Alex Gonzaga

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Alex Gonzaga
Born Catherine Cruz Gonzaga
(1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 27)
Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Cathy Gonzaga
Education University of Asia and the Pacific
Occupation Actress, host, author
Years active 2006–present
Agent Star Magic (2006–2009; 2013–present)
Talent5 (2009–2013)
Relatives Toni Gonzaga (sister)

Catherine "Cathy" Cruz Gonzaga (born January 16, 1988), better known as Alex Gonzaga after her name changed in 2008, is a Filipina actress, author, comedian, television host and singer-songwriter. Her nickname, Alex, came from the role of a character she played in ABS-CBN sitcom's Let's Go and Gokada Go!.

Background[edit]

Early life and Personal life[edit]

Catherine Cruz Gonzaga was born on January 16, 1988, in Taytay, Rizal to Carlito Gonzaga, the incumbent Vice-Mayor of Taytay, and Crisanta Cruz. Gonzaga has an older sister named Toni Gonzaga, also working in the showbiz industry. Gonzaga graduated from the University of Asia and the Pacific with a Master of Arts in Education degree, majoring in Child Development and Education.[1]

Career[edit]

Gonzaga started her career on ABS-CBN's sitcom, Let's Go where she played the role of Alex, which also became her nickname. She lasted the role until the series fourth season called Gokada Go!. After her departure from the series, she joined the cast of different shows on the same network, such as Pangarap Na Bituin, Your Song and My Girl.

She transferred to TV5 and became one of the main hosts of the talk show Juicy!, and also received a lead role on Babaeng Hampaslupa where she played the role of the title character. Further roles on the network include BFGF, P.S. I Love You and Enchanted Garden.[2][3]

Breakthrough[edit]

Gonzaga returned to ABS-CBN and became the media correspondent on The Voice of the Philippines, where she co-hosts along with her sister.[4] She became another addition to the cast of the gag-show Banana Nite.[5] Gonzaga was then cast two roles on the anthology series Maalaala Mo Kaya, where she played the role of Pinky, which was featured in the episode "Walis"; and Gelyn Tulabing, which was featured in the episode "Wedding Booth".[6]

From July to November, she played the lead role in Pure Love, a remake of the 2011 South Korean TV series, 49 Days.[7] This is Gonzaga's first major project since returning to ABS-CBN. She also played a main role in the film, The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin which was released in December that officially entry to the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival.

She will be starring in the 2015 TV series, Inday Bote, a TV adaptation of the film of the same name with his Kapamilya leading man Matteo Guidicelli. It is set to premiere in March 2015.[8]

The year 2015, Gonzaga released her debut album "I am Alex G" with its hit carrier single "Panaginip Lang". Alex Gonzaga will also have her first concert at April 25, 2015, entitled as "AG from the East: The Unexpected Concert".

Book[edit]

Alex Gonzaga released a book entitled Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine on September 2014 under ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.[9]

Gonzaga is set to team up with Luis Manzano and James Reid for the movie adaptation of her bestselling book. It is expected to be released on the third quarter of 2015.

Pinoy Big Brother: All In[edit]

In the launching of the 5th regular season of Pinoy Big Brother, Gonzaga was announced to become a celebrity housemate, along with collegiate athlete Michele Gumabao and actress Jane Oineza, in the last-minute of the episode.[10]

In the May 3, 2014 episode, it was revealed that Gonzaga was actually a celebrity houseguest, the same twist that happened to her sister in an earlier season. However, Big Brother tasked her to avoid revealing that she was a houseguest from the other official housemates.[11]

In Day.49 at the PBB house.Alex exits the house to continue her career being a host at the Voice Kids Philippines..

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes Film Production
2007 I've Fallen For You Samantha Film debut Star Cinema
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin 2 Gundina Galamiton 2nd Film Star Cinema
2015 Dear Alex, Break na Kami, Paano?! Love, Catherine TBA Lead Role Star Cinema

Television[edit]

List of television performances
Year Title Role Network
2015 Pablo S. Gomez's Inday Bote Inday Vargas ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Baller Joceline "Celin" Balagua-Vargas
2014 The Voice of the Philippines (season 2) V-Reporter
It's Showtime Host
Pure Love Diane Santos
The Voice Kids Co-host
Pinoy Big Brother: All In Celebrity houseguest
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Wedding Booth Gelyn Tulabing
Wansapanataym: Fruitcake Elaine
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Walis Pinky
The Voice of The Philippines V-Reporter
Toda Max Laila
2013–present Banana Split Herself / Regular cast member
ASAP Herself/Host/Performer
2012 Enchanted Garden Diwani Olivia / Aya Malfora TV5
Video Incredibol Host
2011-2012 P.S. I Love You Andrea Tuazon
2011 Regal Shocker: Piano Rina
Hey it's Saberdey! Main host
Big Shot Jackpot Co-host
Babaeng Hampaslupa Grace Mallari / Elizabeth Wong
2010 Juicy Express Main Host
Lokomoko U Herself
BFGF Claring
2009-2010 Lokomoko High Herself
2008–2010 Everybody Hapi Cathy
2008–2009 Your Song: My Only Hope Cefelita "Fifi" Madrigal ABS-CBN
Lokomoko Herself TV5
2008 Juicy! Host
Maynila Various GMA 7
Tiny Tony Michelle ABS-CBN
Your Song: Without You Jen
My Girl Christine
2007 Your Song: Sana Ngayong Pasko Anna
Pangarap Na Bituin Chorva Ayala-Gomez
Gokada Go! Alex Sy
2006 Let's Go Alex Sy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Nominated for Result
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actress Everybody Hapi Nominated
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Hosts The Voice of the Philippines Won
Best Comedy Actress Banana Nite Nominated
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actress Banana Nite Nominated
Best Talent Search Program Hosts The Voice Kids Won
Anak TV Awards Makabata Stars Herself Won

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresh Graduate Alex Gonzaga Hopes to Become a Teacher". ph.news.yahoo.com. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  2. ^ Rodriquez Alipio, Kabbie (2013-10-14). "15 MINUTES WITH ALEX GONZAGA". stylebible.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ "PBB All In Housemate Alex Gonzaga Biography". centertechnews.com. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. ^ Valeza, Karen (2013-04-17). "Alex Gonzaga returns as a Kapamilya". ph.omg.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. ^ "Alex Gonzaga returns to ABS-CBN". tempo.com.ph. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Alex Gonzaga debuts on 'MMK'". abs-cbnnews.com. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Korean series 'Pure Love' to get Pinoy adaptation". ABS-CBN News. April 21, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Matteo Guidicelli Joins Alex Gonzaga for the TV Adaptation of "Inday Bote"". philnews. December 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine". Goodreads. September 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ Smith, Chuck (2014-04-29). "The 18 housemates of 'Pinoy Big Brother All In'". philnews.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  11. ^ Lastrilla, Gary Ann (2014-05-04). "Big Brother reveals why Alex is inside his house". entertainment.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 2014-05-09.