Diego Loyzaga

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Diego Loyzaga
Born Carlos Diego Loyzaga
(1995-05-21) May 21, 1995 (age 22)
San Juan, Metro Manila
Nationality Filipino
Other names Diego Loyzaga
Occupation Actor, model, VJ
Years active 2010–present
Agent Star Magic (2010–present)
Parent(s) Cesar Montano (father)
Teresa Loyzaga (mother)
Relatives Carlos Loyzaga (grandfather)
Joey Loyzaga (uncle)
Chito Loyzaga (uncle)
Bing Loyzaga (aunt)
Website www.diegoloyzaga.com

Carlos Diego Loyzaga (born May 21, 1995), popularly known as Diego Loyzaga, is a Filipino actor, model, and video jockey. He is known as one of members of the male group Kapamilya Cuties.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

He was born in San Juan, Manila to actress Teresa Loyzaga and actor Cesar Montano. He has a half-brother named Joseph Dizon from his mother's former husband, businessman Arnold Dizon;[3] three half-sisters – Angelina, Samantha, and Francheska – from his father's marriage to Sunshine Cruz;[4] and a half-brother named Christian Angelo Manhilot from his father's first wife.[5]

He is a grandson of Filipino basketball legend Carlos Loyzaga and a nephew of actress Bing Loyzaga[6] and of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players Chito Loyzaga and Joey Loyzaga.

In May 2000, he, together with his mother and brother Joseph, moved to Sydney, Australia.[7]


Before moving to Sydney, he attended preschool at Marcellis School in Antipolo City. After moving to Sydney, he studied at St. Aidan's Catholic School in Maroubra, Sydney and at John Forrest School in Perth.[8]

In 2011, after moving back to the Philippines to pursue an acting career, he enrolled at O.B. Montessori Center, Inc. – Greenhills where he finished high school.[9][10]


2011–2012: Early roles and short hiatus[edit]

On March 8, 2011, he signed a three-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN; he was 15 years old then.[1] In an interview, he said that going into show business was his personal choice and had nothing to do with his parents.[11] He became part of ABS-CBN’s top-rated series Mara Clara reprising the role of Derrick Gonzales originally played by the late Rico Yan.[8][12]

He did a number of TV guesting including the variety talk show Gandang Gabi, Vice!, in which he chaperoned Daniel Padilla and Neil Coleta.[13] In September 2011, he was cast in the youth-oriented drama series Growing Up, in which he played the role of Jason, the brother of Patrick.

In 2011, he was nominated as Amazing Male Newcomer in Yahoo! Awards Philippines.[14]

While keeping up with his studies, he held various endorsements including the clothing brand Bench labeled “Happy in Bench" with co-stars Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, and Albie Casino.

He took a break from show business to complete his secondary education in 2012.

2013–present: Comeback and new opportunities[edit]

In May 2013, he returned onscreen when he played the role of Bruce in the episode "Box" of Maalaala Mo Kaya? (MMK), Asia’s longest drama anthology.[15] His comeback acting talent received good feedbacks on social media describing him as being able to "converse in flawless Tagalog" unlike in his past projects in which he tended to halt in twang.[16]

Subsequently, he starred the fantasy-drama series Wansapanataym in the second installment of "Petra Paminta," in which he played the role of Sancho and was paired to Julia Barretto.[17]

In July 2013, he was initially signed for a major role in the soap opera Mirabella mainly cast by Julia Barretto;[18] however, he was later delegated to a supporting role.[19]

In September 2014, he played a supporting role in TV 5’s Wattpad Presents "Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody".[20] During the presscon of Wattpad Presents, he said that he had no problems with working exclusively with TV 5, explaining that an artist like him did not consider network war relevant and that his work was to portray the character well.

In January 2015, he was revealed as one of three new VJ’s of MYX,[2] who could be seen in My MYX, MYX Daily Top 10, Pinoy MYX, and Pop MYX.[21]

Still in January 2015, he guested as the young G (God) in the hit daytime program Oh My G!.[22] In February 2015, he joined the cast of the TV series Forevermore, which was top-billed by Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.[23]

On May 21, 2016, when he celebrated his 21st birthday, he played the lead role of Rommel, a schoolteacher, in the MMK episode "Pasa" ("Bruise") reaching a 30.2% nationwide rating, which was more than twice as high as the 15.0% rating garnered by the Magpakailanman (MPK) episode aired by GMA 7.[24][25] A number of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram users commented that he had given justice to the lead role even without a romantic partner and that he deserved an acting award for such a commendable performance. Among the netizens who congratulated him on Twitter was Filipino recording artist and TV host Jed Madela.[26] There were even comments on YouTube.com saying that Filipino talk show host and actress Kris Aquino had referred to him as the "male version" of diamond star Maricel Soriano and that Filipino comedian Vice Ganda had remarked that his acting performance was often comparable to that of Glaiza de Castro or Angel Locsin.[27]



Year Title Role Network Ref.
2017 Pusong Ligaw Miraculo "Potpot/Ira" Policarpio / Rafael Magbanua Cervantes ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cellphone Mart
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pasa Rommel
ASAP Himself/ Co-Host & Performer
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Guest
2015 Pangako Sa 'Yo David San Luis / David Powers
Forevermore Jay Fernandez [23]
Oh My G! Young G (God) [22]
My MYX Himself (VJ) Myx [21]
MYX Daily Top 10 [21]
Pinoy MYX [21]
Pop MYX [21]
2014 Wattpad Presents: Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody 2: Still in Love Adrian Buenavista TV5 [28]
Wattpad Presents: Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody [20]
Mirabella Dave Castillo ABS-CBN [19]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Card Joel Castillo
2013 Wansapanataym: Petra Paminta Sancho [17]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Box Bruce [15]
2012 Growing Up Jason Rivero
2011 Gandang Gabi, Vice! Himself/Guest
(with Daniel Padilla and Neil Coleta)
Mara Clara Derrick Gonzales [12]


Year Title Role Producer Notes Ref
2012 Hitman Jay Fernandez Viva Films credited as Diego Loyzaga Montano [29]
2015 The Breakup Playlist Joshua Star Cinema
Viva Films
2017 Bloody Crayons Kenly Sy Star Cinema [31]


Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best New Male TV Personality Mara Clara Nominated
2013 28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies New Movie Actor of the Year Hitman Nominated
2015 2015 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award N/A Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cesar Montano's son signs contract with ABS-CBN", "ABS-CBN News Online". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Tan, Threena."Here are Your New MYX VJs","Myx", Manila, 8 January 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Vanzi, SolJose. "Teresa Loyzaga Wins Oldest Child's Custody", "NewsFlash", Pasig City, 1 April 1991. Retrieved on 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ Lo, Ricky. "Cesar surprises Angelina with a magical party","The Philippine Star ", Manila, 28 September 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Cesar Montano's son commits suicide; love angle eyed","ABS-CBN News Online ", Manila, 29 March 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  6. ^ Serato, Arniel C. "Teresa Loyzaga on possible showbiz comeback","Pep.ph ", Manila, 4 September 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  7. ^ Abunda, Boy. "Is Teresa coming back for good?","The Philippine Star ", Manila, 15 July 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b AffordableCebuAdmin. "Carlos Diego Loyzaga Montano", " AffordableCebu", 05 July 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  9. ^ ABS-CBNNews.com. "From schoolmates to workmates: Kathryn Bernardo, Diego Loyzaga", "ABS-CBN News Online", Manila, 13 March 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  10. ^ Lo, Ricky."Diego truly dad’s son","The Philippine Star", 14 June 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Showbiz newbie Carlos Diego Loyzaga joins 'Mara Clara'", "Push.Abs-cbn.com", Manila, 9 March 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Mara Clara (2010–2011) Full Cast & Crew", "IMDB.com". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  13. ^ a b ABS-CBN Entertainment . "Gandang Gabi Vice on September 25", "ABS-CBN Entertainment ". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Yahoo! OMG Awards" Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  15. ^ a b PEP.ph (2013) Ella Cruz will star with Diego Loyzaga and Khalil Ramos in MMK Retrieved June 2013
  16. ^ PEP.ph (2012)Cesar Montano gives full support to son Diego's showbiz career
  17. ^ a b Trending.ph (2013)Wansapanataym: Petra paminta
  18. ^ PEP.ph (2013)Julia Barretto will star with Diego Loyzaga and Kiko Estrada in Mira Bella Retrieved July 2013
  19. ^ a b Buan-Deveza,Reyma. "Diego Loyzaga happy to do supporting role in Mirabella,"ABS-CBN News Online ", Manila, 19 March 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  20. ^ a b Villano, Alexa. "Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Sam Concepcion lead new 'Wattpad Presents' TV lineup", "Rappler.com", Manila, 22 September 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  21. ^ a b c d e MYXPH. "VJDiego" "MYXPH " Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Diego Loyzaga: Jay/Batman in “Forevemore” and G in “Oh My G!”", "Random Republika", Manila, 13 February 2015, Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  23. ^ a b Saluta, Ador V. "Diego Loyzaga, bagong ka-love triangle nina Enrique at Liza", "Balita.Net", 14 February 2015, Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  24. ^ Kantar Media: Nationwide TV Ratings – May 21 & 22, 2016: MMK scores more than double of Magpakailanman ratings 24 May 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  25. ^ National TV Ratings (May 20-22, 2016): 21 May 2016 Comparative Total Philippines (Urban+ Rural) 23 May 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  26. ^ Jed Madela on Twitter May 21, 2016.
  27. ^ MMK Episode: A father's mistake May 21, 2016.
  28. ^ Rain de Ocampo (November 12, 2014). "Mark Neumann returns as Kyle in Wattpad Presents: Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody Book 2". 
  29. ^ "Diego Loyzaga to do movie with father". Facebook. September 2, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Diego and Maris inspired by Piolo and Sarah's work ethics in 'The Breakup Playlist'". Star Cinema. July 3, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Exclusive: Jane, Julia, Sofia, Diego + more talk about their upcoming movie 'Bloody Crayons'". Star Cinema. February 2, 2016. 

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