Princess Punzalan

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Princess Punzalan
Born Bernadette Vela Punzalan
(1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 49)
Laoang, Northern Samar, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Actress / Nurse[1][2]
Years active 1984-present
Known for Mula Sa Puso
The Story of Us
Spouse(s) Willie Revillame (m. 1992-1997, annulled)
James Field (m. 2005-present)
Parent(s) Orly Punzalan (father; deceased)
Helen Vela (mother; deceased)[3]
Relatives Paolo Punzalan (brother)
Meg Punzalan (sister)
Reuben Punzalan (brother)
Janina Vela Punzalan (niece)

Bernadette Vela Punzalan (born November 20, 1968), known professionally as Princess Punzalan, is a Filipino actress. She began her career starring in Lovingly Yours: The Movie (1984) and Lovingly Yours, Helen (1992-96)[4] and was nominated of PMPC Star Awards for Television in 1987. Her profile continued to grow when she starred as antagonist Selina Pereira-Matias in Mula sa Puso (1997–99) with Claudine Barretto,[5] and won Best Actress in 1998.


Princess Punzalan started out her career as one of the regular co-host in now defunct GMA Network Sunday noontime musical variety show "GMA Supershow". Soon after she was launched in her own afternoon TV drama anthology entitled "Princess" in 1987 which was produced by her mom Helen Vela's production outfit Hyper Vision. To avoid a possible collision with RPN's "Coney Reyes on Camera" (headline by her mom's best friend Coney), her drama anthology was aired at a later timeslot.

While her TV career started to blossom, she also branched out into making movies. She made her mark in the movie "Kung Tapos na Ang Kailanman" (shown in 1990) which gave her a FAMAS nomination for Best Actress.

In 1989, her drama series was cancelled to make way for "Family 3+1", a sitcom which she headlined with her mother Helen Vela and also starred Ronaldo Valdez & Caridad Sanchez. The show made waves and even received 2 awards for Best Comedy Show at Star Awards. But with the untimely death of its main star Helen Vela caused the show to gradually decline until it was cancelled. Soon after, Princess filled in the void left by her mother (as producer-host/actress) in the drama anthology "Lovingly Yours, Helen" which was renamed "Lovingly Yours". The reformatted drama anthology survived for 4 more years until it was ended by the GMA management in 1996.

She became popular for her role as antagonist Selina Pereira-Matias in the 1997 hit TV series Mula sa Puso starring Claudine Barretto, aired in ABS-CBN.[5]

In the later 2000s she expanded to various TV and movie roles as a character actress. One of her last TV series as a series regular was "Kung Mawawala Ka" a political drama on Primetime airing on GMA Network which garnered attention at the time of its back to back battle with the drama series Pangako Sa 'Yo.

She returned to film as co-teacher and Mila's bestfriend in Mila played by Maricel Soriano.

In 2005, she played the evil aunt of Ryza Cenon and LJ Reyes in GMA Network's afternoon drama series and Now and Forever's first installment series Mukha. She appeared in The Last Prince (2010) starring Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal, where Punzalan played an evil witch.

She appeared in the GMA Films and Regal Films movie My Valentine Girls (2011) with Richard Gutierrez. She did a film Johnny Loves Dolores (2012), an entry in the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, directed by Clarissa delos Reyes.

Punzalan is now based in the United States, fulfilling her duties as a registered nurse.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

She was the daughter of Orly Punzalan (a broadcaster who was formerly the president of IBC) and actress/host Helen Vela,[9][10] now both deceased. Her siblings are Paolo, Meg and Reuben.[11][12] Her niece is Karen Punzalan, daughter of Paolo was currently worked as a model.[13][14]

Punzalan was previously married to controversial TV host and actor Willie Revillame.[15][16][17] Punzalan remained friends with Revillame and is glad that the media did not have to get involved during their separation.[18]

Punzalan settled in California[19] since 2005 after she married an American Jason Field,[20] a marketing professional.[21][22][23] Punzalan has a daughter with Field named Ellie.[24][25]



Year Title Role Notes Source
1992-96 Lovingly Yours, Helen Herself - Host / Various roles [4]
1997-99 Mula sa Puso Selina Pereira-Matias [26][27][28][29][30]
1999 Maalaala Mo Kaya Aeta's mother Episode: "Tala Sa Lahar" [31]
1999-2000 Labs Ko Si Babe Lupe
2000 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Pen Pal"
2001 Biglang Sibol, Bayang Impasibol
2002-03 Kung Mawawala Ka Ernestina Villamayor
2003 Narito Ang Puso Ko Atty. Salgado
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Amanda Camacho [32][3]
2004-05 Mulawin Maningning
2005 Now and Forever: Mukha Dulce
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Josie Episode: "Sigarilyo" [33]
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Ester Episode: "Letters" [34]
2010 The Last Prince Diwani Alwana Special Participation [32]
2015 Yagit Alina Trinidad Villoroman / Atty. Mildred "Millete" Prado [35][36][37]
2016 The Story of Us Clodette Lowery [38][5][39][40][41][42]


Year Title Role Notes Source
1984 Lovingly Yours: The Movie Candy's friend Segment: "Candy", Credited as "Princess" [4]
1987 Kamandag ni Kris
1987 Tubusin Mo Ng Dugo
1987 Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Luming [3]
1988 Silang Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan
1988 Tubusin Mo Ng Dugo... A Crime Story
1988 Alega Gang: Public Enemy No. 1 Of Cebu
1988 Macho Dancer Pining
1989 Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal? Alma
1990 Kung Tapos Na Ang Kailanman
1990 Tayo Na Sa Dilim
1997 Kahit Sa Bala Kakapit Ako
1997 Duterte: Ang Berdugong Alkalde ng Davao
1997 Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos 2
1997 Haba, Baba, Doo!, Puti Puti Poo!
1998 Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita School Dean Cameo [43][44]
1999 Mula sa Puso: The Movie Selina Matias [5][45]
1999 Pepeng Agimat
2001 Mila Linda [6]
2003 Alab Ng Lahi
2011 My Valentine Girls Cion Segment: "Soulmates" [46]
2012 Johnny Loves Dolores Dolores

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Source
1987 Lovingly Yours, Helen PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New TV Personality Won [4]
1998 Mula sa Puso Best Drama Actress Won [5][27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Filipina actress Princess Punzalan is now a nurse in the US". Kicker Daily News. June 30, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Princess Punzalan: From Stardom to the Fulfilling Life as a Nurse". RN Speak. August 18, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "TUNAY NA BUHAY ni HELEN VELA [Full Episode] - 31 December 2013 - Hosted by RHEA SANTOS Tuesday". Youtube. January 6, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Princess Punzalan remembers Direk Wenn Deramas". Youtube. March 30, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e "13 "sobrang sama" moments of Princess Punzalan as Selina". April 1, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Princess Punzalan finds fulfillment as a nurse; wishes ex-husband Willie Revillame good luck for his new show". April 28, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "Princess Punzalan fulfilled nurse in US". ABS-CBN News. August 29, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "'Award Winning' Pinay Actress Princess Punzalan Disappeared From Showbiz And Now Working As A Registered Nurse in the States!". Danified. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Helen Vela, 45". The Blade. February 16, 1992. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Princess Punzalan's Open Letter To Her Deceased Mother". Youtube. December 2, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Princess Punzalan and Brother Talk Heart to Heart". Youtube. December 8, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Live TV Reunion: Princess Punzalan And Macho Dancer Brod". October 17, 1998. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  13. ^ "Happy to be herself now". Philippine Daily Inquirer. January 20, 2010. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Princess Punzalan left showbiz for family". The Philippine Star. March 30, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "PEP: Princess Punzalan is happy for ex-husband Willie Revillame's success". March 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "Princess Punzalan, nagbigay ng mensahe sa dating asawa at "Wowowin" host na si Willie Revillame". Youtube. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Princess Punzalan, No Bitterness Towards Willie Revillame". Youtube. March 31, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  18. ^ "WATCH: Princess Punzalan asked: What will you do if you meet Willie Revillame again?". The Philippine Star. March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  19. ^ "Princess Punzalan shares life in the US". Youtube. March 30, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  20. ^ "Princess finds her prince charming in US". The Philippine Star. March 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  21. ^ "Princess Punzalan Moved to Tears by Her Experiences as a Nurse". Youtube. March 23, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  22. ^ "Princess Punzalan returns as nurse to help Yolanda victims". Rappler. December 3, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  23. ^ "Princess Punzalan, pinangarap na magkaroon ng normal na buhay". Youtube. October 22, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  24. ^ "FB baby shower for Princess' Ellie". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  25. ^ "Princess Punzalan Opens about Joys of Motherhood". Youtube. March 23, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  26. ^ "8 Kontrabida Moms From Pinoy Television Over The Years". 8 May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  27. ^ a b "TWBA: Selena's Evil Laugh in Mula sa Puso". Youtube. March 29, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  28. ^ "Mula Sa Puso - The Original Bus Bombing Scene". Youtube. April 8, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  29. ^ "Princess Punzalan on Wenn Deremas - 'I Really Miss Him so Much'". Youtube. March 29, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  30. ^ "Princess Punzalan: 'I hope huwag naman sila matakot sa akin.'". April 14, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  31. ^ "Maalaala mo kaya (1991) - Tala sa lahar". Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  32. ^ a b "Princess Punzalan takes a break from her simple life to play evil witch in The Last Prince". January 8, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  33. ^ "Maalaala mo kaya - Sigarilyo (2007)". Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  34. ^ "Maalaala Mo Kaya- October 24, 2009, Cristine Reyes". Maalaala Mo Kaya. October 27, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  35. ^ "Yagit: Primera kontrabida". Youtube. June 26, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  36. ^ "Princess Punzalan- the nurse, wife and mother - Tunay Na Buhay". Youtube. June 23, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  37. ^ "Princess Punzalan back in the Philippines and on primetime". Youtube. March 20, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  38. ^ "Princess Punzalan Bilib kina Kim Chiu at Xian Lim". Youtube. March 29, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  39. ^ "Bandila: Princess Punzalan back as prime time 'kontrabida'". Youtube. March 16, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  40. ^ "Princess Punzalan back in PH for 'The Story of Us'". ABS-CBN News. March 16, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  41. ^ "Princess Punzalan on Her Character in 'The Story of Us'". Youtube. March 29, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  42. ^ "Why Princess Punzalan returned to PH". ABS-CBN News. March 30, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  43. ^ "Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita". Star Cinema. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  44. ^ "Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita (1998)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  45. ^ "Mula Sa Puso/From The Heart: The Movie (1999) Bus Bombing". Youtube. July 20, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  46. ^ "Princess Punzalan flies in from US to do a show". Mega Scene. Retrieved May 7, 2017.

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