Angelika Dela Cruz

Maria Lourdes Egger dela Cruz-Casareo, better known by her screen name Angelika Dela Cruz (born 29 October 1981),[1] is a Filipina actress and singer. She started her career in 1995, and has since appeared in television shows and movies. Originally with ABS-CBN from 1995-1999 and again from 2003-2007, she became a contract artist under GMA Network in 1999-2003 and again in 2007 and currently.

Angelika Dela Cruz
Birth nameMaria Lourdes Egger dela Cruz
Also known asShine
Born (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981[1]
Quezon City, Philippines
GenresPop, OPM, R&B
Occupation(s)Actress, Singer, Host
Years active1995–present
Barangay Chairman of Longos (Malabon City)[2]
In office
2013  present
Preceded byErnie S. dela Cruz

Dela Cruz career started with ABS-CBN in 1996 in the Primetime Drama Mara Clara and 1997-1999 Esperanza both starring Judy Ann Santos she later left the network and transferred to GMA-7 to do other Primetime Dramas such as Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin from 2001-2003 and Habang Kapiling Ka as a lead actress in late 2003 she was cast in the Primetime Drama Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas from 2003-2004 and then 2005 the award-winning ensemble cast of Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin In 2006 she became a lead antagonist in the revival of Bituing Walang Ningning opposite Sarah Geronimo which saw her potential as an Antagonost as she did her last soap with the network in Prinsesa Ng Banyera she was given more Primetime and Afternoon dramas with GMA

Personal life

Angelika Dela Cruz was born to a Filipino father Ernie Dela Cruz and an Italian-Austrian mother Angelica Egger.[3] She has also a younger sister, Mika Dela Cruz, who is also an actress, and two brothers, Erick and Edward, one of the lead singers of the boy band "Freshmen" who died in a vehicular accident in 7 June 2010.[3] She is currently the Chairwoman of Barangay Longos in Malabon.

In an episode of Showbiz Central, de la Cruz admitted that she had married Orion Casareo in August 2008 and was expecting a child.[4] She gave birth to Gabriel Casareo on 22 March via caesarian section.

Acting career

Early success

Dela Cruz gained notice when she won Best New Actress of the year award at the PMPC Star Awards for Movies for her very first movie Nights of Serafina. ABS-CBN saw her potential as an actress and she plays her role as Joyce in the second book of Mara Clara with Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes.[5]

She was also cast in other youth-oriented movies such as Istokwa with Mark Anthony Fernandez and was launched as the lead star in Huwag Mo Nang Itanong and Seventeen... So Kaka. She received critical acclaim in the movie Manananggal ng Manila which she starred alongside Alma Concepcion, Tonton Gutierrez, Eric Fructuoso and Aiza Seguerra. She was once again able to work with Judy Ann Santos in the primetime drama series Esperanza which made her a household name. In the series, she was first paired with Spencer Reyes however, the production staff later on paired her to actor Jericho Rosales. Her team-up with Rosales made its way to the big screen via Magandang Hatinggabi a horror movie produced by Star Cinema and other television projects such as the teen-oriented horror series !Oka Tokat, Star Drama Theater anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya and F.L.A.M.E.S. They also became regulars in ASAP and Magandang Tanghali Bayan.


After working with ABS-CBN, dela Cruz tried her luck in ABS-CBN's rival GMA Network. The network cast her in shows including primetime mini-series Di Ba't Ikaw, noontime variety show SOP and action-fantasy series Pintados. She was able to showcase her acting ability by playing the lead role in the mini-series Liwanag Ng Hatinggabi with award-winning actress Lorna Tolentino and in Umulan Man o Umaraw. Her breakout role came when she was cast as the lead star of the primetime television series Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. The show became a huge success and crowned her as the Soap Opera Princess of GMA. She also appeared in the teen-oriented show Click but due to her rising popularity, she was pulled out from the show.[5]

After the success of Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, she once again headlined another primetime drama entitled Habang Kapiling Ka opposite Victor Neri who played Erica Malvarosa. Her outstanding performance in the series gave her a Best Actress nomination at the 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV. Dela Cruz also took part and matured in movies. In 2000, she earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the movie Deathrow, an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival. She also played the lead in the action-drama movie Hari Ng Selda alongside Robin Padilla and the comedy film S2pid Luv with rapper Andrew E. Both were under Viva Films.

After her contract with GMA expired in 2003, dela Cruz moved back to ABS-CBN and teamed-up with her former on-and-off screen partner Jericho Rosales in the TV series Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas with Diether Ocampo and Kristine Hermosa. The series became one of the most watched shows in primetime and its popularity has reached abroad. dela Cruz who played an optimistic and talented young lady who became romantically involved with the character played by Jericho Rosales was applauded by both viewers and critics. After the success of Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas, dela Cruz was cast in another primetime television drama called Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin where she shared the screen with Star Magic's brightest talents such as Claudine Barretto, John Lloyd Cruz, Shaina Magdayao and Bea Alonzo. She also appeared as one of the main hosts of the showbiz-oriented talk show Entertainment Konek and Sunday variety show ASAP.

Villain with Present roles

Her career took a different direction in 2006 when she played an anti-heroine role to Sarah Geronimo in the drama series Bituing Walang Ningning, a TV adaptation of a 1980s movie starring Cherie Gil and Sharon Cuneta. Her superb performance as Lavinia Arguelles won her a Best Actress nomination at the 2007 PMPC Star Awards for Television and a Best Actress award in Gawad Amerika. She later appeared as Kristine Hermosa's ambitious twin sister in the afternoon drama Prinsesa ng Banyera.

In 2008, dela Cruz signed up with GMA Network and made a comeback via primetime drama series Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita where she played the villain role of Via Fausto. The series gave her the opportunity to work again with her previous co-stars such as Marvin Agustin, Tonton Gutierrez and Dina Bonnevie. Later that year, she was given a role in the afternoon drama series Una Kang Naging Akin, again she is the main antagonist which became a consistent top rater in the ratings game. In October of the year, she was cast as the scheming ex-girlfriend of JC de Vera in the primetime series LaLola.

After giving birth, dela Cruz returned to the screen by playing Iza Calzado's good-hearted sister in the afternoon drama series Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit. She most recently appeared in the primetime fantasy comedy series Pilyang Kerubin, telefantasya Dwarfina and the sports series Futbolilits. She made a guest appearance on the pilot episode of Ruben Marcelino's Kokak before being cast as one of the leads in the primetime drama series Biritera in which she received positive reviews.[6] After playing a good character in Biritera, she went back to playing villainous roles in the afternoon drama series Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? and in the primetime fantasy series Aso ni San Roque.[7] In 2013, Angelika once again plays the good character as Rodora Santos / Giselle Atienza-Carbonel in Mundo Mo'y Akin followed by Kambal Sirena (2014) and Second Chances (2015) then later she played Nimfa as the villainous mother of her stepson Jay (Kristofer Martin) in Healing Hearts along with Chloe (Krystal Reyes). In 2016, dela Cruz played Evelyn as Larry's lovable wife and Ana's protagonist mother in Hanggang Makita Kang Muli.

In June 2017, she joined the cast in GMA's hit drama series Ika-6 na Utos in that series she was first seen as a villain but later became good/hero.

In February 2019, she played the role of Lucy Lopez in Inagaw Na Bituin as the main antagonist and mother to the anti-heroine, Ariella Lopez which was played by Therese Malvar. She also makes her sister and niece's life miserable in that series.

Singing career

Despite an active career in acting, Angelika made her first mark in showbiz through her musical talent for singing. In 1994, at the age of 13 she sang the theme song for the Tagalog dub of Sailor Moon which begin airing in October 1994 on ABC-5. The song was a variation of "Moonlight Densetsu" and the Tagalog lyrics were written by Vehnee Saturno.[8]

In 1996, she released a 10-track self-titled album under BMG Records followed by a second album entitled My Only Wish three years later. The Japanese label Imperial Records tapped the singer-actress to record a few songs, which eventually gained international fame and earned for her a budding name in Japan. To give way to her flourishing acting career, Angelika's singing streak took a hiatus for years, until she later managed to sing once again in 2006 when she was included in the soundtrack of her television starrer Bituing Walang Ningning. She recorded two songs for the series: Miss Na Miss Kita and Dito Ba? featuring Sarah Geronimo.

Lawsuit Against BMG Music

On 17 March 1995, de la Cruz (Lourdes Egger dela Cruz in real life) signed a contract with BMG under which she was required to record at least two albums over three years. But Dela Cruz only recorded one album during the period so BMG exercised on 23 March 1998 its option to extend the contract for two more years. She was required to record one album, which she was able to do. Despite the expiration of the option period, on 8 May 2000, BMG informed her she still had to record one album under the option period. On 5 June 2001, Dela Cruz sued and asked for damages, claiming that after recording one album BMG never gave her any proposal for a second one and that despite the lapse of the option period, the firm refused to release her on the ground that she still had to record one album.

The RTC found merit in Dela Cruz's petition, awarding her payment for damages, and the payment of royalties for the unfulfilled number of required songs under the agreement but BMG appealed the case and CA ruled in Dela Cruz’ favor. However, CA deleted the lower court's award to Dela Cruz of P1.5 million in actual damages, P200,000 in moral damages, another P200,000 in exemplary damages, as well as P50,000 in attorneys' fees. The CA said there was no evidence to support the award of actual, moral and exemplary damages. And since both parties have legitimate claims to each other, CA said the award of attorney's fees was not warranted.[9]



Television Series

2019Beautiful JusticeAtty. Katrina Vijandre
Inagaw na BituinLucinda "Lucy" Lopez
2018–presentDaddy's GurlOprah Saavedra
2017-2018Ika-6 na UtosGeneva Ferrer-Takahashi
2016Hanggang Makita Kang MuliEvelyn Esguerra-Medrano
2015Healing HeartsNimfa Fernandez-Villamor
2014Kambal SirenaReyna Arowana
2013Mundo Mo'y AkinRodora Santos / Giselle Atienza-Carbonel
2012Aso ni San RoqueBulan
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka?Leslie Montelibano
BiriteraRemedios "Remy" Capitollo
2011Ruben Marcelino's KokakVictoria "Vicky" Asuncion
FutbolilitsBelinda Almodovar
2010Carlo J. Caparas' Panday KidsEster / Ether
Pilyang KerubinMelissa Alejandrino-Santos
2009Sine Novela: Kaya Kong Abutin Ang LangitNancy Rosales
2008LaLolaSabrina Starr
Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging AkinVanessa Yumul
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin KitaVia Fausto
2007Prinsesa ng BanyeraMayumi Burgos / Daphne PertierraABS-CBN
Komiks: Pedro Penduko at ang mga EngkantaoKalagua / Dr. Eva Tabinas
2006Bituing Walang NingningLavinia Arguelles
2005Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa AkinKarri Medrano-Ynares
2003Sana'y Wala Nang WakasMary Ann Santos
Kumuha ng Pakikipagsapalaran Dar Darra at BellaCarmina Lara
2002Habang Kapiling KaErica MalvarosaGMA Network
2001Ikaw Lang Ang MamahalinMylene Fuentebella / Katherine Morales / Carmencita San Diego
2000Umulan Man o UmarawAndrea
Liwanag Ng HatinggabiLuna
1999PintadosDiwata / Reewa Zulueta
Di Ba't IkawEloisa
1997-1999!Oka TokatTessa SytangcoABS-CBN
EsperanzaCecille Montejo / Regina Salgado
1995-1997Mara ClaraJoyce


2017Trip Ubusan: The Lolas vs. ZombiesMadamme Eva
2012An Angel's TaleAngelika
2011Babang LuksaIdang
2002S2pid LuvWendy
Hari ng Selda: Anak ni Baby Ama 2Angelica
1999Esperanza: The MovieCecille / Regina
Seventeen so kakaNeneng
1998Magandang HatinggabiMarianne
1997Ipaglaban Mo IIAgnes
Huwag Mo Nang ItanongCely
Mananggal ng MaynilaTerry
Nights of SerafinaDiana


YearTitleTrack listing
  • Fill the World with love
  • Hindi lamang sa Pangarap
  • Sa Atin Lang
  • Kung Bubuksan Mo Man ang Puso Ko
  • Now you Go
  • Sasabihin Ko Na Ba?
  • Ready to Fall In Love Again
  • Tanging Puso Lang
  • Di Ko Alam
  • Pagkatapos ng Gabi
My Only Wish
  • I Miss You
  • Paano ba?
  • Nadevelop
  • Hold Me in your Arms
  • Sana ay Magbalik Ka
  • Let the Love Begin
  • Don't throw it Away
  • In the Heat of Summer
  • My Only Wish
  • Ipangako Mo
1999 Imperial Records
In My Dreams
Unknown Tracks
Metropop Song Festival
A Day and A Night More
Bituing Walang Ningning Soundtrack
  • Miss Na Miss Kita
  • Dito ba? (feat. Sarah Geronimo)

Awards and nominations


2000Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress"Deathrow" (2000) !Nominated
200049TH FAMAS Annual AwardsGerman Moreno Youth Achievement AwardeeGerman Moreno Youth Achievement AwardWon
1999Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress"Esperanza: The Movie" (1999)Nominated
1997PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest New Actress of the Year"Nights of Serafina" (1996)Won


YearOrganizationTV AwardTV showRemarks
20177th EdukCircle AwardsBest Supporting Actress"Ika-6 na Utos" (2017)Nominated
2014Golden Screen TV AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Program"Mundo Mo'y Akin" (2013)Nominated
200721st PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Drama Actress"Bituing Walang Ningning" (2006)Nominated
2007Gawad AmericaBest Actress"Bituing Walang Ningning" (2006)Won
2006ASAP Pop AwardsBest Character Actress"Bituing Walang Ningning" (2006)Nominated
2005Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance ChallengeGrand ChampionShall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge (2005)Won
2003PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Drama Actress"Habang Kapiling Ka" (2002)Nominated
1998PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Single Performance by an ActressGMA Telesine "Propeta" (1997)Nominated
1997PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Single Performance by an ActressMaalaala Mo Kaya episode "Jeepney" (1996)Nominated


YearOrganizationMusic AwardRecipientRemarks
2006PARIGold Record AwardBituing Walang Ningning:SoundtracksWon
2001Metropop 2001Song Interpreter of the year"A Day and a Night More"Nominated
2001Gintong Parangal ng MalabonGintong Parangal AwardeeherselfWon
1998Parangal ng BayanPeople's Choice Awardee for Most Promising Female PerformerherselfWon
1997Parangal ng BayanPeople's Choice Awardee for Most Promising Female PerformerherselfWon
1993Likhawit4th Placer, Amateur DivisionherselfWon


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