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Amalia Muhlach

Amalia Fuentes (born August 27, 1940) was a Filipina actress, and former movie queen of Philippine movies. She was dubbed theElizabeth Taylor of the Philippines. She is aunt of actors Aga Muhlach and Nino Muhlach. She is the mother of also an actress Liezel Martinez. She was the first Filipina Lux Soap model. She was Susan Roces' rival in popularity during the late 50's and early 60's.

Fuentes had classic mestiza features that made her one of Asia's most beautiful actresses in the early '60s.

Aga Muhlach

Ariel Aquino Muhlach (born August 12, 1969), commonly known as Aga Muhlach, is a two-time Gawad Urian and FAMAS award-winning Filipino actor and product endorser. A popular matinee idol since his teens, he was acclaimed, beginning in the 1990s, as one of the country's top dramatic actors.

Bembol Roco
Naga City

Rafael Aranda Roco, Jr. (born November 20, 1953) is an award-winining Filipino actor whose work ranges from films to television. He is famous for his critically acclaimed role as Julio Madiaga in Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag. Though he acts in his country's films, he also had an important role in the 1982 Australian-U.S. film The Year of Living Dangerously. He also portrayed bald villain roles in Philippine action movies as well as various supporting roles. Bem is currently starred in Sine Novela: Tinik Sa Dibdib.

Cindy Kurleto
Camarines Sur

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.

Dina Bonnevie
Legazpi City

Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie

In 1985 she ventured into dramatic roles, starting with 'Mike de Leon' 's Hindi nahahati ang langit (1985). Her other films are A Dangerous Life (1988) (mini), with American actor Gary Busey; Orapronobis (1989), Pangarap na Ginto (1990), Huwag mong Salingin ang Sugat ko (1991) and Akin ang Pangarap Mo (1992). In Babaeng Nawawala sa Sarili(1989), Bonnevie sizzled and wowed critics and audiences alike in the role of a possessed woman. She also portrayed real-life characters, such as in Eskapo: The Serge Osmena-Geny Lopez Story (1995), as the wife of Geny Lopez; as one of the accused parents in the child-molestation drama, Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995), shot in New York City; as the girlfriend of activist Leopoldo Mabilangan in Ka Hector (1995); and as Governor Chavit Singson's wife in Chavit (2003), opposite Cesar Montano and Eddie Garcia. She also did some sexy roles in Tag araw Tag Ulan where she starred with Gary Estrada.

Anjo Yllana
Camalig Albay

Anjo Yllana (born April 24, 1968) is an actor-comedian, television host and politician.

He started in showbiz in 1984 from talent manager the late Douglas Quijano, after attempting a career as a professional basketball player. He started out by doing support roles in both comedy and drama. He was even nominated by different award-giving bodies as Best Supporting Actor in the movie "Itanong Mo sa Buwan" opposite Jaclyn Jose and directed by Chito Rono.

Eddie Garcia

Eduardo Verchez García (born May 2, 1929) popularly known as Manoy is a Filipino film actor and film director.

He served with the Philippine Scouts during World War II and was stationed as a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan before joining showbusiness. He is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.

Eddie Ilarde
Iriga City, Camarines Sur

Edgar U. Ilarde (born August 25, 1934), also known as Eddie Ilarde, is a Filipino radio and television host who was elected to one term in the Philippine Senate. He also served one term each as a Congressman and as an Assemblyman of the Interim Batasang Pambansa. On radio and television, he hosted such programs as Kahapon Lamang, Student Canteen, and Darigold Jamboree. His first office as a public servant was being a councilor of Pasay City in the early '60s.

Ilarde was born in Iriga, Camarines Sur. After finishing high school, he migrated to Manila and worked as a bootblack and a newspaper vendor until his brother had him enroll in college. He obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Far Eastern University.

Elizabeth Oropesa
Guinobatan, Albay

Elizabeth Oropesa Freeman or simply called her La Oropesa is a multi-awarded actress in the Philippines. She was a Grand Slam Best Actress winner in Bulaklak Ng Maynila (1999). She is Bicolana beauty, former Miss Luzon, and now a healer known as Dr. Elizabeth O. Freeman. Her father was a Native American

Oropesa was launched to stardom in Mister Mo, Lover Boy Ko (1975), produced by Jesse Ejercito and directed by Ishmael Bernal. She won the FAMAS Best Actress award forLumapit, Lumayo Ang Umaga (1975), also directed by Bernal. Again, Bernal directed Oropesa in Nunal Sa Tubig (1976), one of the best films of the '70s. Oropesa is one of the favorites of director Ishmael Bernal, who directed her in classic movies.

Enchong Dee
Naga City

Ernest Lorenzo Velasquez Dee, known as Enchong Dee (born November 5, 1988) is a Filipino TV and movie actor, model, andswimmer. Dee is a contract artist of ABS-CBN's Star Magic. He came to prominence after starring in his first major TV drama Katorse(2009). He the role of "Luis" in the Filipino remake Maria La Del Barrio (2011). He also starred in Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2012-13), andMuling Buksan Ang Puso

He is the younger brother of actor and model, AJ Dee.

Dee's first TV appearance in television came in 2006 when he appeared in a Philippine talk show Homeboy as one of the guests. He caught the eye of a modeling agency and advertisers and soon appeared in several advertising campaigns including Close Up, Bench, KFC and Timex.

Gary Valenciano
Camalig Albay

Edgardo José Martin Santiago Valenciano (born 6 August 1964), better known as Gary Valenciano or Gary V., is a Filipinomusician. Also known as Mr. Pure Energy, Valenciano has released 26 albums, and won the Awit Awards for "Best Male Performer" eleven times. In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines first National Ambassador. His most notable songs include "Di Bale Na Lang" ("Never mind"), "Eto Na Naman" ("Here we go again"), "Sana Maulit Muli" ("i wish it could happen again"), "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?" ("Does God sleep"), "Gaya ng Dati" ("Just like before"), "Pasko Na, Sinta Ko" ("It's already Christmas my love"), and "Narito" ("Here").

He is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actors, and is frequently tapped to sing theme songs for the network's soap operas andfilms.

Gary Valenciano was given the ASAP Elite Platinum Circle Award for 2008 for his extraordinary achievements in the local music industry. In his 25 years in the music industry, Gary has been awarded five Platinum albums, four double Platinum albums, three triple Platinum albums, and two sextuple Platinum albums.

Raymart Santiago

Raymond Martin (Raymart) Santiago (born July 20, 1973 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino action star and comedian.

He comes from a prominent Philippine showbiz family—the Santiagos. His father is the late director Pablo Santiago Sr. He is the youngest among the Santiago siblings. He and two of his elder brothers are also known in their respective fields in show business—them being Randy Gerard (or Randy Santiago) who is a singer/actor/host and Rowell who is a director/actor. Their other brother is Reilly Pablo Jr., who was married to another local actress Sherilyn Reyes and also tried his hand at film production.

Rafael Rosell

Rafael Quimpo Rosell IV, (born 10 November 1982)is a Filipino actor and model. 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. A known talent of ABS-CBN for several years, Rosell is now under contract with GMA Network.

He was introduced by Aimee Quimpo as one of the leading men of Jolina Magdangal, in Star Cinema's Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip.[6] Rosell's big break came in 2004 when he was paired with Claudine Barretto on the ABS-CBN fantaserye Marina.

Rez Cortez
Canaman, Camarines Sur

Si Rez ay unang nakilala noong dekada 70s bilang isang magaling na mananayaw at lumalabas sa mga iba't-ibang estasyon ng telebisyon

Itinambal din siya sa mga pelikula ni Alma Moreno subalit hindi pumatok sa takilya ang kanilang tambalan at siya ay napunta kay Trixia Gomez at ginawa nila ang pelikulang Halik na Lumalatay noong 1978.

Robin Padilla
Daet,Camarines Norte

Robinhood Ferdinand Cariño Padilla (November 23, 1969) better known by his stage name Robin Padilla is a Filipino film director, screenwriter, producer, martial artist and actor. Padilla is both a matinee idol and cultural icon; he is sometimes referred to as "James Dean" and dubbed as the "Bad Boy" of Philippine Cinema; as he portrayed 'protagonist gangster roles' in his films Anak ni Baby Ama, Grease Gun Gang, Bad Boy 1 & Bad Boy 2. Padilla is active in television series programs. He has played important roles in Asian Treasures, Joaquin Bordado, Totoy Bato, Guns and Roses, and Toda Max.

Both the acting and showbiz industry industry are not new to Padilla. He comes from a multi-faceted background, which includes talented performers, and a political family. His father Casimiro Padilla Sr., who was a film director, served as vice-governor ofCamarines Norte in 1970s and assemblyman in 1980s; while his mother was an actress and three of his siblings Rustom, Rommeland Royette are actors. His Half brother Casimiro Roy Padilla Jr. succeeded his father's political endeavors, serving as a union leader, a congressman, and three-term governor of Camarines Norte.

Roderick Paulate
Legazpi City

Roderick Paulate (born April 4, 1960) is a Filipino actor, TV host, comedian and politician.

Paulate started his career as a child actor. He received his first Best Child Actor award from the Manila Film Festival for the movie Kasalanan Kaya in 1968. His first FAMAS award was for Anghel na Walang Langit in 1970.

Paulate’s first foray in gay roles was in 1979 when he appeared in Maryo J. De Los Reyes' High School Circa ’65. A producer then gave him the lead role in Charot, a movie inspired by Dustin Hoffman's gender-bending performance in Tootsie. His movie Inday Inday sa Balitaw was a huge success, that in 1987 he made four gay movies in a span of eight months: Jack en Poy, Bb. Tsuperman, Kumander Gringa, and 1+1=12+1.Paulate continued to play gay roles in movies and television. All in all, Paulate has received six Best Child Actor awards and 17 awards during his adult years starting with Inday, Inday sa Balitaw in 1986 (co-starring Maricel Soriano) when he received the Best Supporting Actor trophy.In 1996, Paulate was named Best Actor in Drama at the Asian Television Awards,and again in 2000, for his role in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode "Wristwatch".

Rowell Santiago

Randy Gerard Legaspi Santiago (born November 26, 1960) more commonly known as simply Randy Santiago, is a Filipino actor, television host, singer, songwriter, producer, director and entrepreneur. He is the big brother of Raymart Santiago, Rowell Santiago and Reily Pablo L. Santiago Jr.. He graduated from De La Salle University.

As an actor, Santiago has acted in movies such as "Paikot-ikot", released in 1990, "Pera o bayong (Not da TV)!" (2000), in which he portrayed Tiburcio, and "Taray at Teroy" (1988). As a film producer, he has produced movies such as "JR", released in 1983, and "Daniel Bartolo ng Sapang Bato" (1982).

Camarines Sur, Naga City,

Roque Federizon Lee, a.k.a. ROXLEE is a Filipino animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, painter, rock star, and many considered as the God Father of the Filipino young filmmakers. The man who created “Cesar Asar” together with his brother Mon Lee. Rox is also the older brother of Romeo Lee, a fellow painter and Ruben Lee, a cinematographer. Apart from this Lee brothers is their nephew Topel Lee, a film, TV and music director of GMA Networks. He started out as a cartoonist—first contributing cartoons to Jingle Magazine, and then doing the comic strip Cesar Asar for Manila Bulletin (one of the most popular broadsheet in the Philippines) in collaboration with his brother Monlee from 1980 to 2000. Roxlee is one of the founding members of Animagination now evolved into Animahenasyon and Sinekalye, a group of filmmakers taking the films and music into the street. He is a pioneer of independent film animation in the Philippines.

Pepe Pimentel
Naga City

Jose G. Pimentel, Sr. (April 30, 1929 – January 25, 2013) was Filipino former game show host and actor.

Pimentel is best known as the host of Kwarta o Kahon, which ran for 38 years, and was considered the precursor and inspiration of popular game segments such as Wowowee’s Pera o Bayong. He also served as host for the defunct TV programs Tawag ng Tanghalan and Student Canteen.

Pimentel also had some notable roles in the movies Ang Babaeng Isputnik and I Won, I Won: Ang S’werte Nga Naman.

Mila Ocampo
Iriga City

Milagros Sumayao ( famously known as Mila Ocampo) was a starlet at the LVN studios at age 17 when she joined the Miss Press Photography contest. She married Von Serna †, also an actor and had 2 children with him - Snooky & Anton. Mila passed away on January 6, 2010 at the age of 67 due to emphysema.

Mila Ocampo was born on March 14, 1942 in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. She was an actress, known for Pakawalan mo ako (1981), Santa Claus Is Coming to Town!(1982) and Haring Solomon at Reyna Sheba (1952). She was married to Von Serna. She died on January 6, 2010 in Makati City, Metro Manila, Luzon, Philippines.

Mother of actors Snooky Serna and Anton Serna.

Paquito Diaz
Daraga, Alay

Francisco Bustillos Diaz (May 28, 1937 – March 3, 2011), better known by his screen name Paquito Diaz, was a veteran Filipinoactor and movie director. He specialized in action and comedy.

Diaz was born in Pampanga, Philippines. He was famous for his villain roles, either as the main, supporting or comic relief and he was one of the most popular actors in film industry, although he also had the ability to portray protagonist roles, mostly supporting, or comic relief (with his longtime friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr.. In fact, he had also portrayed a non-villain role in "Walang Matigas Na Tinapay sa Mainit na Kape" and "Ang Dalubhasa" (with his unmoustache) It was his late younger brother, Romy who played as the main villain of the film. Other non-villain appearances include Eagle Squad, where he plays as a dedicated and good police officer as opposed to his other corrupt police roles alongside Robin Padilla, Current Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Edu Manzano, and Jaime Fabregas as the main antagonist, Bayadra (a parody of Viagra) Brothers alongside Jimmy Santos and the late Berting Labra, Estudyante Blues as the father of the character of his son Joko, and Pera O Bayong as Don Juanito Starring Willie Revillame, John Estrada andRandy Santiago with Mark Gil as the right hand man of his character and the main antagonist of that film.

He also appeared in villain roles in comedy films as the main antagonist and also in supporting/non-villain roles that stars mostly Dolphy, Redford White, Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, Jimmy Santos and the late actors Chiquito, Babalu, Panchito and Rene Requiestas.

He suffered from hemorrhagic stroke in 2002 and died last March 3, 2011 due to pneumonia complications.

Marianne dela Riva
Legazpi City

Marianne dela Riva, is a Filipina actress, popularly known as Luisa in Gulong Ng Palad, a classic TV series in the Philippines aired in 1977. She was the favorite leading lady of action king Fernando Poe, Jr. and other action stars in the '80s.

It was fashion designer Pitoy Moreno who discovered Marianne at the age of 16. She used to be one of his models. She became one of Manila's Prettiest. She became a fashion model and then became a print model. She appeared in more than 75 movies and television shows since she started as leading lady of Cocoy Laurel in 1973 movie Love Song. She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress 1975 FAMAS Award for Krimen: Kayo Ang Humatol (1974).

Lito Pimentel
Naga City

Joselito Pimentel also known as Lito Pimentel (born Joselito Pimentel) is a film and television actor in the Philippines.

Pimentel appeared in movies such as Moral (1982) starring Lorna Tolentino, Broken Marriage (1983) starring Vilma Santos, Clarizza(1986) with Sarsi Emmanuelle, Lord, Bakit Ako Pa? (1988) starring Snooky Serna, and Lover's Delight (1990) with Alma Moreno andJoey Marquez.

He won the Best Supporting Actor Gawad Urian Award for the movie Kapag Napagod Ang Puso (1988).

Pimentel is married to businesswoman Ma. Chrysantine Pimentel.

Kristine Hermosa

Kristine Hermosa Orille Sotto (born September 9, 1983 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress. She is well-known for portraying the role of Ynamorata "Yna" Macaspac in the primetime drama series, Pangako Sa 'Yo.

Kristine Hermosa was discovered at age 12 when her older sister Kathleen auditioned for a show in ABS-CBN. She was cast in the 1998 weekly drama series, Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. In 2000, she was cast in the primetime soap opera, Pangako sa 'Yo. She starred in the film Forevermore, released in 2002. In 2003-2004, she starred inSana'y Wala Nang Wakas with Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo and Angelika dela Cruz. The following year she also starred in Ngayon Nandito Ka released in November 2003 Hermosa starred in the film All My Life where she played a broken-hearted woman who finds love with a dying man. She also played the lead role in the short-lived television series'Til Death Do Us Part in 2005. Hermosa appeared in Gulong ng Palad and Prinsesa ng Banyera in 2006 and 2007 respectively and in 2009 in Dahil May Isang Ikaw. She was Last seen in the TV Project appeared in the action-fantasy series Noah where she played a diwata, the counterpart of a fairy in Philippine mythology.

Andrew E.
Naga City

Andrew Espiritu (born July 30, 1967), better known as Andrew E., is a Filipino rapper, record producer and actor. He is best known throughout the Philippines for his 1990 debut hit single "Humanap Ka Ng Panget" (Look For Someone Ugly). Espiritu won a 'Rap Album of the Year' award for his latest album Clubzilla at the 2010 PMPC Star Awards for Music.

Espiritu saw his first glimpse of showbiz as a DJ in a popular club, Euphoria. His first TV appearance was on That's Entertainment, a variety show hosted by German Moreno onGMA-7. He began his showbiz career in December 1990 when he released his debut single "Humanap Ka Ng Panget".

Andrew’s career branched out as he began to star in comedy films based on his songs.

In mid 1995, Andrew E. founded an independent rap label named Dongalo Wreckords for the purpose of discovering and producing new rap talents, one of them being the rap group Salbakuta, with their debut single "S2upid Luv" becoming a best-seller and spawning a film starring Andrew E.

Bugoy Drilon
Camarines Sur

Jay Drilon-Bogayan better known by his stage name Bugoy Drilon, is a Filipino singer. He rose to fame after placing as Second Star Dreamer in the second season of Pinoy Dream Academy.

Jay Drilon-Bogayan was born in Ocampo, Camarines Sur on January 1, 1990, from an impoverished family.[citation needed] Dubbed as "The Farmer's Son", his favorite singers are Sheryn Regis, Jimmy Marquez, Guy Sebastian, Brian McKnight, and Boyz II Men.

Ely Buendia
Naga City

Ely Eleandre Basiño Buendia (born November 2, 1970),popularly known as Ely Buendia, is a Filipino musician, writer and director who gained fame as guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist of the popular Pinoy rock band Eraserheads. His compositions gained success and critical acclaim, topping various music charts, and are now considered classics. Widely regarded as one of the most respected music icons in the country, he currently performs as guitarist and lead vocalist for Pupil. After Ely left Eraserheads, he would invite musicians and jam together. He had no definite line-up at that time, "I have, like, 10 members in the band right now. I have two drummers, two bass players...", according to Ely in an interview with Martin Nievera. This jamming together with friends would eventually evolve into The Mongols. It was composed of guitarist J. Astro (also known as Jerome Velasco) (of The Teeth), bassist Yan Yuzon, drummer Bogs "Boga Man" Jugo (of the indie pop band Daydream Cycle), and Buendia on guitars and vocals, under the stage name Jesus "Dizzy" Ventura. The band was managed by Day Cabuhat, one of Eraserheads' former managers. According to one of Eraserhead's event producers, Ely's "Jesus" stage name was from an inside joke during Eraserhead's USA Tour. Ely and Marcus bought replica sheriff badges at the Universal Studios Hollywood and Ely got a badge with the name "Jesus" while Marcus' was "Cesar".