I’ve never thought that I will reach this far. When I was little, I used to watch those beautiful and talented female actresses on TV. That time, I admired their talent for making people cry or laugh. Little did I know that I would also be one of them. Who I am right now are where I am right now are all because of God’s grace.
Before I was given a big break in ABS-CBN’s Primetime block, I had few minor roles in GMA 7. These include TGIS, Ikaw Na Sana, Mornings @ GMA, Beh Bote Nga, Idol Ko Si Kap, SOP, Love to Love, Maynila and Nuts Entertainment. It was in 2004, when I transferred to ABS-CBN, that transformed my television stint.
I played the role of Stephanie Borromeo in ABS-CBN’s Hiram. Stephanie was the unwanted child of Sophia, played by Ms. Dina Bonnevie. All her life, she lived in the shadow of Margaret, played by Heart Evangelista. In this television series, I also got the chance to work with Ms. Kris Aquino, who played as Diana, mother of Margaret. Hiram revolved around the complicated relationships between Diana, Sophia, Beatrice (Micky Ferriols), and Edward (John Estrada).
Kampanerang Kuba (2005)
I was very fortunate to play the lead role in the TV version of Kampanerang Kuba. Imang, the main character, was first played by Ms. Vilma Santos in a 1973 film. Based from Pablo S. Gomez’ comic book series, Imang was a hunchback who’s a ‘kampanera’ or someone who rings the church bell. Because her father, who was also a hunchback, wasn’t able to accept his own daughter, Imang was left outside a church after birth. Thus, Imang grew up with the town’s nuns. Luckily, Imang worked as a nurse maid for her mother Lourdes, played by Eula Valdez. Imang’s involvement with her real family revealed different secrets from the characters.
Maging Sino Ka Man (2006)
“Yes I’m a slut, but I’m the best slut in town!” Thanks to my role as Celine Magsaysay, I became famous for that line and my acting. But seriously, I love my role as Celine in the acclaimed drama series Maging Sino Ka Man. Celine, who was the cousin of Jackie (Bea Alonzo) and daughter of Imelda (Irma Adlawan) was secretly in love with the heir of Roxas Shipping Empire, JB (Sam Milby). From outside, Celine portrayed a tough image. But inside, she carried a sadness caused by her one true love. Her image of steel was actually a heart of gold. Maging Sino Ka Man, which received praises by both audiences and critics, played around how socio-economic classes can ruin or uplift one’s life.
Aside from acting, I also tried my luck on being a VJ in MTV Philippines. I hosted the shows MTV Time Out and Gimme Ten. My experience in MTV was beyond extraordinary. It was so much fun!
Thanks to my role as Josephine, I have been known as the ‘dyosa’ or goddess of sky, earth, and water. My role in ABS-CBN’s Dyosa was very interesting because I lived in two different worlds. Josephine, a mortal, lived on earth for 18 years. Unaware of her true identity, she met Mars (Zanjoe Marudo), a comic illustrator, who drew the fate of the Dyosa. Later in the story, Josephine learned that she was the ‘Takda,’ the chosen one who was tasked to save the world from the evil creatures Kasamyan. As soon as she became a full-fledged goddess, Josephine was torn whether to finally live her life as a goddess or to give up her powers for the human she loves.
The Wedding (2009)
In ABS-CBN’s The Wedding, I got to work with two handsome men, Zanjoe Marudo and Derek Ramsay! In this light romance TV series, I played the role of Candice, a loving daughter who’ll do everything to keep her parents together. Thus, Candice convinced one of her father’s employees, Marlon (Zanjoe Marudo), to pretend that they’re getting married soon. However, the once fake relationship ended with Candice falling in love with Marlon. But before getting happily ever after, Candice’s first and great love Warren (Derek Ramsay) returned! And that’s where the story got complicated.
Green Rose (2010)
Recently, I was paired up with Jericho Rosales for ABS-CBN’s remake of the Koreanovela Green Rose. From the light and comedic The Wedding, I shifted to an action-romantic-drama-suspense TV series! I played the role of Angela, who’s the daughter of SR Electronics’ chairman. Angela fell in love with their company’s cargo shipper Jerome (Jericho Rosales) after spending a night in the woods where their vehicle broke down. However, the chairman of the company and father of Angela didn’t approve of their relationship. Thus, Jerome was framed for the attempted murder of the chairman. Having been thought as dead, Jerome returned as a different person seeking truth and revenge.
I’m also part of the ‘un-kabog-able’ late morning variety show on ABS-CBN. Together with Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Kuya Kim Atienza, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, and Billy Crawford, we bring out the singing, dancing, and acting talents of Pinoys! My heartfelt thanks to Showtime for allowing me to sing at the top of my voice!
ASAP Rocks (present)
I joined ABS-CBN’s Sunday musical variety show back in 2004. ASAP has been my family ever since! Performing in ASAP together with my co-artists is one thing I truly enjoy. Plus, being part of the Kanto Girls, with Sarah Geronimo, Toni Gonzaga, and Nikki Gil, makes me so fulfilled as a singer! Haha.