MANILA, Philippines — Stacey Gabriel is a friendly and eloquent beauty from Cainta, Rizal. His face may be familiar, especially to those who listen religiously to FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. Three years ago, she took part in the action drama series with Coco Martin and took on the role of a woman in uniform, named Master Sergeant Tricia Almario.
A recent virtual chat with some members of the press revealed Stacey’s love of acting and her humble beginnings in showbiz.
“I’m always drawn to powerful, impactful female characters, whether it’s in movies or on TV,” the 5-foot-5 lady with dark brown eyes and hair said of future projects she’d like to do. “Being a part of Probinsyano was fun because I got to play a policewoman, a character in a traditionally male-dominated space. I would love to be a superhero of some sort. Her goal as an actress, a- she added, is to present the woman as a multi-faceted being. Stacey is excited about what the future holds for her.
As for the art of trying out for roles, she said “acting is my big love. I have always been passionate about the profession. Getting into showbiz has always been a dream of mine. (Playing) has been a passion since I was little. I grew up as a theater kid.
Her passion for acting was nurtured by her ever-supportive mother.
“Even though my mom could barely make ends meet, she made sure she had a budget to send me to acting workshops,” Stacey recalls. “She knew it would make me a more empathetic and compassionate human being, and I absolutely fell in love with the craft. Our deal was, “When you graduate from high school, you can spread your wings and maybe sign with an agency and have more freedom to pursue that dream.” So as soon as I graduated from high school, I took as many acting workshops as I could and (that) led me to a few potential managers, but eventually I signed with Viva. She worked there for five years and found the experience an absolute thrill.
Stacey scored her first recurring role on ABS-CBN’s La Luna Sangre and had a small role as a bridesmaid in a film. She has also appeared in projects such as Ipaglaban Mo and The Day After Valentine’s. Stacey’s humble beginnings as an actress made her appreciate the craft.
La Luna Sangre, she said, gave her the chance to work with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Miss Universe Philippines 2014 and Miss Universe Top 10 runner-up MJ Lastimosa. Stacey shared that these Binibinis were the first people to plant the seed for her to try beauty pageants.
Meanwhile, such a prospect was at the back of his mind because his heart was to act. “I was determined to make an impact on this industry,” the pageant fan added.
Last year, people close to her encouraged Stacey to join a beauty tip and she met Aces & Queens chef Gerry Diaz. She attended a screening and eventually took her first Q&A training.
From entertainment, Stacey began exploring the world of pageantry among this year’s Binibining Pilipinas candidates.
“The ceremonial space is one that elevates women and amplifies our voices,” said she, who hosts any title on coronation night but is aiming for the Intercontinental. Like all other beauty titles, it champions women with vision and voice, “women who use their voices for something much bigger than themselves,” Stacey concluded.