AS A FAN of the original Encantadia series, I was a bit hesitant and skeptical when the network announced a remake after a few years. I told myself, how can they make something even better?
I didn’t know most of the cast members. But as I watched the remake further, I fell in love with the actors and how they interpreted their characters and gave it their own flair. One of which was Gabbi Garcia.
After watching her play the iconic role of Alena, I became a fan. I made sure to watch all her films, series and performances. Why? Because she is so darn talented! Here are some of the things you may not know about Gabbi Garcia.
Gabbi was born as Gabriela Luis Ortega Lopez on December 2, 1998 in Makati City, Philippines.
She had become active in showbusiness in 2014. She first appeared in the television drama romance series My Destiny, playing the supporting role of Nicole Perez alongside Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez and Rhian Ramos. It was in this show that GMA discovered the chemistry between her and first onscreen partner Ruru Madrid.
In the succeeding years, she continued to portray supporting characters in various dramas. In 2015, she was seen in the drama series InstaDad which starred Gabby Eigenmann.
Also in 2015, she landed the lead role in the drama romance comedy television series Let The Love Begin, where she was paired with Ruru Madrid. Their love team proved to be a shit as both actors were again offered the lead roles in the political-drama series Naku Boss Ko! in 2016.
Perhaps among her iconic roles is when she played the role of Sang’gre Alena/Akesha in the 2016 remake of the fantasy series Encantadia. She acted alongside Glaiza de Castro, Kylie Padilla and Sanya Lopez .
Gabbi had been hosting at the start of her career. From 2015 to 2016, she had been a regular host at the afternoon television variety show Wowowin. For four years she has been a co-host and a regular face at the Sunday variety show Sunday Pinasaya. During those years, she also had been a performer and a host for the television variety show Studio 7.
Currently, Gabbi is a regular co-host and a performer at the television variety show All Out Sundays together with Julie Ann San Jose and Alden Richards. Gabbi could also be seen as a regular guest at the longest running noon show Eat Bulaga!.
FILMS AND MUSIC VIDEOS
Although Gabbi has been active in television series and hostings, she never neglected to diversify her career. She has been seen in a couple of films and music videos throughout her career.
Her big screen debut was with the film Laut under BG Productions International in 2016. A year later, she appeared in the romance comedy film Meant to Beh which stars veteran actors Dawn Zulueta and Vic Sotto. Her last film to date was the LSS (Last Song Syndrome) where she starred together with Khalil Ramos.
Gabbi also appeared in two music videos of the popular Filipino group Ben&Ben. In 2019, she appeared in the videos Pagtingin and Araw-Araw.
Although Gabbi had only been active in showbusiness since 2014, she already had numerous accolades under her belt. She won her first award from the 6th Golden TV Screen Awards for the Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by An Actress. In 2016, she won the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award at the 64th FAMAS Awards.
For three years in a row, from 2017 to 2019, she has been bagging different awards from the Inding Indie Film Festival – from the Huwarang Artista ng Kabataan to Pusong Sining for Best TV Personality Excellence Award. For her last films LSS, she has won the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the 7th Urduja Heritage Film Awards.
Gabbi is set to appear in the show Love You Stranger where she worked with her real and reel boyfriend Khalil Ramos. Both actors will work with Carmi Martin, Angellie Sanoy, Alex Medina, Ces Quesada, Bodjie Pascua, Lui Manansala, Tonton Gutierrez, and Pen Medina.
While we wait for the series, the GabLil tandem will appear on the third offering of Regal Studio Presents ‘One Million Comments, Magjo-jowa na ako!‘.
Are you excited for the show to air? I mean Gabbi and Khalil had already been giving us the kilig feels for so long that we don’t know if they are acting or not. For our girl Gabbi, good luck and we wish you all the best in your work!