Elmo Magalona

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Elmo Magalona
Elmo Magalona.jpg
Magalona at the Candy Style Awards, Rockwell Tent in Makati, 10 May 2013
Born Elmo Moses Arroyo Magalona
(1994-04-27) April 27, 1994 (age 24)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Moe
Occupation Rapper, singer, actor, model, product endorser
Years active 2009–present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2009-2015)
Star Magic (2015-present)
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Parent(s) Francis Magalona
Pia Magalona
Musical career
Years active 2009–present
Website www.superelmo.com

Elmo Moses Arroyo Magalona (born 27 April 1994) is a Filipino actor and singer. He is currently an artist of ABS-CBN and Star Magic. He is the child of Francis Magalona and Pia Magalona.[1]


2009–2011: Early career[edit]

Magalona's first appearance in the Pinoy hip-hop/rock scene was when he was six months old being featured on the cover of his father's album FreeMan. He reappeared on an album cover five years later on FreeMan 2. Magalona also appeared in a noodle commercial called "Lucky Me Supreme" along with his father. He appeared as a young drummer in Kjwan's music video, "One Look".[2] He also studied in College of Saint Benilde.

In 2010, Magalona joined the cast of GMA's television pilot Bantatay as a series regular. He also appeared in the fantasy series Kaya ng Powers in a recurring role.[3]

In 2011, the young actor-rapper, together with fellow artist Sam Concepcion, performed as the front act of Miley Cyrus' concert at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.[4] In the same year, he was launched as a movie star in Tween Hearts: Class of 2012.

2012–2014: JuliElmo and breakthrough[edit]

In 2012, Magalona began appearing on Party Pilipinas as a regular performer and host. Aside from being known as the "Heir of Rap", he became known as the other half of the musical tandem JuliElmo with Julie Anne San Jose, with whom he collaborated in several YouTube videos.[5] The same year, he was cast in Tweets For My Sweet. He also starred as the lead in the series Together Forever as Ely Trinidad opposite Julie Anne San Jose. In May 2013, Magalona, in collaboration with Oishi, released a remake of a famous song by his dad, and renamed it "Kaleidoscope World Forever More". The remake featured his duet with his father. A music video was also created, with certain modifications and inserting Elmo digitally into the original music video.[6]

In 2014, he was chosen as one of the interpreters of the Philpop entry, "Qrush on You", alongside Jay-R and Q-York.[7] He also made appearances in the Sunday variety show, Sunday All Stars as a host and performer. He was also the lead star in the 2014 CinemalayaX entry, #Y and then starred in the drama Villa Quintana together with Janine Gutierrez. The tandem was reunited again in the primetime soap, More Than Words. His briefly appeared in Magpakailanman in 2015.[8]

2015–Present: Transfer to ABS-CBN[edit]

On November 26, 2015, Magalona left GMA Network and signed a working contract with ABS-CBN. His first project was the 2016 musical-drama series, Born for You with Janella Salvador.[9] He collaborated with Salvador in the official soundtrack for Born for You, which reached #1 on iTunes Philippines.[10][11] In October 2016, he released his album, Elmo, which reached a gold record status by PARI.[12]

In 2017, he appeared in Topel Lee's suspense thriller Bloody Crayons released nationwide on July 12.[13] He is set to appear in Regal Films romance film, My Fairy Tale Love Story this year.[14]



Year Title Role Network
2018 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mangga Darling ABS-CBN
2017 Wansapanataym: Jasmin's Flower Powers Thor
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bahay Baning
2016 Wansapanataym: Holly & Mau Mau Benitez
Born for You Kevin Sebastian
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Andrew Abella
2015 Wansapanataym: Christmas Witch Jessie Reyes
ASAP Host / Performer
Eat Bulaga! Guest Performer GMA Network
Magpakailanman: Ang huling yakap sa nawalang anak Daniel
2014 More Than Words Hiro Vera / Sebastian
2013 Sunday All Stars Host / Performer
Genesis Antonio De Guzman
Villa Quintana Isagani
2012 Together Forever Ely Trinidad
Tweets For My Sweet Dino Mercado
2011 Daldalita Gino Delgado
Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Young Ferdinand
Andres de Saya Bryan
Party Pilipinas Elmo and Julie Anne: A Wazak Love Story Elmo Montero
Maynila: Takot na Puso Santi
Bantatay Artie
Maynila Rain
Maynila: Victims of Love Joey
2010 Kaya ng Powers Gustin Powers
Party Pilipinas Red Mask Himself
Pilyang Kerubin Aaron Alejandrino
Tween Hearts Himself
Kap's Amazing Stories Kids Edition Host
Party Pilipinas Host / Performer
2009 Family Feud Himself


Year Title Role Production
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Enzo / Lorenzo GMA Films
2012 Just One Summer Daniel Cuaresma Jr. / Nyel
2014 #Y Miles Star Cinema
2017 Bloody Crayons Kiko Rivera
2018 My Fairy Tail Love Story Noah Regal Films
2018 Walwal Dondi Regal Films



Year Title Role Company
2010 In Love and War Collaborated with Ely Buendia on behalf of Francis M. Musiko Records
Sony Music Philippines (now Ivory Music & Video)
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 soundtrack Himself GMA Records
2014 Philpop 2014 Interpreter together with Jay-R and Q-York Universal Records
2016 Elmo (self-titled album) Himself
Born for You (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Himself/Kevin Star Music

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor Nominated
42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Most Promising Loveteam of 2010 (w/ Julie Anne San Jose)[15] Won
24th Aliw Awards Best Teen Performer Won
Yes Mag 100 Most Beautiful Stars Newbie Won
2012 43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Promising male Singer/Performer[16] Won
2nd Yahoo OMG Awards Male Singer of the Year Nominated
Candy Style Awards 2012 Most Stylish Loveteam (w/ Julie Anne San Jose) Won
Meg Top Choice 2012 Top Youth Icon of the Year Won
2013 8th Myx Music Awards Favorite Guest Appearance In A Music Video (I'll Be There-Julie Anne San Jose) Won
ABS-CBN Celebrity Push Celebrity Style Awards Young Stylist Guys On Rise Won
GMA Artist Center Most Liked Male Artist Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Male Performer Of The Year Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Fan Club of The Year (JuliElmo Pexers) Won
Yes Mag 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013 Breakthrough Won
PEP List 2013 Male Teen Star Of The Year Won
2014 Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Male Performer Of The Year Nominated [17]
9th Myx Music Awards Favorite Media Soundtrack (Kaleidoscope World Forever More Ft. Francis Magalona Nominated [18]
Cinemalaya Special Acting Ensemble (w/ Coleen Garcia, Kit Thompson and Sophie Albert) Won [19]
2017 12th Myx Music Awards Favorite Artist Nominated
Favorite Male Artist Nominated
Favorite Song for "Kay Dali" Nominated
Favorite Music Video with Janella Salvador for "Alam Mo Ba" Nominated
Favorite Collaboration with Janella Salvador for "Alam Mo Ba" Nominated
Favorite Media Soundtrack with Janella Salvador for "Born For You" Nominated
Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ Won


  1. ^ 'Elmo Magalona says he dedicates every performance to his late dad Francis M.", pep.ph; accessed 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ KJWAN: One Look Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS9etW4RRiI
  3. ^ Elmo Magalona, most requested ng fans sa Party Pilipinas Archived 2010-05-11 at the Wayback Machine., journal.com.ph; accessed 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ Miley Cyrus performance; accessed 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "JuliElmo" profile Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine., julielmo.com; accessed 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ ""Kaleidoscope World Forever More" Brings ELMO MAGALONA and FRANCIS M. Together In One Music Video!". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  7. ^ http://www.philpop.com.ph/top-12.html
  8. ^ "Magpakailanman presents 'Ang Huling Yakap sa Nawalang Anak'". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  9. ^ Elmo Magalona transfers to ABS-CBN. Pep.ph. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  10. ^ "ElNella's Born for You album zooms to #1 on iTunes Philippines". 
  11. ^ ""Born For You" album instantly lands #1 on iTunes - LIONHEARTV". www.lionheartv.net. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Elmo Magalona debut album turns gold". philstar.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  13. ^ ABS-CBN Star Cinema (2017-06-16), Teaser Trailer | 'Bloody Crayons', retrieved 2017-08-08 
  14. ^ "WATCH: Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona's "My Fairy Tail Love Story" Full Movie Trailer - LionhearTV". www.lionheartv.net. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  15. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  16. ^ "Vice Ganda named Phenomenal Box-Office Star; Derek Ramsay is Box-Office King while Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes share Box-Office Queen title" Archived July 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  17. ^ FULL LIST: Winners at the 2014 Yahoo Celebrity Awards http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/63619-list-winners-2014-yahoo-celebrity-awards
  18. ^ Full list: Winners and nominees, MYX Music Awards 2014: http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/54013-full-list-winners-nominees-myx-music-awards-2014
  19. ^ "Kapuso stars reap awards in Cinemalaya 2014 | GMANetwork.com - Entertainment - Home of Kapuso shows and stars - Articles". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 

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