Aga Muhlach

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Aga Muhlach
Born Ariel Aquino Muhlach
(1969-08-12) August 12, 1969 (age 44)
Manila, Philippines
Alma mater Far Eastern University, Manila
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976-present
Spouse(s) Charlene Gonzales[1] (2001-present)
Children Luigi "Igi Boy" Muhlach[2]
Andres Muhlach[1]
Atasha Muhlach[1]
Awards See Awards and nominations

Ariel Aquino Muhlach[3] (born August 12, 1969), commonly known as Aga Muhlach, is a multi-award winning Filipino actor and product endorser. He is considered as one of the top dramatic actors in the Philippines.[4]

He was introduced to the entertainment industry using his real name "Ariel Muhlach" at the age of seven when he appeared in the 1975 film May Isang Tsuper ng Taksi and the 1976 film, Babaing Hiwalay Sa Asawa,[5] but he only became well known (under his new screen name "Aga Muhlach") with the success of the 1984 film Bagets,[6] after which he became a popular matinee idol.[4]

As of 2014, Muhlach works as an actor under contract with TV5.[7]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Aga Muhlach was born on August 12, 1969 in Manila, Philippines. The rest of his family consists of two sisters, Arlene and Almira, a brother named Aj, and his parents Alvaro Cheng Muhlach and Anita Aquino.[3] He finished high school at the Aquinas School[8] and entered the San Beda College to study Commerce. He discontinued his studies when he began to concentrate on his acting career.[9]

Muhlach's family has other connections to show business. His father is a younger brother of the former leading dramatic actress Amalia Fuentesl; his cousin, Niño Muhlach, was the leading child actor of the 1970s; his brother Aj Muhlach was a member of boy band XLR8; and his two sisters are also actresses.[10]

His family has Spanish, German, and Chinese roots. His family tree can be traced back to Santander, Spain; the name "Muhlach" was originally "Muhlaquer". Muhlach's wife Charlene Gonzales is also part Spanish.[10]

Acting career[edit]

1970s-1980s: Teenage years[edit]

He began his career as a child actor in the 1975 film, May Isang Tsuper ng Taksi and 1976 film, Babaing Hiwalay Sa Asawa; his aunt Amalia Fuentes was the lead in the latter film.[5] At this point he was still using his real name in the credits. He also appeared in the 1980 film Aguila which starred Fernando Poe Jr. and Christopher de Leon.[4]

At fourteen, Muhlach was cast as one of the male leads in Viva Entertainment's 1984 film, Bagets. The film, which is about typical teenage life in the 80s, also starred William Martinez, Herbert Bautista, J.C. Bonin, and Raymond Lauchengco. As the majority of the target audience could relate to the story, the film was a success,[6][11] and Muhlach became a popular matinee idol.[4]

As a result of his popularity, he was cast in the title role in Miguelito, Ang Batang Rebelde, in which he portrayed a rebellious teenager in conflict with his mother.[12] He was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" in the FAMAS Awards,[13] and "Best Actor" in the Gawad Urian Awards.[4][14]

He was paired with Janice de Belen in the 1986 film, Super-Wan-Tu-Tri, alongside Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon.[15] The next year, he received his first acting award at the 1987 Gawad Urian Awards for "Best Supporting Actor" for his performance in the 1986 film, Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie.[16]

1990s: Mature roles[edit]

With a younger generation of actors emerging, Muhlach took on the challenge of more mature roles, increasing his stock as one of the top matinee idols.[4] Hiring publicist Ethel Ramos as his manager, he developed into one of the top dramatic actors of the 1990s.[17]

He was the male lead in light-hearted chick flick films Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal (1992) and Sana Maulit Muli (1995) with leading lady Lea Salonga, Bakit Pa Kita Minahal (1994) with Kris Aquino and Ruffa Gutierrez, Basta't Kasama Kita (1995) with Dayanara Torres, Ikaw Pa Rin Ang Iibigin (1998) with Aiko Melendez, and Dahil May Isang Ikaw (1999) with Regine Velasquez, as well as starring in more serious dramas: Nag-Iisang Bituin(1994) with Vilma Santos, Sinungaling Mong Puso (1992) with Gabby Concepcion, Bayarang Puso (1996) with Lorna Tolentino, and Sa Aking Mga Kamay (1996) with Christopher de Leon among others.

He also branched out into television sitcoms including his first as a lead in ABS-CBN's Oki Doki Doc from 1993 to 2000.[18] The series had a film spin-off entitled Oki Doki Doc: The Movie produced by Star Cinema in 1996.[19]

2000s-present: A "leading man" of his generation[edit]

In the 2000s, Muhlach appeared in a number of television series such as Da Body En Da Guard (2001), Da Pilya En Da Pilot (2001), OK Fine Whatever (2003), and the continuation of Oki Doki Dok, That's My Doc (2007).

After 18 years at ABS-CBN, Muhlach transferred his home network to TV5 in 2011 to focus on his television projects.[7] His last project with ABS-CBN was That's My Doc in 2008, and In the Name of Love with Star Cinema.

In 2013, there were discussions about Muhlach teaming up with his former leading actress, Lea Salonga for the third time.[20]

Political pursuits[edit]

Public service doesn't require seeking an elective post. You can do good and start with your own family. You can set the right direction. That way, you're also setting a good example to other people in the hope that they will do the same. — Aga Muhlach[21]

In August 2012, Muhlach announced that he would run for Congressman in the fourth district of Camarines Sur (or 1st district of Nueva Camarines if it becomes a province) in the May 2013 elections.[22] He was to run under the administration Liberal Party of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, allied with LRay Villafuerte and Lenie Robredo, and opposing the incumbent representative Arnulfo Fuentebella's son, Felix William "Wimpy" Fuentebella of the Nationalist People's Coalition through the United Nationalist Alliance.[23] On December 21, 2012, however, the Commission on Elections annulled Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales registration in San Jose, Camarines Sur due to lack of residency status.[24] Although Muhlach tried to appeal to the local court, the plea was denied. Nevertheless, on January 15, 2013, the Philippine Court of Appeals in Manila ordered the Election Commission to include Muhlach and Gonzales in the list for San Jose, Camarines Sur, as they were both registered voters in the province. This allowed Muhlach to run for a congressional seat in the Partido area.[25] The elections in May 2013 resulted in Muhlach's opponent being declared the winner by more than 2,500 votes.[26] Muhlach and his supporters tried to protest, claiming that they were being cheated, but their protests were turned down.[27] Muhlach eventually accepted the results,[28] and decided to focus on his acting career.[29]

Personal life[edit]

In the early days of his acting career, he was often turned down for roles. For example, Lily Monteverde, a Regal Films producer turned him down many times after Douglas Quijano, talent manager, had introduced Muhlach and the film Bagets to her.[11] Muchlach also had problems managing hisfinances and was often without money.[21]

Romantic relationships[edit]

In 1986, 18-year old Muhlach got Janice de Belen pregnant after being paired up in the film, Super-Wan-Tu-Tri. De Belen announced her prenancy on a primetime television and said that Muhlach had asked her to marry him, but that she had refused as they were still young.[30] Muhlach's father was also against the marriage because of their ages.[31] De Belen gave birth to Luigi "Igi Boy" Muhlach, muhlach's first child.[2]

In 1993, he was linked romantically with Puerto Rican former Miss Universe and 1995 film Basta't Kasama Kita leading actress Dayanara Torres.[32] Reports said that Muhlach had been intending to follow Torres to Puerto Rico and marry her, but did not because he chose his acting career over personal matters. The couple dated for about three to four years.[17]

Married life[edit]

Muhlach married Charlene Gonzalez in 2001.[21] They started dating only after he asked for her parents' permission to get engaged to her. They met through Gonzalez's cousin and his former co-star, J.C. Bonnin, when he was 16 years old. They met again during the 1994 Binibining Pilipinas pageant in which he was the judge and she was the sixth-placed contestant. She was also his co-star in Oki Doki Doc, where they became friends. They got married on May 28, 2001 in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Pacdal, Baguio City, less than a year after their engagement. They have twins named Atasha and Andres.[1]

Legacy[edit]

When I do a project, I give it my all...I don't want to pressure myself with the idea of awards. Neither do I want to be complacent because I won one recently. After winning, I try to forget about it and treat each project like it's my first. — Aga Muhlach[33]

Muhlach is considered as one of the most bankable actors in the Philippine entertainment industry.[34] He is known for being one of the Philippine cinema's leading men of romantic dramas, being partnered up with well-known leading ladies such as Lea Salonga, Sharon Cuneta, Claudine Barretto, Maricel Soriano, Angelica Panganiban, Regine Velasquez, and Anne Curtis. He is also claimed as a multi-media product endorser, a role model to Filipinos of all ages, a supporter of underprivileged children, a matinee idol, and multi-award winning actor.[35]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Character/Role
1975 May Isang Tsuper ng Taksi
1976 Babaing Hiwalay sa Asawa
1980 Aguila Danielito
1984 Erpat Kong Forgets
Bagets Adie
Ibulong Mo sa Puso
Paano Ba Ang Magmahal?
Campus Beat
Hotshots
1985 Miguelito: Batang Rebelde Miguelito/Mike
The Crazy Professor
Oks na Oks Pakner
Super Wan-Tu-Tri Abel
1986 When I Fall in Love
Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie Dino
Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita Joel
Bakit Madalas Ang Tibok ng Puso? Ricky
1987 Rosa Mistica (Episode I:Rosalie Leynes - Mga Putting Rosas ni Rosalie) Mike
Bunsong Kerubin Efren
1988 Lord, Bakit Ako Pa?
1989 My Pretty Baby Bobby
Hot Summer
Here Comes The Bride
Impaktita Jessie
1990 Too Young Montilla
1991 Pakasalan Mo Ako Jerry
Joey Boy Munti, 15 Anyos Ka sa Muntinlupa Joey Boy
I Want To Live
1992 Ang Katawan Ni Sofia Arnold
Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal Tommy
Sinungaling Mong Puso Jason
1993 Ms. Dolora X
Humanda Ka Mayor: Bahala na ang Diyos
Hindi Kita Malilimutan
Guwapings Dos Chappy
Akin Ka, Magdusa Man Ako
Abel Morado: Ikaw Ang May Sala Abel Morado
Paniwalaan Mo
Loving Someone Carlitos
1994 Bakit Pa Kita Minahal Jet
Forever Chito
Nag-Iisang Bituin Miggy
1995 Basta't Kasama Kita Alex
Sana Maulit Muli Jerry
1996 Kristo possessed young man
Bayarang Puso Martin Villanueva
Oki Doki Dok: The Movie Doc Aga
Sa Aking Mga Kamay Gene Rivera
1998 Ikaw Pa Rin ang Iibigin Sonny Lerma
Dahil Ba Sa Kanya Jed Espinosa
1999 Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Bryan
Dahil May Isang Ikaw Andrew Castro
2001 Narinig Mo Na Ba Ang L8est Popoy
Pangako...Ikaw Lang Vince
2002 Kailangan Kita Carl Diesta
2003 Kung Ako Na Lang Sana Enteng
2004 All My Life Sam
2005 Dubai Raffy Alvarez
2007 A Love Story Ian Montes
2008 When Love Begins Ben Caballero
2010 RPG: Metanoia Daddy (Voice)
2011 In The Name Of Love Emman Toledo
2012 Of All The Things Umboy

Television[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

He is one of the male celebrities who are in-demand for advertising contracts.[21] One of his advertisements is with Jollibee, in which he is a longtime commercial endorser of the fast food chain. In addition, he is the founder of MaAga Ang Pasko, an annual Christmas gift giving event of Jollibee starting in 1994, wherein people can donate things such as toys and clothes.[36][37]

The following is an incomplete list of his former and present commercials and product endorsements:[38]

Awards and nominations[edit]

FAMAS Awards

2012 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award In the Name of Love (2011) 

2009 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award When Love Begins... (2008) 

2008 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award A Love Story (2007) 

2006 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award Dubai (2005) 

2005 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award All My Life (2004) 

2004 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award Kung ako na lang sana (2003)   2000 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award Dahil may isang ikaw (1999) 

1997 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award Bayarang puso (1996) 

1996 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award Sana maulit muli (1995) 

1994 Nominated Best Actor FAMAS Award May minamahal (1993) 

1993 Won Best Actor FAMAS Award Sinungaling mong puso (1992)

1986 Nominated Best Supporting Actor FAMAS Award Miguelito: Batang rebelde (1985) 


FAP Awards, Philippines

2013 Nominated Best Actor FAP Award Of All the Things (2012) 

2009 Nominated Best Actor FAP Award When Love Begins... (2008) 

2008 Nominated Best Actor FAP Award A Love Story (2007) 

1996 Nominated Best Actor FAP Award Sana maulit muli (1995) 


Gawad Urian Awards

2004 Nominated Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Kung ako na lang sana (2003) 

2003 Nominated Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Kailangan kita (2002) 

1996 Won Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Sana maulit muli (1995) 

1994 Nominated Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award May minamahal (1993) 

1993 Nominated Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Bakit labis kitang mahal (1992) 

1992 Nominated Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Akin ka magdusa man ako (1993) 

1987 Won Best Supporting Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Napakasakit, kuya Eddie (1986) 

1986 Nominated Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) Gawad Urian Award Miguelito: Batang rebelde (1985) 


Golden Screen Awards, Philippines

2013 Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Award Of All the Things (2012) 

Won Dekada Award

2012 Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) Golden Screen Award In the Name of Love (2011)

2006 Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) Golden Screen Award Dubai (2005) 

2004 Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Award Kung ako na lang sana (2003') 


Maria Clara Awards

2006 Won Best Actor Maria Clara Award Dubai (2005)


Metro Manila Film Festival

1993 Won Best Actor Festival Prize May minamahal (1993) 

1992 Won Best Actor Festival Prize Bakit labis kitang mahal (1992')  

Star Awards for Movies

2013 Nominated Movie Actor of the Year Star Award Of All the Things (2012) 

Nominated Darling of the Press Special Award

2012 Won Movie Actor of the Year Star Award In the Name of Love (2011) Tied with Jorge Estregan for Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (2011)

2009 Nominated Movie Actor of the Year Star Award When Love Begins... (2008) 

2008 Nominated Movie Actor of the Year Star Award A Love Story (2007) 

2006 Won Movie Actor of the Year Star Award Dubai (2005) 


Young Critics Circle, Philippines

1996 Nominated Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role YCC Award Sana maulit muli (1995) 

1994 Won Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role YCC Award Hindi kita malilimutan (1993) 

1992 Won Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role YCC Award Joey Boy Munti, 15 anyos ka sa Muntilupa (1991)

Box-Office Entertainment Awards (Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation)

2008 Won 38th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Film Actor of the Year[39][40]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Chef Luigi Muhlach says his mom Janice de Belen gives him hosting tips but won't share her recipes". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
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  5. ^ a b Babaing Hiwalay Sa Asawa. Dir. Ishmael Bernal. Perf. Amalia Fuentes, Vic Vargas, Marianne de la Riva, Eddie Garcia. 1976. Film.
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  18. ^ Oki Doki Dok. Dir. Danni Caparas and Johnny Manahan. Perf. Aga Muhlach and Agot Isidro. ABS-CBN. 1993. TV Series.
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  38. ^ "Top 10 Most In-Demand Celebrity Endorsers". Spot.ph. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
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