Gardo Versoza

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Gardo Versoza
Birth name Mennen Torres Polintan
Born (1969-11-08) November 8, 1969 (age 48)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Occupation(s) Actor, comedian, film producer
Years active 1990–Present
Associated acts ABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5

Gardo "Cupcake" Versoza (born Mennen Torres Polintan on November 8, 1969) is a popular Filipino actor who has appeared in over forty movies and dozens of television shows.

Early career[edit]

He started out in roles such as Sabik Sa Halik, Machete II, Halimuyak Ng Babae and Kirot. He was known as "NINO ESPEDILLA" in true life. Later, he went on to star in action movies such as Cesar Climaco, Mison, and Ka Hector. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed movies such as the 1998 Marilou Diaz-Abaya version of Rizal where he played the role of hero Andres Bonifacio and Sisa where he played the role of Jose Rizal / Pepe. He has recently even tried his hand in comedy starring in Pinoy Blonde.

His success is not limited to movies alone. He also has been the focal point of some of the highest rated shows in Philippine television including Mula sa Puso where he portrayed Domingo, It Might Be You as Camilo San Carlos and Sugo where he was Apo Abukay.

At the onset and during his heyday, Gardo Versoza was tagged "Asia's Sexiest Man.

In his latest production, Sugo, Gardo plays the role of Apo Abukay. Apo Abukay is an evil chieftain who possesses black magic coming from the anito or spirit of darkness. He is characterized for embracing the old world or the pre-Spanish era. He battled the Spanish friars who came to the Philippines and it was only through the intervention of Conde Vergonze, a blind but powerful warrior that he was defeated. However, he made a pact that he could be resurrected with the blood of a certain woman from his bloodline (alay). After years of trying to resurrect Apo Abukay, the Binhi-lans (descendants of Apo Abukay) succeeded because the chosen one (sugo) of the Carag-Ayans (descendants of Conde Vergonze) fell in love with the alay and refused to kill her. In the end Apo Abukay was defeated and the Binhi-lan and Carag-Ayan tribes ended their centuries long war. The chosen one and the alay married and peace was restored.

As of late, Versoza has been busy with guest appearances in various shows in both ABS-CBN and GMA - 7. He has been spotted lately in Bubble Gang, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Hokus Pokus and Magpakailanman. He is also taking up directing classes and hopes to be a director some day.

In 2014, in an interview with the press, he mentioned that he carried over some of the gay mannerisms he used to portray during his previous movies and sitcoms. In early 2016, he began taking the moniker, "Cupcake", which was originally been given by his best friend, Aiai Delas Alas. As of 2017, he is currently into culinary activities, but still, he doesn't issue any statement whether he is a straight, a bisexual or gay, but because of his gayish mannerisms both on-cam and off-cam, many people believe he is now totally, a gay person.[1][2][3]



Year Title Role(s) Type of Role Network
2017 Kambal, Karibal Noli Bautista Supporting role GMA Network
Wish Ko Lang: Sa Kuweba Ng Buhay Lito Episode guest
D' Originals Greg "Chef Logo" Buenaventura Extended role / Antagonist / Protagonist
Hay, Bahay! Bernie Versace Episoge guest
Tsuperhero Apo Amasam Episode guest / Antagonist
Destined to be Yours Teddy Obispo Supporting role
2016 A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Rolly Molina Co-lead role
Juan Happy Love Story Rodrigo "Bayong" Villanueva Supporting role
The Story of Us Ferdie Sandoval† Special participation ABS-CBN
2015-2016 The Half Sisters Dr. Santi Abarrientos III Extended role / Protagonist GMA Network
2015 Magpakailanman: Love After the Storm Joel Episode guest
Let the Love Begin Antonio "Tony" Sta. Maria / DJ Tony Supporting role
2014-2015 More Than Words Victor Balboa Supporting role
2014 Magpakailanman Aniseto Episode guest
Dading Alfredo "Mother Lexi" Ignacio Supporting role
Rhodora X Derick Ferrer Supporting role
2013 Genesis Ka Andoy Guest appearance
Titser Sir Gil Main role GMA News TV
Mga Basang Sisiw Efren Rodrigo† Main role / Antagonist GMA Network
Never Say Goodbye Dindo Carpio Main role TV5
2012-2013 Aso ni San Roque Kanlaon Recurring role / Antagonist GMA Network
2012 Felina: Prinsesa ng mga Pusa Arvin Supporting role TV5
Hiram na Puso Leonardo "Leo" Saavedra Main role GMA Network
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Piding Episode guest ABS-CBN
2011-2012 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ferdinand Fuentebella Main role GMA Network
Amaya Rajah Mangubat† Main role / Antagonist
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: TV George Habijan Supporting role ABS-CBN
Green Rose David Tobias Supporting role
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Bianong Bulag Ernesto Gutierrez
2010 Wansapanataym: Zoila's Valentina Luis Veneracion Episode guest
Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face Various roles TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Rosas Nestor Episode guest ABS-CBN
The Celebrity Cook-Off Himself / Host Presenter TV5
Your Song Presents: Isla Mario Episode guest ABS-CBN
Rubi Arturo Dela Fuente Supporting role
2009-2010 Katorse Don Anselmo Arcangel Extended role
May Bukas Pa Gary Guest appearance
2009 Sugat ng Kahapon Aldo† Main role / Antagonist GMA Network
2008-2009 Luna Mystika Dante / Sikano† Supporting role / Antagonist
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basura Jojo Episode guest ABS-CBN
I Am KC: Time's Up! Mang Nolan Episode guest
Sine Novela Presents: Magdusa Ka Bernardo Doliente Supporting role GMA Network
2007-2008 Kamandag King Saban† Main role
2007 Ysabella young Perry Mendoza Special participation ABS-CBN
Sine Novela Presents: Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap Pablo Acuesta Main role GMA Network
Asian Treasures Socrates Extended role
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Nanding Guest appearance / Episode guest ABS-CBN
2006-2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Kapitan Carling Ambing Guest appearance / Episode guest
2006 Ang Kasagutan GMA Network
2006-2007 Atlantika Haring Agat Supporting role
2005-2006 Sugo Apo Abukay† Supporting role / Antagonist
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul: Kung Bakit May Korona Ang Bayabas Mura-On Episode guest
2003-2004 It Might Be You Camillo San Carlos Supporting role / Antagonist ABS-CBN
2002-2003 Bituin Diony Main role
Kung Mawawala Ka Edmund Amparo Extended role GMA Network
2001-2002 Biglang Sibol, Bayang Impasibol Carlos Herrero
1997-1999 Mula Sa Puso Domingo† Supporting role / Antagonist ABS-CBN


  • The Pre Nup (2015)
  • Justice (2014)
  • Sundalong Kanin (2014)
  • Sisterakas (2012) .... husband of Bernadette - Gardo's 1st VIVA Films Movie
  • Bwakaw (2012)
  • MNL 143 (2012)
  • Astig (2009)
  • Prinsipe Sabong (2009)
  • Gulong (2007)
  • The Bicycle (2007)
  • First Day High (2006) .... Rene Samartino
  • Pinoy Blonde (2005)
  • Mano Po III: My Love (2004)
  • Babae sa Breakwater (2004) .... Dave
  • Animal (2004) .... Ferdie
  • Kerida (2003)
  • Bigay hilig (2003)
  • Kiskisan (2003) .... Marvin
  • Biyahera (2002)
  • Kailangan kita (2002)
  • Aagos Ang Dugo (2001)
  • Huwag Mong Ubusin Ang Bait Ko! (2000) .... Franco Valero
  • Sa Piling ng mga Aswang (1999)
  • Sindak (1999)
  • Ang Kabit ni Mrs. Montero (1999)
  • Sisa (1999) .... Jose Rizal a.k.a. Pepe
  • Mula Sa Puso: The Movie .... Domingo (cameo)
  • Jose Rizal (1998) .... Andres Bonifacio
  • Notoryus (1998) .... SPO1 Dalisay (as Police Syndicate)
  • Kargado (1998) .... Frido
  • Bawal (1998)
  • Kid Manalo, Akin Ang Ulo No (1998)
  • Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya (1997) .... Bobby
  • The Mariano Mison Story (1997) .... Dennis
  • Mabango (1997)
  • Kristo (1996) .... Gestas
  • Medrano (1996) .... David Medrano
  • Halimuyak ng Babae (1996)
  • Sabik sa Halik (1995) .... Rico
  • Kirot 2 (1995) .... Dino
  • Kandugan (1995)
  • Ka Hector (1995)
  • Sana'y Laging Magkapiling (1994)
  • Machete 2: Pure Awesomeness (1994) .... David
  • Bawal na Gamot (1994) .... Jimbo
  • Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig (1993)
  • Ayaw Ko Ng Nangarap (1993) .... Edward
  • Kumusta Ka Aking Mahal (1993)
  • Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig (1993)
  • Taong Gubat (1993)
  • Paminsan-minsan (1992)
  • Sana Kahit Minsan (1992) .... Tony
  • Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (1992)
  • Ilalaban Kita ng Patayan (1991) ....
  • Zaldong tisoy (1991)
  • Ubos Na Ang Luha Ko (1991) .... Nando
  • Magdalena S. Palacol Story (1991)
  • Onyong Majikero (1991) .... George


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