- May 23, 1982 (age 40)
- Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer
Rochelle Pangilinan (born May 23, 1982 in Malabon City, Philippines) is a Filipina dancer, singer, and actress. She was one of the founding members of the popular group SexBomb Girls. In 2007, she repackaged herself as a rap and hip-hop artist under the name RoC.
Rochelle was born in Malabon, Philippines, and is one of three siblings. Her family was very poor, and her father, Rodolfo Pangilinan, was an alcoholic wife-beater. Her parents separated but reunited in 2000 after her father stopped drinking. He died on November 11, 2007, of emphysema. Her younger brother Michael Pangilinan, whose also a singer and current Star Magic talent. Rochelle also has a fan who look exactly like her named April Casingal who recently engaged with Marco Recio.
Pangilinan entered dancing contests at a young age, and at age 14 was offered a job at Eat Bulaga!, a popular daytime variety show. She was only 14 when she first appeared on Eat Bulaga!. A group of dancers including Pangilinan were formed in November 1999 as the Chicken Sandwich Dancers, an offshoot of the Danz Focus (the resident dancers of Eat Bulaga!). At first, there were four (Cheryl, Debra, Janine and Rochelle). The group expanded to six with the addition of Jopay and Aira, then eventually expanded to 8, 12 and then 13 (during their first FHM Philippines appearance) to an all-time high of 22. In 2000, the Tom Jones song, "Sexbomb", was a hit in the Philippines, and the group was named the SexBomb Dancers by their manager, Joy Cancio.
In 2002, the singing group SexBomb Girls was formed, with members Jopay Paguia, Evette Pabalan, Weng Ibarra, Monic Icban, Izzy Trazona, and Pangilinan herself. In that same year, they released their debut album Unang Putok, with the hit single "Bakit Papa". They went on to later release three more albums.
In 2002, the SexBomb Girls starred in their first movie, Bakit Papa, with co-stars Allan K., Wendell Ramos, Epi Quizon, Chynna Ortaleza and Richard Gutierrez. In that same year, Pangilinan starred (without her group) in the movie Bertud ng Putik, where she was the leading lady of Bong Revilla, and rival to the character played by Regine Tolentino. She was also a regular on Daboy en Da Girl, a show on GMA KiliTV.
In 2003, the SexBomb Girls starred in Daisy Siete, a long-running, top-rating afternoon drama series on GMA Network, with Pangilinan playing a main character.
In 2004, Pangilinan appeared on Home Along Da Airport with co-star Dolphy, a show on ABS-CBN, GMA's rival network. After her appearance in the rival network, there were rumors that she would switch channels but she stated that she will not be leaving GMA. In 2005, she appeared on the TV show Darna as a mermaid named Corella, Darna's ally.
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