Helen Gamboa

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Helen Gamboa-Sotto
Born Helen Gamboa
(1948-05-07) May 7, 1948 (age 66)
Pampanga, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1954-present

Helen Gamboa-Sotto (born May 7, 1948) in Pampanga, Philippines, is a veteran Filipina actress, singer, and former beauty queen.[1]


Gamboa is the wife of actor-comedian/TV host/politician-senator Tito Sotto and the mother of actress/singer Ciara Sotto and actor/singer Gian Sotto.

She's also the aunt of singer/actress/TV host Sharon Cuneta. Sharon's mother Elaine Cuneta is her sister. She is of Spanish-American descent.[2]

She has been a runner-up to Cynthia Ugalde by a point in Miss Press Photography of the Philippines in 1961.

In the late '60s, Helen has been called as the "Dancing Queen" in film and TV musical shows, prior to the ever-popular song of Abba; eight years before the Swedish rock band's song has been known, between 1968 and 1976.

In 2001-2003 she made a comeback in the ABS-CBN Primetime TV Series Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan as Nelia Santos

In 2009, she made her official comeback to Philippine primetime television in Tayong Dalawa at the ABS-CBN network, where her son Gian also appeared. This marked her 2nd Primetime TV Series and comeback as she portrayed the antagonist Elizabeth Martinez in the TV Series, it also became a successful international Phenomenon and also had a strong cast of Award Winning Actors from 3 generations of Television, Film, Theater and International Acclaimed Indie Films.[3]

In 2012, after a two year hiatus, she played Margaret Montenegro in the Highly-Acclaimed and Most Watched Program Walang Hanggan, with another ensemble cast where she was reunited with Tayong Dalawa co-star Coco Martin who leads the series. as her main role in the TV Series as the main antagonist.

Gamboa also knows how to dance the "Gangnam Style" professionally, as she showed her performance in Walang Hanggang Pasasalamat Concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in October 21, 2012.



  • Helen Gamboa Sings Together Again (Jonal Records, released in March 1967)
  • La Gamboa (Vicor Records, released in 1969)
  • Bunny Chanel (RCA Victor International/WEA, released in 1979 under the name "Bunny Chanel")
  • Bunny Chanel 2 (RCA Victor International/WEA, released in 1980 under the name "Bunny Chanel")



  • Gone / Band of Gold (debut single)
  • What They Have Done To The Rain? / He'll Come Back To Me (with JA and The Jitterbugs)
  • Strangers In The Night / The Impossible Dream
  • Just Say Goodbye / I Can't Remember Ever Loving You
  • The Thirty-First of June / It's Not Unusual
  • I Love You / No Other Love
  • A Groovy Kind of Love / Forever With You (with JA and The Jitterbugs)
  • Soul Time / In The Midnight Hour
  • The In Crowd /
  • Michael (Row the Boat Ashore) /


  • Somethin' Stupid / Summer Wine (duet with Gilbert Gamboa)
  • Two Of Us / Till We Meet Again / Whispering Hope (duet with Louie Levant)
  • This Is My Song / Color My World
  • Together Again / Cast Your Fate To The Wind
  • All I See Is You / All Cried Out
  • Oh, Oh What A Kiss / Wednesday's Child
  • Only You (Can Break My Heart) / Time Alone Will Tell
  • Uptight / Single Girl (with JA and The Jitterbugs)
  • Please Don't Go / Cherish
  • Shing-A-Ling Time / Somebody To Love


  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough / Two Can Have A Party (with The Tilt-Down Men)
  • I'm Coming Home / Kiss Me Goodbye
  • After You / Why Can't I Remember To Forget You
  • Don't Give Up / Everytime I See A Rainbow
  • It's A Happening World / Shoot Your Shot
  • Bang-Shang-A-Lang / Shotgun
  • Son of a Preacher Man /


  • The Fool On The Hill / The Horse (Love is All Right)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Harper Valley PTA
  • Mississippi Delta / The Glory of Love
  • I'm A Tiger / Every Day I Have To Cry Some
  • This Girl's In Love With You / Where Is Tomorrow
  • Those Were The Days / Stay Away From Love
  • Bitter Memories / Our Day Will Come
  • Boom Bang-A-Bang / The Windmills Of Your Mind
  • Put a Little Love in Your Heart /


  • Evil Ways / Great Big Bundle of Love
  • If Ever You Go / Put A Smile On Your Face
  • Do The Popcorn / Both Sides Now


  • Anytime of The Year / It's A Crying Shame
  • A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done / Betcha By Golly, Wow
  • Put Your Hand In The Hand / Rose Garden
  • Do Me / Somebody Waiting
  • Love A Little Longer / Rock and Roll Lullaby


  • Doctor's Orders / Only Yesterday
  • Please Mr. Postman / My Melody of Love
  • Head Over Heels / Leave A Little Room



Year Title Role Notes Network
2012 Walang Hanggan Dona Margaret Cruz-Montenegro ABS-CBN
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Maring Parol
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Rosa Diploma
2009 Tayong Dalawa Elizabeth Martinez
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Linda Mesa
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Nelia Santos
1992/1994 Heart To Heart With Helen Host
1991 Luv Ko Si Kris ABS-CBN
1981/1996 Lovingly Yours, Helen Host GMA Network
1979 Eat Bulaga Host RPN-9
1979 C.U.T.E (Call Us Two for Entertainment) as Herself
1974/1977 Friends
1966 Helen as Herself a musical show on pre-1972 ABC


  • Segunda Mano (2011) as Adela Domingo
  • Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love (2009)
  • Bagong Bayani 1995) as Flor Contemplacion
  • Umiyak Pati Langit (1991)
  • Oras-oras, Araw-araw (189)
  • Kailan Mahuhugasan ang Kasalanan? (1989) as Adora Meneses
  • Hot Summer (1989)
  • Mama Said Papa Said I Love You (1985)
  • Give Me Five! (1984)
  • Angelita, Ako ang Iyong Ina Part II (1982)
  • Angelita... Ako ang Iyong Ina (1980) as Janet
  • Roberta (1979)
  • Feliciano (1978)
  • Mga Mata Ni Angelita (1978) as Janet - Gonzalo's Daughter
  • Kapitan Kulas (1975)
  • Darna and the Giants (1974) as X3X
  • Biktima (1974) as Nurse
  • Sarhento Fofonggay... A, ewan! (1974)
  • Ako'y Tao, May Dugo at Lamán (1970) as Luisa
  • Love Is for the Two of Us (1970)
  • Banda 24 (1969)
  • Matimbang ang Dugo sa Tubig (1969)
  • Ngitngit ng Pitong Whistle Bomb (1968) as Nerissa
  • Bang-Shang-a-Lang 1968)
  • Boogaloo (1968)
  • Kailanma'y 'Di Ka Mag-iisa (1968)
  • Let's Go Hippie (1968)
  • May I Go Out (1968)
  • O Kaka, O Kaka (1968)
  • Operation: Discothèque (1968)
  • Otra Vez, Señorita (1968)
  • Like Father, Like Son: Kung Ano ang Punò Siya ang Bunga (1967)
  • Target: The A-Go-Go Generation (1967)
  • Yesterday (1967)
  • Palos: Counterspy (1966)
  • Baril sa Aking Kamay (1966)
  • Doble Trece (1966)
  • Stranger in the Night (1966)
  • Guillermo Bravado (1965)
  • Dolpinger (1965)
  • Misyong Mapanganib (1965)
  • DJ Dance Time (1964)
  • Let's Go (1964)
  • The Nite Owl (Dance Party) (1964)
  • Gorio... Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas (1963)
  • Hugo, the Sidewalk Vendor (1962)
  • Gorio and His Jeepney (1962)
  • Sakay and Moy (1962)
  • Walang Pagkalupig (1962)
  • Palanca (1960)
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (1954)


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