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From Selling to Starring: 15 Ads that Made Celebs
See how celebs got their big break on the small screen!
By: Camille Kaye P. Oliveras and Noleen Marie S. Ramos  |   Published on: Apr 19, 2012 - 8:00am

( Before reality shows and YouTube, commercials were a tried-and-tested way of getting one foot in the showbiz door. Watch these commercials for the second (or first!) time and spot the players who went on to become celebrities.

1. Ryan Agoncillo for Sprite (2001): "Swabe ka ba o hindi?"

There was a time when Sprite came out with several commercials for its Magpakatotoo Ka campaign. One of the celebrities who skyrocketed to fame from there was Ryan Agoncillo. The commercial shows Ryan trapped in an elevator with a very attractive woman portrayed by Patricia Javier. Intending to comment on the warmth in the elevator, he asks her, “Nag-iinit ka na ba? A, e...are you in heat?” The question earns Ryan a resounding slap on the face.

Since then, Ryan has endorsed popular brands like Penshoppe, and has also become a talk show host, helming shows like Y Speak. He tried his hand in acting with soap operas like May Bukas Pa, and movies like My Househusband: Ikaw na!

It was through showbiz that Ryan met his wife, Judy Ann Santos.


2. Toni Gonzaga for Sprite (2001): "I love you, Piolo!"

Toni Gonzaga made the “I love you, Piolo!” line so famous, a lot of women have since used it to express their infatuation for the him, as well. In the commercial, Toni plays a young coed surprised by Piolo Pascual in a school fair, prompting her to shout out her love for the celebrity hunk.

From that one line, Toni has come a long way, with several hit rom-coms under her belt along with six studio albums. She is currently one of the hosts of The Buzz and Pinoy Big Brother .

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  • gus
    Mar 27 2014 @ 10:04pm     Reply  
  • thevampirelestat
    Nakakainis yung mga nagko-comment na "how about ". Bkait di na lang tanggapin ang list na 'to.. Nagsa-suggest pa, edi gumawa kayo ng sarili nyong list
    May 26 2012 @ 08:48am     Reply  
  • yves
    drew arellano with "pare"
    Apr 26 2012 @ 04:50pm     Reply  
  • pssrby
    Wow! I thought Rico Yan started in Mula sa Puso.
    Good article!
    Apr 24 2012 @ 10:56am     Reply  
  • yap
    How about Lucy Torres-Gomez for Lux shampoo? It even landed her a husband! :)
    Apr 24 2012 @ 10:24am     Reply  
  • nooni
    Serena Dalrymple should definitely be on the list..
    Apr 23 2012 @ 01:09pm     Reply  
  • shaolin
    How about Serena Dalrymple's Jollibee commercial with Aga Mulach, "Isa pa, Isa pang chicken joy." :D
    Apr 21 2012 @ 12:28pm     Reply  
  • kimjinlabs
    oh c'mon...bakit kasama sila Georgina Wilson and Marian Rivera????? 2004 pa Ad ni Georgina pero ngayon pa lang sya gumagawa ng name nya sa showbiz, and Marian, hindi naman sya sumikat after ng Ad nya, sumikat sya sa Marimar na, dahil na din sa paglipat ni Angel Locsin sa ABS....
    Apr 21 2012 @ 11:14am     Reply  
  • buffy
    also jennifer sevilla in the newtex commercial ("dalaga ka na, hindi na bata.."). she was famous during her time.
    Apr 20 2012 @ 08:42am     Reply  
  • Gingerotti
    What about Carmina Villaroel's Jollibee commercial? Been looking for it in Youtube (just to remember how she used to look like pre surgical enhancements), but couldn't find it.
    Apr 20 2012 @ 03:13am     Reply  
  • Anonymous
    LOVE this list :))
    Apr 19 2012 @ 11:26pm     Reply  
  • Don Gepot
    Akala ko pasok si Carmina Villaroel.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 09:41pm     Reply  
  • boiboi
    tsaka yung #14 and #15. I think sikat na sila when they starred in those tv ads.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 04:01pm     Reply  
  • filipina ako
    I will have to agree with Ysa, this feed is good. I remember Palmolive's "I can feel it" commercial and that of Royal. Feel good feed, thanks spot.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 12:56pm     Reply  
  • toyang
    great feature though i have to agree with starfishseven. i didn't even know it was marian and georgina in those ads because they became popular through other means.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 11:38am     Reply  
  • Ysa Mercader
    Hahaha. I feel nostalgic after reading this. Who knew this stars especially Ryan Agoncillo and Toni Gonzaga will rose to fame after this TV commercials? I remember some of these commercials and it felt like the old childhood days again. :) Good article.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 10:24am     Reply  
  • starfishseven
    Although there are some ads in the list that define the title, this is more like "15 Ads Starring Celebrities Before They Were Famous." Sana hindi kasama yung mga ads ni Marian Rivera and Georgina Wilson, for example. Marian became popular for her role in "Marimar" while mas nakilala si Georgina as Richard Guitierrez's then girlfriend.

    Btw, bakit wala dito yung McDonald's ad ni Rhian Ramos?
    Apr 19 2012 @ 10:12am     Reply  
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