Tanya Garcia

Tanya Katherine Rosales Lyttle-Lapid, more popularly known by her screen name Tanya Garcia (born August 5, 1981), is a Filipina television and film actress. She became a household name after playing Cecilia in one of the longest running soap operas of GMA Network, Sana ay Ikaw na Nga, opposite Dingdong Dantes. In 2015 she moved back to her home network ABS-CBN.

Tanya Garcia-Lapid
Tanya Katherine Rosales Lyttle

(1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 39)
Years active1996–present
AgentViva Artists Agency (1996–2004)


Her showbiz career started when she was introduced as one of the teen stars of Star Circle Batch 5 on ABS-CBN. She appeared in youth-oriented shows like Gimik (where she was first paired with Patrick Garcia) and played supporting role in Esperanza as Judy Ann Santos' sister.

She took a break from her showbiz career for a while and concentrated on her studies. She took up mass communication at Dominican College in San Juan[1] when she was signed by Viva Films and later on appeared in the Viva Television afternoon drama Anna Karenina as Grace opposite Dingdong Dantes. She also had a cameo role in the TV drama Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin.

Her rise to fame started when she played the role of Cecilia in the drama telebabad show Sana ay Ikaw na Nga with Dingdong Dantes, Bobby Andrews and Angelu de Leon. On the later part of the soap, she also played the role of Olga, the antagonist of Cecilia, which was played again by Maricar de Mesa.

After her stint at that show, she was reunited with onscreen partner Dingdong Dantes at the light dramedy Twin Hearts as Althea, a heart operation survivor who fell in love with the ex-boyfriend of the heart donor. She was also paired with Dennis Trillo.

She did a religious-theme show in QTV called Noel where she was paired with James Blanco and Paolo Contis. She was then later on paired with Ogie Alcasid in the family-oriented TV show Ay Robot! again with QTV. Tanya also appeared in Agos, the third season of Now and Forever, in which she played Sophia, a young liberated lawyer who eventually falls in love with her brother (played by Dennis Trillo). She also had a cameo role in the show Makita Ka Lang Muli as the young Celia Rodriguez.

She is considered as one of the sexiest Pinay in the Philippine Showbiz scene. She first appeared in the March 2006 issue of FHM Philippines.

Tanya Garcia also starred in numerous movies. She played the role of a possessed man’s wife in Kulimlim with Robin Padilla as her leading man in 2004. Some of her movie credits are Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5, Filipinas and Batas Militar.

After her long hiatus on the telebabad run, she’s back as the wicked stepmother Aloya in the new GMA Fantasy show Super Twins topbilled by Jennylyn Mercado, Nadine Samonte and former loveteam Dennis Trillo.

After four years of hiatus due to Tanya's pregnancy (twice), she inked a two-year contract with Viva Management for TV and movie projects last June 6, 2011. She plays the role of Lilian Avelino-Fuentebella in the remake of Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin.[2][3]

In 2015, Tanya moved back to her home network ABS-CBN. She had a guest stint on the longest running drama anthology of the network Maalaala Mo Kaya with Yves Flores as a 30 and 15 year old lovers. She is currently on the hit teleserye Ningning as Mak-Mak's mother Alicia.

Personal lifeEdit

She has a daughter named Mischa Amidala and Matilda with former Pampanga Governor Mark Lapid. She is presently residing at Poblacion, Porac, Pampanga. She is also the daughter-in-law of former Pampanga Governor and former Senator Lito Lapid.[4][5]



Year Title Role Network
2018 Maynila: Munting Hiling Evelyn GMA Network
The Blood Sisters Brenda Ortega-Solomon ABS-CBN
Asintado Criselda Gaspar-Ramirez
2017 La Luna Sangre Rica "Fall" Sison-Toralba
ASAP Herself
2015–2016 Ningning Alicia "Mama Isha" Demetion-Bautista
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya:Computer Shop Ruby Maranan
2014 Strawberry Lane Myrna Javier GMA Network
2013–2014 Villa Quintana Amparing Mangaron
2012–2013 Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa Aurora
2012 Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Joanna Altamonte
My Beloved Adult Joy Castor
2011–2012 Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin Lilian Avelino-Fuentebella
2011 Amaya Pandaki
2007 Super Twins Aloya Blossom
2006 Noel Nanette QTV
Makita Ka Lang Muli Teen Cecelia GMA Network
Now and Forever: Agos Sophia
2005 Baywalk Various QTV
Maynila GMA Network
2004 Mulawin Paloma
2003 Twin Hearts Althea Fontanilla
2002 Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Cecilia Fulgencio / Margarita Zalameda
Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin Jessica
2000 GMA Love Stories Various
GMA Telecine Specials
Campus Romance
2000–2002 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina "Grace" San Victores
1999–2000 Labs Ko Si Babe Alicia ABS-CBN
1998 Dear Mikee Various GMA Network
Lihim ng Gabi
1997 Mikee
Esperanza Andrea Estrera ABS-CBN
1996 Gimik Angela


Year Title Role Studio
2006 Nasaan si Francis? Sofia
Batas Militar
Matakot Ka Sa Karma OctoArts Films and Canary Films
2005 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 Rene's wife Regal Films
2004 Kulimlim Hannah Cabrera
2003 Filipinas Dindi Viva Films
2002 Ikaw Lamang Hanggang Ngayon Anna
Jeannie, Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang
1999 Tik Tak Toys, My Kolokotoys Donita Star Cinema
Esperanza: The Movie Andrea Estrera
1997 Haba Baba Doo Puti Puti Poo Angelika


  1. ^ Bautista, Mario E. (March 9, 2002). "Tanya Garcia of Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga: A better second choice". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Tanya Garcia takes another crack at showbiz, signs up with Viva". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  3. ^ "Confirmed: Tanya Garcia is pregnant!". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  4. ^ "Mark Lapid and Tanya Garcia finally tie the knot". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  5. ^ "LOOK: Mark Lapid, Tanya Garcia welcome baby girl". Rappler.

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