Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion
April 7, 1985
|Alma mater||American University of Paris|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, celebrity endorser, model, host, dancer|
|Relatives||Pablo Cuneta (grandfather)|
Tito Sotto (granduncle-in-law)
Helen Gamboa (great-aunt)
Gian Sotto (uncle)
Ciara Sotto (aunt)
Gary Valenciano (step-uncle)
Frankie Pangilinan (half sister)
Donny Pangilinan (step-cousin)
Maria Kristina Cassandra "KC" Cuneta Concepcion (Tagalog pronunciation: [kɔn'sepsjon]; born April 7, 1985) is a Filipino actress, singer, dancer, TV host, entrepreneur, socialite and humanitarian. She has had lead roles in Philippine films For The First Time (2008) and When I Met U (2009), and television series such as Lovers in Paris (2009), Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (2013) and Ikaw Lamang (2014).
She is often dubbed as the "Mega Daughter", in reference to her mother Sharon Cuneta's honorific as the "Megastar". She is also the first National Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations' World Food Programme. She is also the new ambassador of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. In addition, she also sang in the 2011 SEA Games opening production along with the Agnez Mo and Jaclyn Victor held in Indonesia.
Concepcion is the daughter of singer-actress Sharon Cuneta and actor Gabby Concepcion, and the adopted daughter of Senator Francis Pangilinan following her mother's marriage to him. She reconnected with her father after thirteen years since her parents' annulment and his immigration to the United States in 1995.
She graduated grade school at Saint Pedro Poveda College in Mandaluyong. In 2003, she graduated from the International School Manila, and in 2007, graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Corporate Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the American University of Paris.
Concepcion made several guest appearances in her mother's concerts and television shows. In 2003, she became a product endorser both on television and in print ads. She started her career with global franchise MTV as an MTV Asia VJ.
As World Food Programme's Philippine ambassador, she shared the stage with Bill Clinton in 2008 to present the former US leader's foundation its commitment to feed more people in impoverish countries.
In 2009, she starred in the Philippine remake of her first primetime drama series, Lovers in Paris as a Kapamilya. In 2010, she returned to do a film with Star Cinema with her first movie with her father, Gabby Concepcion, for Father's Day, I'll Be There, directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. In her 2010 studio album titled KC, she sang "Girl Most Likely To" by Skye Sweetnam from the soundtrack of Mattel's 2006 film The Barbie Diaries. In the same year, she joined Star Magic but after a year, she left and joined Viva Artist Agency, a talent management of Viva Entertainment.
On the April 11, 2010 episode of The Buzz, it was announced that Concepción had been chosen to be the replacement co-host after Ruffa Gutierrez's departure. She was also featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan Mexico. In 2011, she made another film with Star Cinema, a romantic, drama film Forever and a Day.
In 2013, she starred in her first lead antagonist role in Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala. In 2014, she starred a lead role as Natalia in the second season of the period drama series Ikaw Lamang. In 2015, she returned and starred a lead role as Anna in Christmas Special Series of ABS-CBN, Give Love on Christmas, and was named one of GQ India's Hottest Actresses Around the World. In 2016, she returned as the host in Binibining Pilipinas 2016 along with co-host and actor Xian Lim. She was also the host of Binibining Pilipinas 2011 five years ago with co-host and actor Derek Ramsay. She took a step back from showbiz for a while to focus as being the UN Ambassador of World Food Programme for Hunger and made an online shop website KC's Closet and reached 1,000,000 pesos and being donated in Public School in Maguindanao.
She is set to make a showbiz comeback after signing an exclusive management contract with Cornerstone Entertainment.
2008-2009: a.k.a Cassandra
In 2008, KC Concepción released her first studio album on July 15, 2008 entitled "a.k.a Cassandra", on the Sony BMG Philippines label, which ranked number 1 based on total album sales in all Odyssey Record Bar branches nationwide. In fact, 1,102 copies of the album were sold in all Odyssey branches alone. KC Concepción made Philippine music history with her lead single "Imposible" during that year. KC has the most number of music downloads in the Philippines in the same year, which marked 1 million downloads online. KC Concepción thought that she would just perform her newest single, "Doo Be Doo", on the noontime TV show Wowowee on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on November 15, 2008. However, she was surprised when she was given a Platinum Record Award for her album "a.k.a. Cassandra".
In, 2010 KC released her Second Studio Album entitled KC, KC ranked number 3 based on OPM charts, in Astrovision Stores the album KC reached number 1. KC was launched on ASAP XV. KC was released on March 24, 2010, under the Sony Music label. she also set KC Mall Tour to promote KC album.
|2008||For the First Time||Sophia Carmina Sandoval||Star Cinema|
|2009||When I Met U||Jenny||GMA Films
|2010||I'll Be There||Maxi/Mina dela Cerna||Star Cinema|
|2011||Forever and a Day||Raffy||Star Cinema|
|2013||Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story||Marla "Marla Dy" De Guzman||Scenema Concept International, Inc
|2023||Asian Persuasions||Avery Chua||Jhett Tolentino Productions
Awards, nominations and recognitions
|2008||1st Supreme to the Extreme Awards (Philippine Star)||Collaboration of the year with (Richard Gutierrez) with (Mark Nicdao)||For the First Time||Won|
|She Supreme Award for (Best Actress)||Won|
|4th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards 2008||Pop Love Team with (Richard Gutierrez)||For the First Time||Nominated|
|Pop Female Performance||Nominated|
|Pop Movie Theme Song||Nominated|
|2009||3rd Gawad Genio Awards||Best Film Debut Performer||Won|
|25th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||New Movie Actress of the Year||Won|
|6th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards||Breakthrough Performance by an Actress||Won|
|40th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Princess of Philippine Movies & TV||Won|
|Most Promising Female Star of Movies & TV||Won|
|New Female Recording Artist of the Year (Promising Singer)||A.k.a Cassandra||Won|
|11th Gawad Pasado Awards||Pasadong Kabataan||—||Won|
|5th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards||Pop Female Fashionista||—||Nominated|
|2011||25th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent Search Program Host||Star Circle Quest: The Search for the Next Kiddie Superstars||Nominated|
|Best Celebrity Talk Show Host||Simply KC||Nominated|
|Female Face of the Night||—||Won|
|2012||28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Female Star of the Night||—||Won|
|Yahoo! OMG! Awards||Celebrity of the Year||—||Nominated|
|ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards||Pop Female Fashionista||—||Nominated|
|Pop Cover Girl||—||Nominated|
|30th Luna Awards||Best Actress||Forever and a Day||Nominated|
|26th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Female TV Host||ASAP 2012||Nominated|
|Best Female Celebrity Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show Host||The Buzz||Nominated|
|Fabulous Body of the Night||—||Won|
|2013||27th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Supporting Actress||Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala||Won|
|Best Talent Search Program Host||The X-Factor Philippines||Nominated|
|2013||39th Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Festival Actress||Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story||Nominated|
|2014||30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Movie Actress of the Year||Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story||Won|
|Darling of the Press||—||Nominated|
|62nd FAMAS Awards||Best Actress||Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story||Won|
|Female Star of the Night||—||Won|
|28th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Supporting Actress||Ikaw Lamang||Won|
|2015||31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Darling of the Press||—||Nominated|
- "WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion Reflects On Africa Visit". World Food Programme. January 26, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- "Hello, Panda! KC Concepcion officially joins the Panda Family as the newest WWF-PH Ambassador". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- "KC in Indonesia for SEA Games". ABS-CBN. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
- San Diego Jr., Bayani (August 26, 2006). "When KC met Gabby (again)". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- "When KC met Gabby (again)". ABS-CBN News. Dec 21, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
- News, ABS-CBN (2008-12-04). "KC, Bill Clinton together on stage for World Food Program". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
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- "KC Concepcion Starts Work". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- "The 25 Sexiest International Actresses You Haven't Heard Of". Complex. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- "KC Concepcion named one of GQ India's Hottest Actresses Around The World – CHISMS.net". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- Corp, ABS-CBN. "Filipina Pride: KC Concepcion Is The First Pinay Ambassador To Represent Shiseido". Metro.Style. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- "KC Concepcion in The Little Mermaid". Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- Garcia, Rose (December 13, 2008). "KC Concepcion returns to the stage via multi-media musical "Katy"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- Alvares, Trisha (April 6, 2010). "KC Concepcion accepts The Buzz hosting job". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on August 12, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- "ER Ejercito returns to MMFF as 'Boy Golden'". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "'Kaleidoscope World,' 'Boy Golden' join 2013 MMFF lineup". SunStar. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "KC Concepcion has the same martial arts instructor as Angelina Jolie". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "40th Box Office Entertainment Awards given out". Pep.ph. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
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