Her real name, Maria Olivia S. Daytia, might not ring any bells for most fans of Philippine showbusiness but her screen name, Isabel Oli, is one that readily conjures up an image of female beauty and sophistication.
This young lady from Cebu with Filipino, Spanish and Chinese roots first came to national attention when she started appearing in TV commercials. The commercial that got the most attention, though, at this early stage in her career was her Max’s commercial with screen hunk Piolo Pascual. So popular was this commercial that viewers wondered who “Isabel”, the beautiful young lady on screen was and years later, the two would eventually reprise their roles to create a continuation for the fabled commercial.
With the name Isabel in the minds of TV viewers, it was decided that Isabel Oli would be her screen name once she launches her career. She signed up with ABS-CBN shortly after and appeared in It Might Be You, a drama series that starred John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. Though it was only a supporting role, the show did get her noticed by many and served to get her more comfortable with appearing on TV. That same year, she next appeared in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya alongside John Prats.
The year 2005 signaled a big change in isabel’s career as she leave her current network and begin a long working relationship with GMA-7. Her first work with the station was already in a lead role capacity as she becomes the leading lady of Richard Gutierrez in the primetime show Sugo. The show dealt with fantasy themes of good versus evil and had a story that revolved around two twin brothers who were both played by Richard Gutierrez. One of the twins would fight for good while the other would fight for evil but both of them would end up falling for Isabel’s character who was also named Isabel.
Other roles would quickly follow but with Sugo’s success, Isabel’s status as a young actress who could play the lead was assured. The next year, Isabel would appear in the GMA shows I Luv NY, Love to Love and Atlantika. Atlantika was another fantasy primetime series and in it, Isabel took on the role of a princess who was potentially the pre-destined lover of the lead character Aquano who was played by GMA-7 lead Dingdong Dantes.
Her next projects would be appearances in GMA’s Mga Mata ni Anghelita, Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang and another lead role in Maging Akin Ka Lamang with Nadine Samonte, Polo Ravales and Carlo Aquino. Here, Isabel switched gears and showed more of her improved acting skills by not portraying the sweet, innocent female she normally does but instead gets the role of a wealthy, spoiled brat.Her next big role, in the superhero fantasy series Gagambino with Dennis Trillo is also unique as here she played Alakdanessa, a lass with the powers derived from a scorpion.
Her acting wouldn’t be limited to the small screen as she would appear in several films including GMA Films’ Moments of Love and You to Me Are Everything with Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera. In 2010, she would also appear in a beautiful Metro Manila Film Fest movie, entitled Rosario. The film would end up bagging 7 awards in the Manila Film Fest Awards Night.
With her career going well, Isabel has also now found the time to be in a romantic relationship and the man she’s currently dating is Gab Valenciano. Gab had admitted in an interview that they’ve been going steady for more than two months and has described this period as the most sincere and genuine relationship both have had.
No one could deny that Isabel Oli is one of the country’s most beautiful faces. With all the memorable acting roles she’s had these past couple of years, it’s interesting to look back and see how inevitable her success was even from the first moment she graced our television screens.