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Toni Gonzaga: a household name, a meme, and more!

by Michelle Licup
Feb 18, 2022
Toni Gonzaga
After more than 20 years in showbiz, Toni Gonzaga-Soriano has established herself as a successful multimedia artist.
PHOTO/S: @celestinegonzaga on Instagram

"I love you, Pioloooo!!!!"

This famous line from a popular soda advertisement in the early 2000s did not only reinforce the hunk status of Piolo Pascual, but also opened doors for the girl who said it.

The antipatika turned faney charmed everyone, and that was how Toni Gonzaga became a household name.

It also led her to Pinoy Big Brother House, which she hosted for 16 years.

In February 2022, Toni left Bahay ni Kuya after receiving a backlash for publicly supporting political candidate Rodante Marcoleta, who was one of the key people who strongly moved to shut down ABS-CBN by denying its franchise.

There were speculations as well about her supposed transfer to Manny Villar's media company, Advanced Media Broadcasting System Inc. (AMBS), which recently acquired ABS-CBN's frequencies.

There's no official statement yet from Toni.

In the meantime, here's a look back at the highlights of her career as comemrcial model, singer, host, and actress.

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Television and MOVIE career

Toni Gonzaga as PBB main host

In 1997, a 13-year-old Toni joined Metropop Star Search, a singing competition in GMA-7. However, she lost to winner Jonard Yanzon. Among her batchmates were Faith Cuneta and Kyla, who placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

After Metropop Star Search, Toni became a talent of GMA Artist Center where she used the name Tin-tin Gonzaga. She became a mainstay in Bubble Gang until 1999.

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This was four years before she starred in the 2001 commercial with Piolo.

Fast forward to 2002, after her line in the commercial became a catchphrase, she was tapped to become one of the hosts of the longest-running noontime show Eat Bulaga!.

She also became a regular cast member of the network's teleserye Habang Kapiling Ka, which starred Angelika dela Cruz, Railey Valeroso, Chynna Ortaleza, and Richard Gutierrez.

In 2004, Toni became a host of Wazzup, Wazzup, a comedy-news program in Studio 23, together with Vhong Navarro and Archie Alemania.

Toni got her biggest break when she transferred to ABS-CBN in 2005.

She was chosen as the main host of the popular reality show Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), which she hosted for 16 years.

In the same year, Toni also joined the Sunday musical variety show ASAP, and took on her very first lead role in a movie titled D' Anothers, where she was paired with Vhong Navarro.

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The following year, she bagged her first lead role in a TV series when she played the female lead opposite Luis Manzano in Crazy For You.

She also starred in the movie You Are The One, this time with Sam Milby. She was hailed the Princess of Philippine Movies by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation, Inc. (GMMSF) for the box-office success of this film.

Toni went on to star in several blockbuster films.

Starting Over Again (2014) was considered the highest-grossing non-MMFF movie of the year, with a whopping PHP579 million (approximately USD 11.5 million) revenue. You're My Boss (2015) earned PHP250 million in the box-office (approximately USD 5 million), while This Guy's In Love With You Mare (2012) earned PHP 249 million (approximately USD 4.9 million). All figueres were released by Star Cinema.

Here are the rest of Toni's filmography, as well as the awards and accolades she had received:

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You Got Me! (2007)

My Big Love (2008)

My Only You (2008)

Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round (2009)

A Journey Home (2009)

My Amnesia Girl (2010) - awarded 2011 Princess of Philippine Movies by GMMSF

Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi (2011)

This Guy's in Love with U Mare! (2012) - awarded 2013 Princess of Philippine Movies by GMMSF

Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013) - Gawad Pasado's Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres

Starting Over Again (2014) - 2015 GMMSF Box-Office Queen, 2015 FAMAS Best Actress

You're My Boss (2015)

Last Night (2017) - 2018 Platinum Stallion Media Awards Best Film Actress

Mary, Marry Me (2018)

The Exorsis (2021)

Meanwhile, these are Toni's other notable appearances on television:

Pinoy Dream Academy (2006-2008) - main host

Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik (2007)

Entertainment Live (2007-2010) - main host

Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Ang Lalaking Nagmahal Sa Akin (2009)

Kokey @ Ako (2010)

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The Buzz (2010-2015) - main host

Happy Yipee Yehey! (2011-2012) - main host

The Voice of the Philippines (2013-2015) - main host

Home Sweetie Home (2014-2020)

The Voice Teens (2017) - main host

Pilipinas Got Talent (2018) - main host

The Voice Kids (2019) - main host

Singing career

Toni Gonzaga in My Love Story album tour

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As a singer, Toni has recorded a total of 8 albums.

Her very first album titled Toni Gonzaga was released in July 2002 under Prime Records. However, due to lack of promotions, it did not garner much attention.

Her subsequent albums would all be under Star Records:

Toni: You Complete Me (2006)

Popular song: "We Belong"

Falling in Love (2007)

Popular song: "Catch Me, I'm Fallin'"

Love Is… (2008)

Popular song: "One Hello"

Love Duets (2009)

Popular singles: "If Ever You're in My Arms Again"

All Me (2010)

Popular song: "Can't Help Myself"

Celestine (2014) - 7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Album of the Year

Popular song: "Kahit Na"

My Love Story (2015)

Popular song: "Baby Now That I've Found You"

Vlogging career

Toni G holding gold and silver Youtube plaques

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Toni started her vlogging career on YouTube.

Her channel "is not about what I do for a living, this is all about me living my best life now."

That was what she said in her first vlog, titled "On My Birthday," which was posted on January 20, 2019, her 38th birthday.

To date, she has 5.04 million subscribers on YouTube.

Her most popular vlog so far (based on number of views): Her interview with presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (BBM).

The video garnered 13 million views as well as criticisms for her choice of questions.

Her other most-viewed videos: "Why Herlene 'Hipon' Girl Is Back To Zero," "What Mommy Pinty Never Wants To Talk About," "What Alex Discovered About Mikee After Their Wedding," and "What Made My Sister Cry."

Meanwhile, her vlog "A Friendly Reminder," which was a one-minute video that thanked the political candidates who accommodated Toni's request for a sit-down interview, got the lowest views (125k views). The video also encouraged viewers to register and vote in the May 2022 elections.

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After more than 20 years in showbiz, Toni Gonzaga-Soriano has established herself as a successful multimedia artist.
PHOTO/S: @celestinegonzaga on Instagram
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