In her three decades in the local entertainment scene, Eula Valdez has indeed successfully cemented her reputation as one of the top-caliber actresses of her generation and of the industry as a whole via her remarkable and formidable portrayals both on television and movie through the years.
And this year, she is about to enthrall us anew with her latest acting gig as the antagonistic Lucy Wong, a wife who’s going to fight for her husband’s love and attention, as well as for the rights of their beloved daughter, after he got involved in an extra-marital affair with another woman in the much-awaited soap opera Love Thy Woman.
While we’re waiting for its premiere on February 10, let’s take a look back on her teleserye journey through this Kapamilya Spotlight.
The decorated veteran actress kicked off her acting career as one of the supporting cast members in the 1995 family drama Familia Zaragoza. She was then able to score main roles in her next projects, namely, Mula sa Puso (1997) as Criselda Pereira and Marinella (1999) as Barbara Garuccho-De Guzman.
However, it’s certainly in her unforgettable and award-winning portrayal of the vengeful Amor de Jesus-Powers in the 2000 classic romance drama Pangako Sa ‘Yo that significantly turned her into a household name and paved the way for her to become one of the most in-demand thespians in Philippine showbiz.
Eula then top-billed the 2003 soap opera Darating Ang Umaga alongside Vina Morales, depicting Mira Banal-Cordero and played the role of Lourdes Saavedra-de Vega, the biological mother of the titular character Imang (Anne Curtis) in the television adaptation of Kampanerang Kuba.
In 2007, she truly amazed us with her compelling portrayal of Josephine Espero-Alicante, the wicked stepmother of the titular role played by child actress Eliza Pineda in the incarnation of the popular 70’s radio drama Maria Flordeluna. It was followed by her stint in the 2009 romantic-comedy series The Wedding.
After 14 years, she found herself back in the classic series Mula Sa Puso after it was remade in 2011. However, she didn’t reprise her role for she was tapped to give life to its iconic villain Selina Pereira-Matias, which was originally by Princess Punzalan. On that same year, she guested in the kidserye Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig as the abusive orphanage head Ms. Castro.
2012 had been a busy year for the 51-year-old actress as she appeared in three teleseryes. First was in Mundo Man Ay Magunaw where she played Olivia La Peña, the doting mom of its lead female characters Sheryl (Empress Schuck) and Jennifer (Nikki Gil). It was then followed by her stints in the well-loved Julia Montes and Coco Martin-starrer Walang Hanggan as the stern antagonist Jane Bonifacio-Montenegro and in the romance drama A Beautiful Affair as Carlotta Pierro.
She got reunited with Anne Curtis after she was hired to take on the role of the unrelenting and vicious Reyna Dyangga in the 2014 television reboot of the legendary Pinoy narrative Dyesebel which the latter topbilled. On that same year, she appeared in the Bea Alonzo-starrer Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon as Helena Salvador, the mother of Paulo Avelino’s character Patrick.
Three years after, Eula had an explosive comeback in ABS-CBN via the highly talked about family drama The Good Son, where she amazed us with her compelling and mind-blowing portrayal of the deranged kontrabida Olivia Buenavidez that she was able to portray exceptionally.
In 2018, she had a heartwarming special participation in the pilot week of Kadenang Ginto as the affectionate yet fierce mother of Romina Mondragon (Beauty Gonzalez), Rosanna Andrada.
And just last year, she took on Corazon de Leon in The General’s Daughter, a mom longing for her long-lost daughter who turned out to be the titular character named Rhian Bonifacio (or Arabella de Leon), depicted by Angel Locsin.
Are you excited as us to see Eula Valdez in another antagonistic role? Well, you better not miss an episode of Love Thy Woman beginning February 10.