Carmina Villarroel

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In this Philippine name for married women, the birth middle name or maternal family name is Muñiz, the birth surname or paternal family name is Villarroel, and the marital name is Legaspi.
Carmina Villarroel-Legaspi
Born María Carmina Muñiz Villarroel
(1975-08-17) August 17, 1975 (age 41)
Laguna, Philippines
Other names Carmina Villarroel Legaspi
Carmina Legaspi
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1984-present
Agent GMA (2003-2011)
Spouse(s) Rustom Padilla aka BB Gandanghari (m. 1994 - annulled 2002)
Zoren Legaspi (m. 2012 - present)
Children María Cassandra "Cassy" Muñiz Legaspi
Maverick Peter "Mavy" Muñiz Legaspi

María Carmina Muñiz Legaspi (née Villarroel) (born August 17, 1975), better known by her screen name Carmina Villarroel or sometimes credited as Carmina Villarroel Legaspi, is a Filipina actress, television presenter, and former model.


1986–1996; Early years[edit]

Villarroel made her first television appearance in the now defunct show That's Entertainment, up until 1996 on GMA Network. A year later in 1987, she began co-hosting in Eat Bulaga, which at the time was ran on Radio Philippines Network and ABS-CBN. Later, she gained her first main role in Palibhasa Lalake as Cathy. After five years of participating in the show, Villarroel played her first antagonist role in Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata in 1991 up until 1997.

In 1994, she made her first and only appearance so far on TV5 while hosting Tropang Trumpo. Two years after, Villarroel became part of the cast of Oki Doki Doc.

1997; Antagonist roles and Esperanza[edit]

Villarroel then portrayed the role of Cynthia Salazar aka Rosella Salgado in the hit primetime television series Esperanza, opposite of Judy Ann Santos, portraying main antagonist of the series till 1999.[1] Star Cinema then distributed a film based movie of the same name in 1999, and she reprised her role as Cynthia and Rosella. In that same year, Villarroel played another antagonist role in !Oka Tokat, as Carmela de Dios.

1998–2002; Leading, popularity and breakthrough roles[edit]

After almost 11 years of working with ABS-CBN, Villarroel returned to her home network GMA Network and starred in Ganyan Kita Kamahal, as Eloisa Espiritu. This marks Villarroel's first lead roles. Then Villarroel joined the cast of Halik Sa Apoy and played another lead role as Attorney Alyssa, the main protagonist of the series.

After a year of her career on hiatus, she returned to ABS-CBN to star in Recuerdo de Amor with co-star Diether Ocampo, which gained immense popularity.[2] Villarroel was given critical acclaim for her portrayal as Luisa and Rebecca. Returning to the network, she became a co-hostess in 2002 to 2003 in Morning Girls with Kris and Korina, alongside with Box-Office Queen Kris Aquino and actress/news anchor Korina Sanchez.

2003–2011; Supporting and minor roles[edit]

In 2003, Villarroel played the role of Primavera Grande and main antagonist of the series in Narito Ang Puso Ko. She then became a co-hostess in the talk show SiS. For that work, Villarroel won the award of Best Celebrity Talk Show. During 2005, Villarroel was a part of the remake series of Mars Ravelo's Darna, as Sabrina or Sulfura.

Later she played a minor role in Majika in 2006 as Ayesa. In 2009, Villarroel went back to ABS-CBN to star in an episode of the drama anthology series Maalaala Mo Kaya. She then went back to GMA Network to star as the younger version of Susan Roces, Remedios Dionisio, in Sana Ngayong Pasko. Then in 2010, Villarroel was part of The Last Prince as Reyna Lamara. With portraying supporting roles for the past years, Villarroel got her first main role once again in Pepito Manaloto as Maricar del Valle. She then hosted the show Love ni Mister, Love ni Misis.[3]

In 2011, she guested on Munting Heredera, the television series starring veteran actress Gloria Romero. She played the role of Alyssa. Later during that year, Villarroel portrayed a lead role in Pahiram ng Isang Ina, as Emily Martinez after 13 years.[4][5]

2012–2014; Return to ABS-CBN 2[edit]

With two years in working with GMA Network, Villarroel returned to its rival network ABS-CBN to co-host in Showbiz Inside Report until 2013. In 2012, she guested on It's Showtime, and Lorenzo's Time as Kat-Kat Gonzalez, opposite of Zaijian Jaranilla.[6][7][8] Villarroel later guested on Toda Max as Chef Mina. A wedding special for her wedding with Zoren Legaspi was named Zoren-Carmina: Always Forever, A Wedding Like No Other. Their celebrity and non-celebrity friends attended their wedding.[9][10]

Villarroel then became part of the cast of May Isang Pangarap and played the role of Nessa Francisco.[11][12] After May Isang Pangarap, she joined the reformatted The Buzz now called Buzz ng Bayan. Villarroel co-hosted with Janice de Belen[13] She later became part of Got to Believe, opposite Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, as Juliana Manansala, to 2014.[14]

2015–present; Recent roles[edit]

After the success of Got to Believe in 2013-14 with the final episode rating if 25.3%,[15] Villarroel went back to primetime to star in the critically acclaimed telenovela Bridges of Love which had aired overseas to Latin American countries including Peru. She played the role of Alexa Antonio the second main antagonist of the series, opposite Edu Manzano, Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino and Jericho Rosales.[16][17][18][19][20][21] The series premiered on March 16, 2015 and concluded on August 7, 2015 with a total of 103 episodes.

Later in 2015, after the ending of Bridges of Love, Villarroel went back to daytime on Kapamilya Gold afternoon block to star in Doble Kara, as Lucille Acosta-Dela Rosa, the main antagonist of the series. She received a nomination for the 30th PMPC Star Awards for Best Drama Supporting Actress, along with co-star, Julia Montes, who portrayed Kara Dela Rosa and Sara Suarez.[22]



Year Title Role Network
2017 La Luna Sangre Alondra Delgado ABS-CBN
Doble Kara Lucille Acosta-Dela Rosa
2016-2017 Till I Met You Cassandra "Cass/Mama Cass" Bermudo-Duico
2015-2016 Doble Kara Lucille Acosta-Dela Rosa
2015 Bridges of Love Alexa Almeda-Antonio / Alexa Almeda-Meyers
2013-2014 Got to Believe Juliana San Juan-Manansala
Buzz ng Bayan Herself
2013 May Isang Pangarap Vanessa "Nessa" Francisco
2012 Wansapanataym: Perfect Gift Joanna
Zoren-Carmina: Always Forever, A Wedding Like No Other Herself
Toda Max Chef Mina
Lorenzo's Time Kathy "Kat-Kat" Gonzales-Montereal
It's Showtime Herself
2012-2013 Showbiz Inside Report
2011 Pahiram ng Isang Ina Emily Martinez GMA Network
Munting Heredera Alyssa
2010-2011 Love ni Mister, Love ni Misis Herself
2010-2012 Pepito Manaloto Maricar del Valle
2010 The Last Prince Reyna Lamara
2009 Sana Ngayong Pasko Young Remedios Dionisio
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Reseta Judith ABS-CBN
2008 Codename: Asero Sandy/Lady Q. GMA Network
2007-2008 MariMar Dra. Rhia Concepcion GMA Network
2006 Majika Ayesa
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Sabrina / Sulfura
2004-2010 SiS Herself
2003-2004 Narito Ang Puso Ko Ava "Primavera" Grande
2002-2003 Morning Girls with Kris and Korina Herself ABS-CBN
2001-2003 Recuerdo de Amor Luisa Arellano / Rebecca Stuart
1998-1999 Halik Sa Apoy Atty. Alyssa Lambino / Celine GMA Network
1998 Ganyan Kita Kamahal Eloisa Espiritu
1997-2002 !Oka Tokat Carmela de Dios † ABS-CBN
1997-1999 Esperanza Atty. Cynthia Salazar † / Rosella Salgado †
1996-2000 Oki Doki Doc George aka "Dyords"
1994-1999 Tropang Trumpo Herself TV5
1991-1997 Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata Elizabeth Delos Santos ABS-CBN
1987-1993 Palibhasa Lalake Cathy
1987-1995 Eat Bulaga! Herself RPN / ABS-CBN
1986-1996 That's Entertainment GMA Network


Year Title Role(s) Film Outfit
2015 Everyday I Love You Gina Star Cinema
2012 One More Try Dra. Chesca
2011 The Road Carmela GMA Films
2010 Shake, Rattle and Roll 12 Head Nurse Regal Entertainment
2006 Tulay
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Janet Regal Entertainment
2002 Cass & Cary: Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? Michelle
2001 Super Idol Jenny
2000 Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin Monique
Minsan Minahal Kita Jackie
1999 Esperanza: The Movie Attorney Cynthia Salazar / Rosella Salgado
Lalaban Ako Hanggang Sa Huling Hininga
Sumigaw Ka Hanggang Gusto Mo Claire / Carrie
1998 Ang Erpat Kong Astig Celia
Kahit Mabuhay Kang Muli Gel
Buhawi Jack Vera
1997 Ipaglaban Mo: The Movie (Part 2) Belen
1996 Oki Doki Doc: The Movie George
Maruja Maruja Isabel Sevilla / Nina Concepcion
Maginoong Barumbado
Bayarang Puso Christine Sanvictores
1994 Wating
1993 Tom & Jerry: Hindi Kaming Hayop
Hindi Kita Malilimutan
1992 Guwapings: The First Adventure
Hanggang May Buhay Joy
Iisa Pa Lamang Cynthia
Yakapin Mo Akong Muli
1991 Anak ni Janice
Underage Too Carmina Regal Films
Dr. Potpot Travels to the Moon
Kailan Ka Magiging Akin Tess
Secrets of Pura
1990 Shake, Rattle & Roll II Tiffany Regal Films
Hindi Magbabago
Tora Tora, Bang Bang Bang
Last Two Minutes Carmina Regal Films
Lover's Delight
Kapag Langit ang Humatol Bernadette
Dyesebel young Dyesebel
Student Body
1989 Supermouse and the Roborats Juliets
Regal Shocker: The Movie
1988 Tiyanak Monica
Babaing Hampaslupa Fe
1987 Bobo Cop
Kapag Puso Ang Naghari
Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa young Angel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Television Show / Movie
Gawad Urian
1994 Best Actress Nominated Wating
1996 Best Supporting Actress Won Bayarang Puso
2009 Star Awards for Television 2009
2009 Best Single Performance by an Actress Won Maalaala Mo Kaya: Reseta
Best Reality Program Won Day Off
Best Celebrity Talk Show Won SiS

Personal life[edit]

Villarroel was previously married to Rustom Padilla (later BB Gandanghari) in 1994 the two had no children, but filed for annulment several months after, which was granted in 2002.

Villarroel married her partner Zoren Legaspi on November 15, 2012; the couple had their twins Maverick Peter and María Cassandra on January 6, 2001 in the United States. Legaspi planned a surprise proposal and civil wedding with the help of their families and the network. The ceremony was later air the following Saturday as the television special Zoren-Carmina: Always Forever, A Wedding Like No Other. The idea of a surprise proposal followed by a flashmob-style instant wedding was inspired by a remarkably similar episode of the US television programme Mobbed, hosted by Howie Mandel.


  1. ^ 'Esperanza on TFCnow
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  3. ^ Marriage proposal ni Zoren, tinanggap ni Carmina
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  6. ^ Carmina Villarroel excited about playing "leading lady" to Zaijian Jaranilla in her first soap as Kapamilya returnee (, 17.04.12)
  7. ^ Zaijan plays kid with progeria in next soap (ABS-CBN News, 17.04.12)
  8. ^ Villaroel does not mind playing opposite younger leading men (, 14.04.12)
  9. ^ "Zoren and Carmina's Wedding". ABS-CBN. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Zoren Carmina wedding: Carmina walks down the aisle". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ ABS-CBN launches newest child stars in 'May Isang Pangarap' | ABS-CBN News
  12. ^ "Two singing child stars to be introduced via ABS-CBN's May Isang Pangarap". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Arniel C. Serato (October 14, 2013). "Charlene-Gonzalez-Muhlach, Toni Gonzaga out in reformatted The Buzz; Janice de Belen and Carmina Villarroel in.". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "'Go to Believe treats fans; show ends Friday night - Inquirer Entertainment". 
  15. ^ "Kantar Media: Nationwide TV Ratings - March 7, 2014 (Friday) - LionhearTV". 
  16. ^ BRIDGES OF LOVE Full Trailer: This March on ABS CBN!
  17. ^ "Bridges of Love" fights for family, identity, and love on Primetime TV
  18. ^ "Bridges of Love" sizzles on primetime TV, grips viewers' interest with fierce, fast-paced narrative
  19. ^ Maja, John Lloyd, Jericho in one soap opera
  20. ^ John Lloyd at Jericho mag-aagawan kay Maja
  21. ^ Paulo Avelino replaces Xiam Lim on 'Bridges of Love'
  22. ^ Sampayan, Anj (October 8, 2016). "Heart, Jennylyn, Kim, Julia, Liza, Nadine, Dawn nominated for Best Drama Actress at Star Awards for TV". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 

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