Sef Cadayona

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Sef Cadayona
John Paul Joseph Cadayona

(1989-03-03) March 3, 1989 (age 30)
Other namesSef, Kuya Sef
Years active2009–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2009–present)

John Paul Joseph "Sef" Cadayona (born March 3, 1989 in Las Piñas City) is a Filipino actor, TV host, comedian, who was an alumnus of the fifth season of the Philippine reality talent show StarStruck.

Sef is being called as the male Sheena Halili for portraying sidekick roles in the series that he belonged to. The series where he became a sidekick are Ilumina (2010) as the best friend of Aljur Abrenica, Time of My Life (2011) as the gay best friend of Kris Bernal, Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis (2012) as the sidekick of Jean Garcia; in Together Forever as best friend of Julie Ann San Jose[1] and in Mundo Mo'y Akin (2013) as the best friend of Alden Richards' role.

Aside from his sidekick roles, Sef also is getting attention because of his gay portrayals in several GMA Network shows.


Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Sef already made some TV appearances through the commercial of an ice cream brand that made a signature due to the weird scenarios on how to spend the 20 peso bill that is still on the air.

2009-2010: StarStruck[edit]

Sef made it to the final fourteen last November, 2009 with Steven Silva and Sarah Lahbati who got the Ultimate Survivor title for male and female, respectively.

He was considered as one of the threats for the boys because he was very active and he excelled in almost every tasks that were being given to them. During the dancing week given Douglas Nierras as the mentor, he gave 100% of his performance and had a chance to perform on stage paired with Nina Kodaka who finished 6th in the competition. However, during that week, he was included in the bottom group where Zeryl Lim went home.

In the following week, he was again included in the bottom group together with Princess Snell and the first timer by then, Rox Montealegre, where he was declared as the fourth avenger. He accepted his fate that time with humility. He said that what happened to him is just the beginning and just pray no matter what.[2][3]

2010-present: Post StarStruck[edit]

He signed a 5-year contract under GMA Artist Center together with other StarStruck V "avengers". Cadayona only wants simple things which are "great projects". He is sure that he will be taken care of and he knows that he is in good hands.[4]

He may be one of the early evicted competitors in the said competition, but he still had a chance to be more active on television compared to some of his contemporaries. He was included in the musical variety show, Party Pilipinas, where the Final Five of StarStruck V were also included. He has also a hosting stint at Startalk together with Jan Manual and Chariz Solomon who are from the StarStruck's fourth season.

In early 2010, he already began to be an actor by having a guest role in the comedy series, Diva, as the rival of the character of the character of Mark Herras in a dance contest. He became also a guest for several episodes in the now defunct show, I Laugh Sabado wherein he portrayed different roles to show his comedic skills. In mid-2010, Sef had his first regular role through Ilumina which was shown in prime time. The said show was led by Aljur Abrenica, Jackie Rice and Rhian Ramos.

In 2011, Sef was cast in the second episode of Spooky Nights series entitled "The Ring Tone". He portrayed the role of a gay character, Vanessa. Come mid-2011, he became part of the danceserye of GMA Network following the success of Diva - Time of My Life. In December 2011, Sef had his first film through the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival and one of the most successful movie franchises of Regal Films. The film is Shake, Rattle & Roll 13.

In 2012, Sef was part of the Bea Binene starred TV series, Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis, as Tomas, one of the assistants of Esmeralda (Jean Garcia). Sef also portrayed the supporting role of Jefferson Teodoro in the weekly teen-oriented series, Together Forever as Ely and Toyang's friend. During the last quarter of the year, Sef was part in the Filipino adaptation of the hit Korean series, Coffee Prince, as Baldo, the ever loyal and overly submissive suitor of Andy's sister, Mylene.

Also in 2012 marked a milestone for Cadayona for his career in the silver-screen. He had four films in a year, including two from GMA Films (My Kontrabida Girl and Just One Summer). Sef also made two independent films, one is under the production of Cinema One entitled Slumber Party; his character was Jonel, a guy who wants to be in a frat and the part of his initiation was to sneak in a house.[5] The other one was an entry in the New Wave Section of 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival with a title Gayak. He played a gay character, but unlike his previous gay roles which are of comic relief, his character in Gayak pleaded for sorrow and sympathy.[6] Because of his performance in the said film, Golden Screen Awards for Movies awarded him the Breakthrough Performance by an Actor award.[7][8]

Sef was cast as the teen Wally Bayola in Magpakailanman in early 2013. Along with this, he became a regular castmember in the gag show Bubble Gang because of his comedic capabilities. Aside from his weekly Friday-night stint in Bubble Gang, Sef was also hired as the gay character Stefani via Vampire Ang Daddy Ko.

When Party Pilipinas was replaced by Sunday All Stars, Sef along with most of the Party Pilipinas regulars were listed as regular performers. But since Sunday All Stars sets a different format compared to its predecessor, Sef belongs to the Tween Hearts team previously led by Jennylyn Mercado.

Currently, Sef is part of one of the high-rated primetime series in the network. In Mundo Mo'y Akin, Sef is Nonoy, who is the friend of Jerome (Alden Richards), who also works in the resort owned by the Carbonels. Nonoy knows about the special relationship between Jerome Alvarez and Darlene Carbonel (Lauren Young) and soon notices Marilyn Mendoza's (Louise de los Reyes) feelings for his friend. Nonoy has a biting and sarcastic wit, serving as somewhat of a comic relief throughout the series. Because of this, having four regular shows, Sef is one of the busiest actors of the network nowadays.

So far, Sef has one film for 2013, and that is the Marian Rivera - Richard Gutierrez-starred film, My Lady Boss, under GMA Films and Regal Entertainment.

Sef is part of one of the high-rated primetime series in the network. In Because of You, Sef is Jude, who is the friend of Jaime (Gabby Concepcion), that she is just so heartthrob. Jude knows about the heart shatter Jaime Salcedo and Andrea Marquez-Salcedo (Carla Abellana) and soon proposed Oliver Dictado's (Rafael Rosell) feelings for his friend. Jaime whatever takes that Andrea still love him.


He was a grade-school graduate of Marist School in Marikina City. He finished high school in Divine Light Academy in Las Piñas City.

Cadayona sacrificed his studies of Media Arts in San Beda Alabang to join StarStruck.[9]



Year Title Role Notes Network
2009 StarStruck V Himself / Finalist Co-Hostess GMA Network
2010 Diva Marlon Legaspi Extended Cast
Maynila Sunny Lead Role
I Laugh Sabado Various Guest Star Q
(now GMA News TV)
Ilumina Renato Mortals GMA Network
2011 Spooky Nights: The Ringtone Vanessa Lead Role
Time Of My Life Harry Dance Groups / Motion Masters
2011/2013 Party Pilipinas Himself / Performer Co-Host
2012 Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis Tomas / Tom Supporting Cast
Together Forever Jefferson "Jepoy" Teodoro
Coffee Prince Baldo Recurring Characters
Celebrity Bluff Himself Celebrity Contestant
2013 Bubble Gang Himself / Main Cast Guest Appearance
Magpakailanman: The Wally Bayola Story Teen Wally Lead Role
Vampire Ang Daddy Ko Stefani Supporting Cast
Mundo Mo'y Akin Nonoy Pambide Recurring Characters
Genesis Randy Special Guest
2013/2015 Sunday All Stars Himself / Performer Co-Hostess
2014 Dading Pato Recurring Cast
Magpakailanman: Habang Buhay Na Maghihintay Rolly Lead Role
2015 Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Sukli ng Pagmamahal Budong Guest Role
Maynila: Once Princess Nanding Lead Role
Maynila: Edi Wow Dave
Sabado Badoo Host Guest Stars / Appearance
My Faithful Husband Jerome Dela Paz Extended Cast
Juan Tamad Juan Main Cast
Pepito Manaloto ZsaZsa Guest Role
Wagas: Danny & Fredes Love Story Danny Lead Role
2016 Dear Uge Kevin Lead Role
A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Enzo Supporting Cast
Laff, Camera, Action! Segment Host Guest Stars / Final Appearance
2017 Meant To Be Bats Bendiola Supporting Cast
Wish Ko Lang: Leevan Leevan Lead Role
2018 Sirkus Al Supporting Cast
The Stepdaughters Bryce Morales Supporting Cast
2019 Hiram na Anak Vince Urbanez Supporting Cast


Year Title Role Producer
2014 My Big Bossing's Adventures
2013 Kaleidoscope World
My Lady Boss GMA Films
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Fish Vendor
Gayak Professional Productions
Slumber Party Jonel Cinema One Originals (presents)
Origin8 Media
Hubo Productions
Christian Diamzon Pictures
Just One Summer Jason GMA Films
My Kontrabida Girl Dex
2010 You To Me Are Everything Sef Regal Films & GMA Films

TV Specials[edit]

  • StarStruck Season 5 Finals Night (GMA 7)
  • Bubble Gang 15th Anniversary Special (GMA 7, 2009)
  • Lucky' 09: The 2009 GMA New Year's Countdown (January 2009)
  • GMA @ 60: The GMA 60th Anniversary TV Special (GMA 7, 2010)
  • Prosperity In 2010: The 2010 GMA New Year's Countdown (GMA 7, January 2010)
  • 2010 To '11: The GMA New Year Countdown (GMA 7, January 2011)
  • Countdown to 2012: The GMA New Year Special (GMA 7, January 2012)
  • Party Pilipinas Anniversary Special (GMA 7, 2011-2013)
  • 27th PMPC Star Awards For TV (ABS-CBN 2, 2013) - Cameo (Sef's 1st ABS-CBN 2 Appearance)
  • Win Na Win Sa 2013: The GMA New Year Countdown (GMA 7, January 2013)
  • Sunday All Stars Anniversary Special (GMA 7, 2013-2015)
  • 28th PMPC Star Awards For TV (ABS-CBN 2, 2014) - Cameo
  • Countdown To 2014: The GMA New Year Special (GMA 7, January 2014)
  • Countdown To 2015: The GMA New Year Special (GMA 7, January 2015)
  • Thank You Kapuso: GMA Fans Day 2015: The GMA 65th Anniversary TV Special (GMA 7, July 2015)
  • IMBG 20: Bubble Gang 20th Anniversary Documentary Special - (GMA 7, November 2015)
  • 21 Gang Salute: Bubble Gang 21st Anniversary Documentary Special - (GMA 7, November 2016)
  • The Magic Of Christmas: The 2016 GMA Christmas Special - (GMA 7, December 2016)
  • Lipad Sa 2017: The 2017 GMA New Year Countdown Special - (GMA 7, January 2017)
  • Bubble Gang Parokya Bente Dos: Bubble Gang 22nd Anniversary Stage Musical Play Special - (GMA 7, November 2017)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nomination Result
2013 1st Sunday All Stars Awards Stand Out Season Performer None Nominated
10th Golden Screen Awards for Movies Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Gayak Won
2014 5th Golden Screen Awards for TV Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Show Bubble Gang Won
28th Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Won
40th Metro Manila Film festival Festival Best Supporting Actor My Big Bossing's Adventure: Prinsesa Nominated
2015 6th Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag/Comedy Program Bubble Gang Won
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Nominated

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mendoza, Ruel J. (October 7, 2012). "Sef Cadayona is getting the tag "lalaking Sheena Halili" for playing best-friend and sidekick roles on Kapuso shows". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  2. ^ "The 'StarStruck' Journey ends for Sef Cadayona". December 29, 2009.
  3. ^ "Sef Cadayona bids StarStruck V goodbye". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 29, 2009.
  4. ^ "'StarStruck V' Avengers to sign with GMA Artist Center". March 1, 2010.
  5. ^ "Cinema One Originals 2012: Slumber Party movie review". December 6, 2012. |first= missing |last= (help)
  6. ^ San Diego, Bayani, Jr. (January 13, 2013). "Hot duds for cool dude Cadayona".
  7. ^ Garcia, Rose (June 14, 2013). "Sef Cadayona wants to do another indie film after breakthrough performance award". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  8. ^ "10th Golden Screen Awards". Yahoo! OMG! Philippines. April 29, 2013.
  9. ^ Brosas, Alex Valentin (December 2, 2009). "Rocco Nacino, Sef Cadayona aim for fame". Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation.