Thea Tolentino

Thea Loise Señerez Tolentino (born August 13, 1996) is a Filipino actress known for her role as Ashley Mercado Alcantara in the GMA Network television drama The Half Sisters. She started her career as one of the winners of the second season of Protégé, a talent-search reality show created by GMA Network.[1][2][3] Since then, she became a contract artist of GMA and began appearing on various dramas such as Teen Gen, Anna Karenina, Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy, Hahamakin ang Lahat and Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko. She also gained public attention for playing the villain sorcerer in Haplos (2017), this is her most villainous role ever. Recently, she portrayed an evil mother in Madrasta (2019).

Thea Tolentino
Born (1996-08-13) August 13, 1996 (age 23)
Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
Other namesThea, Ashley
OccupationActress, model
Years active2012–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2012-present)
Known forKatharine, Venus, Lucille, Pyra, Phoebe, Ashley, Celeste, Trish, Angel, Gindara
WebsiteThea Tolentino on Twitter Edit this at Wikidata

Early lifeEdit

Tolentino was born and raised in Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines. Prior to joining Protégé, she stated that "she had never been separated from the family." Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Lie To Me are one of her favorite films and TV series respectively.[4] She's a self-proclaimed Jpop fan, most especially by the Johnny's idol group Hey! Say! JUMP. She had said in interviews before that she went back to Japan just to watch their concert and to see her crush Ryosuke Yamada.[5]

Tolentino is currently studying Business Administration, Major in Public Administration at the Trinity University of Asia. She tries to balance her time between her studies and commitments on her television career.[6]


2012: ProtégéEdit

Tolentino auditioned in front of Gina Alajar who turned out as her mentor in the entire run of the show. She sang "Torete" by Moonstar 88 while playing a guitar. Eventually, Tolentino and Mark Kenneth Banez was chosen as one of the official protégés for that season and one of the four protégés of Gina Alajar.

Tolentino said that she joined Protégé to hone her skills, to let the people know that she has a talent and to help her family.[6]

Mentor Gina helped her all throughout the show and Tolentino's shyness was gradually fading as the competition became tougher. The improvements in her performances during gala night was seen by the judges.

Singing is considered as Tolentino's niche. Mikoy Morales, one of Jolina Magdangal's protégés, worked with Tolentino by composing a song entitled "Butterfly". Morales and Tolentino sang the song and Mark Escueta, husband of Jolina Magdangal and one of the members of Rivermaya, helped in creating the music video of "Butterfly".

At the end of the competition, Tolentino was announced as the "Ultimate Female Protégé" by the host, Dingdong Dantes. Tolentino's male counterpart in winning the competition is Jeric Gonzales, who is also from Calamba.

2012–2015: Post ProtégéEdit

Weeks after winning the reality search, Tolentino, along with co-winner Jeric Gonzales, were cast in the TGIS' sequel Teen Gen. However, the series ended its run and Tolentino moved on to take part as the scheming "Angel" in the 2013 resurrection of the series Anna Karenina. In mid-2013, GMA Network announced that they have chosen her to play the lead in the new daytime drama Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy. In 2014 Tolentino landed the lead character of Ashley as one of the main characters in The Half Sisters, with Barbie Forteza and Andre Paras. This show garnered more extensions and positive ratings, even Tolentino's acting role as Ashley also gained praises as well.

2016: Drama RolesEdit

She played as a villain in the drama Once Again, led by Aljur Abrenica and Janine Gutierrez. She also starred in various Maynila episodes. Finding her niche in portraying villain roles, Thea played the role of a Pheobe Ke in Hahamakin ang Lahat that ran from the last quarter of the year till the start of 2017.


Right after Hahamakin ang Lahat, she was cast in the primetime drama Destined to be Yours, which was the first TV drama of the Phenomenal Love Team AlDub. She then starred in Haplos where she plays a vengeful witch Lucille, opposite the “Healer” character Angela played by Sanya Lopez. Tolentino also played in the movie This Time I'll Be Sweeter with Barbie Forteza and Ken Chan, and also had appearances in the sitcom Inday Will Always Love You along with Forteza, one of the show's protagonist. One of her latest roles was a transgender antagonist named Venus Hermosa, who was played by Jason Abalos during his role as Nathan Bravante/Catriona in the afternoon series Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko. She has also appeared in numerous GMA television anthologies such as Maynila, Magpakailanman and Dear Uge, among others, due to her impressive versatility in portraying various roles and characters. Her new project was in another villain role, where she portrayed a psycho murderer and cunning mother in Madrasta.


Year Film Role Producer
2017 This Time I'll Be Sweeter Kimberly Regal Films
2021 Lost Stars Within Us Danica The GWard Inc

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Source
Teen Gen [7]
Angeline "Angge" Parahinog
Love & Lies
Marissa Rivero
Anna Karenina
Angel Dela Cruz
Pyra: Babaeng Apoy
Pyra Lucente / Pyra Del Fierro
The Half Sisters
Ashley Alcantara
Once Again
Celeste Carbonnel
Hahamakin ang Lahat
Phoebe Ke
Pepito Manaloto
Mandy Ramos
Destined to be Yours
Patricia "Trish" Villanueva
Lucille Bermudez / Rosella "Sella"
Inday Will Always Love You
Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko
Venus Hermosa / Nathan Bravante / Catriona
Daddy's Gurl
Katharine Viduya-Ledesma / Kara Santos / Sylvia

Television anthologiesEdit

Year Title Role(s) Network
2020 Imbestigador: Abuso Jocelyn Lopez
2019 Dear Uge: Ayoko Ne Seyo Jheng Landicho
Maynila: Unexpected Blessing Carla
Tadhana: Obsession Karen
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Squad Goals Fairy Mona
Dear Uge: It's Complicated! Maru
Magpakailanman: Yanig ng Buhay (Pampanga Earthquake Victims) Lourdes / Des
Maynila: Bad Mom Paula
Wish Ko Lang: Taxi Driver Jenny
Imbestigador: Christine Silawan Murder Case Christine Lee Silawan
Wish Ko Lang: Anak (A Reunion Story) Luna
Magpakailanman: Tatlong Henerasyon ng Sipag at Tiyaga Teenage Cynthia Villar
2018 Dear Uge: Isang Takong, Isang Tanong Loida Fernandez
Stories for the Soul: The Better Sister Shane
Maynila: My Girlfriend Is a Gangster Grace
Wish Ko Lang: Payaso Joey
Dear Uge: Ang Sakit Pala Matanggihan! Amy
Elehiya Regina
Magpakailanman: Wife for Hire Alma Bulawan
Maynila: Tapsilove Simang
2017 Magpakailanman: May Forever (The Ariel Cruz and Julieta Manuel Story) Mila
Maynila: Love is Not Blind (The Josefina Olorocisimo Story) Josefina Olorocisimo
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Tatay Pitong at Pilyong Nokyo Maya
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: The Adventures of Chuck the Tailor
Imbestigador: Cum Laude Donna Pascual
Imbestigador: Nagbigti o Binigti? Angelique Bulatao
Maynila: New Beginnings Lana
2016 Magpakailanman: May Forever sa Bahay Pag-ibig (The Jessie Tano and Tess Suarez Love Story) young Tess Suarez
Dear Uge: Paano Mapansin ni Crush? Candy
Wish Ko Lang: Pangalawang Buhay Mae
Magpakailanman: Fight for Love (The Buboy Villar and Angillyn Gorens Love Story) Herself
Maynila: Karugtong ng Kahapon Cherry
Dear Uge: I Love You, Mars! Samantha
Karelasyon: Mama Beth Anna
Maynila: Single Dad Erin
Wish Ko Lang: Mag-ate Carmina
Magpakailanman: The Rape Video Scandal Ivy
Love Hotline: My Mystery Girl Jen
Maynila: Love Prevails Phoebe
2015 Wagas: Camille Prats and VJ Yambao Love Story Camille Prats
Maynila: Ganti ng Api Ella
GMA Network
Love Hotline: Magpinsan... Makasalanan Isabel Phajador
Maynila: Hugot Pa More! Nicole
Magpakailanman: Ang Masuwerteng Pinay sa Brunei (The Kathelyn dela Cruz Dupaya Story) young Kathy
Maynila: My Rebel Heart Trina
2014 Maynila: My Sister's Lover Jasmine
Maynila: Y.O.L.O (You Only Love Once) Lyra
Maynila: Love Promises Melinda
Maynila: Luv U Still Alyssa
Maynila: Misyon ng Puso Morgan
Maynila: When Love Take a U-Turn Jessica
2013 Maynila: Bad Boy, Good Heart Rejji
Maynila: Moving On with Your Heart Rica
Magpakailanman: Flowers of Hope (The Rolando Niagar Story) teen Sheryl

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Award Giving Body Category Result
2013 Philippine Movie and Television Press Club 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality for Teen Gen Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Santiago, Erwin (October 21, 2012). "Jeric Gonzales and Thea Tolentino declared winners of Protege: The Battle For The Big Artista Break". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  2. ^ "Meet the Protégé male and female battle champs". October 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jeric, Thea win in 'Protégé'". Malaya Business Insight. 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ GMA Network (August 5, 2012). "Thea Tolentino".
  5. ^ "Thea Tolentino, mas gusto ang Japanese kaysa Pinoy na maging boyfriend?". GMA News Online. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Gonzales, Rommel (October 8, 2012). "Meet the Top 10 female contenders of Protégé". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  7. ^ Rula, Gorgy. "Jodi, malaki ang kontribusyon kay Jolo". Abante Tonite.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Krizza Neri
Protege (TV series)
2012 (season 2)
Succeeded by