WHERE ARE THEY NOW: GMA Supershow TV hosts

Gretchen Barretto (left) and Dawn Zulueta (right) were among the hosts of the GMA Supershow. 


A mini-reunion was recently hosted by Dawn Zulueta for the many co-hosts of GMA Supershow by the late starmaker German “Kuya Germs” Moreno.

This got us waxing nostalgic.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) looks back at some of the TV show’s hosts who went on to become household names as actresses and singers.

 
GRETCHEN BARRETTO

Apart from being a GMA Supershow host, Gretchen Barretto was a movie actress. She was able to do several sexy films, and was tagged as one of the "ST Queens" along with Rita Avila, Cristina Gonzales, and Rina Reyes.

Gretchen also served as witness to the controversial 1994 Manila Film Fest scandal.

She was a host of the short-lived late-night talk show, Show & Tell, along with Boy Abunda. She had to leave the show when she got pregnant with her eldest child, Dominique Cojuangco. She then took a hiatus from doing TV assignments and films, except for occasional guest appearances in TV shows.

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In 2010, Gretchen returned to acting via the prime-time series, Magkaribal, alongside Bea Alonzo. She was supposed to top-bill the series with sister Claudine, but the latter transferred to rival network, GMA-7.

Gretchen was also supposed to do the series, Alta, but this project was shelved. Instead, she played a kontrabida in Princess and I. In 2013, she also starred in her first Cinemalaya movie, The Diplomat Hotel.

Gretchen has not done any acting project since then, but she keeps her fans and followers updated via her Instagram account.

Just recently, she was seen having dinner with her sister Claudine, with whom she had a longstanding feud.

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DAWN ZULUETA

After GMA Supershow, Dawn Zulueta did occasional hosting stints in its rival program, ASAP. She also served as a host of the GMA-7 talk show, Startalk, from 1996 to 1997.

In the acting department, Dawn is known for her critically-acclaimed film, Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, where she was paired with Richard Gomez.

One of her most popular roles in television was playing Ynang Reyna in the 2005 fantasy series, Encantadia, in GMA-7.

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In 2012, Dawn did her longest drama series, Walang Hanggan, where she reunited with Richard Gomez.

Because of the show's success, ABS-CBN gave Dawn more teleserye assignments.

Her last drama series was FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, where she was cast as the wife of Rowell Santiago.

Dawn also spearheaded the GMA Supershow reunion.

Now married to husband Congressman Antonio Lagdameo Jr., they have two children: Jacobo Antonio and Ayisha Madlen.

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JEAN GARCIA

Apart from being a host of GMA Supershow, Jean Garcia is also a member of Kuya Germs' That's Entertainment.

She has also established a name in the acting department by doing several movies and TV shows.

However, her most remarkable role came in 2000 when she portrayed Madam Claudia Buenavista in Pangako Sa 'Yo. The series was not only popular in the Philippines, but in other Asian countries as well.

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In 2005, Jean transferred to GMA-7 where she did a mix of bida and kontrabida roles.

Her last project was the recently concluded series, Ika-5 Utos, which ended in February 2018.

Jean is currently gearing up for her next TV assignment, which is a role in the GMA-7 prime-time series, Sahaya.

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JACKIE LOU BLANCO

Prior to GMA Supershow, Jackie Lou Blanco was a host of the noontime variety program, Student Canteen.

She also did several movies where she played kontrabida.

Her biggest kontrabida role was Violeta, the evil aunt of Claudine Barretto in the 1999 drama series, Saan Ka Man Naroroon.

In a recent interview with PEP.ph, Jackie Lou revealed that she actually thought of turning down the role in the ABS-CBN soap.

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After her Saan Ka Man Naroroon stint, Jackie Lou did projects with GMA-7 as bida and kontrabida.

From 2008-2016, she served as Kuya Germs's co-host in Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman.

At present, she appears in the afternoon drama, Inagaw na Bituin, as the mother of Sunshine Dizon and Angelika dela Cruz.

With husband Ricky Davao, Jackie Lou has three children: Kenneth, Rikki Mae, and Arabella.

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ARLENE MUHLACH

Arlene Muhlach focused on acting after her GMA Supershow stint.

Her TV projects were mostly with ABS-CBN for the shows Magkaribal (2010), Walang Hanggan (2012), among many others.

Arlene is now married to Warren Dandoy, and they have two children.

After doing Precious Hearts Romances: Araw Gabi, Arlene is set to be seen in ABS-CBN's upcoming series, SanDugo top-billed by Ejay Falcon and Aljur Abrenica.


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MARICEL LAXA

While hosting GMA Supershow, Maricel Laxa starred in several movies, including the 1992 film Iisa Pa Lamang.

After the variety show ended, Maricel did the film Minsan Lamang Magmamahal and the teleserye Mula sa Puso.

Maricel is married to fellow media personality Anthony Pangilinan. They have five children: Ella, Donny, Hannah, Benjamin, and Solana.

Her last appearance in a television drama was a special role in Kokey @ Ako in 2010.

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Her son, Donny, has also joined show business and is part of the ABS-CBN daytime series, Playhouse.

Maricel keeps a blog called "Mommy Maricel," where she shares motherhood stories.

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MARIZ RICKETTS

Aside from her GMA Supershow stint, Mariz Ricketts is known for her role as Maila Braganza in the drama series, Valiente. Her co-host Jean Garcia was also part of the series.

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Married to Ronnie Ricketts, they also produced some action films together.

Mariz and Ronnie have 2 children: Marella and Raechelle.

She was also able to do GMA-7 shows, including Ikaw Sana (2009), Aso Ni San Roque (2012), and The Millionaire's Wife (2016).

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RACHEL ANNE WOLFE

Before GMA Supershow, Rachel Anne Wolfe joined Binibining Pilipinas in 1984, where she was hailed as Miss Young Pilipinas.

In 2009, Rachel briefly returned to showbiz by becoming a part of Lovers in Paris, starring KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual.

Rachel is now based in New Jersey, USA with her Italian-American husband John Spitaletta.

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They have four sons: Maxwell, Luke, Trevor, and Jake.

While visiting the Philippines, she was able to attend the GMA Supershow reunion.



 

RAYMOND LAUCHENGCO

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Raymond is now married to Mia Rocha, with whom he has 2 children: Natalie Grace and Raymond David.


In 2014, he launched his album titled The Promise. He embarked on his Walking on Sunshine U.S. Tour in 2018.

 

RICHARD REYNOSO


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In 1986, Richard Reynoso co-hosted the variety show Chico-Chica on PTV 4.


He released his album titled Walang Kapantay in 2018.

Richard has two children with wife Maria Reina.

 

CHAD BORJA

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Chad Borja is married to Maria Rafaela. They have two daughters: Gabrielle and Mafy.


They are now based in Davao, although Chad still performs sometimes in Manila shows.




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