Made tougher by time, and a serious amount of heartaches, Angelica Panganiban learned to never be scared of baring her true self in the public eye. She’s always been the type to wear her heart on her sleeve. There’s no need for reading between the lines just to know if Angge – as how showbiz friends call her – is happy or hurt. She speaks from the deepest and bluntest portions of her heart, giving her rights to be hailed as “Hugot Queen.”
Before becoming the torchbearer of broken girls’ club, Angelica started in the biz as a child star. She was part of the ‘90s youth-oriented variety show, Ang TV. Still as an angelic little girl, she was cast in the film “Sarah Ang Munting Prinsesa” in 1995, her biggest break in the big screen. In that same year, Angelica won a FAMAS Best Child Actress award for her work in “Separada” topbilled by “Diamond Star” Maricel Soriano. Her acting potential landed her many more movie projects including the Lorna Tolentino and Richard Gomez starrer, “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin” in 1997.
As she blossomed into a pretty teenager, Angelica slowly moved in to kilig youth-oriented shows, a big part of Pinoy pop culture in the ‘90s to early ‘00s.
Never did Angelica take a break from showbiz. Her career continued to soar high, exploring both drama and comedy genres. There’s no question in Angelica’s impeccable dramatic prowess but, in real life, the Kapamilya actress is naturally funny and bubbly. That was why there’s no surprise when she became part of the hit comedy film “Ang Tanging Ina Mo” in 2003, and the gag show Banana Split (now Banana Sundae) in 2008.
The versatile actress served moviegoers with laugh-out-loud comedy in the films “Beauty in a Bottle” (2014), “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” (2018), and “Here Comes The Bride” (2010); all the while proving her worth as a drama actress in “One More Try” (2012) and “The Unmarried Wife” (2016).
As the millennial generation developed wide penchant for all things hugot, Angelica topbilled the blockbuster film “That Thing Called Tadhana” alongside JM De Guzman in 2014. The indie movie created loud buzz because of its fresh yet moving take on romance, exactly the kind which caters to the new generation’s taste. This made Angelica quite the icon of sawi.
Her hugots gained more public attention when she reunited with ex-boyfriend, Carlo Aquino for the rom-com “My Exes Baggage” in 2018. In the same year, she played the role of Patty in Playhouse, who became a mother to her godson after the kid’s parents died on an accident and was left with no choice but to reconcile with her ex-husband Marlon (Zanjoe Marudo).
But, this inclination to blurt out deeply-rooted hugots extend beyond the cameras as Angelica, known to her friends and followers, is one of the most candid persons on earth. She never hides what she feels, be it about a painful romantic experience or just anything under the sun, making her the ultimate “Hugot Queen.”