Keempee de Leon

Joseph Joachim Tugas de Leon (born January 8, 1973), better known as Keempee de Leon, is a Filipino actor,[1] comedian, singer, songwriter and TV host. He is the son of Joey de Leon and Daria Ramirez.

Keempee de Leon
Joseph Joachim Tugas de Leon

(1973-01-08) January 8, 1973 (age 47)
OccupationActor, comedian, singer, songwriter, television host
Years active1989–present
AgentViva Artists Agency (1989, 1992–1997)
Regal Films (1990–1992)
APT Entertainment
Parent(s)Joey de Leon (father)
Daria Ramirez (mother)


Keempee de Leon started his showbiz career in 1989 via the Viva Films film I Love You Three Times a Day, where he was paired with Gelli de Belen and worked with soon-to-be-co-host of Eat Bulaga!, Jimmy Santos. Soon after, he became a regular fixture in three TV shows: Eat Bulaga!, That's Entertainment and Agila. In 1990, he was a subject of a tug-of-war between Regal Films and Viva Films when Regal got Keempee to appear as lead role in the romantic comedy movie Romeo Loves Juliet opposite Aiko Melendez. In the end, Keempee chose to remain with Viva Films and signed a contract. In 1992, he was launched as a junior action star via the movie Jesus dela Cruz at ang mga Batang Riles with Ana Roces as his leading lady. The action film was a mild success and it was followed up with Blue Jeans Gang with Dennis Padilla and Leah Orosa as co-stars. However, unlike Batang Riles and Blue Jeans Gang was a flop at the box-office. Keempee was a former Crimson Shirt endorser.

Keempee openly admitted to the public in 1993 that he became a victim of drug abuse and as a result, he underwent rehabilitation at New Beginnings in Sucat, Parañaque. Despite this however, he managed to finish two big movies before he went on sabbatical. The two big movies were: Viva's Sana'y Ikaw na Nga with Christopher de Leon and Vina Morales, and Alyas Batman en Robin with dad Joey de Leon. After his rehabilitation, he became a member of Victory Christian Fellowship while resuming his stalled showbiz career in 1994.

He had his biggest break on TV by playing a leading role in GMA's Villa Quintana with Donna Cruz as his leading lady. He is a former VIVA contract star along with other members of That's Entertainment with Donna Cruz, Jessa Zaragosa, Vina Morales and others. He became Best Drama Actor for Villa Quintana in Star Awards for television. He was also a co-host in GMA Supershow from 1995 to 1997 and a gag performer in IBC 13's Goin' Bayabas, a remake of the '80s gag show Goin' Bananas in 1998.

In 2002, after he graduated and finished his studies at college, he returned to the small screen via ABS-CBN's Klasmeyts and Recuerdo de Amor, but in 2004, he returned to GMA Network where he was signed up to portray the gay Harold in Bahay Mo Ba 'To?. In the sitcom he was paired with Francine Prieto. Their tandem became a hit and he continued playing gay roles in the reality sitcom Kung Ako Ikaw and in films.

In 2008, Keempee returned to primetime via LaLola which stars Rhian Ramos and JC de Vera. He also returned to comedy film for his comeback movie, Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After, an official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, together with Tito Sotto and Vic Sotto and his father, Joey De Leon, with co-stars Jimmy Santos, Jose Manalo, Carlene Aguilar, Pauleen Luna and Ryan Agoncillo. After LaLola, he plays Paul in the Philippine remake of Korean drama All About Eve. Currently, Keempee co-hosts a singing competition Are You The Next Big Star? where he works with famous singer, Regine Velasquez.

In 2013, he appeared in the TV series My Husband's Lover where he portrayed Zandro Soriano. Where netizens laud Keempee for Zandro role in My Husband's Lover. In the series, Zandro is the cross dresser cousin of Vincent (Tom Rodriguez), who is a closet bisexual at this point in the story. Zandro's and Vincent's dads are both "allergic" to having gay members in the family but Vincent's father, Gen. Armando Soriano, a retired general, is more vocal – and violent – with regard to the issue.[2]

In March 2016, he was expelled from Eat Bulaga! after 12 years of hosting due to AlDub's popularity along with Michael V.. However, he stayed with GMA Network from 2015 to 2018 as he appeared on the network's different soap operas. His most notable latest works were Little Nanay, where he got to work for the first time with the Superstar Nora Aunor; and Meant to Be where he worked for the first time with former That's Entertainment cast members, most notably Manilyn Reynes and Janno Gibbs.

Recently, he transferred back to ABS-CBN where he reunited with erstwhile girlfriend Christine Reyes in the drama Nang Ngumiti ang Langit.

Keempee's hairstyleEdit

Keempee de Leon sported a haircut back in the 90s that was imitated by young men at the time. Named after him, Keempee, is parted in the middle of the head and long bangs reach as far as the ears. Up until today, Keempee, the hairstyle, is considered a trademark of the era.

Personal lifeEdit

He has a child named Samantha with his former girlfriend. His past relationships were Manilyn Reynes, Carmina Villarroel, Vina Morales, Ara Mina, Jessa Zaragoza, Bernadette Allyson, Angelika Dela Cruz and Pauleen Luna. In an interview, Keempee reveals that Ina Raymundo and G. Toengi were his ex-girfriends also.


  • Keempee de Leon (OctoArts Records "now PolyEast Records" – 1989)
  • OctoArts All Stars – Pasko Para Sa Lahat (OctoArts Records "now PolyEast Records")
  • Better Believe It (OctoArts Records "now PolyEast Records" – 1996)
  • Awit Mula sa Puso (OctoArts Records "now PolyEast Records" – 2000)



Year Title Role Network
2019 Magandang Buhay Himself/Guest ABS-CBN
Tonight with Boy Abunda Himself/Guest
It's Showtime Guest KapareWHO / Mr. Q & A Hurado
Nang Ngumiti ang Langit Benjie Dimagmaliw
Dok Ricky Pedia
2018 Home Sweetie Home Steven ABS-CBN
Inday Will Always Love You Joaquin GMA Network
Wagas: Matandang Dalaga No More Lani GMA News TV
Tonight with Arnold Clavio Himself/Guest
2017 All Star Videoke GMA Network
Meant To Be Wilton "Pawie" Bendiola
Dear Uge: Aso't Pusa Henry
2016 Lip Sync Battle Philippines GMA Network
Pepito Manaloto: Stepmom Raymond
2015 Little Nanay Edgar San Pedro GMA Network
Pepito Manaloto: Rainbow Raymond
Sabado Badoo
Sunday All Stars Guest Performer
Biro Ng Kapalaran: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special Rocky
Once Upon a Kiss Jimmy Rodrigo
2014 The Ryzza Mae Show Himself/Guest GMA Network
Kulungan Kanlungan: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special Ebber
2013 Magpakailanman: Ang Tatay Kong Beki Ruben Marasigan GMA Network
My Husband's Lover Zandro Soriano
Toda Max Wella ABS-CBN
2011 Iskul Bukol: Kuwelang Kwela 'To Wacky Roque TV5
Lucky Numbers Host
2010 My Driver Sweet Lover Von TV5
Lady Dada Macario/Kylie
Comedy Bar (Philippine TV series) Himself/Guest GMA Network
2009 Full House Mr. H GMA Network
Are You The Next Big Star? Co-host
All About Eve Paul
2008 LaLola Josano "Gary" Therico Jose / Grace / Narrator GMA Network
Go Bingo! Guest Player
Whammy! Push Your Luck Contestant
SOP Rules Guest Performer
2007 Kung Ako Ikaw Host / Harold GMA Network
Bubble Gang Various
Sa Iyong Paglaya: Eat Bulaga Lenten Special
Ful Haus
Sabi Ni Nanay Various
Nuts Entertainment Occasional Cast Member
2006 Fantastic Man Budol GMA Network
Ay, Robot! Various QTV Network
Extra Challenge Himself GMA Network
SiS Himself/Guest GMA Network
Magpakailanman : Joey de Leon Story Young Joey de Leon
Kakabaka-Boo Various
Tahanan: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special Jack
Ang sarap ng Paskong Kapuso: The GMA Christmas Special Harold
2005 Mama: Eat Bulaga! Lenten Drama Special Julio GMA Network
Bongga Ka Star Host/Harold QTV Network
Kakabakaba Adventures Various GMA Network
Love to Love Jason Patrick/Patricia
2004–2007 Bahay Mo Ba 'To Harold Manguluntoy GMA Network
2004 Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako Alfonse GMA Network
O-Ha! Various TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Birth Certificate Raymond ABS-CBN
2003 MMK: The Rene Requestas Story ABS-CBN
Recuerdo de Amor Ricardo "Carding" Castillo
2002 Klasmeyts Host/Himself ABS-CBN
2001 Hayop Na Hayop Various TV5
2000 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Apples, Oranges and Bananas Raffy ABS-CBN
Relaks Lang Various PTV Network
Kagat Ng Dilim Various GMA Network
1999–2002 Ang Munting Paraiso ABS-CBN
1999 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tula ABS-CBN
1998 Wow! Host Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)
Back To Iskul Bukol Various
Que Horror various TV5
Lihim Ng Gabi Various GMA Network
Walang Kukurap Various
Campus Romance Various
1997 Goin' Bayabas Gag Performer Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)
1995–1997 Villa Quintana Isagani Samonte GMA Network
1996 GMA Supershow co-host GMA Network
Palibhasa Lalake Various ABS-CBN
Mana Nida Blanca's son
The Sharon Cuneta Show Himself/Guest
1896 TV5
1995 Love Notes The Series TV5
1994 17 Bernard Club TV5
1993 GMA Telecine Specials TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Christmas Card Roldan ABS-CBN
1992 Purungtong CNN Philippines
Buddy En Sol
Mana-Mana ABS-CBN
1991 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol ABS-CBN
Cebu CNN Philippines
1990 Ang Tabi Kong Mamaw IBC
Pandakekoks GMA Network
1989 The Sharon Cuneta Show Himself/Guest ABS-CBN
That's Entertainment co-host, Thursday Group GMA Network
Lovingly Yours
Lucky Jake IBC
Young Love, Sweet Love Various CNN Philippines
1989–1997, 2004–2016 Eat Bulaga! Host ABS-CBN and GMA Network
1988 Agila Bobet Radio Philippines Network


Year Title Role
1985 Mama Said, Papa Said I Love You Himself
1988 I Love You Three times a Day Tomas Cruz
1989 Ang lahat ng Ito Pati na ang Langit Kenneth
Super Mouse and the Roborats Tarzan
Aso't Pusa Edong
Romeo Loves Juliet... But Their Families Hate Each Other! Romeo
1990 Tootsie-Wootsie: Ang Bandang Walang Atrasan Dick
Titser's Enemy No. 1 Junjun
Tangga and Chos: Beauty Secret Agents
Petrang kabayo 2: Anong ganda mo! Mukha kang kabayo Sylverster
Love at First Sight
1991 Humanap ka ng Panget Elvin
Angelito San Miguel: Ang Batang City Jail Banjo
Alyas Batman en Robin Kevin / Robin
1992 Miss na miss kita (Utol kong hoodlum II)
Jesus dela Cruz at ang mga Batang Riles Jess
Blue Jeans Gang Brian
1993 Sana'y Ikaw na Nga Gary
Gagay Ang Prinsesa ng Brownout Dela Cruz
1994 Pintsik Benjie
Cuadro de Jack Jericho
1995 Barkada Walang Atrasan Jojo
Okey si Maam Jess
Love Notes the movie Norman
1997 The Sarah Balabagan Story
Nag-iisang Ikaw Aaron Buenaventura
Ten Little Indians
2001 Bahay Ni Lola Bob
2003 Message Sent
2005 Happily Ever After Pampee
Lovestruck Oscar
Ispiritista: Itay, may moomoo Ghost in the CR
2007 Babang Luksa
2006 Shake, Rattle and Roll 8 (LRT) Cesar
2008 Iskul Bukol: 20 years After Wimpee

TV SpecialsEdit

  • That's Entertainment Anniversary Special (GMA Network)
  • Kapamilya: ABS-CBN at 50 TV Soecial
  • Eat Bulaga Silver Special (GMA Network)
  • GMA at 55: The GMA Anniversary Special
  • Dolphy Alay Tawa: A Musical Tribute to the King of Philippine Comedy
  • Tribute to the Master Showman Kuya Germs (GMA Network)

Awards and NominationsEdit

1991 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actor Agila Nominated
1995 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actor Villa Quintana Won
1996 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actor Villa Quintana Won
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Bahay Mo Ba 'To Won
2005 ENPRESS Best Comedy Supporting Actor Bahay Mo Ba 'To Won
2006 20th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Bahay Mo Ba 'To? Nominated
2006 Asian TV Awards Best Comedy Performance Bahay Mo Ba 'To? Nominated
2008 22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Reality Competition Program Host Kung Ako Ikaw Nominated
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actor (Magpakailanman Presents "Ang Tatay Kong Beki: The Ruben Marasigan Story"; GMA-7) Nominated
2015 13th Gawad Tanglaw Best Performance by an Actor by a Single Performance "Kulungan, Kanlungan" (The Eat Bulaga Lenten Special) Won


  1. ^ Arache, Maurice (March 31, 2006). "Beauty and bravura in Iloilo". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. C2. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Netizens laud Keempee for Zandro role in 'My Husband's Lover'".

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