Reese and Vica, Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel De Leon, Kapamilya star James Reid, more recently Kapuso singing-songwriting diva and actress: Julie Anne San Jose.

The Manila Bulletin reports that Julie Ann San Jose just scored herself a billboard appearance in Times Square, NYC this week. The GMA7 singer-actress was chosen to give face to “Equal,” a playlist campaign by Sweden-based audio streaming platform Spotify that espouses women empowerment. The digital billboard, depicting Julie Anne’s face, the Spotify logo and the Equal campaign name, was realized in cooperation between the streaming service and San Jose’s recording label, Universal Records Philippines. On social media, the label was just as happy about Julie Anne’s Times Square debut as the Kapuso star herself.

“We made it to Times Square, New York! Just SURREAL,” wrote Julie Anne on her Instagram page. “Big thank you @spotify. This is a dream come true!” She then went on to thank her fans for their support of her latest single “Free,” of which she included a link to the YouTube video. Said song is also part of the Spotify Equal playlist, which she encouraged her followers to check out for its content of musical selections from many talented women all around the world. Samples of featured artists in the playlist include Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, and David Guetta.

Aside from her songs, Julie Anne San Jose has also had a full acting plate on GMA7. Her rom-com series “Heartful Café,” where she costarred with Ace Licauco, concluded only last month after premiering this past April. She is also working on a streaming series, “STILL,” viewable on VIU Philippines.

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