Toni Gonzaga

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This name uses Philippine naming customs for married women. The birth middle name or maternal family name is Cruz, the birth surname or paternal family name is Gonzaga, and the marital name is Soriano.
Toni Gonzaga-Soriano
Toni Gonzaga at the Star Awards for Television.jpg
Born Celestine Cruz Gonzaga
(1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 32)
Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • model
  • television host
  • comedian
  • endorser
Years active 1997–present
Agent GMA Network (1998–2004)
ABS-CBN (2005–present)
Religion Methodism[1]
Spouse(s) Paul Soriano (m. 2015)
Family Alex Gonzaga (sister)
Néstor de Villa (grandfather-in-law)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals, piano

Celestine Cruz Gonzaga-Soriano (born 20 January 1984),[3][4] better known as Toni Gonzaga, is a Filipino singer, television host, actress and comedian.

Personal life[edit]

Toni Gonzaga is a resident of Taytay, Rizal and the eldest daughter of Carlito and Crisanta Gonzaga, who also act as her talent manager.[5] Her sister, Catherine "Cathy" Gonzaga, professionally known as Alex Gonzaga, is also an actress and television host. In Taytay, she was an elected Barangay Kagawad for one term[6][7] and a Sunday school teacher in Taytay United Methodist Church. She studied mass communication at the Dominican College in San Juan for two years. Later, she transferred to the Asian Institute for Distance Education (AIDE) and shifted her major to AB English, which she wasn't able to finish due to her busy showbiz schedule. She is currently enrolled at the University of the Philippines Open University taking up her bachelor's degree in multimedia studies.[8]

On 1 February 2015, Gonzaga announced her engagement to director Paul Soriano, her boyfriend of eight years, on The Buzz and married on 12 June 2015 in her hometown, Taytay.[9][10][11][12] In February 2016, a source announced that the couple was expecting their first child, due in late 2016 or early 2017.[13] Gonzaga herself confirmed the announcement on ASAP on 17 April 2016.[14]

Career[edit]

1997–2004[edit]

Gonzaga started in local entertainment at the age of 13. It was in 1997 where she joined a singing competition called "Metropop Star Search", which was then aired on GMA.[15] Two other Filipina singers, Kyla and Faith Cuneta, started their career on the singing competition television show.[16][17] Gonzaga did not win the competition.

Gonzaga's biggest break in the entertainment industry was her Sprite TV ad with Piolo Pascual in 2001.[18] In the same year, she released her eponymous debut album under Prime Music and "Paano", a cover of Gary Valenciano's, was released as its carrier single. In 2002, she became one of the main hosts in the long-time afternoon variety show Eat Bulaga.[19][20] She also sang "Doon", the theme song of TAPE, Inc.'s afternoon TV drama on GMA, "Ikaw Sa Puso Ko" which starred StarStruck finalist, Nadine Samonte and Oyo Sotto. In 2002, she was cast in the primetime television series Habang Kapiling Ka starring Angelika dela Cruz. In March 2004, she joined Studio 23's Wazzup Wazzup with Archie Alemania and Vhong Navarro.

2005–2008[edit]

In January 2005, Gonzaga transferred to ABS-CBN,[21] later becoming one of the main hosts of the Pinoy Big Brother series and the Sunday musical variety program ASAP. Same year, she starred as one of the main leads in her first comedy-horror film, D' Anothers in which Vhong Navarro was her love interest. In 2006, she released her second album and her first under Star Records entitled "Toni: You Complete Me" and starred in her first prime time drama series "Crazy For You" opposite Luis Manzano. Moreover, her movie You Are The One with Sam Milby was released the same year upon which she was awarded by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation, Inc. (GMMSF) the following year for the said film. In 2007, Gonzaga released her third studio album Falling in Love and movie You Got Me!. In 2008, she had her first solo major concert at the Aliw Theater titled "Catch Me, Toni Gonzaga: First Major Concert" which had a repeat the same year. After the success of her first major concert, she released her fourth studio album entitled, "Love Is...". Later, she launched her fourth film, My Big Love, her third with Sam Milby. After the block-buster team up of Gonzaga and Milby, she once again starred opposite Vhong Navarro in the film My Only Ü.

2009–2011[edit]

In 2009, Gonzaga starred in a Valentine's Day Special episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine television and in Asia. She was then cast in the Gideon Flame Film Festival's Best Film, A Journey Home. Later in February, a duet album with Sam Milby was released under Star Records. Before the year ended, Gonzaga was once again teamed up with Sam Milby in the comedy film, Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round which included Ai-Ai de las Alas and Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada as the main leads. In 2010, she became part of entertainment talk show program The Buzz. She is the SM Cinema's Box Office Queen for 2010[22][23] alongside John Lloyd Cruz as the Box Office King for their movie "My Amnesia Girl". Her 5th studio album entitled, All Me, was internationally released in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, and Japan.

In August 2011, her movie Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi, her first ever team up with Eugene Domingo, premiered in cinemas nationwide in the Philippines. On 30 September 2011, she celebrated her 10th anniversary in Philippine entertainment industry with a concert at the Smart Araneta Center titled "Toni@10" with guests Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang, Vice Ganda, Sam Milby, her real-life sister Alex Gonzaga, with the special participation of Gary Valenciano.[24][25] TAG Concept, the production and talent management group owned by the Gonzaga family, co-produced the show with Star Events and Epic Entertainment. Furthermore, for the continuation of the celebration, she released her Greatest Hits album in which her singles from 2006-2010 were included.

2012–2014[edit]

In March 2012, Gonzaga starred in the first ever month-long special of Wansapanataym, which aired four episodes.[26]

The 2011 Female Concert Performer award was given to Gonzaga by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation.[27] In October 2012, Gonzaga finally launched her comedy film in which she teamed up with Vice Ganda and Luis Manzano entitled, This Guy's In Love With You, Mare!. The movie is one of the highest grossing Filipino films of all time, earning P315 million when it reached its third week of showing in cinemas nationwide.[28] Moreover, she was awarded Best Female TV Host for her show, ASAP 2012, by the PMPC Star Awards before 2012 ended.[29]

On 7 January 2013, Gonzaga entered the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs contest with the song entry called "Kahit Na", written by Jumbo “Bojam” De Belen. The contest featured songwriters who worked together with Filipino artists to create new OPM music. The song was simultaneously promoted by Star Records Inc.[30][31] as it was chosen as one of the 12 Grand Finalists. The music video of the said song was produced by the University of the Philippines.[32][33] She performed the song during the grand finals on 24 February at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Overall, the song finished in fifth place as the Best P-pop Love Song, thus rewarding the writer of Gonzaga's song Php100,000 in cash.[34][35]

In February 2013, Gonzaga confirmed that she was the main host of the singing reality show The Voice of the Philippines.[36] As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Star Cinema, Gonzaga starred with Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Angel Locsin and Enchong Dee in Cathy Garcia-Molina's Four Sisters and a Wedding.[37][38] In June 2013, she hosted Kwentong Kusina, Kwentong Buhay, a cooking show which aired every Sunday morning for 10 episodes.[39] On 8 October 2013, Gonzaga won "Best Female Emcee" at the 26th Aliw Awards.[40] By the end of the year, she is set to host the 5th season of Pinoy Big Brother. Her latest movie (opposite Piolo Pascual), Starting Over Again, was an instant box office hit which premiered in the Philippines on 12 February 2014. She released her sixth studio album called, Celestine while Home Sweetie Home, a sitcom with John Lloyd Cruz, is already airing during Saturday night.[41] Continuing her album promotion, she guested on Myx as a Celebrity MYX VJ for the month of July, and supported by a concert called Celestine Toni Gonzaga set on 3 October 2014 at Mall of Asia Arena.[42] As well as a reality co-host with her real-life sister, Alex Gonzaga, entitled Team Gonzaga which exclusively view in ABS-CBN mobile.[43] "This Love Is Like" and "Awit ni Ginny" have been released in MYX and YouTube.

2015-present[edit]

Star Cinema had produced a Coco Martin and Gonzaga movie entitled, You're My Boss. In April 2015, Gonzaga renewed her contract with ABS-CBN Corporation. She announced that she will reprise her role as the host of Pinoy Big Brother: 737, which premiered on 20 June 2015.[44][45] Gonzaga is set to star in an upcoming teleserye entitled Written in Our Stars, her first major teleserye.

Earlier of 2016, she was introduced as one of the HIMIGration officers (judges) of the original concept reality show of ABS-CBN, I Love OPM, together with Lani Misalucha and Martin Nievera, and hosted by Anne Curtis.

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Title Sales Details Certification Ref.
2002 Toni Gonzaga N/A
  • Released Date: 26 July 2002
  • Recording Label: Prime Music
N/A
2006 Toni: You Complete Me PHL Sales: 25,000+
  • Released Date: 26 August 2006
  • Recording Label: Star Records
PARI: Gold [46][47][48]
2007 Falling in Love PHL sales: 40,000+ PARI: Platinum [47][49][50]
2008 Love Is... PHL sales: 13,000+ PARI: Gold [51]
2009 Love Duets PHL sales: 12,000+ PARI:Gold [46][47][48]
2010 All Me PHL sales: 15,000+ PARI: Gold [52]
2014 Celestine PHL sales: 7,500+
  • Released Date: 20 May 2014
  • Produced By: Jonathan Manalo
  • Recording Label: Star Records
PARI: Gold [53]
2015 My Love Story PHL sales: N/A
  • Released Date: 17 October 2015
  • Produced By: Jonathan Manalo
  • Recording Label: Star Records

Compilation albums[edit]

Release Date Album Title Sales Recording Label Certification Ref.
30 September 2011 Greatest Hits PHL sales: 10,000+ Star Records N/A [54]

Participated albums[edit]

Year Song Title Album Details Certification Ref.
2006 "Annie Batungbakal" Hotsilog
  • Released Date: 8 October 2006
  • Recording Label: ASAP Music
PARI: Platinum [55]
2007 "Super Pinoy" Nagmamahal, Kapamilya:
Songs for Global Pinoys
PARI: 6X Platinum [56][57]
"Count On Me" Healing Of Pain and Enlightenment
  • Released Date: December 2007
  • Recording Label: Star Records
PARI: Gold [58]
2009 "Can't Hurry Love" OPM Number 1's N/A [59]
"Power of the Dream"
"Bagong Umaga"
I Move, I Give, I Love PARI: Gold [60][61]
2010 "Crazy For You" 60 Taon ng Musika at Soap Opera N/A [62]
"Ganyan ang Pasko"
"Ngayong Pasko Magniningning
ang Pilipino"
Ngayong Pasko Magniningning ang Pilipino N/A [63]
2011 "All Me (Remix)" OPM Number 1's Vol. 2 N/A [64]
"Catch Me I'm Falling" I Love You
  • Released Date: February 2011
  • Recording Label: Star Records
N/A [65]
"God Bless the Broken Road" Kris Aquino: My Heart’s Journey PARI: Platinum [66]
"Mahal Kita Kasi"
"Catch Me I'm Falling",
"You Are The One"
Bida Best Hits Da Best N/A [67][68]
"Mahalin Ka Ng Totoo" Happy Yipee Yehey! Nananana!
  • Released Date: 12 November 2011
  • Recording Label: Star Records
PARI: Gold [69]
"Ganyan ang Pasko"
"Ngayong Pasko Magniningning
ang Pilipino"
Da Best ang Pasko ng Pilipino N/A [70]
2013 "Kahit Na" Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs (2013)
  • Released Date: 17 January 2013
  • Recording Label: Star Records
N/A [71]

Concerts[edit]

Year Title Details Notes Ref.
2008 Catch Me, Toni Gonzaga: First Major Concert
  • Date: 9 February 2008
  • Venue: Aliw Theater
First Major Concert [72]
Catch Me, Toni Gonzaga: The Repeat Concert
  • Date: 2 May 2008
  • Venue: Aliw Theater
[73]
2009 Toni Gonzaga Level-Up Philippine Tour
  • Date: 21 August 2009
  • Venue: Limketkai Atrium, Cagayan de Oro
[74]
  • Date: 18 September 2009
  • Venue: La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City
  • Date: 16 October 2009
  • Venue: Holy Cross Gym, Davao City
  • Date: 30 October 2009
  • Venue: Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City
2010 Love is... Toni Gonzaga
  • Date: 26 & 27 February 2010
  • Venue: Music Museum
[75]
2011 Toni @ 10: The Anniversary Concert [76]
2014 Toni Gonzaga: Celestine
  • Date: 3 October 2014
  • Venue: Mall Of Asia Arena
  • Date 16 January 2015
  • Venue: WaterFront Cebu City Hotel
2015 "OMG (Oh My Gonzaga)"
  • Date: 5 March 2015
  • Venue: IPI Arena Al Jazira Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Toni & Alex Gonzaga: Live Down Under
  • Date: 10 April 2015
  • Venue: Blacktown Workers Club, Sydney, Australia
  • Date 11 April 2015
  • Venue: Mounties Club, Mt. Prichard, Sydney, Australia

Accolades[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toni Gonzaga @ TUMC (Taytay United Methodist Church) Service
  2. ^ Toni Gonzaga Official Star Records Profile ABS-CBN Star Music.
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  4. ^ Borja, Feliz (20 January 2015). "Happy Birthday, TONI GONZAGA!". www.myxph.com. 
  5. ^ Nestor Cuartero (9 September 2011). "Moviegoer: Ten years of Toni, Sam". Manila Bulletin. 
  6. ^ Napoleon Quintos (21 May 2009). "Toni Gonzaga is not running for re-election as Barangay Kagawad". ABS CBN News. 
  7. ^ Bong Godinez (30 September 2009). "Toni Gonzaga joins relief operations in hometown Taytay, Rizal". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  8. ^ "Moviegoer: Toni Gonzaga now a UP student". ABS-CBNnews.com. 4 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Confirmed: Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano engaged". Rappler.com. 1 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano tie knot in Taytay". Inqirer.net. 1 February 2015. 
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  13. ^ Santiago, Erwin (11 February 2016). "PEP SCOOP. Toni Gonzaga is pregnant!". Philippine Entertainment Portal (in Filipino). GMA New Media. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Toni Gonzaga confirms pregnancy". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Cruz, Marinel (23 July 2007). "Toni Gonzaga has found her man". Inquirer.net. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "Kyla returns". Pilipino Star Ngayon. 11 January 2001. 
  17. ^ Jojo P. Panaligan (11 September 2005). "Faith Cuneta reconciles with Regine Velasquez". Manila Bulletin. 
  18. ^ FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo (12 March 2005). "Body Talk with Toni Gonzaga". The Philippine Star. 
  19. ^ "Vic Sotto is proud of Toni Gonzaga". ABS-CBN News. 25 February 2011. 
  20. ^ Bong Godinez (6 October 2007). "Iconic TV shows that bred today's popular stars". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  21. ^ Karen Valeza (12 September 2011). "Toni: ABS-CBN transfer the best decision ever". Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom. 
  22. ^ Jocelyn Dimaculangan (19 August 2011). "Toni Gonzaga grateful to be honored as SM Cinema's Box-Office Queen". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
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  24. ^ MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE (1 October 2011). "Concert touches on past, present and future of Toni Gonzaga". Manila Bulletin. 
  25. ^ Rachelle Siazon (24 September 2011). "Toni Gonzaga marks her 10th year in showbiz with a concert at the Big Dome". ABS-CBN Entertainment News. 
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  30. ^ "STAR RECORDS AND ABS CBN BLAST OFF 2013 WITH PINOY P-POP". Odysseylive. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  31. ^ "Toni Gonzaga's "Kahit Na" for Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs (Video Lyrics) | Philippine News". Philnews.ph. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
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  37. ^ "Toni Gonzaga, Shaina Magdayao, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin in one movie". Sun.Star. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  38. ^ "Four Sisters and A Wedding BTS Photos - Angel, Bea, Toni and Shaina Movie | BIDA KAPAMILYA". Bidakapamilya.blogspot.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  39. ^ "Cooking Reality Show Kwentong Kusina, Kwentong Buhay hosted by Toni Gonzaga begins June 23". PinoyNetwork.tv. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  40. ^ "'Katy' revival takes home key honors". ABS-CBNnews.com. 9 October 2013. 
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  48. ^ a b Veronica R. Samio (31 October 2006). "Matt, kilala nang Pedro Penduko pero, sumasakay pa rin sa jeepney at tricycle hanggang ngayon!". Pilipino Star Ngayon. 
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  50. ^ Walden Sadiri (24 May 2008). "Talented Toni". Manila Bulletin. 
  51. ^ "Toni Gonzaga received a Gold Award for her 3rd album". Titik Pilipino. 19 July 2009. 
  52. ^ "Toni Gonzaga's "ALL ME" GOLD Record Awarding on ASAP ROCKS". 29 June 2011. 
  53. ^ "Toni Receives Gold Record Award". 25 January 2015. 
  54. ^ Roque B. Santos (4 October 2011). "Toni Gonzaga's Greatest Hits album is no.1 in Astro Album Charts". 
  55. ^ "Tony Bennett marks 80th b-day with new album". Manila Bulletin. 28 October 2006. 
  56. ^ "By Request: The 3rd ASAP Platinum Circle Awards 2007". 6 December 2007. 
  57. ^ "Star Records releases 14-track album "Songs for Global Pinoys"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 25 July 2007. 
  58. ^ "H.O.P.E. springs eternal". The Philippine Star. 16 December 2007. 
  59. ^ "Star Records releases compilation album OPM Number 1's". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 15 April 2009. 
  60. ^ "Red Cross, Star Records tie up for a cause". Manila Bulletin. 1 July 2009. 
  61. ^ "Philippine National Red Cross honors Toni Gonzaga, Erik Santos and Yeng Constantino". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 23 June 2009. 
  62. ^ "Star Records chronicles 60 years of Pinoy soap opera through compilation album". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 24 June 2009. 
  63. ^ "Ngayong Pasko Magniningning Ang Pilipino". 
  64. ^ "OPM Number 1's vol 2". 
  65. ^ "I Love You". 
  66. ^ Nestor Cuartero (8 April 2011). "Moviegoer: Kris: Annulment a harrowing experience". Manila Bulletin. 
  67. ^ "BIDA BEST HITS DA BEST ALBUM - OUT EVERYWHERE!". 20 June 2011. 
  68. ^ "Bida Best Hits da Best". 
  69. ^ "'Happy Yipee Yehey!' Launches Its first Album". 12 November 2011. 
  70. ^ "Star Records releases 'Da Best' X-mas album". 18 November 2011. 
  71. ^ "12 love songs in 'Himig Handog' tilt named". 8 January 2013. 
  72. ^ "Toni Gonzaga doesn't worry about postponement of "My Big Love" playdate". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 6 February 2008. 
  73. ^ "Toni Gonzaga overwhelmed by fans' support in "Catch Me If You Can, The Repeat"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 7 May 2008. 
  74. ^ "Toni Gonzaga launches "Level Up" provincial concert tour". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 14 August 2009. 
  75. ^ "Toni Gonzaga will define what love is on the ASAP XV concert series". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 15 February 2010. 
  76. ^ "Toni Gonzaga's former leading men show support for her 10th anniversary concert at the Big Dome". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 7 October 2011. 

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