Bernard Palanca

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Bernard Palanca
Born Bernard Revilla Palanca, Jr.
(1976-12-03) December 3, 1976 (age 40)
Other names BJ, Bernardo Palanca
Occupation Actor, Host, Endorser
Years active 1996-present
Spouse(s) Meryll Soriano (m. 2006; separated)
Children 2
Relatives Armando Goyena
Mico Palanca
Johnny Revilla

Bernard Palanca, Jr. (born December 3, 1976) is a Filipino host, film/television character actor, and product endorser.

Early life[edit]

His maternal grandfather, Armando Goyena (real name: José Revilla), was also an actor as is his younger brother, Mico Palanca. He is the son of Bernard Palanca, Sr., a race car driver, who died when Bernard, Jr. was just a child. He is also the grandson of businessman and philanthropist Carlos Palanca, Jr. of the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His mother, Pita Revilla-Palanca (now Revilla-Hocson) comes from the Revilla Clan. One of his aunts is former actress/Camay model/jewelry designer Marites Revilla-Araneta. Cita Revilla-Puyat also a Camay model is his aunt. Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, a supermodel and daughter of Marites is his cousin. Tina Revilla-Valencia a former TV host is also his aunt. Another showbiz relation is actor-businessman Johnny Revilla married to singer Janet Basco. Palanca is known to be a versatile actor and has worked with all the famous actors and actresses in Philippine Cinema.[1] He has Chinese ancestry from his father's side.[2]


A member of ABS CBN's Star Magic stable, Palanca was part of "The Hunks" together with Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, and Carlos Agassi and the defunct band Bizkit Factory that was featured in the movie Kahit Isang Saglit. He is a Star Magic Batch 5 alumni. Palanca also had hosting stint in the Filipino local music television channel myx on its myx Live! program.

Palanca was also once an endorser for San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen and currently for Beer na Beer.

Network switches[edit]

Palanca is a member of ABS-CBN Star Magic talents but he did not renew his contract after the expiration. He decide to fuse on GMA Network and became one of the cast of primetime series Gagambino where he worked with Dennis Trillo, Katrina Halili and Ryza Cenon. After Gagambino, Bernard appeared again in the afternoon hit drama series co-starred with Heart Evangelista and JC de Vera in the remake of Ngayon at Kailanman aired on GMA Network.

Palanca also got a short role on Philippine remake of Rosalinda. He did a guesting role on GMA's rival station ABS-CBN via May Bukas Pa for a short role. He was a regular cast on GMA's fantasy series called Panday Kids but the management allowed him to do some role on their rival station ABS-CBN's program Rosalka top-billed by Empress Schuck as well.

He was once part of GMA Network's Philippine remake of Koreanovela Autumn in My Heart - Endless Love and as of 2013, he is back on his home network ABS-CBN. Palanca plays Diego Buenavista in the 2015 remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo, a role originally played by Jestoni Alarcon.

Personal life[edit]

Palanca has already been publicly open about his past drug addiction and admitted he went into rehabilitation during his showbiz hiatus. He was also known for his long-term relationship with actress Rica Peralejo and was once married to actress Meryll Soriano, the eldest daughter of presenter and actor Willie Revillame.[3]

On August 27, 2007, Soriano gave birth to their son, Elijah Pineda (6.5 lbs, 10:01 a.m.) at Makati Medical Center. Her mother, Bec-Bec Soriano, rushed her to hospital, while and Palanca and his mother Pita arrived later. Revillame himself promised pay the bills.[4]

After Palanca and Soriano separated, Palanca dated Jerika Ejercito, daughter of former President and now Mayor of Manila Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Ejercito gave birth to a baby boy named Isaiah Joseph Ejercito Palanca on May 7.[5] Palanca and Ejercito are on good terms with Palanca's former wife, Soriano.[6]


Year Title Producer
2016 How to Be Yours Star Cinema
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Regal Films
2013 Four Sisters and a Wedding Star Cinema
2012 Captive Independent Film
2010 Paano Na Kaya Star Cinema
2009 You Changed My Life Star Cinema
2008 Baler Viva Films
2008 A Very Special Love Star Cinema
2006 Sukob Star Cinema
2004 All My Life Star Cinema
2001 Pagdating Ng Panahon Viva Films
2001 Narinig Mo Na Ba Ang Latest? Star Cinema
2001 Sa Huling Paghihintay Viva Films
2000 Bakit Ba Ganyan? (Ewan Ko Nga Ba, Darling) Viva Films
2000 Kahit Isang Saglit Star Cinema
2000 Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Viva Films
1998 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Star Cinema


Year Title Role Network
2017 Ipaglaban Mo!: Suspetsa Robert ABS-CBN
A Love to Last Tom Gonzales
2016 Till I Met You Gino Dee
Born For You Salvador "Buddy" Reyes
My Super D Pedro
Ang Probinsyano Deltro
Bakit Manipis ang Ulap? Miguel Custodio TV5
2015 Pangako Sa 'Yo Anton Diego Buenavista† ABS-CBN
2014 Hawak Kamay Jacob Caballero
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol Carlo
The Legal Wife Miguel Zapanta
2013 Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala Greg
2011 Babaeng Hampaslupa young Edward Wong TV5
2010 Endless Love Raul GMA Network
Panday Kids James Villafuerte
Rosalka Ramon Sta. Maria ABS-CBN
2009 May Bukas Pa Manny Montalban / Dadskie
Rosalinda Allan GMA Network
Sine Novela: Ngayon at Kailanman Raphael "Raf" Mendoza
2008–2009 Carlo J. Caparas' Gagambino Dr. Martin
2008 HushHush Various TV5
2007 Rounin Special Guest ABS-CBN
2006 Your Song Presents: I Episode Guest
Komiks Presents: Vincent Vincent
Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday Kamatayan
2005 Bora: Sons of the Beach Lenin
2004 Hiram Alexander
2003 Masayang Tanghali Bayan Host/Himself
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Anilov Mijares
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Alfonso
1996 Gimik Scud Torres
1995-present ASAP Host/Himself / Guest

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