Angelica Locsin Colmenares (born April 23, 1985) is a Filipina television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer. On ABS-CBN from 2002, she came to prominence for her television roles as Alwina in the 2004 fantasy-themed television series Mulawin and as the superheroineDarna in the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo eponymous comic. Locsin was a contract artist of GMA Network up to early 2007 until she transferred to its rival network, ABS-CBN. She then starred as Lyka in the television series Lobo, which earned her an International Emmy Award nomination for best performance. She later starred in the films In The Name Of Love and One More Try, for which she garnered critical acclaim for both performances. The two films earned Locsin the Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year and the Box-Office Entertainment Award for Film Actress of the Year, winning both awards two consecutive years. In 2013, she won the FAMAS Award and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for best actress for her performance in One More Try.
Angel Locsin at the premiere of Love Me Again in LA. (2008)
In August 2004, Locsin starred in the fantasy-themed TV series Mulawin, alongside Richard Gutierrez, wherein she portrayed, "Alwina", one of the two main protagonists. The show was a huge success and received high ratings until its finale on March 2005.
Following the success of Mulawin, Locsin was cast in the title role as Darna in the 2005 fantasy-themed TV series of the same name. The show was also highly regarded by the public, gaining immensely high ratings and surpassing the records set by her previous TV show. Darna's pilot week average is 50.08% and its highest rating was 52.1% while the lowest was 33.3%.
Locsin starred in another fantasy-themed TV series, Majika, together with Dennis Trillo, which was aired from March to September 2006. She played the role of Sabina, a seemingly ordinary girl who lived in the world of mortals but is unknowingly the one destined to become the most powerful female magician. Afterwards, she was cast in Asian Treasures, opposite Robin Padilla. It was the first Philippine TV series that was shot in multiple countries such as Mongolia, Thailand and China. The show was aired from January to June 2007. Both shows were also well received.
Angel Locsin in Toronto in 2014 for the "One Kapamilya Go".
Later in 2010, she starred in the TV series Imortal, the sequel to her earlier work, Lobo, together with John Lloyd Cruz. It was directed by Chito Roño. The shows website had 15 million hits in just 3 months. It had a game entitled "Pangil" and webisodes downloaded in a weekly basis. It won an Anvil and Quill Award.
In 2011, she became a guest star in the comedy sitcom, Toda Max. However, her guesting eventually turned into a regular stint.
Locsin's first film appearance was in 2000 via Ping Lacson Supercop, wherein she played the role of a young Robina Gokongwei. She later on made a cameo appearance in Mano Po 2 in 2003 and starred in the teen-oriented movie Kuya in 2004 as well as in the comedy film Singles. Also, she starred in the drama film Mano Po III: My Love and in the horror film Sigaw which were both entries to the 2004 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Locsin reunited with Gutierrez in the romantic drama film The Promise in 2007 where their roles were considered more mature than the previous films they both starred in. She had also produced her own film entitled Angels, which was shown in theaters on April 2007.
Locsin gained critical acclaim in her 2011 drama film with Aga Muhlach, In the Name of Love. Her performance garnered her several accolades including the Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year, the Gawad PASADO Award for Pinakapasadong Aktres, and a nomination for best actress at the FAMAS Awards.
In 2016, she was awarded by both mainstream and indie film enthusiasts as she received #LifePeg or Lifetime Achievement Award from Star Cinema and Aktres ng Dekada Award from Inding- Indie Awards. She also starred opposite Vilma Santos in Everything About Her and won Best Supporting Actress in the 1st Eddy Editor's Choice Awards. She also had an LGBT- themed movie The Third Party in which she play the title role. She is set to star in a Star Cinema movie entitled "Wife, Husband, Wife" and this will be her reunion movie with Richard Gutierrez and Angelica Panganiban.
Advocacies and issues
Locsin is known for being one of the Philippines' most prominent philantrophist actresses, earning her international recognition such as being one of Forbes Magazine's "Asian Heroes of Philanthrophy" in 2019. Forbes reported that Locsin had donated "as much as 15 million pesos to causes such as educational scholarships for students, supporting the economic and political rights of indigenous people, and ending violence against women and children" in just the decade from 2009 to 2019.
In her own private capacity, Locsin played an active role in raising funds and providing medical equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. She raised almost P11 million to help the Philippines' medical frontliners from March to April 2020. She also helped provide sleeping tents for these frontliners and teamed up with friends and colleagues to put up the #UniTentWeStandPH campaign, raising a total of a total of P10,956,702.98 to help more than 28 hospitals put up specialized tents for COVID-19 patients. Locsin also helped fund and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to medical frontliners in Philippines' National Capital Region and nearby provinces.
On May 18, 2020, Locsin questioned the announcement of Duterte administration spokesperson Harry Roque that the government did not have a program to conduct "mass testing" and instead expected the private sector to undertake the task, saying on twitter that she could not believe the government had not prepared for mass testing, which was very urgently needed. The following day, she and actress friend Anne Curtis announced that they were reviving a 2009 fundraising initiative which they had originally set up for victims of Typhoon Ondoy. This time, She and Curtis would be raising funds for the purchase of COVID-19 test kits. They said that they were doing so to support mass testing, saying "Because in this way we can make a higher impact, by pushing the TEST-TRACE-ISOLATE/TREAT formula that is the only proven way to defeat the virus."
She has also chosen to acknowledge the important service of local officials, however, noting that by providing their constituents with vital assistance, they were often "risking their lives as well."
Locsin has spoken out numerous times against the practice of red-tagging, in which critics of the government are harassed by being accused as “communists” even if they don't actually share such beliefs or affiliations. She has even been a victim of this herself, calling on the National Bureau of Investigation to look into red-tagging and "death threats" aimed at her through social media in March 2020.
Position on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy
In response to the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy, Locsin expressed her support for the network, saying that she was "praying that the law shall be used to protect jobs, press freedom, justice and betterment of the Filipino people."
On June 29, 2019, Locsin announced in an Instagram post about her engagement to her boyfriend, movie producer Neil Arce.
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