Maris Racal

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Maris Racal
Born Mariestella Cañedo Racal
(1997-09-22) September 22, 1997 (age 21)
Tagum, Davao del Norte, Philippines
Occupation Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Dancer, Television Personality, Student
Years active 2014–present
Agent Star Magic (2014–present)
Notable work Second Big Placer in Pinoy Big Brother: All In

Mariestella Racal (born September 22, 1997), better known as Maris Racal, is a Filipina actress, singer/songwriter and television personality who won 2nd Big Placer on Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) All In. She entered the PBB House at the age of 16 and was dubbed as the "Singing Sunshine ng Davao".[1] She gained a fan base known as "Mariestellers" during the course of the show.

Maris grew up in a musically inclined family and learned to sing and play instruments at a young age. She can play the guitar, piano, ukulele and beatbox, some of which she learned on her own by watching various videos online. Aside from being a musician and singer, she also excels in painting, song/poem writing, acting and dancesports.[2]

After her stint in PBB, Maris became a Star Magic artist. In February 2016, Maris was introduced as one of the members of all-girl dance group, Girltrends.[3]

On January 22, 2017, Maris was officially launched as one of the members of ASAP's newest all-girl sing-and-dance group, BFF5.[4]

Maris Racal has a rising team-up with singer-actor Iñigo Pascual. The two are collectively known as “MarNigo”. Racal and Pascual are rumored to be in a relationship. All fans are now hoping for their loveteam to be real on and off cam. Many says that they are a perfect match.

Additionally, Iñigo Pascual announced that he will star in a movie project together with Maris Racal this 2018. This will serve as their launching movie as a loveteam.


After PBB, Maris Racal was launched as part of Star Magic Circle 2014 and had been quickly molded as a budding actress, starting off on TV show Hawak Kamay followed by several more stints on TV shows like Maalaala Mo Kaya, Ipaglaban Mo, Oh My G!, and Ningning, and on films like Halik sa Hangin, Just The Way You Are, and The Breakup Playlist.[5] She also starred with Roberto "Fourth" Solomon Pagotan IV in the 'Dear MOR' episode, the “Kate and Red Story”.[6]

Maris released her first single "Tanong Mo Sa Bituin" in April 2015 as part of Star Record's compilation album "OPM Fresh".[7]

In June 2015, Maris was cast in her first main lead role on big screen as Elena in Tandem Entertainment's film "Stars Versus Me", which also starred Manolo Pedrosa as her leading man.[8]

By February 2016, Maris was introduced as one of the members of all-girl dance group "Girltrends" in the noontime show It's Showtime. She was then tagged as "Magnificent Girltrend Maris" and became the group's Team Young member.[9] Maris subsequently played Jenny Bonanza in the teleserye We Will Survive later in the month.[10]

In October 2016, Maris performed in her first OneMusicPH's Digital Concert dubbed as "Double Hearts" (together with co-performers Loisa Andalio, Sue Ramirez and Kristel Fulgar), where she debuted her original song Take It All Away.[11] In the same month, Maris appeared in the film The Third Party as Joan.[12]

By December 2016, Maris became notable as Maxine in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival's box office entry film Vince and Kath and James.[13]

In January 2017, Maris was launched as one of the members of ASAP's new all-girl sing-and-dance group, known as BFF5 (pronounced as BFFs), along with Ylona Garcia, Andrea Brillantes, Loisa Andalio and Kira Balinger.[14] Inclusion in the new group led Maris to leave her previous group Girltrends.[15] Later in the month, Maris started her guest appearance as Rona, Carreon's daughter, in the hit primetime TV series Ang Probinsyano.

By April 2017, Maris starred as Fairy Sylvia in weekend primetime series Wansapanataym Presents: Annika PINTAsera.[16] Later in the month, Maris was entrusted with Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin's Theme Song "Paano Mo Nalaman", the tagalized version of the song 'How Did You Know'.[17]

In July 8, 2017, Maris held her first major concert together with Loisa, Sue and Kristel titled 4 Of A Kind: The Un4gettable Concert at the Music Museum.[18] Maris was also one of the cast in the horror thriller film Bloody Crayons, playing the role of Richalaine Alcantara, that was released on cinemas by July 12, 2017.[19]

In November 2017, Maris join the cast of Hanggang Saan as Nessa, and paired with Yves Flores.[20]

By December 2017, Maris became part of Regal Films's official entry film Haunted Forest with Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake and Jon Lucas on 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.[21]

In February 8, 2018, Maris Racal staged the first-ever Star Events FanCon held at Teatrino, Promenade with Inigo Pascual as her very special guest. Maris also launched her original song, "Tala" and released as her newest single.[22] Few days after, Maris joins Inigo Pascual as his co-host on his online show every Tuesday One Music POPSSSS as they started their Season 4 pilot episode with John Roa.

By May 2018, her latest single "Ikaw Lang Sapat Na" launched as the sub-theme song of the teleserye Since I Found You on Primetime Bida.[23]

Maris is now a certified recording artist as she released her first album entitled "Stellar".

October 2018, Maris was launched as one of the 10 interpreters of Himig Handog 2018 with a song of Jan Sabili from Muntinlupa entitled "Sugarol".

Music career[edit]

In July 2014, the PBB All In housemates including Maris Racal released their "Pinoy Big Brother: All In - Originals" album, composed of three songs (Teen Love Song, Turtle Song, and Bibimbap) originally written and sung by them.[24]

On October 28, 2014, Maris uploaded her cover of Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” song on her official YouTube account. The hashtag ‘Thinking Out Loud Cover by Maris Racal’ immediately trended worldwide on Twitter as her fans expressed their delight with her cover song. The video has already garnered almost two million of hits on YouTube since it was uploaded.[25]

In February–March 2015, Maris shared her video blogs on Youtube known as “Maris My Song For You” episodes (with the direction of Alco Guerrero) where she gave her fans an opportunity to send her their messages and ask her to breathe new life to their favorite song. Her MMSFY episodes started from her cover of songs In My Life and True Colors followed by more cover songs like Firework, Yellow, Lost Stars, 'Til There Was You and Ordinary People.[26]

By April 2015, Maris released her first single, "Tanong Mo Sa Bituin", part of Star Record's compilation album, "OPM Fresh". This song became the official soundtrack of the film "Stars Versus Me".[27]

In August 2015, Maris covered Norah Jones' hit song "Don't Know Why" during the #HappyBirthdayWish1075 celebration. Her exclusive performance made her won the awards "Wishers’ Choice for Wishclusive Performance of the Year" and "Wishers’ Choice for Young Artist of the Year" in the 2016 Wish 107.5 Music Awards dated January 26, 2016 held at Smart Araneta Coliseum,.[28]

On October 2, 2016, Maris was one of the four singers/performers (the others being Loisa Andalio, Sue Ramirez, and Kristel Fulgar) who headlined OneMusicPH's Double Hearts Digital Concert where she debuted her original song, Take It All Away.[29]

During Kimerald‘s Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin Grand Media Day press conference on April 24, 2017, Maris performed the Tagalog version of the song How Did You Know. Maris' Paano Mo Nalaman became one of the main theme songs of the daytime series Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin which aired on May 1, 2017.[30]

By February 8, 2018, Maris released her newest single entitled "Tala" during her FanCon.[31]

Few months after, May 4, 2018, She also released her latest single "Ikaw Lang Sapat Na",[32] the song that she wrote for Inigo on their GGV guesting.[33] Few weeks after it became the sub-theme song of Since I Found You. And later on, she launched her song on ASAP stage with her loveteam Inigo Pascual.[34]

Last July 7, 2018, Maris launched her very first album entitled "Stellar" at the SM North Edsa Skydome with Migz Haleco, Sue Ramirez and her loveteam Inigo Pascual as her special guests, she performed all of her songs in the album, "Hi Crush", "Love Is Easy", "Tayo Na Di Tayo", "Ikaw Lang Sapat Na" and a rock version of "Tala". Her album is now available in all digital stores nationwide.[35][36][37]

October 2018, she interpreted the official entry from the Himig Handog 2018 "Sugarol" written by Jan Sabili.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Mariestella C. Racal grew up in Davao del Norte and graduated high school from St. Mary’s College in Tagum City. Maris is the 6th of 5 siblings in a musically-inclined family. In school, she used to sing the responsorial psalm, sing in mass and sing intermission numbers. She also did cover songs on SoundCloud.[39]

Maris Racal dreams of becoming a doctor and plans to juggle acting, singing, dancing & studying. She is currently attending at Trinity University of Asia taking up Medical Technology degree.



Year Title Role Producer
2015 Halik sa Hangin Tetay Star Cinema
Stars Versus Me Elena Tandem Entertainment
Just The Way You Are Amy Star Cinema
The Breakup Playlist Janine Star Cinema, Viva Films
2016 The Third Party Joan Star Cinema
Vince and Kath and James Maxine
2017 Bloody Crayons Richalaine Alcantara
Haunted Forest Mich Regal Films
2018 I'm Ellenya L. Ellenya N2 Productions and Spring Films
2019 Block Z - Star Cinema


Year Title Role Network Notes
2014 Pinoy Big Brother: All In Herself/Housemate ABS-CBN Guest Appearance
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Herself/Guest
Kris TV Herself/Guest
The Singing Bee (Philippine game show) Herself/Player
Hawak Kamay Wendy Supporting Role
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lobo Maila Main Role
2015 Oh My G! Junalyn Barel Guest Role
Ipaglaban Mo!: Inabusong Karapatan Nina Main Role
Ipaglaban Mo!: Pinekeng Anyo Minnie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bottled Water Zyra
Ipaglaban Mo!: Maging Akin Ka Lang Jenny/ Jean's Sister Supporting Role
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself/Player/Maris Racal Guest Appearance
2015–2016 Ningning Niña Buenaflor Supporting Role
2016–2017 It's Showtime Herself/GirlTrends member Main Cast
2016 We Will Survive Jenny Bonanza / Jennilyn Supporting Role
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Droga young Emily / Emilia Rodrigo Special Participation
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Toga Analyn Telmo / Analiyn Telmo Main Role
Magandang Buhay Herself/Guest Guest Role
Minute to Win It: Last Man Standing Herself/Player
Home Sweetie Home: Something New Letlet Guest Role
Family Feud (2016 Philippine game show) Herself/Player / Maris Racal Guest Role
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Luneta Park Maymay Supporting Role
2016–present ASAP (variety show) Herself/BFF5 member Performer/Host
2017 Minute to Win It: Last Teen Standing Herself/Player Guest
Magandang Buhay Herself/Guest / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Rona / Ronalyn Dimaano Guest Role
Ipaglaban Mo!: Katotohanan Jessa Main Cast
Family Feud Herself/Player / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
Wansapanataym: Annika PINTAsera Fairy Sylvia Supporting Role
Gandang Gabi, Vice!: GGVBFFs Herself/Guest / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tape Recorder Lou Ann Main Role
Myx Herself/Myx Celebrity VJ Guest Appearance
Gandang Gabi, Vice!: GGVKiligSiAko Herself/Guest / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Casa Young Hazel Supporting/Main Role
2017–2018 Hanggang Saan Nessa Supporting Role
2018 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ukelele Tin Amistoso Main Role
Umagang Kay Ganda Herself / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
Magandang Buhay Herself / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
It's Showtime Herself / Maris Racal Guest Appearance
Ipaglaban Mo: Kakampi Maya Hermosa Main Role



Year Song Title Album Composer Company
2015 Tanong Mo Sa Bituin OPM Fresh Joven Tan Star Music
2018 Tala Stellar Herself/Maris Racal
Ikaw Lang Sapat Na Herself/\Maris Racal
Love Is Easy Herself/Maris Racal
Tayo Na 'Di Tayo with Inigo Pascual Herself/Maris Racal
Hi Crush Gabriel Tagadtad
Tayo Na 'Di Tayo with Inigo Pascual (Alternative Version) Herself/Maris Racal
Sugarol Himig Handog 2018 Jan Sabili

Chart performance[edit]

Year Title Peak (iTunes PH Top 100) Peak (MOR 101.9 Daily Pinoy Biga10) Peak (MOR 101.9 Dyis Is It) Peak (Spotify Philippines Viral 50) Album
2018 Tala 1 1 - 4 Stellar
Ikaw Lang Sapat Na 1 1 - 45
Love Is Easy - - 1 30
Sugarol 9 - 4 - Himig Handog 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-giving Body / Critics Award Result
2014 Pinoy Big Brother: All In 2nd Big Placer Won
1st Star Cinema Awards Most Promising Actress Won
2015 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Nominated
2nd Star Cinema Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
2016 Wish 107.5 Music Awards 2016 Wishers’ Choice for Wish Young Artist of the Year Won
Wishers’ Choice for Best WISHclusive Performance Won
29th Global Excellence Awards People's Choice for Female Dance Group (Girltrends) Won
Push Awards Push Play Newcomer Nominated
3rd Star Cinema Awards #BestInLevelUp Breakthrough Star Won
2017 Push Awards #OOTDGoals Celebrity Fashionista of the Year Nominated
3rd LionhearTV RAWR Awards Beshie ng Taon (for Vince and Kath and James) Won
4th Star Cinema Awards Ultimate Scene Stealer (for Vince and Kath and James and Bloody Crayons) Won
Ultimate Breakthrough Loveteam (with Inigo Pascual) Won
2018 20th Gawad Pasado Awards PinakaPASADOng Dangal ng Kabataan (with Inigo Pascual) Won
Myx Music Awards 2018 Myx Celebrity VJ of the Year Nominated
MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2018 Best New Artist of the Year Won
8th EdukCircle Awards BEST ACTRESS in Single Drama Performance (for Maalaala Mo Kaya: Casa) Nominated


  1. ^ "Maris Racal is PBB All In 2nd Big Placer".
  2. ^ "Maris Racal remains the Singing Sunshine from Davao".
  3. ^ "WATCH: New all-girl group heats up 'Showtime'".
  4. ^ "ASAP launches their newest girl squad ASAP BFF5".
  6. ^ "'PBB's' Maris and Fourth team up for 'Dear MOR' story".
  7. ^ "Maris Racal releases first song".
  8. ^ "WATCH: Maris, Manolo in 'Stars Versus Me' teaser".
  9. ^ "WATCH: New all-girl group heats up 'Showtime'".
  10. ^ "'We Will Survive' Tonight".
  11. ^ "The Things You Missed in the "Double Hearts" Digital Concert".
  12. ^ "WATCH: Angel, Zanjoe, Sam star in gay rom-com 'The Third Party'".
  13. ^ "A first for Maris".
  14. ^ "ASAP launches their newest girl squad ASAP BFF5".
  15. ^ "Did Loisa Andalio and Maris Racal just leave Girltrends?".
  16. ^ "Tambalang Julia-JC may kakaibang kilig".
  19. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Jane, Julia, Sofia, Diego + more talk about their upcoming film 'Bloody Crayons'".
  20. ^ "GLAM SHOTS: Maris Racal as Nessa in Hanggang Saan".
  21. ^ "Cast of Regal Films movie 'Haunted Forest' revealed".
  22. ^ "Maris Racal serves memorable and magical moments in first FanCon".
  23. ^ "Since I Found You sub-theme "Ikaw Lang Sapat Na" performed by Maris Racal".
  24. ^ "Pinoy Big Brother All In Originals - Single".
  25. ^ "WATCH: Maris Racal Covers Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud"".
  26. ^ "WATCH: Maris Racal Sings 'In My Life' and 'True Colors' On Her YouTube Vlog".
  27. ^ "Maris Racal releases first song".
  29. ^ "The Things You Missed in the "Double Hearts" Digital Concert".
  30. ^ "Maris Racal Sings The Tagalog Version of "How Did You Know"".
  31. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Maris shares story behind her new original single 'Tala'".
  32. ^ "Maris' 'song for Inigo' officially releases today".
  33. ^ "GGV: Maris Racal sings her composition for Iñigo Pascual".
  34. ^ "ASAP: Maris, Inigo sing "Ikaw Lang Sapat Na"".
  35. ^ "LOOK: Maris shines in launch for album 'Stellar'".
  37. ^ "Iñigo Pascual tells Maris Racal "I love you" during Stellar album launch".
  38. ^ "ALAMIN: Mga awitin at mang-aawit sa Himig Handog 2018".
  39. ^ "Fresh Faces of Showbiz Besties".