Snooky Serna

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Maria Milagros "Snooky" Sumayao Serna[1] (born April 4, 1966) is a Filipina film and television actress. A former child superstar in the 1970s to the 1980s and mid 80s-90s, she is known for her 1986 film Blusang Itim alongside bankable lead box office man Richard Gomez, which made her one of the most bankable actress in the Philippines. Known to her followers as "The Eternal Star," she and regal baby Maricel Soriano starred in Reyna Films Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin, which was credited for a foreign film at the Oscars as a nomination. In 2003, she joined the ensemble cast of actors of film and television Habang Kapiling Ka with Angelika Dela Cruz as a lead actor on the GMA Primetime drama.

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.


Snooky Serna was tapped by Regal Films to play the lead role in the movie, Katorse in 1980. Since she was not ready for mature roles then, she begged off, which eventually made a big star out of newcomer Dina Bonnevie. 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 Bata Pa si Sabel (1981), Strangers in Paradise (1983), Experience(1984), Teenage Marriage (1984) and Lilac (1985).

She made numerous blockbuster movies in the 1980s 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' on ABS-CBN.

As an actress, she tackled roles which earned acting nominations from various award giving bodies. She was also in Kapag Napagod ang Puso (1988) 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 (1990), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1985), Hahamakin ang Lahat (1990) with Vilma Santos, the fantasy films Blusang Itim (1986), Rosa Mistica (1988), and Madonna: Ang Babaing Ahas (1991). It was with Koronang Itim (1994), that she finally won Best Lead Actress from FAMAS and Cebu Archdiocese Media Awards. She has starred in over 80 films from 1970 to 2004.

Snooky was prodded to concentrate on family and motherhood in the late 1990s. Upon her comeback, her works mostly concentrated on TV. Initially, she had a short stint as a newscaster of IBC Express Balita and as a 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.

Snooky made a career turnaround during the late 90s when she concentrated on television and became a host of a tele-magazine show over IBC-13. She also became a newsreader over the same network delivering the mid- and early evening news. She also entered the corporate world by accepting the position of AVP for Megaworld Properties, Inc. and even started a film school in Cabanatuan City. But all endeavors were short-lived.

She is seen mostly with GMA Network and ABS-CBN.

Personal life

Serna 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. Her second husband was Nino Mendoza (artist and vocalist of a Filipino Rock band the Blue Jean Junkies) but they have been separated.

Serna has been a member of the religion, Iglesia ni Cristo, since 2011. Her parents Von and Mila are Roman Catholic and former member of Born-again Christian.[2][3][4]




Year Title Role Network
2021 Stories From The Heart: Never Say Goodbye Susan Kintanar GMA Network
2020-2021 Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday Amelia "Amy" Malatamban
2019 Sahaya Salida Calliste
2018 Pamilya Roces Camilla Austria
The One That Got Away Fatima "Patty" Makalintal
2017 Magpakailanman: The Kim Domingo Story Filipina Domingo
2016–2017 Hahamakin ang Lahat Laura Caraca
2016 Magpakailanman: Finding Earl: The Dollente Family Story Laurie
Sinungaling Mong Puso Clara's mother
Poor Señorita Deborah Villon
Dear Uge Evelyn
Magpakailanman: Anak, Saan Kami Nagkamali? Lourdes
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Spaghetti Maritess ABS-CBN
My Faithful Husband Mercedes "Cedes" Dela Paz GMA Network
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Computer Shop uncredited ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Manika IV uncredited
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bus Episode Guest
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Emily
Genesis Elena Reyes GMA Network
Magpakailanman: The Heroes Dog Story Kabang Cristina
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Diploma Rita ABS-CBN
It's Showtime Herself / Guest Judge
Kahit Konting Pagtingin Faye Ledesma
2012 Wansapanataym: Kuryentina Flory
Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto Adel Dimaano
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lubid Baby
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ensaymada Pion
2011 Angelito: Batang Ama Adel Dimaano
Elena M. Patron's Blusang Itim Loleng GMA Network
2008 Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit Vina Monteza
2007 La Vendetta Janet Salumbides-Cardinale
Komiks: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Casili ABS-CBN
Mahiwagang Baul: Alamat Ng Langgam Panas GMA Network
Magpakailanman: Kapag Naglaho Ang Gunita ----
2006 Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell Mrs. B
Jeepney (Music Video) as herself ----
2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mariposang Dagat Magdalena ABS-CBN
Extra Challenge: Lagalag Sa Hong Kong as herself GMA Network
2004 Snooky Serna: In Persona Cinema One
Marina Esther Sto. Domingo ABS-CBN
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Fatima Soriano Story ----
Habang Kapiling Ka Olivia Malvarosa GMA Network
Magpakailanman: Mga Mata? ----
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Maida Ventaspejo ABS-CBN
2001 Travel & Trade as herself IBC
2000 IBC Express Balita
1997 Mula sa Puso Criselda V. Pereira ABS-CBN
1989 Regal Drama Presents: Snooky varied roles
1988 Regal Drama Hour: "Infidel" Asun
1987 Always, Snooky as herself
1983 Teentime With Snooky and Albert IBC


Year Title Role
2021 Princess DayaReese Tita Sharon
2019 Last Fool Show Sonya
2018 The Significant Other
2015 Felix Manalo Pilar Manalo Danao[5]
2015 You're Still The One Melissa
2013 The Bride and the Lover Gloria Albino
2012 Shake, Rattle and Roll XIV : The Invasion Rosalda
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
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
1989 Basag ang Pula
1989 Aabot Hanggang Sukdulan Agnes
1989 Mga Kuwento ng Pag-Ibig
1988 Lilac, Bulaklak ng Magdamag
1988 Bukas Sisikat Din ang Araw
1988 Sa Puso Ko Hahalik ang Mundo
1988 Lord, Bakit Ako Pa? Merriam
1988 Kapag Napagod ang Puso
1988 Nakausap Ko ang Birhen Mary
1988 Rosa Mistica Rosalie Leynes/Rosanna Cabuyao/Rosario Karakol
1988 Stupid Cupid
1988 Fly Me to the Moon
1987 Anak ni Zuma
1987 Bakit Iisa ang Pag-Ibig?
1987 Forward March Kristie
1986 Summer Holiday
1986 Story of Three Loves
1986 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita
1986 The Graduates
1986 Payaso
1986 Blusang Itim Jessa Escrito
1986 Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
1985 Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang
1985 Summer Love
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 Jing-Jing
1983 Stranger in Paradise
1983 Hello, Young Lovers Paula Ledesma
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 SAM


INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, U. S. A. (SPRING 2021) Best Performance By The Festival Grand Prize Winner In The Name Of The Mother

Best Actress In The Name Of The Mother

Year Film or TV Title Award Category Media
2008 Paupahan (film) FAMAS and PMPC Star Award Best Supporting Actress Film
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 Supporting Actress Film
1972 Sana Mahalin Mo Ako FAMAS Best Child Actress Film



Year Film Body Nomination Remark
2004 Anak Ka Ng Tatay Mo Manila Film 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


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 and Nora Aunor

Awards and nominations

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


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