The Info List - Ryza Cenon

Rhiza Ann Cenon Simbulan (born December 21, 1987 in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines), better known by her screen name Ryza Cenon, is a Filipina actress, dancer, model and painter.[2]

In 2004, she became the Ultimate Female Survivor of the second season of StarStruck of GMA Network.[3] She appeared in several shows including Darna, Ay, Robot!, Majika, Fantastikids, Fantastic Man,[4] Joaquin Bordado, Buena Familia, and Alyas Robin Hood.

In the year 2016, Cenon starred as Jewel in the romantic gore indie film Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B.[5] In December 2016, she appeared as the primary antagonist Georgia Ferrer in the TV show Ika-6 na Utos.

Early life

Rhiza Ann Cenon Simbulan was born in Gapan Nueva Ecija on December 21, 1987. Her mother, Rosanna, died in 1991 when she was only three years old. Her father works and lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has one older brother.

Cenon's grandmother served as her parental guardian after her mother's death.[6] She finished her high school at the Agustinian School of Cabuyao in Laguna. She later enrolled at the AMA Computer Learning Center in Quezon City and graduated as a computer programmer.


Acting career

2004: StarStruck Season 2

In 2004, Cenon joined GMA Network's original reality talent search. She became the Ultimate Female Survivor of StarStruck 2 The Nationwide Invasion (with Mike Tan as the Ultimate Male Survivor).[3] They both received 1,000,000 pesos plus exclusive contracts from the GMA Network. After winning StarStruck, Cenon appeared as a guest performer on the musical variety show SOP Gigsters (2004 - 2006).

2005-2010: Darna, Majika, Lovestruck, Fantastikids, Joaquin Bordado

Cenon began her career with GMA Network playing the role of Mae in Now and Forever (2005). In the same year, she joined the cast of Darna. Cenon played Louella, a member of the Divas Impaktitas who was determined to exact vengeance upon Darna (played by Angel Locsin) after she what she did to her sister.[7]

In 2006, Cenon appeared in Majika with Angel Locsin, Dennis Trillo, and Katrina Halili. She played the role of Pria / Sara, Sabina's (played by Angel Locsin) younger sister. After Majika, she starred in the movie Lovestruck (2006) where she won the New Movie Actress of the Year at the 2006 Star Awards for Movies.[8] In the same year she also played Anabelle on the fantasy-adventure series, Fantastikids, where she starred alongside Marky Cielo, Jackie Rice and Glaiza de Castro, as well as former child star Paolo Contis and former beauty queen Melanie Marquez.

In 2008, Cenon starred in the drama action series Joaquin Bordado alongside Robin Padilla, Iza Calzado, and Mark Herras. She played the role of Cecile, the granddaughter of General Russo (played by Eddie Garcia) and sister of Kevin (played by Antonio Aquitania).

Cenon played a number of supporting roles from 2008 to 2010: Wena / Fantastic Girl in Fantastic Man (2008) alongside Mark Herras and Jackie Rice; Abril Del Castillo in Rosalinda (2009); Apple Madrigal in Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak (2010); Candy / Joy Flores in Langit sa Piling Mo (2010); Darlene Roces in Koreana (2010); and Regine in Bantatay (2010).

2011 - 2015: Machete, Legacy, Luna Blanca, Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga

In 2011, Cenon appeared as Mia Valencia in I Heart You, Pare! and the antagonistic Marla Lucero / Fake Aginaya / New Bugana in Machete. The following year, she appeared in the drama series Legacy. Cenon played the supporting role of Juliet, the ambitious best friend of Diana Calcetas (played by Heart Evangelista). Right after Legacy, she played another role on Luna Blanca: Ang Ikalawang Yugto. Her character, Ashley Alvarez, was one of the main villainess in the series' second chapter.

Cenon appeared on three television series in 2013. The first drama series is Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga where she played the role of the antagonist Olga Villavicer / Sandra Sebastian. The second series, Indio, was an epic fantasy series directed by Dondon Santos. She played the role of Isabel Alonso, the supportive younger sister of the noble man Mariano Alfonso (played by Carlos Morales). The third series was Adarna where she played the role of Mikay.

In 2015, Cenon appeared as a supporting actress in three drama series on GMA Network: Mariel in Second Chances (2015); Margarita "Rita" Barcial in Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali? (2015); and Vaness Castro in Buena Familia (2015).[9]

2016 - present: Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B, Ika-6 na Utos

Cenon's acting career blossomed in the year 2016. She with actor Martin del Rosario starred in Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B.[10] This romantic gore independent film was directed by Prime Cruz and produced under The IdeaFirst Company. Cenon plays Jewel, the lonely manananggal who fell in love with the heartbroken man named Nico (played by Martin del Rosario). Sex and masturbation scenes were shot during the filming.[11] Her portrayal of Jewel is considered as her first mature role.

In December 2016, Cenon together with fellow actors Sunshine Dizon, Gabby Concepcion, and Mike Tan starred in the afternoon primetime series Ika-6 na Utos. She plays the role of Georgia Ferrer / Athena Francisco, the glamorous and evil mistress of Airline Captain Jerome "Rome" Fuentabella (played by Gabby Concepcion).[12] Her character was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 2017 7th EdukCircle Awards.[13] Her portrayal of Georgia is considered as Cenon's breakthrough role.

Cenon also appeared as the hotel attendant Georgia in the fantasy-comedy film Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers (2016).[14]

Upcoming projects

On June 15, 2017, after twelve years of being a talent of GMA Artist Center under GMA Network, Cenon signed an exclusive contract with Viva Artist Agency, but she signed a contract with the owner of Artist Center.[15] She will star with ABS-CBN actor JC Santos in the upcoming movie Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.[16] The movie will be released sometime in 2018.

Modeling career

Cenon appeared on several covers of FHM Philippines Magazine and was included on the list of the magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World. Cenon was ranked number 45 in 2005, number 68 in 2006, number 50 in 2007, number 58 in 2008, number 91 in 2009, number 95 in 2010, number 95 in 2011, number 15 in 2013, number 26 in 2014, number 22 in 2015, number 75 in 2016, and number 45 in 2017. She succeeded Sunshine Cruz as the FHM Philippines Cover Girl on May 15, 2013.[17]


Cenon, together with LJ Reyes and Chynna Ortaleza, formed a sing-and-dance group called SH3 in 2010. The trio performed on the Sunday variety show SOP Rules. The group disbanded in the same year.


Personal life

Cenon had an estranged relationship with her father and brother.[18]

In an interview in 2016, she said that she suffered depression and attempted to commit suicide.[19] She took up painting as an instrument to beat her depression.[20] Independencia: Ang Panimula, Cenon's first painting exhibit, was held in a restaurant in San Juan City on June 19, 2016.[21] Most of her paintings were abstract.

Aside from painting, Cenon is an enthusiast of archery. She is also into cooking. In 2015, she enrolled at the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila after the successful opening of her food business, PaBurrito.[22]

Her current boyfriend is actor and model Pocholo Barretto. The relationship was confirmed by Cenon on November 23, 2016.[23]


Television Drama

Year Title Role Notes Source
2016–2018 Ika-6 na Utos Georgia "Adyang" Ferrer† / Athena Francisco† Main Antagonist [12]
2016 Dear Uge: Maid in China Dahlia Episode guest [24]
Alyas Robin Hood Nancy Benitez Season 1 [25]
Karelasyon: Third Eye Marie Episode: "Third Eye"
Credited as Ryza Cenon
Sinungaling Mong Puso Leda Robles-Aguirre Guest Cast
A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Candy Episode: "True to Yourself"
Credited as Ryza Cenon
Maynila: Fan Mode Season 5
2015 Buena Familia Vaness Castro
Maynila: Sisters for Life Miranda Season 4
Karelasyon#PanchoLJRyza Linda Episode: "Tuhog"
Credited as Ryza Cenon
Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali? Margarita "Rita" Barcial
Second Chances Mariel
2014 Wagas Danica Sotto-Pingris
Innamorata Doña Priscilla Manansala
2013 Adarna Mikay
Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko Selena Monteverde
Indio Isabel Alfonso
Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Olga Villavicer / Sandra Sebastian
2012 Aso ni San Roque Grace Santos
Luna Blanca: Ang Ikalawang Yugto Ashley Alvarez
My Beloved Teen Pepay
Legacy Juliet
2011 Time Of My Life Rochelle
Machete Marla Lucero / Fake Aginaya / New Bugana
I ♥ You, Pare! Mia Valencia
2010 Bantatay Regine
Koreana Darlene Roces
Langit sa Piling Mo Candy / Joy Flores
Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak Apple Madrigal
2009 Rosalinda Abril Del Castillo
Gagambino Ada
Dear Friend: Bakasyonistas Mia
2008 Joaquin Bordado Cecille
2007-2008 Fantastic Man Wena / Fantastic Girl
2006 Fantastikids
Majika Sara / Pria
Ay, Robot! Aiza
2005 Darna Louella / Divas Impaktitas
Now and Forever: Mukha Mae

Drama Anthology

Year Title Role Source
2017 Magpakailanman: "The Healing Touch Of Love" Jorina [28]
2015 Magpakailanman: "Tapat na Asawa, Baliw na Ina: The Ompong and Vangie Pagunsan Story"
Imbestigador: Magkapatid Sara [29]
2014 Magpakailanman: "Ang Ina na Hindi Malilimutan: The Lauro Tuaño Story" Malou
Magpakailanman: "Tatay na si Totoy, Nanay na si Nene: The Moymoy and Rina Story" Cynthia
Wagas: Marc & Danica Love Story Danica Sotto
2013 Wagas: Ed-Julie Love Story Julie
Magpakailanman: "Coming Out: The Charice Pempengco Story" Alyssa Quijano
Magpakailanman: "Transman: The Nil Nodalo Story Kat
Tanikala V: Liwanag sa Dapithapon May Montealegre
2012 Magpakailanman: "The Power of Love: The Nathaniel Cruz Story (2012)" Jenny
Spooky Nights: Sapi White Lady
2011 Spooky Nights: Panata Alice
2010 Face to Face Untold Stories: Dalawang Babae, Pusong Lalake Dawn
Dear Friend Presents: Tisay Weng
2009 SRO Cinemaserye Presents: Exchange Gift Veronique
Dear Friend Presents: Bakasyonista Mia
2008 Dear Friend Kate
2006 Love to Love (Season 12): Jass Got Lucky Chloe
Love To Love (Season 8): Stuck In Love Barbie
2005 Baywalk Various

Variety, and Reality Shows

Year Title Role Source Network
2017 Sunday PinaSaya Herself / Guest [30]
GMA Network
2011/2013 Party Pilipinas Herself / Performer
2005 SOP
SOP Gigsters
2004 StarStruck Herself / Ultimate Female Survivor


Year Title Role
2017 Mr. and Mrs. Cruz Gela
2016 Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B Jewel
2016 Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers Georgia Ferrer
2016 Diyos-diyosan
2012 Migrante Mila
2006 Puso 3 -
2005 Lovestruck Myka


Year Award-giving body Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Osaka Asian Film Festival Best Performer (Yakushi Pearl Award) Mr. and Mrs. Cruz Won [31]
2017 7th OFW Gawad Parangal Best Supporting Actress Ika-6 na Utos Won [32]
7th EdukCircle Awards Nominated [33]
2016 QCinema Film Festival 2016 Best Actress Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B Nominated [34]
2006 Star Awards For Movies New Movie Actress for the Year Lovestruck Won [8]

FHM Philippines rankings

Year Magazine Company/ Issue Title Award Title Result Reference
2005 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 45
2006 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 68
2007 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 50
2008 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 58
2009 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 91
2010 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 95
2011 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 95
2013 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 15
2014 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 26
2015 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 22
2016 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 75
2017 FHM Philippines FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women
Rank No. 45


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Preceded by
Sunshine Cruz
FHM Cover Girl
(May 2013)
Succeeded by
Jennylyn Mercado