Maria Margarita Amada Fteha Isidro (born July 20, 1966), known professionally as Agot Isidro, is a Filipino actress. She is the fourth of the six children of Jose Isidro, an architect, and Palestinian mother Edwarta Fteha. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in interior design. Isidro also pursued Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she graduated as magna cum laude. She also has a master's degree in communication from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Agot Isidro
Born
Maria Margarita Amada Fteha Isidro

(1966-07-20) July 20, 1966 (age 56)
Marikina, Philippines
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1990–present
Agent(s)Viva Artists Agency
ABS-CBN
GMA Network
Spouse
Manu Sandejas
(m. 2000; annulled 2010)

Isidro started as a back-up singer together with her sisters Olive Cruz and Tina Isorena in The Sharon Cuneta Show. She was urged by Johnny Manahan or Mr. M to fill in for then pregnant Melissa de Leon in the noon time show 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila. She was like a breath of fresh air and people started noticing her, hence, the moniker "Crush ng Bayan" or "the people's crush" and also as the "Julia Roberts of the Philippines". She is best known for her role as Ingrid Martinez, the main villainess in the 2009 hit television series, Tayong Dalawa. She then played kind-hearted roles.

In 2012, she transferred to GMA Network and signed an exclusive contract in Kapuso Network, her first major project was the television series of GMA Network entitled, One True Love where in she played Leila Samonte, the bitter and scheming doctor who made Elize and Tisoy lives miserable. She later returned to her original home network, ABS-CBN, as a freelancer in 2013 through a comeback project via Muling Buksan ang Puso, starring Julia Montes, Enrique Gil and Enchong Dee while also being seen in GMA-7's Titser. Isidro played a supporting role as Marian Rivera's mother in Carmela on GMA Network but immediately started doing projects with ABS-CBN after the show ended.

Early lifeEdit

Isidro grew up in Marikina along with her parents and siblings. She is the youngest among the girls and considered herself as "daddy's girl". Growing up, she never saw herself as beautiful because of her ethnic features as a child. Isidro was skinny, dark-skinned, black hair, and has knobby knees compared to her siblings who were light-skinned and brown-haired. Because of her looks, she was teased a lot by her siblings and relatives, which left her emotionally scarred.[1]

After graduating college in UP Diliman, she left home and pursued a degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising in the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. New Yorkers were fascinated by her ethnic features, which gave Isidro a boost of confidence and self-esteem. Living alone, she felt homesick and struggled to make ends meet with her allowance given by her parents. However, Isidro was determined to prove that she could live alone in the Big Apple. She focused on school and graduated magna cum laude.[2]

When she entered show business at age 25, she was like a breath of fresh air to the Filipino audience. Her beauty and talent stood out and was given the title as "crush ng bayan" or "people's crush" because of her girl-next-door persona. Isidro continued to rise as a talent and was given numerous projects including recording albums, movies, television, and theater. Up to this date, she is considered to be one of the most beautiful women and best dressed celebrities in the Philippines.

TV commercialEdit

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
2020 Motel Acacia Angeli
2018 Recipe for Love Mona Marcelo
2017 Ang Panday Cameo role
Changing Partners Alex
2015 All You Need Is Pag-ibig Jessica
2013 Mga Anino ng Kahapon Irene
2012 One More Try Marga
Sossy Problems Glory
2011 My House Husband: Ikaw Na! Cynthia
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Agnes
Mga Mumunting Lihim Sandra
Way Back Home Amelia/Amy Santiago
2009 Ang Darling Kong Aswang Ayah
Patient X Myrna
2008 Huling Pasada
2007 Nars Marissa
2006 Tulad ng Dati Beth Pangan
1998 April, May, June April
1997 Ipaglaban Mo: The Movie II
Da Best in Da West Leah
I Do, I Die! Dyos Ko Day Helena Mendiola
1995 Oki-doki Dok Alex
1994 Pangako ng Kahapon Elizabeth
1993 May Minamahal Trina
Masahol Pa Sa Hayop Atty. Joan Sanchez
Kalabog en Bosyo

Television/DigitalEdit

Year Title Role Source Network
1990 The Sharon Cuneta Show Co-host ABS-CBN
1990–1995 Sa Linggo nAPO Sila Host
1991 Mana Mana Agot
1993 Oki Doki Doc Alex Macunatan
GMA Telecine Specials Various roles GMA Network
Spotlight Presents: Agot Isidro Various roles
1995–1998 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila Host ABS-CBN
1997–2002 !Oka Tokat Rona Catacutan Del Fierro [3]
2003 Wansapanataym: Hansel, Gretel and Ethel Witch
2004 Marina Sheila Corrales-Sandico / Dugyot
2005–2006 Search for the Star in a Million Judge
2005 Mga Anghel na Walang Langit Aling Pilar
2006–2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Bukang Liwayway
2007 Komiks Presents: Si Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Reyna Bukang Liwayway
Rounin Naya [4]
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mansyon Lina
Lobo Nessa Blancaflor-Raymundo [5]
2009 Tayong Dalawa Ingrid Martinez-Garcia/Cardenas [6]
2010 Tanging Yaman Marcela Policarpio [7][8][9]
1DOL Laura Suarez
2011 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Bianong Bulag Veronica Gutierrez
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin young Remedios Sebastiano
100 Days to Heaven Diana
2011–2012 Nasaan Ka Elisa? Dana Altamira [10][11]
2012 E-Boy Ria Villareal
One True Love Leila Samonte GMA Network
Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa Amalia De Guzman
2013 Indio Linang
Vampire ang Daddy Ko Adelle
Magpakailanman: Sex for Sale Norma Diwa
Muling Buksan Ang Puso Carissa Beltran-Dela Vega [12] ABS-CBN
Titser Sandra GMA Network
2014 Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae Sa Mundong Ibabaw Amanda Fernandez
2014–2015 Bagito Sylvia Samson-Lorenzo [13][14][15] ABS-CBN
2015–2017 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Verna Syquia-Tuazon
2018 Asintado Hillary Gonzales-Del Mundo
2019 Sino ang May Sala?: Mea Culpa Dolores Miranda
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Passport Angela Wilson
Call Me Tita Celine Hontiveros iWantTFC
2020–2022 La Vida Lena Vanessa Rubio-Narcisco iWantTFC
Kapamilya Channel
2021 Love Beneath The Stars Faye Cruz iWantTFC
2022 Flower of Evil Carmen Del Rosario Kapamilya Channel
2 Good 2 Be True Atty. Roma Badayos
Lyric and Beat Viola Espiritu [16] iWantTFC

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Title Performer Director Ref.
2020 Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin Ben&Ben Jorel Lising [17]

TheaterEdit

Isidro made her theatrical debut in August 2003 with Honk!, a musical inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling." Isidro played Ida, the mother of the "ugly duckling" played by Rajo Laurel.[18] The musical was under Trumpets Production and was directed by Chari Arespacochaga. Honk! was held at the Meralco Theater on August 1 till September 7, 2003.[19]

After her Honk! debut, Isidro starred in Atlantis Production's "Baby The Musical" in August 2004. She played Pam Sakarian, a basketball coach in her 30s opposite Jett Pangan, who played her husband Nick Sakarian. The story involves the couple's struggle to conceive after being married for two years. The couple found out that Pam was pregnant but later realized that it was the wrong Mrs. Sakarian, Nick's sister-in-law.[20] The play was directed by Bobby Garcia and was held at the Meralco Theater.[21]

DiscographyEdit

  • 1993 Sa Isip Ko
  • 1995 Hush
  • 1996 The Best of Agot Isidro
  • 1997 Winds Of Change
  • 1999 Best in Me
  • 2006 The Island
  • 2006 Silver Series
  • 2009 White Lace and Promises
  • 2015 (soon) Ikaw Parin

SinglesEdit

  • "Everyday" (1994)[22]
  • "Sa Isip Ko"
  • "Beginning Today"
  • "Sandali na Lang"
  • "Loving You"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Giving Body Award/Nomination/Category Nominated work Result
2018 FAMAS Awards Best Actress Changing Partners Won
2014 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Single Drama/Telemovie Program Magpakailanman Nominated
2013 37th Gawad Urian Awards Best Actress Mga Anino ng Kahapon Nominated
ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) Mga Mumunting Lihim Nominated
39th Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Best Actress Mga anino ng kahapon Won
2011 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival–Director's Showcase Best Actress / Supporting Actress
(with Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado and Janice de Belen)
Mga Mumunting Lihim Won
2009 35th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Ang Darling Kong Aswang Nominated
23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Tayong Dalawa Nominated
33rd Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Huling Pasada Nominated
2007 31st Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Tulad ng dati Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  16. ^ Basco, Karl Cedrick. "Aside from 'Saying Goodbye', SethDrea to star in musical series 'Lyric and Beat' via iQiyi". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  17. ^ "WATCH: Ben&Ben release 'Nakikinig ka ba sa Akin' music video". Rappler. July 11, 2020. Archived from the original on May 21, 2021. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
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  19. ^ "'UGLY DUCKLING' MUSICAL SOON IN TOWN". www.newsflash.org.
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  22. ^ "Agot's new single". Manila Standard. Kamahalan Publishing Corp. June 20, 1994. p. 19. Retrieved November 18, 2021.

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