Catherine Cruz Gonzaga
January 16, 1988
|Residence||Taytay, Rizal, Philippines|
|Agent||Star Magic (2006–2008, 2013–present) |
|Associated acts||Toni Gonzaga|
Alex Gonzaga (born Catherine "Cathy" Cruz Gonzaga; January 16, 1988) is a Filipina television host, singer, actress, comedienne, vlogger and author. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the ABS-CBN sitcom Let's Go (2006–07) and Gokada Go! (2007). She starred in the films I've Fallen For You (2007) and The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin (2014). Gonzaga gained nationwide fame for co-hosting the first (2013) and the second (2014–15) season of The Voice of the Philippines and the first season of The Voice Kids (2014), for which she won two PMPC Star Awards for Best Talent Search Program Hosts as of 2014. She starred in Veronica B. Velasco, Mikey del Rosario and Paco Sta. Maria's Pure Love (2014) and Pablo S. Gomez's Inday Bote (2015).
Catherine Cruz Gonzaga was born on January 16, 1988 in Taytay, Rizal, a first class densely populated municipality of Rizal, to Crisanta (Pinty Cruz) Gonzaga and then-incumbent Vice-Mayor Carlito "Bonoy" Gonzaga. She set her stage name as Alex Gonzaga back in 2008. Gonzaga has an elder sister, actress Celestine Gonzaga, who helped her enter the industry. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Education University of Asia and the Pacific.
2007–13: Early works
Gonzaga started her career on ABS-CBN's sitcom, Let's Go where she played the role of Alex, which also became her nickname. She lasted the role until the series fourth season called Gokada Go!. After her departure from the series, she joined the cast of different shows on the same network, such as Pangarap Na Bituin, Your Song and My Girl.
She transferred to TV5 and became one of the main hosts of the talk show Juicy!, and also received a lead role on Babaeng Hampaslupa where she played the role of the title character. Further roles on the network include BFGF, P.S. I Love You and Enchanted Garden.
Gonzaga withdrew from TV5 and returned to ABS-CBN, with her first project being a guest host of the fifth season (2014) of the Philippine adaption (2005–) of the reality television series Big Brother (1999–). However, during the final minutes of the launch night, Gonzaga was revealed to be the third and final celebrity housemate to enter the Big Brother house, following the collegiate athlete Michele Gumabao and the actress Jane Oineza, and was given the title of being the "Sassy Sister ng Rizal". However, during a diary room session with Big Brother, she was revealed to actually be a celebrity houseguest and was later on tasked to avoid revealing the information to the other official housemates. Gonzaga was welcomed back to the "outside world" after being in the Big Brother house for two months on June 14, 2014. She went on to become the social media correspondent of the Philippine adaption (2013–) of the reality television singing competition The Voice (2010–). She was replaced by the internet sensation Cheridel Alejandrino, whom was infamously known as the "Elevator Girl". Inday bote
She later on made her appearance as a main cast member on ABS-CBN's comedy gag television series Banana Split (2008–) and her first two episodes in ABS-CBN's anthology television series Maalaala Mo Kaya (1991–). Her first major project since her return to the network was as the lead cast member in the Philippine adaption (2014) of the South Korean drama 49 Days (2011). She then released her debut novel, Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine (2014), under ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.. The novel received positive reviews from fans and critics alike, most complimenting the novel's "break up" concept and enjoyed its featured humor. A film adaption for the novel is currently in the works with Gonzaga sharing interest in casting Luis Manzano, John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual for the film adaption.
Gonzaga was cast on her first film under Star Cinema, The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin (2014), which was one of the official entries of the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival. The film proved to be commercially successful and achieved the milestones of having the highest gross on the opening day of any local film and the title of being the highest grossing local film of all time in the Philippines. However, despite this, the film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Zig Marasigan of the Rappler website described the film in his movie review as "a brainless, hyper-stylized and utterly ridiculous family comedy."
She then released her debut studio album I Am Alex G. (2015) with the studio album's lead hit single, "Panaginip Lang", under Star Music. The studio album had a grand launch at Eastwood Central Plaza on March 22, 2015 and a concert, AG from the East: The Unexpected Concert, was later on held at the Araneta Coliseum to support her studio album on April 25, 2015. Gonzaga was then cast as the lead cast member of ABS-CBN's fantasy comedy-drama television series Inday Bote (2015), which is the television series adaption of the film of the same name. The series had become one of the three shortest running television series on the network so far, following Margarita and Princess Sarah, with its run only lasting for two months and two weeks. She was later announced as one of the hosts of ABS-CBN's dance competition television series Dance Kids (2015).
|2007||I've Fallen For You||Samantha||Star Cinema||Film debut|
|2014||The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin||Gundina Galamiton||Star Cinema & Viva Films||Official entry for the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival|
|2015||Buy Now, Die Later||Chloe||MJM Production, Tuko Film Production, & Buchi Boy Films||Official entry for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival|
|2016||My Rebound Girl||Rocky||Regal Entertainment|
|2018||Nakalimutan Ko na Kalimutan Ka||Jaz||Wilbros Films|
|Everybody Loves Baby Wendy||Wendy|
|Mary, Marry Me||Mary Anne "MA" Lagman||Ten17P & TINCAN||Official entry for the 44th Metro Manila Film Festival|
|2018 – Present||Pinoy Big Brother: Otso||Herself Host||ABS-CBN|
|2018||Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show||Host||ABS-CBN|
|2017-2019||I Can See Your Voice||Sing-vestigator|
|2017||I Can Do That||Host|
|2016||Game ng Bayan||Herself|
|2015||Pablo S. Gomez's Inday Bote||Kristal Vargas Delgado-Navarro/Inday Catacutan-Navarro|
|2014||Pure Love||Diane Santos-Martinez|
|The Voice Kids||Herself|
|2013-2015||The Voice of the Philippines||Herself|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya||Various roles|
|2012-2013||Enchanted Garden||Diwani Olivia/Aya Malfora||TV5|
|2012||Regal Shocker: Manananggal||Rina|
|2011-2012||P.S. I Love You||Andrea Tuazon|
|2011||Regal Shocker: Piano|
|Babaeng Hampaslupa||Grace Mallari Wong / Elizabeth Wong-See|
|2010-2011||BFGF||Claridad "Claring"/Ma. Claridad P. Malinao|
|2008-2009||Your Song Presents: My Only Hope||Cefelita "Fifi" Madrigal||ABS-CBN|
|Mars Ravelo and Jim Fernandez's Tiny Tony||Michelle||ABS-CBN|
|Your Song Presents: Without You||Jen|
|2007||Your Song Presents: Sana Ngayong Pasko||Anna|
|Pangarap na Bituin||Chorva Ayala-Gomez|
|Gokada Go!||Alex Sy|
|2006-2007||Let's Go||Alex Sy|
- I Am Alex G. (2015)
- AG from the East: The Unexpected Concert (2015)
- Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine (2014)
- Dear Alex, We're Dating. Tama, Mali?! Love Catherine (2016)
- Sissums (2018)
Awards and nominations
|2016||12th USTv Awards||Students' Choice of Reality/Game Show Host||The Voice Kids||Won|
|Anak TV Awards||Makabata Stars||Herself||Won|
|2014||28th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent Search Program Hosts||The Voice of the Philippines||Won|
|Best Comedy Actress||Banana Nite||Nominated|
|2013||27th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actress||Banana Nite||Nominated|
|Best Talent Search Program Hosts||The Voice Kids||Won|
|Anak TV Awards||Makabata Stars||Herself||Won|
- "Fresh Graduate Alex Gonzaga Hopes to Become a Teacher". ph.news.yahoo.com. April 3, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Rodriquez Alipio, Kabbie (October 14, 2013). "15 MINUTES WITH ALEX GONZAGA". stylebible.ph. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- "PBB All In Housemate Alex Gonzaga Biography". centertechnews.com. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Smith, Chuck (April 29, 2014). "The 18 housemates of 'Pinoy Big Brother All In'". philnews.ph. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Lastrilla, Gary Ann (May 4, 2014). "Big Brother reveals why Alex is inside his house". entertainment.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Valeza, Karen (April 17, 2013). "Alex Gonzaga returns as a Kapamilya". ph.omg.yahoo.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- "Alex Gonzaga returns to ABS-CBN". tempo.com.ph. April 19, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- "Alex Gonzaga debuts on 'MMK'". abs-cbnnews.com. August 1, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- "Korean series 'Pure Love' to get Pinoy adaptation". ABS-CBN News. April 21, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine". Goodreads. September 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- "Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine". Goodreads. September 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
- "Alex Gonzaga's book to be turned into a movie". ABS-CBNNews.Com. February 6, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
- Alex gets news of 'Praybeyt Benjamin' casting
- Alex Gonzaga joins cast of ‘Praybeyt Benjamin 2’
- Alex Gonzaga, One Of The Cast Of “Praybeyt Benjamin” Sequel
- The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin is the Filipino Film with Highest Opening Day Gross
- ‘Praybeyt Benjamin 2' Review: Show me the money
- ‘I Am Alex G’ all set for Grand Album Launch
- Alex Gonzaga all set for the Big Dome
- "Matteo Guidicelli Joins Alex Gonzaga for the TV Adaptation of "Inday Bote"". philnews. December 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
- Matteo, Kean and Alex start preps for 'Inday Bote'
- Alex Gonzaga is ‘Inday Bote’
- Meet Alex Gonzaga and the star-studded cast of Inday Bote
- Alex Gonzaga is ‘Inday Bote’
- Alex Gonzaga Excited To Reprise Maricel Soriano’s Role In “Inday Bote”
- Abangan si Alex Gonzaga bilang host ng Dance Kids
- Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo to host talent search Dance Kids this November on ABS-CBN