Multi-award winning actress Bea Alonzo has earned the titles “Queen of Primetime Bida” and the “New Generation’s Movie Queen” for her unparalleled success both in TV and the big screen. Aside from having one of the most beautiful faces in showbiz, Bea has cemented her place as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, dazzling fans and critics alike from her very first teleserye “Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay,” to the immensely successful “Maging Sino Ka Man, to the hit drama adaptation “I Love Betty La Fea” to name a few.
This 2017 marks Bea’s long-awaited return to primetime soap via the much-anticipated teleserye “A Love to Last.” Bea will once again be able to showcase her superb acting skills, this time opposite Ian Veneracion. They will be joined by Kapamilya stars Iza Calzado, Enchong Dee, and Julia Barretto.
And as we wait for the TV premiere of “A Love to Last,” let us first look back on Bea’s teleserye journey.
(2002) Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay
“Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay” is the drama that started it all for the Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz tandem. Shown from July 2002 to November 2003, it revolved around Lorrea’s (Lorna Tolentino) search for her missing son, Andrei (John Lloyd). “Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay” garnered critical acclaim from both local and international award-giving bodies and boasted of high-caliber cast that also included Edu Manzano, Johnny Delgado, Ricky Davao, John Estrada and Jean Garcia. At just 15 years old, Bea was able to hold her own among these great actors.
(2003) It Might Be You
Bea and John Lloyd’s love team was catapulted to greater heights with their very own drama series, “It Might Be You.” Shown from 2003 to 2004, it revolved around the unlikely friendship that developed between a mayor’s son, Lawrence (John Lloyd), and a poor adopted girl, Cielo (Bea). Their friendship blooms into love which will be tested not only by their social status, but also by their families’ dark past.
(2005) Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin
This 2005 drama series featured Bea and John Lloyd alongside some of the hottest actors at the time, Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo and Angelika dela Cruz. It tackled the story of Nea’s (Claudine) search for her younger sister, Jasmin (Bea), who was taken away by their father when he abandoned their family for a rich woman. Although the two sisters are reunited, a tragedy in Nea’s past will threaten Jasmin and Oliver’s (John Lloyd) blossoming love.
(2006) Maging Sino Ka Man
“Maging Sino Ka Man” was one of the breakout teleseryes of 2006. It followed the lives of Eli (John Lloyd), Jackie (Bea), JB (Sam Milby), and Celine (Anne Curtis), whose fates were controlled and almost wrecked by their parents’ misfortunes and wrong decisions. “Maging Sino Ka Man” received recognition from several award-giving bodies and earned acclaim for both John Lloyd and Bea. It also earned rave reviews for Sam and Anne. The drama was in fact so successful that it spawned a sequel.
(2007) Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik
This is the second installment of the phenomenal series, “Maging Sino Ka Man.” Eli (John Lloyd), Jackie (Bea), JB (Sam Milby), and Celine’s (Anne Curtis) story continues as their lives and loves are once more tested when new family secrets come to light.
(2008) I Love Betty La Fea
“I Love Betty La Fea” is the local adaptation of the hit Colombian series, “Yo Soy, Betty La Fea.” This is Bea and John Lloyd’s first light romance-comedy series after their five serious TV dramas together. Bea had to undergo a complete transformation for this show as the intelligent and highly-competent, but aesthetically challenged, Beatriz Pengson or simply Betty. In her desperation to get a job, Betty takes on a secretarial position, a job she is definitely over-qualified for, in a company that values beauty and perfection. She then meets the company president, the happy-go-lucky and playboy Armando (John Lloyd), and soon falls for him. Aside from earning recognitions for the lead stars, this version of Betty La Fea also made a strong statement after it ended the series without Betty having to go through a makeover. Instead, Betty learned to embrace her own beauty and was loved by Armando for who she is.
The first Bea Alonzo TV drama without John Lloyd Cruz, “Magkaribal” revolved around the struggles of two sisters who were both determined to succeed in the fashion world. It starred Bea opposite Gretchen Barretto as sisters Gelai and Victoria, who were separated in childhood after their father left and their mother’s accidental death. Not realizing their connection, Gelai and Victoria are pitted against each other by Vera (Angel Locsin), the very same woman who broke up their family. As part of ABS-CBN’s celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Philippine Soap Opera, “Magkaribal” featured cameo appearances by local designers and was awarded as Best Drama Series by Gawad Tanglaw.
(2011) Guns and Roses
This is Bea’s first team-up with action star Robin Padilla. Tagged as an action-love story, “Guns and Roses” centers on Abel (Robin) who becomes a vigilante in order to avenge the injustice done to his father. His life of vengeance and violence is challenged when he meets and falls for Reign (Bea), a woman who is also carrying a painful memory. The man she was about to marry was killed after helping a victim of a hold-up. Bea had to undergo firearms training for this role.
(2012) A Beautiful Affair
“A Beautiful Affair” was Bea and John Lloyd’s reunion TV project after four years which also marked their 10th anniversary as a love team. The story revolves around Leon (John Lloyd), a broken man who blames himself for his mother’s death, and Gen (Bea), a broken-hearted girl who found out that her fiancé is cheating on her. They fall in love with each other after meeting in beautiful Austria, but later decide to part ways. After a year, they meet again just when Gen is set to marry Leon’s adopted brother, Edward (John Estrada). Aside from Austria, “A Beautiful Affair” also had some scenes shot in Japan.
(2014) Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon
Bea plays two characters in this drama series, the rich heiress Rose and the brilliant lawyer Emmanuelle. After being wrongly convicted for killing her own father, Rose gets into a car accident with her lawyer, Emmanuelle. Although badly burned, Rose survives, while Emmanuelle is killed. Rose then assumes the lawyer’s identity to seek revenge against the people she believes stole her company and caused her father’s death, including the one she loves – Patrick (Paulo Avelino).