Denise Laurel

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Denise Laurel
Born Denise Maria Sanz Laurel
(1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 29)
Manila, Philippines
Years active 1999-present
Agent Star Magic
Children 1

Denise Maria Sanz Laurel (born 30 September 1987), better known as Denise Laurel, is a Filipina actress and singer. She is the granddaughter of former vice president Salvador Laurel and great-granddaughter of former president José P. Laurel on her father's side; while on her mother's side, she is the great-granddaughter of Don Francisco "Paco" Sanz, former governor of Romblon and Palawan and the great grand niece of former president Manuel Roxas. She is best known for playing roles in various ABS-CBN dramas, such as Precious Hearts Romances series' Midnight Phantom[1] and Kristine,[2] Dahil Sa Pag-ibig,[3] Annaliza and most recently Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita. She is also the Grand Winner of the second season of the Philippine edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar. Laurel is currently a member of Star Magic.

Personal life[edit]

She is the granddaughter of former Vice President, the late Salvador Laurel and her grandmother Celia Diaz, and the great-granddaughter of former Philippine President, the late Jose P. Laurel. She is the youngest daughter of David Laurel. She has a son named Alejandro born in 2011.

She became engaged to professional basketball player Sol Mercado in March 2014.[4] However, on October 20, 2016, Laurel announced through her Instagram account that they have ended their relationship.[5]

Career[edit]

Laurel was discovered by Star Magic's big boss Mr. M (Johnny Manahan) in a play of Repertory Philippines. Luckily, she was given a break to be part of Ang TV 2, then she played as Ina Raymundo's daughter in Pangako Sa ‘Yo.

She then made a name in Singapore when she was fortunate to be part of MTV Asia's Rouge, which was shown all over Asia. Among the many who auditioned, she stood out and got the role of a smart lead vocalist named Pat. At the age of 16, her experience in working with other nationalities has taught her things that helped her improve her craft. After a season in Rouge, Denise decided to concentrate on her local showbiz career.[6]

In her return to the Philippines, she was part of the teen-oriented show Click, TAPE Inc.'s Walang Hanggan and Leya, and two telefantasyas Mulawin and Encantadia.

She went back to ABS-CBN. Laurel was starred on Abt Ur Luv, and in the fifth season of Komiks, where she plays an Engkantao. In 2008, ABS-CBN started the Precious Hearts Romances Presents series in which Laurel is prominently featured. Thus far, she has starred in four of the series' adaptation: Bud Brothers, You're Mine, Only Mine, Midnight Phantom and Kristine. She started getting recognition when she did the series, most notably in Midnight Phantom and Kristine opposite her good friend Rafael Rosell. Her team-up with Rosell has been a hit with the viewers, thus they were teamed up again in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. After Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Laurel starred on her fifth PHR series entitled Pintada, where she played a teacher with a mysterious past.

In 2013, Laurel played an antagonist role in the last PHR series Paraiso, and later became part of the pre-primetime family drama series Annaliza that was aired until March 2014 who portrays Isabel. She starred in the afternoon melodrama series Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita in 2015. The said series was set to replace Faith in the first quarter of the year on primetime, but it instead was an afternoon program. On the same year after NKNKK, Laurel auditioned to an ABS-CBN show Your Face Sounds Familiar (Philippines season 2) which was fortunately titled as the second YFSF KaFace/Grand Winner.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2001 Ang TV 2 Herself ABS-CBN
Pangako Sa 'Yo Chammy Guttenberg
2004 Rouge Pat MTV Asia
Leya, Ang Pinakamagandang Babae Sa Ilalim Ng Lupa Kathleen GMA Network
Mulawin Lawiswis
Click Bea
2005 Encantadia Marge
2006 Maging Sino Ka Man Kalayaan "Kalay" ABS-CBN
Star Magic Presents: Tender, Loving, Care Dianne
Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Celine Lagrimas
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Airport Chippy Impreso
Komiks Presents: Si Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Dianne
Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos? Trish Crisostomo Main Cast / Antagonist
Prinsesa ng Banyera Teen Virgie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tren Liezel Ferrer
Your Song: Wala Ng Hahanapin Pa Yanna
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Botelya Annette
Rakista CC TV5
2009 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers Corazon "Coco" Artiaga ABS-CBN
Midnight DJ Tina Garena TV5
Studio 23 VJ/Herself Studio 23
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: You're Mine, Only Mine Roxanne Bernardo ABS-CBN
Sunsilk Hair Is Your Moment Marga
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Midnight Phantom Nadja Ann Dela Merced Co-Lead Cast
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Emerald Fortalejo
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tinapay Evelyn
Wansapanataym: Hulog ng Langit Guardian Angel
2012 Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig Wendy Garcia
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Pintada Lysa Alvarez
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso Cassandra Romano Main Cast / Antagonist
2013-2014 Annaliza Isabel Garcia-Benedicto / Isabel Benedicto-Querubin Main Cast
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pasa Blythe
2014 Ipaglaban Mo: Bumalik ka sa kanyang kabit Nila
2015 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita Toni Briones Co-Lead Cast / Antagonist
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pictures Andrea
Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 Herself/Grand Winner
2016 Ipaglaban Mo: Pagnanasa Louie
Ipaglaban Mo: Selos Alice
2017 The Better Half Bianca Buenaflor Co-Lead Cast / Antagonist

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 First Day High Tuesday
2008 For the First Time Billie
Shake, Rattle & Roll X Emily
2009 Ang Darling Kong Aswang Beta
2010 My Amnesia Girl Cameo Appearance (as Perfectionist)
2014 Third Eye Janet
2016 Magtanggol Atty. Susan Del Rosario
The Unmarried Wife Louise

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