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Janelle Ann Caren Quintana Manahan (born 26 July 1989) is an actress in the Philippines. She started showbusiness when she joined ABS-CBN's reality talent search Star Circle National Teen Quest as Janelle Manahan and made it to the top 6.

Janelle Manahan
Janelle Ann Caren Quintana Manahan

(1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 30)
Years active1995–2008; 2013

After her supporting stint in SCQ Reload: OK Ako! and other ABS-CBN shows. Star Magic, her former Talent Agency decided to change her screen name to Janelle Quintana to avoid confusion about her non relationship with Star Magic's head, Mr. Johnny Manahan. She was later re-introduce as Janelle Quintana as one of the main lead in ABS-CBN's teen sitcom Let's Go.

She is now a Licensed Financial Adviser, Certified Investment Solicitor, Stock Trader and a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, MDRT is The Premier Association of Financial Professionals around the world. She started her career in the financial services industry in October 2013 with Philam Life.

Personal lifeEdit

Janelle was born in Albay to parents Maria Rosario Elvira Quintano Manahan and Julius Alejo Manahan who is a radio personality in their province (now work Zagitsit News FM Legazpi). Ever since she was a child, her parents noticed her love for dancing, acting and singing. She got influenced by her father who's in Media.

Her showbiz career started when she auditioned for Star Circle National Teen Quest, among the thousand to auditioned, she fortunately made it to Top 10, she was supposedly part of the FAB 5 (top 5) but due to wild card, Paw Diaz grabbed the spot and she finished her league to Top 6.

After SCQ, she has been seen in some ABS-CBN shows like SCQ Reload: Ok Ako, ASAP Fanatics, Vietnam Rose. Then she changed her screen name to Janelle Quintana and been seen in shows like Your Song, MMK, Komiks among the others. She was best known for her role as the chubby chikadora named "Maffi" in ABS-CBN's sitcom Let's Go.

While busy taping for Let's Go, Janelle and Ram Revilla crossed paths and their relationship as boyfriend-girlfriend started. There are rumors that due to Ram's request, Janelle quit showbiz and left Let's Go's 3rd season as well. She declined her supposed big break for Anne Curtis and Zanjoe Marudo's starrer "The Wedding".

While away from showbiz, she was enrolled in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Her unpublicized relationship with Ramgen lasted for five years and they were supposed to get married by 2013. Ramgen died on 28 October 2011. She miraculously survived the incident and is now the star witness to her deceased former boyfriend's case.[2]

In January 2012, an intimate video of Janelle and Ramgen was leaked on the internet. Ramgen's brother, Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. has condemned the release of this video, much to his embarrassment as he was an author of an anti-voyeurism bill.


Quintana came into showbiz when she joined Star Circle National Teen Quest (as Janelle Manahan). Representing Albay, she made it to SCQ's Magic Circle of 10 and made it to Top 6.[3]

Quintana is best known for her role as the chubby showbiz fanatic, Maffi[4] in ABS-CBN's sitcom Let's Go. She was voted as one of the two most popular cast members of the sitcom alongside Mikel Campos.[5]

Quintana was nominated as Best New Female Artist in the 19th Aliw Awards.[6] She was included in the It Girls and Boys section of 2008 Star Magic Catalog.[7]

She was set to be part of the upcoming ABS-CBN teleserye "Wedding" top billed by Zanjoe Marudo, Derek Ramsay & Anne Curtis, but she declined the offer due to her plan of finishing her studies. She was also rumored to be living in with boyfriend Ram Revilla.

Ram Revilla's murderEdit

On the night of 28 October 2011 Janelle was in Bautista's house in Parañaque to accompany her former boyfriend Ram Revilla. According to her reply affidavit it was around 11PM when the crime was executed. It happened inside Ramgen's room.

She was first shot in her right shoulder followed by another gunshot on the left side of her face. When Ramgen and Ramona "Mara" Bautista, Ram's sister whose on the room as well saw she was shot, Ramgen immediately confronted the gun man whose wearing a Halloween mask. After the commotion with the killer, Ram was able to return inside the room and asked Ramona to lock the door. According to Janelle, Mara was panicking that time and didn't know what to do. Mara left the room and promised her to look for help but she didn't come back. By instinct, she used her mobile phone to send a message to her mom and some friends to seek for help. It didn't take a while before they were rescued both Janelle and Ramgen and was brought to the nearest hospital.

Janelle survived the incident but unfortunately Ramgen was pronounced dead on arrival.[8]

Janelle was then transferred to the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City where she was cured and received several facial surgeries. She found out Ramgen was dead a week after the crime. She stayed in Asian Hospital for more than a month and when she came out, she strongly prepared herself to fight for Ramgen's case. It was her boyfriend's sibling Ramon Joseph Bautista and Ramona Bautista who were accused of the crime. Investigation is currently on going.[citation needed]


Best New Female Artist (19th Aliw Awards)



Year Title Role
2013 Bad Romance Sarah Alonzo


Year Title Role Notes
1995-2001 Barney and Friends Christina Main Role (1995-2001)
2004–2005 Star Circle National Teen Quest herself/contestant Made it to top 6. Credited as Janelle Manahan but 6th place.
2005 Vietnam Rose[9]
2005 ASAP Fanatic[9]
2005 SCQ Reload: OK Ako![9] Janelle, Manang Leona's niece[10] Additional Cast
2006 Star Magic Presents: The Game of Love[11]
2006 Mga Anghel na Walang Langit Dorina's Friend
2006 Let's Go Maffi Original cast member. Season 1-3
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tanan
2006 Your Song: Everything You Do
2006 Panday Violeta
2006 Komiks Presents: Starman Pilar
2006 Komiks: The Adventures of Pedro Penduko Elizabeth
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lito Atienza Story[12]
2008 My Girl


  1. ^ Janelle Quintana's Ktext Profile Archived 7 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ am Revilla & Janelle Manahan Plan to Tie the Knot in 2013 Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Gelena, Beth: "Janelle Quintana" People's Tonight 8 October 2005
  4. ^ ABS-CBN Interactive Archived 17 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Chikadora Your #1 Entertainment Source Archived 9 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Belen, Crispina M.: "Keanna Reeves has a penchant for foreigners" The Manila Bulletin 30 August 2006
  7. ^ Philippine Entertainment Portal
  8. ^ Star witness, Janelle Manahan in Ramgen Revilla murder prompts probe of victim’s four siblings Archived 1 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b c Belen, Crispina M. (4 August 2005). "Jaymee Joaquin, beauty queen material too!". The Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Cast of Characters". SCQ Reload Ok Ako!. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  11. ^ Cruz, Edgar (9 September 2006). "Diether Ocampo, King of Charity" The Daily Tribune". The Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 14 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Sunstar". Archived from the original on 24 February 2006. Retrieved 1 July 2008.

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