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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 Published on: Apr 19, 2012 - 8:00am

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( 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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