Claudine Barretto: The Enchanting Actress
Philippine television was never the same again when Claudine Margaret Castelo
Barretto entered the entertainment scene. Because of her strong portrayals to
a variety of roles in soap operas, commonly called teleseryes, she was aptly
referred to as Optimum Teleserye Queen.
Claudine Barretto was born on July 20, 1979, in Manila, Philippines. Her parents
are Miguel Alvier Barretto and Estrella Santiago Castelo. She is the youngest
in the brood of six, namely, Mito, Jay-jay, Mitchie, Gretchen, Marjorie, and
Gia, who is currently teaching in Boston.
Claudine is not new to the world of entertainment. At aged 11, she auditioned
to play the role of Grease’s Sandra Dee in Repertory Workshop. Her other
two siblings, Gretchen and Marjorie, have also established their names as actresses
. However, it was when she was 13 years old that her life took a 360-degree
turn. It was 1992 when Johnny Manahan, typically known as Mr. M by many ABS-CBN
talents, discovered her innate potential to be an actress. She was then included
in the now-defunct youth-oriented show Ang TV.