Angel Locsin

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Angel Locsin
Angel Locsin at the premiere of Love Me Again in LA, December 2008.jpg
Locsin at the Los Angeles premiere of Love Me Again in December 2008
Born Angelica Locsin Colmenares
(1985-04-23) April 23, 1985 (age 28)
Bulacan, Philippines
Occupation Actress, model, producer, fashion designer
Years active 2002–present

Angel Locsin (born Angelica Colmenares;[1] April 23, 1985) is a Filipina television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer.[2] She came to prominence for her television roles as Alwina in the 2004 fantasy-themed television series Mulawin and as the superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo comics. Locsin was a contract artist of GMA Network up to early 2007 until she transferred to its rival network, ABS-CBN.[1] She then starred as Lyka in the television series Lobo, which earned her an International Emmy Award nomination for best performance. She later on starred in blockbuster films In The Name Of Love and One More Try for which she garnered critical acclaim for both performances. The two films earned Locsin the Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year and the Box-Office Entertainment Award for Film Actress of the Year, winning both awards two consecutive years. In 2013, she won the FAMAS Award and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for best actress for her performance in One More Try.[3]

Early life and education

Locsin was born on April 23, 1985 in Santa Maria, Bulacan. When she was only 14 years old, she got separated from her mother and since then have lived with her father, Angelo Colmenares.[citation needed] She studied at St. James College in Quezon City for her primary education and finished high school at the University of Santo Tomas High School in Manila. In August 2007, she attended a short-course for fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Despite being of Christian faith, she is a part of a Muslim Royal Family in Marawi City in the province of Lanao del Sur through her mother. Reports said that Locsin's maternal grandfather is one of the 15 sultanates in Lanao del Sur.


Early work (2001-2004)

Locsin was discovered at a shopping center by a talent scout.[1] She then auditioned for several commercials and was supposed to be a part of ABS-CBN's Star Circle Batch 9, but failed to sign a contract because her father opposed the idea.[citation needed] Later, she became a contract star of GMA Artist Center, first appearing on the second season of the teen-oriented series, Click and was also included in the cast of Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw.

Breakthrough and GMA Network (2004-2007)

In August 2004, Locsin starred in the fantasy-themed TV series Mulawin, alongside Richard Gutierrez, wherein she portrayed, "Alwina", one of the two main protagonists.[1] The show was a huge success and received high ratings until its finale on March 2005.[1][4]

Following the success of Mulawin, Locsin was cast in the title role as Darna in the 2005 fantasy-themed TV series of the same name. The show was also highly regarded by the public, gaining immensely high ratings and surpassing the records set by her previous TV show. Darna's pilot week average is 50.08% and its highest rating was 52.1% while the lowest was 33.3%.

Locsin starred in another fantasy-themed TV series, Majika, together with Dennis Trillo, which was aired from March to September 2006. She played the role of Sabina, a seemingly ordinary girl who lived in the world of mortals but is unknowingly the one destined to become the most powerful female magician. Afterwards, she was cast in Asian Treasures, opposite Robin Padilla. It was the first Philippine TV series that was shot in multiple countries such as Mongolia, Thailand and China. The show was aired from January to June 2007. Both shows were also well received.[1]

ABS-CBN (2007-present)

Locsin at the Manila International Airport in 2007.

In August 2007, Locsin signed a two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.[5] Her first acting appearance with the network was via Maalaala Mo Kaya in the episode "Pilat". Her performance gained her the Star Award for TV for Best Single Performance by an Actress. By January 2008, she launched her first drama series with the network entitled Lobo, together with Piolo Pascual in the lead role. She earned an International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress nomination for her performance in the series.

In 2009, Locsin starred in the top-rated TV series, Only You, a Philippine remake of the Korean drama of the same title aired by SBS Korea in 2005. She starred alongside Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo. The show was directed by Rory Quintos.

Later in 2010, she starred in the TV series Imortal, the sequel to her earlier work, Lobo, together with John Lloyd Cruz. It was directed by Chito Roño.

In 2011, she became a guest star in the comedy sitcom, Toda Max. However, her guesting eventually turned into a regular stint.[6]


Locsin's first film appearance was in 2000 via Ping Lacson Supercop, wherein she played the role of a young Robina Gokongwei. She later on made a cameo appearance in Mano Po 2 in 2003 and starred in the teen-oriented movie Kuya in 2004 as well as in the comedy film Singles. Also, she starred in the drama film Mano Po III: My Love and in the horror film Sigaw which were both entries to the 2004 Metro Manila Film Festival.

In 2005, Locsin with Richard Gutierrez starred in the romantic film Let the Love Begin, released under GMA Films. She and Gutierrez also reprised their roles as Alwina and Aguiluz in the movie adaptation of the TV series Mulawin, which was an entry to the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Early in 2006, Locsin starred in the romantic movie I Will Always Love You. She also starred in the horror film TxT and in the romantic drama-comedy film Mano Po 5. The latter was an entry to the 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Locsin reunited with Gutierrez in the romantic drama film The Promise in 2007 where their roles were considered more mature than the previous films they both starred in. She had also produced her own film entitled Angels, which was shown in theaters on April 2007.

In 2009, she starred in the movie Love Me Again together with Piolo Pascual in the lead titles and made a cameo in the romantic comedy film, My Amnesia Girl in 2010.

Locsin gained critical acclaim in her 2011 drama film with Aga Muhlach, In the Name of Love. Her performance garnered her several accolades including the Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year, the Gawad PASADO Award for Pinakapasadong Aktres, and a nomination for best actress at the FAMAS Awards.

She reunited with John Lloyd Cruz in the romantic comedy film Unofficially Yours in 2012 and then starred, together with Dingdong Dantes and Angelica Panganiban in the drama film One More Try, Star Cinema's entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival. Locsin's performance in the latter was highly praised by film critics and media personalities and earned her the Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year for the second year in a row, the FAMAS Award for Best Actress and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress.

Personal life

On April 23, 2007, Locsin celebrated her birthday with GABRIELA Foundation, an NGO that supports women and children. On April 20, 2008, Locsin organized a gift-giving to the less fortunate children in Payatas, Quezon City and gave poor children food, clothing and other basic needs. It was her birthday gift supported by her sponsors.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Click Charley
Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Mariella
2003 Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin Mariella
Twin Hearts Sweetheart
Love To Love Chara/Charina Episode: "Kissing Beauty"
2004 All Together Now Tetet
SOP Herself/Host
Magpakailanman Jhunnalyn dela Peña Episode: "Sa Kabila ng Kanyang Pamamaalam"
Mulawin Alwina
2005 Initial D Fourth Stage Kyoko Iwase Voice only
Darna Darna/Narda
2006 Majika Sabina
Tokyuu Shirei Solbrain Reiko Higuchi Voice only
2007 Asian Treasures Gabriella Agoncillo Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Drama Actress
2007–present ASAP Herself/Performer/Host
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Melody Episode: "Pilat"
Star Award for TV for Best Single Performance by an Actress
2008 Lobo Lyka Raymundo-Ortega Ani ng Dangal Multimedia Award
Asian Star Entertainment Global Excellence Award for Most Outstanding Actress
Nominated—International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress[7]
Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Drama Actress
2009 Only You Jillian Mendoza Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Drama Actress
Maalaala Mo Kaya Nemie Episode: "Blusa"
Philippine Psychiatric Association SiSA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Performance
2010 Imortal Lia Ortega-Rodriguez Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Drama Actress
Maalaala Mo Kaya Jenna Episode: "Litrato"
Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Single Performance by an Actress
2011–present Toda Max Isabel Padausdos Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Gag or Comedy Program
Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Comedy Actress (2012)
Nominated—Star Award for TV for Best Comedy Actress (2013)
2012 Wansapanataym Abby Episode: "Ang Kulay ng Pasko"
2013 It's Showtime Herself/Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya Mildred Episode: "Mask"
2014 The Legal Wife[8] Monica Santiago-de Villa


Year Title Role Notee
2000 Ping Lacson: Supercop Young Robina Gokongwei Credited as Angelica Culmonares
2003 Mano Po 2 Melissa
2004 Kuya Barbs
Singles Sam
Sigaw Pinky
Mano Po III: My Love Eliza
2005 Let the Love Begin Patricia
Mulawin: The Movie Alwina
2006 I Will Always Love You Cecille
TxT Joyce
Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di Charity
2007 The Promise Andrea de Vera
Angels[9] Angie Also producer
Segment: "Angel of Mine"
2009 Love Me Again Arah
2010 My Amnesia Girl MMA Fighter Cameo
2011 In The Name Of Love Mercedes "Cedes" Fernandez Gawad PASADO Award for Pinakapasadong Aktres
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Film Actress of the Year[10]
Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year
Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)
2012 Unofficially Yours Princess Bricenio
One More Try Grace FAMAS Award for Best Actress[11]
Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress[12][13]
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Film Actress of the Year (shared with Angelica Panganiban)[14]
Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year[15]
Nominated—Metro Manila Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2013 Four Sisters and a Wedding Alex Salazar Gawad PASADO Award for Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres (shared with Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo and Shaina Magdayao)[16]
Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year[17]
2014 Darna Darna/Narda

Music Videos

Year Title Artist
2010 Beautiful Girl Christian Bautista
Magkaibang Mundo Hale (band)
Pakiusap Lang (Lasingin N'yo Ako) Parokya ni Edgar


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  2. ^ Lim, Candice. "Angel Locsin to study fashion design in London". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Serato, Arniel. "Angel Locsin and ER Ejercito win top acting honors at 61st FAMAS Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Pumaloy, Rey. "'Mulawin' umaariba pa rin sa ratings". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Ancheta, Michael. "Angel Locsin to sign contract with ABS-CBN on August 10". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Siazon, Rachelle (12/09/2011). "Angel Locsin talks about working with Vhong Navarro and Robin Padilla in ‘Toda Max’". Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Santiago, Erwin. "Angel Locsin and two Filipino telenovelas nominated in the 37th International Emmys". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "[1]"
  9. ^ Remate Online. "Mga wagi sa Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment Awards". Remate. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Umbao, Ed. "FAMAS Awards 2013 Complete List of Winners". Philippine News. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  11. ^ FAPweb. "Nominees for the 31st Luna Awards Announced". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Buan-Deveza, Reyma. "John Lloyd, Angel Locsin win in 31st Film Academy of PH". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Calderon, Nora. "Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, and Ai-Ai delas Alas named Phenomenal Box-Office Stars at 44th Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Santiago, Erwin. "Angel Locsin and ER Ejercito repeat wins at Star Awards for Movies". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kapamilya stars are 'Pasado'!". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Reyes, William. "30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies nominees unveiled". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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