Angelika dela Cruz

Maria Lourdes Egger Dela Cruz, better known by her screen name Angelika Dela Cruz (born October 29, 1981), is a Filipina actress and singer of Italian-Austrian-Filipino descent. She started her career in 1995, and has since appeared in a lot of television shows and movies, mostly with ABS-CBN, and has recorded a couple of albums as well.

Angelika Dela Cruz was born of a Filipino father and an Italian-Austrian mother. She is 5 feet and 1.5 inches tall and has dark brown hair and eyes. She has a younger sister, Mika, who is now a child star, and two brothers, Edward and Erick, the former being the lead singer for the boy band "Freshmen". She currently resides in Malabon, Metro Manila. She used to be the girlfriend of fellow actors Jericho Rosales, Victor Neri and the late Miko Sotto. She is currently dating a non-showbiz man named Orion. Angelika is also the owner of Starz Bar and restaurant.

Early success
Angelika Dela Cruz started her career in 1995. She became part of the movie Nights of Serafina which made her win the 1997 New Best Actress of the Year award. After that, ABS-CBN spotted her and she became part of the noon-time soap opera Mara Clara. Angelika, whose main passion is singing, made two albums under BMG Records and one album under Imperial Records, which succeeded in selling her album in Japan. Though she really wanted to be a singer, Angelika found more success in the field of acting. After her stint in Mara Clara, she was seen again in another Judy Ann Santos series: Esperanza. She was also paired with Jericho Rosales in the teen horror series Oka Tokat and in the movie Magandang Hating Gabi, they also had a short flick of the hit series Esperanza. She also starred in some movies such as Seventeen so Kaka, Huwag Mo Nang Itanong and Esperanza: The Movie which gave her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. She became part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic.

Moving to GMA Network
After being with ABS-CBN, Angelika decided to transfer to GMA Network. On GMA, she became part of a Jessa Zaragosa series, Di Ba't Ikaw. She was also in the youth-oriented show, Click, the noontime variety show, SOP and in the fantasy-action-adventure series Pintados. One of her biggest breaks on TV came when she starred in the series Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. Her performance in the said series crowned her as GMA's Soap Opera Princess. However, though she was very active in primetime TV, Angelika didn't stop making films. She did a mature role in the movie Hari ng Selda: Anak ni Baby Ama 2 with Robin Padilla. She also did the movie S2pid Luv with Andrew E. After Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, Angelika starred in another GMA Network soap series Habang Kapiling Ka.

Back to ABS-CBN
When Angelika's contract with GMA expired, Angelika moved back to her first home studio ABS-CBN. She was paired again with ex-boyfriend Jericho Rosales in the hit series Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas with Kristine Hermosa and Diether Ocampo. After doing the soap, Angelika refrained from drama and concentrated in her hosting talent. She did hosting in the showbiz-oriented show ETK: Konek, ASAP, Morning Star, MTB: Ang Saya Saya, and the 2004 Himig Handog Love Songs. After that, Angelika made another primetime series, Ikaw ang Lahat Sa Akin with Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. Prior to that series, Angelika received offers such as playing the role of Eden in the series Panday and playing the role of Alena in the hit fantasy series Encantadia but she had to turn down to the role due to the said soap with Claudine. After doing a supporting role in Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, Angelika made another soap opera, the TV remake of a Sharon Cuneta and Cherie Gil movie, Bituing Walang Ningning, this time, she played the anti-heroine to the series which also starred Sarah Geronimo and Ryan Agoncillo. Angelika was also seen in Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao where she played the role of Kalagua, the ultimate evil. She also played as one of the leads in the mid-drama series Prinsesa ng Banyera along with Kristine Hermosa. She subsequently turned down the following roles offered to her by ABS-CBN: lead role on the then-upcoming show Kapag Langit and Humatol which was shelved; the leading lady of Vhong Navarro in Lastikman; and the anti-heroine roles in Ysabella and Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (which was bought later on by GMA Network where she accepted the role). She was also considered for the lead role of the remake of Rubi.

Back to GMA Network
While Prinsesa ng Banyera is still on air, Angelika decided to move back to the Kapuso network. She signed a full-year contract with the station that gave her two major soap operas. Her comeback project with the Kapuso network is a remake of a Sharon Cuneta movie, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita. She was replaced by former Kapuso star, Ara Mina, in the on-going Prinsesa ng Banyera. There are news that Angelika will star in another sinenovela with Iza Calzado entitled Una Kang Naging Akin.

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