Angelu de Leon
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|Angelu de Leon|
|Born||Maria Luisa Angela Martinez de Leon
August 22, 1979
|Other names||Anj, Angela, Angie|
Angelu de Leon is the youngest daughter of Luis and Flora de Leon. She attended St. Joseph's College, Holy Spirit and Siena College. She made her first commercial, without her father's knowledge, when she was just ten years old. Her father eventually gave his blessing to her acting career before his death from colon cancer.
De Leon started television acting at the age of 12. She was discovered by Johnny Manahan for a kiddie gag show Ang TV aired over ABS-CBN. She shared screen time with Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal, and Rica Peralejo. After about a year on Ang TV, she signed up with Viva Films and transferred to GMA Network to do a sitcom called Ober Da Bakod with Janno Gibbs and Anjo Yllana.
De Leon also joined the movies, where she mostly played younger sister to more established stars. Among her early roles were appearances in Sharon Cuneta's Di na natuto; with Ana Roces, Vina Morales, and Donna Cruz in Kadenang Bulaklak; opposite Mikee Cojuangco in Forever, with Robin Padilla in P're Hanggang Sa Huli; and opposite Alice Dixson in Okey Si Ma'am.
In 1995 de Leon got her break when she was included in teen oriented shows like T.G.I.S. (Thank God It's Sabado) and Growing Up with Onemig Bondoc, Ciara Sotto, Raven Villanueva, Michael Flores, Rica Peralejo, and Red Sternberg. These shows gave her a chance to team up with Bobby Andrews, and their partnership became one of the hottest onscreen love teams of her generation in the mid-1990s. Among the noted Angelu-Bobby team-up movies were: Silaw, Takot Ka Ba Sa Dilim, TGIS The Movie, Laging Naroon Ka, and Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig, as well as their first teleseries Ikaw Na Sana, which was also turned into a movie. In the early part of 1998 at the peak of her career, de Leon became pregnant by action star Joko Diaz. As a result, she had to go on maternity leave while the projects she had lined up got shelved or were passed on to other young stars. Despite being a young mother, she managed to come back from the career slump and accept mature roles assigned to her by Viva. She was on her way back to lead star status when she got pregnant again in the year 2001 by businessman Jojo Manlongat. De Leon has also shown her acting prowess in numerous movies and drama series. Among her appearances have been: Ikaw Na Sana (with Bobby Andrews and Gladys Reyes), Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga (with Dingdong Dantes and Tanya Garcia), Ang Lahat Ng Ito'y Para Sayo (with Andrews), May Bukas Pa (1999 TV series) (with Dina Bonnevie and Cherie Gil), Abandonada (with Maricel Soriano and Edu Manzano), Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (with Judy Ann Santos) and Paupahan (with Snooky Serna and Gloria Romero).
In part due to her status as celebrity mom, producers hired de Leon to play parts as mothers. Her first mother role in a series was in Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. In 2006, she transferred of GMA's rival station ABS-CBN where she played a supporting roles including Super Inggo and its sequel Super Inggo 1.5: Ang Bagong Bangis. She after the series end she joined the cast in the sitcom Parekoy.
Later in 2009, she return on GMA, she signed an exclusive contract via Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (with Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes) (which was her comeback show in GMA-7). It was for her work in the latter soap that she was given rave reviews, complemented with the fact that she was back to her sexy figure and can give other young actresses a run for their money. After Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang Angelu was cast in GMA's newest fantasy series called The Last Prince where she played evil aunt of Kris Bernal. She start appearing on drama series Koreana as the kind mother of Kris Bernal and Sisid as the ailing mother of Jackie Rice. In 2012 she joined the cast of GMA's soap opera Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa where she played one of the leads. De Leon is set to reprise her role as Peachy in the upcoming GMA TV show Teen Gen.
|2011||Tween Academy: Class of 2012||Luisa|
|2008||Paupahan||Angela San Pedro|
|2004||Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita||Maura|
|2002||D' uragons never umuurong always sumusulong||Claudia|
|2000||Bukas na lang kita mamahalin||Abigail Mansueto/Abby|
|2000||Col. Elmer Jamias: Barako ng Maynila||Goody Ramirez Jamias|
|1999||Bulaklak ng Maynila||Ada|
|1998||Ang lahat ng ito'y para sa 'yo||Catherine Mendoza/Cathy|
|1998||Ikaw na sana: The Movie||Blanca|
|1997||Laging naroon ka||Patricia Gomez/Tricia/Trixie|
|1997||Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig||Gemma Caringal|
|1997||Isinakdal ko ang aking ina||Karen Ilagan|
|1997||T.G.I.S: The Movie||Ma. Patrice 'Peachy/Pancakes' Real|
|1996||Where 'D' Girls 'R'||Demetria|
|1996||Takot ka ba sa dilim||Carly|
|1995||Jessica Alfaro Story||Lorraine|
|1995||Okey si ma'am||Ida|
|1995||P're Hanggang Sa Huli||Jing-jing|
|1994||Ober da bakod: The Movie||Kuting|
|1993||Kadenang bulaklak||Daisy Abolencia / Tricia Hidalgo|
|1993||Di na natuto||Elisa|
Awards and nominations
|1999||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila|
|1993||Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation||Darling of The Press for Kadenang Bulaklak|
|1998||Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation||Teenage Queen for T.G.I.S. and Growing Up|
|1998||Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation||Most Popular Love Team for T.G.I.S. and Growing Up|
|2009||YES! Magazine||100 Most Beautiful Stars Year 2009|
|1999||FAMAS||Best Supporting Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila|
|1999||Star Awards||Best Supporting Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila|
|2000||FAP Awards||Best Actress for Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin|
|2000||Parangal ng Bayan Awards||Best Young Actress for Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin|
|2000||FAP Awards||Best Supporting Actress for Abandonada|
|2000||Star Awards||Best Supporting Actress for Abandonada|
|2004||FAMAS||Best Supporting Actress for Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita|
|2011||Empress Golden Screen Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress for Sisid|
|2011||Empress Golden Screen Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Single Drama Untold Stories : Anak ng Aliw|
- Calderon, Nora (May 26, 2010). "Diva Montelaba: Nagbago po ako, pero hindi totoong lumaki na ang ulo ko.". Philippine Entertainment Portal.