Maricel Soriano headed back to ABS-CBN?

Maricel Soriano headed back to ABS-CBN

The Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano has been gracing the TV screen after her tearful appearance in Comedy King, Dolphy’s funeral.

The multi-awarded actress headlined TV5’s ‘Untold Stories‘ when it changed to its primetime slot.  Her guesting was well-received and even trended on social networking site Twitter.

She then followed this up with a string of appearances in GMA 7 starting with ‘Manny Many Prizes’, ‘Hot TV’ and ‘Protege’.  She capped her appearances with a week-long stint in Chef Boy Logro’s ‘Kusina Master’.

It was earlier reported that Maricel is set to sign a contract with TV5 but it looks like that didn’t push through.  Fans thought she was signing up with GMA7 after her guestings but the actress must be waiting for the right offer before finally signing up for anything.

With the recent blind item, it looks like Maricel is heading back to her mother studio.  Nothing had been announced but her fans are already keeping their fingers crossed.

If plans do not miscarry and if the blind item is indeed referring to the Diamond Star, then that’s indeed great news.  It’s about time for the Kapamilya network to finally roll the red carpet back for the real Primetime queen.


Old magazine cover of ’80s Regal Babies goes viral

Maricel Soriano and the other Regal Babies

Can you name all nine?

An old but still very much colorful photo of a cover page from an ’80s issue of the long defunct Movie Flash magazine went viral on social media Tuesday, featuring nine young actresses then under contract with Regal Films in all their youthful glory.

Starring Janice De Belen, Maricel Soriano, Gretchen Barretto, Jackie Lou Blanco, Nadia Montenegro, Arlene Muhlach, Manilyn Reynes, Kristina Paner and Sheryl Cruz, the cover was originally uploaded by a Facebook fan page dedicated to Maricel with this caption: “Rare cover Page with the Regal Babies in the ’80s ~ admin em.”

The photo was immediately shared across Facebook and Twitter and as of this posting has 2,621 likes and 407 shares from Maricel’s fan page alone.

In his comment on the photo, Facebook user Ronaldo Navarro posted, “iba talaga mga artista noon. everyone has a distinct look apart frm others. ngayon iisa na hitsura mga artista!”

Mike Herrera could not help but wax nostalgic with his comment, “ang lovelife ni gretchen nuon si joey janice nag ON na sila ni aga muhlach, hanggang sa ipanganak nya si Iggyboy nung 1987, big scandal yun at that time.”

For his part, veteran movie scribe Cesar Evangelista went on record by posting, “MEMORIES! That’s OUR magazine at GASI Publications where I used to be the Managing Editor of Movie FLASH. Those were the days, friends.”

As for the Regal Babies themselves, Nadia Montenegro was laughing in her tweet when Ruby Rodriguez called her attention to the FB post.
“Hahahahaah…Aliw naman!! Ang papayat pa namin ni muhlach. Hahahaha. Tnx mare,” Nadia tweeted.

And when her own Twitter follower showed her the photo, Janice De Belen could only exclaim, “GRABE NAMAN TO! Ang luma.”


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.


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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Claudine Barreto’s ‘Untold Stories’

Claudine Barreto: Untold Stories

TV5 is pulling no stop in beefing up their weekend primetime block.

After the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano and Superstar, Nora Aunor, the Kapatid network is set to capture primetime viewers with Claudine Barreto’s return to the small screen.

Kapuso-turned Kapatid (?) star Claudine Barretto is starring in an episode of TV5′s “Untold Stories” which is set to air this Saturday.

Barretto will portray the role of a battered wife in the episode titled “Bugbog Sarado.” She will star alongside Jay Manalo who will play the role of her husband.

This is Claudine’s first foray into serious drama with her in the lead.  Claudine’s return to TV drama is something she does best.  Afterall, she was once ABS-CBN’s primetime queen.

The controversial actress’ star waned drastically after headlining a couple of forgettable shows in GMA 7.

“Untold Stories” starring Claudine Barretto is set to air at 9:30pm this Saturday, August 25, on TV5.

Watch the trailer here:

Maricel Soriano is one of’s 35 most beautiful celebrities over 35

Maricel Soriano

Popular online website is currently running a poll to determine which celebrity actress over 35 is the most beautiful.

35 Celebrities over 35 + Who’s the most beautiful?

Which of these stars got even more gorgeous with age? Cast your vote for the most beautiful actress in this poll!

A lot of women strive to cling to youth as they grow older, but some also practice the art of aging gracefully. The women in this gallery prove that you don’t have to be in your 20s to look beautiful. After all, as you grow older, you also become more comfortable in your body, and there’s nothing more beautiful than a confident woman. 

Look through the gallery below for a list of female stars over 35 whose beauty transcends age. Which of these celebrities do you believe is the most beautiful? Let us know by taking our poll! Just scroll through the photos until you get to your bet, then click the “Vote” button. You may vote as many times as you like until August 31. 

The Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano is included in the list.  Prove that diamonds are indeed forever by voting for the Philippines 3rd most awarded, most versatile star in their poll.  Hit the link to vote below:


Actress, 47

The Diamond Star is one of the country’s best awarded actresses, and despite being in the industry for decades, she remains as enthusiastic about her work as she was when she first started–which must be why her beauty continues to bloom. She was YES! Magazine‘s Most Beautiful Celebrity in 2006, and she was part of the magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars list from 2007 to 2009.

Cast your vote!
Important: Scroll through the actress gallery and look for Maricel’s image and profile before voting!