Nikki Gil

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Nikki Gil
Nikki Gil at the Star Magic Concert, Ontario, CA, June 2009.jpg
Gil at the Star Magic Concert held in Ontario, CA, June 2009
Background information
Birth name Monica Pauline Gil
Born (1987-08-23) August 23, 1987 (age 29)
Manila, Philippines
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, host, model, VJ
Instruments vocals, piano
Years active 1993-2000; 2005–2015
Labels EMI, Walt Disney, PolyEast, Universal Records
Website Official Forum
Official Website

Monica Pauline "Nikki" Gil-Albert (born August 23, 1987 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino singer, actress, host, model and a former myx VJ.

She is known for being part of the afternoon remake of Carlo J. Caparas' Pieta in 2008-2009 as Guia V. Angeles, and also in 2009, she portrayed Princess Punzalan's role in the afternoon drama which ran in 2009 and 2010 as Julie Bernardo in Nagsimula sa Puso. She is also well known for her lead portrayal as Jennifer "Jenny" La Peña in the 2012 remake of the 1990 radio serial of Salvador Royales's Mundo Man ay Magunaw, originally played by Jennifer Sevilla in the film version and was produced by SEIKO Films.


Monica Pauline Gil (aka Nikki Gil) was born in Manila to Dino and Julie Gil. She is of Filipino, Spanish and German descent. Born to a father who plays the piano and a mom who sang in a church choir, Nikki showed early signs of musical talent. At the age of four years, Nikki was already singing and doing voiceovers for commercials. She graduated from Shekinah Christian Training Center in March 2005 as valedictorian. In 2009, she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, majoring in English literature.[citation needed].

Discovery and early career[edit]

Gil released her first self-titled album, Nikki Gil, in 2005 under EMI Philippines with “Sakayan ng Jeep” as the carrier single. In 2006, it was repackaged and rereleased with and additional song, “Glowing Inside”. In July 2006, EMI Philippines and Walt Disney Records hired Nikki along with other Asian artists (Vince Chong of Malaysia and Alicia Pan of Singapore) to sing and to star in the music video of "High School Musical", a Disney Channel production. Nikki also sang “Breaking Free” and “Gotta Go My Own Way” in the production's album.

In 2008, Gil released her second music album, Hear My Heart, with “Hear My Heart” as the carrier single. She co-wrote the song with her younger sister, Dani. During the same year, Disney hired her to sing and star in the music video of the pop version of "It's a Small World After All". In addition, she was asked to sing the Tagalog version of the song at the grand opening of "It's a Small World" in Hong Kong Disney Land.

In 2010, Gil released her third music album, Somebody to Love, with "Somebody to Love" as the carrier single, a song written by her younger sister, Dani. Gil played the character of Elle Woods in the Manila production of the musical Legally Blonde which is based on the 2001 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture Legally Blonde and the novel by Amanda Brown.

In 2014, Nikki moved to her new recording company Universal Records.

Acting career and TV hosting[edit]

In 2005, Gil was given a VJ stint for ABS-CBN's music channel subsidiary, MYX until she left MYX in 2015. She was also picked to host the now-defunct talk show MRS on ABS-CBN and morning show Breakfast on Studio 23. She later would join the cast of the weekly variety show ASAP Mania. In 2006, she was joined by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez and Sam Milby as a host for the first season of Pinoy Dream Academy, a singing reality show from Endemol. In 2007, she became part of an anime-inspired fantasy series “Rounin” and as an extended cast for the drama series “Pangarap na Bituin”. In 2008, she was again chosen to be the host for the season 2 of Pinoy Dream Academy with Toni Gonzaga and Billy Crawford. In 2009, she appeared in “Pieta”, an afternoon teleserye with Ryan Agoncillo, and also appeared in the teleserye “Florinda” with Maricel Soriano. Nikki Gil is one of the mainstay on ABS-CBN with ASAP XV. In 2010, she started hosting E-Live along with Luis Manzano and Ogie Diaz. She also did a fair share of hosting occasionally on Showtime replacing Anne Curtis.

In 2007, Gil did her first movie appearance by doing a cameo role as John Lloyd Cruz’s best friend for One More Chance. In 2009, she appeared along with Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby, Derek Ramsay for a Star Cinema movie entitled And I Love You So. In 2010, she was the lead actress in a romance film entitled The Red Shoes produced by Unitel with Marvin Agustin, which won the Best Picture in the 27th Bogota International Film Festival.

In 2012, Gil became part of the TV remake of the Salvador Royales film Mundo Man ay Magunaw as Jennifer la Pena.

In 2013, she played a special participation role in Apoy Sa Dagat as young Odessa, and later became a star antagonist in the remake of Maria Mercedes as Misty. The same year, Nikki Gil won as Best Single Performance By An Actress for her role in "MMK" in the recent 2013 PMPC Star Awards For TV.

In 2014, she was a member of the cast of Hawak-Kamay, playing Meann.

Personal life[edit]

She has a sister, Dani Gil, who also sings and plays the piano. Dani helped Nikki compose her songs, too. Nikki first performed in front of an audience in church as a worship leader before entering the entertainment business.

Nikki dated Billy Crawford for six years. Rumors spread that lack of intimacy was the reason, but hinted instead that a third party was involved. In an interview, she mentioned that she brushed off the feeling that Crawford was cheating for years even when she felt in her gut that it was true. He revealed that he was lost and confused but denied the third party rumors. In retrospect, Nikki said she could hardly believe it, because she felt that this was the worst thing that somebody could do to someone like her who values faithfulness. Truth be told, news of the breakup of Nikki and Billy in July shocked the entertainment media and fans alike. They were seen as an ideal couple, and it was hard to imagine how they could end up parting ways. She said, “Nobody told me to stay a virgin, or because I’m a stuck-up prude na holy-holy. It’s my choice." She admitted regretting having invested five years in a relationship that was meant to end, and now took comfort in the fact that they broke up before it was too late.

Now, Gil is happily married to BJ Albert (nephew of singer-actress Joey Albert) last November 21, 2015. She is now retired from showbiz to focus on her marriage with Albert.




Year Title Role Network
2007 One More Chance Helen Star Cinema
2009 And I Love You So Audrey Cruz Star Cinema
2010 The Red Shoes Bettina Unitel International Pictures
2012 Moron 5 and the Crying Lady Bank Teller (Cameo) Viva Films
2013 Badil Jen Film Development Council of the Philippines & Waray Republik Productions
2014 My Big Bossing's Adventures Princessa Reyna Beatriz APT Entertainment, M-Zet Films


Year Title Role Network
2005 Extra Challenge Herself/Guest Co-Host GMA Network
Eat Bulaga! Guest GMA Network
2005–2015 ASAP Herself ABS-CBN
2005–2015 myx VJ myx
2005 Breakfast Herself Studio 23
2006 Pinoy Dream Academy Host ABS-CBN
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Joseline ABS-CBN
Star Magic Presents: Love and the City Trina ABS-CBN
Your Song: If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight ABS-CBN
2007 Rounin Leal ABS-CBN
Pangarap na Bituin Sapphire Gomez ABS-CBN
Your Song: Ang Pag-ibig Kong Ito ABS-CBN
2008 Sineserye Presents: Florinda Mara Bautista ABS-CBN
Lovebook Presents: Break-Up Diaries Monica ABS-CBN
Carlo J. Caparas' Pieta Guia V. Angeles ABS-CBN
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kalendaryo Nene ABS-CBN
Your Song: If You're Not the One Rain Navarro ABS-CBN
2009–2010 Nagsimula sa Puso Julie Bernardo ABS-CBN
2010 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Tonyong Bayawak Angie Inocencio ABS-CBN
2012, 2013 It's Showtime (variety show) Guest Hurado, co Hosts, Performer ABS-CBN
2012 Mundo Man ay Magunaw Jennifer La Peña ABS-CBN
2013 Apoy Sa Dagat Young Odessa Villarosa ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ilog Precy ABS-CBN
Maria Mercedes Misty Delaver ABS-CBN
2014 Hawak-Kamay Meryl Anne "Meann" Marcelo ABS-CBN
The Ryzza Mae Show Guest GMA Network



Year Album Released Label
2005 Nikki Gil 2005 PolyEast Records
2008 Hear My Heart May 16, 2008[4]
2010 Somebody to Love March 17, 2010[5]
2015 Love Revisited March 2015 Universal Records


Year Title Album
2005 "Sakayan ng Jeep" Nikki Gil
2006 "If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight"
"Forever Is Not As Long As It Used to Be"
2008 "Hear My Heart" Hear My Heart
"Million Miles Away"
2009 "If You're Not the One"
2010 "Magbabalik Ka Pa Ba" Somebody to Love
"Somebody to Love"
"Kung Wala Ka"
"You Are My Life" (featuring Billy Crawford)

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2006 "Breaking Free" (with Vince Chong and Alicia Pan) High School Musical
"Kasi Naman" Hotsilog: The ASAP Hotdog Compilation
2007 "Gotta Go My Own Way" High School Musical 2
2014 "Babalikan Mo Rin Ako" Philpop 2014

Awards, nominations and recognitions[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Result
2010 Vietnam International Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
2010 Aliw Awards Best Actress (Musical) Nominated
2011 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards Best Leading Actress (Musical) Won
2013 Aliw Awards Best Actress (Musical) Nominated
2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by An Actress for Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ilog Won
2014 40th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Supporting Actress Nominated


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