She’s a person who has been to hell and back. And despite the negative stories
thrown at her, she still finds herself singing beautiful tunes.
Marianel Saluria Jamer, or more popular known as Janelle Jamer, in media was
born on November 16, 1983. She could have been a real Tondo girl, if not for
her family moving to Caloocan. Along with them was her mother, Evelyn, and Anne
and Sarah, her two younger sisters. Zaldy, her older brother, was based in Canada.
When asked by the press today, Janelle would picture out her childhood as that
of poverty. She remembered pretty well when they would have nothing to eat except
champorado. Because Janelle wanted to give a better life to her family—and
because she would love to depend on her own than to others when it comes to
finances—she ventured into working. She later became a regular host and
singer in a comedy bar called Zirkoh along with Kaye Brosas. It was during this
time that she was able to hone her skills in singing and hosting, as well as
started wearing miniskirts.
Jean Garcia is a Filipina television and film actress who hails from Angeles City,
Pampanga. She has appeared in numerous "telenovelas" (soap operas) and
She started her acting career at the age of 17 but managed to relatively keep
her privacy.Despite making waves in the industry for quite some time, it seems
that Jean Garcia never loses her youthful glow. Her most famous role was in
the telenovela Pangako Sa 'Yo where played antagonist Madam Claudia. She also
starred in the first musical fantaserye (fantasy/soap opera) Kampanerang Kuba,
and the cooking show 'Makuha Ka Sa Tikim'. She has moved to ABS-CBN's rival
network GMA Network; she was a part of the cast of the telefantasya Majika and
now in GMA 7's newest telefantasya, 'Atlantika'.She has two kids.There are quite
a few actresses, who have once garnered plum leading roles in the '80s and early
'90s (when the local movie industry was still robust), that are now usually
relegated to supporting roles as mothers, aunts and villains, their names are
usually preceded by terms such as "veteran" and "seasoned."
Born May 15, 1987, an actress, produced by a reality artista search in GMA 7,
Starstruck has now been regarded one of the most sought television personality
in her generation. However, her success in life nowadays, were brought out of
the trials in her life when she was a child. Her childhood and teenage life was
actually featured in Magpakailanman where most people was shocked after knowing
what life Jennylyn Mercado experienced before she became this famous now.
News burst out involving her as a battered child when she was only four years
old. The suspect of the said abuse was done by her stepfather who actually burned
out her back with a flat iron, and incinerated her skin with cigarette butts.
However, her biological mother who was then in Dubai working as a OFW, immediately
went home to the Philippines strangely not for her daughter’s sake but
to let her husband freed from jail. Years after, her mother went to London to
stay there for good and have her own family.
It would have been difficult to have imagined that a tiny little girl with chubby
cheeks, all of 6 yrs, singing ‘Sampung Mga Daliri, Kamay at Paa..’ in
a popular toothpaste commercial would become of the most celebrated and recognized
faces of the Philippine entertainment industry. Moreover, at the young age of
28 years, she would be celebrating 2 decades of being in the business of entertainment!
Yes, Judy Ann Santos is a ‘Diva’ with exceptional talents and immense
Born on 11 May 1978, Judy Anne Lumagui Santos or Judy Ann Santos is one of
the most commercially successful actors belonging to the ABS-CBN camp. Juday,
as she’s referred by the entertainment industry, received her very first
break as one of the kids in the GMA tearjerker ‘Kaming Mga Ulila’,
directed by Argel Joseph in 1986. However, Juday made headlines with her role
in the IBC-13’s soap opera Ula, Ang Batang Gubat, at the age of 10.
Soon, young Juday’s itinerary was choc-a-block with offers of acting roles
in various serials including ‘Mpaktita’ ‘Madonna’, ‘Silang
Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan’.
Without any shadow of a doubt, she has made her mark in Philippine cinema with
her sultry sexuality and voluptuous body. As many would agree and many more would
detest, Joyce Jimenez, nicknamed “Ang Pantasya ng Bayan,” has literally
seduced herself free from obscurity and set her name in stone in the form of Filipino
Joyce Jimenez is a Filipino-American actress who has gained fame in the Philippines
through the films that she starred. She was born as Joyce Herrin Reintegrado on
March 21, 1978 to Filipino migrant parents in Los Angeles, California. She is
one of two children in her family, the other one being her brother. She resided
La Puente, California, where she studied in Bishop Amat High School. Very soon,
she was passed the University of California exam. However, Joyce decided not to
pursue it and eventually came to the Philippines. Suffice to say, that decision
to skip college changed her life and paved the way to her unexpected future as
A bright smile, sparkling eyes, a trendy haircut and you have Iwa Moto. Born in
August 29, 1988 in Las Piñas City, Philippines her full name is Aileen
Quimapo Iwamoto. She is more famous for being one of the final four contestants
of the reality TV show, StarStruck Batch 3. She was the runner-up for the survivor
show and lost the Ultimate Female Survivor title to Jackie Rice. Who would say
that she could have survived the Ultimate survivor challenge because no one really
knew that she had what it takes to be at the top.
She is a relatively new entrant in the world of showbiz. Iwa was paired first
with Chuck Allie in Starstruck and then with Marky Cielo. After reaching the
final 6, she was paired with Gian Carlos and as a pair they became the prince
& princess of StarStruck. Iwa has acted in TV shows that like POSH, SOP,
Love to Love, and Bakelang Jenny. All the shows were on television in 2006.
She even took her acting to the next level, which is the movies and appeared
in Pitong Dalagita Tisha and White Lady Mimi in 2006.
Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado, popularly known as Iza Calzado is a Filipina actress/commercial
model/tv host who 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. She is considered to be one of today's most
beautiful faces in the Philippine Cinema and Young dramatic/award winning actresses.
Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado, born on August 12, 1982 was named by her father
after a modern dance legend, Isadora Duncan.
She is the daughter of choreographer and TV director Lito Calzado, and the
late Irish-Spanish-Filipina, Mary Ann Ussher. Iza's brother, Dash, is a member
of Legit Misfitz, a Pinoy rap group.
In the late 1990s, she finished her high school in Miriam College and after
which finished her undergraduate education in the University of Santo Tomas
with a degree in Fine Arts.
Heart Evangelista was born as Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco to Reynaldo and Cecilia
Ongpauco, on February 14, 1985. She is the youngest of the six siblings that include
a brother (Miguel) and four sisters (Lisa, Marjorie, Michelle and Camille). Evangelista
belongs to the Ongpauco clan of Barrio Fiesta fame. Rod Ongpauco is her uncle,
who is also the founder of the famous Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants. Her
father, Reynaldi Ongpauco is the man responsible for laying the foundation of
many branches of the Barrio Fiesta restaurants in San Francisco. In a way, Evangelista
was born with a silver spoon and she was bought up in the United States. Once
she completed her studies, her family moved back to Philippines.
Popularity was never far away for Evangelista and today, she is looked upon
as one of the most popular and multi-talented personality. Heart is a true Filipina
actress, singer, VJ and model. It all started when an agent spotted her during
one of her shopping day outs with Camille, her elder sister. Evangelista was
soon signed for Star Magic, which was formerly known as the Talent Center.
Speak of controversies and more often than not, you’ll also hear Gretchen
Barretto’s name. Indeed, it seems like there’s no escaping for La Greta
when it comes to intrigues. But Gretchen has fared well through the years, and
everyone can attribute it to her candidness, honesty, and sincerity.
Gretchen Barretto was born on March 17, 1969, to Miguel Alvier and Estrella. She
has six siblings, namely, Gia, Mito, Jay-Jay, Mitchie, Claudine , and Marjorie.
The last two are also stars in their own right, while her sister Gia is based
in Boston as a teacher.
The sexy and alabaster-skinned Gretchen is known as Screen Goddess of Philippine
Cinema—and rightfully so. She first started out as a regular host of the
GMA Supershow, a very popular Sunday noontime variety show during the 1980s
and 1990s. Her exposure helped her hone her hosting skills, which shall become
very useful later on. Aside from that, she was also very busy doing movies.
Garci had originally chosen the name Gwen Garcia, but because so many actors and
actresses in the Philippines already used the last name Garcia, her manager (Jessica
Rodriguez) convinced her to drop the last letter. Although she has done various
genres of film, Garci is an actress primarily in the erotica genre—most films
have some erotic or secual overtones. She has also performed in a DVD instruction
video on seductive stripping.
Born Mai Lee Ang in the Philippines, Gwen Garci has a variegated heritage. She
is Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Filipino, and claims to belong to a Chinese
clan. Before her acting career was launched in 2003, Garci started her show
business life at age 16, winning the 1997 Body Shots contest. Soon after her
win in Baguio, Philippines, she began a career as a model. However, Garci was
not meant to be restricted to posing and runways—Vic del Rosario (Viva
Hot Babes ) discovered her talent and brought her into the world of acting.