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. 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).
|Born||August 13, 1996|
Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
|Other names||Thea, Ashley|
|Agent||GMA Artist Center (2012-present)|
|Known for||Katharine, Venus, Lucille, Pyra, Phoebe, Ashley, Celeste, Trish, Angel, Gindara|
|Website||Thea Tolentino on Twitter|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|2017||This Time I'll Be Sweeter||Kimberly||Regal Films|
|2021||Lost Stars Within Us||Danica||The GWard Inc|
|Teen Gen ||
Angeline "Angge" Parahinog
|Love & Lies||
Angel Dela Cruz
|Pyra: Babaeng Apoy||
Pyra Lucente / Pyra Del Fierro
|The Half Sisters||
|Hahamakin ang Lahat||
|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
Katharine Viduya-Ledesma / Kara Santos / Sylvia
|2020||Imbestigador: Abuso||Jocelyn Lopez|
|2019||Dear Uge: Ayoko Ne Seyo||Jheng Landicho|
|Maynila: Unexpected Blessing||Carla|
|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|
|Magpakailanman: Wife for Hire||Alma Bulawan|
|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|
|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|
- Santiago, Erwin (October 21, 2012). "Jeric Gonzales and Thea Tolentino declared winners of Protege: The Battle For The Big Artista Break". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
- "Meet the Protégé male and female battle champs". Philstar.com. October 23, 2012.
- "Jeric, Thea win in 'Protégé'". Malaya Business Insight. 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013.
- GMA Network (August 5, 2012). "Thea Tolentino".
- "Thea Tolentino, mas gusto ang Japanese kaysa Pinoy na maging boyfriend?". GMA News Online. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- Gonzales, Rommel (October 8, 2012). "Meet the Top 10 female contenders of Protégé". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
- Rula, Gorgy. "Jodi, malaki ang kontribusyon kay Jolo". Abante Tonite.
|Awards and achievements|
| Protege (TV series)
2012 (season 2)