Helen Gamboa

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Helen Gamboa-Sotto
Helen Albent Gamboa

(1945-05-07) May 7, 1945 (age 74)
Years active1954–present
Spouse(s)Sen. Tito Sotto
ChildrenRomina Sotto
Diorella Sotto
Gian Sotto
Ciara Sotto

Helen Albent Gamboa-Sotto (born May 7, 1945) is a Filipina actress, singer, dancer and former beauty queen.[2]


Helen Albent Gamboa was born at 6:35 PM on May 7, 1945 at Maternity and Children's Hospital (now Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital) in Santa Cruz, Manila to Domingo Ponce Gamboa (born October 13, 1908 in Santa Ana, Pampanga - died June 12, 1987) and Eusebia Pangilinan Albent (born November 28, 1914 in Angeles, Pampanga - died January 21, 1986).[1][3][4]

Gamboa is the wife of actor-comedian/TV host/politician-senator Tito Sotto and the mother of actress/singer Ciara Sotto and actor/singer Gian Sotto.

Gamboa is also the aunt of singer/actress/TV host Sharon Cuneta. Sharon's mother, Elaine Cuneta, is her sister. She is of Spanish-American descent.[5]

Gamboa became a runner-up to Cynthia Ugalde by a point in the Miss Press Photography of the Philippines contest in 1961.

In the late 1960s, Gamboa was given the title "Dancing Queen" of Philippine cinema and TV musicals; this title was given to her prior to the popularity of the Abba song with the same title, the title having been given eight years before the Swedish rock band's song was released in 1976.

In 2001-2003 Gamboa made a brief TV comeback through the ABS-CBN Primetime TV series Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan, playing the role of Nelia Santos.

In 2009, Gamboa made her official comeback to Philippine primetime television in ABS-CBN network's Tayong Dalawa, where her son Gian also appeared. This marked Gamboa's 2nd Primetime TV series and comeback where she portrayed the antagonist Elizabeth Martinez in the TV series; the series also became a successful international phenomenon and featured a strong cast of award-winning actors from three generations of television, film, theater actors, some of whom came from appearances in internationally acclaimed indie films.[6]

In 2012, after a two-year hiatus, Gamboa played Margaret Montenegro in the highly acclaimed and most-watched program Walang Hanggan, featuring another ensemble cast where she was reunited with her Tayong Dalawa co-star Coco Martin who led the series. Gamboa's role was a main role in the series, Margaret Montenegro being the series' main antagonist.

On October 21, 2012, Gamboa showed her knowledge of the dance "Gangnam Style" in her performance in the Walang Hanggang Pasasalamat Concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.



  • Helen Gamboa Sings Together Again (Jonal Records, released in March 1967)
  • La Gamboa (Vicor Records, released in 1969)
  • Bunny Chanel (RCA Victor International/WEA, released in 1979 under the name "Bunny Chanel")
  • Bunny Chanel 2 (RCA Victor International/WEA, released in 1980 under the name "Bunny Chanel")



  • Gone / Band of Gold (debut single)
  • What They Have Done to the Rain? / He'll Come Back to Me (with JA and The Jitterbugs)
  • Strangers in the Night / The Impossible Dream
  • Just Say Goodbye / I Can't Remember Ever Loving You
  • The Thirty-First of June / It's Not Unusual
  • I Love You / No Other Love
  • A Groovy Kind of Love / Forever with You (with JA and The Jitterbugs)
  • Soul Time / In the Midnight Hour
  • The In Crowd /
  • Michael (Row the Boat Ashore) /


  • Somethin' Stupid / Summer Wine (duet with Gilbert Gamboa)
  • Two of Us / Till We Meet Again / Whispering Hope (duet with Louie Levant)
  • This Is My Song / Color My World
  • Together Again / Cast Your Fate to the Wind
  • All I See Is You / All Cried Out
  • Oh, Oh What A Kiss / Wednesday's Child
  • Only You (Can Break My Heart) / Time Alone Will Tell
  • Uptight / Single Girl (with JA and The Jitterbugs)
  • Please Don't Go / Cherish
  • Shing-A-Ling Time / Somebody to Love


  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough / Two Can Have a Party (with The Tilt-Down Men)
  • I'm Coming Home / Kiss Me Goodbye
  • After You / Why Can't I Remember to Forget You
  • Don't Give Up / Everytime I See a Rainbow
  • It's a Happening World / Shoot Your Shot
  • Bang-Shang-A-Lang / Shotgun
  • Son of a Preacher Man /


  • The Fool On The Hill / The Horse (Love is All Right)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Harper Valley PTA
  • Mississippi Delta / The Glory of Love
  • I'm a Tiger / Every Day I Have to Cry Some
  • This Girl's in Love with You / Where Is Tomorrow
  • Those Were the Days / Stay Away from Love
  • Bitter Memories / Our Day Will Come
  • Boom Bang-A-Bang / The Windmills of Your Mind
  • Put a Little Love in Your Heart /


  • Evil Ways / Great Big Bundle of Love
  • If Ever You Go / Put A Smile on Your Face
  • Do the Popcorn / Both Sides Now


  • Anytime of the Year / It's a Crying Shame
  • A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done / Betcha By Golly, Wow
  • Put Your Hand in the Hand / Rose Garden
  • Do Me / Somebody Waiting
  • Love a Little Longer / Rock and Roll Lullaby


  • Doctor's Orders / Only Yesterday
  • Please, Mr. Postman / My Melody of Love
  • Head Over Heels / Leave a Little Room



Year Title Role(s) Type of Role Network
2017 From Helen's Kitchen Herself Host Colours
2017 Super Ma'am Lolita Honorio Main Role GMA Network
2012 Walang Hanggan Doña Margaret "Mamo" Cruz-Montenegro Supporting role / Main Antagonist ABS-CBN
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Parol Maring Episode guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Diploma Rose Episode guest
2009 Tayong Dalawa Elizabeth "Mamita" Martinez† Supporting role / Semi Antagonist
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mesa Linda Episode guest
2001-2003 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Nelia Santos Supporting role
1992-1994 Heart to Heart with Helen Herself Lead hostess
1991 Luv Ko Si Kris Herself Guest appearance ABS-CBN
1981-1996 Lovingly Yours, Helen Herself Hostess GMA Network
1979 Eat Bulaga! Herself / Hostess Guest appearance RPN-9
C.U.T.E. Herself
1974-1977 Friends
1966 Helen Herself Lead hostess ABC


  • Etiquette for Mistresses (2015) as Conchita San Diego
  • Segunda Mano (2011) as Adela Domingo
  • Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love (2009)
  • Bagong Bayani (1995) as Flor Contemplacion
  • Umiyak Pati Langit (1991)
  • Oras-oras, Araw-araw (1989)
  • Kailan Mahuhugasan ang Kasalanan? (1989) as Adora Meneses
  • Hot Summer (1989)
  • Mama Said Papa Said I Love You (1985)
  • Give Me Five! (1984)
  • Angelita, Ako ang Iyong Ina Part II (1982)
  • Angelita... Ako ang Iyong Ina (1980) as Janet
  • Roberta (1979)
  • Feliciano (1978)
  • Mga Mata Ni Angelita (1978) as Janet - Gonzalo's Daughter
  • Kapitan Kulas (1975)
  • Darna and the Giants (1974) as X3X
  • Biktima (1974) as Nurse
  • Sarhento Fofonggay... A, ewan! (1974)
  • Ako'y Tao, May Dugo at Lamán (1970) as Luisa
  • Love Is for the Two of Us (1970)
  • Banda 24 (1969)
  • Matimbang ang Dugo sa Tubig (1969)
  • Ngitngit ng Pitong Whistle Bomb (1968) as Nerissa
  • Bang-Shang-A-Lang (1968)
  • Boogaloo (1968)
  • Kailanma'y 'Di Ka Mag-iisa (1968)
  • Let's Go Hippie (1968)
  • May I Go Out (1968)
  • O Kaka, O Kaka (1968)
  • Operation: Discothèque (1968)
  • Otra Vez, Señorita (1968)
  • Like Father, Like Son: Kung Ano ang Punò Siya ang Bunga (1967)
  • Target: The A-Go-Go Generation (1967)
  • Yesterday (1967)
  • Palos: Counterspy (1966)
  • Baril sa Aking Kamay (1966)
  • Doble Trece (1966)
  • Stranger in the Night (1966)
  • Guillermo Bravado (1965)
  • Dolpinger (1965)
  • Misyong Mapanganib (1965)
  • DJ Dance Time (1964)
  • Let's Go (1964)
  • The Nite Owl (Dance Party) (1964)
  • Gorio... Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas (1963)
  • Hugo, the Sidewalk Vendor (1962)
  • Gorio and His Jeepney (1962)
  • Sakay and Moy (1962)
  • Walang Pagkalupig (1962)
  • Palanca (1960)
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (1954)


  1. ^ a b "FamilySearch".
  2. ^ "Ratings and Reviews for New Movies and TV Shows". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Domingo Ponce Gamboa". December 2, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Eusebia Pangilinan Gamboa". December 2, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "HugeDomains.com - GoIgnition.com is for sale (Go Ignition)". www.hugedomains.com.
  6. ^ "'Tayong Dalawa' premieres on January 19". ABS-CBN Interactive. January 8, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009.

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