- Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona
November 23, 1986 (age 33)
- Rob Mananquil (m. 2018)
- Francis Magalona
Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona-Mananquil is a Filipino actress who is currently under ABS-CBN. Being a former GMA 7 talent under GMA Artist Center, she is known for her portrayal as Vivian Salvador in the My Lover, My Wife and Donna Vallejo on Daddy Di Do Du. Now being a talent star of ABS-CBN, she is best known for her current portrayal as Alex Acosta, the main antagonist on Doble Kara.
Magalona was born in Sta. Elena, Philippines. Her father is the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and her grandparents are the late actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Pia Arroyo-Magalona is her mother and her sister is Saab who also joined showbiz in 2007, and recently her younger brother Elmo Magalona also joined showbiz this year in Party Pilipinas, Pilyang Kerubin and also in Kaya ng Powers. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University on March 2010 with a Social Sciences bachelor's degree, although she didn't attend the graduation ceremonies due to personal reasons.
Starting career on ABS-CBN
Her first show as a child was the ABS-CBN kiddie show "Ang TV" followed by 5 and Up.
GMA Network (2001-2014)
Then in 2001, she transferred to GMA Network. she made her appearance in Daddy Di Do Du in which she worked with Vic Sotto. In 2004, the role of Alwina in Mulawin was originally given to her, but she had to turn down the offer as she was about to start college at the time. It was later given to Angel Locsin. To date, her biggest break on television is when she was chosen to be one of Richard Gutierrez's leading ladies in major lead role Kamandag this is marks first primetime drama series in GMA. After Kamandag, Maxene played Jessa, originally played by Sharon Cuneta, in Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin opposite Wendell Ramos and Angelika dela Cruz.
In 2009, Magalona joined the cast of SRO Cinemaserye: Ganti, opposite Marvin Agustin and Geoff Eigenmann. Maxene also starred on Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo Man Ang Lahat Sa Akin with JC Tiuseco, Glaiza de Castro and Patrick Garcia.
In June 2010, she joined with the cast of Sine Novela: Trudis Liit, with her co-stars Pauline Luna, Mike Tan, Gina Alajar, & new kapuso child actress Jillian Ward. Then on February 2011, she starred on GMA 7 afternoon drama show, "My Lover, My Wife" opposite Adrian Alandy and Kapuso Actress Nadine Samonte.
In 2013, Magalona joined the GMA's afternoon drama series Mga Basang Sisiw playing Vicky Sta. Maria, the main antagonist role & villain of the series, with the lead stars Renz Valerio, Bianca Umali and Miko Zarsadias
Return to ABS-CBN (2014-present)
In the 3rd Quarter of 2014, she signed an exclusive contract and returned to her home network after 13 years, ABS-CBN. and since then had a guest stint as one of the Hurado's on It's Showtime; as guest player in The Singing Bee; as special guest in Kris TV; and starred in Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode title: Nurse Cap), portraying the nurse rapper, Fatima Palma. Magalona's first major project as a Kapamilya Artist is being part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Soap "Dream Dad" together with Jana Casandra Agoncillo and Zanjoe Marudo.
In November 2015, after 2 months of pilot, Magalona joined the cast of Doble Kara as Alexandra "Alex" Acosta on its season 2. A sweet and kind hearted to the kids where she worked and she raised by her older half- brother Sebastian "Seb" Acosta portrayed by Sam Milby. She met Kara Dela Rosa portrayed by Julia Montes (which Seb married Kara at season 4). At first, she likes Kara for her brother and keep asking her brother to take Kara out. But, when she finds out that Kara's adopted mother Lucille Acosta- Dela Rosa portrayed by Carmina Villaroel was her half sister from her father side, the sweet and kind hearted lady became mean to Kara and her family because she believes that Lucille's family is the reason why she grew without parents. Later on, she became the main antagonist of the series started in season 4.
In 2019, Maxene plays the role as Juliet (originally portrayed by Vilma Santos) together with her co-actor Diego Loyzaga as Manuel (originally portrayed by Gabby Concepcion) in their upcoming drama series based on the 1989 film of the same title Pahiram ng Isang Umaga.
In 2015, Magalona began dating musician Rob Mananquil. On 14 February 2017 (Valentine's Day), the two became engaged when the latter proposed to the former while vacationing in Tokyo. Magalona and Mananquil got married on 11 January 2018 at a ceremony in Boracay.