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Marie Rachel Salman Taleon-Lagdameo (born March 4, 1969),[1] more known by her screen name Dawn Zulueta, is a Filipina film-television actress, host and commercial model.[2]

Dawn Zulueta
Marie Rachel Salman Taleon

(1969-03-04) March 4, 1969 (age 50)
OccupationActress, television host, commercial model
Years active1986–present
AgentViva Artists Agency (1986-present)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Spouse(s)Antonio Lagdameo, Jr. (m. 1997)
Parent(s)Jose Fazil Taleon (father)
Maria Cleofe Salman (mother)
RelativesJed Madela (cousin)


Early life and careerEdit

Zulueta was spotted in the Close-Up TV commercial in 1986 opposite budding actor Tonton Gutierrez. After which, Viva Films assigned her first movie appearance in "Nakagapos na Puso" (1986). Then a gamut of TV assignments followed. She had roles in TV shows like "Ok Ka, Fairy ko" (1988) as Enteng Kabisote's wife Faye, drama series "Davao" (1990) in RPN -9 and became a regular female co-host of musical variety show GMA-Super Show (1989). Soon, she branched out hosting other musical-variety shows like The Dawn and Jimmy Show (1989) and RSVP (1990). During the early years of her career, Viva Films assigned her comedy movies like "Bondying" (1988) with Jimmy Santos, "Alyas Batman and Robin" (1990) with Joey de Leon and son Kempee or either support roles. In 1991, Reyna Films in its initial film presentation partnered her with Richard Gomez in the smash hit "Hihintayin kita sa Langit" playing ill-fated lovers. Zulueta holds the distinction of winning both the Filipino Academy of Movies Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards for Best Lead Actress (Hihintayin Kita sa Langit) and Best Supporting Actress (Una Kang Naging Akin) in 1991. She also won the Supporting Actress of the Year in the Film Academy of the Philippines for Una Kang Naging Akin.[3] She was also declared by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Entertainment Award as the Box Office Queen of 1994 for starring in that year's highest-grossing film: The Maggie Dela Riva Story...God Why Me?[4]

The only person in Philippine movie history to ever bag two acting awards in a single ceremony from any awards night (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the 1991 FAMAS Awards).

Her other Best Actress honors include the 1993 Metro Manila Film Festival for Kung Mawawala Ka Pa;[5] 1993 FAMAS for Kung Mawawala Ka Pa;[6] and 1994 Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies for Buhay ng Buhay Ko.[7] Further, she has received multiple nominations (for both lead and supporting roles) from the prestigious Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) Gawad Urian.[8][9]

In 1996, Zulueta starred with 90's rising star and former child star Sheryl Cruz and 1994 Beauty Queen Charlene Gonzales in the hit drama-vengeance film Ikaw Naman Ang Iiyak for Viva Films in a lead role as Elaine, which became a career booster as a lead actress. In the same year, Zulueta was cited in a Manila Times article as the 10th Best Filipino Actress from 1990 to 1996.[10] In addition, a 1999 Manila Standard article named her as one of the Top 10 Actresses of the 1990s.[11]

In 2010, Zulueta took the lead role in a stage musical, A Little Night Music. In 2011, she made a comeback television show the remake of Mula Sa Puso, which she's plays Magda, who originally played by Jaclyn Jose.

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Antonio Lagdameo, Jr.[12][13] They have two children.[14][15][16]



Year Title Role Producer
2019 Family History May GMA Pictures
2017 Meant to Beh Andrea Balatbat OctoArts Films
2016 Love Me Tomorrow Christy Domingo-Gonzales Star Cinema
2015 The Love Affair Patricia "Tricia" Ramos Star Cinema
2014 She's Dating The Gangster older Athena Dizon Star Cinema
2012 Ang Nawawala Esme Bonifacio Cinemalaya
2011 Catch Me, I'm in Love Elena Rodriguez Star Cinema
2010 Sigwa Dolly Cinemalaya
2008 Magkaibigan Teresa Maverick Films
2003 Filipinas Gloria Filipinas Viva Films
1997 To Saudi With Love Premiere Productions
1996 Salamat Sa Lotto Golden Lions Films
Ikaw Naman Ang Iiyak Elaine Viva Films
Bakit May Kahapon Pa? Leah Viva Films
Lahar: Paraisong Abo Sheila Star Cinema
Itataya Ko Ang Buhay Ko Andrea Seiko Films
1995 Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara Ruth Duarte Star Cinema
Anabelle Huggins Story: Ruben Ablaza Tragedy - Mea Culpa Annabelle Huggins Viva Films
1994 Wanted Perfect Father Lily Star Cinema
Lagalag: The Eddie Fernandez Story Dulce Lukban Star Cinema
Sana'y Laging Magkapiling Maria Makiling Seiko Films
The Maggie Dela Riva Story (God ... Why Me?) Maggie Dela Riva Viva Films
The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!) Cecilia Masagca Viva Films
Chinatown 2: The Vigilantes Four N Films
Buhay Ng Buhay Ko Regal Films
1993 Kung Mawawala Ka Pa Marisa Reyna Films
Paniwalaan Mo Loren OctoArts Films
Saan Ka Man Naroroon Amanda Reyna Films
1992 Hanggang May Buhay Kristie Bonanza Films
Apoy sa Puso Viva Films
Akin Ang Pangarap Mo Alita Viva Films
Iisa Pa Lamang Clara Regal Films
1991 Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit Carmina Salvador Reyna Films
Una Kang Naging Akin Vanessa Viva Films
Alyas Batman en Robin Wonder Woman Regal Films
1990 Kasalanan Bang Sambahin Ka? Grace Viva Films
Pangarap Na Ginto Daisy Viva Films
1989 Isang Bala Isang Buhay Dolores Viva Films
Hindi Pahuhuli ng Buhay Helena Viva Films
Bakit Iisa Lamang Ang Puso Diana Viva Films
1988 Bondying: The Little Boy Flora Viva Films
Paano Tatakasan Ang Bukas Viva Films
One Day Isang Araw Regal Films
1986 Nakagapos Na Puso Meldy Viva Films


Year Title Role Network
2019 Pepito Manaloto Elma GMA Network
2018 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Marissa Hidalgo ABS-CBN
2017 Sunday PinaSaya Herself GMA Network
Eat Bulaga! Herself
Bossing & Ai Herself/Special guest
The Lolas' Beautiful Show
2015 – 2016 You're My Home Marian Angeles-Fontanilla ABS-CBN
2015 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself/Celebrity Player
2014 Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel Lucia Reyes
2013 Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin Zenaida Dizon / Zenaida Ramirez
Minute to Win It Herself/Celebrity Contestant
Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Herself/Main Host
2012 Toda Max SPO3 Emily Mapaginitan
Walang Hanggan Emilia "Emily" Cardenas Guidotti-Montenegro
2011 Mula sa Puso Magdalena "Magda" Trinidad-Pereira
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tsinelas Lina Simples
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sulat Malou
2007 Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Ruth Abelgas
2006 Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Ynang Reyna Mine-a GMA Network
Now and Forever: Duyan Adea
2005 Encantadia Ynang Reyna Mine-a
2004 Forever in My Heart Stella Carbonel
2001-2003 The Price Is Right Herself/Host ABC
1996-1997 Startalk Herself/Co-host GMA Network
1995-2006 ASAP Herself/Co-host ABS-CBN
1995 Okey Ka Fairy Ko! Faye GMA Network
1988 GMA Supershow Herself/Co-host

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1993 19th Metro Manila Film Festival [17] Best Festival Actress Kung Mawawala Ka Pa Won
1995 25th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Box Office Queen The Maggie Dela Riva Story Won
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actress Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tsinelas Nominated
2011 ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Female Fashionista Magazine Category Won
2012 26th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Walang Hanggan Nominated
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards [18] All Time Favorite Love Team on Movies and TV (with Richard Gomez) Walang Hanggan Won
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series Walang Hanggan Nominated
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress (with Cristine Reyes) Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Nominated


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  9. ^ "38th Gawad Urian winners (2015) - Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP)". Retrieved 20 September 2015.
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  13. ^ (10 August 2008). "Dawn Zulueta celebrates a delightful decade of marriage - The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-10-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ (7 December 2008). "Dawn Zulueta thrilled over her unexpected second pregnancy - The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1976". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  18. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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