Filipino Actresses

Maja Salvador

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Born October 5, 1988- Maja Salvador is one of the latest in line of the illustrious
show biz clan of the Salvador family. She is now making her own identity and
mark as the Dance Princess of the Philippines and one of the most promising
young actresses in the industry.

Peculiar Discovery…

Unlike other celebrities who were discovered on talent search and through commercials
and endorsements in television, Maja was accidentally seen by the executives
of ABS-CBN Channel 2, on a nationwide television show where she was reuniting
with her long-lost father, Ross Rival. The moment of reconciliation between
the father and daughter was actually then the primary step for the lady to go
on or pursue the showbiz world.

Not all people know that Maja, was at first a ramp model at her young age together
with a found friend Farah Ramos, who is the daughter of Chit Ramos, a movie-columnist
and talent manager. Maja then confided with Chit regarding her longingness to
see her father she didn’t see for years. Little did she know that Chit
immediately worked out for the reconciliation of Maja and her dad. With the
help of her extended family, she was brought up to the house of one of his uncles,
Ramon Salvador where she finally met her father.

Marian Rivera

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critics may say that Angel Locsin ’s loss is Marian Rivera’s gain, but
the latter doesn’t really care. With her alluring charm, strong character
portrayals, and mass appeal, she’ll make her own name in show business.

Marian Rivera Gracia was born on August 12, 1984, in Madrid, Spain. Her father
is Spanish, while her mother is pure Filipina. Both of her parents are pursuing
their career in that European country. She doesn’t have any sibling.

She practically grew up in Madrid, where she learned to love the parks, kids,
and lots of birds. However, at aged 12, she was brought to the Philippines to
study. She took up BS Psychology in De La Salle University. Currently she’s
staying with her grandmother Francesca in Cavite, but goes back to Madrid each
year for a nice vacation.

Because of her stunning mestiza looks and appeal, she was often invited by
a lot of talent scouts and managers to audition in a number of shows. Nevertheless,
because Marian prioritized her education, she begged off. It was only until
she graduated in 2005 that she gave acting a serious thought. She first acted
in TV commercials for ads like Skin White, a beauty skin product, and Skyflakes,
a popular Philippine biscuit.

Maricel Soriano

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Popularly known as the Diamond Star of Philippine Showbiz, Maricel Soriano is
a hugely talented and one of the most versatile actors.

Born Maria Cecilia Dador Soriano 25 February 1965, she began acting at the
tender age of six. To this day, Maricel has acted in over 83 movies and many
TV serials. Her first movie was the 1971 hit, ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’
and her latest movie is ‘I Will Survive’ (a musical comedy), and ‘Filipinas’
(a family drama) for which she received the 2004 Best Actress trophies from
the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), and the Film Academy of the Philippines
(FAP), the local counterpart of the Oscars.

But her first run into fame and recognition came at the age of nine when she
won the 9th Manila Film Festival for Virgo Film's ‘Alaala mo, Daigdig ko’
(Your Memory is My World), in 1974. She also won the same award at the Ilo-ilo
Film Festival in 1974 for ‘John and Marsha’ that became that set the
record as being the longest running Philippine Comedy. Maricel honed her comic
skills under the aegis of the Philippine’s King of Comedy, Dolphy and the
late Nida Blanca , one of Philippine’s top calibre actors. Both of whom
she considered as her second parents.

Maui Taylor

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A sexy bombshell who is not shy of her sexuality and doesn’t mind being the
‘pin-up’ girl for many Filipino men, Maui Taylor was born Maureen Anne
Rodriguez Taylor on 28 June 1983, in Brighton East Sussex, England. The youngest
of four siblings, Maui came to Philippines during her teens, to be raised with
‘Filipino values’.

Her chance at showbiz came with the help of her cousin who was a dance crew
for a Philippines dance band. Her mesmerizing features ensured that Maui got
acting roles despite never having acted before in life. ‘Anna Karenina’
was her first TV Soap at the age of 14.

Fame touched her feet after her appearance on the cover of FHM’s (Philippine
edition) April issue in 2002. She starred in films ‘Tatarin’ and ‘S2pid
Luv’ under the Viva Films banner. Soon after, Maui got her first movie
role in ‘Gamitan’ that was a big hit at the box office. Here she played
the role of a college girl who loses her virginity to an abusive basketball
player and for this movie she appeared nude and performed sex scenes but without
any frontal nudity.

Michelle Madrigal

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only 20 years of age, Michelle Madrigal is making her mark in the modeling industry,
already having posed for an issue of Maxim Magazine. With a mother (Karla Kahlua)
and sister (Erah Madrigal ) in television and show business, it seems like the
talent runs in the family.

Biography

Born November 4, 1986, Michelle Madrigal has many talents on stage, and enjoys
dancing and singing as well as acting. Her parents divorced when she was a young
child, and she and her sisters lived with her father for much of the time while
her mother worked in various parts of the world. The girls moved in with their
mother when she returned, and now it seems they will be following in her footsteps
on the screen. Erah has already started her collection of television credits.

Career

Myles Hernandez

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Name: Myles Hernandez

Real Name: Miles Hernandez

Age: 22

Hometown: CaviteSchools Attended: LyceumCourse: Hotel and Restaurant Management

Myles was in her freshman year at Lyceum of the Philippines when FHM editor-in-chief
Eric Ramos, offered her to be its Girlfriend of the Month. After winning the Girlfriend
of the Year title, more opportunities came for her and before long, she was offered
a slot as one of Viva Hot Babes.

Myles was discovered at a Beauty Pageant by FHM

Myles won FHM Philippines' Girlfriend Of The Year in 2003

Lea Salonga

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This Tony Award-winning Filipino singer and actor, is best known for her portrayal
of Kim in the musical ‘Miss Saigon’. Lea Salonga has achieved both domestic
and international recognition in the fields of acting, theatre and singing. However,
her fame in the highly competitive international arena remains unparalleled, and
she is the only Filipino actor to have achieved such popularity and won various
awards for one single role in the field of musical theatre.

Lea Salonga-Chien was born Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga on 22 February 1971,
in Angeles City in Pampanga, Philippines. Her parents were never legally married,
and she moved to Manila at the age of six.

Lea was all of seven, when she made her maiden professional debit by performing
in the Repertory Philippines’ musical ‘The King and I’. Since
then, she has appeared in numerous other productions, such as - Annie, Cat On
A Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound Of Music, The
Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, The Fantasticks, and Flower Drum Song.

Lauren Young

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Lauren Young is one of the young actresses of Star Magic, the talent management
arm of ABS-CBN. She is a Filipino-American actress and the younger sister of Megan
Young. She was born on November 8, 1993.

Lauren is popular among young audiences due in part to her participation in
youth-oriented programs like Astigs and Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv and
its sequel Abt Ur Luv, Ur Lyf 2. In Astigs, she played the role of Josielyn.
She had a recurring role in the Abt Ur Luv shows as Nelle Brondial. In both
shows, she was paired with AJ Perez .

Lauren and AJ also appeared in two shows with Piolo Pascual . The first time
was in a Star Magic Presents episode in September 2006 entitled All About a
Girl. In that drama, Lauren was Lea, a teenager struggling with a low self-esteem.
Piolo's character, named Alvin, showed concern for her ,which she misinterpreted
to be more than brotherly affection. As her confidence was growing thanks in
part to Alvin's help, she also developed a huge crush on him. AJ's character,
Egay, was Alvin's cousin. Egay was secretly in love with Lea.

Lucy Torres

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The name Lucy Torres wasn’t around for more than 20 years in Philippine show
business. At that time, the beautiful, alabaster-skinned owner was busy living
a normal and comfortable life in Ormoc, where she hailed, and Cebu, where she
studied in college. However, everything changed when she met her husband, Richard
Gomez



Lucy Torres was born on December 11, 1974, in Ormoc, Leyte. She came from an affluent
family, who owned several hectares of land. Her parents were of Spanish descent,
which basically explains her soft skin and mestiza looks. She attended elementary
and high school in St. Paul College in their city.

In 1993, a new face appeared in the boob tube. Lucy was introduced as the new
model Lux shampoo together with Richard Gomez, a very popular actor. Though
she never had any spoken line in any of the TVCs that belonged to the series,
she was able to capture the attention of many, especially the males, because
of her stunning looks and feminine moves. It also paved the way for her romance
with Richard to bloom.

Karel Marquez

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Karel Marquez definitely knows how to wear many hats. She’s a VJ, DJ, stage
and TV actress and a singer rolled into one. Apart from that, she’s also
a regular student and a doting daughter to a celebrity mom.



Karla Ysabel Marquez Santos, who goes by the nickname Karel or Penoy, was born
on December 21, 1986.



Ever since she can remember, Karel always finds her way to show business, being,
first and foremost, a beautiful daughter to Pinky Marquez, a common name in theater
groups. At an early age of 2 until she was in her teens, she was already shooting
commercials and endorsing numerous products. It wouldn’t be long, therefore,
before the call of TV will beckon upon her.

Despite her mom’s sweetness and full support to all her endeavors, Karel
still wants to break free from her shadow. Thus, she struggled in making her
own mark as occasional actress to various ABS-CBN shows until she got her biggest
break in Berks, where she played the antagonist to the equally beautiful Heart
Evangelista.

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