Kapamilya Snaps: 8 actresses who’ve been shining for more than 2 decades!

With the influx of talents that have come and gone in the local entertainment scene, it’s indeed a must for celebrities to always up their game, work hard further, and showcase their versatility in order for them to last long in this ever-evolving world. Besides, they should brandish admirable attitudes towards work and establish a lovely, genuine bond with their colleagues in order to survive. But on top of it all, they should have undying passion towards their craft.

And these could be the secrets why the actresses listed in this Kapamilya Snaps feature, are able to achieve success and longevity that every artist aspires for, since they’ve been in the industry for more than two decades already! Read on to find out who they are and to look back, as well, on their respective illustrious careers.


We’ve seen Julia Montes grow in the past 21 years

She’s among the celebrities we admire at present who are products of ABS-CBN’s longest-running kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit. But prior to being one of its pioneers when it first aired in 2005, Julia actually started her career as a child star in 2001 through her stints as young counterparts of lead stars in teleseryes, such as Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (2003) and Hiram (2005).

After she graduated from being a “bulilit,” a slew of TV projects were bestowed to her, such as Emil Cruz J.’s Mara Clara (2010), Growing Up (2011), Walang Hanggan (2012), Ikaw Lamang (2014), Doble Kara (2015), and Asintado (2018). The success of her latter two soap operas earned the 27-year-old actress the “Daytime Drama Queen” title. She currently amazes us with her dramatic and action chops as Mara in the long-running Kapamilya series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.


In the past 24 years, Jodi Sta. Maria has never failed to astonish us as an actress

The year 1999 could be one of the best years for Jodi since she initially rose to fame as a teen star through her stints Gimik and Tabing Ilog. It was succeeded by her remarkable portrayal of Lia Buenavista in the classic 2000s soap opera Pangako Sa ‘Yo. 

She’s able to further showcase her versatility as an actress in her next projects, such as Pablo S. Gomez’s: Kampanerang Kuba (2005), Palos (2008), Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (2008), Tanging Yaman (2010), Noah (2010), and 100 Days To Heaven (2011).

The 39-year-old actress got her big break through the 2012 daytime series Be Careful With My Heart, wherein she amused and inspired the audiences as Maya Dela Rosa. Its monumental success brought her more projects, which include Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2015), Sana Dalawa Ang Puso (2018), Sino Ang May Sala? Mea Culpa (2019), and Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin (2020). She also top-billed the iWantTFC series “My Single Lady” in 2020. She currently astounds us with her compelling portrayal of Jill Ilustre in The Broken Marriage Vow.


Dimples Romana has been a staple in Philippine showbiz for 25 years

Ever since starting off her acting career via the classic soap opera Esperanza in 1997, Dimples has apparently been omnipresent in Kapamilya shows in the past 25 years. She appeared in a string of teleseryes, which include Lobo (2008), Rod Santiago’s Agua Bendita (2010), Emil Cruz Jr’s Mara Clara (2010), And I Love You So (2015), The Greatest Love (2016), and Bagani (2018).

She eventually landed her now-iconic bida-kontrabida role Daniela Mondragon in the afternoon family drama Kadenang Ginto in 2018, then moved us with her special participation in Huwag Kang Mangamba (2021). The 37-year-old actress is now among the cast of primetime series Viral Scandal.


Anne Curtis has been the people’s sweetheart since 1997

From being that adorable young girl named Dahlia in the fantasy flick “Magic Kingdom: Ang Alamat ng Damortis”, Anne went on to become one of the most beautiful faces of local showbiz. She may have spent the early years of her career in another network, but she was able to grace the ABS-CBN teen-oriented series G-Mik in 2000.

The 37-year-old multi-hypenate officially became a Kapamilya in 2004, with Hiram as her first-ever full-length project. She was later on got cast in other teleseryes, such as Pablo S. Gomez’s Kampanerang Kuba (2005), Maging Sino Ka Man (2006), Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pababalik (2007), Dyosa (2008), Green Rose (2011), Mars Ravelo’s Dyesebel (2014), and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2016).

Aside from acting, she’s also able to showcase her hosting skills via It’s Showtime (2009), I Love OPM (2016), and We Love OPM (2016).


Angelica Panganiban also started out as a child star 30 years ago

Another actress whose growth we’re able to witness is Angelica, who began as a child star via the youth-oriented program Ang TV in 1995. Her acting talent was then discovered through the movies and series she starred in, such as G-Mik in 1999.

She went on to play mature roles in the next projects that she did in the years that came, which include Vietnam Rose (2005), Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik (2007), Iisa Pa Lamang (2008), Rubi (2010), Apoy Sa Dagat (2013), Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2015), Playhouse (2018), and Walang Hanggang Paalam (2020).

The 35-year-old actress was also able to display her comedic chops as one of the mainstays of Banana Split, which was eventually renamed Banana Sundae, as well as in the iWantTFC series “Call Me Tita” (2019) and “The Goodbye Girl” (2022).


Jolina Magdangal continues to slay as a Pinoy pop culture icon in the past three decades

Magandang Buhay momshie-host Jolina has also been in the industry for 30 years now. Just like Angelica, her ticket to stardom was through Ang TV in 1992, in which she’s able to immediately show her singing prowess and paved the way for her to become a fashion, TV, and movie icon.

She also got cast in Kapamilya series, such as Gimik (1996), Esperanza (1997), Labs Ko Si Babe (1999), and Arriba, Arriba! (2000). The 43-year-old multi-faceted artist also starred in the Kapamilya Gold series FlordeLiza and ASAP Natin ‘To as her first comeback projects.


Ruffa Gutierrez followed her parents’ footsteps in showbiz 35 years ago

The beauty queen has been in show business even before she joined Binibining Pilipinas in 1993 and became the Philippines’ representative in the Miss World pageant wherein she was hailed as the 2nd runner-up.

She had her first-ever ABS-CBN show via the kiddie fantaserye Kokey  in 2007, which was succeeded by I Love Betty La Fea  (2008), Ngayon At Kailanman (2018), and Love Thy Woman (2020), to name a few. The 47-year-old beauty queen-actress used to be one of the hosts of The Buzz and also became part of the digital series “The House Arrest Of Us” starring KathNiel in 2020.

Ruffa is currently seen in It’s Showtime as one of Sexy Authori-Teams of the “Sexy Babe’ segment.


Judy Ann Santos has been the “Queen of Teleseryes” for 36 years now

Last, but definitely not the least, is Judy Ann, who’s been dominating the industry for almost four decades now. She began as a child star, too, with the 1986 soap opera Kaming Mga Ulila as her acting debut. Two years later, she had her first-ever lead role in the children’s TV series Ula, Ang Batang Gubat in 1988.

After her impressive performance in her first breakthrough project Mara Clara in 1992, she’s able to work on more notable teleserye projects, which include Gimik (1996), Esperanza (1997), Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (2001), Basta’t Kasama Kita (2003), Krystala (2004), Sa Piling Mo (2001), Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (2013), FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2019), and Starla (2019).

The 43-year-old actress was also able to showcase her hosting skills in Junior Masterchef Pinoy Edition (2011), Masterchef Pinoy Edition (2012), Bet On Your Baby (2013), I Do (2014), and Paano Kita Mapapasalamatan? (2020).

Have you witnessed the stellar careers of these exceptional seasoned actresses, Kapamilya?