Maricel Soriano

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Maricel Soriano
Born Maria Cecilia Dador Soriano
(1965-02-25) February 25, 1965 (age 49)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Mary, Marya
Occupation Actress, commercial model, television host, singer, dancer
Years active 1971–present
Awards See the full list here.

Maricel Soriano (born Maria Cecilia Dador Soriano[1] on February 25, 1965), also known as The Diamond Star, is a critically acclaimed Filipina film and television actress. She has starred in many films covering different genres including comedy, fantasy (Inday series), horror, suspense, action, romance and drama. She has appeared in hundreds of films and has scored a number of blockbuster hits.

In addition to being an actress, Soriano is also a singer and has recorded several songs including the theme song of her movie Oh My Mama in 1981. In 1987, she performed a sold out concert at the Araneta Coliseum; the show titled "Hello, Hello Maricel".

Biography[edit]

Dubbed the 'Diamond Star' in the Philippine entertainment industry, she is the third most awarded Philippine film actress of all time and more successful than Sharon Cuneta with 46 movie and television awards (including Best Child Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Achiever Award as actress/producer, Best Performer and Best Actress) from various award-giving bodies such as FAMAS, PMPC, Empress, FAP, YCC, Pasado, GMMSFP, MMFF, Manila, Iloilo and Cinemanila Film Festivals. She was also known as 'Taray Queen' for her feisty roles in movies.[1]

Soriano started acting at the age of six in the 1971 film My Heart Belongs to Daddy with Tirso Cruz III and fellow child actress Snooky Serna.

Soriano developed her comic skills under the aegis of the late Philippine King of Comedy, Dolphy and the late Nida Blanca, one of the country's top caliber actors, both of whom she considered as second parents.[citation needed]

In the 1980s, she was launched to full stardom as one of the Regal Babies[1] along with Snooky Serna, Julie Vega, Dina Bonnevie, Gabby Concepcion, Albert Martinez, Alfie Anido, Jimi Melendez, and her loveteam partner, William Martinez. Her 1985 film Hinugot sa Langit, produced by Regal films and directed by national artist Ishmael Bernal, is now considered as one of the classics of Philippine cinema.[citation needed]

In June 2009, Soriano appeared in Florinda in the third and final episode of Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection.[2]

In 2010, Soriano guested in Pilyang Kerubin where she played a mother who gives to her children; this was her first GMA Network show.

Success and fame[edit]

Soriano was launched into full stardom in 1980 via Regal Films' Underage, where her thespian talent and charisma shone brightest among the lead stars of the movie. Her tandem with William Martinez was launched via the movie Oh My Mama in 1981. She was considered the top 'Regal Baby' in the 1980s and 1990s prompting the Regal matriarch, Lily Monteverde to quip, "Regal without Maricel is nothing".

Versatility[edit]

Unmatched in the history of Philippine Cinema, Soriano has the most number of comedy films, from John en Marsha in 1973 to I Will Survive in 2004. Her Inday series (Inday, Inday sa Balitaw, Inday Bote and Super Inday) is a landmark in the comedy arena. Some of her dramatic films are now considered classics, most notable of which are Saan Darating ang Umaga (1983), Kaya Kong Abutin ang Langit (1984), Hinugot sa Langit (1985), Babaing Hampaslupa (1988), Ikaw Pa Lang ang Minahal (1992), Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin (1995), Abot Kamay ang Pangarap (1996) (The Philippine entry to the Oscar Awards), Soltera (1999), Mila (2001), Filipinas (2003) and Inang Yaya (2006). Her action-oriented films with action superstars are all certified hits starting with the record-breaking Batang Quiapo (1986) until her last in 1998's Sige, Subukan Mo.

Soriano is also considered the 'Dancing Queen' of the 1980s, and her signature dance numbers, "I Am What I Am", "Body Dancer", "Rico Mambo", among others have continued to be associated with her even to this very day. While not a professional singer, she even managed to record two songs, the theme song of the movie, Oh My Mama and the gold record hit "Ngayon At Habang Panahon". Aside from a sold out concert at the Araneta Coliseum entitled "Hello, Hello Maricel" in 1987, she has appeared in hit concerts locally and abroad in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The TV icon[edit]

Aside from successfully conquering the movie scene, Soriano duplicated her feat on television with a variety of shows. From the sitcom John and Marsha, she also starred in Kaluskos Musmos and Kuskos Balungos, youth oriented programs in the 1970s. She has appeared in musical variety shows (Maria! Maria!, Maricel Live!), a drama anthology (Maricel Drama Special), comedy shows (2+2, Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis, Mary d' Potter, Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis), soap operas (Vietnam Rose) and John En Shirley (a spin-off of her original sitcom), where she is reunited with Dolphy and Susan Roces.

The Diamond Star can be considered foremost a progeny of television and her face has continued to become a staple in the small tube. Even with her short hiatus in making movies, Soriano was consistently seen in the longest-running drama anthology which was named after her, and the reprisal of the role of Shirley Purontong brought her into full circle as a certified icon in Philippine TV.

She has received two awards from the Asian TV Awards as Best Actress in a Comedy Show aside from her two awards for the same category from the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC). She was also given two awards as Best Actress in a Drama Anthology and Best Actress for Drama in a Soap Opera (Vietnam Rose) also coming from the PMPC.

A sought after celebrity endorser, she has endorsed a wide variety of products and is considered one of the most credible among the elite group of endorsers. She is reported to lend her name only with those products she believes in and uses it as well. Her appeal to consumers help catapult a number of products to gain a sizable share of the market, most notably: Green Cross, Whisper, Alaska, Globe, Swift Spaghetti, Loviscol, McDonalds, Jollibee, Mr. Clean, Breeze, Minola, Fiesta Cooking Oil, among others.

The Movie Queen[edit]

With her movie output already reaching the millennium mark and a range of films unsurpassed by all other actresses, she is one of the few bestowed by filmdom with this title. The Diamond Star has practically worked in all the major film outfits in the industry, appeared with every major star, and set acting standards and box office records.

She is the third most awarded film actress of all time with 19 (child, supporting and lead actress) trophies to boost from various legitimate award giving bodies such as FAMAS, PMPC, Empress, FAP, YCC, Pasado, GMMSFP, MMFF, Manila, Iloilo and Cinemanila Film Festivals. Aside from these, Soriano has received other acting awards from various sources such as fan magazine publishing companies and people's choice awards.

In 2006, Soriano was back with Regal Films as the lead star of Bahay Kubo, a movie intended for the 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Previously married to Edu Manzano from 1989 - 1991. She has two sons, Marron Soriano and Sebastien Soriano. She has three other siblings, Bec Soriano, mother of Meryll Soriano, Mykee Martinez and Mel Martinez [1]

Awards[edit]

Soriano has received a number of awards, most notable of which are the two Asian TV Awards as Best Comedy Actress, and three FAP awards, three FAMAS and five PMPC Star Awards for her drama performances. In 1974, she received her first award as Best Child Actress at the age of nine at the 9th Manila Film Festival for Virgo Film's Alaala mo, Daigdig ko ("Your Memory is My World"). She won her second acting award at the 1974 Ilo-ilo Film Festival for the movie version of the TV sitcom John En Marsha which later became the longest-running Philippine sitcom.[3] She received four consecutive nominations for FAMAS Awards in the years 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.[4] Her 1995 film, Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin, produced by Reyna films was the official Philippine entry to the 1996 Oscar awards. In 1999, she was named as one of the Top 100 Stars of Philippine Cinema All-Time by Manila Times and in 2005 she was listed by the Director's Guild of the Philippines as one of the Top 15 Best Actresses of All Time.[citation needed] On January 5, 2008, she won the Best Actress award for Bahay Kubo at the Metro Manila Film Festival; this is her 3rd Best Actress prior to 1997's Nasaan ang Puso and 2003's Filipinas. Soriano also won in the 38th Box Office Queen and King Entertainment Awards as Film Actress of the Year for her performance in A Love Story.[5][6][7]

Discography[edit]

Soriano recorded a few songs in the 1980s including the gold single "Ngayon at Habang Panahon" penned by Tito Sotto and the theme song of her movie Oh My Mama in 1981.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Celebrity Bluff Guest GMA Network
Kulungan Kanlungan Sedes
Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real Millet Gonzales-Real
2013 It's Showtime Herself/Guest ABS-CBN
The Ryzza Mae Show Herself/Guest GMA Network
2012 It's Showtime Herself/Guest ABS-CBN
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself/Player
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Regina GMA Network
5 Star Special Presents: Maricel Soriano Various role TV5
2009 Sineserye Presents: Florinda Florinda Arguelles ABS-CBN
2006 John en Shirley Shirley Puruntong-Ramirez
2005-2006 Vietnam Rose Carina Mojica dela Cerna / Nguyen Dang Thiem Yeu
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sing-along Bar Ai-Ai Delas Alas
2001 Mary D Potter Mary Magtanggol
2001-2005 Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis
1997-2001 Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis
1992-1997 The Maricel Soriano Drama Special Herself
1988-1992 Maricel Regal Drama Special
1986-1989 Lets Go With Jack and Joey Jack IBC
ABS-CBN
1986-1987 Maria! Maria! -- PTV
1986 Maricel Live! IBC
1982-1986 Two Plus Two Maricel Alyas "George" BBC
1985 I Am What I Am Variety Show Host
1981-1983 Kuskos Balungos Abigail
1978-1980 Kaluskod Musmos Jacklyn Pusit RPN
1973-1989 John en Marsha Shirley
1981-1996 Lovingly Yours, Helen Herself GMA Network
1985-1988
1995/1998
Eat Bulaga! Host RPN
GMA Network

Films[edit]

Awards and achievements[edit]

TV awards[edit]

PMPC Star Awards[edit]

  • 1988 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Drama Maricel Regal Drama Special
  • 1989 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Drama Maricel Regal Drama Special
  • 1996 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Drama Maricel Drama Special
  • 1998 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Comedy Kaya Ni Mister Kaya Ni Misis
  • 2000 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Comedy Kaya Ni Mister Kaya Ni Misis
  • 2005 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Drama Vietnam Rose
  • 2010 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress For Drama Florinda

Asian Television Awards[edit]

  • 2002 Asian TV Awards Best Actress For Comedy Kaya ni Mister Kaya Ni Misis
  • 2001 Asian TV Awards Best Actress For Comedy Kaya ni Mister Kaya Ni Misis
  • 2001 1st Runner up Best Actress for Drama Asian TV Awards
  • 2000 Asian TV Awards Best Actress For Comedy Kaya ni Mister Kaya Ni Misis
  • 1998 Asian TV Awards Best Actress For Comedy Kaya ni Mister Kaya Ni Misis

Golden Dove Awards[edit]

  • 1990 Golden Dove Awards Best Drama Show Maricel Regal Drama Special
  • 1991 Golden Dove Awards Best Drama Show Maricel Regal Drama Special

CMMA Awards[edit]

  • 1983 CMMA 1st Runner Up Best Supporting Actress for Saan Darating ang Umaga?
  • 1988 CMMA Awards Best Drama Show Maricel Regal Drama Special
  • 1989 CMMA Awards Best Drama Show Maricel Regal Drama Special

Awards in film[edit]

FAMAS-Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • FAMAS Best Supporting Actress 1983, for Saan Darating ang Umaga?[8]
  • FAMAS Best Actress 1995, for Dahas[8]
  • FAMAS Best Actress 1997, for Nasaan ang Puso[8]

FAP-Film Academy of the Philippines LUNA Awards[edit]

  • LUNA Best Actress 1997, for Nasaan ang Puso[9]
  • LUNA Best Actress 2003, for Filipinas[9]
  • LUNA Best Actress 2007, for Bahay Kubo[9]

PMPC Star Awards for Movies[edit]

  • Best Actress 1994, Separada

ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards[edit]

  • Best Comedy Actress 2004, I Will Survive
  • Best Drama Actress 2006, Inang Yaya
  • Best Actress DEKADA Award 2013 Gallery of Distinction

UP YCC-Young Critics Circle Awards[edit]

  • Best Performer 1992, Ikaw pa Lang ang Minahal
  • Best Performer 1994, Vampira
  • Best Performer 2006, Inang Yaya
  • Best Performance "1st Runner Up" 2003, Filipinas

PASADO Awards[edit]

  • Best Actress 1999, Soltera
  • Best Actress 2006, Inang Yaya

Gawad TANGLAW Awards[edit]

  • Achiever's Award for Producer and Actress 2006, Inang Yaya

People's Choice Awards[edit]

  • Best Actress 1992, Ikaw Pa lang ang Minahal
  • Best Actress 1994, Separada

Metro Manila Film Festival Awards[edit]

  • Best Actress 1997, Nasaan ang Puso
  • Best Actress 2003, Filipinas
  • Best Actress 2007, Bahay Kubo
  • Best Actress 2011, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
  • Best Actress 2013, Girl,Boy,Bakla,Tomboy

GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards[edit]

  • Film Actress of The Year 2006, Inang Yaya
  • Film Actress of The Year 2007, A Love Story
  • Film Actress of The Year 2013, "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy"

Cinemanila International film festival local category[edit]

  • Best Actress 2006, Numbalikdiwa

Manila Film Festival[edit]

  • Best Child Actress 1974, Alaala Mo, Daigdig Ko

Ilo-Ilo Film Festival[edit]

  • Best Child Actress 1974, John and Marsha
  • Best Child Actress 1974, Alaala Mo, Daigdig Ko

Record awards and concerts[edit]

  • 1982: "Ngayon at Habang Panahon" (Gold single)
  • 1982: "Oh My Mama"
  • 1985: Theme from Inday Bote, Karitong Paikot-ikot, I Am What I Am
  • 1985: "John en Marsha sa America Show" in LA, San Francisco, Winnipeg Canada, Toronto Canada
  • 1986: Sung "Mahal na Mahal Kita" in Horsey Horsey Tigidig Tigidig
  • 1986: Sung "Kahit Na" in Batang Quiapo
  • 1986: "Hello Hello Maricel" (also sang a duet with Raymond Lauchengco, the theme of their movie Saan Darating ang Umaga?)
  • 1987: Maricel and Roderick concert in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore

Entertainment and industry awards[edit]

  • 1981: Regal Most Popular Loveteam with William Martinez for Oh my Mama
  • 1982: Regal Most Popular Loveteam with William Martinez for Galawgaw at Pabling
  • 1983: Regal Most Popular Loveteam with William Martinez for Hindi Kita Malimot, Summer Love
  • 1982: Regal Teenage Movie Queen
  • 1983: Regal Teenage Movie Queen
  • 1983: GMMFSA Teenage Movie Queen
  • 1984: Regal Teenage Movie Queen
  • 1984: GMMFSA Teenage Movie Queen
  • 1983: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1984: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1985: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1985: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 1986: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1987: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1988: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1989: Regal No. 1 Bankable Star
  • 1986: Regal Box Office Queen
  • 1987: Regal Box Office Queen
  • 1988: Regal Box Office Queen
  • 1989: Regal Box Office Queen
  • 1988: Regal Best Citation for Maricel in her 17 years in showbiz
  • 1988: Philippines TV Drama Anthology Queen By Inquirer
  • 1988: Philippines Box Office Queen By Inquirer
  • 1989: PHILIPPINES TV Drama Anthology Queen By Inquirer
  • 1987: Box office Queen Kislap Magazine
  • 1988: Box Office Queen Kislap Magazine
  • 1988: TV's Drama Queen Kislap Magazine
  • 1989: TV's Drama Queen Kislap Magazine
  • 1989: TV's Drama Queen Abante Tonight
  • 1988: Box Office Queen By Manila Bulletin
  • 1988: Philippines TV Drama Anthology Queen By Manila Bulletin
  • 1988: TV's Drama Queen by Tempo
  • 1988: TV's Drama Queen by People's News
  • 1987: Most Popular Female Star Sensation Magazine
  • 1988: Most Popular Female Star Sensation Magazine
  • 1987: Box Office Queen Sensation Magazine
  • 1988: Box Office Queen Sensation Magazine
  • 1987: TV's Drama Queen Sensation Magazine
  • 1988: TV's Drama Queen Sensation Magazine
  • 1987: Most Popular Female Commediene Sensation Magazine
  • 1988: Most Popular Female Commediene Sensation Magazine
  • 1988: Most Popular Loveteam Maricel Soriano and Eric Quizon for Super Inday Sensation Magazine
  • 1989: Most Popular Female Star by Woman Today
  • 1989: Taray Queen Chika Chika Magazine
  • 1989: Box Office Queen by Woman Today
  • 1989: Screen Diva By Woman Today
  • 1989: Anthology Queen By Woman Today
  • 1989: Woman of the Year By Woman's Magazine
  • 1987: Most Popular Female Star Orig Magazine
  • 1987: Box Office Superstar Orig Magazine
  • 1988: Most Popular Female star Orig Magazine
  • 1987: TV's Queen of Drama Orig Magazine
  • 1987: Female Star of the year Flash Magazine
  • 1988: Most Popular Loveteam Maricel Soriano and Randy Santiago For Taray at Teroy Flash Magazine
  • 1988: Female Star of the Year Tiktik Tabloid
  • 1988: No. 1 Box Office Star Flash Magazine
  • 1989: One of the seven outstanding actresses of the Philippines Movie Flash
  • 1987: Cinema Scoop TV's Drama Queen
  • 1988: Cinema Scoop Female Star
  • 1988: Cinema Scoop TV's Drama Queen
  • 1988: Cinema Scoop Female Star
  • 1986: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 1988: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 1989: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 1988: Regal Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1989: Regal Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1990: Regal Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1991: REGAL Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1992: Regal Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1987: Box Office Queen Jingle Extra Hot
  • 1987: Most Popular Female Star Jingle Extra Hot
  • 1987: Most Popular Commediene Jingle Extra Hot
  • 1988: Box Office Queen Jingle Extra Hot
  • 1988: TV'S Queen of Drama Jingle Extra Hot
  • 1988: Most Popular Female Star Jingle Extra Hot
  • 1988: FAP LUNA Awards Star of the night
  • 1988: Metro Manila Film Festival Star of the Night
  • 1988: ABS-CBN Cited Maricel for her 17 years in Showbiz
  • 1988: ABS-CBN Box Office Superstar
  • 1988: ABS-CBN Consummate Artist
  • 1988: ABS-CBN Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1989: ABS-CBN Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1990: ABS-CBN Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1991: ABS-CBN Drama Anthology Queen
  • 1991: ABS-CBN Cited Maricel for her 22 years in Showbiz
  • 1994: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 1999: One of the Top 100 Stars of Philippine Cinema, Manila Times
  • 2000: Chosen as one of Philippines Best Actresses Critics
  • 2003: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 2006: GMMFSA Ms. RP Movies
  • 2003: Most Popular Female Star Yes Magazine
  • 2003: Female Actress of the Year Yes Magazine
  • 2004: Most Popular Female Star Yes Magazine
  • 2004: Female Actress of the year Yes Magazine
  • 2005: Most Popular Female Star Yes Magazine
  • 2005: Female Actress of the Year Yes Magazine
  • 2006: Most Popular Female Star Yes Magazine
  • 2006: Female Actress of the Year Yes Magazine
  • 2006: Scene Stealer Yes Magazine
  • 2006: Most Beautiful Celebrity Yes Magazine
  • 2007: Hall of Famer Female Actress of the Year Yes Magazine
  • 2007: Hall of Famer Most Popular Female Star Yes Magazine
  • 2005: One of Top 15 Best Actress of all-time in Philippine Cinema by Directors Guild
  • 1992: Grand Slam Nominations for Best Actress in Ikaw Pa lang ang Minahal
  • 1995: Grand Slam Nominations for Best Actress in Dahas
  • 1999: Grand Slam Nominations for Best Actress in Soltera
  • 2003: Grand Slam Nominations for Best Actress in Filipinas
  • 2006: Grand slam Nominations For Best Actress in Inang Yaya
  • 2006: One of the TOP Choice for the 15 greatest actresses in Philippine Cinema S Magazine
  • 2006: Top Female Celebrity Pex
  • 2006: One of Best Dressed Actress Pex
  • 2003: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2004: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2005: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2006: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2007: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2007: One of S magazine Best Dressed Female star
  • 2007: One of the Top Ten Best actresses in YCC
  • 2008: Female Actress of the year Yes Magazine
  • 2008: One of 100 Most Beautiful People By Yes Magazine
  • 2008: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2009: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2009: One of the best dressed celebrity from preview magazine
  • 2010: No. 1 Star Filmbug
  • 2010: One of the Best Actresses of the Decade (2000–2009)
  • One of the 15 Cinema One Legends
  • One of the Top 7 Celebrity Icons (with Dolphy, Sharon Cuneta, Vilma Santos, Gloria Romero, Judy Ann Santos and Lea Salonga)
  • Philippine Paradise of Stars
  • Philippine Walk of Fame
  • Most Powerful Personality in Showbiz
  • 1999: The 15 Brightest Stars in Philippine Showbiz
  • 2003: BizNewsAsia's list of Top 100 Most Powerful Filipinos for 2002.
  • 2005: One of 15 Greatest Actresses Of Phil.Cinema (Yes Magazine)
  • 2006: One of 15 Greatest Actresses Of Phil.Cinema (S-Magazine)
  • 2007: One of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars
  • 2008: One of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars
  • 2009: One of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars
  • 2012: Most Beautiful Female Star Over 35 Female Network
  • 2013: Most Inspiring Filipina Character in Inang Yaya as Norma for Female Network
  • 2013: Best Actress Enpress Awards Gallery of Distinction Dekada AWARD

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