Elmo Magalona

Elmo Moses Arroyo Magalona (born 27 April 1994) is a Filipino actor and singer. He is currently an artist of ABS-CBN and Star Magic. He is the child of Francis Magalona and Pia Magalona.[1]

Elmo Magalona
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Magalona in 2020
Elmo Moses Arroyo Magalona

(1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 28)
Manila, Philippines
Other namesMoe
OccupationRapper, singer, actor, model, product endorser
Years active2009–present
Agent(s)GMA Artist Center (2009–2015)
Star Magic (2015–present)
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Parent(s)Francis Magalona
Pia Magalona
Musical career
  • Vocals
Years active2009–present


2009–2010: Early careerEdit

Magalona's first appearance in the Pinoy hip-hop/rock scene was when he was six months old being featured on the cover of his father's album FreeMan. He reappeared on an album cover five years later on FreeMan 2. Magalona also appeared in a noodle commercial called "Lucky Me Supreme" along with his father. He appeared as a young drummer in Kjwan's music video, "One Look".[2] He also studied in College of Saint Benilde.

2010–2014: JuliElmo and breakthroughEdit

In 2010, Magalona began appearing as a regular on Party Pilipinas as a host and performer. Aside from being known as the "Heir of Rap", he became known as the other half of the musical tandem JuliElmo with Julie Anne San Jose, with whom he collaborated in several YouTube videos.[3] The same year, he was cast in Tweets for My Sweet. He also starred as the lead in the series Together Forever opposite Julie Anne San Jose.

In 2010, Magalona joined the cast of GMA's television pilot Bantatay as a series regular. He also appeared in the fantasy series Kaya ng Powers in a recurring role.[4]

In 2011, the young actor-rapper, together with fellow artist Sam Concepcion, performed as the front act of Miley Cyrus's concert at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.[5] In the same year, he was launched as a movie star in Tween Hearts: Class of 2012.

Magalona at the Candy Style Awards, Rockwell Tent in Makati, 10 May 2013

In May 2013, Magalona, in collaboration with Oishi, released a remake of a famous song by his dad, and renamed it "Kaleidoscope World Forever More". The remake featured his duet with his father. A music video was also created, with certain modifications and inserting Elmo digitally into the original music video.[6]

In 2014, he was chosen as one of the interpreters of the Philpop entry, "Qrush on You", alongside Jay-R and Q-York.[7] He also made appearances in the Sunday variety show, Sunday All Stars as a host and performer. He was also the lead star in the 2014 CinemalayaX entry, #Y and then starred in the drama Villa Quintana he played Keempee de Leon's role together with Janine Gutierrez who played Donna Cruz's role. The tandem was reunited again in the primetime soap, More Than Words.

He briefly appeared in Magpakailanman in 2015.[8]

2015–present: Transfer to ABS-CBN and ElNellaEdit

On 26 November 2015, Magalona left GMA Network and signed a contract with ABS-CBN.

His first project was the 2016 music drama, Born for You with love team partner, Janella Salvador.[9] He collaborated with Salvador in the official soundtrack for Born for You, which reached No. 1 on iTunes Philippines.[10][11] In October 2016, he released his album, ELMO, which reached a gold record status by PARI.[12]

In 2017, he appeared in Topel Lee's suspense thriller Bloody Crayons with Salvador released nationwide on 12 July.[13]

In 2018, he appeared in two Regal Entertainment movies, My Fairy Tale Love Story with Salvador and Walwal.[14]



Year Title Role Production
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Enzo / Lorenzo GMA Films
2012 Just One Summer Daniel Cuaresma Jr. / Nyel
2014 #Y Miles Star Cinema
2017 Bloody Crayons Kiko Rivera
2018 My Fairy Tail Love Story Noah Regal Films
Walwal Dondi


Year Title Role Network
2022 PIE Night Long: PNL Sessions Co-host PIE Channel
Panalo o Talo: It's You Erwin Pinagpala Net 25
It's Showtime Himself / Judge ABS-CBN
Kapamilya Channel
2 Good 2 Be True Atty. Joseph San Pedro
Click, Like, Share: Unseen Jerome Loreno iWantTFC
2020 A Soldier's Heart 1st Lt. Jethro Mondejar ABS-CBN
Kapamilya Channel
2019 30th Southeast Asian Games Opening Ceremony Himself / Performer ABS-CBN
Ipaglaban Mo: Saltik Nathan
2018 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mangga Darling
2017 Wansapanataym: Jasmin's Flower Powers Thor Begonia
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bahay Baning
2016 Wansapanataym: Holly & Mau Mau Benitez
Born for You Kevin Sebastian
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Andrew Abella
2015 Wansapanataym: Christmas Witch Jessie Reyes
2015–present ASAP Host / Performer
2015 Eat Bulaga! Guest Performer GMA Network
Magpakailanman: Ang Huling Yakap Sa Nawalang Anak Daniel
2014 More Than Words Hiro Vera / Sebastian
2013 Sunday All Stars Host / Performer
Genesis Antonio De Guzman
Villa Quintana Isagani Quintana/Samonte
2012 Together Forever Ely Trinidad
Tweets for My Sweet Dino Mercado
2011 Daldalita Gino Delgado
Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin Young Ferdinand
Andres de Saya Bryan
Party Pilipinas: Elmo and Julie Anne: A Wazak Love Story Elmo Montero
Maynila: Takot na Puso Santi
Bantatay Artie
Maynila Rain
Maynila: Victims of Love Joey
2010 Kaya ng Powers Gustin Powers
Party Pilipinas: Red Mask Himself
Pilyang Kerubin Aaron Alejandrino
Tween Hearts Himself
Kap's Amazing Stories Kids Edition Host
Party Pilipinas Host / Performer
2009 Family Feud Himself



Year Title Role Company
2010 In Love and War Collaborated with Ely Buendia on behalf of Francis M. Musiko Records
Sony Music Philippines (now Ivory Music & Video)
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 soundtrack Himself GMA Records
2014 Philpop 2014 Interpreter together with Jay-R and Q-York Universal Records
2016 Elmo (self-titled album) Himself
Born for You (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Himself/Kevin Star Music

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor Nominated
42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Most Promising Loveteam of 2010 (w/ Julie Anne San Jose)[15] Won
24th Aliw Awards Best Teen Performer Won
Yes Mag 100 Most Beautiful Stars Newbie Won
2012 43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Promising male Singer/Performer[16] Won
2nd Yahoo OMG Awards Male Singer of the Year Nominated
Candy Style Awards 2012 Most Stylish Loveteam (w/ Julie Anne San Jose) Won
Meg Top Choice 2012 Top Youth Icon of the Year Won
2013 8th Myx Music Awards Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video (I'll Be There-Julie Anne San Jose) Won
ABS-CBN Celebrity Push Celebrity Style Awards Young Stylist Guys On Rise Won
GMA Artist Center Most Liked Male Artist Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Male Performer of the Year Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Fan Club of The Year (JuliElmo Pexers) Won
Yes Mag 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013 Breakthrough Won
PEP List 2013 Male Teen Star of the Year Won
2014 Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Male Performer of the Year Nominated[17]
9th Myx Music Awards Favorite Media Soundtrack (Kaleidoscope World Forever More Ft. Francis Magalona Nominated[18]
Cinemalaya Special Acting Ensemble (w/ Coleen Garcia, Kit Thompson and Sophie Albert) Won[19]
2017 12th Myx Music Awards Favorite Artist Nominated
Favorite Male Artist Nominated
Favorite Song for "Kay Dali" Nominated
Favorite Music Video with Janella Salvador for "Alam Mo Ba" Nominated
Favorite Collaboration with Janella Salvador for "Alam Mo Ba" Nominated
Favorite Media Soundtrack with Janella Salvador for "Born For You" Nominated
Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ Won


  1. ^ 'Elmo Magalona says he dedicates every performance to his late dad Francis M.", pep.ph. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ KJWAN: One Look Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS9etW4RRiI
  3. ^ "JuliElmo" profile Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, julielmo.com. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ Elmo Magalona, most requested ng fans sa Party Pilipinas Archived 11 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine, journal.com.ph. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ Miley Cyrus performance. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ ""Kaleidoscope World Forever More" Brings ELMO MAGALONA and FRANCIS M. Together in One Music Video!". Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Top 10". philpop.com.ph.
  8. ^ "Magpakailanman presents 'Ang Huling Yakap sa Nawalang Anak'". gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ Elmo Magalona transfers to ABS-CBN. Pep.ph. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  10. ^ "ElNella's Born for You album zooms to No. 1 on iTunes Philippines".
  11. ^ ""Born For You" album instantly lands No. 1 on iTunes – LIONHEARTV". lionheartv.net. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Elmo Magalona debut album turns gold". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  13. ^ ABS-CBN Star Cinema (16 June 2017), Teaser Trailer | 'Bloody Crayons', retrieved 8 August 2017
  14. ^ "WATCH: Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona's "My Fairy Tail Love Story" Full Movie Trailer – LionhearTV". lionheartv.net. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  15. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Pep.ph. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Vice Ganda named Phenomenal Box-Office Star; Derek Ramsay is Box-Office King while Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes share Box-Office Queen title" Archived 1 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Pep.ph. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  17. ^ FULL LIST: Winners at the 2014 Yahoo Celebrity Awards http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/63619-list-winners-2014-yahoo-celebrity-awards
  18. ^ Full list: Winners and nominees, MYX Music Awards 2014: http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/54013-full-list-winners-nominees-myx-music-awards-2014
  19. ^ "Kapuso stars reap awards in Cinemalaya 2014 | GMANetwork.com – Entertainment – Home of Kapuso shows and stars – Articles". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 25 November 2015.

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