Our parents and grandparents have surely admired these veteran artists for their acting prowess. However, the younger generations are certainly amazed with them as well with the greatness of these highly respected actors when it comes to their dedication and brilliance in their craft.
As the elders were able to see the mesmerizing splendor of these superstars in their younger years, the young ones are still fortunate that we still get to see how they looked through their photos that the actors themselves, their fans and loved ones were able to keep through the years. And we’re going to show you some in this episode of Kapamilya Snaps!
Maalaala Mo Kaya host Charo Santos-Concio undoubtedly has this timeless beauty that just captures everyone’s attention. For some of you who didn’t know, Charo was actually a beauty title holder after she was hailed as the Miss Baron Travel Girl in 1976.
Before being the media powerhouse that she has been, she first worked as a production assistant until she had her first stints in front of the camera, and later on became an award-winning actress. Her most recent projects were the drama series Starla and the horror film “Eerie.”
One of the queens of Pinoy movies, Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos-Recto has always this stunning beauty that she possesses until now. She doesn’t really need to introduce herself anymore to everyone as she already succeeded in making her name in the Philippine television ever since she was a kid.
She has starred in a number of blockbuster hits, such as “Darna” (1980), “Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa” (1998), “Anak” (2000), “Dekada ‘70” (2002), and “In My Life” (2009), “The Healing” (2012), “Ekstra: The Bit Player” (2013), and “Everything About Her” (2016), and went on to become the most-decorated actresses in the country after receiving innumerable nominations and recognitions from various award-giving bodies.
Not only was she successful in joining the entertainment industry, but she also made it in local politics after she has already served multiple terms as mayor of Lipa City and governor of Batangas.
Another showbiz icon dubbed as the “Superstar”, Nora Aunor is perceived to have that captivating Filipina beauty ever since she was young. One of her most striking performances was in the 1982 dramatic film “Himala”, wherein she portrayed the lead role Elsa and her most famous line “Walang himala! Ang himala ay nasa puso ng tao, nasa puso nating lahat!” definitely made it to the list of most iconic local movie lines.
Among the other movies she starred in were “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (1976), “Annie Batungbakal” (1979), “Bona” (1980), “Bulaklak Sa City Jail” (1984), and “Thy Womb” (2012). She also became active on television and got to work with the Kapamilya network via the 2012 teleserye Bituin.
Fierce and strong – these are only some of the words that can describe the character of Annabelle Rama as an actress and as her real self. She has been known to be the matriarch of the famous Gutierrez clan who carefully helped establish the careers of her children. Her strong personality has definitely been her remarkable characteristic as an icon of Philippine entertainment. Her throwback photos will just also make you realize she has always had this regal beauty ever since.
Tirso Cruz III
Our moms, aunts, or grandmas probably used to have a crush on the veteran actor Tirso Cruz III for he was one of the bankable heartthrobs of his generation. Some girls before may have even envied Nora Aunor as she became the most popular love team partner of Tirso, and together, they were known as “Guy and Pip.” Just look at his throwback pictures and see for yourself how “pogi” Tirso has looked like ever since he was younger.
Having starred in a slew of teleseryes and flicks through the years, among his most recent projects were the Kapamilya series A Love To Last (2017), Wildflower (2017), The General’s Daughter (2019), Starla (2019), and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
Jaime Fabregas is indeed a versatile actor whom we have seen to have portrayed both bida and kontrabida roles in teleseryes of various genres from drama to action to comedy throughout the years. Until now, he still emanates the same acting prowess that he had ever since his younger years as an actor.
We could see in his throwback pictures how the FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano actor could really pull off portraying roles of foreign characters in films and series with his Western physical features.
Even in Tiktok, we could still witness how talented Gina Pareño really is, making you realize that she can undoubtedly match the skills of the Gen Z and millennials when it comes to taking on the current trends.
It’s unsurprising how great she has always been in her craft as she already received multiple awards in her past six decades in showbiz. She has appeared in innumerable TV and movie projects, with the Kapamilya series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2016), Born For You (2016), and Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin (2017) as among her recent appearances.
Her throwback pictures would prove how stunning the veteran actress looked like in her younger years in showbiz.
You have probably seen Liza Lorena on television in the recent years as she starred in ABS-CBN series including The Good Son and Parasite Island.
Unbeknownst to many of us, she used to be a beauty in her younger years and first runner-up in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in 1966. You could see in her throwback snaps the splendor she has always had ever since.
Ronaldo Valdez is another versatile actor who has incredibly portrayed various roles - be it a bida or a kontrabida role in comedy or drama. Recently, he appeared in the drama series Los Bastardos and in the movie “Seven Sundays.” Do you think the veteran actor looked like his son Janno Gibbs during his younger years?
One of the pillars of Philippine entertainment, Nova Villa has given us immense laughter ever since she was young as a seasoned comedienne. Moreover, she has always graced us with her sweet face since then.
Among the most remarkable characters she portrayed was Ines in the sitcom “Chicks to Chicks” from 1971 to 1991 and Aling Azon in the legendary sitcom “Home Along Da Riles” from 1992 to 2003.
Award-winning actress Boots Anson-Roa didn’t just flourish on her acting career but also in journalism as she used to become a columnist and editor in respected broadsheets before. In terms of her television projects, she appeared on popular series such as May Bukas Pa (2009), Kokey (2007), and Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (2001). With decades worth of experience, Boots has been one of the pillars of the Philippine entertainment.
When we hear the name Dante Rivero, the first thing that comes to mind is serious drama. Indeed, he is one of the preeminent veteran stars who still continue to astound us with his incredible acting prowess up to the present. Among her most recent appearances were FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2017), Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin (2017), The Blood Sisters (2018), Ngayon At Kailanman (2018), Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos (2018), and Nang Ngumiti At Langit (2019).
A matinee idol and definitely the original “crush ng bayan,” Eddie Gutierrez proves that he doesn’t age as he still exudes almost the same good looks and charm as how he did during his younger years when many girls in his generation gushed over him, including his fan-turned-wife Anabelle Rama. Eddie was last seen portraying the cool and loving Lolo Aga in the primetime series Make It With You.
The most dangerous and savage kontrabida of all kontrabidas is probably the legendary actress Rosemarie Gil who had her children Michael De Mesa, Mark Gil and Cherie Gil follow her footsteps in becoming a kontrabida in Philippine television. The veteran villainess scared us with her intimidating and fierce characters ever since her debut on the 1958 movie “Sta. Rita De Casia”. She appeared in two ABS-CBN series, namely Hiram (2004) and Ngayon at Kailanman (2018).
Apart from the riveting action scenes in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano that leave us at the edge of our seats, our primetime viewing habit will not be complete without the sound advice of the ever-morally upright Lola Flora (Susan Roces) which she delivers through nuggets of wisdom and in an endearing tone.
Susan will always be remembered by many not just with her beautiful face, but with her unmistakable dramatic chops as well. Before she got to play the iconic character Lola Flora, the loving grandmother of Cardo, she starred in multiple drama and movie projects that brought her various awards.
Being in the industry for almost seven decades and remaining active and revered in the present is absolutely a difficult feat to surpass.
At 77, the award-winning actress holds numerous hit movies and memorable series under her belt. She started her acting career in 1952 via the flick “Mga Bituin ng Kinabukasan” and since then starred in a plethora of movies, giving her the title "Queen of Philippine Movies".
Multi-awarded actress Perla Bautista had a marvelous career with the countless recognitions she received throughout her decades-long journey as an actress that started in the 1950s. Just two of the many awards she received were Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards. Her most recent acting project was the well-loved primetime series Pamilya Ko.
The beauty of “Asia’s Queen of Songs” Pilita Corrales seems to not have faded up to the present. The Spanish-Filipina beauty captured the hearts of many fans mostly for her music from the 1960s all the way up to the 1990s and her very unique singing style. As a respected singer, she was able to produce more than 130 original songs. She also got the chance to share her musical knowledge and expertise when she was tapped to be one of the juror-mentor of The X Factor Philippines in 2012.
Pilita’s last TV drama appearance was in the 2018 daytime drama series Sana Dalawa Ang Puso as Leonora Chavez.
With her throwback pictures, you can confidently say that Philippine showbiz pillar Gloria Romero owns a beauty no one can emulate. Not only does she possess unequaled visuals, but she also has an impeccable acting prowess which she maintained throughout her showbiz career.
She worked in a slew of Kapamilya series, such as Kokey @ Ako (2010), May Bukas Pa (2010), and Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko (2006).
If social media was already present in their generation, for sure these gorgeous pictures of veteran thespians could have raked in thousands of likes and flattering comments from their followers.