Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Birth nameMonica Pauline Gil
BornAugust 23, 1987 (age 23)
Years active2005—present
EMIWalt DisneyPolyEast


Monica Pauline Gil was born in Manila to Dino and Julie Gil. She is of ChineseSpanish and German descent. Being born to a musically-inclined family, her father a piano player and her mom a church choir member, she was already singing and doing voiceovers for commercials as early as four years old. She graduated High-School from Shekinah Christian Training Center in March 2005 as batch valedictorian. In 2009, she graduated College from the Ateneo de Manila University majoring in English Literature.

Early career

She was singing in a church when an agent spotted her in 2004. Shortly after came a whirlwind of endorsements as she crooned her way into her first commercial ad for Coca-Cola in 2005.
Gil released her first self-titled album, “Nikki Gil”, in 2005 under EMI Philippines with “Sakayan ng Jeep” as the carrier single. It was later repackaged in 2006 and released with the addition of a graduation song entitled “Glowing Inside”. In July 2006, EMI Philippines and Walt Disney Records introduced her, with other Asian artists Vince Chong of Malaysia and Alicia Pan of Singapore, to sing and to star in the music video of Disney Channel’s original movie High School Musical’s theme song, “Breaking Free”. Gil sang “Gotta Go My Own Way”, which also climbed the charts and boosted High School Musical’s status to double platinum record.In 2008, Gil released her second music album, “Hear My Heart”, with “Hear My Heart” as the carrier single, a song she co-wrote with her younger sister Dani. She later finished a project again for Disney in Hong Kong when she recorded a music video for the pop version of “It's A Small World After All”. She was then asked in 2008 to perform the Tagalog version of "It's A Small World" at the grand opening of It's A Small World in Hong Kong Disneyland.In 2010, Gil released her third music album "Somebody To Love", with "Somebody to love" as the carrier single, a song written by her younger sister Dani.

Acting career and TV hosting

In 2005, Gil was given a VJ stint for ABS-CBN's music channel subsidiary, MYX. She was also picked to host the now-defunct talk show MRS on ABS-CBN and morning show Breakfast on ANC. She later would join the cast of the weekly variety show ASAP Mania. In 2006, she was joined by Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzalez as host for the season 1 of Pinoy Dream Academy, a singing reality show from Endemol. In 2007, she became part of an anime-inspired fantasy series “Rounin” and as an extended cast for the drama series “Pangarap na Bituin”. In 2008, she was again chosen to be the host for the season 2 of Pinoy Dream Academy with Toni Gonzaga and Billy Crawford. In 2009, she appeared in “Pieta”, an afternoon teleserye with Ryan Agoncillo, and is currently appearing in the teleserye “Florinda” with Maricel Soriano. Nikki Gil is one of the mainstay on ABS-CBN with ASAP XV In 2010, she started hosting Elive along with Luis Manzano and Ogie Diaz. She also did a fair share of hosting occasionally on Showtime replacing Anne Curtis.
In 2007, Gil did her first movie appearance by doing a cameo role as John Lloyd Cruz’s best friend for One More Chance. In 2009, she appeared along with Bea AlonzoSam MilbyDerek Ramsay for a Star Cinema movie entitled And I Love You So. In 2010, she was the lead actress in a romance film entitled The Red Shoes produced by Unitel with Marvin Agustin, which won the Best Picture in the 27th Bogota International Film Festival.


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