Diego Loyzaga

Carlos Diego Loyzaga (born May 21, 1995) is a Filipino actor, model, and video jockey. He is known as one of the members of the male group Kapamilya Cuties.[1][2]

Diego Loyzaga
Carlos Diego Loyzaga

(1995-05-21) May 21, 1995 (age 25)
Other namesDiego Loyzaga
OccupationActor, model, VJ
Years active2011–present
AgentStar Magic
Viva Artists Agency (2020–present)
Parent(s)Cesar Montano (father)
Teresa Loyzaga (mother)
RelativesCarlos Loyzaga (grandfather)
Joey Loyzaga (uncle)
Chito Loyzaga (uncle)
Bing Loyzaga (aunt)


Early lifeEdit

Loyzaga was born in San Juan, Manila to actress Teresa Loyzaga and actor Cesar Montano. He has a half-brother named Joseph Dizon, from his mother's former marriage to businessman Arnold Dizon;[3] three half-sisters Angelina, Samantha, and Francheska, from his father's second marriage with Sunshine Cruz;[4] and half-siblings named Angela Manhilot and Christian Angelo Manhilot from his father's first wife.[5]

He is a grandson of Filipino basketball legend Carlos Loyzaga and a nephew of actress Bing Loyzaga[6] and of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players Chito Loyzaga and Joey Loyzaga.

In May 2000, Loyzaga, his mother and half-brother Joseph Dizon moved to Sydney, Australia.[7]


Before moving to Sydney, he attended preschool at Marcellis School in Antipolo City. After moving to Sydney, he studied at St. Aidan's Catholic School in Maroubra, Sydney and at John Forrest School in Perth.[8]

In 2011, after moving back to the Philippines to pursue an acting career, he enrolled at O.B. Montessori Center, Inc. – Greenhills where he finished high school.[9][10]


2011–2012: Early roles and short hiatusEdit

On March 8, 2011, he signed a three-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN; he was 15 years old then.[1] In an interview, he said that going into show business was his personal choice and had nothing to do with his parents.[11] He became part of ABS-CBN’s top-rated series Mara Clara reprising the role of Derrick Gonzales originally played by Rico Yan.[8][12]

He did a number of TV guesting including the variety talk show Gandang Gabi, Vice!, in which he chaperoned Daniel Padilla and Neil Coleta.[13] In September 2011, he was cast in the youth-oriented drama series Growing Up, in which he played the role of Jason, the brother of Patrick.

In 2011, he was nominated as Amazing Male Newcomer in Yahoo! Awards Philippines.[14]

While keeping up with his studies, he held various endorsements including the clothing brand Bench labeled "Happy in Bench" with co-stars Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, and Albie Casiño.

He took a break from show business to complete his secondary education in 2012.

2013–present: Comeback and new opportunitiesEdit

In May 2013, he returned onscreen when he played the role of Bruce in the episode "Box" of Maalaala Mo Kaya? (MMK), Asia’s longest drama anthology.[15] His comeback acting talent received good feedbacks on social media describing him as being able to "converse in flawless Tagalog" unlike in his past projects in which he tended to halt in twang.[16]

Subsequently, he starred the fantasy-drama series Wansapanataym in the second installment of "Petra Paminta," in which he played the role of Sancho and was paired to Julia Barretto.[17]

In July 2013, he was initially signed for a major role in the soap opera Mirabella mainly cast by Julia Barretto;[18] however, he was later delegated to a supporting role.[19]

In September 2014, he played a supporting role in TV 5’s Wattpad Presents "Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody".[20] During the presscon of Wattpad Presents, he said that he had no problems with working exclusively with TV 5, explaining that an artist like him did not consider network war relevant and that his work was to portray the character well.

In January 2015, he was revealed as one of three new VJ’s of MYX,[2] who could be seen in My MYX, MYX Daily Top 10, Pinoy MYX, and Pop MYX.[21]

Still in January 2015, he guested as the young G (God) in the hit daytime program Oh My G!.[22] In February 2015, he joined the cast of the TV series Forevermore, which was top-billed by Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.[23]

On May 21, 2016, when he celebrated his 21st birthday, he played the lead role of Rommel, a schoolteacher, in the MMK episode "Pasa" ("Bruise") reaching a 30.2% nationwide rating, which was more than twice as high as the 15.0% rating garnered by the Magpakailanman (MPK) episode aired by GMA 7.[24][25] A number of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram users commented that he had given justice to the lead role even without a romantic partner and that he deserved an acting award for such a commendable performance. Among the netizens who congratulated him on Twitter was Filipino recording artist and TV host Jed Madela.[26] There were even comments on YouTube.com saying that Filipino talk show host and actress Kris Aquino had referred to him as the "male version" of diamond star Maricel Soriano and that Filipino comedian Vice Ganda had remarked that his acting performance was often comparable to that of Glaiza de Castro or Angel Locsin.[27]



Year Title Role Network Ref.
2018 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos Joaquin S. Cardinal ABS-CBN
Ipaglaban Mo: Sumpaan Mikoy
2017–2018 Pusong Ligaw Miraculo "Potpot/Ira" Policarpio / Rafael Magbanua Cervantes
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cellphone Mart
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pasa Rommel
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Guest
2015 Pangako Sa 'Yo David San Luis / David Powers
Forevermore Jay Fernandez [23]
Oh My G! Young G (God) [22]
My MYX Himself (VJ) Myx [21]
MYX Daily Top 10
Pinoy MYX
2014 Wattpad Presents: Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody 2: Still in Love Adrian Buenavista TV5 [28]
Wattpad Presents: Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody [20]
Mirabella Dave Castillo ABS-CBN [19]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Card
2013–present ASAP Himself/ Co-Host & Performer
2013 Wansapanataym: Petra Paminta Sancho [17]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Box Bruce [15]
2012 Growing Up Jason Rivero
2011 Gandang Gabi, Vice! Himself/Guest
(with Daniel Padilla and Neil Coleta)
Mara Clara Derrick Gonzales [12]


Year Title Role Producer Notes Ref
2012 Hitman Jay Fernandez Viva Films credited as Diego Loyzaga Montano [29]
2015 The Breakup Playlist Joshua Star Cinema
Viva Films
2017 Bloody Crayons Kenly Sy Star Cinema [31]
2018 Mama's Girl Nico Sanchez Regal Entertainment Inc.
Petmalu Timothy Reyes Larger Than Life Studios
Red Nine Entertainment


Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best New Male TV Personality Mara Clara Nominated
2013 28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies New Movie Actor of the Year Hitman Nominated
2015 2015 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award N/A Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Cesar Montano's son signs contract with ABS-CBN", "ABS-CBN News Online". Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Tan, Threena."Here are Your New MYX VJs","Myx", Manila, January 8, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Vanzi, SolJose. "Teresa Loyzaga Wins Oldest Child's Custody", "NewsFlash", Pasig City, April 1, 1991. Retrieved on February 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Lo, Ricky. "Cesar surprises Angelina with a magical party" Archived February 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine,"The Philippine Star ", Manila, September 28, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Cesar Montano's son commits suicide; love angle eyed","ABS-CBN News Online ", Manila, March 29, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Serato, Arniel C. "Teresa Loyzaga on possible showbiz comeback" Archived February 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine,"Pep.ph ", Manila, September 4, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Abunda, Boy. "Is Teresa coming back for good?","The Philippine Star ", Manila, July 15, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  8. ^ a b AffordableCebuAdmin. "Carlos Diego Loyzaga Montano", " AffordableCebu", July 5, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  9. ^ ABS-CBNNews.com. "From schoolmates to workmates: Kathryn Bernardo, Diego Loyzaga", "ABS-CBN News Online", Manila, March 13, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Lo, Ricky."Diego truly dad’s son","The Philippine Star", June 14, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "Showbiz newbie Carlos Diego Loyzaga joins 'Mara Clara'", "Push.Abs-cbn.com", Manila, March 9, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Mara Clara (2010–2011) Full Cast & Crew", "IMDB.com". Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  13. ^ a b ABS-CBN Entertainment . "Gandang Gabi Vice on September 25", "ABS-CBN Entertainment ". Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  14. ^ "Yahoo! OMG Awards" Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  15. ^ a b PEP.ph (2013) Ella Cruz will star with Diego Loyzaga and Khalil Ramos in MMK Retrieved June 2013
  16. ^ PEP.ph (2012)Cesar Montano gives full support to son Diego's showbiz career
  17. ^ a b Trending.ph (2013)Wansapanataym: Petra paminta Archived February 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ PEP.ph (2013)Julia Barretto will star with Diego Loyzaga and Kiko Estrada in Mira Bella Retrieved July 2013
  19. ^ a b Buan-Deveza, Reyma. "Diego Loyzaga happy to do supporting role in Mirabella,"ABS-CBN News Online ", Manila, March 19, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  20. ^ a b Villano, Alexa. "Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Sam Concepcion lead new 'Wattpad Presents' TV lineup", "Rappler.com", Manila, September 22, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  21. ^ a b MYXPH. "VJDiego" "MYXPH " Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Diego Loyzaga: Jay/Batman in “Forevemore” and G in “Oh My G!”", "Random Republika", Manila, February 13, 2015, Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  23. ^ a b Saluta, Ador V. "Diego Loyzaga, bagong ka-love triangle nina Enrique at Liza", "Balita.Net", February 14, 2015, Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  24. ^ Kantar Media: Nationwide TV Ratings – May 21 & 22, 2016: MMK scores more than double of Magpakailanman ratings May 24, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  25. ^ National TV Ratings (May 20-22, 2016): 21 May 2016 Comparative Total Philippines (Urban+ Rural) May 23, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  26. ^ Jed Madela on Twitter May 21, 2016.
  27. ^ MMK Episode: A father's mistake May 21, 2016.
  28. ^ Rain de Ocampo (November 12, 2014). "Mark Neumann returns as Kyle in Wattpad Presents: Mr. Popular Meets Miss Nobody Book 2".
  29. ^ "Diego Loyzaga to do movie with father". Facebook. September 2, 2011.
  30. ^ "Diego and Maris inspired by Piolo and Sarah's work ethics in 'The Breakup Playlist'". Star Cinema. July 3, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "Exclusive: Jane, Julia, Sofia, Diego + more talk about their upcoming movie 'Bloody Crayons'". Star Cinema. February 2, 2016.
  32. ^ "'Petmalu' review: Old, musty, best forgotten". Rappler. September 9, 2018.

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