Showbiz is really one big happy family.
While we can always consider artists as having really close bonds like second siblings or “surrogate” parents or children because of the work they do as actors spending most of their time together, there are those stars who are real family. And some of them, we don’t even know are related or part of the same family tree!
In this video, we discover the 15 pairs of celebrities we didn’t know are actually related.
Heartthrobs Daniel Padilla and Grae Fernandez are the first on our list. Grae is actually Daniel’s nephew because the former’s late grandfather Rudy Fernandez is a first cousin of the latter’s dad Rommel Padilla. They worked together in the 2015 remake of the classic teleserye Pangako Sa ‘Yo.
Would you believe Coleen Garcia and Ria Atayde are also related. They are third cousins but seem to be closer than real sisters. Ria, in fact, was Coleen’s maid of honor during her wedding.
Meanwhile, Donny Pangilinan is actually a nephew of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano. Donny’s father Anthony Pangilinan is the brother of Gary V’s wife Angeli.
Fans of The Killer Bride have assumed that co-stars Maja Salvador and Janella Salvador are related since they share the same family name. In reality, it’s actually true. Janella is Maja’s niece. Also, did you know that Janella and Patrick Sugui are actually half-siblings? Janella’s father, Juan Miguel Salvador, is Patrick’s stepdad. Janella and Patrick were co-stars in Oh My G! in 2015.
Young star Alyanna Angeles, in case you didn’t know, is a niece of Angel Locsin. Also, Barbie Imperial and Marco Gumabao are actually second cousins since their grandfathers are brothers, and they only found out about it just three years ago. They have since been close and became business partners with Patrick Sugui.
Surprise, surprise! Did you know that matinee idols Dingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil are relatives? Despite being younger, Enrique is Dingdong’s uncle. Quen also has another relative in Paul Salas, who is his cousin.
While Cruz is a common family name in the business and wherever, a true filial bond exists between two stars with that name: Rayver Cruz and Sunshine Cruz, who are first cousins.
And, isn’t it quite interesting that the two exceptional Bagatsing actors, RK and Raymond, are brothers? Likewise, hunk Tony Labrusca’s dad is just as hot—fellow actor Boom Labrusca.
Joao Constancia, on the other hand, share the same blood with Elisse Joson, who is his cousin. They only knew about when a teaser for Wansapanatym: Ofishally Yours was released when Joao’s uncle recognized Elisse.
At first, we haven’t connected Heaven Peralejo with Rica Peralejo, except that they share last names. But, they are actually related. Heaven is Rica’s niece.
Beth Tamayo also has a star nephew, and he is Dominic Roque. While Beth is now based in the US, they still bond together every now and then. Dominic actually visited her Tita Beth in 2016 in New York.
These are just some of real family relations in Philippine showbiz, and there are more to come for sure, with current stars’ bloodline of talent spreading out and their relatives eventually joining the industry. Or who knows? Some may still not know they are related and they will soon find out!
Watch this Kapamilya Snaps video to discover more family connections in showbiz!