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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 21, 2023



                                                              SOFIA DE LEON

                        SOFIA WITH HER GRANDFATHER JOEY

                                    SOFIA WITH HER MANAGER MALOU CHOA-FAGAR

SOFIA DE LEON is the granddaughter of Joey de Leon and Daria Ramirez from their daughter Jacinda or Cheenee, who is the sister of Keempee. 

Sofia is a late bloomer as she has joined showbusiness as an actress only recently. 

“I went to college muna kasi and got a degree in culinary management from Treston International College,” she says. 

“Since I joined showbiz last year, I have finished a movie, ‘Big Boys’, produced by Daddie Wowie Roxas and directed by Rechie del Carman. 

"I’m also now a mainstay in a sitcom on Net25, ‘Anong Meron Kay Abok’, with Empoy Marquez, directed by Nico Faustino. 

"Our co-stars are Alexa Miro as Juliet, Yuki Takahashi as Jannie, Nico Nicholas as Tisoy, Nicco Loco as Doc Willy, Yow Andrada as Yoyong and Anthony Ocampo as Toni. It’s a very entertaining show and we hope more viewers will watch us.”

She is being managed by Malou Choa-Fagar who has just been appointed as a new member of the MTRCB. 

“Mama Malou knew me almost my whole life. Maliit palang ako, tambay na ko sa ‘Eat Bulaga’ where my grandfather and uncle work. 

"Hanggang sa nagdalaga ako, nakikita ko lagi si Mama Malou. 

"Isang araw, kinausap niya ko and sabi niya, magtapos daw ako ng elementary and high-school, then ima-manage niya ako.”

But when she finished high school, she changed her mind about joining showbiz. 

“Ako yung nag-decide na hindi muna pumasok sa showbiz, but instead I continued my education and I went to college nga. 

"In college, I took my internship in Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas. 

"After getting my degree and I graduated, I felt na hindi pa ako ready to join showbiz and I decided to have a normal job na hindi showbiz.”   

But offers for her to try showbiz continue to come. 

“Yes, a lot of offers and opportunities came. And finally, last year, I decided na sige nga, subukan ko. 

'No harm naman in trying. And since then, Mama Malou has been managing me. I have actually been wanting to be handled by her ever since I was young. And I am very blessed to have her still as manager.  

"She's the best and I love her dearly. Who doesn't, right? She has been with me forever and I love it that we’re now working together.” 

How are Joey de leon and Daria Ramirez as grandparents?

“Well, both of them are very supportive. At first I didn't tell them that I’m joining the showbiz. 

"But eventually sinabi ko rin. Ha-ha. They have been supporting me all through out naman.”

Her Lolo Joey is most specially supportive of her. “We both have shows sa net25 and so we normally talk about our work naman. 

"He gives me advice about showbiz life and about how to do comedy.  

"I'm just happy kasi napunta ako sa comedy, and pinagbubutihan ko talaga dahil I wanna be a good comedian like my Lolo Joey.”