Angel Locsín (born Angélica Locsín Colmenares on April 23, 1985 in Bulacan,
Philippines) is a Filipina television and film actress who was introduced in the
youth-oriented program of GMA Network entitled Click. Locsin rose to prominence
after being casted as one of the lead stars in the fantasy-themed television
series Mulawin in 2004. Soon after she headlined as the titular superheroine
Darna in the TV adaptation of the popular Mars Ravelo comics hit. Locsin
top-billed in several chartbusting films and is widely famous as the love pair
of Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo.
Life and career
up in Bulacan and was the second child in a
brood of three. Her parents were separated when
she was fourteen and she has since lived with
her father. Locsin's career in show business
began after she was spotted by a talent scout
when she cut class with a friend while shopping
at SM Mall. She auditioned for several
commercials and soon after she landed a contract
with GMA Network.
Locsín first appeared in Click, a teen-oriented
program on the GMA Network, as the tomboyish
Charley (short for Charlotte) where she was
paired with (Railey Valeroso).However, she only
became widely known when she first appeared on
the cover of FHM Philippines. The same magazine
frequently lists her as one the "100 Sexiest
Women in the World", as well as sexiest
Filipina, ranking No. 2 behind Hollywood actress
Angelina Jolie. She has also been known the
current sex symbol of the Philippines.
After appearing in Click, Locsin gained further
exposure as she was cast in television shows
like Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin, All Together
Now and Love to Love
In 2004, Locsin received what is considered her
biggest break yet. She starred as one of the
lead stars in the telefantasya Mulawin. After
her role as the half-human, half-avian Alwina
where got to be paired with Aguiluz (Richard
Gutierrez),she auditioned for the title role of
the classic Filipina superhero in Darna
television series. She won the part hands down,
and was chosen to don the iconic red suit and
crest among numerous actresses who tried out.
Locsin reunited with former love team Dennis
Trillo as they top-bill in GMA's newest
fantasy-themed series, Majika.
Aside from television, Locsín also starred in
films. Among her big screen credits are Kuya,
Mano Po 2, Singles, Sigaw and in 2005 the
box-office hit Let The Love Begin, alongside
perennial partner Richard Gutierrez. Her team-up
with Gutierrez is considered by some as one of
the best pairings in the country. She reprised
her role as Alwina in the movie adaptation of
Locsin also had her fair share of controversy
after appearing in one of the Axe TV ads, many
feminist groups, as well as former Senator Nikki
Coseteng, complained about the offensive
gestures in the advertisement. In the television
commercial, Angel is teasing a man by showing
off money and her body but the man approaches
Angel and takes only her money. Because of the
complaints, Unilever Philippines, the maker of
Axe, slowly pulled out the commercial.
Locsin, on 21 April 2006, spent a pre-21st
birthday get-together with close friends and
relatives in Aurora Ville Resort. After a short
program hosted by Joel Almagro, Locsin thanked
the organizers for a simple but sincere effort
to make her day complete. This, after spending
the whole day with kids with various medical
conditions and giving free medical aid.
Locsin starred in another fantasy-themed TV series,
Majika, together with Dennis Trillo, which was aired
from March to September 2006. She played the role of Sabina,
a seemingly ordinary girl who lived in the world of mortals
but is unknowingly the one destined to become the most powerful
female magician. Afterwards, she was cast in Asian Treasures,
opposite Robin Padilla. It was the first Philippine TV series
that was shot in multiple countries such as Mongolia, Thailand
and China. The show was aired from January to June 2007. Both
shows were also well received.
In August 2007, Locsin signed a two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.
Her first acting appearance with the network was via Maalaala Mo
Kaya in the episode "Pilat". Her performance gained her the Star
Award for TV for Best Single Performance by an Actress. By January
2008, she launched her first drama series with the network entitled
Lobo, together with Piolo Pascual in the lead role. She earned an
International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress nomination
for her performance in the series.
In 2009, Locsin starred in the top-rated TV series, Only You, a
Philippine remake of the Korean drama of the same title aired by
SBS Korea in 2005. She starred alongside Sam Milby and Diether
Ocampo. The show was directed by Rory Quintos.
Later in 2010, she starred in the TV series Imortal, the sequel
to her earlier work, Lobo, together with John Lloyd Cruz. It was
directed by Chito Roño.
In 2011, she became a guest star in the comedy sitcom, Toda Max.
However, her guesting eventually turned into a regular stint.
In 2014, Locsin returns to primetime TV after three years through
the hit series, The Legal Wife, together with Jericho Rosales,
Maja Salvador and JC de Vera. The series was directed by Dado C.
Lumibao and Rory Quintos.