August 27, 1970
Iloilo City, Philippines
|Occupation||Comedian, actress, television host, recording artist|
|Agent||Star Magic (2004–present)|
|Partner(s)||Lee O’Brian (2015–)|
She started in a reality show in ABS-CBN and subsequently appeared in dramas and sitcoms of the network. She also received the Best Comedy Actress award from the Philippine Movie Press Club for her portrayal in the sitcom Aalog-Alog and the Best Female Comedian award from People’s Choice Awards. She became a host of the variety shows Wowowee, Pilipinas Win na Win and Happy Yipee Yehey.
Pokwang whose real name is Marietta Subong was born in August 27, 1970 in Iloilo City. Her family hails from Antipolo, Rizal. Her father was a drunkard and her mother had difficulties in raising Pokwang and her 11 other sibling. Pokwang was the seventh born among her siblings
As a migrant worker
In 1990, Pokwang went to Japan as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and worked as a group dancer, going home to the Philippines four times within the two years time she worked in Japan. Her contracts in Japan were for six-months each. She saved money to renovate her family's fragile house to one made with sturdier materials. Pokwang also learned how to speak Japanese due to her work. She stopped working in Japan after she got pregnant which was also the time when Japan started to impose stricter regulations after following an issue with OFWs in Japan.
Pokwang went to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to work as domestic worker in 1998 after the gulf country started to accept OFWs. She worked in the country for six months. She wanted to go home immediately after she learned that her son who was then five years old was diagnosed with a brain tumor but her employer did not allow her and Pokwang was forced to finish her contract. Her son died while she was still in Abu Dhabi.
Return to the Philippines
While performing as a guest in a comedy bar in Cubao, she met Eric Nicolas who was looking for a talent to work with ABS-CBN. She was worked in a comedy bar named Funline and in 2002 moved to the Music Box. In 2004, Pokwang joined "Clown in a Million" a reality talent show segment of Yes Yes Show of ABS-CBN after she was convinced by Nicolas to participate and became the grand champion. After winning the contest she secured an exclusive artist contract with ABS-CBN.
Pokwang appeared in various dramas and sitcoms following her win at the reality talent show segment. She also had concerts both outside and within the Philippines and also had appeared in noon-time shows. She starred with other actors and actresses in various projects such as Dolphy which she considers her idol, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Willie Rivellame, Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, Claudine Barretto, Judy Ann Santos, Sharon Cuneta, and Kris Aquino.
She was named Best Comedy Actress award by the Philippine Movie Press Club for her portrayal in Aalog-Alog and the she garnered the Best Female Comedian award of the People's Choice Award. As a film actress she won the Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award twice.
Pokwang appeared in various films portraying supporting characters. Her first film where she portrayed a lead role was the 2011 film A Mother's Story, where she took up a role of an overseas Filipino worker named Medy.
Pokwang prefers to use herself as a subject of her jokes rather than other people. She also does not do "green jokes" or humor of sexual nature which is unsuitable for a young audience as she enjoys being a comedian also patronized by children.
Pokwang has also impersonated other people for as part of her job as a comedian. Among the people she has impersonated were Dionisia Pacquiao such as for an episode in Banana Split and Anabelle Rama. Pacquiao said that she was fine with the impersonation and actually finds it funny.
|2017||I Can Do That||Contestant||ABS-CBN|
|2016-2017||Till I Met You||Agnes De Guia-Nicolas|
|2016||We Will Survive||Wilmalyn "Wilma" Bonanza-San Juan|
|2015-present||Banana Sundae||Herself/Various Characters|
|2015||Wansapanataym: Raprap's Wrapper||Sioneng|
|Nathaniel||Elizabeth "Beth" Salvacion-Bartolome|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Alak||Lui|
|Ipaglaban Mo: Umasa Ako Sa Hula||Lovinia Ignacio|
|Mirabella||Mimosa "Osang" Balete|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Arroz Caldo||Mely|
|2013||Wansapanataym: Give Glove On Christmas Day||Queenie Batumbakal|
|My Little Juan||Sarah de Guzman|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gown||Linda|
|2011-2016||Kris TV||Recurring co-host|
|2011–2013||Toda Max||Beverly "Lady G" Gil|
|2011||100 Days to Heaven||Digna Amparo|
|2011–2012||Happy Yipee Yehey!||Host|
|2011||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Birth Certificate||Carol Araos|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing||Tita B. Canoy|
|2010||Your Song Presents: Kim||Belma Jolie|
|Pilipinas Win Na Win||Host|
|Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You||Lovely|
|Melason In Love||Herself|
|2009–2011||Banana Split||Herself/Various Characters|
|2008||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Laruan||Rita|
|Your Song: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do||Anna|
|Love Spell: Shoes Ko Po, Shoes ko Day||Lisa|
|2006||Crazy For You||Bessie|
|Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko||Principal Nendita|
|2005||Pinoy Big Brother Buzz||Host|
|M.R.S Most Requested Show||Host|
|2004||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Teddy Bear||Herself (as Marietta "Pokwang" Subong)|
|Maid In Heaven||Harlene|
|Yes Yes Show||Herself|
|1997-1998||Master Showman Presents||Herself||
|Pokwang... Ang Album Na May Puso||
- Compilation album
|Release date||Album Title||Record Company||Song Title||Certification||Ref|
|November 12, 2011||Happy Yipee Yehey! Nananana!||Star Records||"No Boypren, No Problem"||
Awards and nominations
|Awards and Nomination|
|Year||Award Giving Body||Category||Nominated Work||Results|
|2007||21st PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actress||Aalog-Alog||Won|
|2008||22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Female TV Host||Wowowee||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Actress||That's My Doc||Nominated|
|2010||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award||N/A||Won|
|23rd Awit Awards||Best Novelty Recording||Bratatat||Nominated|
|2011||25th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actress||Banana Split||Nominated|
|2012||26th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actress||Toda Max||Won|
|60th FAMAS Awards||Best Actress||A Mother's Story||Nominated|
|25th Awit Awards||Best Novelty Recording||No Boypren, No Problem||Nominated|
|2013||27th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actress||Toda Max||Nominated|
|2014||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award||N/A||Won|
|2015||Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Program||Mirabella||Nominated|
Pokwang had a relationship to a Japanese husband with whom she had a son but died due to illness. She met the Japanese when she was working in Japan. However she was estranged from her former partner for 16 years until they established contact in 2009. Her former partner informed her that he has cancer and that he wishes to see the grave of their son. She also had a separate relationship with another Japanese with whom she had a daughter named Rie Mae but also left Pokwang when their daughter was still at a young age. She hasn't establish contact with the Japanese as of October 2014, but at this time she expressed willingness to enter in a new relationship preferably with a Filipino.
Earlier in May 2014, Pokwang disclosed that she has been establishing contact with Rie Mae's father so that her daughter and former partner could meet personally following the debut or 18th birthday of her daughter, as well as rumors that Japan will relax its visa laws. Pokwang said that she has information that her former partner the father of Rie Mae is now married to a Korean and now has another child.
Pokwang had a British suitor but in June 2013 it was reported that he decided not pursue. Pokwang speculates that the reason for this was that she was "playing hard to get" but insists that she remains friends with the British.
In January 20, 2015, Pokwang entered in a new relationship with American actor Lee O’Brien whom she worked with in the film Edsa Woolworth which was released in theaters in the same month ago. Pokwang became pregnant but three weeks from August 20, 2015, Pokwang had a miscarriage. The two are back to focusing on having baby before getting married. By September 2016, Pokwang was introduced to O'Brien's relatives and the two have discussions on getting married but Pokwang's priority at the moment is her project with Till I Met You.
- Pokwang Star Magic Profile
- Buan-Devesa, Reyma (22 January 2009). "Pokwang unleashes the singer in her". ABS-CBN News Online. Retrieved 31 May 2009.
- "Poohkwang concert, tons of surprises at the Music Museum". ABS-CBN News Online. ABS-CBN Interactive. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2008.[dead link]
- "Pokwang turns 40". ABS-CBN News. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- Lu, Monet (3 September 2016). "Behind Pokwang's fun and endearing personality". Asian Journal. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Pablo, Rhia De (15 March 2008). "Comedienne Pokwang on living, laughing, and loving". The Freeman. Philippine Star. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Manimtim-Floresca, Ruth (7 February 2013). "Pokwang Laughs Her Way to the Bank". Money Sense. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- "Pokwang to make audience laugh in wild abandon at Piolo show". Filipino Star News - Michigan Edition. Filipino Star News. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Tariman, Pablo (9 June 2014). "Pokwang: Life is not a comedy". Philippine Star. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Apoyon, Satur (21 July 2009). "After ABC TV5 guesting, Pacman's mother has been making waves these days". Balita (in English and Filipino). Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- http://www.pep.ph/guide/7210/Marian-Rivera-studies-mixed-martial-arts-for-the-action-sequences-of- Super-Inday
- "'Happy Yipee Yehey!' Launches Its first Album". November 12, 2011.
- "Tiya Pusit, Pokwang share best-actress trophy". GMA News (in Taglish). 22 November 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- "ABS-CBN big winner at GMMSF Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
- "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014". The Summit Express. Retrieved 2014-05-019.
- "Pokwang's ex-husband has cancer". ABS-CBN News (in English and Filipino). 14 December 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Ramos, Ethel (9 June 2014). "Pokwang attracts foreigners, but she prefers a Pinoy husband". Malaya Business Insight (in English and Filipino). Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Pumaloy, Rey (24 May 2014). "Japanese dad: "Iba pa rin na malaman mo kung saan ka nagmula para buo ka."" [Japanese dad: "It's still different to know where you came from for you to become whole"]. Philippine Entertainment Portal (in Filipino). Philippine Entertainment Portal Inc. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- "Pokwang's British suitor gives up". Balita Filipino New. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Smith, Chuck (9 February 2015). "Pokwang confirms relationship with American actor Lee O'Brien" (in English and Filipino). Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Smith, Chuck (20 August 2015). "Pokwang 'back in the process of having kids' after miscarriage, says bf". Philippine Star. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- "Pokwang at Lee, sa kasalan na ang tuloy" [Pokwang and Lee, are heading to a marriage"]. Balita.net (in Filipino). 5 September 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.