Francine Carrel Saenz Diaz
January 27, 2004
|Agent||Star Magic (2016–present)|
|Height||163 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
Francine Carrel Saenz Diaz (born January 27, 2004) is a Filipina actress and endorser. She started in a range of television series, including Be My Lady (2016) We Will Survive (2016), Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin (2017), The Blood Sisters (2018). She rose to prominence and came to be known for her first leading role as Cassandra Mondragon in the TV series Kadenang Ginto.
Diaz has grown up in an impecunious family in Manila, Philippines but they moved out to Cavite, Philippines because of many struggles of living. Francine Diaz is the third out of the six children of Joaquin Diaz and Merdick Saenz. Her siblings are Chantal, Cameron, Carmela, Courtney, and Eisa. At some point in her life, she and her family moved to many places because they had a hard time paying for their house rent and debt for buying food to live when her father was sent home because of the crisis he experienced as an OFW. At a very young age, she already experienced so many struggles in life for her and for her family to live comfortably so she became the breadwinner of the family.
2015–2018: Early career
At the starting point of her life, she dreamed of being an artist but she doesn't know-how. One day, there was a talent manager who spotted her and tried to invite her into a VTR and that is where she kicked off in commercials and guest roles. So at the age of 12, Francine pushed herself to work and pursue showbiz for her family's future. At first, Francine had a hard time pursuing showbiz but she never backs down. Francine took minor roles on television and portrayed younger roles of characters in several teleseryes in ABS-CBN. She debuted in 2015 as she took the role of Young Sari in the drama series Pasión de Amor (Philippine TV series). In 2016, she got the young role of Pinang in the noontime drama series, Be My Lady and the Role of Anya in the comedy-drama series We Will Survive. Francine really started her career in showbiz being the young role of some dramas and she was nearly known when she acted the young role of Kim Chiu in the noontime drama Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin. She also got the role of Ginny in the drama series The Blood Sisters in which some has noticed her great acting skills.
2018–2020: The Rising Popularity
As time goes by, Francine's dream came true when she got her biggest break in the Best Daytime Drama Series Kadenang Ginto. Francine Diaz was given her first big break project as the protagonist Cassie Mondragon in the lead role of the ABS-CBN top-rated afternoon television series Kadenang Ginto. Francine played Cassandra "Cassie" Andrada Mondragon, a girl who was made to fight for her rights as Robert Mondragon's daughter. In this TV series, Cassie will have a conflict with her half-sister's daughter, Marga who is made to be her rival in the inheritance Robert Mondragon will left. Cassie is the daughter of Romina and the second daughter of Robert. She was the product of Romina's tragic rape case in which Alvin will confirm in front of Marga that the person who raped Romina is Robert Mondragon, her granddad so she is her half-aunt.
A teleserye would never be complete without a dash of romance, and that kilig is bought to us by Cassie and Kristoff in the Kadenang Ginto series. Kristoff is played by Kyle Echarri in the series. Their tandem in the love story they portray in Kadenang Ginto made the viewers love them as they have that sparkling chemistry when they act their roles. The success of the TV Series made Francine Diaz and Kyle Echarri gain popularity. Francine Diaz and Kyle Echarri are now an official loveteam of ABS-CBN who made it to the Best Loveteam of the Year for 2020 in the LionHeart TV Rawr Award. Francine and Kyle are also part of the group The Squad Plus who is known as The Gold Squad before that was also compromised by Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin and with 8 plus more now. Because of the hit of the teleserye Kadenang Ginto, the two had an IwantTV Movie named Silly Red Shoes. Silly Red Shoes is a film directed by James Robin Mayo together with the cast, Herbert Bautista, Anna Luna, Karen Reyes, and many more. After the Kadenang Ginto, Francine and her squad are set to reunite again in the top-bill horror film named All Nighter that was still onholding now because of the pandemic that happened for months. By the end of the year 2020, Francine Diaz and Kyle Echarri also became one of the casts of the IwantTV Series, Bawal Lumabas that is directed by Benedict Mique with the stars, Kim Chiu, Rafael Rosell, Paulo Angeles, Trina Legaspi and many more. Bawal Lumabas was inspired by a viral statement made by the leading actress Kim Chiu.
2021–present: The Rising Success
In the year 2021, Francine Diaz is one of the main characters again in the new Teleserye, Huwag Kang Mangamba that will air in the month of March. In this teleserye, She will be with Andrea Brilliantes, Seth Fedelin, and Kyle Echarri again together with the other famous artists. She will also be one of the main cast of the Film, Tenement 66 that is directed by Rae Red and co-produced by Dreamscape Entertainment and she is with Francis Magundayao and Noel Comia Jr. in the film.
|2021||Huwag Kang Mangamba||Joy||Main role/Protagonist|
|2020||Bawal Lumabas: The Series||Jade||Main Role/Antagonist|
|2020||Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan?||Young Kim Chiu||Guest role|
|2019||The General's Daughter||Preteen Rhian Bonifacio||Guest role|
|2018–2020||Kadenang Ginto||Cassandra "Cassie" Mondragon||Main role/Protagonist|
|2018||Dok Ricky, Pedia||Young Female Student||1st Comedy Sitcom Role|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya||Young Love||Episode: "Kidney"|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya||Young Eleonita||Episode: "Kalabaw"|
|Ipaglaban Mo!||Anita's Daughter||Episode: "Angkin"|
|The Blood Sisters||Ginny Solomon||Supporting role|
|2017||Ipaglaban Mo!||Letlet||Episode: "Lihim"|
|Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin||Young Bianca Agbayani||Guest role|
|2016||The Greatest Love||Young Gloria Guerrerro/tintin alcantara||Guest role|
|We Will Survive||Anya San Juan||Supporting role|
|Be My Lady||Young Pinang Crisostomo||Guest role|
|2015||Pasión De Amor||Young Sari Elizondo||Guest Role|
|2019||Silly Red Shoes||Ashley|
|2020||LionHeart TV Rawr Awards||Love Team of the Year (with Kyle Echarri)||Won|
- "KILALANIN: Francine Diaz, isa sa mga bida ng Kadenang Ginto". ABS-CBN News. October 22, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- "10 Kapamilya stars who relished a dream 2018". ABS-CBN News. December 29, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- Matalog, Patricia (August 27, 2019). "Francine Diaz recalls hardships of being a breadwinner at 10-years-old". Star Cinema (in Filipino). ABS-CBN. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
- "ABS-CBN, hailed as Best TV Station in Platinum Stallion and Rawr Awards". ABS-CBN. December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
- Matalog, Patricia (December 14, 2019). "'Silly Red Shoes' and 'Wild Little Love' posters and trailers, released!". Star Cinema. ABS-CBN. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
- Iglesias, Iza (December 15, 2020). "Kim Chiu's 'Bawal Lumabas' now a web series". The Manila Times. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
- "Teaser: Francine Diaz in thriller from 'Babae at Baril' director". ABS-CBN News. January 1, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.