KC Concepcion

KC Concepcion
KC Concepcion at her US Concert Press Conference, November 2010.jpg
Concepcion at her US concert press conference, November 2010
Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion

(1985-04-07) April 7, 1985 (age 36)
Manila, Philippines
Alma materAmerican University of Paris
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter, celebrity endorser, model, host, dancer
Years active2003–present
RelativesPablo Cuneta (grandfather)
Tito Sotto (granduncle-in-law)
Helen Gamboa (grandaunt)
Gian Sotto (uncle)
Ciara Sotto (aunt)
Drew Arellano (cousin)

Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion (born April 7, 1985), simply known as KC Concepcion, is a Filipino actress, singer, dancer, TV host, entrepreneur, socialite and humanitarian. She has had lead roles in Philippine films For The First Time (2008) and When I Met U (2009), and television series such as Lovers in Paris (2009), Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (2013) and Ikaw Lamang (2014).

She is dubbed as the "Mega Daughter" and the Philippine Entertainment Sweetheart. She is also the first National Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations' World Food Programme.[1] She is also the new ambassador[2] of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. In addition, she also sang in the Malaysia SEA Games opening production along with the Agnez Mo and Jaclyn Victor in 2011.

Personal life

Concepcion is the daughter of singer-actress Sharon Cuneta and actor Gabby Concepcion, and the adopted daughter of Senator Francis Pangilinan following her mother's marriage to him. She reconnected with her father after thirteen years since her parents' annulment and his immigration to the United States in 1995.[3]

She graduated grade school at Saint Pedro Poveda College in Mandaluyong. In 2003, she graduated from the International School Manila, and in 2007, graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Corporate Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the American University of Paris.[4]


Concepcion made several guest appearances in her mother's concerts and television shows. In 2003, she became a product endorser both on television and in print ads. She started her career with global franchise MTV as an MTV Asia VJ.

As World Food Programme's Philippine ambassador, she shared the stage with Bill Clinton in 2008 to present the former US leader's foundation its commitment to feed more people in impoverish countries.[5]

In 2009, she starred in the Philippine remake of her first primetime drama series, Lovers in Paris as a Kapamilya. In 2010, she returned to do a film with Star Cinema with her first movie with her father, Gabby Concepcion, for Father's Day, I'll Be There, directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. In her 2010 studio album titled KC, she sang "Girl Most Likely To" by Skye Sweetnam from the soundtrack of Mattel's 2006 film The Barbie Diaries. In the same year, she joined Star Magic but after a year, she left and joined Viva Artist Agency, a talent management of Viva Entertainment.

On the April 11, 2010 episode of The Buzz, it was announced that Concepción had been chosen to be the replacement co-host after Ruffa Gutierrez's departure.[6] She was also featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan Mexico. In 2011, she made another film with Star Cinema, a romantic, drama film Forever and a Day.

In 2012, she hosted the first and only season of The X Factor Philippines. She was also featured in USA's Complex Magazine as one of The 25 Sexiest International Actresses.[7]

In 2013, she starred in her first lead antagonist role in Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala. In 2014, she starred a lead role as Natalia in the second season of the period drama series Ikaw Lamang. In 2015, she returned and starred a lead role as Anna in Christmas Special Series of ABS-CBN, Give Love on Christmas, and was named one of GQ India's Hottest Actresses Around the World[8]. In 2016, she returned as the host in Binibining Pilipinas 2016 along with co-host and actor Xian Lim. She was also the host of Binibining Pilipinas 2011 five years ago with co-host and actor Derek Ramsay. She took a step back from showbiz for a while to focus as being the UN Ambassador of World Food Programme for Hunger and made an online shop website KC's Closet and reached 1,000,000 pesos and being donated in Public School in Maguindanao.

In 2019, KC was the first Filipina celebrity to represent global brand Shiseido as an ambassador and endorser.[9]

She is set to make a showbiz comeback after signing an exclusive management contract with Cornerstone Entertainment.


2008-2009: a.k.a Cassandra

In 2008, KC Concepción released her first studio album on July 15, 2008 entitled "a.k.a Cassandra", on the Sony BMG Philippines label, which ranked number 1 based on total album sales in all Odyssey Record Bar branches nationwide. In fact, 1,102 copies of the album were sold in all Odyssey branches alone. KC Concepción made Philippine music history with her lead single "Imposible" during that year. KC has the most number of music downloads in the Philippines in the same year, which marked 1 million downloads online. KC Concepción thought that she would just perform her newest single, "Doo Be Doo", on the noontime TV show Wowowee on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on November 15, 2008. However, she was surprised when she was given a Platinum Record Award for her album "a.k.a. Cassandra".

2010-2011: KC

In, 2010 KC released her Second Studio Album entitled KC, KC ranked number 3 based on OPM charts, in Astrovision Stores the album KC reached number 1. KC was launched on ASAP XV. KC was released on March 24, 2010, under the Sony Music label. she also set KC Mall Tour to promote KC album.




2003–2005MTV PhilippinesVJMTV Philippines
2006–2010SharonGuest HostABS-CBN
2008KC from Paris to Pinas (Documentary)Herself
I Am KCVarious Roles
Maalaala Mo Kaya: MansyonDarlene
2009May Bukas PaAbigail Lorraine "Abby" Cruz
Lovers In ParisVivian Vizcarra
2010–2011The Buzz[12]Host
2007–2016; 2020–presentASAPHost/Performer
2010WowoweeGuest Host
Simply KCHost
Star Circle Quest: The Search for the Next Kiddie SuperstarsHost
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: PiyesaAngeline Quinto
Binibining Pilipinas 2011Host
Gandang Gabi ViceGuest
100 Days to HeavenTagabantay (street sweeper)
Wansapanataym: Christmas CarolineCaroline
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: LihamAurora
The X Factor PhilippinesHost
28th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesHost
2013Huwag Ka Lang MawawalaAlexis Ganzon
2013–2016Kris TVRecurring Host
2014Ikaw Lamang (book 2)Natalia Miravelez Hidalgo
2015Give Love on Christmas: The Exchange GiftAnna Cabrera
Kapamilya Deal or No DealGuest Player
41st Metro Manila Film FestivalHost
2016Tonight with Boy AbundaGuest
Binibining Pilipinas 2016Host
Magandang BuhayGuest
2020Usapang Real LifeGuestTV5


YearTitleRoleFilm CompanySource
2008For the First TimeSophia Carmina SandovalStar Cinema
2009When I Met UJennyGMA Films
Regal Entertainment
2010I'll Be ThereMaxi/Mina dela CernaStar Cinema
2011Forever and a DayRaffyStar Cinema
2013Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna StoryMarla "Marla Dy" De GuzmanScenema Concept International, Inc
Viva Films


Awards, nominations and recognitions

YearAward-Giving BodyCategoryWorkResult
20081st Supreme to the Extreme Awards (Philippine Star)Collaboration of the year with (Richard Gutierrez) with (Mark Nicdao)For the First TimeWon
She Supreme Award for (Best Actress)Won
4th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards 2008Pop Love Team with (Richard Gutierrez)For the First TimeNominated
Pop Female PerformanceNominated
Pop MovieNominated
Pop Movie Theme SongNominated
20093rd Gawad Genio AwardsBest Film Debut PerformerWon
25th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesNew Movie Actress of the YearWon
6th ENPRESS Golden Screen AwardsBreakthrough Performance by an ActressWon
40th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[16]Princess of Philippine Movies & TVWon
Most Promising Female Star of Movies & TVWon
New Female Recording Artist of the Year (Promising Singer)A.k.a CassandraWon
11th Gawad Pasado AwardsPasadong KabataanN/AWon
5th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice AwardsPop Female FashionistaN/ANominated
201125th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Talent Search Program HostStar Circle Quest: The Search for the Next Kiddie SuperstarsNominated
Best Celebrity Talk Show HostSimply KCNominated
Female Face of the NightN/AWon
201228th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesFemale Star of the NightN/AWon
Yahoo! OMG! AwardsCelebrity of the YearN/ANominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice AwardsPop Female FashionistaN/ANominated
Pop Cover GirlN/ANominated
30th Luna AwardsBest ActressForever and a DayNominated
26th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Female TV HostASAP 2012Nominated
Best Female Celebrity Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show HostThe BuzzNominated
Fabulous Body of the NightN/AWon
201327th PMPC Star Awards for TV[17]Best Drama Supporting ActressHuwag Ka Lang MawawalaWon
Best Talent Search Program HostThe X-Factor PhilippinesNominated
201339th Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Festival ActressBoy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna StoryNominated
201430th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Actress of the YearBoy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna StoryWon
Darling of the PressN/ANominated
62nd FAMAS AwardsBest ActressBoy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna StoryWon
Female Star of the NightN/AWon
28th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Drama Supporting ActressIkaw LamangWon
201531st PMPC Star Awards for MoviesDarling of the PressN/ANominated


  1. ^ "WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion Reflects On Africa Visit". World Food Programme. January 26, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Hello, Panda! KC Concepcion officially joins the Panda Family as the newest WWF-PH Ambassador". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  3. ^ San Diego Jr., Bayani (August 26, 2006). "When KC met Gabby (again)". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "When KC met Gabby (again)". ABS-CBN News. Dec 21, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  5. ^ News, ABS-CBN (2008-12-04). "KC, Bill Clinton together on stage for World Food Program". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  6. ^ "KC Concepcion Starts Work". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  7. ^ "The 25 Sexiest International Actresses You Haven't Heard Of". Complex. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  8. ^ "KC Concepcion named one of GQ India's Hottest Actresses Around The World – CHISMS.net". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  9. ^ Corp, ABS-CBN. "Filipina Pride: KC Concepcion Is The First Pinay Ambassador To Represent Shiseido". Metro.Style. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  10. ^ a b "KC Concepcion in The Little Mermaid". Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  11. ^ Garcia, Rose (December 13, 2008). "KC Concepcion returns to the stage via multi-media musical "Katy"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  12. ^ Alvares, Trisha (April 6, 2010). "KC Concepcion accepts The Buzz hosting job". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on August 12, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  13. ^ "ER Ejercito returns to MMFF as 'Boy Golden'". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  14. ^ "'Kaleidoscope World,' 'Boy Golden' join 2013 MMFF lineup". SunStar. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  15. ^ "KC Concepcion has the same martial arts instructor as Angelina Jolie". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  16. ^ "40th Box Office Entertainment Awards given out". Pep.ph. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  17. ^ PMPC announces nominees of the 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television, LionhearTV 27th PMPC Star Awards For TV 2013 Complete List of Winners, Entervrexworld

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