Angelu de Leon

This name uses Philippine naming customs for married women. The birth maternal family name is Martinez, the birth paternal family name is de Leon, and the marital name is Rivera.
Angelu de Leon
Born Maria Luisa Angela Martinez de Leon-Rivera
(1979-08-22) August 22, 1979
Metro Manila, Philippines
Other names Anj, Angela, Angie
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992-present
Agent Veana Fores and Angelito Estrada
Spouse(s) Wowie Rivera (m. 2010)

Maria Luisa Angela Martinez de Leon-Rivera was (born August 22, 1979), more famously known as Angelu de Leon, is a Filipina television & film actress.

Early and personal life

Angelu de Leon is the youngest daughter of Luis and Flora de Leon. She attended St. Joseph's College, Holy Spirit and Siena College. She made her first commercial, without her father's knowledge, when she was just ten years old. Her father eventually gave his blessing to her acting career before his death from colon cancer.

In 2016, De Leon disclosed that she had been diagnosed with Bell's palsy in 2009.[1]


De Leon started television acting at the age of 12. She was discovered by Johnny Manahan for a kiddie gag show Ang TV.It was aired over ABS-CBN. She shared screen time with Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal and Rica Peralejo. After about a year on the said youth-oriented comedy variety-show, she signed up with Viva Films and transferred to GMA Network to do a sitcom called Ober Da Bakod with Janno Gibbs and Anjo Yllana.

De Leon also joined the movies, where she mostly played younger sister to more established stars. Among her early roles were appearances in Sharon Cuneta's Di na natuto; with Ana Roces, Vina Morales, and Donna Cruz in Kadenang Bulaklak; opposite Mikee Cojuangco in Forever, with Robin Padilla in P're Hanggang Sa Huli; and opposite Alice Dixson in Okey Si Ma'am.

In 1995 de Leon got her break when she was included in teen oriented shows like T.G.I.S. (Thank God It's Sabado) and Growing Up with Onemig Bondoc, Ciara Sotto, Raven Villanueva, Michael Flores, Rica Peralejo and Red Sternberg. These shows gave her a chance to team up with Bobby Andrews, and their partnership became one of the hottest onscreen love teams of her generation in the mid-1990s. Among the noted Angelu-Bobby team-up movies were: Silaw, Takot Ka Ba Sa Dilim, T.G.I.S.: The Movie, Laging Naroon Ka, and Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig as well as their first drama series Ikaw Na Sana, which was also turned into a movie. In the early part of 1998 at the peak of her career, de Leon became pregnant by action star Joko Diaz. As a result, she had to go on maternity leave while the projects she had lined up got shelved or were passed on to other young stars. Despite being a young mother, she managed to come back from the career slump and accept mature roles assigned to her by Viva. She was on her way back to lead star status when she got pregnant again in the year 2001 by businessman Jojo Manlongat. De Leon has also shown her acting prowess in numerous movies and drama series. Among her appearances have been: Ikaw Na Sana (with Bobby Andrews and Gladys Reyes), Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga (with Dingdong Dantes and Tanya Garcia), Ang Lahat Ng Ito'y Para Sayo (with Andrews), May Bukas Pa (with Dina Bonnevie and Cherie Gil), Abandonada (with Maricel Soriano and Edu Manzano), Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (with Judy Ann Santos) and Paupahan (with Snooky Serna and Gloria Romero).

In part due to her status as celebrity mom, producers hired de Leon to play parts as mothers. Her first mother role in a series was Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. In 2006, she went back to GMA's rival station ABS-CBN where she played a supporting roles including Super Inggo and its sequel Super Inggo 1.5: Ang Bagong Bangis. After the series end she joined the cast in the sitcom Parekoy in 2009.

Later, she return to GMA, she signed an exclusive contract via Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (with Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes) (which was her comeback show in GMA 7). It was for her work in the latter soap that she was given rave reviews, complemented with the fact that she was back to her sexy figure and can give other young actresses a run for their money. After Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang Angelu was cast in GMA's newest fantasy series called The Last Prince where she played evil aunt of Kris Bernal. She start appearing on drama series Koreana as the kind mother of Kris Bernal and Sisid as the ailing mother of Jackie Rice. In 2012 she joined the cast of GMA's soap opera Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa where she played one of the leads. De Leon is set to reprise her role as Peachy in Teen Gen.[2]In 2013, she played Merly Lucente, the warm-hearted and fiercely protective mother in Pyra (with Thea Tolentino). Angelu is still a contract actress of GMA Artist Center.



Year Title(s) Role(s) Type of Role(s) Network
2016 Hahamakin ang Lahat Alicia Tan-Sy Supporting Role GMA Network
Encantadia Amanda
Dear Uge: Mrs. Aning Aning Episode guest
Karelasyon: Pagsubok Rachel
Tonight with Arnold Clavio Herself Guest appearance
2015 Buena Familia Bettina Agravante-Buena / Sally Luzanes Main role
2014 Niño Leny Inocente Supporting role
2013 Genesis Young Consuelo Special participation role
Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy Merly Lucente Supporting role
2012 Teen Gen Ma. Patrice "Peachy" Real-Torres nee da Silva Lead role
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa Jordana Montenegro Main role / Antagonist
2011 Sisid Alicia Cordelia Supporting role
2010 Koreana Nerissa Rosales-Jung Main role
Love Bug Presents: Exchange of Hearts [3] Fina Episode guest
The Last Prince [4] Mayang Supporting role / Antagonist
2009 Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang Heleen Barrientos Main role / Antagonist
Parekoy Angelique Special participation role ABS-CBN
2007 Super Inggo 1.5: Ang Bagong Bangis Pacita Supporting role / Antagonist
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Colette Camacho Main role GMA Network
2003 Celebrity DAT Com Herself Guest appearance IBC/RPN
2003 Buttercup Cloe Co-lead role ABS-CBN
2002 Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Agnes Consuelo Villavicer Main role GMA Network
2000 May Bukas Pa Irene Buencamino IBC
1997 Ikaw Na Sana Blanca Rosales Perez / Susan Saavedra Lead role GMA Network
Growing Up Ma. Patrice "Peachy" Real-Torres nee da Silva Lead role
1995 T.G.I.S.
1994 Ober Da Bakod Kuting Extended role
1992/1997 Ang TV Herself Guest appearance ABS-CBN


Year Title Role
2013 Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Rhea
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Luisa
2009 Hellphone Cate
2009 Status: Single Wanda
2008 Paupahan Angela San Pedro
2004 Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Maura
2003 Doray/Habibi
2002 D' uragons never umuurong always sumusulong Claudia
2000 Abandonada Cindy
2000 Bukas na lang kita mamahalin Abigail Mansueto/Abby
2000 Col. Elmer Jamias: Barako ng Maynila Goody Ramirez Jamias
1999 Bulaklak ng Maynila Ada
1998 Ang lahat ng ito'y para sa 'yo Catherine Mendoza/Cathy
1998 Ikaw na sana: The Movie Blanca
1997 Laging naroon ka Patricia Gomez/Tricia/Trixie
1997 Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig Gemma Caringal
1997 Isinakdal Ko Ang Aking Ina Karen Ilagan
1997 T.G.I.S: The Movie Ma. Patrice "Peachy/Pancakes" Real
1996 Where 'D' Girls 'R' Demetria
1996 Takot ka ba sa dilim Carly
1995 Jessica Alfaro Story Lorraine
1995 Okey si Ma'am Ida
1995 P're Hanggang Sa Huli Jing-jing
1994 Forever Cindy Valdez
1994 Ober da bakod: The Movie Kuting
1993 Kadenang bulaklak Daisy Abolencia / Tricia Hidalgo
1993 Di na natuto Elisa

Awards and nominations

Acting awards

Year Award Category WorkResult
1999 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Bulaklak ng Maynila[5]Won

Other awards

Year Award Category
1993 Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation Darling of The Press for Kadenang Bulaklak
1998 Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation Teenage Queen for T.G.I.S. and Growing Up
1998 Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation Most Popular Love Team for T.G.I.S. and Growing Up
2009 YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars Year 2009


Year Award Category
1999 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila
1999 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila
2000 FAP Awards Best Actress for Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin
2000 Parangal ng Bayan Awards Best Young Actress for Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin
2000 FAP Awards Best Supporting Actress for Abandonada
2000 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress for Abandonada
2004 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress for Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
2011 Empress Golden Screen Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress for Sisid
2011 Empress Golden Screen Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Single Drama Untold Stories : Anak ng Aliw


  1. "Angelu De Leon, nagpasalamat sa mga nagdarasal para sa kanyang paggaling", GMA News, November 12, 2016, retrieved November 13, 2016
  3. Calderon, Nora (May 26, 2010). "Diva Montelaba: Nagbago po ako, pero hindi totoong lumaki na ang ulo ko.". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  5. "Metro Manila Film Festival:1999". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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