Panganiban is in the center of photo
(1986-11-04) November 4, 1986
Payatas, Quezon City, Philippines
|Agent||Star Magic (1992–present)
Angelica Charlson (born November 4, 1986), professionally known as Angelica Panganiban, is a Filipino film and television actress and comedian.
Panganiban started her career at the age of 6 when she appeared in the TV show, Love Note. Her first regular show was the 90’s youth-oriented variety show, Ang TV on ABS-CBN. She made her first movie role, in Carlo J. Caparas’ Antipolo Massacre. She also starred in films like Separada, Sarah… Ang Munting Prinsesa, Ama, Ina, Anak and earned Best Child Actress awards and nominations in the FAMAS Awards and PMPC Star Awards.
In 2004, Panganiban elevated herself as a mature actress in the movie, Santa Santita and gained Best Actress nominations in the Film Academy of the Philippines or FAP Luna Awards, FAMAS Awards, and ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards. She is also known for her dramatic performances in the movie, A Love Story and television series, Iisa Pa Lamang and Rubi wherein she received Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards and nominations in the Film Academy of the Philippines or FAP Luna Awards, ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards, and PMPC Star Awards. She also starred in horror films like: White Lady, Bulong, and Segunda Mano where she was recognized as Best Supporting Actress in the FAMAS Awards. In 2011, she earned Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) award in the 8th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Movies  and Comedy Actress of the Year award in the 42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation for her role in Here Comes The Bride. She also won several Best Comedy Actress awards and nominations in the ENPRESS Golden Screen and PMPC Star Awards for the gag show, Banana Split.
Panganiban experienced a second peak in her career after starring in the film, That Thing Called Tadhana which earned her commercial and critical success, notably the Best Actress honor from the 2014 Cinema One Originals Film Festival and the 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards. She received an Achievement in Acting nomination in the 2015 Guam International Film Festival for the said movie as well. She was also tapped to portray the iconic role of Madam Claudia Buenavista in the remake of Pangako Sa ’Yo.
Angelica Panganiban was born in Payatas, Quezon City on November 4, 1986. Her biological mother is a Filipina who died in 2008 and was buried in Singapore, while her biological father, Mark David Charlson is an American  from Iowa, United States and a former member of the US Navy. She acquired the surname Panganiban from her adoptive family.
Panganiban finished elementary school in 1999 at St. Vincent School in Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, and high school in 2003 at the same school’s Main campus along West Avenue. She was the Junior-Senior Prom Princess in 2002 and Miss Junior and Senior Prom in 2003. She was also a cheerleader and a Feature Editor in their school newspaper. She attended college at Thames International Business School, majoring in mass communication.
Early work (1992–2003)
As a child star, Panganiban received Best Child Actress awards and nominations because of her outstanding performances in movies. Her notable appearances include: Jenny in the 1995 Maricel Soriano drama movie, Separada where she won two Best Child Actress awards in the FAMAS and PMPC Star Awards; and Becky in the 1995 family-drama film, Sarah… Ang Munting Prinsesa with her friend, Camille Prats in the title role where she received Best Child Actress nominations. She also appeared in a daily drama series, Familia Zaragoza.
As a teen star, Panganiban starred in the youth-oriented show, G-mik in 1999 and she was paired with Carlo Aquino. In 2001, Panganiban played the role of Paula Villamines in the drama series, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka which was topbilled by Judy Ann Santos. In 2002, she portrayed the role, Nicole in another youth-oriented show entitled, Berks along with her love team partner, Carlo Aquino.
Her team up with Carlo Aquino continued. She appeared as the girlfriend of Aquino’s character in the hit comedy film, Ang Tanging Ina topbilled by Ai-Ai de las Alas in 2003. Up until the third installment of Regal Entertainment’s Mano Po, the movie Mano Po III: My Love in 2004, wherein she played as the young Vilma Santos and Aquino as the young Christopher de Leon.
In November 2004, at the age of 18, after portraying several supporting roles, she landed the lead and the title role in the movie, Santa Santita opposite Jericho Rosales. The director of the film, Laurice Guillen and the producer, Tony Gloria of Unitel Pictures requested Johnny Manahan of ABS-CBN Talent Center to audition his talents for the role. “We auditioned 30 of them,” Guillen said. “Some of them had played supporting roles in films already. But we couldn’t find what we were looking for among them. Then one day, Angelica Panganiban came to audition. And we found in her the actress we wanted.” Her performance in that film earned her three Best Actress nominations in the FAMAS, FAP Luna, and ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards. Eventually in the same year, she played a lead role in the soap opera, Mangarap Ka with Piolo Pascual. In 2005, she starred in drama series, Vietnam Rose with Maricel Soriano.
During 2006, she appeared regularly in Your Song, Komiks, and Love Spell; she also topbilled the horror suspense film, White Lady. In 2007, she starred in a fantasy series, Rounin and played the role of Aura. In the same year, Panganiban appeared in the film, A Love Story with Aga Muhlach and Maricel Soriano from which she earned her first Best Supporting Actress trophy in the FAP Luna Awards. She also appeared in Judy Ann Santos‘ romantic soap opera, Ysabella as a guest character, and in December 2007, she played Lena in Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik with Derek Ramsay, Toni Gonzaga, and the original cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby, and Anne Curtis. She became a full-fledged adult dramatic actress in the 2008 primetime drama series, Iisa Pa Lamang with Claudine Barretto. That series made her the Villain of the Year in the 1st Supreme to the Extreme Awards (Philippine Star), and she earned Best Drama Actress nomination in the 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television.
In October 2008, Panganiban pioneered a comedy gag show, Banana Split in ABS-CBN. The show also featured Valerie Concepcion, Roxanne Guinoo, Dianne Medina, and Cristine Reyes. She’s the only one who remained from the original cast when the show started its second season in 2009 up to the present.
In February 2009, Panganiban appeared in an episode of Your Song with Derek Ramsay, and in mid-2009 she filmed her television series, Rubi which was based on the 2004 Mexican telenovela Rubí and the pilot episode aired in February 2010. She was joined by Diether Ocampo, Shaina Magdayao, and Jake Cuenca. Panganiban received Best Actress in a Daily Soap Opera award in the 7th USTv Students’ Choice Awards through that series. Later that year, she also starred in the drama/romance movie, I Love You, Goodbye with her then boyfriend Derek Ramsay. This was rated the Second Best Picture in the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival and made her a box-office favorite after it won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Story and Best Director. Panganiban was nominated for Best Festival Actress. In the same year, she also received Best Comedy Actress nomination in the PMPC Star Awards for Television through Banana Split.
The following year, Panganiban starred in Here Comes The Bride, a 2010 comedy film with Eugene Domingo, Tuesday Vargas, Jaime Fabregas, Tom Rodriguez, and John Lapus. The movie gained positive reviews from viewers and critics and enjoyed box office success. Panganiban won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) award in the 8th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Movies. Because of this film, Panganiban was hailed as the Comedy Actress of the Year in the 42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. She also won as the Best Comedy Actress through Banana Split in the 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television.
Panganiban topbilled a horror-comedy film, Bulong together with Vhong Navarro in February 2011. It was Star Cinema’s opening salvo for that year and was directed by Chito Rono. She also consistently demonstrated her comedic antics onscreen through Banana Split as she earned another Best Comedy Actress nomination in the 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television, and won the Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Gag or Comedy Program award in the ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards.
Panganiban proved her versatility when she received her second Best Supporting Actress award through the horror suspense film, Segunda Mano in the 60th FAMAS Awards. The movie also starred Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes. It was an official entry in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival of Star Cinema with the AgostoDos Pictures, and MJM Productions.
In 2012, Panganiban starred in four different films: Every Breath U Take, a romantic comedy film opposite fellow Star Magic artist, Piolo Pascual; Madaling Araw Mahabang Gabi, an Indie film that was written and directed by friend, Dante Nico Garcia; 24/7 in Love, a romantic comedy film that starred an ensemble cast of selected Star Magic talents in celebration of its 20th year anniversary; and the romantic drama film, One More Try which was an official entry in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival by Star Cinema, with Dingdong Dantes, Zanjoe Marudo, and Angel Locsin.
Recent roles (2013–16)
The year 2013 is Panganiban’s late night TV domination doing both drama and comedy. February 11, 2013 marked her comeback in Philippine Primetime via television drama, Apoy Sa Dagat alongside Piolo Pascual and Diether Ocampo. It was Panganiban’s first time to play a dual role in the series and first in the history of Philippine TV to have billed the lead star twice. Also, aside from her weekend Banana Split, a version of the gag show entitled, Banana Nite aired at weeknights after Bandila which she topbilled together with fellow Banana Split stars: John Prats, Zanjoe Marudo, Jason Gainza, Pooh, Melai Cantiveros, Badjie Mortiz, Ryan Bang, Sunshine Garcia, Aiko Climaco with Alex Gonzaga, Boom Labrusca, Kim de Guzman, Jef Gaitan, and Kean Cipriano as additions.
In 2014, Panganiban topbilled a comedy-satire film, Beauty in a Bottle with Angeline Quinto and Assunta de Rossi. She also starred in a romantic comedy film entitled That Thing Called Tadhana opposite JM De Guzman. This was one of the entries in the 2014 Cinema One Originals Film Festival where Panganiban was hailed as Best Actress for two consecutive years. She also received an Achievement in Acting nomination in the 2015 Guam International Film Festival for her exceptional performance as Mace Castillo in the said movie.
Panganiban played the iconic character of Madam Claudia Buenavista, originally portrayed by Jean Garcia, in the 2015 remake of Pangako Sa ’Yo. The show was also topbilled by Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Ian Veneracion, and Jodi Sta. Maria.
In the late 2015, as Banana Nite ended its two-year run, her gag show, Banana Split which celebrated its 7th Anniversary was renamed into Banana Sundae and took a new timeslot. Additions to the group were: JC De Vera, Jessy Mendiola, Jobert Austria, and Pokwang.
Continuously showcasing her versatility in acting, Panganiban garnered Best Drama Actress and Best Comedy Actress nominations in the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television for Pangako Sa ’Yo and Banana Split, respectively.
In a tell-all interview with The Buzz, Panganiban disclosed that her biological mother died in 2008 and was interred in Singapore. She added that she did everything to find her biological father, Mark Charlson, who she said did not try to find her because he had thought that she and her mother had died in a car accident. In November 2010, she was reunited with Charlson in Los Angeles, California after 24 years apart, when ABS-CBN gave her a week-long break from work.
|1995–97||Ang TV||Herself — Various roles||Third season batch|
|1995-96||Familia Zaragoza||Angelica Lagrimas|||
|1999-2002||G-mik||Angelica “Jelai” Rivera|
|2001–03||Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka||Abby De Guzman|
|2003||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Julie Vega||Episode: “Unan”|
|2005–06||Vietnam Rose||Đoàn Đăng Thiên Tín|
|2006||Komiks||Lorelei||Episode: “Si Piolo At Si Lorelei”|
|2006||Star Magic Presents||Belle||Episode: “Deal or No Deal”|
|2006||Star Magic Presents||Angel||Episode: “The Sweetest Victory”|
|2006||Love Spell||Princess||Episode: “Home Switch Home”|
|2007||Love Spell||Wena||Episode: “My Soulfone”|
|2007–08||Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik||Maria Elena “Lena” Rubio Madrigal||Main antagonist|
|2007||Your Song||Ria||Episode: “I’ll Take Care Of You”|
|2008||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Inday||Episode: “Isda”|
|2008||Iisa Pa Lamang||Scarlet Dela Rhea-Castillejos||Main Cast / Antagonist|||
|2008–present||Banana Sundae||Herself — Various roles|
|2009||Your Song||Tammy||Episode: “Feb-Ibig – Open Arms”|
|2010||Rubi||Rubi Perez-Ferrer / Theresa Dela Fuente||Bida-kontrabida(Villainous protagonist)|||
|2011||100 Days to Heaven||Claire||Main antagonist|
|2013||Apoy Sa Dagat||Rosanna “Serena Mirasol” del Sol / Rebecca del Sol||Main antagonist and protagonistDual role|||
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Susan||Episode: “Lipstick”|
|2015–16||Pangako Sa ‘Yo||Madam Claudia Salameda-Buenavista / Greta Barcial||Main antagonist|||
|2016||Ang Probinsyano||Marta Maglipon / Jade Blanco||Minor antagonist|
|2017||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Teenage Karla Estrada||Episode: “Autograph”|
|2017||Ipaglaban Mo!||Claire Martinez||Episode: “Bugbog”|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Movie Supporting Actress of the Year||Whistleblower||33rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|Best Actress||The Unmarried Wife||65th FAMAS Awards||Won|
|Most Influential Film Actress of the Year||7th EdukCircle Awards||Won|
|Best Actress||19th Gawad Pasado Awards||Nominated|
|Best Actress Of The Year||Gawad Bedista Award||Won|
|2016||Best Actress||That Thing Called Tadhana||34th Luna Awards||Nominated|
|2015||Achievement in Acting ||Guam International Film Festival||Nominated|
|Best Actress||38th Gawad Urian Awards||Nominated|
|17th Gawad Pasado Awards||Nominated|
|13th Gawad Tanglaw||Won|
|2014||2014 Cinema One Originals Film Festival||Won|
|2013||Ang Alamat ni China Doll||2013 Cinema One Originals Film Festival||Won|
|Every Breath U Take||31st Luna Awards||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Drama)||One More Try||10th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|Best Actress ||61st FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
|Film Actress of the Year||44th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards||Won|
|Best Actress||29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|2012||38th Metro Manila Film Festival||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Segunda Mano||60th FAMAS Awards||Won|
|Movie Supporting Actress of the Year||PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|2011||Comedy Actress of the Year||Here Comes The Bride||42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards||Won|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Musical or Comedy)||8th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Movies||Won|
|Best Film Actress||Gawad Genio Awards||Nominated|
|2010||Best Actress||I Love You, Goodbye||58th FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
|12th Gawad Pasado Awards||Nominated|
|Movie Actress of the Year||26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|2009||Best Actress||35th Metro Manila Film Festival||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||A Love Story||26th Luna Awards||Won|
|2008||ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards||Nominated|
|Best Film Supporting Actress||Gawad Genio||Nominated|
|2005||Best Actress||Santa Santita||FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
|ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards||Nominated|
|1998||Best Child Actress||Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin||FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
|1997||Ama, Ina, Anak||Nominated|
|PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Won|
|1996||Sarah… Ang Munting Prinsesa||FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
|PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Won|
|2017||Best Comedy Actress for Television||Banana Sundae||Alta Media Icon Awards||Won|
|Best TV Actress for a Comedy Program||25th KBP Golden Dove Awards||Won|
|Comedy Actress of the Year||48th Box Office Entertainment Awards||Won|
|2016||Best Comedy Actress||30th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|Comedy Actress of the Year||PEP List Awards 2016||Won|
|2015||Best Drama Actress||Pangako Sa ‘Yo||29th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Actress||Banana Split||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Gag or Comedy Program)||6th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Won|
|2014||5th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Actress||28th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|2013||27th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Gag or Comedy Program) ||4th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Won|
|2012||Best Comedy Actress||26th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|2011||Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Gag or Comedy Program) ||2nd ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Won|
|Best Actress in a Daily Soap Opera||Rubi||7th USTv Students’ Choice Awards||Won|
|Best Comedy Actress||Banana Split||25th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|2010||Best Drama Actress||Rubi||24th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Actress||Banana Split||Won|
|2009||Best Drama Actress||Iisa Pa Lamang||23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Actress||Banana Split||Nominated|
|2008||Villain of the Year||Iisa Pa Lamang ||1st Supreme to the Extreme Awards (Philippine Star)||Won|
Special awards and recognitions
|2015||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation||Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2009||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation||Promising Female Box Office Star for Movies & TV|
|2006||ASAP Pop Viewers’ Choice Awards||Pop Cover Girl|
|1997||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation||Most Popular Child Star|
|2015||FHM Philippines||Philippines 100 Sexiest Women||Rank #33|
|Maxim Hot 100||Hottest 100 Women||Rank #6|
|FHM Philippines||Philippines 100 Sexiest Women||Rank #4|