Gil at the Star Magic Concert held in Ontario, CA, June 2009
|Birth name||Monica Pauline Gil|
August 23, 1987 |
|Occupations||Singer, actress, host, model, VJ|
|Labels||EMI, Walt Disney, PolyEast|
She is known for being part of the afternoon remake of Carlo J. Caparas' Pieta in 2008-2009 as Guia V. Angeles, and also in 2009, she portrayed Princess Punzalan's role in the afternoon drama which ran in 2009 and 2010 as Julie Bernardo in Nagsimula sa Puso. She is also well known for her lead portrayal as Jennifer "Jenny" La Peña in the 2012 remake of the 1990 radio serial of Salvador Royales's Mundo Man ay Magunaw, originally played by Jennifer Sevilla in the film version and was produced by SEIKO Films.
Monica Pauline Gil was born in Manila to Dino and Julie Gil. She is of Filipino, Spanish and German descent. Being born to a musically-inclined family, her father a piano player and her mom a church choir member, she was already singing and doing voiceovers for commercials as early as four years old. She graduated from Shekinah Christian Training Center in March 2005 as batch valedictorian. In 2009, she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, majoring in English literature. Her sister is Dani Gil, also plays the piano and sings.
Discovery and early career
Gil released her first self-titled album, Nikki Gil, in 2005 under EMI Philippines with “Sakayan ng Jeep” as the carrier single. It was later repackaged in 2006 and released with the addition of a graduation song titled “Glowing Inside”. In July 2006, EMI Philippines and Walt Disney Records introduced her, with other Asian artists Vince Chong of Malaysia and Alicia Pan of Singapore, to sing and to star in the music video of Disney Channel’s original movie High School Musical’s theme song, “Breaking Free”. Gil sang “Gotta Go My Own Way”, which also climbed the charts and boosted High School Musical’s status to double platinum record.
In 2008, Gil released her second music album, Hear My Heart, with “Hear My Heart” as the carrier single, a song she co-wrote with her younger sister Dani. She later finished a project again for Disney in Hong Kong when she recorded a music video for the pop version of “It's a Small World After All”. She was then asked in 2008 to perform the Tagalog version of "It's A Small World" at the grand opening of It's a Small World in Hong Kong Disneyland.
In 2010, Gil released her third music album, Somebody to Love, with "Somebody to Love" as the carrier single, a song written by her younger sister Dani. Gil played the character of Elle Woods in the Manila production of the musical Legally Blonde which is based on the 2001 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture Legally Blonde and the novel by Amanda Brown.
Acting career and TV hosting
In 2005, Gil was given a VJ stint for ABS-CBN's music channel subsidiary, MYX. She was also picked to host the now-defunct talk show MRS on ABS-CBN and morning show Breakfast on ANC. She later would join the cast of the weekly variety show ASAP Mania. In 2006, she was joined by Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzalez as a host for the first season of Pinoy Dream Academy, a singing reality show from Endemol. In 2007, she became part of an anime-inspired fantasy series “Rounin” and as an extended cast for the drama series “Pangarap na Bituin”. In 2008, she was again chosen to be the host for the season 2 of Pinoy Dream Academy with Toni Gonzaga and Billy Crawford. In 2009, she appeared in “Pieta”, an afternoon teleserye with Ryan Agoncillo, and also appeared in the teleserye “Florinda” with Maricel Soriano. Nikki Gil is one of the mainstay on ABS-CBN with ASAP XV. In 2010, she started hosting E-Live along with Luis Manzano and Ogie Diaz. She also did a fair share of hosting occasionally on Showtime replacing Anne Curtis.
In 2007, Gil did her first movie appearance by doing a cameo role as John Lloyd Cruz’s best friend for One More Chance. In 2009, she appeared along with Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby, Derek Ramsay for a Star Cinema movie entitled And I Love You So. In 2010, she was the lead actress in a romance film entitled The Red Shoes produced by Unitel with Marvin Agustin, which won the Best Picture in the 27th Bogota International Film Festival.
In 2012, she became part of the Film-TV Remake of Salvador Royales' Mundo Man ay Magunaw as Jennifer la Pena.
- 2007: Seussical the Musical - The Cat
- 2010: Legally Blonde: The Musical - Elle Woods
- 2011: Sweet Charity - Charity Hope Valentine
- 2013: They're Playing Our Song - Sonia Walsk
|2007||One More Chance||Helen||Star Cinema|
|2009||And I Love You So||Audrey Cruz||Star Cinema|
|2010||The Red Shoes||Bettina||Unitel International Pictures|
|2012||Moron 5 and the Crying Lady||Bank Teller (Cameo)||Viva Films|
|2008||Hear My Heart||May 16, 2008||PolyEast|
|2010||Somebody to Love||March 17, 2010||PolyEast|
|2005||"Sakayan ng Jeep"||Nikki Gil|
|2006||"If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight"|
|"Forever Is Not As Long As It Used to Be"|
|2008||"Hear My Heart"||Hear My Heart|
|"Million Miles Away"|
|2009||"If You're Not the One"|
|2010||"Magbabalik Ka Pa Ba"||Somebody to Love|
|"Somebody to Love"|
|"Kung Wala Ka"|
|"You Are My Life" (featuring Billy Crawford)|
|2006||"Breaking Free" (with Vince Chong and Alicia Pan)||High School Musical|
|"Kasi Naman"||Hotsilog: The ASAP Hotdog Compilation|
|2007||"Gotta Go My Own Way"||High School Musical 2|
Awards and Recognitions
|2010||Vietnam International Film Festival||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2010||Aliw Awards||Best Actress (Musical)||Nominated|
|2011||BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards||Best Leading Actress (Musical)||Won|
|2013||Aliw Awards||Best Actress (Musical)||Nominated|
|2013||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Single Performance by An Actress||Won|
- Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (November 25, 2009). "OMG! Is that blonde…Nikki?". Manila Bulletin.
- Bobby Garcia (July 1, 2010). "Nikki's right to be Blonde". The Philippine Star.
- "Nikki Gil to star in ‘Legally Blonde, The Musical’". Philippine Daily Inquirerdate=November 23, 2009.
- "EMI Philippines releases NIKKI GIL’s second album called HEAR MY HEART". PolyEast Records.
- "NIKKI GIL releases third album under PolyEast Records, SOMEBODY TO LOVE now available in all record bars nationwide". PolyEast Records. March 17, 2010.