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Whatever Happened to these '80s Stars/Starlets/Lilets?
After packing up their hi-top Reeboks and leaving yesterday behind, these '80s sensations are now mostly rock-steady.
By: Mimi Tiu  |   Published on: May 14, 2009 - 5:15pm


Top:   Jigo Garcia, Caselyn Francisco, JC Bonnin, Keno.

Bottom:   Louie Heredia, Lilet, Kristina Paner, Gino Padilla.

After packing up their hi-top Reeboks and leaving yesterday behind, these '80s sensations are now mostly rock-steady.

Caselyn Francisco
Then: Was part of the children's show Pen-Pen de Sarapen and German Moreno's a widely popular variety show, That's Entertainment. She left the Philippines to play Kim in the German production of Miss Saigon.
Now: Known as Casey Francisco, the Netherlands-based theater actress has appeared in plays such as Oliver! and Rent, and was nominated best actress for her performance as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She's come a long way since singing with Islaw Kalabaw.

Then: Struck gold in the late '80s by crooning tunes "Leaving Yesterday Behind" and "A Friend." The good-looking balladeer also tried his hand at acting by starring in Viva Films' Ninja Kids opposite Herbert Bautista and the late Francis Magalona. He retired from showbiz in 1991 after a successful major concert at the Ultra.
Now: Resides in Florida, USA with his wife and two daughters. Keno, also known as Joaquin Sanchez, is a real estate agent who has written a book called The Last Castrato under the name J. Wolf Sanchez.   Check out his fan site.

Louie Heredia
Then: Released three award-winning albums (Nagiisang Ikaw, Para Sa 'Yo, and Una at Huling Mamahalin) while hosting TV shows Penthouse Live and Lunch Date.
Now: Spends most of his time in the kitchen whipping up gastronomical delights like his specialty, Paella Valenciana, which he sells to the public. He also makes puttanesca and pomodoro pasta, as well as Thai curry dishes. For orders, call tel. no. 426-6346.

Then: Rose to fame when she starred in the international Coca-Cola ad singing "Future of the World," a jingle about universal harmony. With three albums under her belt, Maria Luz Lilet Jodloman bid showbiz goodbye after deciding to pursue her studies in Japan.
Now: Once called "The Muse of OPM," she unsuccessfully attempted to revive her singing career in 2003 under the name Marielle. These days, Lilet is a mother of two and wife to Jay Esteban, anchorman of News Watch 2nd Edition and segment host of 700 Club Asia.

Jigo Garcia
Then: One of the numerous teen talents of That's Entertainment. Had a daughter out of wedlock with former girlfriend, actress Jean Garcia who was also part of the afternoon show.
Now: As barangay chairman, Jigo is responsible for the affairs of Quezon City's Barangay Doña Josefa–an area that includes Banawe Street–which has a growing population of more than 2,500 residents.

JC Bonin
Then: A regular on That's Entertainment, he appeared in films like Bagets, Ninja Kids, Kamagong, and Cross My Heart and was generally considered a "crush ng bayan" cutie who was into martial arts and body building.
Now: Also known as Juan Carlos Bonin, he's stayed under the radar except for unconfirmed reports that he's now a pastor in London, England.

Gino Padilla
Then: Considered equal to Gary Valenciano, Gino shot to fame after he performed with Tina Turner in a Pepsi commercial and sang the catchy Close-Up toothpaste jingle, "Closer You and I".
Now: After an attempt to make a comeback in 2007 with an inspirational album titled Hands of Time, he's back to managing a family-owned security agency.

Kristina Paner
Then: Played one-third of an unofficial trio made up of young female stars, together with Manilyn Reynes and Sheryl Cruz. Tina Paner was a regular on That's Entertainment, Ora Engkantada, and Wanbol High, a spin-off of Iskul Bukol. She also sang "Tamis ng Unang Halik".
Now: Living in Barcelona, Spain, she's married, and has a daughter named Lucien Kristiel. Tina now works in a bank and occasionally produces shows featuring showbiz friends for the Filipino community.

Then: Sang hits such as "I Think We're Alone Now," "All This Time," and "If Love is Blind." The redheaded pop star was the youngest female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard charts. She sold four million copies of her eponymous debut album, briefly dated Jonathan Knight of boyband New Kids on the Block, and was the voice of Judy Jetson in the cartoon series, The Jetsons.
Now: Tiffany resurfaced after releasing two dance albums, Dust Off and Dance (2005) and Just Me (2007). She is currently delving into acting, appearing in two movies (The Isolationist and Necrosis opposite Heroes' James Kyson Lee).

Danica McKellar
Then: Played Winnie Cooper, the object of Kevin's (Fred Savage) affection on The Wonder Years. The nostalgic, teen-oriented TV series aired for six successful seasons until 1993.
Now: After graduating summa cum laude majoring in mathematics from UCLA, the former child star wrote two best-selling books namely Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail and Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss. She recently tied the knot with her longtime composer boyfriend, Mike Verta.

Robby Rosa
Then: As frontman of the über-popular Puerto Rican boyband Menudo, this '80s teen heartthrob drove girls wild when he performed "Please Be Good to Me," "If You're Not Here (By My Side)," "Explosion," and "Like a Cannonball." He only stayed with the group for three years (because of the band's age requirement) and pursued a solo career afterwards.
Now: Robby is known for writing songs for fellow Menudo alum Ricky Martin ("Livin' La Vida Loca," "Shake Your Bon-Bon") and Julio Iglesias, but he is a successful Latin solo artist in his own right. He is happily married and has two sons.

Tiffany Brissette
Then: A child actress best known for playing V.I.C.I. the Robot in the '80s family sitcom, Small Wonder. Robotics engineer Ted Lawson created the super-strong android and attempted to pass her off as his 10-year-old daughter.
Now: Bid farewell to showbiz after the series ended. She was a nanny and an experimental dancer, and is now a nurse residing in Boulder, Colorado.

Jonathan Ke Quan
Then: Made his big-screen debut in 1984 as Short Round, Harrison Ford's adorable sidekick in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The following year, he appeared in another Steven Spielberg adventure-comedy flick, The Goonies.
Now: Presently a martial artist and a stunt coordinator in Hollywood, Jonathan helped put together the action sequences for X-Men and The One.

Artwork by Yoni Veloso.

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  • sonol
    80s actors stars then and now
    Jan 23 2014 @ 10:58am     Reply  
  • ronelo besinga
    jc bonin photos
    Jul 09 2013 @ 06:58pm     Reply  
  • aarei
    all of these are correct but kristina paner is back in manila facing intrigues on fake plane tickets. about amanda page after receiving her award for playing josephine bracken in rizal sa dapitan, she is seen in bubble gang a comedy gag show in gma 7 after that everything is unknown about her.
    Apr 02 2013 @ 01:42pm     Reply  
  • jhayamasola
    is juan carlos bonnin have a facebook account ??
    Nov 12 2012 @ 10:38pm     Reply  
  • Pinky
    Joey palomar is now in ontario, Canada with his partner.
    Nov 10 2012 @ 09:53pm     Reply  
  • dj ritchie rich
    i had a crush on caselyn francisco
    Mar 04 2012 @ 11:35pm     Reply  
  • enveloped ideas
    So basically, Short Round can kick your *ss now.
    Mar 04 2012 @ 11:31pm     Reply  
  • joyce
    Where is Vina Morales? This is her batch.. anyway, wherever they are now It is their choice. if some of them has been settled down with their family we have nothing to do with it. to those who are a star until now. Congrats to be one of the best.rnrnPhilippines Lifestylern
    Sep 23 2011 @ 02:47pm     Reply  
  • cze
    If Mr. Joey Palomar was indeed involved in the pyramiding case of the Baladjay (couple arrested in 2004) and has to hide, howcome he was still in Metro Manila malling in 2008?
    Jan 14 2011 @ 12:26pm     Reply  
  • bluejay
    Joey Palomar became involved in the Baladjay pyramid case and had to flee the Philippines....the report i got was that some of the monies were entrusted to him and his partner. they've just disappeared into thin air and many of the victims have yet to get part of their monies back but that's the price you get for trusting get-rich-quick schemes.rnrnI even saw a video of a Baladjay birthday celebration in Calatagan batangas where it was Joey palomar who was the party master of ceremonies. that's how close he became to the infamous pyramid lady.
    Nov 02 2010 @ 12:01am     Reply  
  • el gordo
    Whatever happened to PABS DADIVAS, of the CIRCUS BAND? also Jackie Magno? Spot. can you please look fo him? loved his Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen covers!
    Oct 26 2010 @ 01:59pm     Reply  
  • cze
    I'm looking for an 80's singer actor by the name of Joey Palomar (Philippines). Saw him 2x in Alabang but nver had the chance to talk to him. Does anyone know where he is now? Last time I checked, he was selling firecrackers in Macro Sucat.
    Oct 26 2010 @ 12:41pm     Reply  
  • anonymous③
    Sep 20 2010 @ 06:54am     Reply  
  • irene
    I wonder what happened to:
    Rick Astley
    Belinda Carlisle

    Ina Raymundo

    ..I saw Lilet in a callcenter as a multilingual.
    Still very pretty and down to earth.
    Mar 17 2010 @ 09:03am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Slazzer23
      Rick Astley is still active doing concert... LAst year he was here in Singapore together with Debbie Gibson doing the 80's concert and I think he's one og hte performer in last year F1 night race.
      Apr 02 2013 @ 05:31pm     Reply  
  • uberVU - social comments
    Social comments and analytics for this post...

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by jblogged: wondering where these pinoys & foreign stars are now?
    Feb 24 2010 @ 11:49pm     Reply  
  • flipnsf
    Dec 31 2009 @ 08:46am     Reply  
  • ask me
    Lawrence David...sounds familiar? well he was the main character in the movie "SIBAK". He is now residing in Tyler,Texas with his wife working as a nurse.
    Dec 10 2009 @ 10:57am     Reply  
  • askme
    Remember JOVIT MOYA? The former That's entertainment member who has tht well modulated voice, co-starred Ruffa in the movie "Love Boat",if Im not mistaken. Before he left the Philippines, he became a Police Inspector through connections. He then explored the west, became TNT and now work and resides somewhere in Las Vegas.
    Dec 10 2009 @ 10:55am     Reply  
  • myeline sheet
    To Fe,
    I met Eva Vibar during the late 90's in Legazpi City.She was then active in a Christian Group singing gospel song.He was married to a maritime captain.
    Sep 17 2009 @ 08:39pm     Reply  
  • EDric
    Anyone knows where is Joey Palomar now, a former member of That's Entertainment
    Sep 16 2009 @ 09:01am     Reply  
  • tartan
    Who is Amanda Page ?
    Aug 25 2009 @ 03:13pm     Reply  
  • etonanaman

    where is amanda page?i've tried to google her but less than 10 photos appear. I think FHM made a (mini)cover about her, but it was not the main article.

    we want to see the sex symbol
    Aug 08 2009 @ 01:59am     Reply   Hide replies
    • jc
      Amanda Page is hapilly married, lives in California.
      Jan 03 2013 @ 12:38pm     Reply  
  • tanya
    what happend to amanda page?
    Jul 24 2009 @ 03:37am     Reply  
  • fesantiago
    i just want to know where are eva vibar and geraldine of the 1979-1980's now. and also whatever happened to vilma valera. please research. thank you.
    Jul 16 2009 @ 07:07am     Reply  
  • pekpekmo
    Those years when ice creams flavors weer only ube and macapuno...

    Jul 07 2009 @ 03:03am     Reply  
  • checkerberry
    Lilet! I practically idolized her way back then.
    May 23 2009 @ 02:33am     Reply  
  • conversationbreak
    Tiffany Brisette: Aww, I LOVED her in Small Wonder. What the heck is an experimental dancer? Haha!
    May 21 2009 @ 03:50pm     Reply  
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