Barbie Forteza

Barbara Ambas Forteza[2] (born July 31, 1997)[2] professionally known as Barbie Forteza, is a Filipina commercial model and actress. She is known for her role in The Half Sisters alongside Thea Tolentino.

Barbie Forteza
Barbie Forteza at the Meant to Be production presentation.jpg
Barbie Forteza at the Meant to Be production presentation, in November 2016
Barbara Ambas Forteza

(1997-07-31) 31 July 1997 (age 24)
Other namesBarbie, Kizzy, Krissy, Primetime Princess[1]
  • Actress
  • model
  • recording artist
Years active2009–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2009–present)
Musical career
LabelsMCA Music
YouTube information
ChannelsBarbie Forteza
Years active2017-present
  • Travel
  • make up
Subscribers1.24 million
Total views34.5 million
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2021

Updated: September 2021


Forteza in 2013

She is known for her roles such as young Jodi in GMA Network's remake of the 2003 South Korean television drama series, Stairway to Heaven and Cyndi Gomez in First Time.[3] Forteza also appeared in several movies such as: Tween Academy: Class of 2012, The Road and the indie film, Puntod in which she won as New Movie Actress of the Year in the 26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies.[4] In April 2013, Forteza released her self-titled album, Barbie Forteza under MCA Records with the carrier single, Meron Ba which was used as the theme song for GMA Network's Koreanovela, Big.[5]

In 2014, Forteza was chosen to play one of the lead roles in the television series, The Half Sisters, along with Thea Tolentino.

In August 2014, she won the Best Supporting Actress award in the new breed category at the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, for the film Mariquina, portraying a teenage version of Mylene Dizon's character Imelda.[6]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role(s) Network
2021 Heartful Café Corazon "Cors"
I Can See You Emma Castro
2020-2021 Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday Ginalyn Malatamban Escoto / Ginalyn Agpangan Escoto
2019 Love You Two Venus (special participation)
Kara Mia Kara Machado Lacson
2018 Super Ma'am Pearly (special participation)
Inday Will Always Love You Happylou "Inday" Magtibay Fuentes / Happylou "Inday" Fuentes-Melendez
2017 My Love from the Star Herself (special participation)
Meant to Be Maria Belinda "Billie" Bendiola
2016 That's My Amboy Maria Rosario "Maru" Carreon Tapang / Maria Rosario "Maru" Tapang Romero
2015 Dangwa Mary "Yaya May Flower" Catacutan (special participation)
2014–2016 The Half Sisters Diana Mercado Alcantara / Diana Mercado Valdicañas [7]
2013 Genesis Faith (special participation)
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina "Karen" Zamora / Anna Karenina "Karen" Villarama
2012–2013 Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa Mariposa de Guzman / Princess Aira
2012 Luna Blanca: Ang Ikalawang Yugto teen Blanca Sandoval Buenaluz
2011–2012 Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin Katherine Somera / Mylene Avelino Fuentebella
2011 Nita Negrita Antoinette / Nita Raymundo / Nita Negrita / Netnet
2010–2011 Jillian: Namamasko Po Maggie Molina (special participation)
2010–2012 Reel Love Presents: Tween Hearts Barbara "Bambi" Fortez
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Charity Santos / Charity Dimaano
First Time Cyndi Gomez
2009 Stairway to Heaven young Jodi Reyes

Television comedy showsEdit

Year Title Role(s) Network
2019 Daddy's Gurl Pureza
2016-2018 Pepito Manaloto KatKat[8]
2013–2016 Vampire ang Daddy Ko Girlie / Boyong
2012 Tweets for My Sweet Adele Reyes

Television anthologiesEdit

Year Title Role(s) Network
2021 Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Captain Barbie Captain Barbie
2019 Wagas Presents: Wait Lang... Is This Love? Mayumi "Yummy" Bubuyog
Magpakailanman: Ang Pagmulat ng Binulag na Kasambahay (The Bonita Baran Story) Bonita "Bonet" Baran
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Lola Enchanted Genie Lyn
2018 Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Okay Ka, Genie Ko! Genie Lyn
Maynila: My Sister's Secret Elvie
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White
Wagas: Love at Panganib (The Erick and Gia Fernandez Love Story) Gia Fernandez
APT Entertainment Lenten Presentation: Elehiya Lucia
Tadhana: Ola Kala Jessica
Magpakailanman: Ang Babaeng Tinimbang Ngunit Sobra (The Melinda Mara Story) Melinda "Dang" Mara
2017 Maynila: Love Potion Drew
Tadhana: Beauty and Bahrain Mimay
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Tatay Pitong at Pilyong Nokyo Starla
Eat Bulaga!'s Lenten Presentation: Mansyon Yayen Neruda
2016 Magpakailanman: Anak sa Mundo ng Droga Ava
Dear Uge: My Yaya Poser May
2015 Maynila: Status, It's Complicated! Monique
Maynila: Finding Mr. Right Apple
2014 Wagas: Ang Mga Pag-ibig ni Datu Ambiong Un­known
Maynila: Queen of My Heart Lauren
Maynila: One True Heart Erin
Maynila: Mimay Luv Mimay
Maynila: Love in Between Rachel
Wagas: Randolf and Mel Love Story Mel
Maynila: Love Pretends Carla
Maynila: Spirit of the Heart Carrie
2013 Magpakailanman: Kambal na Sapi Cristine
Maynila: My Brother's Lover Jenny
Maynila: Care Giver Un­known
Maynila: Tibok at First Sight Abby
Maynila: Prinsesa ng Pag-ibig Prince / Princess
Maynila: Room for Love Geri
Maynila: Trust in Love Un­known
2012 Maynila: Love Express Un­known
Magpakailanman: Chef with no Hands (The Maricel Apatan Story) young Maricel Apatan
Maynila: Bet Kita Pam
Spooky Nights: Kalansay Cheska
Maynila: True as Gold Mira
2011 Spooky Nights: Ang Manananggala (Battle of the Half-Sisters) Marvi
2010 Maynila: Step Yes, Step No Carly
2009 Dear Friend: My Christmas List Abby / Abigail


Year Title Role

Shake Rattle N Roll

Young Marionne
2009 Puntod Baby
Ang Darling Kong Aswang Aileen
Wapakman Parlita Meneses
2010 Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote Bratty
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Kara
The Road Ella
Ang Panday 2 Bilara
2012 Sossy Problems Becca
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako Cameo
2013 My Little Bossings Rosy
2014 Full Moon Mica
Mariquina Young Imelda
2015 Saranghaeyo #ewankosau Calixta "Kai" Luna
2016 Laut Nadia
Tuos Dowokan
2017 This Time I'll Be Sweeter Erika
2018 Almost A Love Story Baneng



Year Title Label Certification
2013 Barbie Forteza MCA Music TBD

Awards and recognitionEdit

Performance Awards
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Result Source
2020 LionhearTV RAWR Awards Bida Ng Taon Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday Nominated [9]
2017 40th Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Tuos Nominated [10]
9th Ani ng Dangal Awards Ani ng Dangal Awardee Laut Won [11]
2016 36th Fantasporto International film Festival Best Actress Won [12]
2015 38th Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Mariquina Nominated [13]
2014 Cinemalaya Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [14]
2010 26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies New Movie Actress of the Year Puntod Won [15]
Special Awards
Year Award Giving Body Category Result
2013 Candy Magazine Awards Most Stylish Rising Star Won
Candy Magazine Awards Most Stylish BFF with Bea Binene Won
32nd Annual Huwarang Ina Awards Most Outstanding Female Teleserye Artist Nominated
2012 YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars Included
2nd Yahoo! OMG Awards Most Promising Actress of the Year Nominated
Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards Most Liked Loveteam with Derrick Monasterio Nominated
2011 YES Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars Included
2010 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Awardee Won
1st Yahoo! OMG Awards Awesome Young Actress Won
Google Zeitgeist 2010 Top 10 Fastest Rising People Top 2
FAMAS Awards Most Animated Celebrity of the Night Won


  1. ^ "Barbie Forteza cannot accept the title "Primetime Princess" granted by "Primetime Queen" Marian Rivera - LionhearTV". August 20, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Barbie Forteza biography, dating history, movies and family". Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  3. ^ (September 10, 2009). "Stairway to Heaven will air pilot episode on September 14 - The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz".
  4. ^ Tuason, Doods (June 2010), "Today's Most Influential Kids, Tweens, and Teens", Star Studio: Guam Edition, Barrigada, GU: Yellow Pages Ink, 1 (7), pp. 20–21
  5. ^ (June 5, 2013). "Barbie Forteza releases her self-titled debut album - The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz".
  6. ^ (August 10, 2014). "Nora Aunor leads winners of Cinemalaya 2014 - The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz".
  7. ^ (May 23, 2014). "Barbie Forteza and Thea Tolentino to face off in The Half Sisters - The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz".
  8. ^ "Pepito Manaloto Teaser Ep. 259: JakBie sa 'Pepito Manaloto' this September 16". Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  9. ^ "VOTE NOW! RAWR AWARDS 2020". Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Rappler (July 20, 2017). "FULL LIST: Winners & Nominees Gawad Urian Awards 2017". Rappler. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jaclyn Jose, Paolo Ballesteros, Barbie Forteza, and Therese Malvar to be honored at the 9th Ani ng Dangal Awards". GMA Network. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "Barbie Forteza wins Best Actress award for indie film 'Laut' at an International Film Festival". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian Awards 2015". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Winners of Cinemalaya Film Festival announced". GMA News Online.
  15. ^ GMA New Media, Inc. "Barbie Forteza on what she'll miss the most in 'Anna Karenina'".