Thursday, January 14, 2010

Celestine Cruz Gonzaga (known for her screen name Toni Gonzaga), is a Filipina actress, TV host, singer, recording star, concert performer, commercial model and kagawad. Her parents, Carlito and Crisanta Gonzaga. She has a younger sister named Catherine Gonzaga (also known as Alex Gonzaga), who starred in "Let's Go" and the Philippine remake of My Girl. Toni Gonzaga was baptized during her infancy and later confirmed at a United Methodist Church in her hometown of Taytay, Rizal in the Philippines.
She began participating in various singing competitions at age seven. She took up mass communications at the Dominican College (San Juan), where she studied for two years. Later, she transferred to the AB English program of the Asian Institute for Distance Education (AIDE).
She started in show business at age 13 where she joined a singing contest with Kyla and Faith Cuneta.

She started as a talent of GMA Artist Center and landed small roles and went freelance after four years. While attending high school, Gonzaga actively participated in auditions, competitions and VTR screenings of advertising agencies. At 16, she struggled as a lounge singer in several Philippine hotels and bars at night while attending school during the day. Her agent later informed her of an audition for a local TV commercial for Sprite.

She received offers for guest appearances in various TV shows and earned her regular stint in the GMA sitcom Daddy Di Do Du. TAPE Inc.the show's producing company, offered her to be one of the hosts in the noontime show Eat Bulaga which undoubtedly launched her acting and hosting career. Her biggest break in acting came when she was cast in the primetime series Habang Kapiling Ka along with fellow young stars Richard Gutierrez and Angelika dela Cruz.
Two years later, Toni Gonzaga was tapped to sing "Doon", the theme song of TAPE Inc's afternoon TV drama, "Ikaw sa Puso Ko" which was topbilled by Starstruck finalist, Nadine Samonte and Oyo Boy Sotto. It was aired in GMA Network.She started her career at GMA Network but later decided to leave the network and transfer to other network, ABS-CBN,
While hosting Eat Bulaga, she also co-anchored Wazzup Wazzup on Studio 23, an ABS-CBN UHF Channel.
She transferred to ABS-CBN in May 2005 and after signing with the said network, she became a co-host of Most Requested Show (MRS), with hosts Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez. She was also a part of Entertainment Konek (ETK) with Ogie Diaz. She, then, became one of the hosts of Pinoy Big Brother, along with Willie Revillame and Mariel Rodriguez - which became a nationwide hit.


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