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Alex Gonzaga-Morada
Born
Catherine Cruz Gonzaga

January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16) (age 33)
Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
Alma mater University of Asia and the Pacific
Occupation
  • Actress
  • host
  • comedian
  • singer
  • YouTuber
  • author
  • entrepreneur
Years active 2006–present
Agent Star Magic (2006–2008; 2013–2020)
Talent5 (2008–2013; 2020–present)
Brightlight Productions (2020–present)
Spouse(s)
Michael Morada (m. 2020)
Parent(s) Carlito Gonzaga
Crisanta Cruz-Gonzaga
Relatives Paul Soriano (brother-in-law)
Family Toni Gonzaga (sister)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active 2015–present
Labels
  • Star Music
Associated acts Toni Gonzaga
YouTube information
Years active 2017–present
Genre Comedy
Subscribers 10.9 million
Total views 995.9 million
Associated acts
Subscriber and view counts updated as of July 18, 2021.

Catherine "Alex" Cruz Gonzaga-Morada (born January 16, 1988), professionally known as Alex Gonzaga, is a Filipina television host, actress, singer, comedian, entrepreneur, vlogger, and author.

Personal life

Catherine Cruz Gonzaga was born on January 16, 1988, in Taytay, a first-class densely populated municipality of Rizal, to Crisanta "Pinty" (née Cruz) Gonzaga and then-incumbent Vice-Mayor Carlito "Bonoy" Gonzaga. She set her stage name as Alex Gonzaga back in 2008. Gonzaga has an elder sister, actress Toni Gonzaga. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Education from the University of Asia and the Pacific.

In November 2016, Gonzaga began dating Lipa City councilor Michael "Mikee" Morada. On January 16, 2020, Gonzaga announced on Instagram that she and Morada became engaged. On January 17, 2021, Gonzaga announced on her YouTube Channel that she and Morada have been married in a private wedding in the Gonzaga residence in Taytay since November 2020.

Career

2006–2013: Early works

Gonzaga started her career on ABS-CBN's sitcom, Let's Go where she played the role of Alex, which also became her nickname. She lasted in the role until the series fourth season called Gokada Go!. After her departure from the series, she joined the cast of different shows on the same network, such as Pangarap Na Bituin, Your Song and My Girl.

In 2008 she transferred to TV5 and became one of the main hosts of the talk show Juicy!, and also received a lead role on Babaeng Hampaslupa where she played the role of the title character. Further roles on the network include BFGF, P.S. I Love You and Enchanted Garden.

2013–2020: Breakthrough

Gonzaga withdrew from TV5 and returned to ABS-CBN, with her first project being a guest host of the fifth season (2014) of the Philippine adaption of the reality television series Big Brother. However, during the final minutes of the launch night, Gonzaga was revealed to be the third and final celebrity housemate to enter the Big Brother house, following the collegiate athlete Michele Gumabao and the actress Jane Oineza, and was given the title of being the "Sassy Sister ng Rizal". However, during a diary room session with Big Brother, she was revealed to actually be a celebrity houseguest and was later on tasked to avoid revealing the information to the other official housemates. Gonzaga was welcomed back to the "outside world" after being in the Big Brother house for two months on June 14, 2014. She went on to become the social media correspondent of the Philippine adaption of the reality television singing competition The Voice. She was replaced by the internet sensation Cheridel Alejandrino, who was infamously known as the "Elevator Girl".

She later on made her appearance as a main cast member on ABS-CBN's comedy gag television series Banana Split and her first two episodes in ABS-CBN's anthology television series Maalaala Mo Kaya. Her first major project since her return to the network was as the lead cast member in the Philippine adaption (2014) of the South Korean drama 49 Days (2011). She then released her debut novel, Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine (2014), under ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.. The novel received positive reviews from fans and critics alike, most complimenting the novel's "break up" concept and enjoyed its featured humor. A film adaption for the novel is currently in the works with Gonzaga sharing interest in casting Luis Manzano, John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual for the film adaption.

Gonzaga was cast on her first film under Star Cinema, The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin (2014), which was one of the official entries of the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival. The film proved to be commercially successful and achieved the milestones of having the highest gross on the opening day of any local film and the title of being the highest-grossing local film of all time in the Philippines. However, despite this, the film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Zig Marasigan of the Rappler website described the film in his movie review as "a brainless, hyper-stylized and utterly ridiculous family comedy."

She then released her debut studio album I Am Alex G. (2015) with the studio album's lead hit single, "Panaginip Lang", under Star Music. The studio album had a grand launch at Eastwood Central Plaza on March 22, 2015 and a concert, AG from the East: The Unexpected Concert, was later on held at the Araneta Coliseum to support her studio album on April 25, 2015. Gonzaga was then cast as the lead cast member of ABS-CBN's fantasy comedy-drama television series Inday Bote (2015), which is the television series adaption of the film of the same name. The series had become one of the three shortest running television series on the network so far, following Margarita and Princess Sarah, with its run only lasting for two months and two weeks. She was later announced as one of the hosts of ABS-CBN's dance competition television series Dance Kids (2015).

2020–present: Return to TV5

Gonzaga returned to TV5 via a blocktime agreement with Brightlight Productions, following ABS-CBN's closure on May 5, 2020, and failure to have its franchise renewed by Congress. On June 30, 2020, Gonzaga was tapped for a new noontime variety show, Lunch Out Loud, which officially premiered on October 19, with fellow Kapamilya hosts, including international singer Billy Crawford and fellow comedians Bayani Agbayani and Wacky Kiray.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 I've Fallen For You Samantha Film debut
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Gundina Galamiton Official entry for the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival
2015 Buy Now, Die Later Chloe Official entry for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival
2016 My Rebound Girl Rocky
2018 Nakalimutan Ko na Kalimutan Ka Jaz
Everybody Loves Baby Wendy Wendy iWant Film
Mary, Marry Me Mary Anne "MA" Lagman Official entry for the 44th Metro Manila Film Festival
2020 Love the Way U Lie Stacey Netflix Film

Television

Year Title Role
2020–present Lunch Out Loud Herself / Host
2020 The Voice Teens
2019–2020 Home Sweetie Home: Extra Sweet Mikee Montes
2018–2019 Pinoy Big Brother: Otso Herself / Host
2018 Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show
2017–2020 I Can See Your Voice Herself / Sing-vestigator
2017 I Can Do That Herself / Host
2016 Game ng Bayan
Pasión De Amor Jenny
2015–2016 Dance Kids Herself / Host
2015 Pablo S. Gomez's Inday Bote Inday Catacutan / Kristal Vargas-Delgado
2014 Pure Love Diane Santos-Martinez
The Voice Kids Herself / Host
Pinoy Big Brother: All In Herself / Houseguest
2013–2020 ASAP Herself / Host / Performer
2013–2015 The Voice of the Philippines Herself / Host
Banana Split Various roles
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya
Toda Max Laila
2012–2013 Enchanted Garden Diwani Olivia/Aya Malfora
2012 Regal Shocker: Manananggal Rina
2011–2012 P. S. I Love You Andrea Tuazon
2011 Regal Shocker: Piano Amanda
Babaeng Hampaslupa Grace Mallari Wong / Elizabeth Wong-See
2010–2011 BFGF Claridad "Claring"/Ma. Claridad P. Malinao
2009–2010 Everybody Hapi Cathy
2008–2009 Your Song Presents: My Only Hope Cefelita "Fifi" Madrigal
Lokomoko Various roles
2008 Maynila
Mars Ravelo and Jim Fernandez's Tiny Tony Michelle
Your Song Presents: Without You Jen
My Girl Christine
2007 Your Song Presents: Sana Ngayong Pasko Anna
Pangarap na Bituin Chorva Ayala-Gomez
Gokada Go! Alex Sy
2006–2007 Let's Go

Music videos

List of music videos as lead artist, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Panaginip Lang" 2015 Andrei Antonio
"Break Na Tayo" Jasper Salimbangon
"Unbound"
(with Marion, Morissette and Kidwolf)
2016 Frannk Lloyd Mamaril
"Chambe" 2018 Jasper Salimbangon
"Chambe"
(Christmas remix)
"Sissums"
(with Toni Gonzaga)
"Tipints" 2019 Fifth Solomon
"Please Lang"
(featuring Toni Gonzaga)
Jasper Salimbangon
"G"
(featuring Perea Street)
"Amfee"
"Amfee"
(Performance video)
"Amfee"
(Vertical video)
"WKT"
(featuring Arvey)
2021 Alex Gonzaga and Edrex Clyde Sanchez

Discography

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
I Am Alex G.
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Star Music
  • Format: Digital download, 12"

Singles

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
As lead artist
"Panaginip Lang" 2015 I Am Alex G.
"Break Na Tayo"
"Chambe" 2018 Non-album single
"Sissums"
(with Toni Gonzaga)
Mary, Marry Me OST
"Tipints" 2019 Non-album single
"Please Lang"
(featuring Toni Gonzaga)
Himig Handog
"Amfee" Non-album singles
"WKT"
(featuring Arvey)
2021
As featured artist
"Unbound"
(Marion featuring Alex Gonzaga, Morissette and Kidwolf)
2016 Non-album single

Chart performance

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
PH
Hit Chart
Pinoy
"Panaginip Lang" 2015 8 6 I Am Alex G.
"Chambe" 2018 8 5 Non-album single
"Tipints" 2019 16
"Amfee" 16

Concerts

  • AG from the East: The Unexpected Concert (2015)

Written works

  • Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love Catherine (2014)
  • Dear Alex, We're Dating. Tama, Mali?! Love Catherine (2016)
  • Sissums (2018)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results Ref.
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actress Banana Nite Nominated
Best Talent Search Program Hosts The Voice Kids Won
Anak TV Awards Makabata Stars N/A Won
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Hosts The Voice of the Philippines Won
Best Comedy Actress Banana Nite Nominated
2016 12th USTv Awards Students' Choice of Reality/Game Show Host The Voice Kids Won
Anak TV Awards Makabata Stars N/A Won
2019 MOR Pinoy Music Awards LSS Hit of the Year "Chambe" Nominated
PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Recording Artist of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2020 Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Celebrity Inductee N/A Won
PUSH Awards Popular Digital Star Pending
2nd VP Choice Awards YouTuber of the Year Won
CICP Spotlight Awards YouTube Superstar Won
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