Erich Gonzales

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Erich Gonzales
Born Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco
(1990-09-20) September 20, 1990 (age 25)
Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Other names Erich, Erika, Dai
Occupation Actress, Host, Model
Years active 2004-present
Agent Star Magic (2004–present)
Website ErichGonzalesOfficial

Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco (born September 20, 1990), commonly known as Erich Gonzales, is a Filipina actress, host, and model. She is a contract artist of ABS-CBN's Star Magic. She started her showbiz career at the age of 14, when she joined as a contestant of the reality talent search Star Circle Quest. She came to prominence after her lead role in the TV series Katorse.


The youngest of three siblings, Gonzales was born in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines. After winning Star Circle Quest, she changed her last name from Gancayco to Gonzales, her mother's maiden name, for a more fitting screen name. Because of the start of her entertainment career, Erich finished her high school years at ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and is now attending college at the Trinity University of Asia, majoring in Mass Communication and hail from San Antonio, Nueva Ecija. She graduated her Primary Education in San Antonio Central School.


2004–2008: Star Circle Quest and supporting roles[edit]

Her career began when she won as Grand Questor in the second season of the reality talent search Star Circle Quest in 2005, and later becoming a part of ABS-CBN's home-based training and management program, Star Magic after her win. Erich became a familiar face as she appeared in numerous shows and dramas as a supporting actress, such as Dorina in the hit phenomenon TV series Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit. She also starred in the teen-oriented show Abt Ur Luv as Waling-Waling and as Ella in the drama series Pieta. She then showed her versatility in acting when she played Camille in the drama series Sana Maulit Muli[1] opposite to Gerald Anderson with Kim Chiu.

2009: Katorse[edit]

Erich got her biggest break in 2009 when she played the protagonist, a teenage mother in the TV adaptation of the 1980 film Katorse, alongside Enchong Dee, Ejay Falcon, and Xian Lim. The series became a top rater and was critically acclaimed catapulting Erich to stardom, earning her the title Breakthrough Star of 2009 by an entertainment news show, The Buzz.[2]

In the same year, she made her film debut in her first digital movie (Indie film) Paano Ko Sasabihin? with her perennial partner, Enchong Dee. The film became an official entry to the 2009 Cinema One Originals Film Festival and was a recipient of several awards in the festival.[3][4]

2010–2011: Career expansion[edit]

In 2010, following the success of Katorse, she landed her second lead role in the TV series Tanging Yaman alongside her Katorse co-stars Enchong Dee and Ejay Falcon. The series was one of ABS-CBN's offerings for the 60th Celebration of Filipino Soap Operas. While the series was still airing, Erich had begun working for her third series project, Magkaribal. The show was highly acclaimed and is now regarded as Philippines' First Fashionserye (first fashion TV series).[5]

After an impressive back-to-back hit TV series, Erich signed an exclusive two-year contract with Star Cinema, poising her to prove her box-office draw.[6] Later that year, the hit love team of Erich and Enchong starred in their first mainstream movie, I Do under Star Cinema. She also became the lead cast of the indie film Noy with Coco Martin, which became the Philippines' entry in the 83rd Academy Awards in Best Foreign Language Film category.[7][8]

In the same year, Erich was also given the opportunity to be one of the main hosts in the youth variety show, Shoutout!, which featured teen stars.

The Filipino adaptation of Maria La Del Barrio was the highlight for Erich in 2011.[9] The series became a Twitter trending royalty as it trended locally and worldwide on and off throughout its run. It was also extended twice as its ratings remained consistently high.

In December 2011, Erich's indie film, Pinta*Kasi was finally screened in theaters as part of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. The film won Best Picture in the New Wave Section[10] and Best Actor (same category) for co-star, JM De Guzman. The said film was also invited to Beijing and Hawaiian film festivals for its "strength of word of mouth buzz and its hip hop elements."[11]

But the biggest news for 2011 came in October when it was officially announced that Erich will be starring with Thai heartthrob and Asia's Superstar, Mario Maurer in a film tentatively titled Suddenly It's Magic.[12]

2012–present: Successful movies and Juan dela Cruz[edit]

As Maria La Del Barrio ended with a high note in March 2012, Erich's other indie movie was released. She starred in a horror movie alongside Derek Ramsay, titled Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang and opened to a very warm audience reception. Earning seven million pesos on its first day, the movie becomes the Highest Grossing Digital Film.[13][14] As a result, Star Cinema crowned Erich with the title Philippine Box Office Queen for Digital Independent Film.[15]

In May 2012, Erich began working on her biggest project of the year, Suddenly It's Magic, a film with Thai actor Mario Maurer under Star Cinema. With the collaboration of Filipino and Thai production teams, actors, and actresses, the film is the first Filipino-Thai movie created between the two countries. The official movie was released on October 31, 2012 in the Philippines, March 14, 2013 in Thailand,[16] and March 28, 2013 in Cambodia.[17]

The latter part of 2012 was a hectic one for Erich. She made her debut appearance in Canada as part of the TFC Liga Kapamilya Basketball Finals at the end of August. She wowed the crowds in Oshawa, Ontario and Burnaby, British Columbia. Then on November 3, she entertained kapamilyas in Los Angeles for the Star Magic 20 Tour. Erich capped her year with the release of her fourth indie film, Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi with director Richard V. Somes.

After having a successful love team with Enchong Dee and team-up with Mario Maurer, she appears once again in the weeknight primetime slot, as she becomes part of the biggest television series of ABS-CBN for 2013. Titled Juan dela Cruz, she is paired up once again with Noy co-star and Prince of Teleserye Coco Martin as his leading lady.[18][19] The show immediately became number one in national TV ratings during its pilot episode and is expected to continue throughout its run.[20]

In 2014, Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee had a reunion movie project with JC De Vera in Once A Princess directed by the Laurice Guillen and became a Box-office Hit. She will play her most challenging role to show her versatility as the second wife in the upcoming Primetime teleserye hit koreanovela-remake series Two Wives, opposite to Jason Abalos, alongside Kaye Abad, Patrick Garcia and Rayver Cruz. After the success of Star Cinema movie Once A Princess, she will be reunited to JC De Vera in MMFF's Shake, Rattle & Roll XV "AHAS". She will portray a new challenging character as a Twin-snake in a Mall which again show her versatility as a brilliant actress of her generation.

In 2015, she had a Special Finale Participation on the highly anticipated TV Series, Forevermore as Alexandra "Alex" Pante

Personal life[edit]

She is currently in a relationship with actor/model Daniel Matsunaga.[21]



Year Title Role Network
2016 Be My Lady Filipina "Pinang" Crisostomo ABS-CBN
2015 Ipaglaban Mo: Nakaw Na Sandali Christine
Forevermore Alexandra "Alex" Pante
Kris TV Herself/Guest Co-Host
2014 Two Wives Janine Arguello
Banana Split Guest
Kris TV Herself/Guest Co-Host (with Daniel Matsunaga)
Star Magic Guest
The Buzz Herself/Guest (with JC de Vera and Enchong Dee)
PBB Guest Judge (with Jason Gainza and Enchong Dee)
ASAP Host/Performer
ANC Herself/Guest (with Enchong Dee)
Umagang Kay Ganda Herself/Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Baston Jessa Espiritu
2013 Kris TV Herself/Guest Co-Host
ASAP Host/Performer
Star Magic Guest
Juan Dela Cruz Rosario Galang
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol Grace Poe-Llamanzares
Sarah G. Live Herself/Guest
2012 Wansapanataym: Jingle's Bell Jingle Cristobal
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Herself/Guest (with Mario Maurer)
ASAP Host/Performer
Star Magic Guest
The Buzz Guest with Mario Maurer
Umagang Kay Ganda Herself/Guest
TodaMax Herself/Guest
Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman Herself/Guest GMA Network
Banana Split Herself/Guest ABS-CBN
Sarah G. Live Herself/Guest
Showbiz Inside Report Herself/Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Apoy Merlie
2011-2012 Maria La Del Barrio Maria Hernandez
2011 The Price is Right Herself/Guest
Happy Yipee Yehey! Herself/Guest
Kris TV Herself/Guest
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Herself/Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Toga Grace
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Young Lora Sebastiano
2010 Shout Out! Herself/Host
ASAP Host/Performer
Star Magic Guest
Wansapanataym: Bandanang Itim Venus
Magkaribal Chloe Abella
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gitara Vangie
Tanging Yaman Josefina "Fina" Dimaguiba
Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You Nurse
2009 Katorse Elena "Nene" Reyes
ASAP Host/Performer
Star Magic Guest
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Tiagong Akyat Cornelia Verde
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pansit May Anne
Midnight DJ Chicklet TV5
Maynila: Sweet Melody Sara GMA Network
2009–present ASAP Herself/Host/Performer ABS-CBN
2008 Carlo J. Caparas' Pieta Ella Torres
Ligaw na Bulaklak Fatima
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flowers Nelyia
Kung Fu Kids Nicole "Nick" Magalang
Your Song Presents: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal Elizabeth
Your Song Presents: Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal Mia
2007 Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Marlene
Super Inggo 1.5: Ang Bagong Bangis Maeboo/Mariang Buhay
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Feeding Bottle Suzette
Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv, Ur Lyf 2 Mallory "Waling-Waling" Aguilar
Sana Maulit Muli Camille Soriano
2006 Calla Lily Diday Ramirez
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Regalo Con-Con Hernandez
2005 Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday Violeta Golda
M.R.S. (Most Requested Show) Herself/Host
Mga Anghel na Walang Langit Dorina Rodriguez
ASAP Fanatic Herself/Performer
2004 Ok Fine 'To Ang Gusto Nyo Erich
Star Circle National Teen Quest Herself/Contestant


Year Title Role Film Company Notes
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Sandra/Sarah Regal Films With Filipino actor JC De Vera

Nominated -- 40th Metro Manila Film Festival for Best Festival Actress

Once a Princess Erin Almeda Regal Films
Skylight Films
Star Cinema
With Filipino actor Enchong Dee and JC de Vera
2013 Mariposa (Sa Hawla Ng Gabi)[22] Maya Cinema One Originals
Strawdogs Studio
With Filipino actor Alfred Vargas
2012 Suddenly It's Magic Josephine "Joey" Hermosa Star Cinema With Thai actor Mario Maurer
Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang Corazon Star Cinema
Skylight Films
With Derek Ramsay
2011 Pintakasi Josie Creative Media
Film Society of the Philippines
With JM De Guzman
2010 I Do Mayumi 'Yumi' Punongbayan Star Cinema Film debut With Enchong Dee
Noy Divine Star Cinema
Cine Media
With Coco Martin
2009 Paano Ko Sasabihin? Erhyl Cinema One Originals First Indie film with Enchong Dee
Love Me Again Lovely Star Cinema With Piolo Pascual
2008 Shake, Rattle & Roll X Anna Regal Films With Gerald Anderson
2007 Paano Kita Iibigin Guada Star Cinema
VIVA Films
With Piolo Pascual

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Awards/Critics Award Work Result Ref
2003 Mutya ng Davao Pageant Mutya ng Davao Nominated
2005 Star Circle Quest Grand Teen Questor Won
2009 ABS-CBN Breakthrough Star of 2009 Won
ABS-CBN Best Bet Won
FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards Most Promising Love Team with Enchong Dee Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Fans Club for Loveteam with Enchong Dee Nominated
Pop Loveteam with Enchong Dee Nominated
Star Magic Ball Star Magic Ball's Most Romantic Couple with Enchong Dee Won
US Girls' August Awards 2010 Face of the Year (Teens) Won
FHM Magazine 12th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World Won
41st Box Office Entertainment Awards Promising Love Team of the Year with Enchong Dee[23] I Do, Tanging Yaman Won
1st Barkada Choice Awards Female Icon of the Year Nominated
Yes! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2011 Won
FHM Magazine 38th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Fans Club for Loveteam with Enchong Dee Nominated
Star Magic Ball Star Magic Ball's Most Favorite Couple with Enchong Dee Won
Metro Manila Film Festival Best New Wave Actress Nominated
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards 2012 Breakthrough Actress of the Year Nominated
43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards Best Loveteam for TV and Movies with Enchong Dee[24] Won
Female Star of the Night Won
Star Cinema Philippine Box Office Queen for Digital Independent Film Won
Yes! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2012 Won
FHM Magazine 40th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World Won
Cinema One Originals Best Actress[25] Nominated
2013 FHM Magazine 34th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World Won
2014 Yes! Magazine Most Beautiful Star of 2014 Won
2014 40th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Shake, Rattle & Roll XV: Ahas Nominated


  1. ^ Erich Gonzales in ‘Sana Maulit Muli’ | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. (2007-1-7).
  2. ^ Erich Gonzalez is 2009's breakthrough star | ABS-CBN Online. (2009-12-28).
  3. ^ 2009 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival opens Friday | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. (2009-11-11).
  4. ^ Five finalists compete in Cinema One Originals digital film fest 2009 | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. (2009-11-11).
  5. ^ ABS-CBN Online.
  6. ^ Erich Gonzales signs contract with Star Cinema | ABS-CBN News Online. (2010-02-14).
  7. ^ Noy chosen as Philippine entry to the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. (2010-09-23).
  8. ^ ‘Noy’ is RP’s Entry for the 83rd Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. (2010-09-24).
  9. ^ Erich Gonzales is 'Maria la del Barrio' | ABS-CBN News Online. (2010-12-10).
  10. ^ PEP REVIEW: Pintakasi: How art saves | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. (2012-02-06).
  11. ^ Pinta*Kasi' goes multiplatform; invited to Beijing, Honolulu film fests | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. (2013-01-31).
  12. ^ Thai superstar Mario Maurer confirms movie with Erich Gonzales | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. (2011-10-16).
  13. ^ Philippines Box Office March 21–25, 2012. Boxofficemojo.
  14. ^ 'Corazon' debuts at No. 2 in box office.
  15. ^ Erich Gonzales hailed as Box Office Queen for Indie Films. Getitfromboy.
  16. ^ Baifern Pimchanok Official Twitter Account. (2013-03-07).
  17. ^ Find her and Mario Maurer in "Suddenly It's Magic", Filipino-Thai romantic love story. In LEGEND CINEMA 28th March.. (2013-03-25).
  18. ^ Coco slays 'aswang' in first 'Juan dela Cruz' trailer. (2012-12-14).
  19. ^ Coco Martin and Erich Gonzales New Action-Drama Series "Juan Dela Cruz" Premieres On Monday. Orangemagazinetv (2013-02-03).
  20. ^ 'Juan dela Cruz' nationwide ratings soars to 42.6%. (2013-02-23).
  21. ^ "Sila na nga: Daniel confirms relationshil with Erich". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. June 5, 2015. 
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  23. ^ "ABS-CBN big winner at GMMSF Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  24. ^ "Vice Ganda named Phenomenal Box-Office Star; Derek Ramsay is Box-Office King while Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes share Box-Office Queen title". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  25. ^ "Scions of veteran actors win top acting awards in Cinema One Originals 2012 | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 2014-01-10. 

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