Angelika de la Cruz

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Angelika de la Cruz
Birth name Maria Lourdes Egger de la Cruz-Casareo
Also known as Shine
Born (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 33)
Quezon City, Philippines
Genres Pop, OPM, R&B
Occupation(s) Actress, Singer, Host
Years active 1995–present
Labels Star Magic (1995–1997; 2003–2007)

Maria Lourdes Egger dela Cruz-Casareo, better known by her screen name Angelika de la Cruz (born October 29, 1981), is a Filipina actress and singer. She started her career in 1995, and has since appeared in television shows and movies. Originally with ABS-CBN, she became a contract artist under GMA Network in 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Angelika Dela Cruz was born to a Filipino father Ernie Dela Cruz and an Italian-Austrian mother Angelica Egger.[1] She has also a younger sister, Mika Dela Cruz, who is also an actress, and two brothers, Erick and Edward, one of the lead singers for the boy band "Freshmen". She currently resides in Malabon, Metro Manila. Dela Cruz is also the owner of Starz Bar and restaurant. Her younger brother Edward died in a vehicular accident in June 7, 2010.[1] On an episode of Showbiz Central, de la Cruz stated that she had married Orion Casareo in August 2008 and was expecting a child.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Early Success[edit]

Dela Cruz gained notice when she won Best New Actress of the year award at the PMPC Star Awards for Movies for her very first movie Nights of Serafina. ABS-CBN saw her potential as an actress and cast her in Mara Clara with Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes.[3]

She was also cast in other youth-oriented movies such as Istokwa with Mark Anthony Fernandez and was launched as the lead star in Huwag Mo Nang Itanong and Seventeen... So Kaka. She received critical acclaimed in the movie Manananggal ng Manila which she starred alongside Alma Conception, Tonton Gutierrez, Eric Fructuoso and Aiza Seguerra. She was once again able to work with Judy Ann Santos in the primetime drama series Esperanza which made her a household name. In the series, she was first paired to Spencer Reyes however, their tandem was not accepted by the viewers so ABS CBN paired her to actor Jericho Rosales. Her team-up with Rosales made its way to the big screen via Magandang Hatinggabi a movie produced by Star Cinema and other television projects such as the teen-oriented horror series Oka Tokat, Star Drama Theater anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Flames. They also became regulars in ASAP and Magandang Tanghali Bayan.

Breakthrough[edit]

After working with ABS-CBN, dela Cruz tried her luck in ABS CBN's rival GMA Network. The network cast her in shows including primetime mini-series Di Ba't Ikaw, noontime variety show SOP and action-fantasy series Pintados. She was able to showcase her acting ability by playing the lead role in the mini-series Liwanag Ng Hatinggabi with award-winning actress Lorna Tolentino and in Umulan Man O Umaraw. Her breakout role came when she was cast as the lead star of the primetime television series Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. The show became a huge success and crowned her as the Soap Opera Princess of GMA. She also appeared in the teen-oriented show Click but due to her rising popularity, she was pulled out from the show.[3]

After the success of Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, she once again headlined another primetime drama entitled Habang Kapiling Ka opposite Victor Neri. Her outstanding performance in the series gave her a Best Actress nomination at the 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV. Dela Cruz also took part and matured in movies. In 2000, she earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the movie Deathrow, an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival. She also played the lead in the action-drama movie Hari Ng Selda alongside Robin Padilla and the comedy film S2pid Luv with rapper Andrew E. Both were under Viva Films.

After her contract with GMA expired in 2003, dela Cruz moved back to ABS-CBN and teamed-up with her former on-and-off screen partner Jericho Rosales in the hit TV series Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas with Diether Ocampo and Kristine Hermosa. The series became one of the most watched shows in primetime and its popularity has reached abroad. Dela Cruz who played an optimistic and talented young lady who became romantically involved with the character played by Jericho Rosales was applauded by both viewers and critics. After the success of Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas, Dela Cruz was cast in another primetime television drama called Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin where she shared the screen with Star Magic's brightest talents such as Claudine Barretto, John Lloyd Cruz, Shaina Magdayao and Bea Alonzo. She also appeared as one of the main hosts of the showbiz-oriented talk show Entertainment Konek and Sunday variety show ASAP.

Villainous and present roles[edit]

Her career took a different direction in 2006 when she played an anti-heroine role to Sarah Geronimo in the hit drama series Bituing Walang Ningning, a TV adaptation of a 1980s hit movie starring Cherie Gil and Sharon Cuneta. Her superb performance as Lavinia Arguelles won her a Best Actress nomination at the 2007 PMPC Star Awards for Television and a Best Actress award in Gawad Amerika. She later appeared as Kristine Hermosa's ambitious twin sister in the afternoon drama Prinsesa ng Banyera.

In 2008, dela Cruz signed up with GMA Network and made a comeback via primetime drama series Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita where she played the role of Via Fausto, the main antagonist in the story. The series gave her the opportunity to work again with her previous co-stars such as Marvin Agustin, Tonton Gutierrez and Dina Bonnevie. Later that year, she was given another antagonist role in the afternoon drama series Una Kang Naging Akin which became a consistent top rater in the ratings game. In October of the year, she was cast as the scheming ex-girlfriend of JC de Vera in the primetime series La Lola.

After giving birth, dela Cruz returned to the screen by playing Iza Calzado's good-hearted sister in the afternoon drama series Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit. She most recently appeared in the primetime series Pilyang Kerubin, fantasy series Dwarfina,the comedy series Futbolilits. She made a guest appearance on the pilot episode of Kokak before being cast as one of the leads in the primetime drama series Biritera in which she received positive reviews.[4] After playing a good character in Biritera, she went back to playing villanous roles in the afternoon drama series Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? and in the primetime fantasy series Aso ni San Roque.[5]

Singing career[edit]

Despite an active career in acting, Angelika made her first mark in showbiz through her musical talent for singing. In 1994, at the age of 14 she sang the theme song for the Tagalog dub of Sailor Moon which begin airing in October 1994 on ABC-5. The song was a variation of "Moonlight Densetsu" and the Tagalog lyrics were written by Vehnee Saturno.[6] In 1996, she released a 10-track self-titled album under BMG Records followed by a second album entitled My Only Wish three years later. She also

Angelika’s soothing voice soon caught Imperial Records’ attention. The Japanese label then tapped the singer-actress to record a few songs, which eventually gained international fame and earned for her a budding name in Japan.

To give way to her flourishing acting career, Angelika’s singing streak took a hiatus for years, until she later managed to sing once again in 2006 when she was included in the soundtrack of her television starrer Bituing Walang Ningning. She recorded two songs for the series: Miss Na Miss Kita and Dito Ba? featuring Sarah Geronimo.

Lawsuit Against BMG Music[edit]

On March 17, 1995, de la Cruz (Lourdes Egger dela Cruz in real life) signed a contract with BMG under which she was required to record at least two albums over three years. But Dela Cruz only recorded one album during the period so BMG exercised on March 23, 1998 its option to extend the contract for two more years.

She was required to record one album, which she was able to do. Despite the expiration of the option period, on May 8, 2000, BMG informed her she still had to record one album under the option period.

On June 5, 2001, Dela Cruz sued and asked for damages, claiming that after recording one album BMG never gave her any proposal for a second one and that despite the lapse of the option period, the firm refused to release her on the ground that she still had to record one album.

The RTC found merit in Dela Cruz’ petition, awarding her payment for damages, and the payment of royalties for the unfulfilled number of required songs under the agreement but BMG appealed the case and CA ruled in Dela Cruz’ favor.

However, CA deleted the lower court’s award to Dela Cruz of P1.5 million in actual damages, P200,000 in moral damages, another P200,000 in exemplary damages, as well as P50,000 in attorney’s fees.

The CA said there was no evidence to support the award of actual, moral and exemplary damages. And since both parties have legitimate claims to each other, CA said the award of attorney’s fees was not warranted.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 Healing Hearts Nimfa Reyes
GMA Network
2014 Kambal Sirena Reyna Arowana
2013 Mundo Mo'y Akin Rodora Santos / Giselle Atienza-Carbonel
2012 Aso ni San Roque Bulan
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? Leslie Montelibano
Biritera Remy Capitollo
2011 Kokak Vicky Asuncion
Futbolilits Belinda Almodovar
Dwarfina Romera
2010 Panday Kids Ester
Pilyang Kerubin Melissa Alejandrino
2009 Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit Nancy Rosales
2008 LaLola Sabrina Starr
Una Kang Naging Akin Vanessa Yumul
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Via Fausto
2007 Prinsesa ng Banyera Mayumi Burgos / Daphne Pertierra
ABS-CBN
Si Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Kalagua / Dr. Eva Tabinas
Little Big Superstar Star Judge
2006 Bituing Walang Ningning Lavinia Arguelles
2005 Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin Karri Medrano
2004 Entertainment Konek Host
2003 Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas Mary Ann Santos
MTB: Ang Saya Saya Host
ASAP Mania Host / Performer
2002 Habang Kapiling Ka Erica Malvarosa
GMA Network
2001 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Mylene Fuentebella / Katherine Morales / Carmencita San Diego
2000 Umulan Man o Umaraw Andrea
Bubble Gang Herself
Liwanag Ng Hatinggabi Luna
Click Oli
1999 Pintados Diwata / Reewa Zulueta
Di Ba't Ikaw Arlene
SOP Rules Host / Performer
1997 Oka Tokat Tessa Sytangco
ABS-CBN
Esperanza Cecille Montejo / Regina Salviejo
1996 Mara Clara Joyce

Films[edit]

Year Studio Title Role
2012 DLS- College of St. Benilde Myray Production An Angel's Tale Angelika
2011 Creative Minds Production Babang Luksa Idang
2002 Viva Films S2pid Luv Wendy
Hari ng Selda: Anak ni Baby Ama 2 Angelica
2000 GMA Films Deathrow Isabel
1999 Star Cinema Esperanza: The Movie Cecille / Regina
Regal Films Seventeen so kaka Neneng
1998 Star Cinema Magandang Hatinggabi Marianne
1997 Ipaglaban Mo II Agnes
Regal Films Huwag Mo Nang Itanong Cely
Mananggal ng Maynila Terry
1996 Istokwa Lea
Nights of Serafina Diana

Discography[edit]

Year Title Tracklist
1996 Sony Music Angelika Fill the World with love
Hindi lamang sa Pangarap
Sa Atin Lang
Kung Bubuksan Mo Man ang Puso Ko
Now you Go
Sasabihin Ko Na Ba?
Ready to Fall In Love Again
Tanging Puso Lang
Di Ko Alam
Pagkatapos ng Gabi
1999

Sony Music

My Only Wish
I Miss You
Paano ba?
Nadevelop
Hold Me in your Arms
Sana ay Magbalik Ka
Let the Love Begin
Don't throw it Away
In the Heat of Summer
My Only Wish
Ipangako Mo
1999

Imperial Records

In My Dreams Unknown Tracks
2001 Metropop Song Festival A Day and A Night More
2006

Star Records

Bituing Walang Ningning Soundtrack
Miss Na Miss Kita
Dito ba? (feat. Sarah Geronimo)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Organization Award Movie Remarks
2000 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress "Deathrow" (2000) ! Nominated
2000 49TH FAMAS Annual Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Awardee German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
1999 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress "Esperanza: The Movie" (1999) Nominated
1997 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best New Actress of the Year "Nights of Serafina" (1996) Won


Television[edit]

Year Organization TV Award TV show Remarks
2014 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Program "Mundo Mo'y Akin" (2013) Nominated
2007 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Actress "Bituing Walang Ningning" (2006) Nominated
2007 Gawad America Best Actress "Bituing Walang Ningning" (2006) Won
2006 ASAP Pop Awards Best Character Actress "Bituing Walang Ningning" (2006) Nominated
2005 Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge Grand Champion Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge (2005) Won
2003 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Actress "Habang Kapiling Ka" (2002) Nominated
1998 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress GMA Telesine "Propeta" (1997) Nominated
1997 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress Maalaala Mo Kaya episode "Jeepney" (1996) Nominated

Music[edit]

Year Organization Music Award Recipient Remarks
2006 PARI Gold Record Award Bituing Walang Ningning:Soundtracks Won
2001 Metropop 2001 Song Interpreter of the year "A Day and a Night More" Nominated
2001 Gintong Parangal ng Malabon Gintong Parangal Awardee herself Won
1998 Parangal ng Bayan People's Choice Awardee for Most Promising Female Performer herself Won
1997 Parangal ng Bayan People's Choice Awardee for Most Promising Female Performer herself Won
1993 Likhawit 4th Placer, Amateur Division herself Won

Magazine and others[edit]

Year Organization Award Rank
2014 YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2014 Fit and Fab Category
2010 YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2010 Ranked 81
2010 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Filipina of 2010 Ranked 75
2008 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Filipina of 2008 Ranked 57
2008 Maxim Philippines 100 Hottest Women on the Planet Ranked 79
2007 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Filipina of 2007 Ranked 61
2006 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Filipina of 2006 Ranked 17
2003 FHM's Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 99
2000 FHM's Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 48
1999 Moviestar Magazine 15 Most Brightest Stars of 1999 Ranked 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Angelika dela Cruz and her family grieve over Edward's death | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Angelika: I’m married, three months pregnant | Showbiz | GMA News Online". Gmanews.tv. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Angelika dela Cruz in her Palace | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Angelika dela Cruz enjoys popularity and high rating of Biritera | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Angelika dela Cruz, planong pasukin na ang pulitika sa 2013 | Showbiz | GMA News Online". Gmanetwork.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Angelika dela Cruz in her Palace". April 26, 2007 (YES! Magazine). Philippine Entertainment Portal. April 26, 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Latest News in the Philippines". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 

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