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Nationality  Filipino
Name  Princess Punzalan
Known for  Princess Punzalan
Children  Ellene Diana
Years active  1984-present
Spouse  Jason Field
Occupation  Actress/Nurse
Role  Actress

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Full Name  Bernadette V. Punzalan
Born  November 20, 1968 (age 52) (1968-11-20) Manila, Philippines
Siblings  Reuben Punzalan, Meg Punzalan, Paolo Punzalan
Movies  Alega Gang - Terror ng Cebu, Macho Dancer, Mila, Alab ng Lahi, Johnny Loves Dolores
Similar People  Willie Revillame, Helen Vela, Lino Brocka, Meryll Soriano, Joel Lamangan

Parents  Helen Vela, Orly Punzalan

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Bernadette Vela Punzalan known as Princess Punzalan, is a Filipina actress in movies and television shows in the Philippines. She won the PMPC Star Awards for TV's Best Drama Actress in 1998 for her role as Selina Perreira-Matias in Mula sa Puso.


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Princess Punzalan started out her career as one of the regular co-host in now defunct GMA 7 Sunday noontime musical variety show 'GMA Supershow'. Soon after she was launched in her own afternoon TV drama anthology entitled "Princess" in 1987 which was produced by her mom Helen Vela's production outfit Hyper Vision. To avoid a possible collision with RPN-9's "Coney Reyes on Camera" (headline by her mom's best friend Coney), her drama anthology was aired at a later timeslot.

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While her TV career started to blossom, she also branched out into making movies. She made her mark in the movie "Kung Tapos na Ang Kailanman" (shown in 1990) which gave her a FAMAS nomination for Best Actress.

Princess Punzalan while sitting on a couch wearing a white long-sleeved shirt

In 1989, her drama series was cancelled to make way for "Family 3+1", a sitcom which she headlined with her mother Helen Vela and also starred Ronaldo Valdez & Caridad Sanchez. The show made waves and even received 2 awards for Best Comedy Show at Star Awards. But with the untimely death of its main star Helen Vela caused the show to gradually decline until it was cancelled. Soon after, Princess filled in the void left by her mother (as producer-host/actress) in the drama anthology "Lovingly Yours, Helen" which was renamed "Lovingly Yours". The reformatted drama anthology survived for 4 more years until it was ended by the GMA management in 1996.

Princess Punzalan while speaking wearing a blue shirt, a necklace, and pair of earrings

She became popular for her role as antagonist Selina Pereira-Matias in the 1997 hit TV series Mula sa Puso starring Claudine Barretto, aired in ABS-CBN.

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In the later 2000s she expanded to various TV and movie roles as a character actress. One of her last TV series as a series regular was "Kung Mawawala Ka" a political drama on Primetime airing on GMA-7 which garnered attention at the time of its back to back battle with the TV Drama Pangako Sa 'Yo.

Princess Punzalan smiles while wearing a white and orange collared shirt

She returned to film as co-teacher and Mila's bestfriend in Mila played by Maricel Soriano.

Princess Punzalan on GMA News Chika Minute giving a message to her ex-husband  Willie Revillame

In 2005, she played the evil aunt of Ryza Cenon and LJ Reyes in GMA's afternoon drama series and Now and Forever's first installment series Mukha. She appeared in The Last Prince (2010) starring Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal, where Punzalan played an evil witch.

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She appeared in the GMA Films and Regal Films movie My Valentine Girls (2011) with Richard Gutierrez. She did a film Johnny Loves Dolores (2012), an entry in the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, directed by Clarissa delos Reyes.

Punzalan is now based in the United States, fulfilling her duties as a registered nurse.

Personal life

She was the daughter of Orly Punzalan (a broadcaster who was formerly the president of IBC) and actress/host Helen Vela, now both deceased. Her siblings are Paolo, Meg and Reuben. Her niece is Karen Punzalan, daughter of Paolo was currently worked as a model.

Punzalan was previously married to controversial TV host and actor Willie Revillame. Punzalan remained friends with Revillame and is glad that the media did not have to get involved.

Punzalan settled in California since 2005 after she married an American Jason Field, a marketing professional. Punzalan has a daughter with Field named Ellie.


  • 1987 PMPC Star Award for Best New TV Personality-(Lovingly Yours Helen),Winner
  • 1998 PMPC Star Award for Best Drama Actress-(Mula Sa Puso), Winner
  • References

    Princess Punzalan Wikipedia