Bernard Palanca

Bernard Revilla Palanca Jr. (born December 3, 1976) is a Filipino host, film/television character actor, and product endorser.

Bernard Palanca
Bernard Revilla Palanca Jr.

(1976-12-03) December 3, 1976 (age 46)
Other namesBJ
Occupation(s)Actor, host, endorser
Years active1996–present
SpouseMeryll Soriano (m. 2006; separated)
Partner(s)Jerika Ejercito (separated)
Tracey Tabora
RelativesArmando Goyena
Miko Palanca
Johnny Revilla

Early lifeEdit

His maternal grandfather, Armando Goyena (real name: José Revilla), was an actor as was his younger brother, Miko Palanca. He is the son of Bernard Palanca Sr., a race car driver, who died when Bernard Jr. was just a child. On his father's side of the family, he is a grandson of businessman and philanthropist Carlos Palanca Jr. of the family that organizes the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His mother, Pita Revilla-Palanca (later Revilla-Hocson) came from the Revilla clan of celebrities (not to be confused with the Bautista clan who are more popularly known as Revillas). Among his aunts are former actress/Camay model/jewelry designer Maritess Revilla-Araneta, Cita Revilla-Yabut who was also a Camay model, as well as actress and TV host Tina Revilla-Valencia. Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, a model and social entrepreneur and daughter of Marites is his cousin. Another showbiz relation is actor-host-businessman Johnny Revilla, the only brother of Bernard's mother, married to singer Janet Basco. Palanca is known to be a versatile actor and has worked with all the famous actors and actresses in Philippine cinema.[1] He has Chinese ancestry from his father's side.[2]


A member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic stable, Palanca was part of "The Hunks" together with Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, and Carlos Agassi and the defunct band Bizkit Factory that was featured in the movie Kahit Isang Saglit. He is a Star Magic Batch 5 alumni. Palanca also had hosting stint in the Philippine local music television channel myx on its myx Live! program.

Palanca was also once an endorser for San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen and currently for Beer na Beer.

Network switchesEdit

Palanca was a member of ABS-CBN Star Magic talents but he did not renew his contract after the expiration. He decided to fuse on GMA Network and became one of the cast of primetime series Gagambino where he worked with Dennis Trillo, Katrina Halili and Ryza Cenon. After Gagambino, Palanca appeared again in the afternoon hit drama series co-starred with Heart Evangelista and JC de Vera in the remake of Ngayon at Kailanman aired on GMA Network.

Palanca also had a short role on Philippine remake of Rosalinda. He had a guesting role on GMA's rival station ABS-CBN via May Bukas Pa for a short stint. He was a regular cast member on GMA's fantasy series called Panday Kids but the management allowed him to have some roles on their rival station ABS-CBN's program Rosalka top-billed by Empress Schuck as well.

He was once part of GMA Network's Philippine remake of Koreanovela Autumn in My Heart - Endless Love and as of 2013, he was back on his home network ABS-CBN. Palanca played Diego Buenavista in the 2015 remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo, a role originally played by Jestoni Alarcon.

In Feb 2020, he returned to GMA-7 as part of the upcoming cultural drama, Legal Wives. He did a 2-episode arc titled Positive as Greg in the GMA drama anthology, Tadhana, during 2019 before playing Gary Salvacion on ABS-CBN's fantasy-sci-fi-horror-drama miniserye, Parasite Island.

Personal lifeEdit

Palanca has been open about his past drug addiction and admitted he went into rehabilitation during his showbiz hiatus. He was also known for his long-term relationship with actress Rica Peralejo whom he dated from late 2000-2003. He was once married to actress Meryll Soriano, the eldest daughter of host Willie Revillame.[3][unreliable source?]

On August 27, 2007, Soriano gave birth to their son, Elijah Pineda (6.5 lbs, 10:01 a.m.) at Makati Medical Center. Her mother, Bec-Bec Soriano, rushed her to hospital, while Palanca and his mother Pita arrived later. [4]

After Palanca and Soriano separated, Palanca dated Jerika Ejercito, daughter of former President and Mayor of Manila Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Jerika gave birth to a baby boy whom they named Isaiah Joseph E. Palanca on May 7, 2014.[5] Palanca and Ejercito are on good terms with Palanca's former wife, Soriano.[6]

Palanca separated from Ejercito in 2016 and is now in a relationship since with Tracey Tabora, a fashion designer and professor, a year later.

Palanca's younger brother and actor Miko died in December 2019 due to apparent suicide. Three months later, in March 19, 2020, his mother Pita Revilla-Hocson died due to cancer.



Year Title Producer
2018 Sin Island Star Cinema
2016 How to Be Yours Star Cinema
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Regal Films
2013 Four Sisters and a Wedding Star Cinema
2012 Captive Swift Entertainment Production and Centerstage Production
2010 Paano Na Kaya Star Cinema
2009 You Changed My Life Star Cinema and Viva Films
2008 Baler Viva Films
2008 A Very Special Love Star Cinema and Viva Films
2006 Sukob Star Cinema
2004 All My Life Star Cinema
2001 Pagdating Ng Panahon Viva Films
2001 Narinig Mo Na Ba Ang L8est? Star Cinema
2001 Sa Huling Paghihintay Viva Films
2000 Bakit Ba Ganyan? (Ewan Ko Nga Ba, Darling)
2000 Kahit Isang Saglit Star Cinema
2000 Azucena: Dog Seller (as Bernardo Palanca)
2000 Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Viva Films
1998 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Star Cinema


Year Title Role Network
2022–2023 Unica Hija Lucas Orosco GMA Network
Nakarehas na Puso Alfred Montellana
2022 Widows' Web William Suarez
Click, Like, Share: Swap Jon iWantTFC
2021 Legal Wives Abdul Malik Valeandong GMA Network
2019 Parasite Island Gary Salvacion ABS-CBN
Tadhana: Positive (Part 1 & 2) Greg GMA Network
Sino ang May Sala?: Mea Culpa Rommel Baniaga ABS-CBN
The General's Daughter young Tiago
2018 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Jethro "Jet" Garrido
2017 The Good Son young Don Enrico Gesmundo
Ipaglaban Mo!: Suspetsa Robert
A Love to Last Tom Gonzales
2016 Till I Met You Gino Dee
Born For You Salvador "Buddy" Reyes
My Super D Pedro
Ipaglaban Mo!: Pagnanasa Jojo
Bakit Manipis ang Ulap? Miguel Custodio TV5
2015 Pangako Sa 'Yo Anton Diego Buenavista ABS-CBN
2014 Hawak Kamay Jacob Caballero
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol Carlo
The Legal Wife Miguel Zapanta
2013 Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala Greg
2011 Babaeng Hampaslupa young Edward Wong TV5
2010 Endless Love Raul GMA Network
Panday Kids James Villafuerte
Rosalka Ramon Sta. Maria ABS-CBN
2009 May Bukas Pa Manny Montalban / Dadskie
Rosalinda Allan GMA Network
Sine Novela: Ngayon at Kailanman Raphael "Raf" Mendoza
2008–2009 Carlo J. Caparas' Gagambino Dr. Martin
2008 HushHush Various TV5
2007 Rounin Special Guest ABS-CBN
2006 Your Song Presents: I Episode Guest
Komiks Presents: Vincent Vincent
Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday Kamatayan
2005 Bora: Sons of the Beach Lenin
2004 Hiram Alexander
2003 Masayang Tanghali Bayan Host/Himself
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Anilov Mijares
2001 Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan Alfonso
1999 Labs Ko Si Babe Jobert Royales
1996 Gimik Scud Torres
1995 ASAP Host / Himself / Guest


  1. ^ "Balitang : Individual Entry Archive". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "Carlos Palanca -, Philippine News for Filipinos". Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bernard Palanca". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Meryll Soriano gives birth to baby Elijah". GMA News Online.
  5. ^ "Bernard Palanca and Jerika Estrada now proud parents to a baby boy".
  6. ^ "Meryll Soriano, maganda ang relasyon kina Bernard Palanca at Jerika Ejercito".

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