Filipino Actresses

Wendy Valdez

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Marian
Gracia Rivera is a Filipina-Spanish actress which was born on August 12, 1984
in Madrid, Spain. Her father’s name is Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso, who
is a Spaniard and married a Filipina name Amalia Rivera from Cavite. When her
parents separated 2 years after her birth, Rivera and her mom left Spain and flew
back to her mother’s hometown in the Philippines. In 2005, she was first
seen in Philippine Television via Tape Inc.’s afternoon drama, Kung Mamahalin
Mo Lang Ako and became a lead actress for the soap opera itself. However, Marian’s
role did not come until 2007 when she was cast for the title role in the Philippine
version of “Marimar”.

Vilma Santos

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Biography


Vilma Santos (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos November 3, 1953) is a popular
multi-awarded actress and politician in the Philippines. She's known as the "Star
for All Seasons".

Acting Career

She started acting at the age of nine, after winning the title role for the
hit drama film Trudis Liit (Little Trudis). She immediately received her first
acting trophy as Best Child Performer from FAMAS for the same film.

Groomed as a lead actress in her teens, her popularity grew further, bolstered
by her loveteam with actor Edgar Mortiz and rivalry with contemporary actress
Nora Aunor. At the height of her showbiz career she was a consistent box-office
drawer highlighted by comic-book adapted films like the Darna series and Dyesebel,
and dramatic/daring films like Burlesk Queen and Sinasamba Kita, among others

Valerie Concepcion

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Biography


Valerie Concepcion could be the epitome of “sugar and spice and everything
nice,” but the experiences she’s been through all these years will tell
you otherwise. With her series of ups and downs, she may be a woman scarred, but
she’s headstrong, proving her worth to be in show business and to everyone’s
hearts.



Valerie Concepcion was born on December 21, 1987, in Manila, Philippines. Val,
unlike her other contemporaries, didn’t actually enter show business should
she could support her family. It was her love for the craft—and her desire
to entertain people—that prompted her to join the family of Click, a noon-time
teen show of GMA 7 where she played the role of Yasmin. Otherwise, she would just
be a full-time student who’s taking up a degree in Mass Communications or
in a cooking school, turning one of her hobbies into a profession.

At a very young age of 15, Valerie was already conquering TVs and movies. Besides
Click, also played a significant supporting role in the movie Fantastic Man.

Toni Gonzaga

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Philippine
actress Toni Gonzaga's birth name, Celestine, was given to her father by a boxer.
She has a younger sister named Catherine. She began to sing at the age of four
participating in various singing competitions. Sexy Toni Gonzaga took up mass
communications at the Dominican College, where she studied for two years. Later,
she transferred to the AB English program of the Asian Institute for Distance
Education (AIDE). Aside from her career in show business and the music scene,
pretty Gonzaga was once a Sunday school teacher and a Barangay Kagawad in Taytay.
At 17, she struggled as a lounge singer in several Philippine hotels and bars
at night while attending school during the day. Philippine celebrity Toni Gonzaga's
agent later informed her of an audition for a local TV commercial for Sprite.
She got her first big break in a soft-drink commercial as a fan of Piolo Pascual.

Sandara Park

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Biography


This popular young actress, originally born in Korea, has made a hit on the Philippine
screen. Her name came from a nickname of a Korean general, and her entry into
television and film acting was largely a matter of luck. Once she was discovered,
language barriers gave her some difficulty, but that did not stop her from working
hard on her skills until she was well-established as a Philippine screen and musical
star.

Sandara Park was born in Busan, South Korea on November 12, 1984. Originally
her family was wealthy, but some family misfortunes forced her father to seek
work in the Philippines and send for his family later. Although it was a hard
time for her and her family, it would prove an auspicious move for Sandara.

Career

Shaina Magdayao

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Shaina MagdayaoShaina Magdayao won a part in a series at age six and hasn’t
looked back. Although she has three older sisters, it is Vina Morales (Sharon
Magdayao), singer and actress, which she has chosen to emulate. Over the years,
she has won many other roles and has tried her hand at singing—she released
a full album at the tender age of ten.

Biography

Shaina Garcia Magdayao was born to Enrique and Deanne Magdayao on November 6,
1989. Her birthplace is Quezon City, Philippines. At six, she starred in the
series “Lyra,” and was discovered soon after by the network ABS-CBN
and won roles in other series. Soon she was cast alongside other child stars
and her career took off.

Career

Sharon Cuneta

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Biography

Raised from a rich and influential Cuneta Clan, Sharon Cuneta may not need show
biz after all. Yet, destiny made her one of the biggest stars in Philippine show
business industry. With charm, wit, and down-to-earth personality, Sharon captured
the hearts of all level of society. Extraordinary characteristics that very few
stars possess.

Born as Sharon Gamboa Cuneta on January 6, 1966, she started as a singer and
released a single titled “Mr. D.J.” The song’s simple lyrics
and easy to sing-along appeals to the listeners and hits the pop charts in 1978.
Consequently, her debut album “D.J.’s Pet” was a success.

After few more hit albums, Cuneta Sharon was paired in the movie “Dear
Heart”, to another teenager Gabby Concepcion. The movie and their tandem
broke then existing box-office records. The success opened more opportunities
for the two and was introduced to numerous movies such as “P.S. I Love
You”, “My Only Love”, and “Sa Hirap at Ginhawa”. The
real and reel romance was developed and the two got married but was annulled
few years after.

Sarah Geronimo

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Philippine
actress and singer Sarah Geronimo’s father is a retired PLDT employee, and
her mother used to run a beauty parlor in their house at Sta. Cruz, Manila. Pretty
Sarah is the third of four children with siblings Johna Rizzie, Sunshine Grace,
and Ezekiel Gabriel. Sarah's first music lessons came from her father. He would
have her practice everyday to develop her singing prowess. Sexy Sarah first sang
on stage at age two at a mall show. Sarah sang "Pasko Na Naman" with
Pinky Marquez and Richard Reynoso. 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). In between auditions, Sarah would perform at shopping malls and hotel lounges.
Beautiful Sarah was one of the performers during the 1995 visit of Pope John Paul
II. Sarah at an early age joined hosts of different singing contests the first
of which was Tuklas Talino sponsored by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone
Company (PLDT).

Sunshine Cruz

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This actress who has starred in a lot of movies and TB series in her career began
this very same career as a teenybopper in the now defunct teen show That's Entertainment.
Cousin to a few popular Cruz's in the industry, namely Sheryl Cruz, Donna Cruz
and Geneva Cruz, she showed that she had what it took to shine in show business
just like her cousins. Equally gifted with a wonderful set of vocal chords, she
also showed the people of Philippine show business that she too could hold her
own when it came to proving that she was indeed another Cruz that could sing.




She began her showbiz career starring in cutesy roles that paired her off with
other aspiring young stars in the movie First Time . . . Like a Virgin in 1992.
Along with her in the movie were other equally young and soon-to-be sexy stars
Jackie Forster, Karla Estrada, and Shirley Fuentes. She was also one of the original
casts of Bubble Gang when it first showed in 1995.

Rica Peralejo

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Rica PeralejoBiography

Rica Peralejo has one of the most extensive acting biographies for an actress
her age. She began as a child, and shifted through age groups and genres to collect
an impressive list of credits. Despite all this, she has also done documentary
films and established herself as a talented singer.

Rica Peralejo was born on March 7, 1980, in the Philippines. She soon earned
a role in the children’s comedy show “Ang TV.” In her teen years,
she won roles in teen television comedy shows “Gimik” and “T.G.I.S.”
These shows gave Peralejo her start in acting as a career.

After her days in youth variety and sitcoms, Peralejo landed roles in movies
and other television programs. She moved between many genres fluently, which
earned her various “queen” titles such as “Bold Queen,”
“Horror Queen,” and “Scream Queen.” Despite the labels the
media tried to pin on her, she also continued acting in comedies and sitcoms,
as well as variety shows and television dramas.

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