Whatever Happened to These '80s Stars? Part 2


Top (L-R): Harlene Bautista, Alice Dixson, Jovit Moya
Middle (L-R): Ate Sienna, Romnick Sarmenta, Banig, Nanette Medved, Palito
Bottom (L-R): Kuya Bodjie, Amanda Page

SPOT.ph's second batch of the long-lost personalities who were big stars, back in the day.

Ate Sienna
Then: Familiar to '80s babies because of her role as storyteller alongside Kuya Bodjie in the popular children's television program, Batibot. In 2006, she became part of the ABC-5 mini-series O- Ha as a fairy godmother.  
Now: Transitioning from actor to serving behind the scenes, Sienna Olaso became the sports production head of ABC-5 Sports in 2004. She has gone on to become a top official in the marketing department of the PBA.

Kuya Bodjie
Then: Was iconic as storyteller Kuya Bodjie in Batibot, where he had his own segment called "Ang Mga Kwento Ni Kuya Bodjie."  
Now: Luisito "Bodjie" Pascua continues to exhibit his acting chops by appearing in critically-acclaimed films such as Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros and Sisa. His latest acting venture was the indie film Padyak, which won third place in the Palanca Awards in literature for the screenplay category.


Jovit Moya
Then: Appeared in '80s and '90s movies like Black Magic and Mario Sandoval. A mainstay on the hit television series That's Entertainment, there was a time that Jovit Moya was a household name.
Now: Although Jovit has been MIA from show business for a long time, there have been reports from blogs and message boards that he is often spotted around the city, playing his current full-time and real-life role as a police officer.

Nanette Medved
Then: This half-Russian, half-Chinese beauty gained fame by playing one of the most iconic characters in Philippine pop culture, Darna (1991). After starring in a string of movies in the '90s, she enrolled at Babson College in Boston where she took up Finance and Entrepreneurship and graduated summa cum laude.
Now: Nanetter Medved is now happily married to Chinese businessman Christopher Po. She is focusing on her husband and two children, with no intention of bringing back her acting career.

Amanda Page

Then: A Filipino-American actress who rose to stardom after being a staple in popular television show, Bubble Gang, in 1995. One of her best-known roles is playing Josephine Bracken opposite Albert Martinez in Rizal Sa Dapitan. She went on to make thirteen films in around three years, before withdrawing from the public eye.
Now: In 2005, she reappeared to pose for the cover of a men's magazine. There have been different reports since then about Amanda Page's present whereabouts, with some saying they've seen her around Metro Manila, and others saying she's back in the USA, married.

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Then: A slapstick comedian well-known for capitalizing his skinny frame for laughs, especially as over-the-top zombies and corpses in Filipino horror movies. His career peaked in the '80s when he parodied famous Hollywood action stars in Rambuto and James Buto.
Now: He stayed under the radar for several years, before emerging from his private life in 2005 for the movie Enterpool: Senior Citizen in Action and once again in 2007 for Manny Pacquiao's movie, Anak ng Kumander. In October 2006, he appeared in an issue of Top Gear Philippines. Reynaldo Hipolito, as Palito is more formally called, now leads a life away from the glitz of the entertainment industry. Occasionally, he ventures out of his retirement to do television interviews and small live shows.

Then: Before Charice Pempengco was Banig. She came into the scene by competing in RPN 9's amateur singing contest, Ang Bagong Kampeon. After winning for several consecutive weeks, she represented the Philippines in the 1989 International Star Search. Banig won, shot to superstardom and settled in the USA to continue pursuing her career abroad. She was a guest in numerous popular television shows, including Super Dave Osborne Show and Good Day LA.
Now: Josephine "Banig" Roberto is still actively involved in the music business in the United States.   Her albums Boogie on the Dance Floor and Silent Whispers have received some success abroad, making it in radio stations' charts. She now runs her own production company and still writes music with her sister, Jhoanna. When Cory Aquino passed away, she mourned on her MySpace page, blogging about her memories of the former president.


Romnick Sarmenta
Then: One of the most talented child actors of his time, he garnered attention when he was cast as Peping in the television show Gulong ng Palad and Peping, Munting Anghel. Since then, he sustained a steady career as an actor, getting roles in both the silver screen and the big screen.
Now: Romnick Sarmenta Tejedor continues to grace the television with his performances, attracting supporting roles in the different television stations. His latest projects include a Maalaala Mo Kaya episode with Alessandra de Rossi, aired in May 2009, and the GMA telanovela All My Life, where he currently plays Efren.

Alice Dixson
Then: This Filipino-American caught the interest of many Filipinos when she was a semi-finalist in Miss International in 1986. She went from beauty queen to actress when she bagged the role of Vic Sotto's leading lady in Okay Ka, Fairy Ko. In 1998, she was awarded Best Actress in the Metro Manila Film Festival for her performance in Sambahin Ang Ngalan Mo.
Now: Alice resumed acting in 2005 for Enteng Kabisote 2, the big screen adaptation of her old television show Okay Ka, Fairy Ko. Since then, the former beauty queen has retreated from the limelight. She currently resides in Vancouver, Canada with her husband Ronnie Miranda, where she is a licensed realtor.


Harlene Bautista
Then: First came into the scene with her siblings Herbert and Hero Bautista in the 1981 movie Oh, My Mama. Like a lot of '80s stars, she was an alumna of That's Entertainment. Her career peaked in the '80s, when she made the bulk of her films. She was named Best Supporting Actress by the Film Academy of the Philippines for her role in Gawa na ang Balang Papatay Sa Iyo (1988).
Now: Now married to fellow '80s star Romnick Sarmenta, Harlene continues to dabble in both theater and film. She majored in Theater Arts in the University of the Philippines and was involved in Dulaang UP and the UP Playwright's Theater.   She also appeared in several notable plays, including Temptation Island, Vagina Monologues and Last Order sa Penguin. Her latest project is Manghuhula, which opened on September 10 in major cinemas.

Read part one: Whatever Happened to These '80s Stars/Starlets/Lilets?


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