Look: Aga Muhlach Journey From Matinee Idol To Famed Actor
Ultimate leading man Ariel Aquino “Aga” Muhlach was born on August 12, 1969. He was first seen on TV at age 6 when he appeared in the 1975 movie “May Isang Tsuper ng Taksi.” Followed by another movie, “Aguila,” starring Fernando Poe Jr. and Christopher de Leon.
Aga is among the nine children of the late producer Alvaro “Cheng” Muhlach, he also has other siblings who also ventured in the showbiz industry like Arlene, Almira, and AJ.
He started to gain fame after he was introduced as one of the stars in the 1984 coming-of-age movie Bagets. This catapulted him to heartthrob status at the age of 14. Other stars who were launched in this movie are William Martinez, JC Bonnin, Jobelle Salvador, Yayo Aguila, Herbert Bautista, Raymond Lauchengco, Cheska Iñigo, and Ramon Christopher Gutierrez.
After this, he was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” FAMAS Award for his titular character in Miguelito, Ang Batang Rebelde, in 1985, where he portrayed a rebellious teenager in conflict with his mother in this. That time, he decided to stop pursuing his school to focus on his acting career.
In 1986, Aga was paired with teen actress Janice de Belen for the movie Super-Wan-Tu-Tri. Later on, it was revealed that Janice was pregnant and the actor was the father of her child, they were both only 17 during that time. Although the young actor wanted to marry Janice, she declined his offer as they were too young to settle down and tie the knot. The actress her son Igi Boy, and is now a chef and has four kids with wife Patricia Petil.
In an interview on the ABS-CBN morning show Magandang Buhay way back in 2017, Aga admitted that having a child with Janice was something that they really planned.
“Si Luigi was not—and never—an accident. Janice and I, at that time, planned it really.”
After Janice, Aga was paired with Lea Salonga in Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal in 1992 and another on-screen pairing in Sana Maulit Muli (1995), it was in this movie where Aga won a Gawad Urian Best Actor award. While many viewers guessed that their onscreen romance went from reel to real just like with his previous loveteam, Aga clarified in an interview with the Kapamilya network last year that the two of them have always been good friends and they never had a relationship.
Meanwhile, another onscreen pairing that went to something more was when Aga worked together with Aiko Melendez in the movie “May Minamahal,” in 1993. Aga was Aiko’s first boyfriend, she was only 18 years old at that time.
The two only had a short-lived relationship. Last year, Aiko revealed in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that they’re having small during the set and it was carried on in some of their scenes,
“Maraming tampuhan sa set… Yung confrontation scene namin. Very memorable talaga sa akin yun kasi nag-aaway talaga kami in real life. So, talagang yung away namin dun, totohanan.”
He then starred in the romantic drama Basta’t Kasama Kita (1995), where he was paired with Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres. The two became a real couple for 3 years, but their relationship ended when the former beauty queen returned to her country in Puerto Rico.
The actor also branched out into television sitcoms or series including his first as a lead in ABS-CBN’s Oki Doki Doc from 1993 to 2000. Following the success of this series, he also had a film spin-off entitled Oki Doki Doc: The Movie in 1996 and Oki Doki Dok, That’s My Doc (2007). On May 28, 2001, Aga started a new chapter in his life as he finally tied the knot with Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1994 Charlene Gonzales.
The two had known each other for a while as she was his co-star in Oki Doki Doc, where they also became good friends, The celebrity couple got married in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Pacdal, Baguio City, this union happened less than a year after the actor proposed to her in Singapore. Aga and Charlene were blessed with twins Andres and Atasha, who are both set to start college next year: “Atasha will study in England while Andres will pursue his degree in the U.S.”
Since many were asking if the twins will be allowed to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Aga said in a previous interview that for now, they decided not to allow them to pursue show business because they’re still young. “When they’re in their 20s, they can decide if they want [to enter showbiz] or not,” Despite that, fans were able to see the adorable twins on TV as they already appeared on some commercials and product endorsements. After staying with ABS-CBN for more than a decade, Aga decided to transfer to a different network in 2011.
He then signed a three-year contract with the new TV5. The actor said, “I really want to stay with 5 because I’m here now, and mahirap namang magpalipat-lipat. You only do it once, so this is it!” But he only worked in the said network until 2014, he left soon after Megastar Sharon Cuneta left TV5. In 2016, Aga