Alex Gonzaga

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Alex Gonzaga
Born Catherine Cruz Gonzaga
(1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 29)
Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
Residence Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • author
  • host
  • comedian
Years active 2006–present
Relatives
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active 2015–present
Labels
Associated acts Toni Gonzaga

Alex Gonzaga (born Catherine "Cathy" Cruz Gonzaga; January 16, 1988) is a Filipino television host, singer, actress, 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).

Early life[edit]

Catherine Cruz Gonzaga was born on January 16, 1988 in Taytay, Rizal, a first class densely populated municipality of Rizal, to Crisanta (née Cruz) Gonzaga and then-incumbent Vice-Mayor Carlito Gonzaga. She officially changed her name to Alex Gonzaga in 2008. Gonzaga has an elder sister, actress Toni Gonzaga, who helped her enter the industry. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Education University of Asia and the Pacific.[1]

Career[edit]

2007–13: Early works[edit]

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.[2][3]

2013–present: Breakthrough[edit]

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".[4] 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.[5] 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–).[6] She was replaced by the internet sensation Cheridel Alejandrino, whom was infamously known as the "Elevator Girl".

She later on made her appearance as a main cast member on ABS-CBN's comedy gag television series Banana Split (2008–)[7] and her first two episodes in ABS-CBN's anthology television series Maalaala Mo Kaya (1991–).[8] 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).[9] She then released her debut novel, Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine (2014), under ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc..[10] The novel received positive reviews from fans and critics alike, most complimenting the novel's "break up" concept and enjoyed its featured humor.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14][15] The film proved to be commercially successful and achieved the milestones of having the highest gross on the opening day of any local film[16] 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."[17]

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[18] and a concert,[19] 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),[20][21][22][23] which is the television series adaption of the film of the same name.[24][25] 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).[26][27]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Production Notes
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2017 I Can Do That Host ABS-CBN
2016 Game ng Bayan Herself Main hostess
2015-2016 Dance Kids Herself Co-hostess
2015 Pablo S. Gomez's Inday Bote Kristal Vargas Delgado-Navarro/Inday Catacutan-Navarro Lead role
Wansapanataym Various roles Episode guest (2 episodes)
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself Episode guest (2 episodes)
2014 Pure Love Diane Santos-Martinez Lead role
The Voice Kids Herself Co-hostess
2013-present ASAP 20 Herself Co-hostess / Performer
2013-2015 The Voice of the Philippines Herself Co-hostess / Presenter
2013 Banana Split Herself Main role
Maalaala Mo Kaya Various roles Episode guest (3 episodes)
Minute to Win It Herself Contestant
Toda Max Laila Guest appearance
2012-2013 Enchanted Garden Diwani Olivia/Aya Malfora Lead role TV5
2012 Regal Shocker: Manananggal Rina Episode guest
2011-2012 P.S. I Love You Andrea Tuazon Main role
2011 Regal Shocker: Piano Episode guest
Babaeng Hampaslupa Grace Mallari Wong / Elizabeth Wong-See Lead role
2010-2011 BFGF Claridad "Claring"/Ma. Claridad P. Malinao Lead role
2009-2010 Everybody Hapi Cathy Main role
2008-2009 Your Song Presents: My Only Hope Cefelita "Fifi" Madrigal Episode guest ABS-CBN
Lokomoko Various roles Lead role TV5
2008 Maynila Various roles Co-hostess GMA
Mars Ravelo and Jim Fernandez's Tiny Tony Michelle Main role ABS-CBN
Your Song Presents: Without You Jen Episode guest
My Girl Christine Supporting role
2007 Your Song Presents: Sana Ngayong Pasko Anna Episode guest
Pangarap na Bituin Chorva Ayala-Gomez Main role
Gokada Go! Alex Sy Main role
2006-2007 Let's Go Alex Sy Lead role (seasons 1-3) / Main role (season 4)

Discography[edit]

Studio Album[edit]

  • I Am Alex G. (2015)

Concerts[edit]

  • AG from the East: The Unexpected Concert (2015)

Written works[edit]

  • Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine (2014)
  • Dear Alex, We're Dating. Tama, Mali?! Love Catherine (2016)

Commercials[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Oishi Crispy Patata
2016 2-in-1 Block And White Herself (girl)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Nominated for Result
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

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresh Graduate Alex Gonzaga Hopes to Become a Teacher". ph.news.yahoo.com. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  2. ^ Rodriquez Alipio, Kabbie (2013-10-14). "15 MINUTES WITH ALEX GONZAGA". stylebible.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ "PBB All In Housemate Alex Gonzaga Biography". centertechnews.com. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. ^ Smith, Chuck (2014-04-29). "The 18 housemates of 'Pinoy Big Brother All In'". philnews.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. ^ Lastrilla, Gary Ann (2014-05-04). "Big Brother reveals why Alex is inside his house". entertainment.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  6. ^ Valeza, Karen (2013-04-17). "Alex Gonzaga returns as a Kapamilya". ph.omg.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Alex Gonzaga returns to ABS-CBN". tempo.com.ph. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  8. ^ "Alex Gonzaga debuts on 'MMK'". abs-cbnnews.com. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  9. ^ "Korean series 'Pure Love' to get Pinoy adaptation". ABS-CBN News. April 21, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine". Goodreads. September 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine". Goodreads. September 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Alex Gonzaga's book to be turned into a movie". ABS-CBNNews.Com. February 6, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ Alex gets news of 'Praybeyt Benjamin' casting
  14. ^ Alex Gonzaga joins cast of ‘Praybeyt Benjamin 2’
  15. ^ Alex Gonzaga, One Of The Cast Of “Praybeyt Benjamin” Sequel
  16. ^ The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin is the Filipino Film with Highest Opening Day Gross
  17. ^ ‘Praybeyt Benjamin 2' Review: Show me the money
  18. ^ ‘I Am Alex G’ all set for Grand Album Launch
  19. ^ Alex Gonzaga all set for the Big Dome
  20. ^ "Matteo Guidicelli Joins Alex Gonzaga for the TV Adaptation of "Inday Bote"". philnews. December 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Matteo, Kean and Alex start preps for 'Inday Bote'
  22. ^ Alex Gonzaga is ‘Inday Bote’
  23. ^ Meet Alex Gonzaga and the star-studded cast of Inday Bote
  24. ^ Alex Gonzaga is ‘Inday Bote’
  25. ^ Alex Gonzaga Excited To Reprise Maricel Soriano’s Role In “Inday Bote”
  26. ^ Abangan si Alex Gonzaga bilang host ng Dance Kids
  27. ^ Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo to host talent search Dance Kids this November on ABS-CBN