Carmina Villarroel

María Carmina Muñiz Villarroel Legaspi (born August 17, 1975), better known by her screen name Carmina Villarroel or sometimes credited as Carmina Villarroel Legaspi, is a Filipina actress, television presenter, and former model.

Carmina Villarroel-Legaspi
María Carmina Muñiz Villarroel

(1975-08-17) August 17, 1975 (age 45)
Other namesCarmina Villarroel Legaspi
Carmina Legaspi
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active1986–present
AgentGMA Network (1986–1996; 2003–2012; 2017–present)
ABS-CBN (1987–2003, 2012–2017)
(m. 1994; ann. 2002)

(m. 2012)
ChildrenMaría Cassandra "Cassy" Muñiz Legaspi
Maverick Peter "Mavy" Muñiz Legaspi


Villaroel foray in the world of Philippine showbiz started when she was spotted in the Jollibee TVC in 1986. After a year, she was seen via the Regal produced film, "Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa" as the young Angeli (portrayed by Maricel Soriano as an adult) and in the sitcom, Palibhasa Lalake as Richard Gomez kid sister, Cathy or Catherine.

As one of the new Regal Films contract star in the 1980s, Villaroel was assigned a role in IBC-13's "13, 14, 15" (sitcom) with Aiko Melendez, Ruffa Gutierrez and Tina Revilla as their aunt. Soon, she was making movies for the film company --"Babaing Hampaslupa", "Hindi kita Malilimutan", "Wating", "Dyesebel" etc.

Villaroel was with Regal Entertainment in the early 1980s, and had several movies with the film production company. In the mid-1990s, she moved to VIVA Films.

She starred in the afternoon teleserye Recuerdo de Amor from 2001 to 2002 as a comeback while she hosted on ABS-CBN's Morning Girls from 2002 to 2003. Villaroel switched to rival network GMA, hosting the now-defunct morning talk show Sis in 2003 together with real-life sisters Janice de Belen and Gelli de Belen until it unofficially ended in 2010, then later she is also the co-host of Love ni Mister, Love ni Misis in 2010 until ended in 2011 with her husband Zoren Legaspi.[1] Villaroel is a former contract artist of GMA Network under GMA Artist Center.

She returned to ABS-CBN in January 2012 to star in Lorenzo's Time. Villaroel also hosted the weekend entertainment news programme Showbiz Inside Report alongside Janice de Belen, Joey Marquez and Ogie Diaz followed by Buzz ng Bayan alongside Janice and Boy Abunda. She had recently starred in two primetime teleseryes; the romantic-drama Got to Believe and the soap opera Bridges of Love. Currently, she also starred in the afternoon melodrama series Doble Kara, portraying the role of Lucille Dela Rosa, an overprotective and evil scheming foster mother of Kara who's doesn't know all of her family's secrets. Carmina's character will make the lead heroines lives miserable as hell with the help of Alex.

After her role in Doble Kara, in July 2017 Villaroel briefly returned to her home network GMA Network to have a stint in travel-reality show of GMA Road Trip with her children and husband Zoren Legaspi.



Year Title Role Notes Source
1986–96 That's Entertainment Herself – Co-host / Performer
1987–94 Palibhasa Lalake Cathy / Catherine
1989–95 Eat Bulaga! Herself – Co-host / Judge
1991–97 Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata Elizabeth Delos Santos
1991 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Sanggol"
1992 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Helmet"
1993 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Music Box"
1994–98 Tropang Trumpo Herself – Co-host
1995 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Panyo"
1995–2000 Oki Doki Doc George "Dyords"
1996 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Dibuho"
1997–99 Esperanza Attorney Cynthia Salazar / Rosella Salgado [2]
1997–02 !Oka Tokat Carmela De Dios [3]
1997 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Wedding Vow"
1997 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Retaso"
1997 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Alak"
1998 Ganyan Kita Kamahal Eloisa Espiritu
1998–99 Halik sa Apoy Attorney Alyssa Lambino / Celine
1999 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Stethoscope"
1999 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Taxi"
2000 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Abito"
2001–03 Recuerdo de Amor Luisa Arellano / Rebecca Stuart [4]
2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Condo Unit"
2002 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Scented Candle"
2002–03 Morning Girls with Kris and Korina Herself – Co-host
2003 Nuts Entertainment Herself – Co-host
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Makeup"
2003–04 Narito Ang Puso Ko Ava "Primavera" Grande
2004–10 SiS Herself – Co-host
2004 Mulawin Ina Guest
2004 Kakabakaba Adventures
2005 Darna Sabrina / Sulfura
2006 Majika Ayessa
2007 Mga Mata ni Anghelita Cristine Manresa
2007–08 MariMar Dra. Rhia Concepcion Guest
2008 Codename: Asero Lady Q / Sandy
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Judith Episode: "Reseta"
2009 Sana Ngayong Pasko young Remedios Dionisio Special participation [5][6][7]
2010 The Last Prince Reyna Lamara
2010–12 Pepito Manaloto Maricar Del Valle Seasons 1–3
2010–11 Love ni Mister, Love ni Misis Herself – Host
2011 Amazing Cooking Kids Herself – Host
2011 Pahiram ng Isang Ina Emily Martinez
2012–13 Showbiz Inside Report Herself – Co-host [8]
2012 Gandang Gabi, Vice! Herself – Guest
2012 Lorenzo's Time Kathy "Kat-Kat" Gonzales-Montereal [9][10]
2012 TodaMax Chef Mina Guest
2012 Zoren-Carmina: Always Forever, A Wedding Like No Other Herself [1][6][7]
2012 Wansapanataym Joanna Episode: "Perfect Gift"
2013 May Isang Pangarap Vanessa "Nessa" Francisco [11]
2013–14 Got to Believe Juliana San Juan-Manansala [12]
2014 The Ryzza Mae Show Herself – Guest
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Dina Episode: "Sanggol"
2014 Wansapanataym Presents: Nato De Coco Liezel 7 Episodes
2015 Bridges of Love Alexa Meyers Antonio [13]
2015–17 Doble Kara Lucille Acosta-Dela Rosa Seasons 1–4, 6 [14][15]
2016–17 Till I Met You Cassandra "Cass" Bermudo-Duico Credited as "Carmina Villarroel-Legaspi" [16]
2017 Road Trip Herself – Guest Credited as "Carmina Legaspi"
2017–present Eat Bulaga! Herself – Judge
2017–present Pepito Manaloto Maricar Del Valle Season 6–present
2017 Dear Uge Weng Episode: "Funny or Yummy"
2017 Super Ma'am Ceres
2017–18 Kambal, Karibal Geraldine Enriquez-Magpantay / Geraldine Enriquez-De Villa [17]
2018 Sarap, 'Di Ba? Herself – Host [18]
2019 Kara Mia Aya Machado-Lacson


Year Title Role Notes Source
1987 Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa Young Angeli
1987 Kapag Puso ang Naghari
1988 Bobo Cop
1988 Tiyanak Monica
1988 Good Morning, Titser
1988 Babaing Hampaslupa Fe
1989 Magic to Love Carmina
1989 Balbakwa
1989 Limang Daliri Ng Diyos
1989 Isang Araw Walang Diyos Kelly
1989 SuperMouse and the Robo-Rats Juliet
1989 Student Body
1989 Last Two Minutes Carmina
1989 Regal Shocker: The Movie Segment: "Pangako"
1990 Dyesebel Young Dyesebel
1990 Tora Tora, Bang Bang Bang
1990 Kapag Langit ang Humatol Bernadette
1990 Lover's Delight
1990 Shake, Rattle & Roll II Tiffany Segment: "Kulam"
1991 Kailan Ka Magiging Akin Tess
1991 Underage Too Young Carmina
1991 Secrets of Pura
1991 Anak ni Janice
1992 Iisa Pa Lamang Cynthia [1]
1992 Guwapings: The First Adventure
1992 Hanggang May Buhay Joy
1992 Yakapin Mo Akong Muli
1992 Buddy en Sol: Praybeyt Depektibs
1993 Ligaw-Ligawan, Kasal-Kasalan, Bahay-Bahayan Roselle Batibot Segment: "Kasal-Kasalan"
1993 Hindi Kita Malilimutan Rowena
1993 Bulag, Pipi at Bingi
1993 Makati Ave. (Office Girls)
1994 Wating Rosel
1994 Hindi Magbabago Lisa
1996 Oki Doki Doc: The Movie George "Dyords"
1996 Bayarang Puso Christine Sanvictores [8][14]
1996 Maruja Maruja Isabel Sevilla / Nina Concepcion
1996 Maginoong Barumbado Carmela
1996 Awit ni Cecilia Ms. Sibulo Television Movie
1997 Ipaglaban Mo!: The Movie Belen Episode 1 (Part 1)
1997 Atraso: Ang Taong May Kasalanan Cecilia Tiangco
1998 Buhawi Jack Vera
1998 Kahit Mabuhay Kang Muli Gel
1998 Ang Erpat Kong Astig Celia
1999 Sumigaw Ka Hanggang Gusto Mo
1999 Lalaban Ako Hanggang Sa Huling Hininga
1999 Esperanza: The Movie Attorney Cynthia Salazar / Rosella Salgado
2000 Minsan, Minahal Kita Jackie
2000 Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin Monique
2001 Super Idol Jenny
2002 Cass & Cary: Who Wants To Be a Billionaire? Michelle
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Janet
2005 Mulawin: The Movie Salimbay
2006 Tulay
2010 Shake, Rattle & Roll XII Head Nurse Segment: "Mamanyiika"
2011 The Road Carmela
2012 One More Try Dra. Diesta [6][7]
2015 Everyday I Love You Gina
2017 Love You to the Stars and Back Michelle
2019 Wild Little Love
2019 Sunod Olivia Lead role, 45th Metro Manila Film Festival entry

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Award Category Result Source
1991 Kapag Langit Ang Humatol Gawad Urian Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1995 Wating Young Critics Circle Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role
(Female, Adult, Individual)
Nominated [13]
Gawad Urian Award Gawad Urian for Best Actress Nominated
1997 Bayarang Puso FAMAS Award FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Reseta" 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress Won [14]
N/A Day Off PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Reality Program Won
N/A SiS Best Celebrity Talk Show Won
2012 The Road FAMAS Award FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated [6][7]
2013 Showbiz Inside Report Golden Screen Award Outstanding Female Showbiz Talk Program Host Nominated [8]
2014 Nominated
2016 Doble Kara 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Supporting Actress Nominated [14]

Personal lifeEdit

Villarroel was previously married to BB Gandanghari in 1994; the two had no children, and Villarroel filed for annulment several years after, which was granted in 2002.

Villarroel married her partner Zoren Legaspi on November 15, 2012; the couple had their twins Maverick Peter and María Cassandra on January 6, 2001 in the United States. Legaspi planned a surprise proposal and civil wedding with the help of their families and the network. The ceremony was later air the following Saturday as the television special Zoren-Carmina: Always Forever, A Wedding Like No Other. The idea of a surprise proposal followed by a flashmob-style instant wedding was inspired by a remarkably similar episode of the US television programme Mobbed, hosted by Howie Mandel.


  1. ^ a b c "Carmina Villarroel talks about family life". The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Esperanza on 'TFCnow'". Archived from the original on August 21, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Santos, Rhea Manila (July 17, 2011). "Makisig Morales shares why he enjoys bonding with his siblings on weekends". Showbuzz: Celeb Highlight. ABS-CBN. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "ABS-CBN's Recuerdo de Amor [a new teleserye] of Diether Ocampo". PinoyExchange Connect and Converse. Retrieved June 15, 2018.[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ "Carmina at Zoren, magkasama sa Xmas serye". November 28, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Carmina almost finds out secret wedding plan". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d "Zoren Carmina Wedding: Carmina walks down the aisle". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
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  9. ^ "Carmina Villarroel excited about playing "leading lady" to Zaijian Jaranilla in her first soap as Kapamilya returnee". Philippine Entertainment Portal. April 17, 2012. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Carmina Villaroel does not mind playing opposite younger leading men". April 14, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Two singing child stars to be introduced via ABS-CBN's May Isang Pangarap". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 9, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "'Go to Believe treats fans; show ends Friday night". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Carmina Villarroel: Kissing Paulo Avelino just part of the job". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 9, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d Sampayan, Anj (October 8, 2016). "Heart, Jennylyn, Kim, Julia, Liza, Nadine, Dawn nominated for Best Drama Actress at Star Awards for TV". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  15. ^ Buan-Deveza, Reyma (August 17, 2015). "Julia Montes Gets First Title Role in 'Doble Kara'". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on November 1, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  16. ^ James Patrick Anarcon. "Netizens react to #MaybeAlmostAlways teaser of JaDine teleserye Till I Met You". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  17. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (November 2, 2017). "Marvin Agustin returns to GMA-7; joins Carmina Villarroel, BiGuel in new teleserye". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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