August 17, 2008
Rosemarie Joy Garcia, better known by her stage name Diana Zubiri (born on April 15, 1985 in Bulacan, Philippines), is a Filipina actress. Diana Zubiri was discovered by Seiko Films when she was 15 years of age after applying a work in Japan. She then started on sexy roles on various films by Seiko. In October 2002, Diana Zubiri became widely known in the Philippines after posing on the EDSA-Shaw flyover in Mandaluyong City, wearing a two-piece bikini. That photoshoot for FHM Philippines sparked controversy and prompted the Mayor of the City to file charges against Diana Zubiri and FHM but it was later withdrawn after an apology.
In 2005, Diana Zubiri slowly departed on sexy films and proceeded to becoming a TV actress in GMA Network. One of her notable roles was portraying Danaya in the Encantadia fantasy series. She is also a regular cast 8in the sketch-comedy program, Bubble Gang and starred on drama series like Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita and Danny Zialcita’s Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?.
Diana Zubiri, when she was at about eight years old, together with her elder sister were left in the sole care of their mother when her father left them at Olongapo City. The family later transferred to a rented home in Fairview, Quezon City, where Diana spent her child life. Diana Zubiri was a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo but she became a Roman Catholic during her early years in showbiz.
Diana Zubiri at the age of 15 started her showbiz career after applying in Japan as an entertainer. She met Jimmy Mercado, a Seiko Films employee, who was working part-time as an interviewer for wannabe-performers for Japan. At that time, Assunta de Rossi had just finished the sexy film Sisid. At 17, she signed her Seiko contract in 2001 and was launched in 2002 in the sexy film Itlog, opposite Rodel Velayo. She then returned to the Philippines and started to appear in sexy movies such as Bakat and Kasiping.
On October 29, 2002, she had a photo shoot wearing a two-piece bikini for FHM Philippines on EDSA-Shaw flyover in Mandaluyong City that became a major controversy. Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos filed charges of grave scandal against FHM Philippines and Diana Zubiri but he later withdrew it after Zubiri and FHM Philippines then Editor-in-chief Eric Ramos and Jojo Gabinete, Zubiri’s manager, apologized. Because of the “FHM Flyover” incident, Diana Zubiri became popular.
After a few sexy flicks, Diana Zubiri became a GMA Network artist, appearing as a regular cast in Bubble Gang, a sketch comedy television program. She also appeared in Encantadia as Danaya, the diwata that holds the Jewel of the Earth. She later reprised that role in Etheria and Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.
Diana Zubiri co-starred as Ingrid in the action-adventure-telefantasya series Asian Treasures alongside Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Marvin Agustin. She is also a cast member on GMA7′s Bubble Gang, and previously dated Bubble Gang co-star Wendell Ramos.
At this point, Diana Zubiri is no longer categorized as a sexy actress but is now considered a full-fledged TV-movie celebrity.
|2008||One Night Only||TBA|
|2006||I Wanna Be Happy||Tish|
|2008||Sine Novela: Danny Zialcita’s Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?||Elsa Cervantes-Almeda|
|2008||Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita||Julie Perrantes|
|2007||Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan||Carmela Langit & Princess Arianna of Avea|
|2007||Asian Treasures||Ingrid Vargas|
|2006||Now and Forever: Linlang||Divina|
|2006||Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas||Reyna Danaya|
|2005||Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia||Reyna Danaya|
|2003-2004||Eat Bulaga!||Regular Guest Performer|
Awards & Recognition
From her first appearance in the magazine in 2002, Diana Zubiri has consistently ranked at FHM Philippines’ annual survey (FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World). Until 2008, Diana has constantly remained at the top ten of the list. She also appeared in FHM editions in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.
|2002||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 90|
|2003||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 1 Philippines’ Finest|
|2004||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 3|
|2005||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 4|
|2006||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 4|
|2007||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 7|
|2008||FHM Philippines||100 Sexiest Woman||Ranked # 5|
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