Angel Locsin: The Young Super Star

Angel Locsin

Angel LocsinAngelica Locsin Colmenares, more popularly known as Angel Locsin,  was born on April 23, 1985 in Santa Maria, Bulacan. She grew up under the care of her father, Angelo Colmenares, when her parents separated when she was just 14 years old.

Locsin finished her elementary education in Bulacan and her secondary education at the University of Santo Tomas High School in Manila.  She later on took up a short-course on fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2007.

The two-time FHM’s Most Sexiest Woman (2010 and 2005) was discovered by a talent scout while shopping at SM City North Edsa.  She started out as a GMA Network talent starring in the  youth-oriented show “Click” and the soap opera “Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin.”

The GMA fantasy series “Mulawin” catapulted Locsin’s career in August 2004 where she played the role of Alwina opposite Richard Guttierez’s Aguiluz.  The series was a huge success and prompted a movie version in December 2005, an entry for the Metro Manila Film Festival.

After “Mulawin,” Locsin’s next project on the Kapuso Network was the television adaptation of the Mars Ravelo classic “Darna” where she took on the lead role in 2005.  The drama fantasy action TV series own the distinction of being the first primetime series to reach a 47.1% rating (according to AGB and AC-Nielsen) in its pilot episode in the Philippines.

Locsin made two more TV projects for GMA, “Majika” in 2006 and “Asian Treasures” in 2007 opposite action star Robin Padilla.  She then made a controversial decison to transfer to rival network ABS-CBN in August 2007 and earned much flak and criticism from previous employers.

At the Kapamilya Network, Locsin first appeared on the top-rating weekly drama anthology “Maalala Mo Kaya.”  She was then launched in her first Kapamilya drama series “Lobo” opposite Piolo Pascual in January 2008 which also got a huge following.  Locsin was also nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress category of the 37th International Emmy Awards for her role  as the half human-half  wolf Lyka Raymundo.

Other movies done by Locsin are Mano Po 2, Kuya, Singles, Sigaw, Mano Po III: My Love, Let the Love Begin, I Will Always Love You, TxT, Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di, The Promise, Angels and Love Me Again.

Locsin was last seen on the Philippine version of the Korean drama “Only You” together with Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo.  Her last TV series was the fantasy-drama series “Imortal” with John Lloyd Cruz, a sequel to her previous series “Lobo.” She also did a movie with Aga Muhlach, entitled “In The name of Love.”

Angel also dabbled in comedy via the weekly sitcom, Toda Max, alongside Robin Padilla, Vhong Navarro and Pokwang.

In 2012, she won as Best Actress from various award giving bodies including FAMAS and Star Award for Movies, for her performance in One More Try, an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2012.

In 2013, she co-starred with other leading Kapamilya actresses, Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga and Shaina Magdayao, in the comedy drama Four Sisters and a Wedding. She is slated to portray the iconic Pinay superhero, Darna, on the big screen this year.

Angel currently stars in the teleserye, The Legal Wife, with Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador and JC de Vera.

 

Bea Alonzo: Dazzling Drama Princess

Bea Alonzo

Bea AlonzoBea Alonzo, or Phylbert Angellie Ranollo in real life, was born on of October, 17, 1987.  She was raised single-handedly by her mom. Even at a very young age, it has always been Bea’s dream to become a famous movie actress.

She started joining beauty contests when she was small, considering pageants as stepping stones to reach her ultimate goal of becoming a star. During one of these contests, fashion designer Oscar Peralta spotted her and introduced her to some key people in show business who opened opportunities for the Filipina-British girl. She auditioned and made it as one of the members of ABS-CBN Talent Center’s Star Circle Batch 10. Continue reading “Bea Alonzo: Dazzling Drama Princess”

John Lloyd Cruz: The Box Office King

John Lloyd Cruz

John Lloyd CruzJoining showbiz  was far from John Lloyd Cruz’s mind when he was younger.  It was only out of necessity after his father’s business went down that he decided to try his luck in the entertainment industry to help out his family. Now, he has become one of the most awarded and sought after young actors in the country.

Born on June 24, 1983, John Lloyd Espidol Cruz started out as a lanky member of the ABS-CBN’s Star Magic Batch 5. He was also part of the teen trio, the Koolits with Baron Geisler and Marc Solis. Continue reading “John Lloyd Cruz: The Box Office King”

Sarah Geronimo: The Pop Star Princess

Sarah Geronimo

32208-showmain-sarahglivePop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo (real name Sarah Asher Geronimo) was born on July 25, 1988 to parents Delfin and Divina Geronimo. Her father was a retired PLDT employee while her mom used to run a beauty parlor in their house at Sta. Cruz, Manila. Sarah is the third of four children with siblings Johna Rizzie, Sunshine Grace, and Ezekiel Gabriel.

Sarah started singing at a very young age, mentored by her father. He would have her practice everyday to develop her singing prowess. Sarah first sang on stage at age two at a mall show. At four years old,mother Divine would accompany her to auditions for different TV programs. Sarah became part of kiddie shows Pen-Pen de Sarapen (4-6 years old), Ang TV (7-8 years old), and NEXT (8-9 years old). Continue reading “Sarah Geronimo: The Pop Star Princess”

Piolo Pascual: The Ultimate Hearththrob

Piolo Pascual

Piolo PascualPopular actor-singer Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual, more popularly known as Piolo Pascual, was born on January 12, 1977 in Manila to German-Spanish Philip Victor Pascual and Filipina Amelia “Amy” Nonato Pascual. He is the youngest in a brood of six. Piolo lived a relatively simple life growing up.  He Finished his grade school and high school at the St. Francis School in Santa Ana, Manila.

Pascual’s first taste of show business was on the teen variety show That’s Entertainment where he appeared as PJ Pascual. However, he have to quit the show after a year to focus on his studies when he took up AB General Education at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). He later shifted to Physical Therapy to prepare for his family’s impending migration to the United States. Continue reading “Piolo Pascual: The Ultimate Hearththrob”

Judy Ann Santos: Soap Opera Queen

Judy Ann Santos

Judy Ann SantosSoap Opera Queen Judy Ann Santos (real name: Judy Anne Lumagui Santos) was born on May 11, 1978 to parents Carolina and Manuel Santos who separated when Juday was just three years old. Juday is the youngest in a brood of three; she has an older brother Jeffrey Santos, who is also in show business,  and an elder sister Jackie. She also have four half-siblings on her father’s side.

Judy Ann was eight when she passed the audition for Regal Films’ Kaming Mga Ulila, a project that became a tv series instead for GMA. Her first title role in IBC-13′s Ula, Ang Batang Gubat at the age of 10 before transferring to ABS-CBN where she is connected up to this day. She has starred in several hit Kapamilya Network series such as Mara Clara, Esperanza, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka, Basta’t Kasama Kita, Krystala, Sa Piling Mo, Ysabella, Gimik, Habang May Buhay and two anthologies (Star Drama Theatre Presents and Judy Ann Drama Special). Her last teleserye, Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, was a huge success. Continue reading “Judy Ann Santos: Soap Opera Queen”

Jake Cuenca: Drama Prince

Jake Cuenca

Jake CuencaJuan Carlos Leveriza Cuenca, more popularly known as Jake Cuenca, was born on December 30, 1987 in San Jose, California, United States, where he grew up. His father is of Spanish descent and is from Valencia, Spain, while his mother is a Filipina. He has a brother named Rufo and a sister named Bea. He was also once a student of PAREF Southridge, a school for boys in Muntinlupa City.

Jake started his showbiz career at a tender age of nine after being 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 where under Star Cinema of ABS-CBN. Continue reading “Jake Cuenca: Drama Prince”

Jericho Rosales: Mr. Pogi

Jericho Rosales

Jericho RosalesJericho Rosales is one of the most sought after leading men of his generation. He was born on September 22, 1979 in the province of Quezon.  His first taste of fame was when he was declared the winner of  Mr. Pogi,  a male beauty contest segment in noontime variety show,  Eat Bulaga. He was just 17 years old.

With his humble beginnings, good looks and an impeccable acting abilities, Jericho was soon the toast of the local entertainment industry.  He joined Star Circle 4 in the year 1997, and easily made his presence felt with his heartfelt performances in drama shows such as Maalaala Mo Kaya. Continue reading “Jericho Rosales: Mr. Pogi”