Miguel Tanfelix

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Miguel Tanfelix
Born Miguel Torrejos Tanfelix
(1998-09-21) September 21, 1998 (age 18)
Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Actor/ Dancer/ Host/ Endorser
Years active 2004–present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2004-present)
Notable work Niño, Mulawin

Miguel Torrejos Tanfelix (born September 21, 1998) is a Filipino teen actor who is currently a contract star of GMA Network under GMA Artist Center.[1] Tanfelix started his entertainment career as a finalist in StarStruck Kids where he finished as the First Prince (runner-up).[2]

Tanfelix is known for his role as Young Pagaspas in the hit fantasy series Mulawin starring Angel Locsin and Richard Gutierrez. Ten years later, Tanfelix is now one of GMA Network's rising teen stars along with his on-screen partner Bianca Umali. Tanfelix received his breakthrough performance when he played the role Niño Inocente, a mentally challenged boy in the 2014 series Niño.[3]

Tanfelix also starred in his own afternoon drama Wish I May opposite Umali.[4]

Early and personal life[edit]

Tanfelix was born on September 21, 1998, in Dasmariñas, Cavite. He is the eldest of the two children of Mary Grace Torrejos and Gary Tanfelix who are both educators and mountaineers.[5] Although they live in Cavite, where Tanfelix attends regular school, the family also keeps a home in Parañaque to lessen Tanfelix’s traveling time when he is filming.[6] Tanfelix finished high school at Cavite School of Life (Dasmariñas Campus) and is now currently studying entrepreneurship at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.[7] Aside from acting and schooling his sports and hobbies are basketball, wakeboarding and hiking. His passion for basketball is evident when he became one of the varsity players in his high school years.

Tanfelix is opposed to premarital sex. He is also hired by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) as celebrity ambassador for U4U, a youth initiative whose stated mission is to provide Filipino teenagers with critical information on delaying sexual debut and preventing sexually transmitted infections.[8]

Career[edit]

2004–2013: StarStruck Kids[edit]

Tanfelix was only five years old when he joined the kiddie version of the reality-based artista search StarStruck in 2004. It was the artista search that made Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras (the show's very first winners) household names.[6] Proclaimed as the season's First Prince, Tanfelix later joined the cast of the hit fantaserye Mulawin as Young Pagaspas.[9] The following year, Tanfelix played the role of Rainier Castillo's younger version of Jimboy/Erastus in the 2006 fantaserye Majika, and played Pepe Javier in the afternoon drama Now and Forever: Linlang.

In the following years, from 2007 to 2012, Tanfelix portrayed the younger roles of some of the lead characters in several series of GMA Network. He was Young Aldrin Griego in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, Young Junjun in La Vendetta, and Langit sa Piling Mo's Young Thirdy among others.

2014–present: Big Break; Niño[edit]

In 2014, Tanfelix received his biggest break to date when he was given the titular role of Niño.[10] His portrayal as a mentally challenged boy received three different acting nominations from PMPC Star Awards for TV, PEP List Awards and Golden Screen TV Awards.[11] The same year, Tanfelix joined Sunday All Stars as a co-host and a performer. Tanfelix also starred in the comedy sitcom Ismol Family with his love team Bianca Umali.[12]

Tanfelix led his second Primetime series, Once Upon a Kiss, during the first three months of 2015. He also co-hosted the sixth season of the reality-talent search StarStruck where he first started his showbiz career. In 2016, Tanfelix once again starred in a leading role with Bianca Umali in the afternoon drama Wish I May.[13][14]

2015: Dubsmash: Twerk It Like Miley[edit]

In July 2015, Tanfelix became popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Timor Leste because of his viral Dubsmash video of Brandon Beal's hit song Twerk It Like Miley. Tanfelix was featured in an Indonesian newspaper, "Sumatera Ekspres" twice. He has also received several invitations to travel to Indonesia for a TV guesting and show. Tanfelix has a strong following in Indonesia, evident in his social media posts which include Bahasa (Indonesian) language comments. Tanfelix gained 300k+ followers on his social media accounts, most of them Indonesian. Because of his popularity in Indonesia, he was compared to Indonesian actor and singer Aliando Syarief. Tanfelix also recorded many video collaborations with Bacun Hakim, an Indonesian actor and host.[citation needed]

Endorser & Ambassador[edit]

Tanfelix is one of the endorsers of BUM Equipment, CKK Mobile, Mc Donald's TechnoMarine and Calayan Clinics. One of his sponsors is Converse. Tanfelix is part of the Pass A Book ni BiGuel Campaign together with the other half of BiGuel, Bianca Umali. Tanfelix is also the ambassador of Anak TV Larolympics alongside with Bianca, and U4U (Youth Initiative of the Commission in Population and UN Population Fund).[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2017 Mulawin versus Ravena GMA Network Pagaspas Main cast
2016 Usapang Real Love: Dream Date Diego 'Jegs' Cablao Main Cast w/ Bianca Umali [citation needed]
A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Alonzo Guest Cast with Bianca Umali, Gee Canlas, Mara Alberto and Solenn Heussaff
Encantadia Pagaspas Special participation [15]
Wish I May Tristan "Tantan" A. Gomez Leading role with Bianca Umali [16]
2015 Once Upon a Kiss Prince Pelaez Almario Leading role with Bianca Umali [17]
2014 Niño Niño Inocente/Miguel Sagrado-Ibarra Leading role with David Remo [18]
2013 Love & Lies Marco Salvador Supporting role [19]
2012 Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa Joko Santos Supporting role [20]
Aso ni San Roque Onyok Special participation [21]
Makapiling Kang Muli Young Martín Caballero Special participation [citation needed]
Biritera Teen Andrei Marcelino Special participation [citation needed]
2011 Futbolilits Andy Special participation [22]
Sinner or Saint Young Raul Marcelo Special participation [23]
Nita Negrita Jun-Jun Special participation [citation needed]
2010 Langit sa Piling Mo Young Thirdy Special participation [24]
2009 Ikaw Sana Michael Olivarez Special participation [25]
Sine Novela: Tinik Sa Dibdib Boyito Domingo Supporting role [26]
2007 La Vendetta Young Junjun Special participation [27]
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Young Aldrin Griego Special participation [28]
Fantastic Man Tikboy Supporting role [29]
2006 Now and Forever: Linlang Pepe Javier † Supporting role [citation needed]
Majika Young Jimboy Special participation [30]
2004 Mulawin Pagaspas Supporting role [31]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2014–2016 Ismol Family Tan-Tan GMA Network [32]
2015 StarStruck VI Journey Host [33]
2014–2015 Sunday All Stars Co-host/Performer [citation needed]
2004 StarStruck Kids Finalist (First Prince) [34]

Drama anthologies[edit]

Title Year Episode Role Network Ref.
Maynila 2016 To Love and To Hope Josh GMA Network
Don't Give Up On Us Jared
2015 Love Wins Tim
Type Kita, Type Mo Ay Iba Brandon
Dangwa Idol Love Josh Corpuz [35]
Love Hotline Runaway Girl Jeric Domingo [36]
2014 18 and In Love Ryan
Magpakailanman 2015 Ang Huling Laro ng Aking Anak Carlos † [37]
2014 The Cedric Macdon & Joven Santos Story: Kalakal Boys Joven Santos [38]
2013 The Charice Pempengco Story: Coming Out Young Carl Pempengco [39]
Seasons of Love 2014 First Dance, First Love Basti Angeles [40]
Star Confessions 2011 The Yoyo Tricker Joshua Rafael Davis TV5 [citation needed]
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang 2007 Ang Mahiwagang Balabal Young Ali GMA Network [41]

TV specials[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2011 Amaya: The Making of an Epic Host GMA Network TV documentary [42]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Producer(s) Notes Ref.
2012 Tahanan N/A DigiTank Studios Supporting role [43]
2006 I Will Always Love You Jon-Jon GMA Films, Regal Entertainment Supporting role [44]
2005 Mulawin: The Movie Pagaspas Supporting role [9]
Hari ng Sablay: Isang Tama, Sampung Mali Young Mars Regal Entertainment Special participation [citation needed]

Accolades[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated Work Result
2016 PEP List Awards 2016 PEPsters' Choice Awards: Male Star of the year Himself Nominated
PEPsters' Choice Awards: Pair of the Year together w/ Bianca Umali Career as a love team Nominated
2015 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Himself Won
Candy Reader's Choice Award Favorite Male Rising Star Himself Nominated
PEP List Awards 2015 PEPsters' Choice Awards: Male Teen Star of the Year Himself Nominated
Editor's Choice: Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Niño Nominated
6th Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor Niño Nominated
2014 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Niño Nominated
2006 FAMAS Awards Best Child Actor Mulawin: The Movie (as Pagaspas) Nominated

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