Angelica Panganiban has been in showbiz for 25 years! :O
She posted a photo on her Instagram last May 25 to commemorate the milestone, confidently saying that she’s very happy with her life.
“Dalawampu’t limang taon na ko sa industriya. Akala mo, kapag ganun ka na katagal, madami ka ng natutunan. Napundar. Napatunayan. Pero, eto ako,” she wrote in her caption. “Alam ko, eto pa lang ako. Masaya ko. Kahit eto pa lang ako. Eto pinaniniwalaan ko. At sapat sa ‘kin ‘to. Ayoko ng sobra. Dun ako sa sapat. Kaya masaya ako.”
To celebrate Angelica’s achievement, let’s look back on some of her most memorable roles, shall we?
1. Becky in “Sarah… Ang Munting Prinsesa”
Angelica started acting when she was six years old and her most memorable role as a child was playing scullery maid Becky alongside Camille Prats’ Sarah in “Sarah… Ang Munting Prinsesa” in 1995.
Very known for that role, she and the cast of “Banana Sundae” performed a skit last year showing Sarah and Becky’s reunion where Sarah was portrayed by Camille’s brother John Prats.
2. Malen in “Santa Santita”
Moving onto more serious roles, Angelica showed great maturity as an actress when she played Malen in the Laurice Guillen film “Santa Santita” in 2004. Her performance landed her Best Actress nominations in the ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards, FAMAS Awards, and the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Luna Awards.
3. Karyn Torres in “A Love Story”
Angelica showed even more growth as an actress when she played Karyn Torres opposite Aga Muhlach and Maricel Soriano in “A Love Story” in 2007. Her performance landed her her very first Best Supporting Actress award from the FAP Luna Awards.
4. Scarlet in “IIsa Pa Lamang”
Angelica proved herself to be a powerful drama actress when she stood strong as Scarlet against Claudine Barretto’s Catherine in the Ruel S. Bayani series “IIsa Pa Lamang” (2008).
She stood out against the powerhouse cast that included Gabby Concepcion, Diether Ocampo, Cherry Pie Picache, and Susan Roces among others and was recognized as Villain of the Year in the 1st Supreme to the Extreme Awards (Philippine Star). She also received a Best Drama Actress nod from the 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television.
5. Rubi/Theresa in “Rubi”
In 2010, ABS-CBN adapted the Mexican telenovela “Rubi” and found their “Bidang Kontrabida” in Angelica. Playing a villainous protagonist is tricky, but Angge rose to the occasion and portrayed the manipulative and ambitious Rubi as she is while capturing the hearts of Filipinos everywhere at the same time.
6. Lizelle Jimenez in “I Love You, Goodbye”
Angelica’s moving portrayal of Lizelle, a woman torn between her future and her past, in the 2009 Laurice Guillen film “I Love You, Goodbye” earned her Best actress nominations from the 35th Metro Manila Film Festival and the 26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies.
7. Stephanie/Stef in “Here Comes The Bride”
Taking a break from all her dramatic roles, Angelica played Stephanie in the 2010 comedy “Here Comes The Bride”! Initially a Maria Clara type of girl, her personality completely changed when the soul of her beautician Toffee, played by John Lapus, was transferred into her body.
Angelica received the Comedy Actress of the Year Award from the 42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) award in the 8th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Movies.
8. Mariella Martinez in “Segunda Mano”
Angelica proved her versatility yet again when she played Mariella Martinez in the 2011 horror film “Segunda Mano” alongside Dingdong Dantes and Kris Aquino. Her portrayal as the spirit haunting Kris’ Mabel was so good that she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the 60th FAMAS Awards.
9. Jacqueline in “One More Try”
Playing Dingdong Dantes’ wife a second time, Angelica played Jacqueline in the 2012 Ruel S. Bayani film “One More Try.” Going up against Angel Locsin in a film is no easy feat, and Angelica held her own as a successful business woman and loving wife to Angel’s portrayal of a mother willing to do anything for her child.
Angelica earned nominations from the 38th Metro Manila FIlm Festival, the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, the 61st FAMAS Awards, and from the 10th Golden Screen Awards for Film. She shares the Film Actress of the Year Award from the 44th Box-Office Entertainment Awards with Angel.
10. Rosanna “Serena Mirasol” del Sol and Rebecca del Sol in “Apoy Sa Dagat” - first dual role
Angelica played her first dual role in the 2013 serye “Apoy Sa Dagat.” She played long-lost sisters Serena and Rebecca in the 2013 serye. Of course, these sisters have different personalities and Angelica was an expert in playing them both!
11. Estelle Suarez in “Beauty in a Bottle”
Going back to comedy, Angelica starred in the satire “Beauty in a Bottle” in 2014 alongside Assunta de Rossi and Angeline Quinto. Her comedic acting drew praise from audiences all over!
And, of course, we can’t forget that iconic line:
Kem vack to the young and byutipul you!!! ;)
12. Mace Castillo in “That Thing Called Tadhana”
Angelica also starred in the “ultimate hugot movie of 2015,” the Antionette Jadaone film “That Thing Called Tadhana.” Alongside JM de Guzman, she captured the hearts of Filipinos everywhere as Mace, a young woman desperately wanting to move on from her previous relationship who takes journey to healing with a stranger she met at an airport.
As a result of the success of this film, fans scrambled for trips to Sagada.
She earned acting nominations from the 38th Gawad Urian Awards, the 17th Gawad Pasado Awards, the 34th FAP Luna Awards, and the Guam International Film Festival. She won Best Actress awards from the 2014 Cinema One Originals Film Festival and the 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards.
13. Claudia Buenavista in “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” (2015)
When ABS-CBN rebooted their 2000 serye “Pangako Sa ‘Yo,” Angelica was chosen to play the iconic character originally played by Jean Garcia, Claudia Buenavista, wife to Ian Veneracion’s Eduardo.
Her intense confrontations with Jodi Sta. Maria’s Amor, as well as scheming scenes with Bernard Palanca’s Diego, was beloved by audiences!
Her role landed her a Best Actress nomination from the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television.
14. Anne Gonzaga-Victorio in “The Unmarried Wife”
Reuniting with Dingdong Dantes once more, Angelica plays his wife Anna in the 2016 film “The Unmarried Wife.” After catching her husband involved with another woman, she pulls away from him and turns to find comfort in another man played by Paulo Avelino.
She won the Best Actress Award at the 2017 FAMAS Awards for her portrayal.
15. Cindy Reyes in “Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes”
And last but not least, Angelica rang the new year in with her new film “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” last January. She played Cindy Reyes, devoted wife to JC de Vera’s Felix who later joins forces with Judy Ann Santos’ Lianne in an effort to enact revenge on their apparently gay husbands.
And that’s that!
Congratulations on 25 years in showbiz, Angelica!
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