Melissa Marie Ricks (born January 9, 1990) is a Filipino-American actress. She was a runner-up in the reality talent search Star Circle Quest on ABS-CBN.

Melissa Ricks
Melissa Marie Ricks

(1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 30)
OccupationActress, Host, Dancer, Model
Years active2004–2015, 2020-present
AgentStar Magic
(2004–2016, 2020-present)
ABS-CBN Entertainment
(2004–2016, 2020-present)

Early lifeEdit

Melissa Marie Ricks is the daughter of Kelly Ricks, the president and director of S&R Philippines, and Josie Ricks.



In 2004, she joined the reality talent search of ABS-CBN, Star Circle Quest. She was one of the top 10 Questors or Magic Circle of 10, and after few weeks of training, made it to the final 5 or Magic Circle of 5. In the Grand Questor's Night, she was declared as the 4th runner up.

After the contest, she guested in some TV shows of ABS-CBN particularly in the youth oriented drama SCQ Reload and variety show ASAP Fanatic.

Melissa received one of her biggest breaks when she portrayed Hiyas, the apple of Pedro Penduko's eyes in the Fantaserye Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko and when she starred in the primetime drama series Iisa Pa Lamang led by Claudine Barretto.

She starred in Kambal sa Uma, an afternoon drama series on ABS-CBN with Shaina Magdayao, Rio Locsin, Matt Evans and Jason Abalos. She came back abruptly to Primetime on the hit series Tanging Yaman in 2010 alongside Erich Gonzales.

Melissa is currently a member of ABS CBN's Star Magic.

During the 2011-2012 season, she portrayed Elisa Altamira in Nasaan Ka Elisa?, the Philippine adaptation of the Chilean 2009 drama ¿Dónde está Elisa? (later remade in United States in 2010). She then played her biggest break in the role of Johanna Montenegro in the multi-acclaimed phenomenal primetime drama series, Walang Hanggan. She currently appears as Leah Layer in Honesto, where she reunites with her Walang Hanggan co-stars' Paulo Avelino and Noni Buencamino. This 2015 She is the lead actress of the upcoming kick off film of The Light Cinema entitled "Ligaw" as Criselle.



Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Star Circle Quest Herself Finalist (Top 5) [1]
2004-05 SCQ Reload Melissa Gordon
2004-05 ASAP Fanatic Herself / Host
2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya Tricia Episode: "Kwintas"
2005–13 ASAP Herself / Host
2006 Your Song Presents: Akin Ka Na Lang
2006 Komiks Presents: Starboy Shasta
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Reyna Hiyas [1]
2007 Your Song Presents: Pangarap Lang Sybil
2007 Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Hiyas
2007 Rounin Raysian
2007 Love Spell Presents: Hairy Harry Sally [2]
2007 Princess Sarah Mariette [3]
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Trisha Episode: "Balikbayan Box"
2008 Kelly! Kelly! (Ang Hit na Musical) Sasa TV Movie
2008 Your Song Presents: Sayang Na Sayang Bettina
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Monique Episode: "Card"
2008 Iisa Pa Lamang Sophia Castillejos
2009 Your Song Presents: Underage Celina Serrano [1]
2009 Midnight DJ Linette Episode: "Kasal ng Tikbalang"
2009 Jim Fernandez's Kambal Sa Uma Ella Perea / Venus dela Riva [4]
2009 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat Ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Pepeng Agimat Lora Hizon
2010 Tanging Yaman Isabel Jacinto
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Len Episode: "Basura"
2010 Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You Ivy
2010-11 Banana Split Various roles Guest
2010 Noah Naomi Mondragon
2010 Lactacyd Confidance Herself / Host
2010 Wansapanataym Valentina Veneracion Episode: "Zoila's Valentina"
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya May Episode: "School ID" [5]
2011 Happy Yipee Yehey Herself / Guest
2011 Nasaan Ka Elisa? Elisa Altamira [6]
2012 Walang Hanggan Patricia "Johanna Montenegro" Bonifacio
2013 Wansapanataym Diwata Episode: "Flores De Yayo"
2013 Honesto Leah Layer
2014 Ipaglaban Mo! Nina Episode: "Ang Pangako Mo Sa Akin"
2015 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself Briefcase #19
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Mai Episode: "Pagkain" [7]
2020 24/7 Belya


Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Volta Herself Cameo
2007 Shake, Rattle and Roll 9 Dang Segment: "Engkanto" [8]
2009 Love on Line (LOL) Lieizzy
2010 Paano Na Kaya Anna
2014 Ligaw Criselle

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Award Category Result Source
2005 SCQ Reload PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Won [9]


  1. ^ a b c Quintos, Napoleon (February 13, 2009). "Matt Evans and Melissa Ricks Star in the TV Version of Underage". Feature. ABS-CBN. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (September 18, 2007). "Melissa Ricks Backs off from Kissing Scenes with Matt Evans in 'Love Spell'". Guide / Television. pep. Retrieved September 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "'Princess Sarah' Cast Members". January 30, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rio Locsin Thrilled Over ABS-CBN's Adaptation of 'Kambal sa Uma'". ABS-CBN News. March 26, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "School ID". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Mystery Behind 'Nasaan Ka Elisa?' Finally Revealed". The Freeman. September 12, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Pagkain (Big Love)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Katrina Halili: Shake, Rattle & Roll 9 a Breather from Marimar". GMA News Online. December 4, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Lorna, Baron, Juday, John Lloyd, Rufa Mae at Kimpee: wagi sa Star Awards for TV" (in Tagalog). Abante Tonite. December 6, 2005. Retrieved January 14, 2010.

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