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Celestine Cruz "Toni" Gonzaga (born January 20, 1984) better known as Toni Gonzaga, is a Filipino singer, television host, and actress. According to Forbes Asia, Gonzaga is the most powerful celebrity in the Philippines, having accumulated the most number of appearances on national television more than any other celebrity in the country, earning her the title, Queen of ABS-CBN.
Toni Gonzaga started in local entertainment at the age of 13. It was on 1997 where she joined a singing competition called "Tanghalan Ng Kampeon", which was then aired on GMA and hosted by Pilita Corales and Bert "Tawa" Marcelo. Two other Filipina singers, Kyla and Faith Cuneta, started their career on the singing competition television show. Gonzaga did not win the competition.
Gonzaga's biggest break in the entertainment industry was her Sprite TV ad with Piolo Pascual in 2001. In the same year, she released her eponymous debut album under Prime Music and "Paano", a cover of Gary Valenciano's, was released as its carrier single. In 2002, she became one of the main hosts in the long-time afternoon variety show Eat Bulaga. She also sung "Doon", the theme song of TAPE, Inc.'s afternoon TV drama on GMA, "Ikaw Sa Puso Ko" which starred StarStruck finalist, Nadine Samonte and Oyo Sotto. In 2002, she was cast in the primetime television series Habang Kapiling Ka starring Angelika dela Cruz. In March 2004, she joined Studio 23's Wazzup Wazzup with Archie Alemania and Vhong Navarro.
In January 2005, she transferred to ABS-CBN, later becoming one of the main hosts of the Pinoy Big Brother series and the Sunday musical variety program ASAP. Same year, she starred as one of the main leads in her first comedy-horror film, D' Anothers in which Vhong Navarro was her love interest. In 2006, she released her second album and her first under Star Records entitled "Toni: You Complete Me" and starred in her first prime time drama series "Crazy For You" opposite Luis Manzano. Moreover, her movie You Are The One with Sam Milby was released the same year upon which she was awarded by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation, Inc. (GMMSF) the following year for the said film. In 2007, Gonzaga released her third studio album Falling in Love and movie You Got Me!. In 2008, she had her first solo major concert at the Aliw Theater titled "Catch Me, Toni Gonzaga: First Major Concert" which had a repeat the same year. After the success of her first major concert, she released her fourth studio album entitled, "Love Is...". Later, she launched her fourth film, My Big Love, her third with Sam Milby. After the block-buster team up of Gonzaga and Milby, she once again starred opposite Vhong Navarro in the film My Only Ü.
In 2009, she starred in a Valentine's Day Special episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine television and in Asia. She was then cast in the Gideon Flame Film Festival's Best Film, A Journey Home. Later in February, a duet album with Sam Milby was released under Star Records. Before the year ended, Gonzaga was once again teamed up with Sam Milby in the comedy film, Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round which included Ai-Ai de las Alas and Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada as the main leads. In 2010, she became part of entertainment talk show program The Buzz. She is the SM Cinema's Box Office Queen for 2010 alongside John Lloyd Cruz as the Box Office King for their movie "My Amnesia Girl". Her 5th studio album entitled, All Me, was internationally released in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, and Japan.
The 2011 Female Concert Performer award was given to Gonzaga by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation. In October 2012, Gonzaga finally launched her comedy film in which she teamed up with Vice Ganda and Luis Manzano entitled, This Guy's In Love With You, Mare!. The movie is one of the highest grossing Filipino films of all time, earning P315 million when it reached its third week of showing in cinemas nationwide. Moreover, she was awarded Best Female TV Host for her show, ASAP 2012, by the PMPC Star Awards before 2012 ended.
In February 2013, Gonzaga confirmed that she was the main host of the singing reality show The Voice of the Philippines. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Star Cinema, Gonzaga starred with Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Angel Locsin and Enchong Dee in Cathy Garcia-Molina's Four Sisters and a Wedding. In June 2013, she hosted Kwentong Kusina, Kwentong Buhay, a cooking show which aired every Sunday morning for 10 episodes. On October 8, 2013, Gonzaga won "Best Female Emcee" at the 26th Aliw Awards. By the end of the year, she is set to host the 5th season of Pinoy Big Brother. Her latest movie (opposite Piolo Pascual), Starting Over Again, was an instant box office hit which premiered in the Philippines on February 12, 2014. She released her sixth studio album called, Celestine while Home Sweetie Home, a sitcom with John Lloyd Cruz, is already airing during Saturday night. Continuing her album promotion, she gusted in Myx as a Celebrity MYX VJ for the month of July, and supported by a concert called Celestine Toni Gonzaga set on October 3, 2014 at Mall of Asia Arena. As well as a reality co-host with her real-life sister, Alex Gonzaga, entitled Team Gonzaga which exclusively view in ABS-CBN mobile. "This Love Is Like" and "Awit ni Ginny" have been released in MYX and YouTube.
Star Cinema has confirmed that Gonzaga would work with Coco Martin for an upcoming movie
Catherine "Cathy" Cruz Gonzaga (born January 16, 1988), better known as Alex Gonzaga after her name changed in 2008, is a Filipina actress, author, comedian and television host. Her nickname, Alex, came from the role of a character she played in ABS-CBN sitcom's Let's Go and Gokada Go!.
Gonzaga started her career on ABS-CBN's sitcom, Let's Go where she played the role of Alex, which also became her nickname. She lasted the role until the series fourth season called Gokada Go!. After her departure from the series, she joined the cast of different shows on the same network, such as Pangarap Na Bituin, Your Song and My Girl.
She transferred to TV5 and became one of the main hosts of the talk show Juicy!, and also received a lead role on Babaeng Hampaslupa where she played the role of the title character. Further roles on the network include BFGF, P.S. I Love You and Enchanted Garden.
Gonzaga returned to ABS-CBN and became the media correspondent on The Voice of the Philippines, where she co-hosts along with her sister. She became another addition to the cast of the gag-show Banana Nite. Gonzaga was then cast two roles on the anthology series Maalaala Mo Kaya, where she played the role of Pinky, which was featured in the episode "Walis"; and Gelyn Tulabing, which was featured in the episode "Wedding Booth".
From July to November, she played the lead role in Pure Love, a remake of the 2011 South Korean TV series, 49 Days. This is Gonzaga's first major project since returning to ABS-CBN. She also played a role in the film, The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin which was released in December.
She will be starring in the 2015 TV series, Inday Bote, a TV adaptation of the film of the same name. It is set to premiere in February 2015.
Alex Gonzaga released a book entitled Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine on September 2014 under ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.
Gonzaga is set to team up with Luis Manzano and James Reid for the movie adaptation of her bestselling book. It is expected to be released on the third quarter of 2015.
Pinoy Big Brother: All In
In the launching of the 5th regular season of Pinoy Big Brother, Gonzaga was announced to become a celebrity housemate, along with collegiate athlete Michele Gumabao and actress Jane Oineza, in the last-minute of the episode.
In the May 3, 2014 episode, it was revealed that Gonzaga was actually a celebrity houseguest, the same twist that happened to her sister in an earlier season. However, Big Brother tasked her to avoid revealing that she was a houseguest from the other official housemates.
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