Marie Rachel Salman Taleon-Lagdameo (born March 4, 1969),[1] known professionally as Dawn Zulueta (Tagalog pronunciation: [sʊlˈwɛtɐ]), is a Filipino actress, host and commercial model.[2] She was recognized as the only Filipino actor to win two different major accolades in acting categories in a single year when she won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the 1992 FAMAS Awards. She also appeared in Manila Standard's Top 10 Filipina actresses of the 1990s list of 1999.[3]

Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo
Marie Rachel Salman Taleon

(1969-03-04) March 4, 1969 (age 55)
  • Actress
  • host
  • model
Years active1986–present
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
(m. 1997)
RelativesJed Madela (cousin)



Zulueta was spotted in a Close-Up television commercial in 1986 opposite Tonton Gutierrez. She then started her film career in Nakagapos na Puso (1986) alongside Sharon Cuneta and Lorna Tolentino. She also had roles in television series like Okay Ka, Fairy Ko! (1995–1997) as the lead character's wife, drama series Davao (1990), and became a regular female co-host on the musical variety show GMA Supershow (1989).

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, she was cast in comedy films like Bondying (1988) starring Jimmy Santos, and Alyas Batman en Robin (1991) with Joey de Leon and Keempee de Leon. Zulueta's played the lead opposite Richard Gomez in the romantic drama Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991) playing ill-fated lovers.

Zulueta holds the distinction of winning both the FAMAS Awards for Best Lead Actress (Hihintayin Kita sa Langit) and Best Supporting Actress (Una Kang Naging Akin) in 1992, making her the only Filipino actor to ever to win two different major accolades in acting categories in a single year. She also won a Luna Award as Supporting Actress of the Year for the film Una Kang Naging Akin.[4] In 1994, Zulueta received the Box Office Entertainment Award for Box Office Queen for the film The Maggie Dela Riva Story...God Why Me?[5]

In 1993, Zulueta received two Best Actress awards from the Metro Manila Film Festival[6] and FAMAS.[7] In 1994, the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies for Buhay ng Buhay Ko.[8][non-primary source needed] Further, she has received multiple nominations (for both lead and supporting roles) from the prestigious Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) Gawad Urian.[9][10]

In 1996, Zulueta starred with Sheryl Cruz and 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.[11] In addition, a 1999 Manila Standard article named her as one of the Top 10 Actresses of the 1990s.[3]

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.

In 2012, ABS-CBN launched Walang Hanggan which starred Zulueta, Gomez, Coco Martin, and Julia Montes. The show was noted to be a reboot of the Gomez-Zulueta film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit.

She also portrayed the lead character's older version in the 2014 film, She's Dating the Gangster where she acted opposite Gomez, along with lead stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. She then played another lead role in the drama The Love Affair in 2015 under the direction of Nuel C. Naval and a screenplay by Vanessa R. Valdez.

Opposite Gomez, Zulueta played Marian Fontanilla in the 2015–2016 soap opera, You're My Home. The show became her and Gomez's last collaboration up to date.

In 2016, Zulueta worked with Piolo Pascual and Coleen García in Love Me Tomorrow as directed by Gino M. Santos. Gomez also made a special appearance in the film. In the same year, Zulueta played as first lady Marissa Hidalgo in Ang Probinsyano. Her appearance on the show became a reunion project for her, and colleagues Martin, Edu Manzano, and Alice Dixson.

She played as Andrea Balatbat, a character opposite Vic Sotto's in the 2017 OctoArts movie, Meant to Beh.

Zulueta played the character of May Dela Cruz in the 2019 drama Family History.[12]

Personal life


She is of Palestinian descent.[13][14] Her maternal grandfather, George Anton Salman,[15] was a Palestinian-Arab who came to the Philippines after the Second World War.

She is married to Antonio Lagdameo, Jr.[16][17] They have two children namely Jacobo Antonio (born 2005), and Ayisha Madlen (born 2009).[18][19][20]




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


Year Title Role Network
1988 GMA Supershow Herself/co-host GMA Network
1989 The Dawn and Jimmy Show Host IBC
1992 Davao: Ang Gintong Pag-asa RPN
1994 Star Drama Theater Presents: Dawn various roles ABS-CBN
1995–1997 Okay Ka, Fairy Ko! Faye GMA Network
ASAP Co-Host/Performer ABS-CBN
2001–2002 The Price Is Right Herself/host ABC
2004 Forever in My Heart Stella Carbonel GMA Network
2005 Encantadia Ynang Reyna Mine-a
2006 Now and Forever: Duyan Adea
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Ynang Reyna Mine-a
2007 Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Ruth Abelgas ABS-CBN
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sulat Malou
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tsinelas Lina Simples
2011 Mula sa Puso Magdalena "Magda" Trinidad-Pereira
2012 Walang Hanggan Emilia "Emily" Cardenas-Guidotti
Toda Max SPO3 Emily Mapaginitan
2013 Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Herself/Main Host
Minute to Win It Herself/Celebrity Contestant
Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin Zenaida Dizon / Zenaida Ramirez
2014 Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel Lucia Reyes
2015 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself/Celebrity Player
2015–2016 You're My Home Marian Angeles-Fontanilla
2017 The Lolas' Beautiful Show Herself/Special guest GMA Network
Bossing & Ai
Eat Bulaga! Herself
Sunday PinaSaya Herself
2018 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Marissa Hidalgo ABS-CBN
2019 Pepito Manaloto Elma GMA Network
2022 A Family Affair Carolina "Carol" Estrella† Kapamilya Channel / A2Z / TV5

Awards and nominations

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1990 FAMAS Awards Best Actress Bakit Iisa Lamang ang Puso Nominated
1991 Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Kasalanan Bang Sambahin Ka? Nominated
1992 Best Actress Hihintayin Kita sa Langit Nominated
FAMAS Awards[21] Best Actress Won
Best Supporting Actress Una Kang Naging Akin Won
Luna Awards[22] Best Supporting Actress Won
1993 19th Metro Manila Film Festival[23] Best Festival Actress Kung Mawawala Ka Pa Won
Gawad Urian Awards Best Actress Iisa Pa Lamang Nominated
FAMAS Awards Nominated
1994 Kung Mawawala Ka Pa Won
1995 25th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Box-Office Queen The Maggie Dela Riva Story Won
Star Awards for Movies Actress of the Year Buhay ng Buhay Ko Won
FAMAS Awards Best Actress The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!) Nominated
2009 Golden Screen Awards for Movies Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) Magkaibigan Nominated
FAMAS Awards Best Actress Nominated
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actress Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tsinelas Nominated
2011 Golden Screen Awards for Movies Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) 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[24] All Time Favorite Love Team on Movies and TV (with Richard Gomez) Won
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin Nominated
2015 63rd FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress She's Dating the Gangster Nominated
41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Meant to Beh Nominated
2016 Gawad PASADO Awards Pinakapasadong Aktres The Love Affair Won
32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year Nominated
FAMAS Awards Best Actress Nominated
30th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress You're My Home Nominated


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