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Gardo "Cupcake" Versoza (born Mennen Torres Polintan on November 8, 1969) is a popular Filipino actor who has appeared in over forty movies and dozens of television shows.

Gardo Versoza
Birth nameMennen Torres Polintan
Also known asCupcake
Born (1969-11-08) November 8, 1969 (age 49)
OriginManila, Philippines
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, film producer
Years active1990–present
Associated actsABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5

Early careerEdit

He started out in roles such as Sabik Sa Halik, Machete II, Halimuyak Ng Babae and Kirot. He was known as "NINO ESPEDILLA" in true life. Later, he went on to star in action movies such as Cesar Climaco, Mison, and Ka Hector. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed movies such as the 1998 Marilou Diaz-Abaya version of Rizal where he played the role of hero Andres Bonifacio and Sisa where he played the role of Jose Rizal / Pepe. He has recently even tried his hand in comedy starring in Pinoy Blonde.

His success is not limited to movies alone. He also has been the focal point of some of the highest rated shows in Philippine television including Mula sa Puso where he portrayed Domingo, It Might Be You as Camilo San Carlos and Sugo where he was Apo Abukay.

At the onset and during his heyday, Gardo Versoza was tagged "Asia's Sexiest Man".

In his latest production, Sugo, Gardo plays the role of Apo Abukay. Apo Abukay is an evil chieftain who possesses black magic coming from the anito or spirit of darkness. He is characterized for embracing the old world or the pre-Spanish era. He battled the Spanish friars who came to the Philippines and it was only through the intervention of Conde Vergonze, a blind but powerful warrior that he was defeated. However, he made a pact that he could be resurrected with the blood of a certain woman from his bloodline (alay). After years of trying to resurrect Apo Abukay, the Binhi-lans (descendants of Apo Abukay) succeeded because the chosen one (sugo) of the Carag-Ayans (descendants of Conde Vergonze) fell in love with the alay and refused to kill her. In the end Apo Abukay was defeated and the Binhi-lan and Carag-Ayan tribes ended their centuries long war. The chosen one and the alay married and peace was restored.

As of late, Versoza has been busy with guest appearances in various shows in both ABS-CBN and GMA - 7. He has been spotted lately in Bubble Gang, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Hokus Pokus and Magpakailanman. He is also taking up directing classes and hopes to be a director some day.

In 2014, in an interview with the press, he mentioned that he carried over some of the gay mannerisms he used to portray during his previous movies and sitcoms. In early 2016, he began taking the moniker, "Cupcake", which was originally been given by his best friend, Aiai Delas Alas.

Personal lifeEdit

Gardo proposed to Ivy Vicencio after 13 years together. The two have a son, a boy named Deity Uziel.

FilmographyEdit

Television Shows, and SeriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2019 Sandugo Ulysses Balthazar
ABS-CBN
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Lazaro "Uwak" Enriquez
Dear Uge: Yayo Aguilar Agi
GMA Network
Magpakailanman: Tatlong Henerasyon ng Sipag at Tiyaga Filemon
2018 Magpakailanman: Yuki - A Japinay Story Monching
Dear Uge: Nosi Balae Izzy
Onanay Dante Dimagiba
Magpakailanman: Takbo ng Buhay Ko Acleng
Magpakailanman: Our Crazy Love Rommel
Sirkus Leviticus "Levi"
2017 Kambal, Karibal Noli Bautista
Wish Ko Lang: Sa Kuweba Ng Buhay Lito
D' Originals Greg "Chef Logo" Buenaventura
Hay, Bahay! Bernie Versace
Tsuperhero Apo Amasam
Destined to be Yours Teddy Obispo
2016 A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Rolly Molina
Juan Happy Love Story Rodrigo "Bayong" Villanueva
The Story of Us Ferdinand "Ferdie" Sandoval Sr.
ABS-CBN
Ismol Family Sampaguita
GMA Network
2015—2016 The Half Sisters Santiago "Santi" Abarrientos III
2015 Magpakailanman: Love After the Storm Joel
Let the Love Begin Antonio "Tony" Sta. Maria / DJ Tony
2014—2015 More Than Words Victor Balboa
2014 Magpakailanman: Ang Inang Yaya Aniseto
Dading Alfredo "Mother Lexi" Ignacio
Rhodora X Derick Ferrer
2013 Genesis Ka Andoy
Titser Sir Gil
GMA News TV
Mga Basang Sisiw Efren Rodrigo
GMA Network
Never Say Goodbye Dindo Carpio
TV5
2012—2013 Aso ni San Roque Kanlaon
GMA Network
2012 Felina: Prinsesa ng mga Pusa Arvin
TV5
Hiram na Puso Leonardo "Leo" Saavedra
GMA Network
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Piding
ABS-CBN
2011—2012 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ferdinand Fuentebella
GMA Network
Amaya Rajah Mangubat
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: TV George Habijan
ABS-CBN
Green Rose David Tobias
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Bianong Bulag Ernesto Gutierrez
2010 Wansapanataym: Zoila's Valentina Luis Veneracion
Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face Various Roles
TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Rosas Nestor
ABS-CBN
The Celebrity Cook-Off Himself / Host
TV5
Your Song Presents: Isla Mario
ABS-CBN
Rubi Arturo Dela Fuente
2009—2010 Katorse Don Anselmo Arcangel
May Bukas Pa Gary
2009 Sugat ng Kahapon Aldo
GMA Network
2008—2009 Luna Mystika Dante / Sikano
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basura Jojo
ABS-CBN
I Am KC: Time's Up! Mang Nolan
Sine Novela Presents: Magdusa Ka Bernardo Doliente
GMA Network
2007—2008 Carlo J. Caparas' Kamandag King Saban
2007 Ysabella young Perry Mendoza
ABS-CBN
Sine Novela Presents: Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap Pablo Acuesta
GMA Network
Asian Treasures Socrates
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Nanding
ABS-CBN
2006—2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Kapitan Carling Ambing
2006 Ang Kasagutan
GMA Network
2006—2007 Atlantika Haring Agat
2005—2006 Sugo Apo Abukay
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul: Kung Bakit May Korona Ang Bayabas Mura-On
2003—2004 It Might Be You Camillo San Carlos
ABS-CBN
2002—2003 Bituin Diony
Kung Mawawala Ka Edmund Amparo
GMA Network
2001—2002 Biglang Sibol, Bayang Impasibol Carlos Herrero
1997—1999 Mula Sa Puso Domingo
ABS-CBN

MoviesEdit

  • Wander Bra (2018) .... Amado
  • The Prenup (2015) .... Agaton Cayabyab
  • Justice (2014)
  • Sundalong Kanin (2014)
  • Sisterakas (2012) .... husband of Bernadette - Gardo's 1st VIVA Films Movie
  • Bwakaw (2012)
  • MNL 143 (2012)
  • Astig (2009)
  • Prinsipe Sabong (2009)
  • Gulong (2007)
  • The Bicycle (2007)
  • First Day High (2006) .... Rene Samartino
  • Pinoy Blonde (2005)
  • Mano Po III: My Love (2004)
  • Babae sa Breakwater (2004) .... Dave
  • Animal (2004) .... Ferdie
  • Kerida (2003)
  • Bigay hilig (2003)
  • Kiskisan (2003) .... Marvin
  • Biyahera (2002)
  • Kailangan kita (2002)
  • Aagos Ang Dugo (2001)
  • Huwag Mong Ubusin Ang Bait Ko! (2000) .... Franco Valero
  • Sa Piling ng mga Aswang (1999)
  • Sindak (1999)
  • Ang Kabit ni Mrs. Montero (1999)
  • Sisa (1999) .... Jose Rizal a.k.a. Pepe
  • Mula Sa Puso: The Movie .... Domingo (cameo)
  • Jose Rizal (1998) .... Andres Bonifacio
  • Notoryus (1998) .... SPO1 Dalisay (as Police Syndicate)
  • Kargado (1998) .... Frido
  • Bawal (1998)
  • Kid Manalo, Akin Ang Ulo No (1998)
  • Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya (1997) .... Bobby
  • The Mariano Mison Story (1997) .... Dennis
  • Mabango (1997)
  • Kristo (1996) .... Gestas
  • Medrano (1996) .... David Medrano
  • Halimuyak ng Babae (1996)
  • Sabik sa Halik (1995) .... Rico
  • Kirot 2 (1995) .... Dino
  • Kandugan (1995)
  • Ka Hector (1995)
  • Sana'y Laging Magkapiling (1994)
  • Machete 2: Pure Awesomeness (1994) .... David
  • Bawal na Gamot (1994) .... Jimbo
  • Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig (1993)
  • Ayaw Ko Ng Nangarap (1993) .... Edward
  • Kumusta Ka Aking Mahal (1993)
  • Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig (1993)
  • Taong Gubat (1993)
  • Paminsan-minsan (1992)
  • Sana Kahit Minsan (1992) .... Tony
  • Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (1992)
  • Ilalaban Kita ng Patayan (1991) ....
  • Zaldong tisoy (1991)
  • Ubos Na Ang Luha Ko (1991) .... Nando
  • Magdalena S. Palacol Story (1991)
  • Onyong Majikero (1991) .... George

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