Angel Locsin

Angelica Locsin Colmenares-Arce[1] (Tagalog pronunciation: [lokˈsin kɔlmɛˈnarɛs]; born April 23, 1985),[2][3] professionally known as Angel Locsin, is a Filipina television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer.[4] On GMA Network from 2002, she came to prominence for her television roles as Alwina in the 2004 fantasy-themed television series Mulawin and as the superheroine Darna 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.[1] 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.[5]

Angel Locsin
Angel Locsin at the premiere of Love Me Again in LA, December 2008.jpg
Angel Locsin at the premiere of Love Me Again in LA. (2008)
Angelica Locsin Colmenares

(1985-04-23) April 23, 1985 (age 36)
Other namesAnge
OccupationActress, model, film producer, fashion designer
Years active1999–present
Neil Arce
(m. 2021)

Early life and educationEdit

Locsin was born on April 23, 1985, in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Since the age of 14, she has lived with her father, Angelo Colmenares, and has had no contact with her mother.[why?][citation needed] She studied at St James College in Quezon City for her primary education and finished high school at the University of Santo Tomas High School in Manila. In August 2007, she attended a short-course for fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Despite being of Christian faith, she is a part of a Muslim Royal Family in Marawi City in the province of Lanao del Sur through the adoption of her mother into that family in the days before Angel started acting.[6]

Early work (2001–2004)Edit

A 17-year-old Locsin on the set of a commercial, circa 2002.

Locsin was discovered at a shopping center by a talent scout.[1] She then auditioned for several commercials and was supposed to be a part of ABS-CBN's Star Circle Batch 9, but failed to sign a contract because her father opposed the idea.[citation needed] Later, she became a contract star of GMA Artist Center, first appearing on the second season of the teen-oriented series, Click and was also included in the cast of Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw.[citation needed]

Breakthrough and GMA Network (2004–2007)Edit

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.[1] The show was a huge success and received high ratings until its finale in March 2005.[1][7]

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.[1]

ABS-CBN (2007–present)Edit

Locsin at the Manila International Airport in 2007.

In August 2007, Locsin signed a two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.[8] Her first acting appearance with the network was via Maalaala Mo Kaya in the episode "Pilat". Her performance gained her the Star Award for TV for Best Single Performance by an Actress. By January 2008, she launched her first drama series with the network entitled Lobo, together with Piolo Pascual in the lead role. She earned an International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress nomination for her performance in the series. She also received an Ani ng Dangal Award for her iEmmy nomination and another Ani ng Dangal Award for Lobo's international recognition in BANFF Canada. In 2009, Locsin starred in the top-rated TV series, Only You, a Philippine remake of the Korean drama of the same title aired by SBS Korea in 2005. She starred alongside Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo. The show was directed by Rory Quintos and was the 3rd Most Watched TV Series of 2009 based on TNS survey.

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.[9]

In 2014, Locsin returns to primetime TV after three years through the hit series, The Legal Wife, together with Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador and JC de Vera. The series was directed by Dado C. Lumibao and Rory Quintos.[10][11][12] Due to high ratings, the show helped in dropping the crime rate as reported by PNP.

Locsin also became a Pilipinas Got Talent judge. She happened to have two Maalaala Mo Kaya two-part episodes, one SAF tribute and one Mother's Day special. In 2017, she guested in La Luna Sangre as Lia.


Locsin in Los Angeles, 2008.

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.

In 2005, Locsin with Richard Gutierrez starred in the romantic film Let the Love Begin, released under GMA Films. She and Gutierrez also reprised their roles as Alwina and Aguiluz in the movie adaptation of the TV series Mulawin, which was an entry to the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Early in 2006, Locsin starred in the romantic movie I Will Always Love You. She also starred in the horror film TxT and in the romantic drama-comedy film Mano Po 5. The latter was an entry to the 2006 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 in April 2007.

In 2009, she starred in the movie Love Me Again together with Piolo Pascual in the lead titles and made a cameo in the romantic comedy film, My Amnesia Girl in 2010.

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.

She reunited with John Lloyd Cruz in the romantic comedy film Unofficially Yours in 2012 and then starred, together with Dingdong Dantes and Angelica Panganiban in the drama film One More Try, Star Cinema's entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival. Locsin's performance in the latter was highly praised by film critics and media personalities and earned her the Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year for the second year in a row, the FAMAS Award for Best Actress and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress.

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 issuesEdit


Locsin is known for being one of the Philippines' most prominent philanthropist actresses, earning her international recognition such as being one of Forbes magazine's "Asian Heroes of Philanthropy" 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.[13]

Bangsamoro Peace AdvocacyEdit

With links to one of the royal houses of Marawi City through her mother who had been adopted by that family before Angel became an actress, Locsin has also spoken for peace in the Bangsamoro,[14] going as far as to Lanao del Norte during the Battle of Marawi as a volunteer helping with relief efforts.[15]

COVID-19 activism Edit

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.[16]

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.[17] 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."[18]

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."[19]

Position against "red-tagging"Edit

Locsin has spoken out numerous times against the practice of red-tagging,[20] in which critics of the government are harassed by being accused as "communists" even if they don't actually share such beliefs or affiliations.[21][22] 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.[23]

Position on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversyEdit

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."[24]

Personal lifeEdit

On June 29, 2019, Locsin announced in an Instagram post about her engagement to her boyfriend, movie producer Neil Arce and got married on August 7, 2021.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Click Charley
Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Mariella Sandoval
2003 Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin Mariella Sandoval
Twin Hearts Sweetheart
Love To Love Chara/Charina Episode: "Kissing Beauty"
2004 All Together Now Tetet
SOP Herself/Host
Magpakailanman Jhunnalyn dela Peña Episode: "Sa Kabila ng Kanyang Pamamaalam"
Mulawin Alwina
Initial D Fourth Stage Kyoko Iwase Voice only
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Darna/Narda
2006 Majika Sabina
Tokyuu Shirei Solbrain Reiko Higuchi Voice only
2007 Asian Treasures Gabriella Agoncillo
2007–present ASAP Performer/Host
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Melody Episode: "Pilat"
2008 Lobo Lyka Raymundo
2009 Only You Jillian Mendoza
Maalaala Mo Kaya Nemie Episode: "Blusa"
2010 Imortal Lia Ortega /Lyka Raymundo-Ortega
Maalaala Mo Kaya Jenna Episode: "Litrato"
2011 100 Days to Heaven Tagabantay (a Nurse)
2011–2013 Toda Max Isabel Padausdos
2012 Wansapanataym Abby Episode: "Ang Kulay ng Pasko"
2013 It's Showtime Herself/Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya Mildred Episode: "Mask"
2014 The Legal Wife Monica Santiago-de Villa
Promil Pre-school i-Shine Talent Camp Mentor
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Suzette Tucay Episode: "Plano"
2- Part Tribute Episode to The Fallen 44
2016 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 5) Judge
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya Roma Tarub "Picture" (Main antagonist)
Samina "Kotse- kotsehan"
Mulawin vs. Ravena Alwina Brief appearance/archive footage from the movie.
La Luna Sangre Amalia "Lia" Rodriguez
Jacintha Magsaysay
Special Participation
Lead Cast / Protagonist / Antagonist
2018 Pilipinas Got Talent (Season 6) Judge
2019 Kadenang Ginto Concerned Citizen Cameo appearance
The General's Daughter Rhian Bonifacio / Arabella De Leon
2020-2021 Iba 'Yan Herself/Host


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ping Lacson: Supercop Young Robina Gokongwei Credited as Angelica Colmenares
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Melissa Ching Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
2004 Kuya Barbs
Singles Sam
Sigaw Pinky Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Mano Po III: My Love Eliza Yang Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
2005 Let The Love Begin Patricia "Pia" Castillo P124 Million (Estimated Domestic Gross)
Mulawin: The Movie Alwina Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
2006 I Will Always Love You Cecille
TxT Joyce
Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di Charity Kho Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
2007 The Promise Andrea de Vera
Angels Angie Also Producer
Segment: "Angel of Mine"
2009 Love Me Again Arah P65.1 Million, according to Box Office Mojo
2010 My Amnesia Girl MMA Fighter Cameo Appearance
2011 In the Name of Love Mercedes "Cedes" Fernandez P117 Million ( Estimated Domestic Gross)
2012 Unofficially Yours Princess "Ces" Bricenio P157 Million (Estimated Domestic Gross)
One More Try Grace P213 Million (Estimated Domestic Gross)

Metro Manila Film Festival Entry

2013 Four Sisters and A Wedding Alexandra Camille "Alex" Salazar P145 Million (Estimated Domestic Gross)
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Young Lilibeth Santos Cameo Appearance
2016 Everything About Her Jaica Domingo P208 Million (Estimated Total Gross)
The Third Party Andi Medina P110 Million (Estimated Total Gross)
2020 Block Z Raider General Special Participation
Four Sisters Before the Wedding Alexandra Camille "Alex" Salazar Special Participation

Awards and nominationsEdit


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  2. ^ "Angel Locsin apologizes for crowd chaos after man dies in community pantry queue". Rappler. April 23, 2021. Retrieved April 23, 2021. What was supposed to be a day of celebration and compassion, as actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin opened a community panty in Quezon City on her birthday, took a tragic turn when a senior citizen died while waiting in line.
  3. ^ "Angel Locsin puts up own community pantry to celebrate 36th birthday". Philippines' Ultimate Showbiz Hub on ABS-CBN. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Lim, Candice. "Angel Locsin to study fashion design in London". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Serato, Arniel. "Angel Locsin and ER Ejercito win top acting honors at 61st FAMAS Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Why Angel Locsin does not like to brag about royal lineage". ABS CBN News and Public Affairs. July 20, 2021. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  7. ^ Pumaloy, Rey. "'Mulawin' umaariba pa rin sa ratings". Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
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  9. ^ Siazon, Rachelle (December 9, 2011). "Angel Locsin talks about working with Vhong Navarro and Robin Padilla in 'Toda Max'". Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Angel vs Maja in primetime drama in 'Legal Wife'". ABS-CBN News. December 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Angel Locsin returns to primetime TV via "The Legal Wife"". October 21, 2013. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  12. ^ "Angel Locsin returns to teleserye as 'The Legal Wife'". The Philippine Star. January 1, 2014.
  13. ^ Chung, Grace (December 2, 2019). "Asia's 2019 Heroes Of Philanthropy: Catalysts For Change". Forbes Magazine.
  14. ^ Guno, Niña V. (June 11, 2017). "LOOK: Angel Locsin shares glimpses of war-torn Marawi". Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  15. ^ "Charity work ni Angel Locsin sa Marawi, ipinagtanggol nina Neil Arce at Sec. Taguiwalo". Balita (in Tagalog). June 12, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Tabanera, Lily Grace (April 28, 2020). "6 Angel Locsin Moments That Prove She's A *Real-Life* Darna". Cosmo Philippines.
  17. ^ "Angel Locsin, Atom Araullo react to "lack of mass testing program" report". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  18. ^ "Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis are raising funds to buy coronavirus test kits". Rappler. May 19, 2020. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  19. ^ Guno, Niña V. (March 24, 2020). "Gov't officials deserve thanks, too, says Angel Locsin". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  20. ^ Arias, Jacqueline (May 14, 2019). "All the shady things that happened during our 2019 midterm elections". Archived from the original on May 21, 2020. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  21. ^ "Religious, rights groups fight 'red tagging' in Philippines".
  22. ^ "Vera Files Fact Sheet: Why 'red-tagging' is dangerous". Vera Files.
  23. ^ Hallare, Katrina (May 20, 2020). "Angel Locsin taps NBI to arrest netizens tagging her as Reds-supporter, threatening to kill her". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on May 21, 2020. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  24. ^ "Stars support ABS-CBN as Calida files quo warranto petition". Rappler. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  25. ^ Mercado, Neil Arwin (August 7, 2021). "Angel Locsin and Neil Arce: 'We got married!'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 26, 2021.

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