Snooky Serna

Snooky Serna
Snooky Serna
Born Maria Milagros Sumayao Serna
April 4, 1966 (1966-04-04) (age 45)
Other names Snooky Serna

Snooky Serna (born Maria Milagros Sumayao Serna on April 4, 1966) is a Filipina film and television actress.


Early life

Being the daughter of actors Von Serna and Mila Ocampo, she started acting early in life via her 1970 landmark debut Wanted: Perfect Mother, where she immediately captured the hearts of Filipino audience as a cute, sweet and smart-talking four-year old. That same year she earned her first acting nomination from FAMAS Awards as Best Child Performer for the film My Little Angel.

Trained by acclaimed director and National Artist, Lino Brocka, Snooky showed promise as dramatic actress and later proved to be a fine one. In 1972, she won her first FAMAS Award as Best Child Actress for the film 'Sana Mahalin Mo Ako'.


In her teens, she was launched as one of the original Regal Babies (promotional term coined for group of teen movie stars under contract with Filipino film production giant Regal Films) and groomed as a leading actress in various loveteam-inspired flicks with then heartthrobs Gabby Concepcion and Albert Martinez. She also starred in more daring films like Strangers in Paradise, Experience, Bata Pa Si Sabel, and Teenage Marriage.

Often pitted against then-rival Maricel Soriano, she made numerous blockbuster movies with her in the '80s like Underage, Schoolgirls, Story of Three Loves and Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday, among others. She also had her share of TV shows including the weekly musical variety 'Always Snooky' and weekly drama feature on 'Regal Drama Presents: Snooky' in ABS-CBN Channel 2.

As a mature actress, she tackled roles which earned acting nominations from various award giving bodies. She was also in Kapag Napagod Ang Puso with Christopher de Leon and Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (Harvest Home - official Philippine entry to the 1995 Oscars) but unfortunately was snubbed during awards night. Her other major films include Aabot Hanggang Sukdulan, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Hahamakin ang Lahat with Vilma Santos, the fantasy films Blusang Itim, Rosa Mistica, and Madonna: Ang Babaing Ahas. It was with Koronang Itim, that she finally won Best Lead Actress trophy. She has starred in over (80) films from 1970 to 2004.

Riddled by both personal problems and issues with her film studio, including her bout with anorexia nervosa, Snooky was prodded to concentrate on family and motherhood in the late 90's. Upon her comeback, her works mostly concentrated on TV. Initially, she had a short stint as a newscaster and as host for IBC-13's magazine show 'Travel and Trade'. More recently, she's been in various top-rating soap operas in rival stations GMA Network and ABS-CBN, notably Marina, Captain Barbell and Habang Kapiling Ka where she again was awarded a best actress trophy for TV drama performance from PMPC in 2003. Her recent films include Anak Ka Ng Tatay Mo, Captain Barbell and the still unreleased Bituin, Buwan at Araw with Nora Aunor.

Personal life

She was married to actor/model Ricardo Cepeda for over 12 years, with their marriage ending in annulment in January 2006. They have two daughters, Sam and Sachi. Recently, she got married to Niño Mendoza (vocalist of a Filipino Alternative Rock band), from whom she is currently separated.

She is trying to become active in the entertainment business once again and very recently grabbed the limelight by making the disturbing revelation that an actor sexually assaulted her when she was in her teens.,[1][2]

She is also a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo(Church of Christ) since 2011.



Year Title Role Channel
2011 Angelito: Batang Ama Adel ABS-CBN
2011 Elena M. Patron's Blusang Itim Loleng GMA
2008 Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit Vina Monteza GMA
2007 La Vendetta Janet Cardinale GMA
2007 Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Casili ABS-CBN
2007 Mahiwagang Baul: Alamat Ng Langgam Panas GMA
2007 Magpakailanman: Kapag Naglaho Ang Gunita ---- GMA
2006 Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell Mrs. B GMA
2006 Jeepney (Music Video) as herself ----
2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mariposang Dagat Magdalena ABS-CBN
2005 Extra Challenge: Lagalag Sa Hong Kong as herself GMA
2004 Snooky Serna: In Persona as herself Cinema One
2004 Marina Esther Sto. Domingo ABS-CBN
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Fatima Soriano Story ---- ABS-CBN
2003 Habang Kapiling Ka Olivia Malvarosa GMA
2003 Magpakailanman: Mga Mata? ---- GMA
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Maida Ventaspejo ABS-CBN
2001 Travel & Trade as herself IBC
2000 Express Balita as herself IBC
1997 Mula Sa Puso Criselda Pereira ABS-CBN
1989 Regal Drama Presents: Snooky varied roles ABS-CBN
1987 Always, Snooky as herself ABS-CBN
1986 Teentime With Snooky And Albert as herself NBN


Year Title Role
2009 Sagrada Familia ----
2009 Hellphone ----
2009 Dukot ----
2009 Fidel Sister Lourdes
2009 Bente Jenny
2009 Booking Selya
2008 Eskandalo ----
2008 Paupahan ----
2008 Crossroads Lucinda Querubin
2004 Anak Ka Ng Tatay Mo ----
2003 Captain Barbell Belen
2001 Marital Rape ----
1997 Paano Kung Wala Ka Na ----
1995 Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (Harvest Home) Clarita
1994 Mancao ----
1994 Koronang Itim Adana De Guia
1994 Machete 2 Lai
1993 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita? ----
1992 The Cornelia Ramos Story Cornelia Ramos
1992 Lacson, Batas ng Navotas W/ Lito Lapid ----
1992 Yakapin Mo Ako Muli Helen
1991 Joey Boy Munti, 15 anyos ka sa Muntilupa Stella
1991 Madonna, Ang Babaeng Ahas (Madonna, The Snake Woman) Melinda/Madonna
1990 Hahamakin Ang Lahat (All Be Damned) Theresa
1990 Kahit Isumpa Mo Ako Angela
1989 Kontrobersyal ----
1989 Once Upon A Time (guest appearance; starring Dolphy) ----
1989 Basag ang Pula – w/ Ace Vergel ----
1989 Aabot Hanggang Sukdulan Agnes
1989 Mga Kuwento ng Pag-Ibig ----
1988 Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang (w/ Maricel Soriano, Eric Quizon)
1988 Anak ni Zuma – w/ Max Laurel ----
1988 Lilac, Bulaklak ng Magdamag ----
1988 Bukas Sisikat Din Ang Araw (w/ Gabby Concepcion & cameo appearance by Vilma Santos) ----
1988 Rosa Mistica Roselyn/Rosa/Rosing/Rosanna
1988 Sa Puso Ko Hahalik Ang Mundo ----
1988 Stupid Cupid ----
1988 Lord, Bakit Ako Pa? Merriam
1988 Kapag Napagod Ang Puso ----
1987 Bakit Iisa Ang Pag-Ibig? ----
1987 Forward March Kristie
1986 Summer Holiday (w/ Maricel Soriano & Lani Mercado) ----
1986 Story of Three Loves ----
1986 Nakausap Ko Ang Birhen guest appearance as Virgin Mary
1986 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita ----
1986 The Graduates ----
1986 Payaso (The Clown) ----
1986 Blusang Itim Jessa
1986 Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (w/ Vilma & Maricel) ----
1985 Summer Love (w/ Maricel Soriano, William Martinez & Gabby Concepcion) ----
1985 Zuma Galema
1985 Ride on Baby ----
1984 Minsan May Isang Mahal (w/ Gabby Concepcion & Gloria Diaz) ----
1984 Where Love Has Gone ----
1984 Boystown (w/ Gabby Concepcion & Wiliam Martinez) ----
1984 Miracle of Love ----
1984 Anak ni Waray, Anak ni Biday ----
1984 Teenage Marriage ----
1984 Dear Mama ----
1984 Don't Cry For Me Papa ----
1984 Daddy's Little Darling ----
1983 Experience ----
1983 Stranger in Paradise ----
1983 Hello, Young Lovers ----
1983 Daddy Knows Best ----
1983 To Mama With Love ----
1982 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town ----
1982 Schoolgirls ----
1982 Mother Dear ----
1982 My Heart Belongs to Daddy ----
1981 First Love First Kiss (w/ Albert Martinez and Opalyn Foster)
1981 Age Doesn't Matter ---
1981 Bata Pa Si Sabel Sabel
1980 Underage Corazon
1977 Tahan Na, Empoy, Tahan (Stop Crying Little Boy) ----
1973 Little Solomon and Sheba (w/ fellow child star Frankie Navajo Jr.) ----
1973 Gigi ----
1973 Lalaki...Kasalanan Mo ----
1972 Mahalin Mo Sana Ako ----
1972 Isinilang Ang Anak ng Ibang Babae ----
1971 The Golden Child (w/ Tony Ferrer & Alice Crisostomo) ----
1971 The Wonderful World of Music ----
1971 My Heart Belongs to Daddy ----
1971 I Love Mama, I Love Papa ----
1970 Little Romeo and Juliet ----
1970 The Living Doll ----
1970 Snooky ----
1970 Sweethearts (w/ Vilma Santos) ----
1970 My Little Angel ---
1970 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ----
1970 Wanted: Perfect Mother ----


Year Film or TV Title Award Category Remark
2003 Habang Kapiling Ka (TV) PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress in a TV series TV
1994 Koronang Itim FAMAS Best Performance by Lead Actress Film
1994 Koronang Itim Cebu Archdiocese Mass Media Awards Best Performance by Lead Actress Film
1990 Hahamakin Ang Lahat PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Performance by Supporting Actress Film
1972 Sana Mahalin Mo Ako FAMAS Best Child Performer Film

Nominations for Film

Year Film Body Nomination Remark
2004 Anak Ka Ng Tatay Mo Manila Fim Festival Lead Actress loss to Nora Aunor (Naglalayag)
2003 Captain Barbell Metro Manila Film Festival Supporting Actress -
1995 Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (Harvest Home) Film Academy of the Phil.; FAMAS; People's Choice Lead Actress loss to Nora Aunor
1994 Koronang Itim FAMAS Lead Actress WON
1991 Madonna, Ang Babaing Ahas ??? Lead Actress -
1990 Hahamakin Ang Lahat PMPC Star Awards, FAMAS Supporting Actress WON at Star Awards
1989 Aabot Hanggang Sukdulan FAMAS Lead Actress -
1988 Kapag Napagod Ang Puso Urian; PMPC Star; FAMAS; FAP Lead Actress -
1987 Paano Kung Wala Ka Na? FAMAS Best Supporting Actress -
1986 Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow ??? Supporting Actress -
1973 Gigi FAMAS Child Performer loss to Jingle
1972 Sana Mahalin Mo Ako FAMAS Child Performer WON
1970 My Little Angel FAMAS Child Performer loss to Roderick Paulate

Nominations for TV

Year TV Show Body Nomination Remark
2003 Habang Kapiling Ka PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress in a TV series won
1990 Regal Drama Presents: Snooky PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress in a TV series or anthology -
1989 Regal Drama Presents: Snooky PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress in a TV series or anthology -
1988 Always, Snooky PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Musical Variety Show Host loss to Vilma Santos
1987 Always, Snooky PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Musical Variety Show Host loss to Vilma Santos & Nora Aunor

Commercial Advertisements

1995 Colgate with daughter Sam TV

1990 Women of de Leon Print

Awards and nominations

Year Category Award Result
1988 Best Supporting Actress FAMAS Award Nominated
1989 Best Actress FAMAS Award Nominated
1989 Best Actress Gawad Urian Award Nominated
1989 Best Actress FAP Nominated

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