Denise Barbacena

Denise Barbacena
Birth nameDenise Ysabel Barbacena
Born (1994-11-02) November 2, 1994 (age 25)
Manila, Philippines
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)Rap artist, singer, musician, comedian, actress
Years active2011–present
LabelsJive (Sony Music), Universal, GMA Records
Associated actsGloc-9

Denise Ysabel Barbacena (born November 2, 1994[1]) is a Filipina singer, comedienne, actress, and popularly known as finalist of the first season of the reality show, Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break, a reality search contest, created by GMA Network as an official protégé of Gloc-9.[1]

She is best known for her collaborations with Gloc-9, such as "Hari ng Tondo" and "Dapat Tama".[2] As an actress, she appears in the gag show Bubble Gang[2] as well as other television series such as A1 Ko Sa 'Yo,[3] Legally Blind[1] and Little Nanay.[1] In film, she became part of the main cast of 1st ko si 3rd.[4]


In 2011, Barbacena became a contestant for the talent search show Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break of GMA Network where she represented Mega Manila.[5] Barbacena was chosen by of Gloc 9 to be his protégé in the said television show.[1] She made it to the finals after singing "Pag-ibig Ko'y Pansinin," which was originally recorded by Faith Cuneta.[1] After being eliminated on November 6, 2011, she landed on the eighth place.[1]

Barbacena was featured in Gloc 9's song "Hari ng Tondo." It was used as a theme song for the 2011 film Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story and the their collaboration won the Best Theme Song in the 60th FAMAS Awards.[6][7] Another collaboration with Gloc 9 happened in 2013 as they were tapped by GMA News and Public Affairs to do "Dapat Tama," an advocacy campaign jingle for public awareness during mid-term Philippine elections in 2013.[8] In 2014, the campaign including the music video of "Dapat Tama" gained merit honors in the 49th Anvil Awards given by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines under the category Public Relations Programs in a Sustained Basis.[9][10] For winning the Anvil Awards, the Philippine House of Representatives adopted resolution number 1694 commending the achievement of the "Dapat Tama" campaign.[11][12]

In 2013, Barbacena joined the cast of Bubble Gang[13] where she had done many comedy skits including spoofing Yaya Dub, the character of Maine Mendoza in "Kalyeserye."[14] Incidentally, in 2017, Barbacena recorded the singles "Aking Tadhana" and "To Be Yours, I'm Destined" for the original soundtrack of Destined to Be Yours, which top billed by Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards.[15][16] In the pilot episode of Destined to be Yours in February 2017, "Aking Tadhana" topped the iTunes PH list of songs.[17]

She also starred in the comedy series A1 Ko Sa 'Yo in 2016.[18] Barbacena was included in the main cast of the indie film 1st ko si 3rd making her film debut.[4]





Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Beautiful Justice Shine
2019 Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko Brooke
2019 Dragon Lady young Ginger
2018 Contessa Miadora Jimenez
2017 Magpakailanman Ruby
2017 Wish Ko Lang: Si Aileen at si Alexa Alexa
2017 Alyas Robin Hood Prisoner 1 Guest cast
2017 Legally Blind Sabrina
2016 Superstar Duets Herself As a contestant
2016 Dear Uge: My Millenial Mom Majie
2016 A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Kaycee Molina
2016 Karelasyon Elisa
2016 The Millionaire's Wife Grace
2016 Maynila: Lucky I'm In Love Jane
2015 Little Nanay Trixie
2015 Maynila: Sikretong Malupit Sandra
2015 Sabado Badoo Herself In a cameo role
2014-2015 Basta Every Day, Happy! Herself As a performer
2013-2015 Sunday All Stars Herself As a performer
2013–present Bubble Gang Herself
2012 / 2017 Tunay Na Buhay Herself Episode guest
2011-2013 Party Pilipinas Herself As a performer
2011 Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break Herself As a contestant


Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2014 1st ko si 3rd Main cast, 2014 Cinemalaya entry (English title: Third Is My First)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Denise Barbacena | - Artist Center - Talents". GMA Network. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Portillo, Samanta; Estrada, Bochic (October 25, 2013). "Denise Barbacena embraces comedy as her newfound love". GMA News. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Carballo, Bibsy M. (May 26, 2016). "Coming soon: Kapuso sexy comedy". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "1st ko si 3rd". Cinemalaya official page. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Gonzales, Rommel (October 19, 2011). "PART 1: Meet the female contenders of Protégé". Philippine Entertainment Portal (in English and Tagalog). Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "SLIDESHOW: Pops of color at 60th FAMAS Awards". ABS-CBN News. September 26, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "salamat sa Famas Awards 2012!". Gloc-9 Official Homepage. September 28, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "GMA launches the Dapat Tama theme song by Gloc-9". The Philippine Star. February 15, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "GMA launches the Dapat Tama theme song by Gloc-9". The Philippine Star. March 4, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "GMA News and Public Affairs' 'Dapat Tama' campaign wins Anvil Award". GMA News Online. February 28, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "House adopts resolution commending GMA Network's 'Dapat Tama' electoral advocacy campaign". House of Representatives of the Philippines. December 28, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Red, Isah V. (December 18, 2014). "Congress lauds 'Dapat Tama' campaign". Manila Standard. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Paulino, Ver (December 5, 2015). "Two decades of laughs with the Bubble Gang". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  14. ^ Acar, Aedrianne (13 October 2015). "Comedienne Denise Barbacena natakot daw i-spoof si Yaya Dub?". GMA News (in Tagalog). Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Sun, Cherry (March 2, 2017). "Theme songs ng bagong GMA shows, maaari nang i-download | - Records - Articles". Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "Playlist: Denise Barbacena – To Be Yours I'm Destined (from 'Destined To Be Yours')". GMA Network. April 5, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  17. ^ Sun, Cherry (February 27, 2017). "'Destined To Be Yours' theme, at top spot on iTunes PH songs | - Records - Articles". GMA Network. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Newbies daunted, inspired to work with Jaclyn Jose". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 6, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2017.

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