Maxene Magalona

Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona-Mananquil is a Filipino actress who is currently under ABS-CBN. Being a former GMA 7 talent under GMA Artist Center, she is known for her portrayal as Vivian Salvador in the My Lover, My Wife and Donna Vallejo on Daddy Di Do Du. Now being a talent star of ABS-CBN, she is best known for her current portrayal as Alex Acosta, the main antagonist on Doble Kara.

Maxene Magalona
Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona

(1986-11-23) 23 November 1986
Alma materAteneo de Manila University
  • Actress
  • model
  • host
Years active1992–present
AgentStar Magic (1992–2001; 2014–present)
GMA Artist Center (2001–2014)
Rob Mananquil (m. 2018)
FamilyEnrique Magalona (great grandfather)
Pancho Magalona (grandfather)
Tita Duran (grandmother)
Francis Magalona (father)
Saab Magalona (sister)
Frank Magalona (brother)
Elmo Magalona (brother)
Hiro Peralta (cousin)

Early life

Magalona was born in Sta. Elena, Philippines. Her father is the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and her grandparents are the late actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Pia Arroyo-Magalona is her mother and her sister is Saab who also joined showbiz in 2007, and recently her younger brother Elmo Magalona also joined showbiz this year in Party Pilipinas, Pilyang Kerubin and also in Kaya ng Powers. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University on March 2010 with a Social Sciences bachelor's degree, although she didn't attend the graduation ceremonies due to personal reasons.[1]


Starting career on ABS-CBN

Her first show as a child was the ABS-CBN kiddie show "Ang TV" followed by 5 and Up.

GMA Network (2001-2014)

Then in 2001, she transferred to GMA Network. she made her appearance in Daddy Di Do Du in which she worked with Vic Sotto. In 2004, the role of Alwina in Mulawin was originally given to her, but she had to turn down the offer as she was about to start college at the time. It was later given to Angel Locsin.[2] To date, her biggest break on television is when she was chosen to be one of Richard Gutierrez's leading ladies in major lead role Kamandag this is marks first primetime drama series in GMA.[3] After Kamandag, Maxene played Jessa, originally played by Sharon Cuneta, in Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin opposite Wendell Ramos and Angelika dela Cruz.

In 2009, Magalona joined the cast of SRO Cinemaserye: Ganti, opposite Marvin Agustin and Geoff Eigenmann.[4] Maxene also starred on Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo Man Ang Lahat Sa Akin with JC Tiuseco, Glaiza de Castro and Patrick Garcia.[5]

In June 2010, she joined with the cast of Sine Novela: Trudis Liit, with her co-stars Pauline Luna, Mike Tan, Gina Alajar, & new kapuso child actress Jillian Ward. Then on February 2011, she starred on GMA 7 afternoon drama show, "My Lover, My Wife" opposite Adrian Alandy and Kapuso Actress Nadine Samonte.

In 2013, Magalona joined the GMA's afternoon drama series Mga Basang Sisiw playing Vicky Sta. Maria, the main antagonist role & villain of the series, with the lead stars Renz Valerio, Bianca Umali and Miko Zarsadias

Return to ABS-CBN (2014-present)

In the 3rd Quarter of 2014, she signed an exclusive contract and returned to her home network after 13 years, ABS-CBN. and since then had a guest stint as one of the Hurado's on It's Showtime; as guest player in The Singing Bee; as special guest in Kris TV; and starred in Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode title: Nurse Cap), portraying the nurse rapper, Fatima Palma. Magalona's first major project as a Kapamilya Artist is being part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Soap "Dream Dad" together with Jana Casandra Agoncillo and Zanjoe Marudo.

In November 2015, after 2 months of pilot, Magalona joined the cast of Doble Kara as Alexandra "Alex" Acosta on its season 2. A sweet and kind hearted to the kids where she worked and she raised by her older half- brother Sebastian "Seb" Acosta portrayed by Sam Milby. She met Kara Dela Rosa portrayed by Julia Montes (which Seb married Kara at season 4). At first, she likes Kara for her brother and keep asking her brother to take Kara out. But, when she finds out that Kara's adopted mother Lucille Acosta- Dela Rosa portrayed by Carmina Villaroel was her half sister from her father side, the sweet and kind hearted lady became mean to Kara and her family because she believes that Lucille's family is the reason why she grew without parents. Later on, she became the main antagonist of the series started in season 4.

In 2019, Maxene plays the role as Juliet (originally portrayed by Vilma Santos) together with her co-actor Diego Loyzaga as Manuel (originally portrayed by Gabby Concepcion) in their upcoming drama series based on the 1989 film of the same title Pahiram ng Isang Umaga.

Personal life

In 2015, Magalona began dating musician Rob Mananquil. On 14 February 2017 (Valentine's Day), the two became engaged when the latter proposed to the former while vacationing in Tokyo.[6] Magalona and Mananquil got married on 11 January 2018 at a ceremony in Boracay.[7]


Drama Series

Drama Series
2019StarlaCharlotte Dela Fuente
2018 PlayhouseNatalia Cortes-Smith
2017 Ipaglaban Mo: TaliFaith
Ipaglaban Mo: SuspetsaBeth
2015-2017Doble KaraAlexandra "Alex" Acosta-Hernandez
2015 NathanielOlivia Domingo
2014-2015Dream DadApril Mae Pamintuan
2013Mga Basang SisiwVictoria "Vicky" Santa Maria [8]
GMA Network
IndioRosa Delos Santos
2012FaithfullyStella Quillamor
2011Pahiram ng Isang InaAndrea Martinez
Mars Ravelo's Captain BarbellDalisay
My Lover, My WifeVivian Torres-Delgado
2010Sine Novela: Trudis LiitMercedes "Ched" Cristobal
2009Sana Ngayong PaskoIrene Dionisio
Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa AkinMaureen Andrada
2008Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging AkinJessa Mallari
2007/2008Carlo J. Caparas' KamandagLily
2005Saang Sulok ng LangitGemma
2004Hanggang KailanAngela Villarama

Drama Anthology

Drama Anthology
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: BoxTess Alparce-Dado
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Nurse CapNurse Fatima Palma
2012 Magpakailanman: The Maricel Apatan StoryMaricel Apatan
GMA Network
SRO Cinemaserye: GantiEloisa Barrientos
2005Love to Love Season 1: Rich in LoveTrina


2015Sabado BadooCameo Footage Featured
GMA Network
2012 Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na KwentoAngie
Spooky Valentine Presents: ManibelaJellie
2001–2007Daddy Di Do DuDonna Vallejo
1992–1995Ang TVHerself


2017The SourceHerself / Guest
CNN Philippines
2016Magandang BuhayHerself/Guest
2015LolaBasyang.comRosa / Rosamistika
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (season 5)Herself Contestant with Edgar Allan Guzman
Your Face Sounds Familiar 1Herself Performer / Pop Icon
ASAPHerself Performer/Co-Host
2014Kris TVHerself Special Guest
The Singing BeeHerself Guest Player
It's ShowtimeHerself / Special Guest Hurado
Net 25
The Ryzza Mae ShowHerself
GMA Network
Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista BreakWebi-Jock / Co-Host
2010–2013Party PilipinasGuest / Performer
GMA Network
2005ASAP Fanatic
Fam JamHost
QTV 11
2004–2010SOP RulesHerself / Performer
GMA Network
2000Y2K: Yes 2 KidsHerself
IBC 13
19955 and Up
GMA Network


YearTitleRoleProduction Company
2019 EerieSister MiaStar Cinema
2018The Girl in the Orange DressMarthaQuantum Films
2017Unexpectedly YoursGeorginaStar Cinema
2016 Love Me TomorrowJessica
2007Bratz: The MovieYasmin
2005Happily Ever AfterLaura
2002Singsing ni LolaVik
2002Mano PoYoung Elisa
2001Bahay ni LolaTintin

Awards and nominations

201327th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Reality Competition Program HostProtege: The Battle For The Big Artista BreakNominated
61st FAMAS AwardsCelebrity Skin of the NightN/AWon
2009FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomenRanked #82[9]
2009Pure 'N Fresh Top Teen AwardsTop Teen ‘IT’ Girl: Pure 'N Fresh Role ModelNominated
2008FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomenRanked #48[10]
2005FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomenRanked #79
2004FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomenRanked #23


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