Filipino Actresses

Katrina Halili

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Katrina Halili has gone from childhood beauty pageants to “StarStruck,”
the Philippine reality-based teen talent search show, and on further to a large
number of films and serials. She has been nominated for numerous awards and honors
for her roles, and her photos can be found on the covers of FHM Philippines magazine
as well as several men’s magazines.

In January 4, 1986, Maria Katrina Irene Halili was born in Quezon City in the
Philippines. Palawan, and island province of the Philippines, is where she grew
up. As a child she participated in pageants on the island and represented the
city El Nido, which is a coastal town on the northeast tip of the island. The
actress claims to be part Chinese, and is fond of mentioning this when being
interviewed.

Katya Santos

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Who says beauty and brains don’t combine? In fact, you can add a little toss
of sexiness. Look at Katya Santos and you know very well that she has it all.



Katrina Santos was born on February 2, 1982, in Manila, Philippines. As early
as 4 years old, she was already busy doing commercials. The most notable was
her Bear Brand ad. Growing up, she found the right training at Ang TV, a youth-oriented
talent show of ABS-CBN.

It wasn’t long before she became a regular member of Oki Doki Doc. At
13, she tested her comic skills along with veteran comedians such as Babalu
and Jimmy Santos. She also acted alongside Philippine-renowned thespians such
as Claudine Barretto and Aga Muhlach .

However, perhaps it’s because younger talents started flooding the entertainment
industry or that she was caught in a very awkward age, Katya’s career hardly
took off. As a bold move, she decided to hop on the sexy bandwagon.

Kim Chiu

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At the age of 16, Kim Chiu is the perhaps the youngest and cutest model doing
the rounds of all entertainment circuits in Philippines. She is a Filipina actress
of Chinese descent and was the first Teen Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen
Edition, defeating 13 other teenager contestants in June 2006.

Her warm and endearing smile, friendly disposition, and sense of humor made
her a favorite of the Big Brother housemates. She is an accomplished semi-contortionist
and made all the housemates laugh at her crazy stunts. She also sang songs in
Chinese and played the guitar with fellow teen housemates.

Born as Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu on 19 April 1990, Kim spent a total of 42 days
inside the Big Brother house. She won the contest with a whopping 41.4% of the
total votes. Her popularity with the audience, and media interest after winning
the contest led to more acting assignments.

She has done many shows on the ABS-CBN Network with fellow Pinoy Big Brother
Teen housemate Gerald Anderson, who has since then become her real life and
acting love team partner.

Kristine Hermosa

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If looks could kill, the Kristine Hermosa has it all. The sultry looks and the
beautiful eyes can burn right through your soul. Kristine Hermosa Orille, popular
Filipino actor was born on September 9, 1983 in Quezon City, Philippines. Her
father, Maximillian Orille is a marine engineer while her mother, Mari Alma Hermosa
Orille is Spanish. Kristine is the second in line out of the four children and
completed her school education from the Querino Elementary School and St. Anthony's
School.

Kristine’s sister was an aspiring actress, and dragged young Kristine
for ABS-CBN auditions. Though Kathleen failed to impress during the first screening,
Kristine was asked to audition because she had the height as well as the looks.
Needless to say Kristine got selected and her career and life changed for the
better!

Showbiz Calling

KC Concepcion

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Philippine
Celebrity KC’s name is a bizarre mix of her mother’s love for the name
Kristina and her father’s love for the movie Cassandra Crossing. People were
expecting for her grand entrance to the world that her parents were once loved
but instead of accepting multiple movie and television deals, sexy KC Concepcion
flew to France in 2003 to start her college life, taking up International Corporate
Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts at the prominent American University
of Paris and graduated last August 2007. In 2007, four years later, sexy K.C.
was joined by her mother, Sharon, her stepfather, politician Francisco Pangilinan,
and younger sisters, her mother's daughters with Pangilinan, Frankie and Miel,
as she marched for her college graduation.

Philippine actress KC Concepcion signed a contract with ABS-CBN, her mother's
home television station. She did a documentary special entitled, KC: From Paris
to Pinas which details her college years in Paris. The documentary won an award
from the Philippine Movie Press Club. As a teenager, she auditioned for theater
roles, eventually landing the leading role for the musical play "Little
Mermaid".

Jackie Rice

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As
they say, nothing can put any good girl down. For Jackie, the road to stardom
may have been tough; nevertheless, it doesn’t mean she wouldn’t get
there.

Jackie Sobreo Rice, or Potpot to her close friends and family, was born on
April 27, 1990, at Dinalupihan, Bataan. She is of American-Filipino ancestry
as her father was an American named James Rice while her mother is Vicki, a
Filipina.

Ever since Jackie was already enamored with the world of show business that
when Starstruck, a talent-based reality TV show, called for an audition for
its second batch of stars she immediately took the chance. Pretty, charming,
and very talented, Jackie, who was barely 15 then, became one of the finalists
for Starstruck Season 3: The Nationwide Invasion.

Like any other reality TV show, Jackie, along with the others who made it,
were made to perform different kinds of challenges to test their skills in singing,
acting, hosting, and dancing. However, even before the show ended with flying
colors, Jackie was caught in the middle of controversy.

Janelle Jamer

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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

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Jean Garcia is a Filipina television and film actress who hails from Angeles City,
Pampanga. She has appeared in numerous "telenovelas" (soap operas) and
movies.

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."

Jennylyn Mercado

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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.

Judy Ann Santos

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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
experience.

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’.

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