Celeste Legaspi (born March 18, 1950) is a Filipina singer and actress. A best-selling artist, her singles and albums reached gold or platinum status during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also awarded numerous accolades for her music and acting both in the Philippines and abroad. She is the daughter of National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi.
Celeste discovered early in her life that she was inclined to the arts. However, unlike her father Cesar, she knew she was more of a performer than a painter. She showed this inclination by starring in two college productions. She continued her education and finished a degree in Mass Communication at Maryknoll College now called Miriam College.
Legaspi was also associated with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), a connection which enabled her to work with celebrated directors Lino Brocka and National Artist for Film Rolando Tinio. She sang the part of the first woman in the play “Tales of the Manuvu” (1977), where she shared the stage with Hajji Alejandro.
Her other stage works include an appearance in the hit musical “Katy!” (1988) for the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Tanghalang Pilipino, and the portrayals of Babae in “North Diversion Road” (1988), Caridad in the zarzuela “Paglipas ng Dilim” (1991), and Candida in “Larawan” (1992).
Celeste also graced the silver screen, most notably in Mamang Sorbetero (1982), where she starred opposite former President Joseph Estrada. Her other movies include Tatlong Ina, Isang Anak (1987) and Sa Kabila ng Lahat (1991).
Career in music
Legaspi is a successful recording artist, having produced albums and singles that reached gold and platinum status during the '70s and '80s. Her album Ako si Celeste under Blackgold Records was awarded gold, and produced hit singles “Saranggola ni Pepe,” “Tuliro,” and “Gaano Kita Kamahal.” The Celeste, Celeste album spawned the famous “Mamang Sorbetero.” On the other hand, the Bagong Plaka, Lumang Kanta Vols. 1 and 2 albums under Wea Records both reached the double platinum mark.
As a singer, Celeste Legaspi garnered several accolades, including Outstanding Performance award from the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan, where she sang "Puso Mong Nagmamahal" (1976), Tinig Awards for live entertainment (1977, 1979, and 1990), and the Aliw Award for Entertainer of the Year (1978).
One of Celeste's most significant contributions to the Philippine music industry was spearheading the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), a group which aimed to promote and propagate original Pilipino music.
- Basta't Mahal Kita
- Bingwit ng Pag-ibig
- Binibiro Lamang Kita
- Dahil Sa Iyo
- Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal?
- Halina't Magsaya
- Ikaw Kasi
- Mamang Sorbetero
- Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako
- Nasaan Ang Palakpakan
- No Money, No Honey
- Only Selfless Love
- Pagdating Mo
- Sapagka't Mahal Kayo
- Saranggola ni Pepe
- Sarung Banggi
- Nepales, Ruben (2007). [http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/entertainment/entertainment/view_article.php?article_id=80489 Remembering Celeste Legaspi. Inquirer.net. Accessed on November 24, 2008.
- Celeste Legaspi biography at GlobalPinoy.ph. Accessed on November 24, 2008.