90s stars who remained active in showbiz

Undeniably, the ‘90s had introduced a myriad of talented artists that we all truly admired. But as time went by, some of them have chosen to step out of the limelight and pursue other careers, while there are a number of them who have remained active in show business up to the present and went on to become among the most seasoned thespians in the country.

Let’s catch up with a few of them via this Kapamilya Snaps feature!
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

From being Ula, Ang Batang Gubat in 1988 that served as his first-ever lead role, Judy Ann’s caliber as an actress was immediately seen. Thus, she went on to become one of the most bankable actresses of her generation and starred in a slew of top-rating teleseryes through the years, such as Mara Clara (1992), Esperanza (1996), Basta’t Kasama Kita (2003), Krystala (2004), and Starla (2019), and earning the “Teleserye Queen” title.

She’s also tapped to host several Kapamilya programs, namely, Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition (2011), MasterChef Pinoy Edition (2012), Bet On Your Baby (2013), and the on-going docu-drama Paano Kita Mapapasalamatan? (2020) at present, which highlights the compassion of Filipinos.
Claudine Barretto

 Just like some of her contemporaries, Claudine also started her career as one of the ensemble members of the iconic ABS-CBN youth-oriented program Ang TV. She went on to land roles in the sitcoms Home Along Da Riles (1992-1997), Oki Doki Doc (1993-2000), and Palibhasa Lalake (1993-1998), before starring in a slew of teleseryes that enabled her to further showcase her versatility as an actress and be hailed as the “Optimum Star”.

Among her remarkable small screen projects were Mula Sa Puso (1997-1999), Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999-2001), Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (2001-2003), Marina (2004), Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin (2005), Walang Kapalit (2007), and Iisa Pa Lamang Akin (2008). Her last appearances in the Kapamilya network were in Maalaala Mo Kaya as she got cast in its three episodes, namely “Itak” (2015), “Luneta Park” (2016), and “Dance Floor” (2019).
Kristine Hermosa

With her glowing and angelic beauty, it’s definitely impossible not to get mesmerized with Kristine. But more than her physical features, it is her impeccable dramatic prowess that we admire more about her. She also started as part of Ang TV before being entrusted to top-bill a number of notable series, such as Pangako Sa’Yo (2000), Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (2003), Gulong ng Palad (2006), Prinsesa ng Banyera (2007), Sineserye Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja? (2009), and Dahil May Isang Ikaw (2009).

Her last appearance in ABS-CBN was in the 2018 fantasy-action series Bagani wherein she played the role of deity Malaya.
Dimples Romana

From taking on supporting roles in the initial series she was cast in, such as Esperanza (1997-1999) and Tabing Ilog (1999-2003), Dimples’ star began to shine brighter through her remarkable stint in the 2008 teleserye Lobo (2008). She was then tapped to portray significant kontrabida, mother roles in Rod Santiago’s Agua Bendita (2010), Emil Cruz Jr.'s Mara Clara (2010), And I Love You So  (2015), and The Greatest Love (2016).

However, it was in her portrayal of the funny yet powerful babaylan Gloria in Bagani (2018) that she gained more popularity, more so when she amazingly played the now-iconic Daniela Mondragon-Bartolome in the highly successful afternoon soap opera Kadenang Ginto.

She currently has recurring appearances in the primetime inspirational drama Huwag Kang Mangamba as Fatima Cruz-Cordero and is set to appear in the upcoming series Viral.
Diether Ocampo

He started to become a household name when he was included in the Gimik ensemble from 1999 to 1996, and went on to land roles in various teleseryes. Among Diether’s most remarkable stints were in Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999-2001), Marina (2004), ‘Til Death Do Us Part (2005), Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin (2005), Rounin (2007), Rubi (2010), Apoy Sa Dagat (2013), and Bagani (2018).

At present, the Kapamilya audiences know him as the loving family man yet stern soldier Captain Samuel Cordero of the primetime series Huwag Kang Mangamba.
Dominic Ochoa

Another product of the ‘90s is Dominic, who has played a variety of roles on TV throughout his 26 years in the local entertainment scene. Among those were in Gimik (1996), Esperanza (1997), MTB: Magandang Tanghali Bayan (1999), Whattamen (2001), 100 Days To Heaven (2011), Ngayon At Kailanman (2018), The Killer Bride (2019), and Love Thy Woman (2020)

Many could probably recall him as Father Jose Guillermo of May Bukas Pa (2009), as Dinoy Maghirang of Princess and I (2012), and as the antagonist Santi Santiago in Oh My G! (2015). He was also bestowed the titular roles in the superhero series My Super D (2016) and in the sitcom and commentary program Dok Ricky Pedia (2017), and currently plays Tomas Estocapio in Huwag Kang Mangamba.
Mylene Dizon

From being a promising teen artist in the earlier portion of her career, who’s known for her stints in Gimik (1996-1999), Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999-2001), and Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (2001-2003), were able to witness Mylene bloom into becoming a seasoned actress.
She astounded us with her portrayals in Emil Cruz Jr. 's Mara ClaraBudoy (2011), Doble Kara (2015), and The Good Son (2017). At present, she’s also part of Huwag Kang Mangamba as the esteemed journalist Eva Marquez who doesn’t believe in miracles.
Jodi Sta. Maria

She first came to prominence as George in the youth-oriented series Tabing Ilog (1999), which was succeeded by her notable stints in Pangako Sa’Yo (2000-2002), Darating Ang Umaga (2003), Pablo S. Gomez’s Kampanerang Kuba (2005), Walang Kapalit (2007), Palos (2008), Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (2008), Noah, and 100 Days To Heaven (2011).
Her biggest break came in 2012 when she was tapped to headline the daytime series Be Careful With My Heart, which successfully ran from 2012 to 2014. This spawned her being picked as the new Amor de Jesus-Powers in the 2015 remake of Pangako Sa’Yo, and being one of the lead cast of Sana Dalawa Ang Puso (2018), Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa (2019), and Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin (2020). And now, many are looking forward to seeing her play the distraught wife Dra. Jill V. Ilustre in the Filipino adaptation of the British drama Doctor Foster, entitled The Broken Marriage Vow.
Jolina Magdangal

Last, but definitely not the least, is Jolina, who everyone knows was among the brightest and biggest stars of the ‘90s. While she’s more popular as a pop icon and a movie star, she also appeared in various TV programs – mostly musical variety shows and sitcoms.

After her debut in Ang TV, she went on to appear in ASAP, ‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila (1995), Gimik (1996), Esperanza (1997), Richard Loves Lucy (1998), Labs Ko Si Babe (1999), and Arriba, Arriba! (2000). She left the network for 15 years and returned in 2015, immediately starring in the afternoon soap opera FlordeLiza as Florida Magsakay. At the same time, she became part of Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 and reprised her hosting and singing stint in ASAP Natin ‘To. She was later on hired to be one of the hosts of the morning Magandang Buhay alongside Karla Estrada and Melai Cantiveros-Francisco.

Which of these actors and actresses was your favorite during the ‘90s?