Maxene Magalona

Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona-Mananquil (born November 23, 1986) is a Filipino actress and yoga teacher currently signed under ABS-CBN.[1] Being a former GMA talent under the GMA Artist Center, she was known for her portrayal as Vivian Salvador in the My Lover, My Wife and Donna Vallejo on Daddy Di Do Du. Under ABS-CBN, she is best known for her portrayal as Alex Acosta on Doble Kara.

Maxene Magalona-Mananquil
Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona

(1986-11-23) November 23, 1986 (age 34)
Alma materAteneo de Manila University
  • Actress
  • host
  • yoga teacher
Years active1992–present
AgentStar Magic (1992–1998; 2014–present)
GMA Artist Center (1998–2014)
Rob Mananquil
(m. 2018)
FamilyEnrique Magalona (great grandfather)
Pancho Magalona (grandfather)
Tita Duran (grandmother)
Francis Magalona (father)
Saab Magalona (sister)
Frank Magalona (brother)
Elmo Magalona (brother)
Hiro Peralta (cousin)
Regine Velasquez (aunt)

Early lifeEdit

Magalona was born in Sta. Elena, Philippines. Her father is the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and her grandparents are the late actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Pia Arroyo-Magalona is her mother and her sister is Saab who also joined showbiz in 2007, and her younger brother Elmo Magalona also joined showbiz three years later in Party Pilipinas, Pilyang Kerubin and also in Kaya ng Powers. She is also the niece, of second degree, to singer Regine Velasquez. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in March 2010 with a Social Sciences bachelor's degree, although she didn't attend the graduation ceremonies due to personal reasons.[2]


Starting career on ABS-CBNEdit

Her first show as a child was the ABS-CBN kiddie show Ang TV followed by 5 and Up.

GMA Network (1998–2014)Edit

Then in 1998, she transferred to GMA Network. she made her first appearance in Munting Anghel in 2000. Then 2001 second appearance in Daddy Di Do Du in which she worked with Vic Sotto. In 2004, the role of Alwina in Mulawin was originally given to her, but she had to turn down the offer as she was about to start college at the time. It was later given to Angel Locsin.[3] To date, her biggest break on television is when she was chosen to be one of Richard Gutierrez's leading ladies in major lead role Kamandag this is marks first primetime drama series on GMA Network.[4] After Kamandag, Maxene played Jessa, originally played by Sharon Cuneta, in Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin opposite Wendell Ramos and Angelika dela Cruz.

In 2009, Magalona joined the cast of SRO Cinemaserye: Ganti, opposite Marvin Agustin and Geoff Eigenmann.[5] Maxene also starred on Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo ang Lahat sa Akin with JC Tiuseco, Glaiza de Castro and Patrick Garcia.[6]

In June 2010, she joined with the cast of Sine Novela: Trudis Liit, with her co-stars Pauleen Luna, Mike Tan, Gina Alajar, and new Kapuso child actress Jillian Ward. Then in February 2011, she starred on GMA afternoon drama show, My Lover, My Wife opposite Adrian Alandy and Kapuso Actress Nadine Samonte.

In 2013, Magalona joined the GMA afternoon drama series Mga Basang Sisiw playing Vicky Sta. Maria, the main antagonist role and villain of the series, with the lead stars Renz Valerio, Bianca Umali and Miko Zarsadias.

Return to ABS-CBN (2014–present)Edit

In the 3rd quarter of 2014, she signed an exclusive contract and returned to her home network after 16 years, ABS-CBN. and since then had a guest stint as one of the Hurado's on It's Showtime; as guest player in The Singing Bee; as special guest in Kris TV; and starred in Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode title: Nurse Cap), portraying the nurse rapper, Fatima Palma. Magalona's first major project as a Kapamilya Artist is being part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Soap Dream Dad together with Jana Casandra Agoncillo and Zanjoe Marudo.

In November 2015, after 2 months of pilot, Magalona joined the cast of Doble Kara as Alexandra "Alex" Acosta on its season 2. A sweet and kind hearted to the kids where she worked and she raised by her older half- brother Sebastian "Seb" Acosta portrayed by Sam Milby. She met Kara Dela Rosa portrayed by Julia Montes (which Seb married Kara at season 4). At first, she likes Kara for her brother and keep asking her brother to take Kara out. But, when she finds out that Kara's adopted mother Lucille Acosta- Dela Rosa portrayed by Carmina Villaroel was her half sister from her father side, the sweet and kind hearted lady became mean to Kara and her family because she believes that Lucille's family is the reason why she grew without parents. Later on, she became the main antagonist of the series started in season 4.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2015, Magalona began dating musician Rob Mananquil. On February 14, 2017 (Valentine's Day), the two became engaged when the latter proposed to the former while vacationing in Tokyo.[7] Magalona and Mananquil married on January 11, 2018 at a ceremony in Boracay.[8] The two are currently based in the town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia,[9] where they are undergoing yoga teacher training.[1][10]



Drama seriesEdit

Drama Series
Year Title Role Network
2020 Ipaglaban Mo: Himlayan Denise
2018—2019 Playhouse Natalia Cortes-Smith†
2017 Ipaglaban Mo: Tali Faith
Ipaglaban Mo: Suspetsa Beth
2015—2017 Doble Kara Alexandra "Alex" Acosta-Hernandez†
2015 Nathaniel Olivia Domingo
2014—2015 Dream Dad April Mae Pamintuan
2013 Mga Basang Sisiw Victoria "Vicky" Santa Maria† [11]
GMA Network
Indio Rosa Delos Santos
2012 Faithfully Stella Quillamor
2011 Pahiram ng Isang Ina Andrea Martinez
Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell Dalisay
My Lover, My Wife Vivian Torres-Delgado
2010 Sine Novela: Trudis Liit Mercedes "Ched" Cristobal
2009 Sana Ngayong Pasko Irene Dionisio
Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo ang Lahat sa Akin Maureen Andrada
2008 Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin Jessa Mallari
2007—2008 Carlo J. Caparas' Kamandag Lily
2005 Saang Sulok ng Langit Gemma
2004 Hanggang Kailan Angela Villarama
2000 Munting Anghel Jonnah

Drama anthologyEdit

Drama Anthology
Year Title Role Network
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Box Tess Alparce-Dado
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Nurse Cap Nurse Fatima Palma
2012 Magpakailanman: The Maricel Apatan Story Maricel Apatan
GMA Network
2009 Maynila Various
SRO Cinemaserye: Ganti Eloisa Barrientos
2005 Love to Love Season 1: Rich in Love Trina


Year Title Role Network
2015 Sabado Badoo Cameo Footage Featured
GMA Network
2012 Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento Angie
Spooky Valentine Presents: Manibela Jellie
2001—2007 Daddy Di Do Du Donna Vallejo
1992—1995 Ang TV Herself


Year Title Role Network
2017 The Source Herself / Guest
CNN Philippines
2016 Magandang Buhay
2015 Rosa / Rosamistika
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (season 5) Herself Contestant with Edgar Allan Guzman
Your Face Sounds Familiar 1 Herself Performer / Pop Icon
ASAP Herself Performer / Co-Host
2014 Kris TV Herself Special Guest
The Singing Bee Herself Guest Player
It's Showtime Herself / Special Guest Hurado
2013 Convergence Interview
Net 25
The Ryzza Mae Show Herself
GMA Network
2012 IBilib
Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Webi-Jock / Co-Host
2010 Tweetbiz Host
2010—2013 Party Pilipinas Guest / Performer
GMA Network
2005 ASAP Fanatic
Fam Jam Host
QTV 11
2004—2010 SOP Rules Herself / Performer
GMA Network
2000 Y2K: Yes 2 Kids Herself
IBC 13
1998 5 and Up
GMA Network


Year Title Role Production Company
2019 Eerie Sister Mia Star Cinema
2018 The Girl in the Orange Dress Martha Quantum Films
2017 Unexpectedly Yours Georgina Star Cinema
2016 Love Me Tomorrow Jessica
2007 Bratz: The Movie Yasmin
2005 Happily Ever After Laura
2004 Kuya Grace
2002 Singsing ni Lola Vik
2002 Mano Po Young Elisa
2001 Bahay ni Lola Tintin

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Critics Category Work Award
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Reality Competition Program Host Protege: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Nominated
61st FAMAS Awards Celebrity Skin of the Night N/A Won
2009 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women Ranked #82[12]
2009 Pure 'N Fresh Top Teen Awards Top Teen ‘IT’ Girl: Pure 'N Fresh Role Model Nominated
2008 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women Ranked #48[13]
2005 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women Ranked #79
2004 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women Ranked #23


  1. ^ a b Brosas, Alex (September 30, 2020). "Maxene Magalona, Rob Mananquil find bliss in teaching yoga". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  2. ^ (in Tagalog) Chika Minute: Maxene Magalona, nagtapos na sa college
  3. ^ Maxene Magalona had a hand in Angel Locsin's success
  4. ^ Maxene Magalona at Jewel Mische, bagong leading ladies ni Richard Gutierrez!
  5. ^ Geoff Eigenmann and Maxene Magalona take on mature roles in SRO Cinemaserye
  6. ^ Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin will premiere on 22 June
  7. ^ Catolico, Gianna Francesca (February 15, 2017). "Maxene Magalona gets engaged to BF on Valentine's Day". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Hallare, Katrina (January 11, 2018). "Maxene Magalona, Rob Mananquil get married in Boracay". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Alegre, Dianara (August 7, 2020). "Maxene Magalona shares benefits of living in Ubud, Bali for 5 months". GMA Entertainment. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  10. ^ "Maxene Magalona set to start teaching yoga classes online". Push. September 1, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  11. ^ "Maxene Magalona takes on her first kontrabida role in Agustin dela Cruz's 'Mga Basang Sisiw' | - Entertainment - Home of Kapuso shows and stars - Articles". GMA Network. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  12. ^ FHM Philippines 2009: 100 Sexiest Women - Maxene Magalona
  13. ^ FHM Philippines 2008: 100 Sexiest Women - Maxene Magalona

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