(SPOT.ph) It's the age of sequels, remakes, and adaptations—even locally. These days, we hear plenty of talk about a new Darna, as well as a reboot-slash-sequel of Mulawin. So we decided to set our sights on the woman who made it all happen: Angel Locsin. We look back at the many memorable roles that have made her the star she is today.
"Sino'ng Uminom ng Coca-Cola sa Villa Villa" (2002)
Before taking on TV and movies, Angel was a commercial model. One of her earliest ads was this this long-running campaign from Coca-Cola where audiences had to guess who drank all the Coke in order to win prizes.
One of Angel's earliest projects in GMA Network was for the teen-oriented series, Click. She played Charley from 2002 to 2003 and was paired with co-star Railey Valeroso. Her batch also included familiar names like Chynna Ortaleza, Richard Gutierrez, Jake Cuenca, Alessandra de Rossi, and Iya Villania.
Angel's breakthrough role came in the form of a new and ambitious series, Mulawin, where she played a half-human and half-bird destined to unite the two worlds. She was paired with her former Click co-star, Richard Gutierrez and their love team soared even higher. The show got its own movie sequel in 2005, and ushered in the network's fantaserye success.
One of Angel's most memorable films also happens to be one of the most terrifying Filipino horror movies ever. A run-down apartment building houses a violent cop (Jomari Yllana) and his wife (Iza Calzado), whose violent altercations disturb a newcomer, Marvin (Richard Gutierrez) and his girlfriend (Locsin). The film was an entry for the MMFF in 2004, and even earned a Hollywood remake in 2008.
Shortly after the immense success of Mulawin, Angel took on the titular role of Mars Ravelo's iconic heroine. Even to this day, she remains one of the most popular iterations of Darna—in fact, her die-hard fans reportedly started a bid to boycott the new film after she formally announced she was no longer doing the role.
Asian Treasures (2007)
One of her most ambitious projects in GMA Network was this 2007 action-adventure, which was directed by Eric Quizon. She was paired with Robin Padilla, whose career was also doing quite well at the time—translating of course, to impressive ratings. The series was shot on location across different Asian countries, including Mongolia, China, and Thailand.
Angel's meteoric rise to fame was met with controversy and criticism in 2007 when she suddenly transferred to GMA's rival network, ABS-CBN. One of her first major projects was the supernatural series, Lobo (reportedly one of the network's most expensive teleseryes). She played Lyka, a young descendant of werewolves, and was paired with Piolo Pascual. The series was such a hit that it spawned two sequels: Imortal in 2010 and La Luna Sangre (set for airing in 2017).
One More Try (2012)
Angel was awarded a FAMAS Best Actress trophy for her role in this 2012 MMFF entry. She portrayed Grace, a single mother willing to do anything to save her dying son—including reconnecting with his biological father (Dingdong Dantes). Their reunion, however, begins to affect their relationships with other people.
Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)
In 2013, Angel starred alongside Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, and Shaina Magdayao as four sisters who will stop at nothing to prevent their younger brother (Enchong Dee) from getting married. The comedy-drama recently gained plenty of notoriety after a viral clip from the film depicted Angel's character dragging Mocha Uson by the hair.
The Legal Wife (2014)
One of Angel's most fiery (and memorable) roles to date was this 2014 series where she played the wife to Jericho Rosales and the "legal" rival to Maja Salvador. Even if you've never seen the show, you'll likely remember the outrageous slapping scene between Angel and Maja that went viral and spawned countless memes.