Maricel Soriano is’s Most Beautiful Celebrity over 35

Maricel Soriano

After a month long poll, the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano is the femalenetwork’s top pick for Most Beautiful Celeb Over 35.

Maricel got 47,041 out of the 179,707 total votes (26.17 percent)!

The Diamond Star edged out early voting frontrunners, Agot Isidro, ‘Walang Hanggan‘ lead Dawn Zulueta and Kapatid stunner Alice Dixson!

Maricel began her career at the tender age of six in the 1971 film My Heart Belongs to Daddy, starring Tirso Cruz III. She gained fame in the show long-running comedy sitcom John en Marsha, where she played the role of Shirley Puruntong opposite screen legends Dolphy and Nida Blanca. Maricel may have been initially known for her comedic chops, but she is definitely one of the most versatile female artists in the country. Not only does she have a long string of notable action, drama, and horror movies in her impressive filmography, but she can also sing and dance.

Maricel has been the recipient of some of the country’s most prestigious awards in the field of entertainment, such as the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards, which she has received thrice. She is also the third most awarded Filipina actress to date.



Protégé: Andres Vasquez shines with Maricel Soriano and director Brillante Mendoza

It’s much too early to tell but if Metro Manila Protégé, Andres Vasquez play his cards right, he just might be Protégé’s first-ever male winner.

Andres was one of those few proteges who were awarded for their exemplary performance in last week’s acting exercise wherein all the proteges got the chance to act alongside the “Diamond Star” Ms.Maricel Soriano in five short films directed by Cannes Film Festival award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos.

The 21-year old protege from Metro Manila was awarded as Best Male Protege by Ms. Maricel Soriano and was also chosen byBrillante Mendoza to receive the Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Award.

A professional theater actor, Andres played up to his strengths by churning out an award-worthy performance and rose above obscurity leaving his still clueless  Protégé batchmates behind.

Apart from Andres, Elle Ramirez (Mega Manila) also received a special award for Best Female Protege and the Visayas Team for Best in Ensemble Acting.


Protégé: Reese Tayag eliminated

Reese Tayag gets the boot

North and Central Luzon protege Reese Tayag was eliminated in the said artista search, August 26 after scoring the lowest in an acting performance wherein all proteges were given the chance to act alongside the “Diamond Star” Maricel Soriano in five short films directed by Cannes Film Festival awardee Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos.

Only thirty percent of the total score was based on the text votes while seventy percent was taken from the average of the scores given by the four judges — director Bert de Leon, actress Cherie Gil, GMA executive Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar and actor-comedian Joey de Leon. Reese, however, does not take her elimination personally against the judges.

Aside from Reese, two other proteges came close to leaving the competition. They are Vien Alen King of Mega Manila and Japs de Luna of North and Central Luzon.

One of the surprises this week was the awarding of special awards to proteges who showed commendableperformance in the short films. Maricel Soriano herself picked Elle Ramirez and Andres Vasquez (Mega Manila) as the Best Female and Best Male Proteges, respectively. Andres also received the Director’s Choice Award for Breakthrough Performance.

The Visayas team, on the other hand, received the Best in Ensemble Acting.

The special awardees were automatically saved the eliminations.

The number of proteges who survived the cut so far is down to 14, and it will even get smaller each week until the grand finals wherein only one male and one female protege will be hailed as victors.

Maricel Soriano lends stellar support to Protege hopefuls

Maricel Soriano


After proving that they could sing and dance during the previous gala nights, the remaining 15 proteges will showcase their acting skills this Sunday by starring in five short films and acting alongside no less than the “Diamond Star,” Ms. Maricel Soriano.

The fate of the remaining protégés David, Ruru, Steffi, Bryan, Zandra, Mikoy, Japs, Reese, Shelley, Arny, Jeric, Thea, Vien Alen, Andres and Elle will be judged by how well they perform in this week’s task, which is to star alongside Ms. Maricel Soriano in one of five short films written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos. The short films are directed by Cannes Film Festival awardee Briliante Mendoza.

Who among them will gain the nod of their mentors, the judges and the viewing – and voting – public? Find that out this Sunday on Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break after iBilib on GMA-7.

Also, catch the daily updates about the lives of the protégés inside their training quarters in Inside Protégé, which airs weeknights on GMA Telebabad, and in the web show Protégé: Pa-Like¸ which is available via

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Maricel Soriano overtakes Agot Isidro as most beautiful celebrity over 35

Maricel Soriano


The Diamond Star of Philippine showbiz, Miss Maricel Soriano must have the most loyal of fans.

In the most recent survey result, former number 1, Agot Isidro now trails Maricel Soriano, albeit with a slim lead.

Maricel now has 26.27% (as of 4:04am) compared to Agot’s 25.99%.

Agot had been leading the voting results for days prior to Maricel’s meteoric rise to the top of list.

Other celebrities with significant voting power include (in no particular order): Alice Dixson, Dawn Zulueta, Regine Velasquez and Eula Valdez.

Voting ends on August 31st.

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Maricel Soriano delivers in “Untold Stories”

If you miss tonight’s episode of  Tv5’s “Untold Stories” then you failed to catch another brilliant and gripping performance from the one and only Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano!

Maricel Soriano: still briliant!

Maricel headlined “Untold Stories” in its new timeslot and delivered yet another amazing performance worthy of an acting award.

The Diamond Star played a paraplegic mother who beats the odds for the sake of her children. Fans and non-fans alike took to popular social networking site Twitter to commend Maricel’s stellar performance.

iamgladysreyes : Eto na, #UntoldStories featuring one of my idols,Ms. #MaricelSoriano now na!! 

AngeladsPojanes : Ang galing ng portrayal ni Maricel Soriano sa Untold Stories, heart touching story :’)) Sana makapanood ako ulit ng ganitong klaseng story! 

rye58 : pag magaling na aktres talagang magaling na yan habambuhay at lalo pang gagaling! ms. maricel soriano , nag-iisa ka! DIAMOND STAR!!!!! 

TriciaMarieee: Ang galing talaga ni Ms. Maricel Soriano ♥

Seeing Maricel in her element, tv viewers couldn’t help but wish to see more of the Diamond Star, be it on TV or the big screen.  Kudos to Tv5 for coming up with a great show like “Untold Stories” and for showcasing acting legends like Maricel Soriano.