THEN AND NOW: 16 Pinoy Child & Teen Celebrities Who Transformed Into Gorgeous Actresses

Mary Ann Bardinas November 19, 2018 09:07 AM

Entering and staying in the entertainment industry requires incredible talent, tremendous patience, and unwavering dedication for the craft. Thus, it’s really astounding and delighting to know that some of the gorgeous actresses we admire and idolize today used to be the brightest child and teen stars who endured the grueling demands of the industry, improved their talents, and either maintained or intensified their star quality

Here are some of them:

Maja Salvador

Her natural charisma grabbed the attention of Charo Santos-Concio while watching her The Buzz interview in 2003. She debuted in the John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo starrer “It Might Be You” on that same year.

Through the years, she was able to hone her skills and emerged as one of the bankable, multi-talented artists in the local entertainment scene who can act, sing, and dance. Although the top-rater Wildflower was her last teleserye project, we can still catch her regularly on ASAP.

Arci Muñoz

This rocker chick rose to fame through a reality talent search in 2005. In her transfer to the Kapamilya network, she became a part of the Filipino adaptation of the hit teleserye Pasion de Amor as one of the female leads.

The 29-year-old actress-singer co-headlined Magpahanggang Wakas alongside Jericho Rosales and joined the celebrity talent program I Can Do That as one of the contestants. She also appeared in Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin last year and starred in the recently-concluded Since I Found You opposite Piolo Pascual. She is the Guest Celebrity VJ of the music channel MYX for the month of August.

Kim Chiu

Fresh from her Pinoy Big Brother victory in 2006, the Chinita Princess starred in a number of Your Song and LoveSpell books before notching her first-ever lead role in Sana Maulit Muli alongside concurrent loveteam partner Gerald Anderson.

She reunited with him last year through the daytime drama Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin. While there's no teleserye lined up for her yet, her appearances in ASAP and It's Showtime delight her fans.

Kathryn Bernardo

From playing the remarkable kikay kiddo and love interest of the young hero in Super Inggo, she has emerged into one of the most sought-after and talented leading ladies of her generation. The Teen Queen who later became the Queen Of Hearts already headlined strings of successful teleseryes and films, including the primetime action-fantaserye La Luna Sangre, alongside perennial partner Daniel Padilla.

Jane Oineza

Unbeknownst to us, the 21-year-old actress started her showbiz career at a tender age of 4 through the classic Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan. Her incredible talent was discovered and paved her way to score more roles portraying the young versions of female protagonist in various TV series and in Maalaala Mo Kaya and being a mainstay in the kiddie comedy show Goin’ Bulilit.

The afternoon soap opera Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita was her first-ever starring role. She now plays the antagonistic role of Amber in the afternoon series Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi.

Loisa Andalio

Also a product of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother, her captivating charm and impressive talent helped her win a lot of hearts. She immediately landed a leading role in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita shortly after her PBB stint and appeared in various programs ever since.

The 19-year-old multitalented artist starred in the primetime series The Good Son and Wansapanataym Presents Gelli in a Bottle.

Alex Gonzaga

The 30-year-old host-actress proves that she can make a name for herself in the industry and shy away from the shadow of her Ate Toni Gonzaga. We first saw her as a happy-go-lucky student Alex (where she got her screen name) in the youth-oriented program Let’s Go in 2007 and its fourth season Gokada Go!.

In her return to ABS-CBN in 2013, her career as a host, actress, singer, and book author flourished. She already hosted a bunch of reality shows and is now one of the enthusiastic Sing-vestigators of the music mystery game show I Can See Your Voice. She doesn't only amuses us with her television stints, but through her video blogs uploaded on her very own YouTube channel.

Alexa Ilacad

Another product of Goin’ Bulilit, the 17-year-old actress lent her impressive acting prowess in Maalaala Mo Kaya where she frequently appears since 2011. From being an adorable child star, she bloomed into a versatile performer as a singer and actress. The last TV role she took on was the gumptious Justine Asuncion in the primetime series The Good Son.

Erich Gonzales

From the frail barrio lass she was during her Star Circle Quest and early teleserye gigs, such as Mga Anghel na Walang Langit and Sana Maulit Muli, she has now blossomed into a fierce and bold woman and actress as seen in her current television project The Blood Sisters.

Bea Alonzo

Throughout her 16 years in the business, she is now indeed far from the Bea we saw in her early TV projects namely K2BüKay Tagal Kang Hinintay, and It Might Be You, specifically in the talent department. She didn’t fail to amaze everyone with her surprising chemistry with seasoned actor Ian Veneracion in the defunct series A Love To Last.

Kiray Celis

Presumably, many of us do not know that Kiray kicked off her showbiz career at the age of 4 when she participated in Magandang Tanghali Bayan’s Munting Miss U pageant and eventually became the youngest member of the noontime show. But it was after six years that she rose to stardom when she became a mainstay in the comedy program Goin’ Bulilit.

We’re able to catch her beauty in the daytime series Sana Dalawa ang Puso as the domineering superior of Mona (Jodi Sta. Maria), Anya in the early part of the series.

Sharlene San Pedro

We surely admired her because of her irresistible cuteness and amazing versatility since we first saw her in Star Circle Kid Quest Season 1. Thus, it’s not surprising that she became one of the most in-demand child stars of her generation and appeared in several programs since 2004. Who could forget her adorable appearances in Goin’ Bulilit, Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, Calla Lily, and Princess Sarah?

She might grew up to be a gorgeous lady, but her talent continues to bloom. Aside from gracing Maalaala Mo Kaya and other Kapamilya programs, she is now one of the VJs of the music channel MYX. 

Miles Ocampo

Like her best friend Sharlene, she is also frequently tapped to portray significant roles in MMK since she started in showbiz and became one of the regulars in Goin’ Bulilit. But did you know that her first appearances were in Krystala and Mangarap Ka?

The 21-year-old actress currently juggles her time between being a Theater Arts student and starring in Home Sweetie Home and Sana Dalawa ang Puso.

Nadine Lustre

The multi-faceted celebrity and millennial fashion icon rose to stardom as a member of the all-female group Pop Girls and playing supporting roles in several movies. She had her breakout gig through  the 2014 romantic-comedy movie “Diary ng Panget.”

After starring in hit primetime teleseryes such as On The Wings of Love and Till I Met You, she and her loveteam partner and boyfriend James Reid are tapped to co-host It's Showtime and are currently pursuing their respective musical careers.

Julia Barretto

From being the irresistibly charming girl we first saw on TV via the 2006 melodrama Gulong ng Palad, she has emerged as one of the most beautiful and in-demand actresses of her generation. After her notable portrayal in A Love to Last in 2017, she is about to stun us once more with another exciting character, Eva Mapendo, in the upcoming romance drama Ngayon at Kailanman opposite her current loveteam Joshua Garcia.

Liza Soberano

Even before bewitching the world with her ethereal beauty, the 20-year-old actress charmed us with her appearances in several TV shows and in her memorable role in the romantic flick “Must Be...Love” as the third wheel to KathNiel.

Through the years, she has starred in various series and movies, with Bagani as her latest. She was also chosen to be the newest Darna for its highly anticipated movie reboot.