Decades have passed since these ladies made multiple hits in the Philippine show business industry, specifically in the 80s and 90s. But have you wondered where they’re at now? Do they still pursue the same objective of making Filipinos happy through their fantastic acting performances? Let’s check it out!
Judy Ann Santos
Judy Anne Lumagui Santos is known for a couple of famous classic Filipino shows and movies such as “Maria Clara(1992),” “Esperanza(1997),” “Isusumbong Kita Sa Tatay Ko(1999),” and many others.
Judy Ann Santos is married to Ryan Agoncillo, and the couple have three children.
Today, Santos also co-owns AngryDobo, a Filipino restaurant in Malate, Manila, that opened in 2019.
Maria Jolina Perez Magdangal, commonly known as Jolina Magdangal, started in 1989 as an entertainer through the singing group 14-K under the supervision and training of Master Composer Ryan Cayabyab.
In 1992, Magdangal had her breakthrough after being discovered by Johnny Manahan. She then made her professional debut in “Ang TV,” where she was featured in various segments before being given her segment called “Payong Kaibigan.”
Currently, the actress is a part of the hosts of the Filipino morning talk show Magandang Buhay.
Claudine Margaret Castelo Barretto, commonly known as Claudine Barretto, is a famous Filipino celebrity in the Philippine show business industry. She even earned the title of “The Optimum Star” by various media outlets. Fellow actress Judy Ann Santos even gives her the title of “Queen of Teleserye.”
Barretto won 3 F.A.M.A.S. awards, including 2 Best Actress wins and a German Moreno Youth Achievement Award.
Barretto is known for her Primetime hits such as “Mula sa Puso (1997-1999),” “Saan Ka Man Naroroon(1999-2001),” Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (2001-2003),” “Marina (2004),” “Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin (2005),” “Walang Kapalit (2007),” and both Maligo and Iisa Pa Lamang respectively in 2008.
The actress has three children from her ex-husband, actor-host Raymart Santiago.
Kristine Hermosa Orille-Sotto, professionally known as Kristine Hermosa, was discovered at age 12 after her older sister Kathleen Hermosa auditioned for a show in ABS-CBN. Eventually, she was cast in the 1998 weekly drama series, “Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako.”
She’s known for her roles in “Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2000),” “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (2003),” Dahil May Isang Ikaw (2009),” “Gulong ng Palad,” “Prinsesa ng Banyera,” and many more.
Hermosa is married to Oyo Boy Sotto and has five children: Kiel, Ondrea, Kaleb, Isaac, and Vin.
Angelu de Leon
Maria Luisa Angelea Martinez de Leon-Rivera, better known as Angelu de Leon, started her career at 12 when she joined the youth-oriented show “Ang TV” with Claudine Barretto and Jolina Magdangal.
Afterward, De Leon officially signed up with Viva Films and transferred to G.M.A. Network to do a sitcom called Ober Da Bakod with Janno Gibs and Anjo Yllana.
De Leon is usually known for her younger sister roles in “Di Na Natuto,” “Kadenang Bulaklak,” “Forever,” “P’re Hanggang sa Huli,” and “Okey Si Ma’am.”
After filing her candidacy for councilor in Pasig’s second district for the May 2022 polls under the political party Aksyon Demokratiko, the actress entered politics. De Leon then garnered 138,427 votes, making her the top-notcher councilor in the said district.
De Leon is married to Wowie Rivera.
Maria Alinica Valdez or commonly known as Nikki Valdez, is known for the ballad titled “Meron Ba?,” which was composed as the soundtrack of G-Mik The Movie and Trip The Movie (2002), and for starring in the lead role in the T.V. series F.L.A.M.E.S. (1996 -2002).
Valdez made her comeback in the second installment of “Precious Hearts Romances,” titled Ang Lalaking Nagmahal sa Akin, after her last role in “Walang Kapalit (2007).”
Valdez also appeared in Precious Hearts Romances’ third installment “Somewhere in My Heart (2009),” “Magkano ang Iyong Dangal?,” and the top-rated afternoon soap “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.”
The actress married Luis Garcia after separating from Filipino Canadian Christopher Lina and has one child.
As a child, Donna Cruz Yrastorza, professionally known as Donna Cruz, started joining pageants and singing competitions.
Donna joined Eat Bulaga’s Little Miss Philippines, where she appeared as a finalist. In 1988, she also served as the champion of Bulilit Kampeon.
Eventually, Donna signed with Viva Records in 1989 and finally dropped her debut album Donna in 1991 at 14. Her original single “Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso” and cover of Boy Mondragon’s song “Rain” gained popularity in the Philippine music scene, specifically in O.P.M. music.
She also starred in German Moreno’s That’s Entertainment and sitcoms like Alabang Girls and Ober Da Bakod, both produced by Viva Entertainment.
Donna is married to Yong Larrazabal and has three children.