Here is a list of Philippine celebrities who have been raised by adoptive parents:
Singer-actress Jennylyn Mercado was only six months old when she was abandoned by her real parents. She was single-handedly raised by her adoptive mom, Mommy Lydia, who claimed to be a distant relative of the actress’ biological mother.
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Mercado has since reconnected with her biological parents, Noli Pineda and Jinkee, on separate occasions.
Popular entrepreneur Vicki Belo had been teased as a child that the reason she was given away was because she was fat and ugly. This became the foundation of her goal to build a dermatology and beauty clinic enterprise.
Belo was raised as an only child of her adoptive parents, Enrique Belo and Nena Gonzales, with the latter being the sister of her biological mother.
She is actually the niece of celebrated politician Ninoy Aquino, being the daughter of the late senator’s first cousin, Augusto Cancio with Victoria Gonzales.
Ai-ai delas Alas
Comedienne and blockbuster film actress Ai-ai delas Alas was given up for adoption out of poverty and because of the separation of her parents.
It was never hidden from delas Alas that she was adopted by her unmarried aunt, Justa delas Alas.
She is the natural-born daughter of deceased parents, Rosendo delas Alas and Gregoria Hernandez.
Child actress and comedienne Angelica Panganiban always had a question at the back of her mind why she does not look like her siblings or parents. The beloved actress from the hit romantic film ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ had a hunch that maybe she was adopted but only got the confirmation back in 2010.
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Panganiban’s questions were answered by her adoptive mom, Melania Panganiban. Mrs. Panganiban had all the photos and details the actress wanted to know about her real identity.
The ‘Playhouse’ actress originally had no interest in looking for her biological parents. However, when she found out that her biological mother had passed away, she made an effort to find her real father. Soon after, she met her real dad, Mark Charlson, for the first time.
Lotlot de Leon
A famous actress of the 80s, Lotlot de Leon knew early on that she was adopted; being continually called “ampon ni Nora” by those who flock her.
It was through Nora Aunor’s mother that Lotlot got adopted by the Superstar and her former husband Christopher de Leon.
Lotlot de Leon’s biological parents are Donald Olson and Eva Rodriguez.
According to television and film actor Mark Herras, he and his mom were abandoned by his father when he was barely five years old.
He was never ashamed of his gay foster parents, Herminigildo “Papa Pim” Santos and Daddy Jun Herras. Both have sadly passed on in 2016 and 2014, respectively.
Herras’ biological mom, Jasmin Santos, has also passed away in 2016.
Talented singer Angeline Quinto was given to her aunt for adoption following an abusive relationship her mother had with her father.
It was her aunt Sylvia “Mama Bob” Quinto who convinced Angeline’s mom not to push through with abortion and volunteered to raise the singer-actress as her own.
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Angeline was born as the only daughter of Pop Quiros and Rosemarie Mabao.
TAGS: AiAi delas Alas, Angelica Panganiban, Angeline Quinto, Augusto Cancio, Christopher de leon, Donald Olson, Enrique Belo, Eva Rodriguez, Gregoria Hernandez, Herminigildo Santos, Jasmin Santos, Jennylyn Mercado, Jun Herras, Justa delas Alas, Lotlot de Leon, Lydia Mercado, Mark Charlson, Mark Herras, Melania Panganiban, Nena Gonzales, Noli Pineda, Nora Aunor, Pop Quiros, Rosemarie Mabao, Rosendo delas Alas, Sylvia Quinto, vicki belo, Victoria Gonzales
Fans of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza are pushing the loveteam to star in the upcoming Kapuso remake of the popular Korean drama Descendants of the Sun.
As the remake was announced as one of the Network’s upcoming projects this 2019, the Aldub fans have been tweeting nonstop, requesting for their favorite celebrities to be the main stars.
A Netizen said that the loveteam can do it as Richards has experience when it comes to action scenes and Mendoza can also do the character of Dra. Kang.
Pwedeng-pwede talaga ang AlDub sa Descendants of the Sun. Magaling naman sa action si Alden at 'yung character ni Doc Kang eh kaya naman ni Maine.
— Kharl (@superkav16) January 1, 2019
— ⚫ HuwagKangManghusga ⚫ (@jolmarion) December 10, 2018
But there are also some who were against the idea of the duo assuming the roles, saying that Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado are to be the leads instead.
On the other hand, a Netizen questioned GMA-7‘s ability to produce quality shows as she mentioned that she has learned her lesson from the Philippine version of My Love from the Star.
GMA network will make an adaptation of "DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN"
Alden and Maine will be the lead.
wtf. HINDI NGA MAKAGAWA NG MAAYOS NA FILIPINO DRAMA EH SABAY GAGAWA NITO.
NADALA NA AKO SA ADAPTATION NG MY LOVE FROM THE STAR HA! kainis. ayusan nyo GMA.
— 정말사랑해방탄 (@loveallpeople00) January 4, 2019
“Hindi ko pa rin po alam. Sana po,” he said when asked at his Thanksgiving Party.
“Pero sa ngayon po, as of the moment, wala pa pong final words sa soap opera.”
Despite the Network Rivalty, ABS-CBN have always opened its doors to the Kapuso artists to cross over and let them promote their projects.
GMA-7 stars have visited the Kapamilya network even for a brief time as most of them made guest appearances the Network’s shows in order to promote movies where they co-star with an ABS-CBN talent, or was c0-produced by Star Cinema.
Here’s a list of some Kapuso artists that made their own ABS-CBN appearances:
Teresita Ssen Marquez.
The Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 winner made an appearance on Magandang Buhay and Tonight With Boy Abunda.
She was a part of the Ika-6 Na Utos and Mulawin vs Ravena cast.
Lovi made guest appearances for The Bride and the Lover, whom she starred in alongside Jennylyn Mercado and Paolo Avelino.
She has also promoted her movie on It’s Showtime host, Vhong Navarro, titled Woke Up Like This.
Rhian has been the leading lady of Kapamilya actors for two times now. First is with Piolo Pascual for Silong, and with Zanjoe Marudo in Fallback last year.
She has joined her co-stars in promoting the movies on ABS-CBN shows.
The actress starred with Kapamilya stars four times before.
She used to visit The Buzz and Kris TV before.
Joey De Leon.
The Eat Bulaga host once Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo‘s father in movie Won’t Last A Day Without You.
He made his rare Kapamilya appearance at The Buzz and Kris TV on 2011.
Vic is not new when it comes to cross-over guestings as he made a handful of appearancs in the Kapamilya network back then.
Among these are for two of his movies that were c0-produced by Star Cinema.
Solenn has made guestings on ABS-CBN back in 2014 and 2016.
She starred with Kapamilya films such as Da Possessed and Love is Blind
He shared the big screen with Maja Salvador in You’re Still The One and Anne Curtis in Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?
GMA’s Primetime King has also been Star Cinema‘s favorite when it comes to leading men.
He is set to co-star with Vice Ganda in Fantastika. He frequents in Tonight with Boy Abunda and Magandang Buhay.
This actress and television personality has been visible on ABS-CBN in 2016.
Jennylyn had interviews with Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino as she promoted her movies with Sam Milby and John Lloyd Cruz.
Marian had made promotional rounds in ABS-CBN back in 2013 when she became a part of action-fantasy film Kung Fu Divas.
She starred with then Kapamilya star Ai-Ai delas Alas.
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Jennylyn Mercado was heartbroken on the news of the 3 year-old abuse victim that have surfaced recently.
The child was physically abused by her step-mother, Berna Espina. A video of the child in the hospital went viral as she pointed at her stepmother when asked who her abuser was.
Mercado was also a victim of abuse, her heart was touched by the story when one of her social media managers posted on her Facebook page.
This is heartbreaking. 😢
Can anyone inform us how we can reach out to this poor girl? Jennylyn Mercado experienced child battery when she was barely 3. Jennylyn survived because her Mommy Lydia saved her from further physical, spiritual and emotional abuse. Jennylyn would like to extend her support to this girl. Please let us know.
A few years ago, the Kapuso actress admitted that she suffered from abuse by her stepfather when she was still a child. She was rescued and raised by her aunt, Lydia Mercado, who is now her legal mother.
“’Yong likod ko pinaplantsa tapos pinapaso ako ng cigarette. Tapos kapag pinaso na niya ako ng cigarette, ‘di ba lolobo siya, pipisain niya ‘yon. Gusto talaga niya nang nakakasakit, gano’n.
“Dumating na sa point na sa sobrang kakabugbog sa akin hindi na ako makabangon sa bed, ‘yong tipong black and blue na talaga, Tapos makikita nila iba na ‘yong itsura ko kasi maga, ‘yong nakalabas ng gano’n ‘yong mata ko tapos ang laki ng ulo ko, kasi siguro sa sobrang kakabugbog sa akin,” she shared.
We all know that there is a lot of celebrities that have fit bodies and small waistlines.
Here are 12 Filipina celebrities that can be your “body goals” if you aspire to have thinner waists.
This actress and a mother of one has a waistline of 19 inches.
2. Lovi Poe
Lovi Poe has a waistline of 21 inches.
3. Rhian Ramos
This actress, commercial model, and singer has a waistline of 22 inches!
Sam Pinto has a waistline of 22 inches.
5. Julie Anne San Jose
Singer / Actress Julie Anne San Jose has a waistline of 23 inches.
6. Megan Young
Miss Earth 2013 Megan Young’s waist measures 23 inches.
7. Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis has a waistline of 23 inches!
8. Jennylyn Mercado
This celebrity mom has a waistline of 24 inches.
9. Toni Gonzaga
Toni Gonzaga’s waist measures 24 inches.
10. Maine Mendoza
Maine Medoza has a 24 inch waistline
11. Kris Bernal
Actress Kris Bernal has a waistline that measures 22 inches
12. Sandara Park
2NE1’s Sandara Park has a waistline that measures 24 inches.
Who is your waistline goals?
We often see celebrities on television but ever wondered which of them has successfully established a business?
Here are 20 well known celebrities turned entrepreneurs:
1. Anne Curtis
Actress/Host launched her own makeup line last year named blk cosmetics. blk is one of the few local brands that have an official cruelty-free certification from PETA.
2. Alden Richards
“Pambansang Bae” Alden Richard opened his restaurant Concha’s Garden Cafe in Cliffhouse, Tagaytay City. The place offers various takes on delicious Filipino dishes.
3. Glaiza de Castro, Bianca King, Xander Angeles, Abby Asistio
If you ever passed by the Runner’s Kitchen along Tomas Morato in Quezon City, it is owned by celebrity friends Glaiza de Castro, Bianca King, Xander Angeles, and Abby Asistio. They serve a variety of “guilt-free” food.
4. Fabio Ide
Not everyone knows but Brazilian actor/model/racer Fabio Ide is one of the owners of the high-end bar The Palace Pool Club.
5. Jennylyn Mercado
Actress Jennylyn Mercado is the owner of Fit and Form which is a combination of a salon, a spa, and a boutique. It is located in Quezon City.
6. Vice Ganda
Like his “It’s Showtime” co-host, Vice Ganda also recently launched his own cosmetic brand, Vice Cosmetics. Their products are proven cruelty-free by the United States PETA. He also co-owns bar District 8 with fellow celebs namely, Daniel Padilla, James Yap, Marc Pingris, etc.
7. Benjamin Alvez
Books and Borders is a cafe co-owned by actor and model Benjamin Alvez. It currently has four branches around Metro Manila
8. Lovi Poe
Love Poe co-owns the restaurant and casual hang-out place, Cable Car, in Bonifacio Global City. It specializes in American and Filipino finger food.
9. Tim Yap
TV and radio host, newspaper editor, creative director, columnist, club owner and eventologist Tim Yap may seem to have a lot in his hands, but he also co-owns several clubs in the country like Valkyrie, The Palace Pool Club, and Revel.
10. Marvin Agustin
Actor/Chef Marvin Agustin co-founded the Sumosam Group of Restaurants that owns a large number of restaurants around the country, and even in San Francisco as well.
11. Marian Rivera
As a lover of everything floral, actress Marian Rivera opened her own business Flora Vida that serves beautiful flower arrangements.
12. Martin del Rosario
Martin opened a bar in Quezon City last year called The Armory. Martin describes his bar as a rustic space with affordable drinks to hang out with old friends and make new ones.
13. Ara Mina
Actress, singer, endorser, and entrepreneur Ara Mina owns the Hazelberry Cafe in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. The cafe is known for its freshly baked goodies.
14. Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga
This goofy siblings recently opened their milk tea shop called Happy Cup. It now has several branches all around Manila.
15. Maine Mendoza
Maine Mendoza and her family recently opened their franchise of the popular fast food chain, McDonald’s, located in Sta. Clara, Bulacan.
16. Sharon Cuneta
Singer/Actress Sharon Cuneta and her husband Kiko Pangilinan opened Mesa, a restaurant that offers traditional Filipino food. Mesa currently has 19 branches.
17. Shamcey Supsup
Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup and her husband ventured into the food industry as the opened their restaurant Pedro ‘n Coi.
18. Karylle Padilla-Yuzon
“It’s Showtime” host Karylle Padilla-Yuzon now co-owns Centerstage Family KTV in Makati City and Pasay City.
19. Georgina Wilson
Filipino-British model, actress, host and VJ Georgina Wilson c0-owns eyewear brand Sunnies Studios with three of her friends. They have also opened the cafe and resto Sunnies Cafe.
20. Jericho Rosales
As an actor into grooming, he opened up a barber shop called Talas Manileno.
TAGS: Abby Asistio, Alden Richards, Alex Gonzaga, Anne Curtis, ara mina, Benjamin Alvez, Bianca King, fabio ide, Geogina Wilson, Glaiza De Castro, Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Karylle Padilla-Yuzon, Lovi Poe, maine mendoza, Marian Rivera, Martin del Rosario, marvin agustin, Shamcey Supsup, Sharon Cuneta, Tim Yap, Toni Gonzaga, Vice Ganda, Xander Angeles
Click was a Philippine television drama series broadcast by GMA Network. It aired from December 4, 1999 to July 24, 2004. The show revolves around a clique of friends with unique personalities facing the challenges of being a teenager. They battle against pains, struggles, challenges and discoveries of teenage life.
The show earned “Best Youth Oriented Show, PMPC Star Awards for Television” in 2002, 2003 and 2004, “Best Youth Drama Program, Catholic Mass Media Awards” in 2002 and “Anak TV Seal Award Winner” in 2003 and 2004. The show jump-started the careers of these celebrities:
ROXANNE BARCELO as Toni
She is now cast in Wildflower as the secondary antagonist, “Nathalie Alcantara.”
JAMES BLANCO as Anton
Best New Male Personality Winner, PMPC Star Awards for TV 2000
He now has a wife whose a New Zealand native and three kids; one daughter and two sons.
ANGELIKA DELA CRUZ as Oli
She is now a wife to Orion Caesario and has two children. She is cast in “Ika-6 na Utos” as Geneva Takashi.
ALESSANDRA DE ROSSI as Ian
Her most recent and most notable role as an actress was Lea in the movie, “Kita kita.”
DANICA SOTTO as Kara
She is now a wife to Marc Pingris and a mother to Michel and Caela.
ANTOINETTE TAUS as Allie
She left the Philippines and stayed in Los Angeles to pursue American show business. Now, she came back to resume her career.
CHYNNA ORTALEZA as Mimi
She is now marries to Kean Cipriano and they have one daughter, Stellar, together.
WOWIE DE GUZMAN as Hector
He was cast as one of the warriors to protect Malia in “La Lune Sangre.” He was married to Sheryl Ann Reyes. They have a daughter together but unfotunately, she died after a month of giving birth.
WENDELL RAMOS as Ben
He is currently cast as Raul Torillo in “Wildflower.” He is married, has one son and one daughter.
RICHARD GUITERREZ as Enzo & ANGEL LOCSIN as Charley
They used to be a love team but now they are both cast in “La Luna Sangre.” Guiterrez as the Supremo and Locsin as the hybrid vampire and werewolf, Lady in Red. Guiterrez is now engaged to Sarah Lahbati. They already have a son, Zion and expecting another baby boy.
KAREN DELOS REYES as Weng
She just gave to a baby boy in October 2017. Her most recent role was in “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” with Alessandra de Rossi.
JAKE CUENCA as Tryke
He will be the new ‘Lizardo,’ the mortal enemy of Flavio in “Ang Panday.”
IYA VILLANIA – ARELLANO as Sydney and DREW ARELLANO as Gilbert
They were both cast in the show but now they are happily married and have a son named, Primo.
JENNYLYN MERCADO as Carol
Her most recent role is in the TV series, “Dear Uge” as Cynthia. She is now a proud mother of Alex Jazz.
MARK HERRAS as Migs
His most recent role was in a TV series, “Dear Uge” as Nestor.
YASMIEN KURDI as Leilani
BIANCA KING as Marnie
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I always knew I was a star.
And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me. -Freddie Mercury
Stars were just like ordinary people before they became famous. Some of them already had a share in the limelight even before making a name. Some were already stars in the making, and some were struggling for their star to shine bright.
Let’s see how some of the Filipino celebrities look like before they became famous. Did most of them already have star quality before they shone bright in the Philippine entertainment industry, or did they only shine after years of hard work?
Take a look at some of the most famous stars in the past and today and look back at how they started.
Here are some Pinoy celebrities before they became famous stars:
Before Dolphy became the “King of Comedy”, he was a theater performer and an extra in may films.
Fernando Poe Jr.
“Da King” started out as a stuntman before he took lead roles.
Christopher De Leon
Christopher started his acting career in 1974.
Vilma has always been pretty since she was a child actress.
Tito Sotto, Sharon’s uncle-in-law produced her first album which included the immortal “Mr. DJ” song.
“Asia’s Songbird” was once a regular in singing competitions, amateur and professional.
Before Gary became “Mr. Pure Energy”, he started out as a commercial model for a softdrink.
Vic was a singer known as “Marvic Sotto” even before he joined VST and company.
Lea has been singing since she was a child and even recorded albums before she was in Miss Saigon.
TAGS: Angel Locsin, apl d ap, Bea binene, Bianca Umali, Christopher de leon, Coco Martin, Dingdong Dantes, Dolphy, erich Gonzales, Fernando poe jr, gary valenciano, janella Salvador, Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Judy Ann Santos, Julie Anne San Jose, Kathryn Bernardo, Lea Salonga, liza soberano, Marian Rivera, Regine Velasquez, Richard Gomez, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Sarah Geronimo, Sharon Cuneta, Toni Gonzaga, Vic Sotto, Vilma Santos
Quantum Films’ “English Only Please” would hardly fit in my list of memorable local rom-coms but it is sufficient.
The leads Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado have sufficient chemistry.
Jennylyn is sufficently endearing in playing her character. She is radiant in some sequences. Derek’s character would have been perfectly played by Sam Milby. There are times I cringe at his character’s attempt to spew Tagalog with an accent.
I believe this movie can be funnier and more interesting but for its random moments of kilig and quiet yet effective attempts to inject humor.
This flick is a 7/10.
We all know there are plenty of celebrity kids that bear striking resemblance to their parents and actual sets of twins, but some of the best star “twins” aren’t related at all. You may think your favorite celebrity is one of a kind, but there are some other celebrities who will have you seeing double.
We’ve spotted some spooky similarities amongst the celebrities!
Get a peek at who’s taken a turn as a celebrity doppelganger…
Sandy Tabet Vs. Jennylyn Mercado | These duos have some surprisingly similar features. It’s hard to deny that they resemble each other!
TAGS: Adele, Alden Richards, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Arjo Atayde, Barbie Forteza, Bea Alonzo, Bela Padilla, David Cook, Devon Seron, Dexter, Doppelgangers, Franklin Drillon, gerphil flores, Glaiza De Castro, Glydel Mercado, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennylyn Mercado, Jessica Sanchez, Jett Pangan, Joao Constancia, John Lapus, John Lloyd Cruz, John Nite, Joseph Bitangcol, Joshua Garcia, juana change, Kathryn Bernardo, Ken Chan, Kristen Kreuk, Logan Lerman, Lookalikes, Louise delos Reyes, Lucy Liu, Luis Manzano, maine mendoza, Manilyn Reynes, Marian Rivera, megan young, melanie marquez, Mura, nadine lustre, Nino Muhlach, Pekto Nacua, Pinoy Celebrities, Pinoy celebrity look alikes, Pokwang, rhian ramos, Rico Yan, Ritz Azul, Roderick Paulate, Ruby Rose, Ryan Arana, Sam Milby, Sandy Tabet, Sarah Geronimo, Sarah Lahbati, Steve Tyler, Suzi Entrata, taylor swift, Tessa Prieto-Valdez