Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Life of Wowie De Guzman - MMK



wowie de guzmanI am sure many of you are familiar with Wowie De Guzman, a popular actor and one of the top matinee idols from the 1990s. His break came as a member of Universal Motion Dancers (UMD). His fame rose fast from there, as he did several movies and is still widely remembered as the love team partner of Judy Ann Santos. They actually did 12 films together (like "Paano ang Puso Ko" and "Muling Ibalik ang Tamis ng Pag-ibig") and a number of teleseryes (like "Mara Clara" and "Esperanza").

I actually watched many of his movies during my high school years in the US and it was his roles in pastoral films that made me nostalgic for the provinces and my childhood memories growing up in the Philippines, and as such, he remains one of my favorite Filipino actors. Coincidentally, Wowie De Guzman (or Jeffrey Camangyan which is his real name) and I are from the same place. We both grew up in the Subic Bay - Olongapo City area of the province of Zambales.

I recently came across his life's story featured on MMK, which originally aired on September 9, 2006 (video below):

Wowie de Guzman's Story on Maalaala Mo Kaya

He was one of the biggest teen idols of the 1990s as part of a very successful love team with Judy Ann Santos, and a talented dancer and actor to boot. But there was another struggle going on behind the scenes for Wowie de Guzman, and it was one that even his most devoted fans didn't know about.

This week, Maalaala Mo Kaya gives us the real behind the scenes story as Wowie de Guzman plays himself on the episode airing Thursday, September 9.

Born Jeffrey Camangyan in Olongapo City, Wowie de Guzman had always had a difficult family life, even as a very small child. When his parents broke up when he was only three years old, Wowie developed a strained relationship with his mother, with Wowie bearing the brunt of her unexplained anger.

But things started changing once Wowie began to develop a dance group along with his neighborhood friends in Olongapo. Soon, he was becoming famous, not just as a member of the very popular Universal Motion Dancers, but also as the leading man in such projects as "Mara Clara," "Esperanza," and the movie Paaano Ang Puso Ko? with Judy Ann Santos and Rico Yan. But did Wowie's home life become better as his career became bigger?

Wowie will be joined by a top-notch cast for this very special episode, starting with multi-awarded actress Princess Punzalan in the role of Wowie's mother, Zorina. Also on hand are Perla Bautista as Wowie's grandmother, John Arcilla as Wowie's stepfather Arthur, and John Manalo as the young Wowie.












11 comments:

songs said...

hes no longer sikat.... sayang

Ruta said...

i've never heard of him before, but i'll look him up.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

uu nga noh, saan narin kaya yung ibang UMD?

cyndirellaz said...

he also reminded me of my gradechool days, bata pa din ako nun eh noong pinapanood ko siya.. iwsh i could watch this kaya lang nasa office ako!! hehe!

THE DARK POET said...

I am also from Olongapo and I'm mighty glad to have stumbled on this blog! We Olongapenos really know how to appreciate nature and travel hehehe
Will be watching more of your blog!

sophie said...

uumm iremember him i watched him when i was kinder.... nung una nde ko mkilala ung name nung mkita ko ung pic sbi ko ay sya!!! inisip ko sbi ko asan na kya sya ngaun nde na kci sya ngpakita sa showbiz eh... nkita ko nam nya dun sa mara clara trivis(the remake)... i wish hell come bak in showbiz again

wowiesupporter said...

ahh so ganyun pla nangyari nung huli.... bkit sya ganun kdali naalis sa showbiz. ung iba khit anong ngyari sa buhay nila sikat prin sla... sna bumalik c wowie sa showbiz mtagal na nman nangyari ung mga msamang pinapatol sa kanya mrami na din nkalimut doon... pagkatao na nya lng ang hinde nkakalimutan ng kayang tgapaghanga...

captain_ball_jia said...

i love wowie de guzman! i thought na sila ni Judai yung magkaka happy ending...pero sayang the Lord has different plans for everyone. it's ok I hope he's doing well.

mopa said...

I'm  still inlove with wowie de guzman from the first time that i saw him on tv until now he is the man that i want to spend the rest of may life with but i'm getting married., nung time na sikat sya lagi ko syang pinapanood walang palya lalo na nung sumasayaw sya hangang ngayon sya pa rin yung pinapangarap ko kaya lang hindi pude.  sino ba naman tayo para mainlove  sa isang artistang gwapo na kagaya nya isa  lang taung hamak na tagahanga lang.......................................

Angelita Cabuga said...

Does Wowie have e-mail address?

Iheartmybestfriend said...

I love WOWIEDE GUZMAN =) he reminds me of my boy fie so kinikilig ako everytime na pinapanood ko ang mga movies nya.... long distance pa naman kmi ni mahal :( 

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