Judy Ann Santos (born May 11, 1978 in Manila, Philippines) is one of the most popular young actresses in Philippine cinema and television who is celebrating her 20 years in showbusiness in 2006. Her last full-length non-digital movie was "Don't Give Up On Us", a film by Joyce Bernal, co-starring with Piolo Pascual, who has starred with her in four other films - "Esperanza - The Movie", "Kahit Isang Saglit", "Bakit 'Di Totohanin", and "Till There Was You".
Friday, December 29, 2006
Rosemarie Joy Garcia, better known by her screen name Diana Zubiri (born April 15, 1985 in Bulacan, is a Kapuso actress.
Zubiri started her showbiz career after applying in Japan as an entertainer. She began to appear in sexy movies such as Itlog, Bakat and Kasiping.
In October 29, 2002, she had a photo shoot wearing a two piece bikini for FHM Philippines on top of EDSA-Shaw flyover in Mandaluyong City, that stirred controversy. Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos filed charges of grave scandal against FHM Philippines and Zubiri but he later withdrew it after Zubiri and Jojo Gabinete, Zubiri's manager, apologized. Because of the incident, Zubiri became widely-known.
After a few sexy flicks, Zubiri became a GMA Network artist, appearing as a regular cast in Bubble Gang, a sketch comedy television program. She also appears in Encantadia as the main cast, playing Danaya, the diwata that holds the Jewel of the Earth. She reprises her role of Danaya in Etheria, and continues her role in Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.
Maria Isadora Ussher Calzado, popularly known as Iza Calzado gained big attention in show business in May 2002. Her biggest breaks in Philippine showbiz include teaming-up with Argentine actor Segundo Cernadas in GMA Network's Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man and taking the role as Amihan in Encantadia. Although, she considers playing the role of Mary Grace in Star Cinema's Milan as the turning point of her career.
Rachelle Ann Go (born August 31, 1986) rose to prominence after winning the second season of the reality show Star For A Night renamed as Search For A Star, hosted by Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez. She has since gone to have established a very successful recording career and is hailed as The Ultimate Champion.
Toni Gonzaga was born in January 21, 1984. She got her first big break as a fan of Piolo Pascual in a softdrink commercial, at the age of 17 years old. She recalls that at that time, "Masaya ako at excited kasi ito yung first lead commercial ko tapos Piolo was there di ko nga ineexpect na nandun sya." (I am happy and excited because this is my first lead commercial after Piolo was there and I did not expect that he was there.)
Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino-Yap, otherwise known as Kris Aquino (born February 14, 1971 in Quezon City) is a prominent television and movie personality. She is the fifth and youngest child of former president Corazon Aquino and Benigno Aquino, Jr.
In recent years, Kris has been labeled the Philippines's "Queen of Talk," due to her success in hosting talk shows. She was also crowned as the 2004 Box Office Queen for her hit movies such as Feng Shui and So...Happy Together. Her current tv shows in ABS CBN are The Buzz, Pilipinas Game Ka Na Ba and Deal or no Deal. She is married with basketball player James Yap. Kris is probably one of the most visible celebrities on television and that makes her our 29th Most Beautiful Filipina.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Bianca Charlotte King (born March 18, 1986 in Germany) has been an actress in the Philippines since April 2004. Her biggest television break was her role as Aviona in the 2004-2005 series Mulawin. She is the daughter of Suzie King, who is a close friend of Joel Almagro. She is also an FHM model and listed as one of the sexiest women in the world. Bianca King is our no. 30 Most Beautiful Filipina.
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Alessandra Schiavone, better known by her stage name Alessandra de Rossi (born on July 19, 1984 in England, United Kingdom), is an Italian-Filipino actress. She is the younger sister of actress Assunta de Rossi which is also one of our Most Beautiful Filipina.
She was once overshadowed by the showbiz success of her older sister Assunta. However, her genuine ability to act allowed her to eventually outshine the former. Her career took off after exceptional portrayals in different drama films including the critically acclaimed Mga Munting Tinig (Small Voices) and Homecoming, where she portrayed a Canadian-based domestic worker who came home to the Philippines for a visit bringing the deadly disease SARS which she spreads in the rural town that she was living in.
Following great performances, Alessandra won the part of Valentina, the villainess of the popular comics turned fantaserye (fantasy TV series), Darna aired on GMA network in 2005. The show fared exceptionally well in the ratings game, earning her additional attention for her show stealing performance.
Alessandra's last movie was the Singaporean-based horror film The Maid where she played Rosa, the main character who is a housemaid in Singapore. The film was a box office hit both locally and in neighbouring Asian countries.
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María Olivia S. Daytia, better known by her screen name Isabel Oli (born October 20, 1981 in Cebu City, Philippines) is a Filipina model and television and movie actress. She is the youngest of seven children of Chinese father and a Spanish-Filipino mother. Isabel graduated from the University of San Jose - Recoletos in Cebu with the degree of Information Technology. She started to get the attention of the viewers when she landed the role of "Isabel" in the Max's restaurant commercial with multi-awarded actor Piolo Pascual. But it was her similarly named role of Isabel, the "alay" (sacrifice) and leading lady to matinee idol, Richard Gutierrez in Sugo, that launched her to full stardom. Her face currently graces the covers of glossy magazines, billboards and print ads and appears regularly on GMA TV shows.
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Ana Marie Falcon, otherwise known as Francine Prieto is a sexy kapuso actress. She starred in Seiko Film's "Liberated" along with Diana Zubiri. She was a part of the FHM 2004 Calendar and always in the list of FHM sexiest women every year. She joined Bb. Pilipinas 2003, ended in the top 12. She changed her name because "Falcon" sounds like an action star's moniker. She also
starred in Channel 5's soap "Criselda," when she was 10 years old. Her tv shows in the kapuso network are Bubble Gang and Bahay Mo Ba 'To. Francine is our no. 33 Most Beautiful Filipina for 2006.
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Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez otherwise known as Regine Velasquez (born April 22, 1970), nicknamed Asia's Songbird, is a multi-awarded Filipino singer and actress.
Velasquez is well-known for her belting prowess which has been noted for its range, power, technical ability and also for her versatility and reinvention. Her vocal range is 4 octaves and classified as Lyric Coloratura Soprano. She has received critical acclaim and commercial success for her singing, hosting and acting endeavors. Her professional career started when she won the grand prize in a nationally televised singing contest. She made her debut in 1986 under the guidance of entertainment mogul Ronnie Henares and was initially marketed as a pop singer. Following her success in the Asia Pacific Song Festival, a series of subsequent successful records in the region consolidated her position as one of Asia's biggest selling performers. Her success and popularity has yielded several top-selling singles and platinum certifications.
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Yasmien Kurdi is a kapuso singer and actress. She was one of the Final 4 in the first season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show of GMA Network in the Philippines, but she lost to Jennylyn Mercado and finished only as first runner up.
Yasmien Kurdi was born in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines, on January 25, 1989, of Filipino, Chinese and French-Lebanese descent, to Miriam Ong-Yuson and Mike Kurdi. During her childhood, she had spent most of her life in the Middle East because her father worked there. After her parents separated, Yasmien and her mother returned to the Philippines.
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Rufa Mae Quinto was born on May 28, 1978. Known for being a sexy comedienne and an icon for sex comedies. Her nickname is P-Chi. Eldest daughter in the brood of nine. Started her showbiz career after landed a spot in "That's Entertainment" (1985). Her biggest break was Gloria, Gloria Labandera (1997) and Booba (1997). Known for her funny expressions such as "Ok, fine", "`Todo Na", "Pasensiya Na", "Para sa Bayan", "Move on". Her tv programs include SOP, Hokus Pokus and Bubble Gang. She is currently the girlfriend of Erik Santos. And she's our No. 36 Most Beautiful Filipina.
For someone who has just started her modeling career, 16 year old Rhian Denise Ramos Howell or Rhian Ramos for short, made an abrupt transition to show business when she was cast as one of the female leads of "Captain Barbell," the newest fantasy-action-drama series that will hit the realm of TV soon.
It was through her McDonalds McJelly Trio TV commercial that she was noticed by film producer Annette Gozon. She then asked GMA Artist Center’s Ida Henares to reel her in as one of their latest discoveries. Fortunately, convincing her to join show business was a breeze since she happened to be Ms. Henares’ niece!
"I have thoughts of joining show business. But I wanted to enter it after I make something out of my modeling career. I was surprised it happened immediately...the job picked me," she exclaimed ecstatically.
Very raw in acting, she however bagged the role of Leah in "Captain Barbell." Leah is the childhood friend of Teng (the human identity of Captain Barbell played by Richard Gutierrez) who left for the States with her family. They meet again when she comes back as a teenager and their friendship slowly transforms into romance.
Even without any acting experience, Rhian didn’t have qualms accepting the role because she saw it as her big break in showbiz. And she didn’t want to waste such an opportunity so she grabbed it!
"’Captain Barbell’ has been part of the lives of Filipinos for a long time already. I wanted to give it a try because it’s something very Filipino. It’s a classic so I really wanted to give it a try. If I ventured into acting it’s because this is really a good project to start with," she remarked.
She also intimated that acting is close to her heart because when she was still little, she loved entertaining people no matter how. And while growing up she was drawn to showbiz.
"I just like how people present themselves in such a good way even if behind the scenes they do so much work. And after all that they come out with smiles on their faces and show everyone how much they love their jobs though how hard they work."
Rhian tasted that world in her first day of taping and discovered what hard work meant in the realm of television!
"I discovered that they don’t know how to sleep," laughed Rhian. "They are really hard working people. They have passion for their jobs which is very admirable."
Her first day too was memorable because the whole cast and her directors made her feel very welcomed according to her. She was surprised that her directors (Dom Zapata and Mike Tuviera) always gave her tips in every scene and helped her come to terms with her emotions. She described her experience as learning on the job!
So how was it working with Richard Gutierrez?
"It’s fun working with him kasi kinukulit niya ako. He really tries his best to make me comfortable with everything because he knows I’m new. Bonding palagi kami!"
She added that somehow she was starstruck when she first met Richard Gutierrez. Seeing his face everywhere, from the highway to the malls to the magazines, she admitted feeling weird about their encounter. Richard’s also been described by her school friends as the handsome model of Bench.
When I met him, it was like ‘wow, a real person!’ He is a real person, friendly and mabait...I supposed he’s my crush," she laughed.
In "Captain Barbel" she is also in a love triangle and the other female actress involved is Camille Prats. Such a situation even in a drama series invokes intrigues often as to whom the lead actor is better off with. With this in mind, does she feel threatened about intrigues that would befall her budding career?
"I think I can handle it. You shouldn’t listen to those negative things because it won’t do you any good," she confidently expressed.
With regards to her character, what did Rhian find very challenging?
"Lahat ng characters may conflicts and problems like Leah. So when Leah is sad, hirap na hirap ako sa emotions kasi hindi ako masyadong sad na person. Yung mga intense feelings like anger, nahihirapan akong i-deliver," she confessed.
She further explained that it is because in real life, whenever she feels angry, she blocks this off. And that practice is what she is circumventing to meet the demands of her acting career.
Aside from "Captain Barbel," Rhian has been exposed to performing live. She recently sang live in German Moreno’s "Walang Tulugan" which was taped in SM Clark. Rendering the song "Since You’ve Been Gone" to her would-be fans, she deemed it an unforgettable experience.
"I was in backstage and very nervous. Because I only sing in the shower," she giggled. "And looking at all those people was terrifying. Nanginginig talaga ako at naiiyak ako. I was so scared!"
Basically, Rhian (her name is of Wales origin chosen by her grandfather from a fairytale princess named Rhianon) is a happy person. Her smile is infectious that she can warm a person’s heart the moment she meets him and her. And her philosophy in life is simple, "You just have to be positive all the time especially in a world like this where a lot of things can happen that can pull you down. You have to stand up to succeed!"
Sunshine Dizon (born July 3, 1983 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Kapuso actress. She started in show business when she was only five years old. On her teens, she became a sweetheart. Through time, she was molded into one of the greatest serious actresses of her generation.
She is a versatile actress who have played several characters on the television and on the big screen, the most popular characters she played was the role of Pirena and most recently the role of Bakekang.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Maria Jolina Perez Magdangal, or more commonly known simply as Jolina Magdangal or Jolens (born November 6, 1978 in Quezon City, Philippines), is a popular singer, actress and television host and an fashion icon. She was a former ABS-CBN singer, host and actress who moved to GMA Network. She is currently hosting Starstruck the Next Level. Jolens is our No. 40 Most Beautiful Filipina.
Katherine Grace Cosme Abad, otherwise known as Kaye Abad, was born on the 17th of May 1982 in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA. When she was barely 10 days old, her parents brought her to the Philippines. The Abad family settled in Imus, Cavite where they still live today. Kaye Abad is the eldest of three siblings. Her parents are well-respected business entrepreneur.
Valerie Concepcion, born December 21, 1987, was GMA's most promising actress at the start of the millennium. Valerie was even awarded by Star Awards as the Best New Female TV Personality in 2003. Her career was about to peak when she got pregnant. She eventually left showbiz because of the incident. This year, Valerie came back to showbiz reinventing herself. She graced FHM's cover last July. The more mature and sexy Valerie has come back to continue reaching for her star that she almost reached a couple of years back. She's our No. 42 Most Beautiful Filipina.
One of the music industry’s most promising singers, having won awards from MTV Pilipinas and Awit Awards, Kyla is all set to prove that she has what it takes, and more.
If you ask pop/r&b singer kyla what her greatest achievement is, she’ll probably say its winning Best New Artist and Best video at the MTV Pilipinas and Awit Awards last year. And it is… or was. On second thought, these awards (among the others she has already received since then) suddenly paled in comparison to what the 23-year-old achieved a few months ago.
Nancy Jane Jimenez Castiglione or Nancy Castiglione, born February 24, 1981 in Canada, started in GMA 7 shows Hangang Kailan and Lagot Ka Isusumbong Kita before she move to ABS CBN while her former boyfriend Paolo Contis transferred from 2 to 7 respectively. She's currently into modeling and this year she appeared on the cover of FHM magazine. Nancy is our No. 44 Most Beautiful Filipina.
Chyna Ortaleza started her career at a young age via a kids show, 5 and up. She pursued her career years later through the Sprite, Magpakatotoo Ka commercial (Sprite, Get Real) as a kitikitext. Then GMA Network got her for Click as Mimi. She was cast as Melanie in the soap opera Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin, replacing Sunshine Dizon as the love interest of Cogie Domingo's character, later pairing with Richard Gutierrez after Domingo left the show. Ortaleza paired with Gutierrez again in the soap opera, Habang Kapiling Ka in the role of Donna. After Habang Kapiling Ka ended, they partnered in Click. They worked together in the Sunday youth drama Love to Love in the episode "Maid For Each Other" where she played Jen, a rich girl from Cebu who ran away to Manila to protest her father's marriage to a cruel woman.
Sarah Meier (born in 17 August 1981 in Manila, Philippines as Chara Marie Go Meier) is a former supermodel turned MTV VJ who was discovered by MTV Asia in 2000. She is one of MTV Philippines' most popular VJs, despite deliberately staying away from Philippine show business. Her smooth voice, quick wit, and glib tongue has made her one of Philippine television's most respected hosts.
Sarah's beautiful and exotic looks come from her half-Filipino and half-Swiss roots. She left MTV in 2005 to pursue other avenues in New York.
Yvette Barbra Almalbis (born August 26, 1977), more commonly known as Barbie Almalbis, is a singer and songwriter. Formerly the lead singer of the popular bands Hungry Young Poets and Barbie's Cradle, she pursued a solo career in 2005, releasing her self-titled compilation album, Barbie: The Singles.
In 2006, she released her debut solo album, Parade. Her music is characterised by a rather quirky, but endearing vocal style, and guitar work.
Barbie is a capable guitarist in her own right and a painter; she is a born-again Christian and recently got married to Martin Honasan, a painter and scion of a Philippine political family. Visit her website at www.barbiealmalbis.com.
Anna Katrina Dumilon Nadal (born September 16, 1980), more commonly known as Kitchie Nadal, is a singer/songwriter, formerly the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band, Mojofly. Kitchie's popularity in the female OPM niche grew after she released a self-titled solo album featuring her chart-topping single, Huwag na Huwag Mong Sasabihin. The album has since achieved double platinum status (over 60,000 copies sold).
While currently touring and preparing for her next album, Kitchie is also pursuing a double degree major in Education and Psychology at De La Salle University-Manila. The Rock Princess is our No. 49 Most Beautiful Filipina.