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Gil at the Star Magic Concert held in Ontario, CA, June 2009
|Birth name||Monica Pauline Gil|
August 23, 1987 |
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, host, model, VJ|
|Years active||1993-2000; 2005–2015|
|Labels||EMI, Walt Disney, PolyEast, Universal Records|
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..
Discovery and early career
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
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.
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.
- 2007: Seussical the Musical - The Cat
- 2010: Legally Blonde: The Musical - Elle Woods
- 2011: Sweet Charity - Charity Hope Valentine
- 2013: They're Playing Our Song - Sonia Walsk
- 2014: The Last 5 Years - Cathy Hyatt
|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|
|2005||Nikki Gil||2005||PolyEast Records|
|2008||Hear My Heart||May 16, 2008|
|2010||Somebody to Love||March 17, 2010|
|2015||Love Revisited||March 2015||Universal Records|
|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)|
|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
|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|
- Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (November 25, 2009). "OMG! Is that blonde…Nikki?". Manila Bulletin.
- Bobby Garcia (July 1, 2010). "Nikki's right to be Blonde". The Philippine Star.
- "Nikki Gil to star in ‘Legally Blonde, The Musical’". Philippine Daily Inquirerdate=November 23, 2009.
- "EMI Philippines releases NIKKI GIL’s second album called HEAR MY HEART". PolyEast Records.
- "NIKKI GIL releases third album under PolyEast Records, SOMEBODY TO LOVE now available in all record bars nationwide". PolyEast Records. March 17, 2010.