John Regala

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John Regala
Born John Manuel Regala Francisco
(1965-05-28) May 28, 1965 (age 50)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Character actor, Action Star
Years active 1985 - present
Religion Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ)
Spouse(s) Vicky Schrierer
Children 3

John Manuel Regala Francisco (born May 28, 1965) is a Filipino character actor and an action star. better known by his screen name as John Regala.

Regala is popularly known for portraying villain and antagonist roles in Philippine action movies and television series especially in the 90s and the future. He is sometimes unofficially tagged as a "Bad Boy" of Philippine action films along with fellow action stars like Robin Padilla and the late Ace Vergel with the two being more known for the said nickname.

Regala is the son of former character actor Mel Francisco and former actress Ruby Regala.


Mainstream success and hiatus[edit]

Regala enters showbusiness and became a teen member of That's Entertainment, a hit Philippine TV show in the mid 80s. He became an action star in his first action movie Boy Kristyano (1989). Then he portrayed a villain role to Ronnie Ricketts in an action packed movie Isa-Isahin ko Kayo (1990). He has also collaborated with the upcoming action star Jeric Raval when he played the lead role as Marcial "Baby" Ama (Regala's late uncle) Rudy Fernandez portrays his former role as Baby Ama in his true to life action-drama movie of 1976, Bitayin si Baby Ama. Raval played his role as Primitivo "Ebok" Ala in the true to life action-drama movie Primitivo Ebok Ala: Kalaban Mortal ni Baby Ama (1992) and he played his role as Kris Aquino's rapist-killer in the true-to-life crime drama movie The Vizconde Massacre: God Help Us (1992).

Return to acting[edit]

Regala returns to showbusiness. He has recently worked with Mart Escudero in the horror-comedy-thriller movie Zombading: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (2011) One of his most notable and recent work is with his bestfriend Gov. ER Ejercito for the award-winning 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Filipino action movie Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (2011) while Regala himself won the best supporting actor award. He has also worked with JC de Vera and Oyo Sotto for the TV drama series Valiente of TV5 (2012). He was once again made famous on ABS-CBN when he worked with Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador in Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2013), and with Coco Martin in an action-fantasy drama TV series Juan dela Cruz (2013).

Early and Personal life[edit]

Regala was born in Manila to his retired showbiz parents Mel Francisco and Ruby Regala. His showbiz career stalled due to heavy drug abuse. Later, he went to rehab and became a Born Again Christian and is now a Christian minister. Regala is married to a non-showbiz wife (Vicky Schrierer) with three children.


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1994 Gawad Urian Award Best Supporting Actor Fatima Buen Story Nominated
2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor[1] Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story Won



Year Title Role Network
2014 Hawak Kamay Leonardo Salonga ABS-CBN
Beki Boxer Dalmacio TV5
Dyesebel Badong Manansala ABS-CBN
2013 Juan dela Cruz Agor
Ina, Kapatid, Anak Emilio "Mio" Buenaventura
Little Champ Black Jack (voice)
2012 Valiente Peping TV5
2008 Pieta Miguel Alcona ABS-CBN
2008 Joaquin Bordado Cefiro GMA Network
2007 Impostora Mando
2006 Captain Barbell Mayor Lazaro
Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit Harieto "Harry" Lopez ABS-CBN
2005 Encantadia Apitong GMA Network
1986 to 1988 That's Entertainment Himself


Year Title Role Film
2014 Magnum Muslim .357 Rasheed Abdul Salaam Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and

Viva Films

2012 El Presidente Padre Agustin Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and

Viva Films

2011 Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story Carlos "Totoy Golem" Capistrano Viva Films
2011 The Road Town Police Chief GMA Films
2011 Zombading: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington Ed
2009 Kinatay Sarge
2006 Ligalig CM Films Productions
2001 Kasalanan ang Buhayin ka! Mateo Valdez Red Horse Production
2001 Pilak Sunlight Films
2001 Total Aikido
2001 Parehas Ang Laban Vergado Emerald Films
2001 Dudurugin Ko Pati Buto Mo
2000 Col. Elmer Jamias: Barako Ng Maynila Millennium Films Productions
2000 Vengador: Batas Ng Api Lando Millennium Films Productions
1999 Kahit Ako'y Tupang Itim, May Langit Din Jun El Niño Films
1999 Anino Victor Velez
1999 Type Kita, Walang Kokontra Vernon Star Cinema Films Productions
1998 Don Pepe Don Pepe El Niño Films
1998 Notoryus Star Cinema Films Productions
1998 Squala Jimbo Viva Films
1998 Lucio San Miguel: Walang Kaluluwa Lucio San Miguel El Niño Films
1997 Labanan Lalaki
1997 Askal El Niño Films
1997 Batang Estero FLT Films International
1997 Bobby Barbers: Parak Jacinto Viva Films and PS Films Productions
1997 Pards 2 Sunlight Films
1997 Batas Ko Ay Bala
1997 Si Mokong, si Astig, at si Gamol Viva Films
1996 Moises Arcanghel: Sa Guhit ng Bala Regal Films
1996 Sa Iyo Ang Langit, Akin ang Lupa El Niño Films
1996 Pards Sunlight Films
1995 Cesar Hudas Cesar El Niño Films
1995 Bukas Bibitayin si Itay Elmo Star Cinema Films Productions and El Niño Films
1995 Pamilya Valderama Seiko Films and PS Films Productions
1994 Amok Patrolman 2 Daniel Magtanggol El Niño Films
1994 Lipa 'Arandia' Massacre: Lord, Deliver Us from Evil Viva Films and Golden Lion Films
1994 Fatima Buen Story Leslie Baron Regal Films
1994 The Maggie dela Riva Story (God... Why Me?) Viva Films and Golden Lion Films
1994 Angel Cremenal Angel El Niño Films
1994 Tony Bagyo: Daig Pa Ang Asong Ulol Tony Seiko Films
1994 Nandito Ako Randy Moviestars Production
1993 Pambato Arnold Alcantara EDL Production
1992 Tondo: Libingan ng mga Siga Willy Cuevas Moviestars Production
1992 Totoy Buwang Totoy OctoArts Films
1992 Kapatid Ko Si Hudas Rando
1992 The Vizconde Massacre: God Help Us Jake Regal Films and Golden Lion Films
1992 Primitivo Ebok Ala: Kalaban Mortal Ni Baby Ama Marcial "Baby" Ama OctoArts Films
1992 Jerry Marasigan, WPD Winston Seiko Films
1992 Bukas Tatakpan Ka Ng Diyaryo Seiko Films
1991 Boyong Mañalac: Hoodlum Terminator Vargas Viva Films
1991 Lintik Lang Ang Walang Ganti Seiko Films
1991 Huling Lalaki Sa Bitayan Julio El Niño Films
1990 Iputok mo, Dadapa ako! (Hard to Die) OctoArts Films and MZet Films Productions
1990 Alyas Baby Face Seiko Films
1990 Isa-Isahin Ko Kayo
1990 Jabidah Massacre Viva Films
1990 Kristobal: Tinik Sa Korona Seiko Films
1990 Kunin Mo Ang Ulo Ni Ismael Seiko Films
1989 Wanted: Pamilya Banal Jude Banal FPJ Productions
1989 Ako ang Batas: General Tomas Karingal Young Tomas Karingal Seiko Films
1989 Boy Kristyano Boy Kristyano El Niño Films
1989 Babayaran Mo Ng Dugo Seiko Films
1989 Walang Panginoon Seiko Films
1989 Lihim Ng Golden Buddha Seiko Films
1988 Langit At Lupa Seiko Films
1988 Arturo Lualhati
1987 Balandra Crossing
1986 Life Story of Julie Vega Joey
1986 Kamandag Ng Kris
1985 Bagets Gang [2][3][4]



  1. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:2011". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  2. ^ "John Regala Facebook account". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Anne Curtis debuts as Dyesebel trends Worldwide Video". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  4. ^ "John Regala clarifies cancer rumor pinpoints disgruntled colleague as culprit". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Alwyn Uytingco headlines TV5's upcoming gay comedy series Beki Boxer". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Ang Tunay na Buhay ni John Regala". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  7. ^ "John Regala sings Ama, Salamat Po". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  8. ^ "Action star John Regala is back on showbiz". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 

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