Glaiza de Castro
|Glaiza De Castro|
|Birth name||Glaiza Castro Galura|
January 21, 1988 |
Valenzuela City, Philippines
Glaiza Castro Galura (born January 21, 1988 in Valenzuela City, Philippines), better known as Glaiza De Castro, is a Filipina actress and singer. She has been a contract artist of GMA Network since 2006.
After beginning her career in GMA in 2001, she transferred to its rival network, ABS-CBN, where she played mostly minor and supporting roles before returning to GMA in 2006. During the first two years of her second stint with GMA, she continued to play supporting roles in series such as Boys Nxt Door and Asian Treasures before landing a lead role in the television remake of the film Kaputol ng Isang Awit. She appeared in villain roles in the remakes of Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin and Stairway to Heaven, and on the musical series Diva before finally achieving leading lady status in the fantasy series Grazilda in 2010. In addition to her television appearances, she has also acted in a number of mainstream and independent films, including Sukob, Batanes, and Still Life.
As a singer, De Castro has so far released two albums: Magbalik Ka, released in 2001, and the self-titled Glaiza, released in 2006.
- 1 Early life and work
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Music
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life and work
Glaiza De Castro was born on January 21, 1988, in Valenzuela City, a city in the northern part of the Philippines' National Capital Region, to a family of born-again Baptists. Her parents are both musicians who have performed in countries all across Asia. Her uncle, Dan Alvaro, and her brother, Alchris Galura, are also actors. As a child, De Castro sang at her local ministry as a member of a children's choir; later on, in high school, she formed a band with her friends, where she acted as both songwriter and vocalist.
De Castro began her career in show business between the ages of 12 to 13 by appearing as an extra. She had several appearances on the late-night talk show, Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, which was followed by a role in the 2001 movie Cool Dudes 24/7
Early career: Minor roles on television and in movies (2002-2006)
De Castro began her career with GMA-7 playing a minor role in the soap opera Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. However, after only a few months with the company, she transferred to rival network ABS-CBN and became a contracted artist of Star Magic, the company's training ground for young talent. During her time in ABS-CBN, she continued to play both supporting and minor roles, two of the most prominent being the role of Halley in the teen-oriented show, Berks
Between 2002 and 2005, she would only appear in films sporadically, playing bit parts in movies such as Singsing ni Lola (2002) and Miss Pinoy (2005). By 2006, she began to appear in films more frequently, with minor parts in the horror films Sukob and White Lady, as well as the Manny Pacquiao biopic, Pacquiao: The Movie. Her most prominent film role during this point in her career was as a minor antagonist in the film adaptation of Carlo Vergara's graphic novel, Zsazsa Zaturnnah; the film was an entry to the 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Return to GMA and breakout roles (2006-2008)
After four years with ABS-CBN, De Castro returned to its rival GMA Network in 2006. One of her first roles back was as Honey on the fantasy-adventure series, Fantastikids, where she starred alongside Marky Cielo, Jackie Rice and Ryza Cenon, as well as former child star Paolo Contis and former beauty queen Melanie Marquez. The reception to the show was mostly warm; journalist Paul Daza of The Philippine Daily Inquirer compared it favorably to its counterpart on ABS-CBN (fantasy-drama anthology Komiks), and commented that, based on ratings, "it would seem like the new [GMA-7] stars are outshining the more established [ABS-CBN] performers." At this time, she also performed regularly on GMA's regular Sunday variety show, SOP Rules.
In 2007, De Castro appeared in the afternoon teen drama Boys Nxt Door. The series has been dubbed in Malay on the Malaysian channel 8TV and became the first Filipino drama to air in South Korea, via KBS2. The second role was in the 2007 action-adventure series, Asian Treasures, GMA-7's most expensive show to date. De Castro played Clara, an expert on history and geography who would use this knowledge to help the main characters find the titular treasures.
2007 also saw her featured prominently in the independent film Still Life, a film written and directed by Katski Flores, about an artist stricken with a terminal illness who has traveled to an isolated island to paint his last work. In the film, De Castro plays Emma, a woman who relates her past to the main character. Her portrayal of Emma was noted by film critic Tito Valiente of Business Mirror as "one reason the short life on that island becomes very real." Valiente went on to note that De Castro's character was "vulnerable but not whiny. Even in tears she conjures an image of a woman whose only way out of life is finding life in anything." The film was a finalist at that year's Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, where De Castro received a Golden Screen Awards nomination in the Best Actress category. She also played a supporting role that year in the romantic film Batanes, alongside top GMA actress Iza Calzado, Taiwanese singer-actor Ken Chu, and Marky Cielo. The following year, 2008, she started shooting another independent film, Rakenrol. The film is based on director Quark Henares' views on growing up in the local rock scene, as well as his own personal experiences in starting a band. De Castro described the film, which was still in production as of March 2009, as "a lighter version of Almost Famous and "a fun, feel-good movie".
In 2008, she played the lead role in the television adaptation of the 1991 film, Kaputol ng Isang Awit. In the series, De Castro played Sarah Monteza a poor girl with a good voice but low self-esteem. De Castro herself would later go on to say that the role was her "biggest break" thus far.
After another supporting role in the television adaptation of comic-book writer Carlo J. Caparas' graphic novel Gagambino, De Castro once again landed a lead role on another television adaptation of a Filipino film, Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin opposite Patrick Garcia, Maxene Magalona, Jackie Rice and JC Tiuseco. In the series she played the primary antagonist, Gladys Andrada (a role originated by co-star Jackie Lou Blanco), the jealous, only biological child of Gilbert (played by Nonie Buencamino) and Clara Andrada (played by Blanco). Her portrayal was well-received; columnist Jason John Lim commented that while she knew she was breaking out of her comfort zone, "What she didn't know that she would also begin breaking the expectations of everybody."
Right after Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin, she played another supporting role on an episode of the drama anthology SRO Cinemaserye, which chronicled the life story of singer Eva Castillo (portrayed in this episode by Manilyn Reynes). Shortly thereafter, she landed another role as the primary antagonist in the Philippine remake of the widely-popular Korean television drama, Stairway to Heaven, alongside Dingdong Dantes, Rhian Ramos and TJ Trinidad. She portrayed Eunice Manansala (serving as the counterpart for Han Yoori, played by actress Kim Tae-hee), the envious stepsister of Jodi Reyes (played by Rhian Ramos). To prepare for the role, De Castro watched the original series in order to attempt to get an idea of who her character was as a person. De Castro also commented on the relative complexity of her character in this series compared to her character in Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin: "Unlike my previous role, you don’t know what is going on inside the mind of Eunice. What's going inside her head is really devious. She is subtle in her approach and very scheming... Despite being evil, she still has a heart and there's a reason she became a bad person. If she is stepping down on people, she is also being stepped on by other people. She also has to fulfill her needs and wants and she will do everything for the person she loves." As with her two previous major roles, her portrayal was also well received by critics; Jerry Donato of The Philippine Star, in particular, has gone so far to say that "So far, Glaiza has given her Korean counterpart a run for her money."
In 2009, De Castro appeared in five films. In the first, the independent political thriller Benteshe replaced former StarStruck contestant and fellow GMA star Jewel Mische when the latter refused to film a sex scene she considered "beyond [her] moral standards". as directed by Mel Chionglo. The film was released in June 2009 and received mixed reviews, with Rito Asilo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer citing its thematic substance and Gomez's and Calzado's "insightful performances", while also going on to blast the film's "disparate stories", "incohesive feel and style", and sudden ending "in a convenient anticlimax".
The second film was the horror movie Tarot, released on August 26. The film, about a girl who is able to predict the future through the use of tarot cards, was directed by Jun Lana and was top-billed by Marian Rivera and Dennis Trillo.
A third film, Ang Manghuhula, was released commercially in September (it had been shown at the Cinemanila International Film Festival the previous year). The film was directed by Paolo Herras and saw De Castro playing the daughter of Messina (played by Eula Valdez), a seer. The production was received warmly, with Noelani Torre of the Philippine Daily Inquirer noting its "fascinating subject matter", "colorful cast" and "visual richness and clarity".
The fourth film De Castro starred in that year was the independent film Astig (international title: Squalor) alongside Sid Lucero, Edgar Allan Guzman, Arnold Reyes and Dennis Trillo (who also directed the film). In Astig, De Castro playing Elgine, a teenager afflicted with a sexually transmitted disease who eventually becomes the love interest of Trillo's character. The film, released in July of that year, was a critical and financial success, topping the box office in that year's Cinemalaya Film Festival, with a profit of P137,890.00. Darwin Chiong of GMANews.tv called the film's cinematography "remarkable" and praised the cast as a whole, saying, "The movie gathers an ensemble of actors that deliver in the acting department, even those in supporting roles like Glaiza De Castro and Malou Crisologo." Her performance in this film earned her a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress Category at the 33rd Gawad Urian Awards.
The fifth film was the sixth film under the Mano Po banner, subtitled A Mother's Love. The film, directed by Joel Lamangan and top-billed by Sharon Cuneta, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo, saw De Castro playing a younger version of Cuneta's character, Melinda Uy. The film was released on 25 December and was an entry to that year's annual Metro Manila Film Festival.
Her first project on GMA for 2010 was in another villain role in what was billed as the Philippines' first musical, comedy-drama series, Diva, which debuted on GMA Network on March 1, 2010 and ended on July 30 of that year. The show, which also starred Regine Velasquez, Mark Anthony Fernandez, TJ Trinidad and singer Jaya and is partly based on the American movie trilogy High School Musical and the American television series Glee, saw De Castro playing the ambitious Tiffany, who is Lady's (Ruffa Mae Quinto) assistant and soon-to-be a villainess to singer-actress Regine Velasquez's heroine Melody.
After Diva, De Castro auditioned for and won the title role on the primetime fantasy series Grazilda. The show, a sequel to the Cinderella story, centers on Grazilda, who is in turn based on one of Cinderella's wicked stepsisters, Drizella. The plot revolves around Grazilda's banishment from her home world of Fantasia to the human world, where she suffers a fate similar to Cinderella's. The series, which premiered on September 13, 2010, also stars Geoff Eigenmann, Yasmien Kurdi, Jolina Magdangal and Cherie Gil, and marks De Castro's first lead role in a primetime series. Prior to the show's debut, the actress was constantly quoted as being unable to believe her success; she had by then been accustomed to playing only villainous roles and expected to do so for the remainder of her career. The show was both a critical and commercial success, beating its rival show 1DOL by a margin of five points in the AGB Mega Manila ratings. In light of the show's success, De Castro's manager, Manny Valera, has decided to turn down any further villain roles on behalf of his talent in order to build her up as a lead star.
On October 30, it was announced that De Castro would no longer be cast in the remake of the film Temptation Island and would instead be launched as a lead star in the 2011 remake of the 1992 film Aswang, produced by Regal Films with film director Topel Lee. But her lead role went to Lovi Poe instead. De Castro later played the major role in an epic drama Amaya, opposite Marian Rivera and Sid Lucero.
In 2012, De Castro first appear on Tweets For My Sweet playing the role of Kimberly, the long lost daughter and a sister to Meg which is portrayed by Marian Rivera and on the 3rd Quarter of the year she was chosen to be cast on the Philippine Adaptation of Temptation Of Wife, playing the antagonist role, Heidi which is originally by Alessandra de Rossi when she declined the role.
De Castro has so far released two albums. The first one, titled Magbalik Ka, was released under XAX Music Entertainment, in 2001, when she was thirteen. Five years later, she released a second album, the self-entitled Glaiza, this time released under Dyna Records. The latter album, described by De Castro herself as "more defined" compared to her first album, comprises pop and R&B songs, and contains mostly original content except for two songs: a Tagalog version of Joey Albert's song "How Can I Make You See" (titled "Paano" in the album), and an English version of Dingdong Avanzado's "Basta't Kasama Kita". When asked why it took her half a decade to release a second album, De Castro explained that after the first album was completed, she did not renew her contract with the record company and instead focused on her television career. In June 2008, Glaiza was officially launched, two years after the album was released.
She also maintained a close friendship with consistent on-screen partner Marky Cielo for a significant part of the latter's career until his death in 2008. In the wake of her friend's death, De Castro recounted an exchange she had the day before Cielo died: she told Cielo about a dream she had about him and Rich Asuncion; according to her, Cielo had had other people tell him they had dreams about him, which he took to be an omen of death.
Despite gaining wider recognition for her roles as a villain in Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin and Stairway to Heaven, De Castro has reportedly had qualms about portraying a villain again in future projects. Of this, she commented, "I don't want to be typecast as an antagonist forever because it's difficult to get rid of that sort of image." However, she has expressed preference for antagonist roles over "sexy" roles. She later retracted this statement, saying that she "didn't think [she'd] get typecast because [she] plays different kinds of women each time" and explained this by saying, "The stories are different, so [her] characters' [motivations] are also different."
Although she had, in the past, considered posing for magazines such as FHM "for instant fame and fortune", she eventually decided against it and opted to hone her craft as a serious actress, saying, "I just want to start on the right foot by focusing more on acting than diverting my attention to other interests. I want to become an actress and to show what I can do." She has also expressed interest in playing "out-of-the-box and extreme roles", in the vein of Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta and Charlize Theron in Monster. In 2008, she spoke of her preference for independent film, commenting in Taglish, "As for me, I feel fulfilled in indie films. I'm given roles in indie projects that are heavier compared to the mainstream. And I'm rarely offered roles in mainstream [films] anyway."
|2001||Cool Dudes 24/7||
|2002||Singsing Ni Lola||Tacion|
|Pacquiao: The Movie||Cecille||
|Twilight Dancers||Dwight's girlfriend||
|Close to You||Lance Cousin||
|Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah: Ze Moveeh||Dina B.||
|Batanes: Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan||
|Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love||Young Melinda||
|2012||Madaling Araw Mahabang Gabi||
|Cattleya: An OFW Story||TBA||
- Magbalik Ka (2001)
- Glaiza (2006)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Category||Work||Award giving body||Result|
|2008||Best Supporting Actress||Still Life||ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Still Life||Gawad Urian Awards||Nominated|
|2010||Best Supporting Actress||Astig||Nominated|
|2012||Most Liked Kontrabida||None||Most Liked Awards||Won|
|Most Popular TV Series Villain||Temptation Of Wife||FMTM Awards||Won|
|2014||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Golden Screen TV Awards||Pending|
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- (Tagalog) George Vail Kabristante (June 23, 2008). "iGMA: Big time na si Glaiza de Castro". Taliba. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
- "Bata pa ako noon, may shooting sa tabi ng church namin. I think Eddie Garcia film yun... Sabi ko sa ate ko, kailangan daw nila ng extra. Ayaw niya, ako na lang daw. So balik na naman ako. Sabi ko ayaw ng ate ko, sabi niya, ikaw gusto mo bang mag-artista? Sabi ko, ok. Mga 12 or 13 years old ako noon." ... "Pero hindi nagtuloy-tuloy yun kasi we met a lot of talent scouts who turned out to be namemera lang... Until nakapasok ako sa GMA, sa Master Showman, then nag-Cool Dudes ako and then I had several guestings sa GMA." Vanessa A. Valbuena (November 18, 2009). "Why viewers love to hate Glaiza de Castro". The Freeman. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
- Wells Avante (January 4, 2007). "Glaiza de Castro sees 'Asian Treasures' as her chance to be known not as Angel Locsin". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
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- Jerry Donato (December 1, 2007). "Glaiza off to a good start". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
- (Tagalog) Rose Garcia (February 9, 2008). "Glaiza de Castro considers Kaputol ng Isang Awit a make-or-break project". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 29, 2008.
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- Jason John S. Lim (August 25, 2009). "iGMA: Glaiza de Castro gets reborn on Stairway to Heaven". GMANews.tv. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
- Crispina Martinez Belen (July 29, 2009). "'The Eva Castillo Story' continues tonight". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
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- Monica Palad (June 24, 2009). "Richard Gomez and Jinggoy Estrada cast in political thriller Bente". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
- Bayani San Diego Jr. (June 23, 2009). "'Bente' challenges 'Transformers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 30, 2009.
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- "Mas defined ngayon." ... "After the first, hindi na kami nag-renew [ng contract]. Hindi na rin ako nagwo-work. Nagka-manager na din ako. Nagconcentrate sa TV shows. Puro TV ginagawa ko." Wells Avante (January 22, 2007). "Glaiza de Castro releases self-titled album". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
- (Tagalog) Rose Garcia (June 10, 2008). "Glaiza de Castro's debut album to be launched two years after its release". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
- "Ang panaginip ko, silang dalawa ni Rich [Asuncion, StarStruck 4 First Princess] parang tinutukso-tukso ko, magkasama sila sa kotse." ... "Tapos, ang text back sa akin ni Marky, marami raw siyang naririnig na napapaginipan din siya. Ang sabi niya, 'Bakit kaya maraming nagsasabing napaginipan nila ako, mamamatay na kaya ako?' Na talagang ngayon ko lang naalala yung sinabi niyang yun, kaya kinilabutan ako!" (Tagalog) Mell Navarro (December 8, 2008). "Glaiza de Castro had a dream about Marky Cielo before he passed away". Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "Ayokong ma-typecast na kontrabida forever kasi mahirap makakawala sa ganoong image."Alex Valentin Brosas (September 10, 2009). "'I'll say no to next villainess role' - Glaiza de Castro". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
- "Ang sa akin lang, fulfilled ako sa indie films. Nabibigyan ako ng roles sa indie projects na mabigat kung ikukumpara sa mainstream. At saka madalang naman akong mabigyan ng offer sa mainstream."Archie de Calma (May 12, 2008). "Glaiza de Castro feels fulfilled in doing indie films". Retrieved November 21, 2009.