Tetchie Agbayani

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Tetchie Agbayani
Born Visitacion Parado
(1961-07-02) July 2, 1961 (age 55)
Alma mater Saint Joseph's College of Quezon City[1]
Years active 1980-present
Children China

Visitacion Parado (born July 2, 1961), better known by her screen name Tetchie Agbayani, is a Filipino movie and television actress, Mutya ng Pilipinas, psychology instructor and Playboy model. She appeared in a regular issue of German Playboy and a special American edition entitled "Women of the World". She is featured daily on the Filipino TV Channel where she stars in soap operas.

Early life[edit]

Agbayani was born on July 2, 1961 to a Roman Catholic family. She studied high school at the University of Santo Tomas before enrolling in the University's Bachelor of Science in Architecture program in 1979. She eventually dropped from the program due to showbiz commitments.


In the United States, Agbayani was able to pursue acting in Hollywood. She appeared in international productions, sometimes credited as Carol Roberts. Among her films include John Boorman's The Emerald Forest (1985) and an entertaining cameo in The Money Pit (1986). Like other Asian actresses, Tetchie found herself limited by stereotyping, leading her to accept parts in critically reviled productions such as Gymkata (1985). Critics would regard her best performance to be that of a geologist in the Australian film Rikky and Pete (1988), directed by Nadia Tass, in which she displayed a flair for comedy. Agbayani also appeared in an episode of the British television series Yellowthread Street.

On television, she played the tragic heroine "Sisa" in Eddie Romero's Noli Me Tangere, based on the novel by Philippine national hero Dr. José Rizal.

Private life[edit]

In 1989, Agbayani returned to the Philippines and took time out from her career to give birth to her daughter, China. During this period, Agbayani devoted her whole time as a mother, living a quiet, private life for several years.

Academic career[edit]

In 1995, Agbayani resumed her education and enrolled in Saint Joseph's College, Quezon City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2000. In 2001, she was accepted into the Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling Psychology program at Ateneo de Manila University. She completed all academic requirements and is now working on her master's thesis. She is also teaching Psychology at Saint Joseph's College, Quezon City,[2] while doing occasional TV and film appearances.

Education advocacy[edit]

In 2006, Agbayani became the focus of the local media when her newfound role as actress-turned Playboy model-turned psychology teacher was revealed to the public. Graduating from college at age 39, teaching at age 43, and taking master's at age 44, Agbayani was seen as a living inspiration to people who were not able to finish college for some reason. Agbayani continues to appear in television programs, magazines, and newspaper dailies, giving motivational talks on how she managed to pull her life together despite all the odds. She has expressed intention to be a full-time psychology teacher while being a part-time actress. She also plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology, start clinical practice, and write a column where she can give free psychological counseling to letter-senders and the general public.


Year Title Role Network
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Consuelo ABS-CBN
2003 Basta't Kasama Kita Marina Lagdameo
2006 I Luv NY Mrs. Balumbalunan GMA Network
2007 Super Twins Donya Besta
2008 Ligaw na Bulaklak Mina Rodriguez ABS-CBN
2008 Eva Fonda Josefina Escop
2009 Parekoy Lucy
2009 The Wedding Natalie Aquino
2010 Habang May Buhay Ellen Corpuz (deceased)
2010 Showtime Judge
2010 My Darling Aswang Tasha TV5
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Plane Ticket Francisca Trillo ABS-CBN
2011 Wansapanataym : Rod Santiago's: Buhawi Jack Mildred Vergara / Ferenze Escaño
2011 Wansapanataym: Mga Alipin Ng Lumang Aklatan Lucresia Marasigan
2011 100 Days to Heaven Claire's mother
2012 Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig Melinda Rivero
2012 Aryana Queen Hiyasmin
2012 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Hiyas Elizabeth Salvador
2012 A Beautiful Affair Tala
2013 Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw Luisa
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Football Annie
2013 My Little Juan Doña Tomasa Calibaquib
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tsubibo Glo
2013 Got To Believe Lucille
2013 Maria Mercedes Bettina Delaver
2014 Pure Love Senyora
2015 Flordeliza Teresa Malubay
2016 Wansapanataym: Susi Ni Sisay Carmela
2016 Dolce Amore Vivian Dubois
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Gymkata Princess Rubali
1985 Emerald Forest Caia
1986 The Money Pit Florinda Fielding
1988 Rikky and Pete Flossie
1989 Eric Rafael's Big Night
2006 Close To You Lance's Mother
2009 T2 Rita
2010 The Red Shoes Bettina's mother
2010 Babe, I Love You Lala Sanchez
2011 Thelma Floring
2012 ÜnOfficially Yours Helen
2012 Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang Melinda


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