Bicol: A treasure trove of talents (Performing Arts)

Sabi ninda, pobre ang Bicolandia. mala ta pirming kaiba ini pirmi sa “Top 5 Poorest Regions in the Philippines”. Sabi ko man, depende kung ano an lente na gagamiton. Kung kuwarta asin ekonomiya, pobre talaga ang Bicol pero kung arte asin musika, mayaman kita diyan.

Indeed, Bicol Region was able to produce names in the music, film and modeling industry including the Philippines’ National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts — Lino Brocka.

The list is still evolving as more and more Bicolanos are rising to prominence in their respective fields of arts. These are the following:

1. Actors, Actresses and Thespians ++

  • Aga Mulach — Camarines Sur — Actor
  • Andrew E. (Andrew Espiritu) — Naga City — Singer/Producer, Actor
  • Amalia Fuentes – Sorsogon — Actress
  • Anjo Yllana – Camalig, Albay — Actor, TV Host
  • Bembol Roco – Naga City — Actor
  • Benedict A. Villamora – Naga City — Actor
  • Bob Soler – Legaspi City — Actor
  • Bong Villafuerte – Camarines Sur — Actor
  • Celia Rodriguez – Albay — Actress
  • Cindy Kurleto – Camarines Sur — Actress, VJ, TV Host, Commercial, Print & Model
  • Dina Bonnevie – Legazpi City – Actress, Beauty Queen, Model
  • Eddie Garcia – Sorsogon – Actor, Commercial Model
  • Eddie Rodriguez – Camarines Norte
  • Edna Diaz – Legazpi City – Actress, Model
  • Elizabeth Oropesa – Guinobatan, Albay – Actress, model
  • Enchong Dee – Naga City – Actor, Swimmer
  • Gary Valenciano – Camalig, Albay – Singer, Concert artist, Actor, Model
  • Jaime Fabregas – Iriga City — Actor
  • Jaime Garchitorena – Albay – Singer, Actor, Model
  • Janelle Quintana Manahan – Legazpi City — Actress/Best New Female Artist (19th Aliw Awards) nominee
  • Jericho Rosales – Naga City – Actor, Commercial model
  • Jomari Yllana – Camalig, Albay – Actor, Commercial model
  • Joross Gamboa – Naga City  – Actor, Starstruck runner-up
  • Jovit Moya – Masbate – Actor, Thespian, Military Colonel
  • Kristine Hermosa – Masbate – Actress, Commercial, Ramp & Print Ad model
  • Liezel Martinez – Sorsogon – Actress, TV Host
  • Lito Pimentel – Naga City – Model, Host, TV & Movie Actor
  • Marianne dela Riva – Legazpi City – Actress, Model
  • Mila Ocampo – Iriga City – Actress (mother of Snooky Serna)
  • Nora Aunor – Iriga City – Singer, Superstar actress
  • Paquito Diaz – Albay — Actor
  • Pepe Pimentel – Naga City – TV Host, actor
  • Raymart Santiago – Actor
  • Rez Cortez – Iriga City — Actor
  • Robin Padilla – Cam Norte – Actor, Commercial model
  • Rochelle Barrameda – Bacacay, Albay – Actress, model, Miss Teen-Philippines
  • Roderick Paulate – Legazpi City – Actor, Comedian
  • Sophia Moran – Camarines Sur — Actress
  • Venus Raj — Bato, Camarines Sur — Actress, TV Host
  • Wally Bayola — Naga City — Actor, TV Host

2. Models (Fashion, Commercial) ++

  • Baba Parma – Daraga, Albay – Fashion, Commercial & Ramp model
  • Benedict A. Villamora – Naga City – model, Ginoong Filipinas-Mindanao
  • Cindy Kurleto – Camarines Sur – Actress, VJ, TV Host, Commercial, Print & Model
  • Dina Bonnevie – Legazpi City – Actress, Beauty Queen, Model
  • Eddie Garcia – Sorsogon – Actor, Commercial Model
  • Edna Diaz – Legazpi City – Actress, Model
  • Elizabeth Oropesa – Guinobatan, Albay – Actress, model
  • Emmanuel Mago – Albay – Basketball player, model and Mr. Philippines-World
  • Gary Valenciano – Camalig, Albay – Singer, Concert artist, Actor, Model
  • Jaime Garchitorena – Albay – Singer, Actor, Model
  • Jericho Rosales – Naga City – Actor, Penshoppe Model, Commercial model
  • Jomari Yllana – Camalig, Albay – Actor, Bench Model
  • Kristine Hermosa – Masbate – Actress, Commercial, Ramp & Print Ad model
  • Liezel Martinez – Sorsogon – Actress, TV Host
  • Lito Pimentel – Naga City – model, host, TV & movie Actor
  • Ludwig Hans – Albay — Commercial Model (Print and TV), Mini-Me 3 Winner
  • Rafael Rosell – Albay – Actor, Bench Model
  • Robin Padilla – Cam Norte – Action Star, Commercial model
  • Rochelle Barrameda – Bacacay, Albay – Actress, Model, Miss Teen-Philippines
  • Shawnaleh Brauner – Daraga, Albay – Mutya ng Pilipinas-Globe, Fashion Model

3. Singers, Voice Artists

  • Andrew E. (Andrew Espiritu) — Singer/Producer, Actor
  • Anna Dizon – Catanduanes – Singer, Businesswoman
  • Ely Buendia — Naga City — Lead Vocalist of Pupil, Eraserheads
  • Fr. Jessel Gonzales, SJ – Albay – Composer, Musician, Catholic Priest
  • Imelda Papin – Camarines Sur – Singer/Recording Artist, Politician
  • Jayson Fernandez – Cam Norte – Lead vocalist of Rivermaya
  • Jeff Arcilla – Singer
  • Jonalyn Viray – Albay – Singer (La Diva)
  • Jude Michael – Albay – Singer/Recording Artist
  • Lou Bonnevie – Iriga City – Singer
  • Nora Aunor– Iriga City – Singer, Superstar actress
  • Stephanie Roco-Reese – Albay – Singer
  • Victor Wood – Singer
  • Potenciano Gregorio – Sto. Domingo, Albay – the composer of Sarung Banggi (One Evening), a famous Bikolano song

4. Producers and Script writers

  • Lino Brocka — Pilar, Sorsogon — National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts.
  • Pepito Vera-Perez – Albay – Scion of Sampaguita Pictures, politician
  • Ricky Lee – Cam Norte – Scriptwriter

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