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Jose Vicente P. Mapa III, who is better known by his screen name Jao Mapa (born 1976), is a popular actor in the Philippines. He is also an accomplished painter known by the name Jao Mapa.
Mapa is best known for his Pepsi-Cola advertisement. He started a modeling career in the late 1990s, and co-hosted television variety shows like Eat Bulaga and ASAP (variety show). He first starred in the movie 'Pare Ko' (1994). In 2000, he decided to take a break from his showbiz career and went back to school to earn his degree in Fine Arts (major in Advertising) at the University of Santo Tomas. Jao is expected to be back on television screen via Sine Novela:Trudis Liit aired on GMA Network. His life story was feature in TV5's Star Confessions, was portrayed by Martin "Mart" Escudero
He graduated at the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Fine arts, majoring in advertising. He is married to Cecille and has three children, namely, Benjamin, Caleb and Amber Marie.
Visitacion Parado, who is better known by her screen name Tetchie Agbayani, is a Filipina movie and television actress, Mutya ng Pilipinas, psychology instructor and Playboy model. She appeared in a regular issue of German Playboy and a special American edition entitled "Women of the World". She is featured daily on the Filipino TV Channel where she stars in soap operas.
Agbayani was born on July 2, 1961 to a Roman Catholic family. She studied high school at the University of Santo Tomas before enrolling in the University's Bachelor of Science in Architecture program in 1979. She eventually dropped from the program due to showbiz commitments.
In the United States, Agbayani was able to pursue acting in Hollywood. She appeared in international productions, sometimes credited as Carol Roberts. Among her films include John Boorman's The Emerald Forest (1985) and an entertaining cameo in The Money Pit (1986). Like other Asian actresses, Tetchie found herself limited by stereotyping, leading her to accept parts in critically reviled productions such as Gymkata (1985). Critics would regard her best performance to be that of a geologist in the Australian film Rikky and Pete (1988),
Diether Ocampo, born in July 19, 1974 in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines is a Filipino actor, singer and model.
Ocampo's elementary education and high school were spent in Bacoor, Cavite and he attended his college education in De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. He has German and Chinese ancestry. He started out as a dancer in a local escort service pub in Quezon City before being discovered by ABS-CBN in the mid-nineties.
Ocampo was Former matinee idol roles in movies and teleseryes was Replaced by: Coco Martin.
He is part of the band Blow, where he is known as “Capt. Mongrel”. In 2001, Diether was executive producer for The Pin-Ups debut album Hello Pain that enabled the band to get signed to a U.S. label, making them the first Philippine-based band to be signed to a U.S. label.
In 2007, Ocampo starred in an anti-zoo ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-Asia Pacific.
Ocampo started with ABS-CBN Network and being manage by Star Magic headed by Mr. Johnny Manahan. He auditioned for ABS-CBN's talent search in 1995. A year and a half later, he became one of the members of Star Circle Batch II. His first movie appearance was in the movie adaptation of teen program Ang
Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, more commonly known as Rachel Grant, (born 1977 on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines) is an actress and model. Besides her acting career, she is a martial arts instructor, specializing in the Filipino martial arts Kali. Grandmaster Dan Inosanto was one of her teachers.
Rachel Grant moved to the United Kingdom when she was a baby. Her British father, a retired doctor, hypnotist and nobleman, is Michael Grant, 12th Baron de Longueuil. As such she is related to British royalty through her grandfather, the late 11th Baron Raymond De Longueuil (second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom) whose mother was the Lady Ernestine Maude Bowes-Lyon. She has one older sister - model Angela Grant (b. 1974) and one younger sister - the actress Rebecca Grant (b. 1981), and a younger half brother - David-Alexander (b. 1984).
She is most famous for her role as Nina, the hostess of horror show Sci-fright, as a supporting Bond girl, Peaceful Fountains of Desire in the 20th Bond film Die Another Day, and as Professor Myang Li in the popular Sky One series Brainiac: Science Abuse.
She was the body double of Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Monica Pauline "Nikki" Gil (born August 23, 1987, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino singer, actress, host, model and a present myx VJ.
Monica Pauline Gil was born in Manila to Dino and Julie Gil. She is of Filipino, Spanish and German descent. Being born to a musically-inclined family, her father a piano player and her mom a church choir member, she was already singing and doing voiceovers for commercials as early as four years old. She graduated from Shekinah Christian Training Center in March 2005 as batch valedictorian. In 2009, she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, majoring in English literature. Her sister is Dani Gil, who also plays the piano and sings.
She was singing in a church when an agent spotted her in 2004. Shortly after came a whirlwind of endorsements as she crooned her way into her first commercial ad for Coca-Cola in 2005.
Gil released her first self-titled album, Nikki Gil, in 2005 under EMI Philippines with “Sakayan ng Jeep” as the carrier single. It was later repackaged in 2006 and released with the addition of a graduation song titled “Glowing Inside”. In July 2006, EMI Philippines and Walt Disney Records introduced her, with other Asian artists
Samuel Lawrence Lopez Concepcion born on October 17, 1992 in Manila, Philippines, is a Filipino singer, dancer, actor, host and model. He emerged as the winner for the Big Division of Little Big Star's Season 1 in April 2006. He is under STAGES and ABS-CBN's Star Magic.
Concepcion was born on October 17, 1992 to Raymund Concepcion and Gene Concepcion. He is the third of four children and siblings to Kuya Red (24), Diko Kevin (23) and as Sangko Sam(18) to their baby sister, Gabby (13).
As early as two years old, Concepcion was already able to carry a tune and dance to simple songs. At five years old, he had his first public performance at a worship cantata. This later landed him the role of the young Jose Rizal in a play entitled, Sino Ka Ba, Jose Rizal. While playing the part, he was discovered by David Cosico, who then encouraged Concepcion to sign up with STAGES and join Trumpets Playshop to further hone his talents and potential. By the time he was nine years of age, Concepcion already had various plays under his name. This included the role of Edmund Pevensie in the local stage adaptation of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Prior to joining Little Big Star, Concepcion had
TJ Trinidad (born Raul Fenstad Trinidad Jr. on January 22, 1976) is a Filipino actor.
Trinidad studied at the Colegio de San Agustin (elementary and high school) and at De La Salle University where he took up Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in Marketing Management.
Trinidad appeared in various TV commercials and his television work has included ABS-CBN's series Gulong ng Palad in GMA’s Zorro (where he played Zorro’s main villain, Captain Ramon Pelaez) and in SRO Cinemaserye: Rowena Joy, Pilyang Kerubin as Abet, and Stairway to Heaven as Tristan and in the horror film Tiyanaks.
He started as a contract artist from ABS-CBN to GMA in 2009.
Tj also known as Luis and the Prologue of the story in The International World-Class Filipino Film "The Road".
John Paulo Quiambao Prats (born February 14, 1984 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino actor, comedian, dance icon, TV host, model and entrepreneur. He started as a child star in year 1992. He is the older brother of actress and former child-star Camille Prats. His father is from Manila while his mom hails from Pampanga.
Prats is a member of ABS-CBN's circle of homegrown talents named Talent Center, now called Star Magic and co-managed by ALV Talent Circuit from year 2005 to present.
In 2008 he renewed a contract with ABS-CBN for three more projects, including his special guest appearance of I Love Betty La Fea.
Christian Joseph Morata Bautista (born October 19, 1981), more popularly known by his screen name Christian Bautista, is a Filipino singer, actor, host, and model. He was a finalist of Star In A Million, a Philippine reality show aired on ABS-CBN channel, winning the 4th place in the competition in 2003. After the contest, he signed a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines and released his self-titled debut album, Christian Bautista. The multi-platinum album established his name as an OPM artist with songs such as "The Way You Look At Me", "Colour Everywhere" and "Hands To Heaven" topping the charts. The singer gained popularity not only in the Philippines but in other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
The singer also collaborated with fellow Filipino singers Nina, Sitti, Rachelle Ann Go, Sarah Geronimo, Sheryn Regis, Erik Santos and Mark Bautista. He regularly appears in ABS-CBN's variety show ASAP Rocks.
Currently, Bautista is busy shooting "The Kitchen Musical" with fellow Stages talent, Karylle, and other Filipino talents in Singapore.
Bautista was born in Manila, Philippines on October 19, 1981. He is the eldest of three
Jolina Magdangal-Escueta (born Maria Jolina Perez Magdangal, November 6, 1978) is a Filipina actress and singer. She is mostly known to be a pop icon. During the 1990s, she was mostly known as a household name of ABS CBN as part of the weekday afternoon children gag variety show Ang TV which was known as a homegrown show with the most talented young actors. She was cast on the '90s Saturday afternoon TV series Gimik with ex-leading man Marvin Agustin from 1997 to 2000. Her last TV series with her home network was Labs Ko Si Babes (1999–2000) a primetime weekday sitcom with Magdangal as the main character.
Her popularity was mostly known for her success in business. In the fashion industry she is known for having her own doll inspired by her in designs; it was known as the "Pinoy Barbie of the '90s" and had rapid sales. She has a mezzo-soprano three octave voice.
In 2002, she was part of GMA-7's Sunday variety show SOP. In 2003, Jolina Magdangal moved to rival station, GMA 7. The network was revamped in 2003 with more primetime TV series; she was part of the primetime soap Narito Ang Puso Ko from 2003 to 2004. She was also part of the weekend afternoon drama Kahit Kailan.
Richard Kristian Rama Gutiérrez, popularly known as Richard Gutiérrez (born January 21, 1984 in Beverly Hills, California), is a television actor and commercial model who works in Filipino productions.
Gutiérrez is the son of Eduardo P. Gutiérrez and Talent Manager, Annabelle Rama and the brother of Ruffa, Raymond (twin) Rocky, Elvis, and Ritchie Paul, he also has half-brothers Tontón & Ramón Christopher who are also actors. He is of Spanish and American descent.
Gutiérrez began acting as a child with his twin brother Raymond. He has worked in many movies with his father and his brothers.
Richard Gutiérrez appeared on the GMA-7 show Click. Gutiérrez starred in the TV fantasy series Mulawin which aired from August 2, 2004 until March 18, 2005, where he played the lead character Aguiluz. The series' led to a feature-length film of the same name (Mulawin: The Movie). Since then, Gutiérrez has played the lead roles in other GMA-7 shows including Sugo, Kamandag, Codename: Asero, Zorro, Lupin, Full House, and Captain Barbell.
In 2012, Gutierrez headlined GMA Network's upcoming Heavy Drama & Action Series entitled Makapiling Kang Muli. He is also headlined for his first documentary for
Adrian Louis Alandy (born February 7, 1980 in Manila, Philippines), better known as Luis Alandy is a Filipino actor and model. Alandy started his career as a model. He first appeared in a print magazine and was soon discovered to do acting. He landed his first acting role in the popular TV series Pangako sa 'yo (2000) as David.
Alandy completed an intensive course in computer at AMA Computer College-East Rizal (Philippines). He then studied psychology at San Sebastian College, but dropped out in his third year to try his luck in show business. "I love the hardships of acting," Luis said when asked what attracted him to becoming an actor.
Luis Alandy started out as a GMA7 Talent but when he realized that his career wasn’t going anywhere, he left his home network and transferred to ABS-CBN. This proved to be a good move on his part because he has since then appeared in several soap operas and started to become a household name and a recognizable matinee idol.
As with most stars, his star shone less brightly with the advent of reality TV searches for new artists. He became less visible in showbiz and that led him to venture into showing a bit more skin. His initial salvo was in
Precious Lara San Agustin Quigaman (January 3, 1983, Taguig, Philippines) is a model, host, freelance web page writer, and former beauty queen who won the 2005 Miss International beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan. She is the fourth Filipina to have won the crown, after Gemma Cruz in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, and Melanie Marquez in 1979. She was also the Binibining Pilipinas International title holder for 2005.
Based in Bristol, United Kingdom, Quigaman is the eldest of four children of Nelson Quigaman of Ligao City in the province of Albay and Princesita San Agustin, a registered nurse. She grew up in Biñan, Laguna,, and eventually Bahrain, where her father worked. After five years, she returned to Biñan and finished high school at La Consolacion College. Before moving to Bahrain she studied for two years at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In England, she attended Filton College, where she studied Media Production and Communication. She also pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood and Youth Studies at Bristol University.
In 2008, Quigaman became Nestle Philippines' Laki sa Gatas advocate for Bear Brand Milk.
Quigaman is engaged to her boyfriend, Marco Alcaraz and set
Jericho Vibar Rosales (Echo), born September 22, 1979 in Quezon City, Philippines is a Filipino cinema and television actor, singer, and songwriter. He is the uncle of young actor John Manalo.
Jericho Rosales attended New Era University for his secondary education and was later discovered on the television program Eat Bulaga.
Jericho Rosales has acted in both television and cinema. His credits include Pangako Sa 'Yo, Trip, Forevermore, Ngayong Nandito Ka, Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas, Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gayuma, and Dahil May Isang Ikaw.
Rustom Padilla (born on May 15, 1965) is a Filipino actor. He/she is the eldest sibling of actors Robin Padilla, Rommel Padilla, and Royette Padilla. Gandanghari, as Padilla, is best remembered as a former action star and matinee idol. Soon after revealing that he (now a "she") was transgendered (male-to-female) and after returning from the United States, Padilla changed his/her name to Bebe Gandanghari, short for "Binibining Gandanghari," as well as his/her physical structure and everything that reminds Filipinos about Rustom Padilla, to complement his/her new identity.
Gandanghari, as Padilla, was previously married to actress Carmina Villaroel and hosted a franchised version of Wheel of Fortune via ABC 5. After his hosting stint, Rustom left the Philippines and studied filmmaking in the US.
He was one of the 14 housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. On March 2, 2006 he came out of the closet on the show by revealing to fellow housemate Keanna Reeves that he is gay/transgender. On day 45 of the competition, Rustom opted to voluntarily leave the house.
She (after coming out) recently appeared in the film version of the comic book Zsazsa Zaturnnah as the gay salon
Abelardo Dennis Florencio Trillo Ho (born on May 12, 1981 in Quezon City, Philippines), more widely known as Dennis Trillo, is a Filipino award-winning actor, singer and fashion model. His film debut was in Aishite Imasu (Mahal Kita) 1941. He is currently an artist of GMA Network. In 2006, he won three Best Actor trophies.
His career in entertainment started in 2000 at ABS-CBN, when he was introduced in the 10th batch of ABS-CBN's Star Circle (now known as Star Magic). He was seen in the television soap opera Pangako Sayo & Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan where he played the confidante of one of the lead stars.
He used to be in a rock band called Moyg.
He transferred to GMA Network wherein he became one of its contract stars. He was cast in several television outings like Kahit Kailan, Twin Hearts and Love to Love.
In 2004, he became one of the lead stars in the telefantasya (fantasy-themed TV series) Mulawin. He made his film debut in Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita, where he portrayed a cross-dressing spy for the Hukbalahap during the advent of the Japanese invasion in World War II. For Aishite Imasu, he received several awards and citations including Best Supporting Actor from the 30th
Francine Prieto (born Anna Marie Falcon September 17, 1981) is a Filipino of Norwegian descent, former award-winning child star, fashion model, endorser and actress.
Prieto studied B.S. Psychology at Adamson University but was unable to finish her degree when she joined show business.
Prieto began her career in the entertainment industry as a member of That's Entertainment. In her teen years, she showed the makings of a high-profile model that got her into the modeling industry. At 13, she was fielded in the 'Elite Model Search' (formerly Look of the Year) and she emerged as one of the finalists. Top model Linda Evangelista flew into Manila to judge the search. At such young age, she was expected to become one of the strongest models in the country standing shoulder to shoulder with professional models like Victoria Fidler, Karen Timbol, Phoemala Baranda, Pia Serrano and eventual winner Roleen Caralde.
Prieto, then known as Anna Marie Falcon burned the ramps and photo shoots with her stunning Eurasian features towering at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) in her teen years. As a professional model, she joined Bodyshots competition and landed as 1st Runner-Up. It opened more doors for her
Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao (born March 9, 1988 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Filipina cosplayer model, artist and widely known cosplayer. Her remarkable achievements in the cosplay community led numerous companies in the Philippines to hire her as a celebrity endorser. She is one of the Ambassador and VJ For Animax-Asia known as the "Ani-mates", and the co-host of ABS-CBN's prank show called Laugh Out Loud. She also has been featured in various magazines, newspaper and TV shows locally and abroad. Gosiengfiao also appeared on the Philippine FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #87 in 2009 and #76 in 2010. She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines. In addition to her cosplay activities, for which she is most known, Gosiengfiao is also a blogger, performer, pianist, figure collector and BJD enthusiast. Alodia Gosiengfiao lives in Quezon City and is fond of art, fashion, video games, photography, collecting toys and figures, gadgets...
Anna Bayle (born 1956) is a Filipino ex-model who achieved success in the late 1970s and 1980s. She became one of the highest paid models of her time.
Bayle worked for numerous New York designers and became a design consultant to some established fashion houses. She did national and international campaigns for fashion houses and major department stores, as well as calendars for Elite Modeling Agency and Shiseido Cosmetics. She was featured in numerous fashion books, such as Thierry Mugler, Chanel, Scaasi, Valentino, Versace, YSL, Dior, Fashion Illustrations by Antonio, etc. Bayle was photographed by fashion photographers including Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Sante D' Orazio, Peter Beard, David Seidner, Oliviero Toscani, Arthur Elgort, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Victor Skrebneski, Alex Chatelain and Paolo Roversi.
Bayle decided to retire in 1994.
Lucy Torres-Gomez, née, Marie (born December 11, 1974) is a Filipina congresswoman, actress, and television host.
Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez was born on December 11, 1974, in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. Her family owned several hectares of land. Torres is of German, Spanish, Chinese, and native Malay descent. Torres attended elementary and high school at St. Peter's College and college at University of the Philippines, Cebu.
In 1993, Torres was introduced as the new model for Lux shampoo together with future husband, actor Richard Gomez.
Gomez and Torres were married at St. Peter and Paul Parish Church in Ormoc in 1998. Large TV screens were installed in the plaza, and the entire ceremony and reception was televised. They also held three pre-wedding receptions to accommodate their family, other relatives and friends.
Lucy Torres-Gomez was cast in the television series 'Richard Loves Lucy' with husband Richard Gomez, Gloria Romero, and Jolina Magdangal. She has also hosted All About You, Shall We Dance?, and The Sweet Life. Torres is also presently a Bench endorser, and one of the celebrity designers for Kashieca.
Torres-Gomez was elected representative of the 4th District of Leyte
Richard Gomez (born on April 7, 1966 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino actor, comedian, model, athlete, television presenter, and director. He is one of the famous actors in Philippine Cinema. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is one of ABS-CBN's contract actors
Gomez was raised by his grandmother. Before his entry in show business, he worked in at McDonalds. His dream came true when his modelling career began. After modelling, he pursued an acting career. His mother is the screen siren of 60s Philippine cinema, Stella Suarez. His cousin is Stella Suarez, Jr. aka Pinky Suarez, who was adopted by his parents and raised as his sibling. His father has Spanish-Mexican blood.
He excels in sports like fencing and basketball. His movie career started when he was cast as the love interest of Maricel Soriano in the 1984 movie Inday Bote. His relationship with Sharon Cuneta was highly publicised during that time as well as with his former girlfriend Dawn Zulueta. He also had a relationship with Patricia Borromeo, a model, but his girlfriend died in 2002 due to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 1998, he married Lucy Torres with whom he has a child. In 2002, GOMA
Valerie Concepcion (born Valerie Noroña Galang on December 21, 1987, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina actress, host and celebrity endorser. A former GMA-7 talent, she is known of her role as Nora Ferrer in the soap opera Sinasamba Kita but later transferred to its rival network ABS-CBN. She then became a host in Wowowee and Pilipinas Win na Win as well as the first incarnation of Banana Split in 2008
Valerie Concepcion was born on December 21, 1987, in Tondo Manila, Philippines.
Valerie entered business, she has a franchise of Posh Nails in VENICE PIAZZA Mckinley Hill The Fort, a water refilling station (AQUAQUEST) and a laundry business (LAUNDRYQUEST).
Kristoffer Lou Ryan Agoncillo (born April 10, 1979), popularly known as Ryan Agoncillo, is a Filipino Film and Television actor, model, singer, photographer, and TV host.
Agoncillo was born on April 10, 1979. Growing up in an upper middle-class family, he attended private schools from elementary to college. He graduated from De La Salle University-Manila with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Organizational Communication.
Agoncillo started modeling at the age of fifteen (15). He has appeared in various television commercials for a variety of products such as Greenwich Pizza (together with Donita Rose), Sprite, Smart Telecommunication, Emperador Brandy and Swish mouthwash.
Agoncillo became one of the original hosts of Mornings at GMA, an early morning variety program of GMA Network. He also hosted Campus Video, a short-lived program shown every Saturday mornings at GMA Network.
He moved to ABS-CBN, and became a co-host in Talk TV, a late morning talk show co-hosted by broadcasters Julius Babao and Christine Bersola-Babao, and actress Janette McBride. Agoncillo was briefly paired with co-host Janet McBride. Rumors spread that the two were exclusively dating for a period of time.
Jessy Mendiola (born Jessica Mendiola Tawile; December 3, 1992), is a Filipino actress.
Mendiola was born in the United Arab Emirates where her father used to work. She is the second of three siblings, her mother is Filipina while her father is British-Lebanese. She was three years old when her mother moved and brought her and her elder sister, Pamela to the Philippines. Her mother left her father due to undisclosed reasons. Her younger sister, Megan was born in the Philippines when her parents reconciled. Her parents eventually separated for the second and last time. She remains in contact with her father, who now works overseas. Mendiola studied elementary and high school along with her elder sister in Our Lady of Mercy School in Quezon City.
Jessy Mendiola was one of the 18 new talents launched by ABS-CBN under Star Magic Batch 15. She, along with Megan Young, Alfonso Martinez, Carlo Guevarra and her Star Magic batchmates, joined the cast of Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv when it was revamped to Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2 in 2007. She had a minor role in Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?.
In 2008, she was cast as Chappy Girl in the TV series Volta, which was adapted from the
Joseph Marco (born on October 4, 1988 in the province of Rizal, Philippines) is a Filipino actor and commercial model who played the role of Santi Domingo in the GMA Network Philippine drama series La Vendetta. Before this, he used to appear on several commercials like E-Aji Dip Snax, Downy and on Head & Shoulders. On September 15, 2007, he was launched as part of the 15 new discoveries of GMA Artist Center and was one of the first few who was quickly given a project via La Vendetta.
Joseph Marco was born on October 4, 1988 in Quezon City, in the Philippines. He has German, Italian and Spanish blood through his father's side. He is the fourth of the eight children of his parents, having an elder sister who resides in California, USA, two elder brothers and four younger sisters.
Marco graduated high school in Faith Christian School in Cainta, Rizal on 2005 and did not further study in college after he was discovered by his manager in Eastwood. He said, "Nagulat nga po ako na first VTR ko, nakapasa agad ako." (I was surprised that I got approved on my first VTR.) during the initial presscon of La Vendetta.
After his first commercial came more TV commercials with products such as
Kristine Ann Tan Bernal, better known by her screen name Kris Bernal (born on May 17, 1989 in Quezon City, Philippines), is a Filipina actress who became known as one of the finalists of StarStruck. She currently playing the role of Lira in Hiram Na Puso on GMA's Dramarama sa Hapon. Her real twitter account is "www.twitter.com/soKRISme".
Judy Anne Lumagui Santos-Agoncillo (born May 11, 1978 in Manila, Philippines), popularly known as Judy Ann Santos or Juday/Judai, is an award-winning Filipina film and television actress, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer. She is dubbed as Young Superstar and Queen of Philippine Soap Opera and Teleserye.
She began working as a child actress and has appeared in more than 60 movies, winning 13 Best Actress awards to date in the Drama, Fantasy, Horror, and Comedy genres. She has also acted in numerous television series including Mara Clara and Basta't Kasama Kita.
Santos was discovered at the age of eight, when she passed the audition for Regal Films' Kaming Mga Ulila, a project that became a TV series instead for GMA. Santos's first title role is on IBC-13's Ula, Ang Batang Gubat before forging a long-running television career with ABS-CBN. To date, she has starred in one episodic youth-oriented show (Gimik), two anthologies (Star Drama Theatre Presents, Judy Ann Drama Special), five TV specials (from 2002's A Birthday Wish to 2009's Kuwento Nating Dalawa), ten television series (from Kaming Mga Ulila to Habang May Buhay), one sitcom, George and Cecil, and one
Piolo José Norkis Pascual (born January 12, 1977, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino film and television actor, musician, model, and producer.
In 2003, Pascual played the role of Jules in Dekada '70. He collected eight awards in the Best Supporting Actor category. Dekada '70 was the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Film Language category in the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. In addition, Dekada '70 was exhibited in the New Cinema of the World section of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2005.
Pascual is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic. He celebrated his 10th year anniversary in 2007 with a coffee table book (Piolo: Believing), a fifth solo album (Timeless), and a solo concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
Pascual turned producer with Manila, an independent twinbill film. After its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009, Manila had its official Philippines premiere on cinemas in July 2009 as the opening film of the 5th Cinemalaya Film Festival.
He has a son Iñigo Lazaro who was born in 1997. He currently lives in California with his mother. Pascual says that he also works in the Philippines to support his son.
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Aljur Abrenica (born March 24, 1990 in Angeles City, Pampanga) is a Filipino actor. He appeared on the fourth season of StarStruck.
Born Aljur Guiang Abrenica, he was raised in Angeles City, Pampanga and attended Don Bosco Academy in high school. In 2006, he joined reality-based talent search show, StarStruck, and won the "Ultimate Hunk" title. As of September 1, 2007, Abrenica signed a contract for Regal Films. Abrenica played Cervano/Zaido in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan. He has also appeared in Dyesebel and Boys Nxt Door, Luna Mystica and SOP Rules. He is also named Yes Magazine's Next Big Male Star.
Abrenica played Miguelito "Lito" Sanchez in the afternoon drama, Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?. He also starred in the film Nandito Ako...Nagmamahal Sa'Yo, a film produced by Regal Films.
He appeared in All My Life in 2009 and in the television series The Last Prince in January 2010, which was followed by Ilumina in October 2010, Machete & Amaya in 2011.
Abrenica joined in a GMA Christmas Reality show, Puso Ng Pasko: Artista Challenge in December 2010 and stars in the GMA horror comedy anthology, Spooky Nights Presents: The Ringtone which premiered April 2011, And Spooky Valentine Presents:
Ara Marie Cristine Reyes (born on February 5, 1989 in Marikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines), better known as Cristine Reyes, is a Filipina Actress. She became a contestant of GMA-7's reality TV program, StarStruck. She is presently managed by Viva Artists Agency and a contract artist of ABS-CBN. Reyes has since taken part in different ABS-CBN shows, including Kahit Isang Saglit and the eponymous title role in Eva Fonda.
Derek Arthur Ramsay is a Filipino-British model, actor, host, and former VJ in the Philippines.
He is best known Ysabella, Habang May Buhay, and Magkaribal. He also appeared in commercially successful films; I Love You, Goodbye, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin and No Other Woman.
In 2012, he signed and transferred to TV 5. His first show on TV 5 will be The Amazing Race Philippines.
He was born in England to a Filipino-English artist; his family emigrated to the Philippines whilst he was young. He didn’t return to England until he was 18, when he took up electrical engineering during college in Boston and England.
His British father was a detective inspector in the Metropolitan Police in London and met Derek's mother while she was working in the Cadogan Hotel in England as the head of the Housekeeping Department. They settled in the Philippines and set up a successful security firm. His father is prominent in the British business community in Manila and was a former president of the Manila Club.
He started his show business career as one of the hosts of the Saturday entertainment magazine talk show Entertainment Konek. A former VJ of MTV Philippines, he also hosted a celebrity
Aubrey Miles (born Aubrey Sandel on January 21, 1978) is a Filipina television host, singer and actress.
Miles was born in Caloocan, Philippines, to Victorino Sandel and Maria Perla Santos. At 16, Miles, the third among four children, was already appearing in GMA sitcoms like Beh Bote Nga and German Moreno's Best Friends. In between showbiz assignments, she would join beauty contests such as Miss Ever Gotesco, Miss Caloocan, Miss Lions Club, plus Miss Global Philippines – in which her sister ended up being the first runner-up and she won fourth runner-up. Although she never won a title she achieved runner-up positions, which provided a steady income. She finished her secondary education at saint joseph school gagalangin.Miles has a child from a previous relationship from Andrew "Boy" Gonzaga, residing in City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. They were in a relationship for 2 years
While a sophomore at University of Santo Tomas' Conservatory of Music, where she was studying for a major in voice and minor in piano, film producer Dondon Monteverde signed her up to an eight-film, two-year contract with Regal Films.
Her debut role was a provincial prostitute in the movie Prosti
Karla Ysabel Marquez Santos (born December 21, 1986), known as Karel Marquez is a Filipino actress, model, singer, and TV host who currently signed under GMA Network. Before joining Kapuso Network, she was part of ABS-CBN Talent Management & Development Center (known as Star Magic). She is a Star Magic Batch 10 alumni.
Marquez started as VJ in Myx, a subsidiary of ABS CBN, in 2003. She was transferred to ABS CBN's rival network, GMA Network, despite being a VJ in Myx as of 2007. She was a member of the cast of GMA's afternoon TV drama Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso?, where she starred opposite Yasmien Kurdi, JC de Vera, and Chynna Ortaleza among others. She is also a mainstay in GMA's Sunday variety program SOP Rules, where she sings with Kyla, Karylle, Jennylyn Mercado, and Yasmien Kurdi. She also presently hosts a segment of GMA's gag show Bitoy's Funniest Videos entitled "Just 4 Kikays". She has a role in an upcoming GMA primetime, Zaido, as Lyka. She has been one half of the covergirls in the November 2006 edition of FHM Philippines, along with Amanda Griffin. Karel, along with Drew Arellano, is also a co-host in Coca Cola: Ride To Fame, a reality talent show after SOP Rules. She has
Oyo Boy Sotto (born s Vittorio Mari Sotto on January 12, 1984 in Manila) is a Filipino actor also known as "Oyo Boy" or "Oyo Sotto". He is the son of comedian Vic Sotto and actress Dina Bonnevie, nephew Senator Tito Sotto, and younger brother of actress Danica Sotto. He has Swiss, Italian and French ancestry on his mother's side and Spanish ancestry on his father's side.
On January 12, 2011, he married actress Kristine Hermosa. They are blessed with two kids. One is given by God, Kristian Daniel or Kiel, born August 16, 2008 and their biological daughter, Ondrea Bliss, born December 26, 2011.
Antonello Joseph "AJ" Sarte Perez (February 17, 1993 – April 17, 2011) was a Filipino actor. He was a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic in Batch 13. He portrayed one of the lead characters in the 2009 miniseries Your Song Presents: Underage. In 2010, he played his first main role on primetime in the television series, Sabel. He died at the age of 18, in a vehicular accident in Paniqui, Tarlac midnight of April 17, 2011.
Perez was born on February 17, 1993 to a Bicolana mother, Maria Victoria "Marivic" (née Sarte) and Bacolodnon father, Gerardo "Gerry" Perez. He has a younger brother, Angello (nicknamed Gello) who is five years his junior. He was nephew of Albay Governor Joey Salceda. He dated Maria Cristina Stephanie "Steph" Ayson, from February 14, 2010 until his death. He attended high school at La Salle Greenhills in Greenhills, Mandaluyong City, and graduated on March 20, 2011. He planned to take up Marketing at the De La Salle University because he wanted to help run the family business.
Perez was discovered by ABS-CBN in a TV commercial for Milo. He attended self-enhancement workshops with ABS-CBN Talent Center and was one of the new talents launched by Star Magic on its 13th
Chuck Allie (born at June 2, 1988 in Making, Parang, Maguindanao) is a Filipino actor. He became famous after joining StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion where he finished as the last Avenger. He was first paired with Iwa Moto before with Jana Roxas.
StarStruck Season 3: The Nationwide Invasion started December 2005 and ended on March 12, 2006. From millions of hopefuls from different provinces all over the Philippines, only 14 will have the chance to survive. If in the first two seasons, StarStruck is shown only weekdays having Friday as Elimination Night, this season Mondays to Fridays was tests and Sundays was the elimination night. The show held its Final Judgment on March 12, 2006. This time, from the two Ultimate Survivors, a Sole Survivor was picked who won more than 10 million pesos worth of prizes, consisting of an exclusive GMA talent management contract, a new house and lot, a large cash prize and a livelihood showcase. This season was hosted by Dingdong Dantes, Jolina Magdangal and Raymond Gutierrez, and members of The Council were Joey de Leon, Lorna Tolentino and Louie Ignacio. Chuck reached the 5th spot and lost the title to Marky Cielo. Cielo was proclaimed as the
Katherine Anne Brown Alano (born July 9, 1985), called as Kat Alano, is an Anglo-Filipino model, actress and television presenter/VJ in the Philippines.
Kat Alano was born to an English mother and a Filipino father. She was educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk, England, and at the German Swiss International School, Hong Kong. She lived in Birmingham, England, then later moved to Hong Kong.
Before becoming famous, Kat Alano performed in theater in England, including William Shakespeare plays and West Side Story.
When she came to the Philippines, she started her modeling career in Bayo ads and then in the Metro Body Calendar. She competed in the Miss Batangas competition in 2004 and won the title. Also that year, she won the Studio 23 VJ Hunt along with Beau Canlas, Ayanna Oliva and Juddha Paolo, which was her major break. After that stint, she became one of the first official co-hosts of the Philippine Daytime Top Tenner Wowowee, along with Iya Villania, Janelle Jamer, and later Cheena. With that opportunity, another door opened for her when she became a part of Studio 23's show E-Club.
After winning the MTV VJ Hunt in 2007, she was a VJ for MTV Philippines' as well as being the
Mark Anthony Lacsamana Fernandez (born January 16, 1979) is a Filipino actor. He is the son of Rudy Fernandez and Alma Moreno.
He first rose to prominence when he was once a former member of one of the famous showbiz teen group, "Gwapings" alongside Jomari Yllana, Eric Fructuoso and later with Jao Mapa.
His breakout roles in the movies includes Pare Ko, Mangarap Ka and Matimbang Pa sa Dugo which featured him as a lead star. In 1996, he received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for the 3 aforementioned movies he did. However, the year 1998 started a downward spiral in Fernandez's career and personal life following an assault case that was filed against him by an American socialite and the break-up with his then-girlfriend Claudine Barretto. His home studio Regal Films attempted to launch him as an action star in the movies Sonny Segovia: Lumakad Ka Sa Apoy and Walang Katumbas Ang Dugo but both movies flopped at the box-office.
After a two-year hiatus from a drug rehabilitation which follows his acquittal in the assault case, Fernandez returned in the movie scene via Biyaheng Langit and Dos Ekis opposite sexy actresses Joyce Jimenez and Rica Peralejo, respectively. He
Dino Imperial (born (Dino Ricardo Kilates on April 9, 1988) is a Filipino actor and commercial model. He is a member of ABS CBN's circle of homegrown talents named Star Magic, ABS-CBN's Talent Management & Development Center and stars in Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv.
In 2010, Imperial left Star Magic and joined Viva Artists Agency. Enrique Gil took over his spot in Star Magic's Gigger Boys segment in ASAP XV.
Ernest Lorenzo Velasquez Dee, known as Enchong Dee is a Filipino actor, model, and swimmer. Dee is currently part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic group of contract artists. He played John Joseph "Jojo" Wenceslao in the 2009 TV series Katorse. He also plays the role of "Luis" in Maria Del Barrio.
He is the younger brother of actor and model, AJ Dee.
Enchong Dee was born in Naga City, Camarines Sur. He has two brothers, Angel James Dee, who is also an actor, while his other brother, Ice Dee, is a student in De La Salle University Manila- College of St. Benilde. He also has a younger sister.
Graduated from Naga Hope Christian School. He further pursued his swimming career at De La Salle University in Manila. Dee was part of the Philippine national swimming team and has participated in the SEA Games and 2006 Asian Games.
Dee's first TV appearance in television came in 2006 when he appeared in a Philippine talk show Home Boy as one of the guests. He caught the eye of a modeling agency and advertisers and soon he appeared in several advertising campaigns including Close Up, Bench, KFC and Timex. Dee’s landed several acting roles beginning in 2007 which have included Abt Ur Luv, Sineserye,
Kim Chiu (born Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu on April 19, 1990 in Tacloban/ Chinese name: Zhang Jinzhu, Chinese characters (traditional): 張金珠), is a Filipino-Chinese actress. She lived in Cebu City before she went to Manila for Pinoy Big Brother. Chiu was the first winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition and is currently part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic contract artists. She is also a recording artist, having launched her only album entitled 'Gwa Ai Di'.
Kim Chiu launched her career by winning the reality TV series Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition. Chiu and the rest of the housemates entered the Big Brother house on April 23, 2006. After 42 days in the Big Brother house, she was named the Teen Big Winner with 626,562 votes (41.4% of the total votes) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City. She was the only housemate who was never nominated for eviction.
In the six months following after her winning, Chiu together with on-screen partner, Gerald Anderson, appeared together in several ABS-CBN network shows, and appeared in the film, First Day High. Chiu and Anderson also appeared in Love Spell and Aalog-Alog.
In 2007, Kim Chiu and Anderson starred in the movie I've Fallen
María Isabel Preysler Arrastía, better known as Isabel Preysler, (born February 18, 1951) is a Spanish journalist, socialite, and television host.
Preysler was born in Manila, Philippines, the third of six children to a wealthy family. She attended a private Roman Catholic school; Her father, Carlos Preysler y Pérez de Tagle, was the executive director of Philippine Airlines and on the Board of Directors for El Banco Español de Manila (Spanish Bank of Manila), while her mother, María Beatriz Arrastia y Reynares, was the owner of a real estate company in Manila.
The Perez de Tagle family produced abacá and copra ( coconuts ). Abacá was the main ingredient in ropes and other products prior to the invention of nylon.
The Arrastía family is from the province of Pampanga. Their old town was Lubao, site of the ancient San Nicolas Tolentino Cathedral. The Arrastías used to own one of the largest haciendas there, most of which were utilized to plant rice and sugarcane.
During her youth, Preysler was a model who participated in beauty pageants and charity events for the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts in Manila and went on to win titles in several events. At the age of 16, she migrated to
Maria Cielito Lukban Fernandez (born December 12, 1966 in Quezon City, Philippines), also known as Pops Fernandez, is a Filipino singer and actress. She is dubbed the "Concert Queen."
Fernandez began her music career at age 16 when she signed a contract with OctoArts Records in 1981. In 1982, Fernandez released her first album and co-hosted the Philippine television series Penthouse Live! with Martin Nievera. She became a popular celebrity in the Philippines. She has appeared on the covers of several Philippine magazines.
In 1996, Fernandez joined the cast of another television program ASAP together with her former husband Martin Nievera, along with Dayanara Torres and Ariel Rivera.
Fernandez was awarded the Best Female Musical Variety Show Host at the Philippine KBP Golden Dove Awards in 1999. She has also toured the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, and Italy promoting her music to Philippine audiences. She also released her album Shindig Live in 2001.
She recorded a series of songs that reached the top of the Philippine charts and attracted a sell-out crowd in venues such as the Araneta Coliseum and the Rizal Football Stadium, as well as the General Motors Palace in
Enrico Raphael Quiogue Nacino, better known by his screen name Rocco Nacino (born on March 21, 1987 in Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines), is a Filipino actor and registered nurse who rose to fame and gained media attention for joining on the fifth season of StarStruck, a Philippine reality show broadcast on GMA Network. He was the Second Prince of StarStruck.
Nacino graduated from the Mapua Institute of Technology Makati and passed the Nursing Board Exam making him a registered nurse on June 6 and 7, 2009 in Manila. He is a freelance model and did local commercials. He studied in Makati Hope Christian School for his secondary education and in Mapua Institute of Technology for his tertiary. His sports are jujitsu and basketball. His biggest break on television is when he bagged the role he auditioned on Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, opposite Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo.
In 2011,He recently success for his TV career Maestra (first primetime drama series produced by TAPE),PLUMA(he rolled as Jose Rizal for his first lead role),Mistaked Identity (first morning drama series under GMA ETV group) and Time of my Life (his first weekday-primetime drama series, and it's called as
Celestine Cruz Gonzaga (born January 20, 1984), better known as Toni Gonzaga, is a Filipino singer, television host and actress. She started her career with GMA Network, then later moved to ABS-CBN Network. She hosts the entertainment talk show The Buzz, and the reality show Pinoy Big Brother. She's also a co-host and a performer in the musical variety show ASAP.
Toni Gonzaga is a resident of Taytay, Rizal and the eldest daughter of Carlito and Crisanta Gonzaga, who also acts as her talent manager. Her sister is Catherine Gonzaga, also known as Alex Gonzaga whose also an actress and television host in TV 5. In Taytay, she was an elected barangay kagawad for one term and a Sunday school teacher in her evangelical church. She studied Mass Communication at the Dominican College in San Juan, Rizal for two years. Later, she transferred to the Asian Institute for Distance Education (AIDE) and shifted her course to AB English.
Toni Gonzaga started in local entertainment at the age of 13. It was on 1997 where she joined a singing competition called "Tanghalan Ng Kampeon" aired on GMA Network hosted by Pilita Corales and Bert "Tawa" Marcelo. The singing competition television show also
Brent Chua (born May 21, 1985) is a Chinese Filipino model. The Philippine Daily Inquirer has referred to him as an Asian male supermodel.
He is the youngest among 5 brothers.
After walking the runways of the Asian region and Europe, including Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, where he won the "Male Model of the Year" category at the Singapore Fashion Awards 2004, he headed to New York City. Currently represented by Ford Models, he has appeared in campaigns such as Benetton, Bang and Olufsen, TIGI Bedhead, Motorola, and Macy's, and has walked the catwalks of Versace, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Gucci, and Boss.
He has been photographed by Vogue icon Steven Meisel.
Gerald Anderson (born March 7, 1989, in Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippines) is a Filipino American actor who was a former housemate on the first season edition of the Philippine reality television show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition. He rose to fame through the Filipino teleseryes Sana Maulit Muli, My Girl, Tayong Dalawa, Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo, and Wansapanataym: Rod Santiago's: Buhawi Jack. He currently stars in the ABS-CBN series Budoy.
He is currently under contract to Star Magic, ABS-CBN's home based talent agency.
Gerald Randolph Opsima Anderson, Jr. was born to Gerald Randy Anderson, Sr., a Caucasian American instructor in the Philippine Navy who travels back and forth between the United States and Zambales, and Evangeline Opsima, a FilipinaBusinesswoman from General Santos City, South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. When he was three years old, he and his family moved to San Antonio, Texas. He has 2 older sisters and one younger brother.
At age 14, Anderson and his family returned to General Santos City. Anderson is multilingual, demonstrating oral fluency in both English and Tagalog through his work; he also has some proficiency in Cebuano. Anderson has revealed in 2010
John Lloyd Espidol Cruz (born June 24, 1983) is Filipino actor, model, and occasionally TV host. His career started with appearances in numerous teen-oriented movies and TV shows. He is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic, where he is an alumni of Batch 5.
He starred in the teen drama Tabing Ilog along with Kaye Abad. He is best known for his work on soap operas such as It Might Be You, Maging Sino Ka Man, I ♥ Betty La Fea, and Imortal
Throughout his career, he has collaborated with fellow actors, including Kaye Abad, Bea Alonzo, and Sarah Geronimo. In mid-2009, he shifted from his regular series of roles for a more controversial role in the film In My Life where he played gay.
Cruz finished his elementary education at Marikina Catholic School. He attended his secondary education until third year at ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center.
He used to reside in Santolan, Pasig. He is currently residing in Antipolo.
John Lloyd Espidol Cruz was born on June 24, 1983 to Luisito Llora and Aida Espidol Cruz. He is the youngest in the family. His family and some very close friends called him by his nickname "Idan". He was discovered by a talent scout in a mall while he was hanging out with his
Paolo Ballesteros (born Paolo Elito M. Ballesteros IV on November 29, 1982 in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines) is a Filipino actor, TV host and model. He has appeared in films and several TV shows. Currently, he is managed by talent manager Joji Dingcong who also handled actors Piolo Pascual and Cogie Domingo for a time.
Unknown to many people, Paolo is a descendant (great-grandson) of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo and lists actress Eula Valdez as his aunt.
He also has a daughter named Keira Claire to his former girlfriend Kaye.
In 2001, Paolo joined the noontime show "Eat Bulaga" as segment host for the campus pageant "U-Bet", with fellow newcomers Phoemela Barranda and Derek Ramsay. After "U-Bet" ended its run, he was immediately elevated to regular host status. His daily exposure in the show and immense rapport with the veteran "Bulaga" hosts won him a wide fan base.
In 2002, he was nominated for Best New Male Personality at the Star Awards for Television. He won the award, besting fellow nominees Dennis Trillo and Railey Valeroso. He also started appearing in other TV shows like "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" and "Kahit Kailan" of GMA-7. However, he was best known for
Paul Patrick Rodil Gruenberg or simply called Polo Ravales, born June 27, 1982 in Manila, Philippines, is a Filipino actor and model with German descent.
Ravales' first TV appearance came in 1995 as one of second batch members in the Philippine teen show TGIS. He is a former VIVA contract star along with fellow GMA stars Sunshine Dizon, Dingdong Dantes and among others. A year later, he got a small role in the drama series "Anna Karenina" as Vincent. Then followed by a few more soap series, "Click", "Ang Iibigin ay Ikaw", and "Hanggang Kailan."
In 2005, Ravales landed his first big role in the hit telefantasya series Encantadia as Hitano, which followed by another successful telefantasya series Majika. He played a brave warrior and then a scheming lover, ably displaying manliness and machismo that heated the television screens.
Ravales has also starred in a number of successful movies in the Philippines, including Room Boy, Blue Moon, and most recently, Super Noypi, about six childhood friends discover that their parents are the legendary Super Noypi-the most powerful superheroes in the land.
Aside from his acting career, Ravales is also a model. He's done print ad campaigns and TV
Joanna Bacalso (born August 10) in Cebu City) is a Filipino - Canadian television and movie actress and former model.
Bacalso was born in Cebu, Philippines and moved to Toronto, Canada with her two younger brothers when she was eight years old.
Represented by Ford Models, her modeling work included both print and runway for clients including Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic. Bacalso transitioned from a modeling career into film and television.
Her television credits include guest-starring appearances on the series The Jamie Foxx Show, La Femme Nikita, Veronica's Closet, and Wish You Were Here. Bacalso played a recurring role on the CBS series The District and a multiple-episode supporting role on the series Ally McBeal.
Bacalso made her feature film debut in the Orion Pictures comedy Car 54, Where Are You? featuring Rosie O'Donnell and Fran Drescher. Bacalso appeared in the feature films Bedazzled and Dude, Where's My Car?. She is most well known for her role as Barb in Disney's Snow Dogs featuring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Coburn. She also played in the movie Half Baked.
Bruce Angelo Quebral (born December 29, 1981 in Pasig City) is a Filipino actor, commercial model, former reality show contestant who joined Pinoy Big Brother (season 2), and former varsity basketball player from Cainta, Rizal. Modeling under Mercator models, he previously played for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the UAAP and the Granny Goose Tortillos in the Philippine Basketball League before suffering an injury which put him out of the court. He also represented Philippines in Manhunt International 2002 competition. Being the oldest of the offspring, he also stands as breadwinner for his family after his father died of thyroid cancer. He was the housemate sent to the Slovenian Big Brother House in exchange for Tina Semolic, the Slovenian housemate who stayed in the House for five days. His stint in the House was best known for his romance with Wendy Valdez, a fellow Mercator model. Quebral was evicted on Day 122.
Charo Ronquillo (born 1988 in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines) is a Filipino fashion model. She was described by Bill Ford as, "that unique look from the Philippines".
Ronquillo was discovered playing basketball at an arcade at a mall in the Philippines by a local designer. Before entering high school she ticked off, “short hair, ugly teeth, tomboyish and always picking a fight,” as her main traits. Only when she started paying attention to her looks did modeling become an interest.
At 17 years old, Ronquillo joined and won the Ford Supermodel of the World Philippines 2005 Search. She went on to represent the Philippines at the Supermodel World Finals 2006 in New York City and placed 3rd with a $100,000 contract with Ford Models.
Since her win, Ronquillo appeared on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, modeling for labels and designers including Lacoste, Lela Rose, Nanette Lapore, Zero Maria Cornejo, Tory Burch, Antonio Berardi, Kenneth Cole, Mac Cosmetics Barbie Collection, Zaldy by Gwen Stefani, BCBG, Sisley and Benetton New York fashion Week F/W 2009-2010 for Elie Tahari and Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture FW 2011-2012 for Julien Fournié and Eric Tibusch. She was one of Chloe
Maria Carmina Muñiz Villaroel, also known as Carmina Villaroel (born in Laguna, Philippines) is a Filipino actress, television host, and model.
Villaroel was signed with Regal Entertainment in early 1980s and she had several movies with the Philippine film production company. In mid-1990s, she moved to Viva Films.
She hosted Morning Girls on ABS-CBN Network. She joined the GMA Network as the regular host of SiS in 2005.
Villaroel co hosts Love Ni Mister, Love Ni Misis on GMA 7 with Zoren Legaspi, her partner of 7 years with whom she has twins.
Villaroel had previously married Rustom Padilla in 1994 but filed for annulment which was granted in June 2002.
In 2012, Villaroel transferred back at ABS-CBN. She will also be doing a talk show again with Janice de Belen.
Carmina Villaroel was last seen on ABS-CBN on her two Top-Rating programs Morning Girls and the 2001-2003 Afternoon Soap, Recuerdo De Amor,
She came back in January 2012, to star with Recuerdo De Amor cast mate Diether Ocampo in the new Fantasy Series "Lorenzo's Time" she hosts a Saturday Entertainment News Program Showbiz Inside Report with fellow TV-Host Janice de Belen from GMA-7's Now defunct Morning Lifestyle Magazine
Arthur Gonzales Solinap, known as Arthur Solinap, (born in Manila on January 19, 1980) is a Filipino actor and model.
Solinap's career began as a member of Abztract Dancers together with his cousin Dingdong Dantes. He made his first TV appearance in 2005 portraying Muros in Encantadia. Solinap and Dantes work together in GMA primetime shows like MariMar, Atlantika and Encantadia. Solinap played Diego on 2007-2008 series of MariMar.
Phylbert Angellie Ranollo Fagestrom (born October 17, 1987), popularly known as Bea Alonzo, is a Filipino film and television actress, and singer. She is currently part of ABS-CBN contract talents.
Phylbert Angellie Ranollo Fagestrom was born on October 17, 1987 in Philippines. Her father is British, and her mother is a Filipina. Her parents separated when she was four. She attended Ususan Elementary School in Ususan and Colegio de Sta Ana. Taguig City.
In 2003, at age 15, Alonzo joined the TV drama Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. She later mainly roled in major soap operas like It Might Be You, Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, Maging Sino Ka Man and Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik.
In June 2008, Alonzo released her debut album The Real Me under Star Records. It was also in mid-2008 when it was announced that she would play the leading character Betty Pengson in the TV sitcom Yo Soy Betty La Fea, which originated from Colombia. The Philippines' version was entitled I Love Betty La Fea. The show premiered on September 2008 at the primetime slot; it ran for eight consecutive months.
In December 2011, Alonzo renewed her contract with ABS-CBN, she is set to do two movies under Star Cinema and a
Carla Angeline Reyes Abellana (born June 12, 1986) is a Filipina actress and commercial model who played the lead role in the Philippine adaptation of the Mexican telenovela, Rosalinda, aired in GMA Network.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Abellana is the daughter of the former 80's heartthrob Rey "PJ" Abellana, and Rea Reyes. Her grandmother is Delia Razon, who was born to a German father and a Filipino-Spanish mother.
Abellana started as a commercial model. Her endorsed products included Pantene shampoo, Jollibee Ice Craze, Beverly Hills 6750, Nestle Magic Sarap, Bench clothing line, Ponds and many more.
In 2009, she auditioned to be one of the three leading ladies of Richard Gutierrez for the television series, Zorro. Instead of giving her a leading lady role in Zorro, the management of GMA Network saw a potential in her and decided to launch her as a new star by giving her a leading role in a television soap. She was chosen to star in the Philippine remake of the Mexican telenovela, Rosalinda which was originally starred by Mexican actress Thalía.
Abellana is part of the ever growing family of Bench Philippines. She started in 2009, and is one of the most famous talents/model of
Charyze Pagotan-Solomon, better known by her screen name Chariz Solomon (born August 22, 1989 in Manila, Philippines), is a Filipina actress and television personality, who is one of the hosts in the Philippine television program Startalk. She appears in several GMA Network programs.
Born of a Filipina mother and a half German father, Chariz started doing commercials and television print ads at a young age because she wanted to help her family. She has twin brothers, Bobby & Robert Solomon who are also making their mark at the modeling & commercial industry. She is cousin of beatboxer, singer and Akafellas' member, DJ Myke Solomon.
Chariz started her showbiz career when she joined in the reality-based artista search in Philippines, StarStruck: The Next Level but she failed to join the final 14. Despite this, she then appeared on several GMA Network shows like Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, My Only Love, and the latest, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita where she played as Jadane, the bad step sister of Salve (Yasmien Kurdi). She also appeared on My Best Friend's Girlfriend where the critics found out that she was able to shine in her comic supporting role. She's a co-host in other
Aileen Iwamoto (岩本アイリーン) popularly known by her screen name Iwa Moto, is a Filipino Japanese actress, model and teen star. She was one of the Final Four in the 3rd season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show of GMA Network in the Philippines and finished as first runner up. She is well known for playing "Rita Acuesta" on Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap and "Valentina" in Darna.
Aileen Iwamoto is the eldest of the three siblings. Her father, the late Hiroaki Iwamoto (岩本宏明), was Japanese while her mother is Filipina. Her father was diagnosed with liver cancer and died on March 8, 2009.
Moto auditioned for second season of StarStruck but failed to qualify until she has succeeded in audition for the third season in which she ended up as the First Princess along with Gian Carlos as the First Prince. After StarStruck, Moto appeared on SOP Gigsters, Love to Love: Young At Heart and Nuts Entertainment.
Moto was suspended for 6 weeks along with Jackie Rice. After the suspension, Moto came back to Nuts Entertainment, joined the cast of Bakekang, her first primetime show where she played Jenny, the best friend of "Kristal" (played by Lovi Poe) and also on the last season of Love to Love
Juan Carlos "Jake" Leveriza Cuenca (born December 30, 1987) is a Filipino actor and model, who started as a GMA talent center artist, and later transferred to ABS-CBN's talent center, Star Magic. He is also a football player who plays as a striker for Team Socceroo FC in the United Football League Division 2.
At the age of nine, Cuenca was discovered by a talent scout for Cosmo Modeling Agency. Soon after, he made several television and print commercials including endorsements for Safeguard, Coke and Globe Telecom. At age ten, he had a cameo role in the 1997 film Wansapanataym. It was followed by Takbo Barbara Takbo and Panday in 1998. All three films were under Star Cinema of ABS-CBN.
In 2003, he returned to show business under GMA Network and appeared in the youth-oriented drama series, Click, where he was picked to be on the cast in its Batch 2. When the show went defunct, Cuenca began portraying varied roles and was cast in Hanggang Kailan, Forever in My Heart and in the season 5 of Love to Love. In 2005, he starred as Kahlil in the fantasy series Encantadia. He appeared in the ninth season of Love to Love titled "Miss Match". In 2006, he starred as one of the wizards in the
Maricel Soriano (born Maria Cecilia Dador Soriano on February 25, 1965), is a critically acclaimed Filipina film and television actress. She starred in different films like comedy, fantasy (Inday Series), horror, suspence, action, romance and drama. She has appeared in a hundreds of films and has scored a number of blockbuster hits.
She has tried singing as well and has recorded a few songs including the theme song of her movie Oh My Mama in 1981 and a sold out concert at the Araneta Coliseum titled "Hello, Hello Maricel" in 1987.
Dubbed the Diamond Star in Philippine entertainment industry, she is the third most awarded Philippine film actress of all time and more successful than Sharon Cuneta with 46 movie and television awards(including Best Child Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Achiever Award as actress/producer, Best Performer and Best actress) from various award giving bodies such as FAMAS, PMPC, Enpress, FAP, YCC, Pasado, GMMSFP, MMFF, Manila, Iloilo and Cinemanila Film Festivals. She was also known as "Taray Queen" for her feisty roles in movies.
Soriano started acting at the age of six in the 1971 film My Heart Belongs to Daddy with Tirso Cruz III and fellow child
Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez-Alcasid (born April 22, 1970), known as Regine Velasquez, is a Filipino singer, actress, record producer and TV host. She won the 1989 Asia Pacific Singing Contest in Hong Kong, and is widely known for possessing an extensive vocal range.
Velasquez is the first Asian artist to stage a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York, as part of Carnegie Hall's centennial-year concert series.
In 1994, Polygram Records produced her first Asia-released album, Listen Without Prejudice. It is considered as Velasquez' most successful album to date, selling more than 700,000 copies in Asia. The album has sold over 100,000 units in the Philippines, 300,000 units in China and 20,000 in Thailand.
She has collaborated with artists such as Paul Anka, David Hasselhoff, 98 Degrees, Brian McKnight, Mandy Moore, Ronan Keating, Stephen Bishop, Jim Brickman, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, Dave Koz, Grasshopper, Coco Lee, Michel Legrand, David Pomeranz, Eduardo Capetillo, Fernando Carrillo, Billy Crawford, and Singaporean vocal band Skritch. "In Love With You", a duet with Jacky Cheung, landed the top spot in MTV Asia's Top 20 Asian Videos in 2000.
In 2000, She
Samuel Lloyd "Sam" Lacia Milby (born May 23, 1984), is a Filipino American who joined Pinoy Big Brother as a housemate. He later turned actor, commercial model, and recording artist, and continues to work for ABS-CBN.
Milby was born in Troy, Ohio in the United States to an American father and a Filipino mother, Milby moved to the Philippines in 2005, and worked in commercials before joining Pinoy Big Brother.
Angel Locsin (born Angelica Colmenares; April 23, 1985) is a Filipina television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer.
She starred in the fantasy-themed television series Mulawin in 2004. Soon after, she starred as the superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo comics. When her contract expired on March 2007, Locsin did not renew her contract with GMA Network and signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.
Her first project under ABS-CBN was the television series Lobo. Locsin starred in her first box office movie under Star Cinema, Love Me Again, directed by Rory Quintos. In 2012, she starred in the film ÜnOfficially Yours which became her highest grossing film to date.
Locsin was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan. Her parents separated when she was 14 years old and she has since lived with her father, Angelo Colmenares.
Locsin had her elementary education in St. James College, Quezon City and finished high school at the University of Santo Tomas High School, Manila. In August 2007 she attended a short-course for fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Locsin, despite being of Christian faith, is part
Cherry Pie Castro Picache is a Filipina actress and screenwriter who has starred T.V. and films and has worked as a model for modelling Palmolive, Camay, and Eskinol.
Picache attended St. Mary's College in Mo. Ignacia, Quezon City and De La Salle University in Manila.
She was cast in the television soap opera Ikaw Na Sana previously aired on GMA Network in 1997, her first ever role in television. But she had more projects in the Philippines's biggest network, the ABS-CBN, thereafter.
Currently she is a part of ABS-CBN management.
She is the daughter of Ceferino Picache and Zenaida Picache.
Redmond Christopher Fernandez Domingo (born on August 15, 1985 in Manila, Philippines), better known simply as Cogie Domingo, is a Filipino actor and model. At age 10, he joined the cast of ABS-CBN's Cyberkada. This was followed by Regal Films' horror flick, Sa Piling ng mga Aswang (1999), in which he starred opposite Maricel Soriano. His next project was Jose Javier Reyes's Yakapin Mo ang Umaga (2000), where he played son to Christopher de Leon and Lorna Tolentino. But what was his most memorable is his lead portrayal of the juvenile prisoner in the award-winning filmfest entry, Deathrow in 2000, in which he co-starred with Eddie Garcia and was coached by director Joel Lamangan. He also starred in different television shows such as Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin with Angelika dela Cruz, Kung Mawawala Ka with Sunshine Dizon and Bakekang with Lovi Poe.
He was linked to different actresses like Anne Curtis, Angel Locsin and Lovi Poe. In September 2009, it was reported in the news that he had an affair with Rachel Tiongson at a time that she was still cohabiting with Chavit Singson.
He went back to showbiz, appearing in Maalaala Mo Kaya on ABS-CBN after being out for almost 4 yrs.
He is also
Ejay Lasap Falcon (born November 21, 1989) is a Filipino model and actor who is currently a contract artist of ABS-CBN. He is also the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus.
According to the PBBTEP site, Ejay's mother left his family in Mindoro when he was little and they never heard anything from her for a long time so at the age of 15, he went to Manila to look for her, only to find out that she had another family. During his three-year stay in Manila, he went to University of Manila and took a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management but was forced to quit school because of financial problems. It was also during that time that he met his manager, showbiz hairstylist Benjie Alipio, who took him in as a talent and entered him in Circle of 10 talent search. He did not win any title in the said talent search but it served as his ticket to get guest stints in various TV shows. He is also a proud member of Iglesia Ni Cristo (Chruch Of Christ)
When the second season of Pinoy Big Brother started, Ejay auditioned and got in as one of the official housemates of PBBTEP. Clad in a Tarzan costume, he was introduced as "Promdi Hottie of Mindoro" who had trouble with
Julie Pearl Apostol Postigo, better known by her stage name Julie Vega (May 21, 1968 – May 6, 1985), was a Filipina child actress, singer and commercial model. She remains very popular and well loved in her native Philippines, years after her sudden death at the age of 16 that triggered a massive outpouring of nationwide grief that is still vividly remembered by Filipino showbiz fans today. She won two FAMAS Awards for Best Child Actress during her brief showbiz career.
Vega, who was named after her own parents, was born at the UERM in Quezon City, Philippines to a devout Roman Catholic family and is the youngest and only girl in a brood of six children of dentists Julio Postigo (1931–1991) from Zamboanga del Sur and the former Perla Apostol (nicknamed Pearl, born 1932) from Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. This fact led her family to nickname her Darling and Tata (which means youngest child in the Visayan language). She inherited her mestiza looks from her Irish American paternal grandmother, the former Aurora Fort, who came to the Philippines at a young age with her father, the American General Guy O. Fort (died 1942). She would go on to later marry Filipino General Leon Postigo.
Zanjoe Acuesta Marudo (born July 23, 1982) is a Filipino actor and model. He was former housemate of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition and became one of the Big Four along with Bianca Gonzalez, John Prats, and the big winner Keanna Reeves.
Marudo was born in Tanauan City, Batangas. His father, Zosimo Marudo hails from Batangas while his mother, Rosanna Acuesta is a Calauagenian (native of Calauag, Quezon). He has five siblings and he is the third child. From elementary school until high school, he played in the basketball varsity team. His brother (Zandro) influenced him to play basketball. He was in the San Sebastian College-Staglets Team, playing in the NCAA. He joined a modeling contest, Body Shots, and won the First Runner-up title. He joined The Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition, winning fourth Place with actors John Prats, Bianca Gonzalez and Keana Reeves. He signed his acting contract with ABS-CBN network.
Marudo became a model after high school. He appeared in the Bench Fever fashion show. In Philippine Cosmopolitan Magazine (September 2006 issue), Marudo is one of the 10 Centerfold men in the "Cosmopolitan 69 Bachelors and 10 Centerfolds" supplement.
Marudo was with
Imelda R. Marcos (born Imelda Remedios Visitasion Romualdez on July 2, 1929) is a Filipino politician and widow of 10th Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Upon the ascension of her husband to political power, she held various positions to the government until 1986. She is the first politician elected as member of the Philippine legislature in three geographical locations (Manila, Leyte, Ilocos Norte). In 2010, she was elected to become a member of the House of Representatives to represent Ilocos Norte's second district. She is sometimes referred to as the Steel Butterfly or the Iron Butterfly. She is often remembered for symbols of the extravagance of her husband's political reign, including her collection of 2,700 pairs of shoes.
Her paternal ancestors, the Lopezes of Leyte, were wealthy, landed and prominent, and claimed to have founded the town of Tolosa, Leyte. Spanish mestizos, the Lopezes were descended from the Spanish friar and silversmith Don Francisco Lopez, originally from Granada in the Andalusian region of Spain. Together with Fray Salustiano Buz, he arrived by way of Acapulco to build Roman Catholic missions in the island provinces of Samar and Leyte (Buz would
Manila, Philippines-born TV hostess who co-hosted the Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis heavyweight boxing championship pre-fight special by TVKO titled "Night at the Fight" on November 13, 1999 from Las Vegas. During that special, she interviewed American celebrities like LL Cool J, Mia St. John, etc.
Also known as Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez-Bektas.
Sarah Geronimo is a Filipino recording artist and actress. Geronimo started her official debut in show business after having won the Star for a Night singing competition. In 2003, after winning the contest, she released her first album entitled Popstar: A Dream Come True under Viva Records.
She is the first Filipino artist to receive a platinum award for a DVD copy of her concert The Other Side in 2005 and is currently the only artist who has a platinum record for 4 DVDs of her concert. Her fourth one was awarded with triple platinum status in December of 2010.
Moreover, Geronimo received from the Aliw Awards the "Best Female Major Concert" award for Record Breaker and the "Entertainer of the Year" award, making her the youngest artist to receive it in history.
Sarah Geronimo was born on July 25, 1988 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines, to Delfin Geronimo, a retired Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) employee, and Divina Geronimo, who ran a beauty parlor from the family home. She studied at Dominican School Manila. Geronimo’s first performance was in a mall show when she was two years old. At the age of four, she made her first appearance on national television and
Rodel Luis Nacianceno (born on November 1, 1981), better known by his stage name, Coco Martin, is a critically acclaimed Gawad Urian Award-winning Filipino actor. He became famous for starring in many independent films, and was dubbed the Prince of Philippine Independent Films. He is also known for his portrayal of Ramon Lecumberri in the critically acclaimed television series, Tayong Dalawa
Coco lives with his 70 year old grandmother who raised him. Coco has five siblings, three from both parents and two step siblings on his father's side. He also has a daughter named Coleen Beatrice, from a previous relationship with actress, Katherine Luna.
Martin started out in ABS-CBN's talent agency, Star Magic, as part of the Star Circle Batch 9. He made his first cameo film appearance in the 2001 film Luv Txt where he was credited under his real name, Rodel Nacianceno followed by many independent films.
Since then he has appeared in several TV advertisements before breaking back into showbiz with his lead debut independent film Masahista for which he was awarded the Young Critics Circle Best Actor Award in 2006. He also starred in Kaleldo in 2006.
Early in 2007, Martin joined GMA Network,
Kristine Hermosa-Sotto (born Anne Kirsten Esmeralde Hermosa Orille) on September 9, 1983 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress. She is well known for portraying the role of Yna Macaspac in the primetime drama series, Pangako sa 'Yo.
She is now a former talent of Star Magic and a contract artist of ABS-CBN.
She is the second of four children in the family. Her mother is of Spanish descent and her father is Filipino. One of her siblings is actress Kathleen Hermosa. Hermosa went to Batino Elementary School. When her family moved to Laguna, she then enrolled at Colegio de San Pedro, San Pedro, Laguna near Pacita Complex to continue her remaining years in grade school and eventually her first year in high school. She then pursued her studies at ABS-CBN Learning Center after they moved back to Manila.
On September 21, 2004, she had a marriage ceremony with Diether Ocampo, her co-star in Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas; however, the Court of Appeals, on January 30, 2009, upheld a lower court ruling that the marriage was null and void from the very start. Kristine became officially part of the Sotto clan when she married Oyo Boy Sotto on January 12, 2011.They have 2 kids, an adopted
William "Will" Devaughn Stumpf (born 27 February 1982) is a popular Filipino commercial model and actor. He entered the Pinoy Big Brother house, during its Celebrity Edition 2, and became the fourth big placer of that season. He arrived in the Philippines in 2004 without knowing a single word of Tagalog. His biological father is of mixed Filipino and African American lineage while his mother is of German descent.
He was a former talent of ABS-CBN.
In 2010, he recently moved from ABS CBN to GMA Network.
Will Devaughn appeared in a TV commercial for NESVITA Oatmeal 3in1 where he starred together with Derek Ramsay and Chris Tiu. He also appeared in a TV commercial for Barcelona Brandy. Mcdonalds "McRice Burger" TV commercial. He is the support to endorser, Robin Padilla, of the brand JAG jeans.
Gretchen Barretto (born on March 6, 1970) is an actress from the Philippines. She has two younger sisters, Marjorie Barretto and Claudine Barretto, who are also actresses.
Barretto released her second album entitled "Complicated" .
Barretto had a song in 1984 entitled "Going Steady" which was used in the Regal Films movie "14 Going Steady".
She dreams of continuing her education. Her highest educational attainment is third year, high school.
She is also known for her Fashionable outfits she played Victoria Valera in the critically acclaimed Primetime Fashion-Drama Series Magkaribal for the 60th Year Of Philippine Drama Banner Celebration. And after 1 year, she is back as a Femme fatale of the Historical-Drama Fiction of the new ABS-CBN TV series Princess and I which she will be the major antagonist and an opposer of Kathryn Bernardo as the Crown Princess in terms of struggle in the throne.
Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado (born August 12, 1982) is a Filipina actress, TV host and model, who previously worked as one of GMA-7's homegrown contract artists. After ten years, Iza signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. Iza also signed a non-exclusive contract with Star Cinema.
Born Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado, she was named after the dancer, Isadora Duncan. Her father is choreographer and TV director Lito Calzado and her mother was Irish-Spanish-Filipina, Mary Ann Ussher. Calzado 's brother, Dash Calzado, is a member of Legit Misfitz, a Pinoy rap group.
In the late 1990s, she finished high school in Miriam College and then completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.
Before entering show business, she worked as a dubber for a Mexicanovela. Calzado started out as a guest teen star in the show, Click, which led to further roles. She participated in the drama Kung Mawawala Ka as the soap's villain Phoebe Valiente and starred in her first soap opera in Te Amo: Maging Sino Ka Man.
She played the role of Amihan the Queen of goddesses in Encantadia.She also starred in Moments of Love, wherein she played the role of Divina Buenacer. Calzado
Jay Manalo (Jay Lan Manalo January 30, 1973) is a Filipino actor of Filipino-Vietnamese descent. Although born in Saigon, Vietnam, he was raised in Tondo, Manila, Philippines.
His film debut was through the action movie Brat Pack in 1994 which starred Gary Estrada. He became a lead in his second film, Paracale Gang, which was released in 1996 and followed by the movie Urban Rangers. That same year, he did a switch from action to sexy roles when he starred in the movie Gayuma opposite Amanda Page. Possessing boyish looks and an oozing sex appeal, he became a staple of sexy movies in the Philippines, with the film Totoy Mola pushing him to sexy stardom. His character in that movie was that of a naive man endowed with a very huge, horse-like penis.
After Totoy Mola, he played lead in "bold flicks" like Kool Ka Lang, Kaliwat Kanan, Sakit sa Katawan, Bayad Puri, Bawal na Halik and Balahibong Pusa. By the turn of the century, his roles had become more serious and dramatic. His recent performances have been well-received by movie critics, and he has won a number of acting awards in the Philippines. Some of his noticeable portrayals are in the films Prosti, Bayaran, Ang Huling Birhen sa
KC Concepcion (born Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion on April 7, 1985) is a Filipina actress and singer and who is currently a National Ambassador Against Hunger of the UN's World Food Programme.
Concepcion is the daughter of 80's heartthrob Gabby Concepcion(whom she calls papa) and Philippine singer-actress Sharon Cuneta. She was estranged from her father for thirteen years following her parents annulment and his immigration to the United States in 1995. Senator Kiko Pangilinan (whom she calls daddy) became her step-father following his marriage to her mother.
She graduated Grade school in Poveda. In 2003, she graduated from the International School Manila, and in 2007, graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Corporate Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the American University of Paris.
Concepcion made several guest appearances in her mother's concerts and television shows. In 2003, she became a product endorser both on television and in print ads. She also became an MTV Asia VJ.
In 2008, she was appointed by the United Nations World Food Program as National Ambassador Against Hunger, won the Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards for Pinoy
Anne Marie Ojales Curtis-Smith, also known as Anne Curtis-Smith (born on 17 February 1985 in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia) is a Filipino Australian of Spanish and British descent actress, model, television host, singer, fashion icon, recording artist and VJ, currently active in the Philippines. She is working under ABS-CBN.
Born Anne Curtis, she is the eldest daughter of Carmen Ojales, a Filipina and James Curtis-Smith, an Australian lawyer. She was discovered while on vacation in the Philippines at the age of 12 which made her visit permanent.
On May 23, she bid goodbye to her Showtime family saying that she will be out of the country for a month to pursue her dreams. On June 6, she announced that she will star in the Hollywood film Blood Ransom with Alexander Doetsch.
Anne Curtis was born in Yarrawongga, Australia. Annually, her family visits the Philippines to see their mother's relatives. However, in 1997, her visit became permanent as she was approached while eating in a fast-food restaurant and was asked if she is interested in modeling. Within a week or so, Curtis bagged her first commercial. Because of this, she and her dad decided to move in the Philippines. She did her
Richelle Ann Loyola (born 1978), known by her stagename Jessa Zaragoza is a Filipino singer and actress of Spanish Filipino descent.
She is married to Filipino singer Dingdong Avanzado. The couple have a daughter named Jayda.
In 1997, Jessa Zaragoza became successful doing movies and became an artist under OctoArts EMI, she did a successful album entitled Just Can't Help Feelin which all spanned No.1 with top singles and made her the rising star of OctoArts EMI her Top Singles such as Bakit Pa, Di Ba't Ikaw, Baliw Na Puso, and Panghabangbuhay, Just Can't Help Feeling, Paano Kaya in 1999, she did a Romantic Comedy movie entitled Bakit Pa? as the main character Starring Troy Montero and Diether Ocampo as her leading men Which was her carrier single the movie was released in theaters on February 3, 1999 as a Valentine's Movie Presentation of Octoarts and GMA Films she also did a soap under GMA-7 using her carrier singles in the Soap Di Ba't Ikaw which aired from May 1999-October 1999.
In 2000, she became the Madonna of the Philippines spanning New Hit singles such as Ibigay Mo Na (Give It To Me) and Siya Ba Ang Dahilan, and Kung Kailan Pa,
In 2001, she sung the Theme Song of the Hit
Vina Morales (born Sharon Garcia Magdayao on October 17, 1975 in Bogo, Cebu City, Philippines) is a Filipina singer, actress and model.
At age nine, Morales started singing with her church choir at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, which would lead her to a music career. A priest called Father Fritz D. Malinao, a songwriter in his church community, discovered Morales' talent and asked her to sing one of his compositions as an entry in the Cebu Pop Music Festival. The song, "Paglaum", ("hope" in Cebuano language), won the Grand Prize and earned the "Best Interpreter" award for young talents in the Philippines.
Representatives from Viva Films had seen her performance and offered her a singing and acting contract. She and her family moved to Manila where she auditioned for a film career in the Philippine film industry. She change her birth name from Sharon Garcia Magdayao to Vina Morales.
Morales' first film debut was Nakagapos na Puso, in which she co-starred with Lead Actress Sharon Cuneta. In her late teenage years Morales appeared in Utol Kong Hoodlum and a dual role in Anghel Na Walang Langit. She also appeared in The Sarah Balabagan Story.
Morales' recorded albums and performed
Martin Enrico Cruz "Mart" Escudero (born April 11, 1990), is a Filipino actor, model and television personality. He rose to fame during his time on the fourth season of talent show, StarStruck, overall becoming one of the finalists of the show.
Escudero starred in the indie film "Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington" with Kerbie Zamora who was sued for frustrated murder in Quezon City, Philippines.
His given name is Mart Escudero. He is a nephew of Senator Francis Escudero, who even greeted him on SOP during his last birthday celebration on the said show.
He studied elementary in F. De Castro Elementary School in GMA, Cavite where he was active participant of Boy Scout of the Philippines under Eagle Scout Andrew Alcantara.
He continued his studies at Academe of St. Jude Thaddeus school, also in the town of GMA, Cavite after graduating from elementary level. He studied here until his acceptance as a contestant in the reality-based artista search in the Philippines, Starstruck, came during his second year life.
Mart is a former talent of GMA 7. His last GMA show was Jillian: Namamasko Po. In 2011, Mart Escudero became the newest talent of TV5 via his first TV5 show, Babaeng
Rachelle Ann Go (born August 31, 1986) is a Filipina singer, model and occasional actress.
Rachelle Ann Go was born in Manila, Philippines. She joined and won several contests. Her television debut was on Eat Bulaga! at age eleven. Go graduated from La Immaculada Concepcion School in Pasig. She took up her college life in San Beda College taking up BS-Business Administration. She later became Ms. San Beda in 2004. She joined the cast of Party Pilipinas in 2010.
Luis Philippe Santos Manzano (born April 21, 1981 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines), also known by his nickname Lucky, is a Filipino actor, TV host, VJ and model. He is the son of award-winning actor Edu Manzano and "Star for all Seasons" Vilma Santos.
Manzano started his career as a commercial model for clothing brand, Human. He later pursued his TV hosting and acting career under the ABS-CBN management. He is also known to be the longest active VJ on Myx channel. He is best known for his role as Roldan in the television series Komiks Presents: Flash Bombaklita.
Manzano was born to parents Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano. He studied at De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde in Malate, Manila, with a major in Hotel and Restaurant Institution Management. Step-father is Ralph Recto, a Senator in the Philippine and a half-brother named Ryan Christian Santos Recto.
He was linked to Actress/TV Host Mariel Rodriguez, Nancy Castiglione, and Anne Curtis. Anne and Luis admitted that they are just bestfriends. He is no longer the boyfriend of Filipina actress Angel Locsin and had just recently dated actress Jennylyn Mercado.
Claudine Margaret Castelo Barretto-Santiago (born July 20, 1979), popularly known as Claudine Barretto, is a multi-awarded film and television actress, and product endorser in the Philippines.
In 1992, she was discovered by talent manager Douglas Quijano, when her older sister Gretchen Barretto brought her to the debut party of friend Ruffa Gutierrez at the Coconut Palace. That same year, she got her break on television when she was cast in ABS-CBN's youth-oriented musical variety show, Ang TV.
When Home Along Da Riles was launched with no other than the comedy king Dolphy top billing the sitcom, Claudine was casted as Dolphy's sweet and unassuming teenage daughter, Bing, for sitcom producers saw in her a potential Maria. After which, she again became part of another top-rated sitcom Oki Doki Doc, led by Aga Muhlach, where she played the sister of Agot Isidro, Toni.
Claudine also did a telemovie together with Aga Muhlach titled Kailan Mo Ako Mamahalin?.
She practiced her hosting skills through variety shows, ASAP and MTB.
By 1993, Claudine already has 12 fans club in Metro Manila. Members are high school students like her.
Claudine was first in the history of Philippine television
Rico Barrera (born Frederick Barrera on December 29, 1981) is an Olongappese actor, the first housemate evicted from the 12 housemates of Pinoy Big Brother (season 1) 2005.
Prior to entering the house, Rico was a singer in Japan. He was the first housemate evicted, on his 21st day in Pinoy Big Brother's house. Among the violations that put him automatically into nomination were jumping into the pool while still wearing his lapel microphone and accidentally causing a pan to catch a flame, setting off the fire alarm.
Barrera reportedly transferred to GMA 7 from ABS-CBN 2 last August 2009, due to his no projects of Kapamilya Network. He's now launched his first Kapuso Network TV show, "Sine Novela Presents: Tinik Sa Dibdib". He's the 2nd Ex-PBB Housemate transferred to GMA 7 after fellow ex-housemate Say Alonzo also transferred to GMA since 2008. But recently he return back to Kapamilya Network again in 2010 and he is one of the cast of Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?.
Maja Ross Andres Salvador (born October 5, 1988) is one of the latest in line of the showbiz clan of the Salvador family. She is currently under the management of ABS-CBN, and a member of Star Magic.
Maja Ross Andres Salvador was born on October 5, 1988 in Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines. Her father, Rosauro Salvador (popularly known as Ross Rival), was an actor. Her mother is Thelma Andres. She studied in San Benildo Integrated School and moved to ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center. She is a cousin to Jobelle Salvador (one of the casts of the Bagets movie) and niece of Phillip Salvador, a Filipino drama and action star. She is also a niece to Leroy Salvador, who was also an actor, and grandchild to the late Lou Salvador, a Filipino basketball player during the prewar era who has played for the Philippine national basketball team, later became an actor.
Her showbiz career began in 2003.She also starred in the film, First Day High. In 2007, she starred in the romantic film, One More Chance, which also starred John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.
In 2009, she was then cast in May Bukas Pa, a primetime drama series on ABS-CBN. She was the lead actress in Nagsimula Sa Puso, a remake of the 1990s
Christian Vazquez (born February 8, 1977) is a Negros Occidentalese actor, model and a former housemate of ABS-CBN's Pinoy Big Brother: Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. During his stint at Pinoy Big Brother, he was one of the comedian housemates. He graduated from high school at the University of St. La Salle-Integrated School Batch 1994 in Bacolod City.
An Ilonggo, Vazquez gained popularity for his PLDT commercial in which a father who lives in Iloilo forced his son who studies in Manila to take up medicine instead of fine arts. Against his father's will, he took up fine arts instead and finally his father accepted his son's decision. The line of the commercial which is mixed of Ilonggo and Tagalog "Kung saan ka masaya te suportahan ta ka"(I will support you, wherever you are gonna be happy with) made him popular.
On March 4, 2006, Vazquez became the second housemate to be officially evicted from the Pinoy Big Brother house and the fourth housemate to leave the house. He received 13.5% of the people's vote, so far the lowest among that edition's evictees.
Cynthia Kristina Kurleto (born April 21, 1981) is a model, actress, and a former MTV VJ in the Philippines. Her father is Austrian. She is known for being a commercial model and an FHM model in the Philippines and also for playing the role of Cassiopea in the hit series Encantadia and its prequel/sequel Etheria.
The daughter of Faustina Verdillo and Friedrich Kurleto, following her parents' divorce she was taken care of by her mother in Austria where she grew up. Cindy finished her education from elementary to college and took a Hotel and Restaurant Management course. She later became a waitress. In 2001, she left her job and decided to take a vacation in her other home country, the Philippines. She sold her car and apartment, quit her job, bought a ticket, packed one suitcase and left for the Philippines. Long after arriving, she decided to settle in Legazpi City, Albay for good. It was during her hosting stint at a local ABS-CBN show in Legazpi that she was spotted by a talent scout and offered to do modelling jobs in Manila.
Her first movie was Jerry Lopez Sineneng's Ngayong Nandito Ka with Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales and Onemig Bondoc (2003). Kurleto has been appearing on
José Sixto Raphael González Dantes III, popularly known as Dingdong Dantes, is a television and film actor/director, host and print and commercial model. Born on August 2, 1980 in Quezón City, Philippines, Dingdong is currently working as an exclusive talent of GMA Network
He is the son of José Dantes, Jr. and Angeline González Dantes. Dantes began his career as a child model, appearing in a dairy product commercial when he was two years old. Several other commercials followed before he became part of an all-male dance group called Abztract Dancers, with his friend, actor Dino Guevarra, and his cousin, actor, Arthur Solinap. Their group became regulars on Eat Bulaga! and That's Entertainment.
As an actor, his first movie appearance was in Shake, Rattle and Roll V in an episode titled "Anino". After three years, he debuted on GMA Network's youth-oriented T.G.I.S. when he was 17, under the name Raphael Dantes playing the role of Iñaki. He appeared in films like Honey My Love So Sweet and I'm Sorry My Love, and television programmes including Anna Karenina and did a few guesting stints on ABS-CBN such as a F.L.A.M.E.S. episode, a youth-oriented romantic-drama anthology with different
Gabby Concepcion (born Gabriel Arellano Concepcion on November 5, 1964) is a Filipino actor, director, singer-songwriter and businessman.
Gabby was born in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines to Rolando “Rollie” Concepcion, a Filipino mestizo, and Lourdes Arellano. He received the name "Gabby" because he talks too much. He is the great grandson of prominent Manila landmark architect Juan Arellano. Concepcion attended the Ateneo de Manila from elementary and Aquinas School high school and spent part of his high school years in Aquinas. He is a graduate of Maryknoll College.
Concepcion first appeared in a 1980 Close-up commercial and became famous as the “Close-up boy”. Introduced into showbiz at the age of fifteen, he starred in the Regal Films production Katorse, which catapulted him to Matinee idol status. From 1980 – 1995, Gabby made 80 films with Regal, Viva, and GC (his own production company) and had several modeling and endorsement deals. He received several Showbiz awards, including Best actor (Urian), Best supporting actor (Urian, Star, and Famas), Mr. RP movies, and more.
Gabby took a hiatus from acting and moved to the United States in March 1995. Aside from already
Jackie Rice (born on April 27, 1990 in Dinalupihan, Bataan, Philippines) is a Filipina actress, television personality and commercial model.
Born of an American father and a Filipina mother, she grew up in Olongapo City, Zambales. She was a student at St. Anne Academy in Olongapo City when she entered showbusiness through GMA Network's reality search contest StarStruck, where she became the Ultimate Female Survivor in the show's third season. After StarStruck, she appeared in Love to Love and Fantastikids and then later starred in Fantastic Man. She later joined Dyesebel and then Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang. After that, she played Mercedita in Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin.
She currently lives in Malabon City and is a contract artist of GMA Artist Center. She appeared as the cover girl of Maxim for the month of July 2009. As of late 2009, she played as one of the villains in Darna. In early 2010, she was also included in the fantaserye Panday Kids. She was then casted into lead roles via Dear Friend Presents: Tisay and Ilumina where she played a demon-possessed black sorcerer.
Karla Paula Ginteroy Henry (born May 23, 1986 in Limay, Bataan, Philippines) is a Filipino-Canadian beauty pageant titleholder. She was crowned Miss Earth 2008, becoming the first Philippine representative and the first in the Asian region to win that title.
Henry was raised by her grandparents until the age of four. Her family moved then to Tsawwassen, Canada, where they would live for ten years. She visited the Philippines frequently, for Christmas and summer vacations. Upon her family’s return to the Philippines, they first lived in Albay, Bicol for a year before residing permanently in Cebu.
Henry's father traveled often, and she transferred schools often. She graduated high school from Camp Lapulapu National High School, and attended college at the University of Cebu. She holds a bachelor's degree in Tourism and was working with Marco Polo Plaza Hotel when she was invited to join the Miss Earth pageant. She speaks Spanish with a degree of fluency.
Henry's beauty pageant career began as a student representative her school for Miss Intramurals and Miss Milo Olympics. She joined her first professional beauty contest at age 17 in October 2003. In 2006, she was the second runner-up
Marco Alcaraz (born July 12, 1983 in Cebu City, Philippines) is a Filipino actor, commercial model, and former varsity basketball player at San Sebastian College-Recoletos. His first movie was Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita with Dennis Trillo.
Rafael Quimpo Rosell IV, born 10 November 1982 in Norway, is a Filipino actor. Rosell is best known for playing Brandon Brazil on the ABS-CBN romance drama Midnight Phantom, Marco De Silva in Kristine, and as Mayor Edson Zaguirre in Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig. He is a talent of ABS-CBN and is managed under Star Magic.
Rosell was born to Filipino parents based in Norway. His dad is Cebuano and his mom is Bicolano. Both migrated to Norway where he was born in 1982. A full-blooded Filipino, though raised in Norway, he hardly spoke Filipino/Tagalog when he arrived in the Philippines in 2002. To improve his language proficiency, he took up Filipino/Tagalog lesson and reads aloud Tagalog/Filpino material for at least an hour a day.
He was introduced by Aimee Quimpo as one of the leading men of Jolina Magdangal, in Star Cinema's Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip. Rosell's big break came in 2004 when he was paired with Claudine Barretto on the ABS-CBN fantaserye Marina. In 2006, he was launched as a member of the all-male group Coverboys with Zanjoe Marudo, Jon Avila, Victor Basa and Jake Cuenca. Rosell started gaining recognition in 2010 when he played Brandon Brazil in the highly successful ABS-CBN
Victor Basa (born June 6, 1985) is a Filipino model, actor, vj and TV host.
Basa is the middle child of three, with a younger brother and older sister.
Basa began his modeling career at the age of 19, where he was discovered at the Mega Young Designer's Competition in 2004 by newspaper editor Joyce Fernandez along with fashion designer Kenneth Chua. He joined the Philippine search for the best model of the world where he was awarded best in swimwear, and then landed on a television ad for a cracker, and endorsing a clothing brand, became a television actor then the Cosmopolitan Bachelor's Bash.
In 2005, Basa gained commercial visibility in the Philippines when he became a model for clothing retailer Penshoppe. In 2006, Basa was invited to sign on with Star Magic, the talent management agency affiliated with the ABS-CBN network in the Philippines.
Soon after signing with Star Magic, Basa quickly began to appear in a number of shows on the ABS-CBN network: He became a regular host of the weekly Sunday variety show ASAP; appeared in his first recurring primetime supporting role in the soap opera Crazy for You as a love interest of the leading lady portrayed by Toni Gonzaga; and landed