Angelica David Panganiban is a Filipina-American actress, model, TV host and comedienne. Angelica Charlson 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 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.
Panganiban started her career at the age of 6 when she appeared in the TV show, Love Note. Her first regular show was the 1990s 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.
For a long time, Panganiban played teeny-bopper roles in G-mik and Berks.
In 2004, Panganibn 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.
At the young age of 28, Panganiban was bestowed with the Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation for her remarkable contributions in comedy. On July 17, 2020, it was announced that Panganiban is joining the series on the upcoming Kapamilya Channel’s Walang Hanggang Paalam, after Julia Montes and Nadine Lustre are backed out.
She also announced that Walang Hanggang Paalam will be her last drama show as she will retire from teleseryes but clarified that she would not leave ABS-CBN and acting altogether.
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