Lovely Abella: From dakilang extra to dancer-comedienne

by Maris So
Apr 30, 2019
Lovely Abella (middle) is a cast member of Hello, Love, Goodbye, which is top-billed by Kathryn Bernardo (L) and Alden Richards (R). Their shoot location is Hong Kong, where Daniel Padilla (3rd from L)) recently gave Kathryn a surprise visit.
PHOTO/S: @lovelyabella_ on Instagram

Netizens are jealous of Lovely Abella.

Her Instagram feed chronicles the goals that she has so far achieved.

At the age of 32, she is a proud owner of a two-story house, where a sedan sits in the garage.

Posting a photo of her property, she wrote: "Our new home.”

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Among the first to congratulate her was Alden Richards, who remarked, "Masaya ako pa sa ‘yo Ga."

Ga is Ilonggo's shortened term for Pangga or someone you love.

Other celebrities who were happy about Ga's latest investment: Sanya Lopez, Chariz Solomon, Adrian Alandy, Dianne Medina, and Jopay Paguia Zamora, to name a few.

Indeed, the "dakilang extra," whose first stint in showbiz was as a "prankster" in the defunct Kapuso show Bitoy’s Funniest Videos, has come a long way.

She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a previous interview, "Dati po, pila lang ako nang pila kung saan-saan para maging artista. Raket-raket po, hanggang sa kahit papaano po ay may regular na inaasahan."

She became famous as one of Willie Revillame’s dancers in ABS-CBN’s Wowowee and TV5’s Wil Time Big Time, where she was promoted as a co-host, and Wowowillie, where she became a mainstay.

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"Ano po talaga ako, yung tipong chance ko na ito kaya ginagalingan ko."

But her biggest break was "nung nakuha po ako sa Sunday Pinasaya."

What did she do during her audition?

Smiling, she recalled, "Sumayaw ako habang nag-i-Ilongga, natuwa naman sila.

"Mula po nun, nagkaroon pa ako ng ibang projects, pati movies. Kumbaga po, hindi naman nawawalan. Laking pasasalamat ko po."

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Who is Lovely Abella's boyfriend?

Lovely Abella has been in a five-year relationship with boyfriend Benj Manalo, whom she calls her "helpmate."

She is his “forever” and “favorite person.”

But what the dancer-host appreciates about the son of Jose Manalo is his compassion toward her Mamang, the grandma who raised Lovely.

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In 2016, she said, "…ako ang nag-aalaga sa kanya, kasama namin siya ni Benj sa bahay."

The two-story house is their latest project together.

Who are famous friends of Lovely?

Her Instagram feed features the stars she gets to hang out with.

There’s Alden—who is also part of Sunday PinaSaya, and got to work with Lovely in the 2016 film he top-billed with Maine Mendoza, the Imagine You and Me.

Recently, the two were workout buddies in Hong Kong, the shoot location for Star Cinema's upcoming film Hello, Love, Goodbye.

Lovely wrote, "Kagabi nag-decide kami pareho na magwo-workout kami pagkatapos ng work namin, naghanap kami ng 24 hrs. na gym at sobrang layo 20 mins. Away sa hotel namin, pero lumaban pa din kami. Good job sa ‘tin Ga, @aldenrichards02"

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On April 21, she had a chummy photo with Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Beranrdo, aka KathNiel, also in Hong Kong. The latter is Alden's leading lady in the movie.

Aside from Kathryn, she gained new Kapamilya friends—Kakai Bautista, Maymay Entrata, and Edward Barber.

She wrote, "Thank you sa friendship na nabuo natin dito sa HONG KONG, Im praying na hindi matatapos lahat dito dahil simula pa lang to ng pagsasamahan pa natin ng matagal,sa ilang araw nating nagtatawanan, biruan, lokohan at kung ano ano pa. isa lang masasabi ko MAHAL KO KAYO.. #hellolovegoodbye"

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On the love team of Maymay and Edward, otherwise known as MayWard, she exclaimed, “Sarap ma-in love.”

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Meanwhile, her Kapuso BFFs are Valeen Montenegro and Chariz Solomon. The three ladies call themselves “ValeenChaGa.”

In another post, Lovely wrote, "True friends are like Diamonds- Bright,Beautiful,Valuable and always in STYLE"

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They like holding pictorials.

Lovely’s caption for this was, "Good FRIENDS are HARD to find, HARDER to leave and IMPOSSIBLE to forget.. love you two!!!! @chariz_solomon @valeentawak #valeenchaga #friendshipgoals”

Her social-media followers also consider Lovely as "#BodyGoals," and she is "all-natural" from head to toe.

But she doesn’t mind undergoing breast enhancement.

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She told The Philippine Star during her press con as the cover girl of FHM Philippines in April 2018, “Gusto ko lang magpadagdag ng konting dibdib. Sa tingin ko wala namang mali du’n kung ikakaganda naman ‘di ba? Pero sa ngayon, okay pa naman, kumikita pa naman ako sa ganitong [katawan] kaya ilalaban ko muna ‘to!”

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Lovely likes working out, and sometimes watches her food intake when she needs to be bare her tummy.

"Nung nag-FHM po ako, nag-fasting ako 'tapos steamed lang lahat like camote and chicken.

"Talagang kinakarir ko kung kinakailangan po. Enjoy ko po asi yung nasusuot ko yung gusto kong isuot na damit."

What is Lovely’s favorite role?

She has done a lot of “walang kaarte-arte at kakiyeme-kiyemeng" roles, but her most favorite is being the real-life mom of an 11-year-old girl named Crisha Kaye, who, just like Lovely, is a good dancer.

This was taken in March, after Crisha’s dance group won the Hiphop 2019 National Championship.

Lovely wrote, "We’re so proud of you anak, Congratulations sa lahat ng achievements na binibigay mo samin, sa lahat ng pagod mo hindi lang sa training, kundi ang pagsabayin pati pag aaral mo. Pacensiya na kanina di ako nakaabot pero kasama kayo sa prayers ko, yung kaba ko bago mag-show kasi alam kung yun din ang nararamdaman mo.

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"Good job nak and sa buong Danssa Jr. Congrats for being Champion All girls Junior Hiphop 2019 National dance Championship…

"Good job lalo na sa lahat ng coaches and sa mommies congrats po…"

And seeing that her daughter is a growing up to be a good girl is an achievement for the Sunday PinaSaya mainstay.

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In one of her posts, she told Crisha, "…Nak, I’m so proud of you sa lahat ng achievements mo, sa pagiging mabuti mong anak,kaibigan at pakikipag kapwa tao.. marunong ka ng magpasalamat kay LORD sa lahat ng meron ka at makuntento kung ano lang ang nasa harapan mo.. salamat dahil lumalaki kang mabait na bata.. tandaan mo im always here for you.. Im working hard para sayo anak and thank you kasi naiintindhan mo.. wish you goodhealth,and wish ko lahat ng wish mo matupad.. mahal na mahal kita."

Does Lovely have a success formula?

"Ay wala naman pong parang ganyan,” she told PEP.ph.

"Maging desidido ka lang, i-enjoy yung ginagawa, at maging thankful parati. Hindi po talaga ako natatapos diyan. Salamat sa mga blessings.”

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Lovely Abella (middle) is a cast member of Hello, Love, Goodbye, which is top-billed by Kathryn Bernardo (L) and Alden Richards (R). Their shoot location is Hong Kong, where Daniel Padilla (3rd from L)) recently gave Kathryn a surprise visit.
PHOTO/S: @lovelyabella_ on Instagram
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