Angel Locsin was born as Angelica Colmenares; on April 23, 1985 in Bulacan, Philippines, is a Filipina television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer.
She starred in the fantasy-themed television series Mulawin in 2004. Soon after, she starred as the superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo comics. When her contract expired on March 2007, Locsin did not renew her contract with GMA Network and signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.
Her first project under ABS-CBN was the television series Lobo. Locsin starred in her first box office movie under Star Cinema, Love Me Again, directed by Rory Quintos. In 2012, she starred in the film ÜnOfficially Yours which became her highest grossing film to date.
Her parents separated when she was 14 years old and she has since lived with her father, Angelo Colmenares.
Locsin had her elementary education in St. James College, Quezon City and finished high school at the University of Santo Tomas High School, Manila. In August 2007 she attended a short-course for fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Locsin, despite being of Christian faith, is part of a Muslim Royal Family in Marawi City in the province of Lanao de Sur through her mother. Reports also said that Locsin’s maternal grandfather is one of the 15 sultanates in Lanao del Sur.
Locsin was discovered by a talent scout when she was shopping at SM City North EDSA in Quezon City. She then auditioned for several commercials. She was supposed to be a part of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 9, but failed to sign a contract because her father opposed the idea. In 2001, she became a contract star of GMA Artist Center, first appearing on the second season of teen-oriented series,Click. Locsin was also included in the cast of Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin. In 2004, she starred in All Together Now.
On August 2, 2004, Locsin starred in Mulawin, where she portrayed “Alwina”. The show ended on March 18, 2005.
After Mulawin, Locsin played the title role (“Darna”) in the fantasy television series Ravelo’s Darna. Since then, she has worked in TV commercials and endorsements, as well as film projects.
From March through September 2006, Locsin starred in another fantasy television series, Majika. She played the role of Sabina. In 2007, Locsin starred in Asian Treasures. It was the first Philippine TV series that was shot in multiple countries such as Mongolia, Thailand and China. It aired on January 15, 2007 and ended June 29, 2007.
On August 11, 2007, Locsin signed a two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.
On January 28, 2008, Locsin launched her first drama series (teleserye) in ABS-CBN entitled Lobo. It premiered with a rating of 27.7% while its highest rating was 33.4%. The series ended on July 11, 2008.
In 2009, Locsin starred in the top-rated TV series, Only You, a Philippine remake of the Korean drama of the same title aired by SBS (South Korea) in 2005. She stars with Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo, directed by Rory Quintos which aired last April 27, 2009 at ABS-CBN Primetime.
In 2010, she starred in Imortal, the continuation of Lobo which was directed by Chito S. Roño.
In 2011, she became a guest star in the comedy sitcom, Toda Max. However, her guesting eventually turned into a regular stint.
Locsin first starred in films such as Ping Lacson Supercop, Mano Po 2, Kuya and Singles. In 2004, Locsin starred in the films Mano Po 3 and Sigaw which both included in 31st Metro Manila Film Festival.
In 2005, GMA Films released the film, Let the Love Begin starring Locsin with Richard Gutierrez, Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras, directed by Mac Alejandre. It grossed PHP 82 million at the box office. She also reprised her role as Alwina in Mulawin: The Movie with Richard Gutierrez. In early 2006, Locsin starred her second valentine movie film with GMA Films, I Will Always Love You with Richard Gutierrez and directed by Mac Alejandre. She starred the Filipino horror film, TxT and in 2006′s Metro Manila Film Festival offering, Mano Po 5.
In early 2007, Locsin also reunited with Richard Gutierrez in The Promise where their roles were considered more mature than their last film. This was her last film with GMA Films before she signed a contract with Star Cinema.
Locsin had also produced her own film entitled Angels, which was shown in theaters on April 12, 2007.
In 2009, Locsin starred in her first movie under Star Cinema, Love Me Again The film was shot in Impasug-ong and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Other scenes were also shot in Darwin, Australia. The film premiered on January 15, 2009.
On April 23, 2007, Locsin celebrated her birthday with GABRIELA Foundation, an NGO that supports women and children. On April 20, 2008, Locsin organized a gift-giving to the less fortunate children in Payatas, Quezon City and gave poor children food, clothing and other basic needs. It was her birthday gift supported by her sponsors.