Raymart Santiago

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Raymart Santiago
Born Raymond Martin Santiago
(1973-07-20) July 20, 1973 (age 41)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 1989-present
Spouse(s) Claudine Barretto (2004-2013)(After 9 years)
Children Sabina Natasha (May 2004)(adopted)
Rodrigo Santino (July 2007)

Raymond Martin (Raymart) Santiago (born July 20, 1973 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino action star and comedian.

Personal life[edit]

He comes from a prominent Philippine showbiz family—the Santiagos. His father is the late director Pablo Santiago Sr. He is the youngest among the Santiago siblings. He and two of his elder brothers are also known in their respective fields in show business—them being Randy Gerard (or Randy Santiago) who is a singer/actor/host and Rowell who is a director/actor. Their other brother is Reilly Pablo Jr., who was married to another local actress Sherilyn Reyes and also tried his hand at film production.

He married actress Claudine Barretto on March 27, 2006 in Tagaytay Highlands in Tagaytay City, Cavite[1]. Their wedding was attended by ABS-CBN and GMA Network executives, their families (except Gretchen Barretto, who at the time of the wedding was estranged with Claudine), their showbiz and non-showbiz friends. Claudine gave birth to their son on July 19, 2007. Rodrigo Santino [1] joins big sister Sabina Natasha(b 2004), whom they adopted at 2 months old in July 2004.[2]

Raymart's wife Claudine Barreto joined GMA in 2010 for Claudine's exclusive GMA contract, presently, both Raymart & Claudine are both Kapuso contract stars.

Showbiz Initiation[edit]

Raymart started testing the showbiz waters in 1989 when he was introduced in Viva Films' youth-comedy flick "Estudyante Blues" (Student Woes). Among his contemporaries at that time were Gelli de Belen, Keempee de Leon, Dingdong Avanzado and Vina Morales. After "Estudyante Blues", Raymart became Viva's contract star and started to become visible before the public. While some of his fellow Viva contract stars were given regular TV shows aside from movies at that time (most of them were on "That's Entertainment"), Raymart opted not to overexpose himself and instead only did TV guestings. He also started to concentrate on his studies until he finished high school in La Salle Greenhills while doing movies on the side. In the movies he appeared, he was mostly paired with Gelli de Belen.

From Junior Comedian to Action Prince[edit]

Raymart endeared himself to the public early in his career with his comic timing, which was at par with some veteran comedians he worked with. Among the comedy movies he appeared in were "Wooly Booly: Classmate kong Alien", "Wooly Booly 2: Ang Titser kong Alien" and "Paikot-ikot". Not long after, Viva launched him as a junior comedian in the movie "Rocky en Rolly" where he shared top-billing with Jimmy Santos. The movie was a success, and he was given a follow-up movie entitled "Tootsie Wootsie", where he worked with Herbert Bautista and Keempee de Leon. However, destiny had other plans for Raymart as action director Deo Fajardo, Jr., who discovered Robin Padilla, took a gamble on him and was repackaged as an action star in 1991. Soon after, Raymart was launched in his first action flick, "Angelito San Miguel: Batang City Jail". The movie was both a critical and commercial success. Soon after, Raymart became an in-demand junior action star. Among his memorable movies were "Magnong Rehas", "Pita: Terror ng Kalookan", "Noel Juico, Batang Kriminal", and "Dillinger ng Dose Pares". Raymart sustained his popularity as an action star for almost a decade, until Philippine movies started to decline. His last major movie as an action star was Sgt. Santos: Batang Sundalo in 2001.

The TV Comedian[edit]

In 1998, Raymart signed up as a contract star for GMA Network who gave him his first action-sitcom, "Kool Ka Lang" (Be Cool). The sitcom was initially directed by his brother Randy who gave it up after signing up as lead host of ABS-CBN noontime show "Magandang Tanghali Bayan". But "Kool Ka Lang" lived on as Raymart and his gang led by Joey Marquez was able to make a mark among Philippine viewers. The sitcom became a hot Tuesday viewing habit from the time it was aired from 1998-2003. When "Kool Ka Lang" signed off, Raymart teamed up again with Joey Marquez, Richard Gomez and Benjie Paras in "Lagot Ka Isusumbong Kita". Unlike in "Kool Ka Lang" where the action star image was still stuck with him, "Lagot Ka" presented a different side of Raymart who explored more with his comedic abilities.

Raymart recently starred in his third sitcom with GMA, "Who's Your Daddy Now?" where he essayed a father role for the first time opposite newcomer Alynna Asistio. The show ran for only 13 episodes (a minimum timeframe for a Philippine TV show). Despite the axing of the sitcom, Raymart has been signed up to do a primetime TV series opposite Dennis Trillo and Marky Cielo. The series will be entitled "Pulis Pangkalawakan". He was previously offered a role in the hit Philippine drama Bakekang, but turned down the role.

From 2008 to 2009, he starred in the action-fantaserye Gagambino which was aired on GMA 7 with Benjie Paras, Jennica Garcia, Katrina Halili & Dennis Trillo.

In 2009, Santiago was recently seen in Darna aired on Channel 7 where he plays a news photographer.

In 2010, Raymart returns to drama via Claudine, a weekly drama mini series of GMA 7 which together with his real wife, Claudine Baretto-Santiago. His wife's very 1st GMA show.

Controversy[edit]

On July 13, 2007, Santiago and his wife Claudine Barretto, admitted they did not know that Francswiss Investment—which accepted their money—was involved in a pyramid scam. Their lawyer, Ellen Veza, told NBI agents that the Barrettos had invested in Francswiss, but declined to say if they recruited other investors. Francswiss duped Filipinos of almost P1 billion.[3]

Film and Television Shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2013 Villa Quintana Felix Samonte GMA Network
Home Sweet Home Reden Caharian
2012 Luna Blanca Luis Buenaluz
Daldalita Tarzan
2011 Spooky Nights: Perya Jilmer
Futbolilits Frankie Ocampo
2010 Jillian: Namamasko Po Erwin
2010–2011 Bantatay Bernard Razon
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Arman Santos
Claudine: Presents Alzhimer Randy Salvador
2009–2010 Mars Ravelo's Darna Crisanto
2008–2009 Carlo J. Caparas' Gagambino Dindo Gutierrez
2007–2008 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Alvaro Lorenzo/Azur/Gamma
2007 Who's Your Daddy Now? Mario
2005 Maynila Various
Wag Kukurap Various
Noel Various
Magpakailanman Various
Kakabaka-Boo! Various
2003–2007 Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita Toto
2003–2004 Narito Ang Puso Ko Rodolfo
1999–2003 Kool Ka Lang Jack Mangalikot

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 10,000 Hours N/A
2005 La Visa Loca Estong
2004 Aishite imasu (Mahal kita) 1941 Edilberto
2001 Sgt. Santos: Batang Sundalo Renan Santos
2000 Willy Escobar: Private Enemy of Davao Willy Escobar
1999 Anak ng Probinsyano Waldo de Leon
1998 Bargado Brothers: Dalubhasang Lalake Ronald Bargado
1998 Marahas Walang Kilalang Batas Ronaldo
1997 Frame-Up Reden Sarmiento
1997 Iskalawag Alex Sabater
1996 Mumbaki Joseph (featuring Louie San Luis)
1996 Ten Little Indians Pedro
1996 Cara y Cruz: Walang Sinasanto! Berting
1996 Leo Cordero Leo Cordero
1995 Urban Rangers Mark
1994 Ikaw Lamang wala Nang Iba Joaquin
1994 Haring Daga Dino Obrero
1993 Dodong Armado Dodong
1993 Pita, terror ng Kaloocan Pita
1993 Magnong Rehas Magno
1993 Anak ng Pasig Junior
1992 Dilinger Ikoy
1992 Jaime Labrador: Sakristan Mayor Jaime
1992 Noel Juico Batang Kriminal Noel
1991 Angelito San Miguel: Ang Batang City Jail Angelito
1990 May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi ----
1990 Ang Tister Kong Alien ----
1990 Rocky and Rolly: Suntok sabay Takbo Rolly
1990 Teacher's Enemy No. 1 ----
1990 Tiny Terrestrial: The Three Professors Matthew
1990 Paikot-Ikot ----
1990 Love at First Sight Reggie
1990 Tootsie Wootsie ----
1989 Wooly Booly: Ang Classmate kong Alien ----
1989 Estudyante Blues Rupert

TV Specials[edit]

Year Title Network
2006 You Are The One: The Claudine-Raymart Love Story ABS-CBN
2010 GMA @ 60: The Heart Of Television Anniversary Special GMA Network

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/topstories/topstories/view_article.php?article_id=77548 Inquirer - Baby boy is birthday gift for Claudine, Raymart, 19 July 2007
  2. ^ http://www.newsflash.org/2004/02/sb/sb003391.htm Barreto is feuding with Gretchen; adopts 2 mo onld girl
  3. ^ Manila StandardToday - Claudine, Raymart also victims of online scam, 13 July 2007

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