November 15, 2008
Heart Evangelista is one of those people you love to hate, but you just can’t because she’s so nice! Pretty, perky, and positively charming are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when you see her. And when she speaks, you have to add “witty,” “smart,” and “eloquent” to your growing list.
Real Name: Love Marie Ongpauco
Birthday: February 14, 1986
Weight: 102 lbs
Color of eyes & hair: Dark brown
Special Skills and Hobbies: Singing, Acting, Dancing, Painting, and Badminton
Color: Purple, Red, Yellow and Pink
Activity: Rock Climbing
Actress: Meg Ryan, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Music: Christina Aguillera, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore
Born on February 14, 1985 to parents Reynaldo and Cecilia Ongpauco, Heart is the youngest in her family, with one brother and four sisters. She grew up and studied in the United States. Her family moved back to the Philippines in her late teen years. She spent her high school years at the Colegio San Agustin, Makati.
Heart Evangelista was first discovered by a commercial agent while at a mall with her sister. She signed up with Star Magic (formerly known as Talent Center) and was paired with John Prats on the show G-Mik. Her team-up with John Prats gained tremendous popularity, and they starred in several movies together— Trip, Ang Tanging Ina and My First Romance. They also starred on another teen-oriented show, Berks.
Heart Evangelista was paired with Geoff Eigenmann on the primetime soap opera Hiram which also starred Kris Aquino, Dina Bonnevie, John Estrada and Anne Curtis. She earned her a Star Awards Best Actress nomination on this series.
She later starred on the fantasy-action TV show Panday.
Heart Evangelista also won the best new female personality (Best New Movie Actress and Best New TV Actress) awards from Star Awards for Movies and Star Awards for TV. She also won Texter’s and Listener’s Choice at the Himig Handog Awards for her single “Love Has Come My Way”. Heart also released the single “Tell Me” in Australia. It peaked at number 18 on the charts.
Heart Evangelista worked on and off for three years (2005-2008) and focused mainly on hosting gigs, starring on a few Maalaala Mo Kaya and Your Song episodes, and giving time to her foundation Heart Can. In early 2007, she renewed her ties with her mother station ABS-CBN and was under a per project basis. She finished a sineserye (TV series based on a film) for the station, the remake of the movie Hiram na Mukha, and appeared briefly on Pangarap Na Bituin. She also topbilled the reformatted version of Your Song under the title “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal”.
She was also offered to do another album under Star Records and return to ASAP. She was supposed to play again her character in Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat as one of Ai Ai de las Alas‘ daughters. But all of these she declined because she chose to transfer to GMA Network due to her father’s decision.
She announced her sudden transfer to ABS-CBN‘s rival network, GMA Network, last April 23, 2008. She signed up a two-year exclusive contract and is now being paired with Richard Gutierrez. Their first teledrama together on GMA’s upcoming drama series Codename: Asero.
Heart Evangelista played the title role in “Ay Ayeng,” a film on the indigenous Ifugao life in Mountain Province, which premiered in Hawaii, on July 14, 2008. The movie was adapted from “Maestra Ester,” a novel by Abdon Noviza and Lica Lazaro.
|2008||Luna Mystika||Luna and Celestina||GMA Network|
|2008||Dear Friend Presents: Edison at Anna||Anna||GMA Network|
|2008||Codename: Asero||Emily San Juan||GMA Network|
|2008||SOP Rules||Host/Herself||GMA Network|
|2008||The Singing Bee||Guest Player/Herself||ABS-CBN|
|2008||Your Song’s 1st Four-Part Miniseries: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal||Arah||ABS-CBN|
|2007||Pangarap na Bituin||Cassandra Salcedo/Cassie||ABS-CBN|
|2007||Sineserye Presents: Hiram na Mukha||Carissa / Alicia||ABS-CBN|
|2007||Maalaala Mo Kaya Presents: Singsing||Kaye Chua||ABS-CBN|
|2006||Philippine Idol||Herself (Host)||ABC|
|2006||Close Up To Fame||Herself (Host)||ABS-CBN|
|2005||Maalaala Mo Kaya Presents: Painting||Emily Roxas||ABS-CBN|
|2005||Panday||Eden / Camia||ABS-CBN|
|2004||ASAP Fanatic||Herself (Host) / Performer||ABS-CBN|
|2003||Ang Tanging Ina||Portia / Por||ABS-CBN|
|2003||Okay Fine Whatever!||Yoko||ABS-CBN|
|2002||MYX||Herself (Video Jockey)||MYX / Studio 23|
|2002||Arriba! Arriba!||Monina Arriba||ABS-CBN|
|2002||ASAP||Herself (Host) / Performer||ABS-CBN|
|2001||Da Pilya en da Pilot||Heart||ABS-CBN|
|2008||Tingala sa Pugad||Ellyse|
|2004||Bcuz of U||Cara|
|2003||My First Romance||Jackie (“One Love” Episode)|
|2003||Ang Tanging Ina||Portia/Por|
|2002||Jologs||Coffee Shop Passerby (cameo role)|
|2003||My First Romance OST|
|2002||Himig Handog Love Songs|
Awards and citations
|2005||Star Awards for TV||Best Actress Nomination for HIRAM|
|2004||FAMAS Awards||German Moreno Youth Achievement Award|
|2004||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation||Princess of RP Movies|
|2004||FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women||Rank #6|
|2003||Awit Awards||Best Performance by a New Female Artist (Love Has Come My Way)|
|2003||Asia Pacific Excellence & Handog Kay Ina Awards||Youth Achiever for Arts & Entertainment|
|2003||Ivan Entertainment Productions: Circle of 10 Modeling Agency||Celebrity Endorser of the Year|
|2003||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation||Most Popular Love Team of RP Movies (with John Prats)|
|2003||Candy Rap Awards||Best Dressed Personality|
|2003||Album||Platinum Award (Himig Handog Love Songs Album)|
|2002||Himig Handog Lovesongs 2002||Listener’s Choice Award (Love Has Come My Way)|
|2002||Himig Handog Lovesongs 2002||Texter’s Choice Award (Love Has Come My Way)|
|2001||Star Awards for Movies||Best New Movie Actress Award for TRIP|
|2001||Star Awards for TV||Best New TV Personality Award for G-Mik|
Heart’s hit list:
1. She likes painting.
2. Shopping and listening to music are also on top of her list of must-do’s!
3. She has a lot of dogs at home, and she’s also a spokesperson for PAWS.
4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are her foreign actors she looks up to.
5. Priceless, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Notebook, and 50 First Dates belong to her list of fave flicks!
6. She likes listening to Sarah Brightman, Raf, and Laura Pausini.
Heart stands at 5 feet and two inches, but it’s not obvious ‘cos she’s always in heels!
Q & A
What’s her advice to gals like her?
“You have to follow your parents. They know what’s best talaga. You don’t know anything. Ako, akala ko I knew everything—I didn’t. Sila, back and forth na experiences nila. Ikaw, papunta pa lang, alam na nila, so makinig na lang kayo.”
What is the perfect man?
“I don’t know, does he exist? I think it’s just Jesus that’s perfect! But somebody that’s quite close to perfect would be someone that will love you unconditionally, someone that will accept who you are, someone that no matter what comes your way, he will just focus on you and you alone. And he just loves being loved by you. ‘Cos some people could be irritated when you love them and you’re giving them attention—yung challenge, nawawala.”
Complete the sentence: I am the only person I know who _________
“Kisses my dogs? I see people do that nowadays, but still, for some people, it’s icky. But [my dogs] brush their teeth anyway, so that’s okay!”
What makes a girl sexy?
“What makes someone sexy or pretty is their aura. Kasi for me, kahit gaano ka kaganda, o gaano ka ka-sexy, kung sobrang dami mong problema, hindi ka mabuting tao, wala ring mangyayari. Siguro ang disposisyon ko ngayon sa buhay ay maganda! Para akong so refreshed and relieved! So I’m really, really happy, plus the fact that I’m back with my parents, and going back to your parents and being okay with your family is one of the best things that could happen to you. ‘Cos at the end of the day, you have people that will be there for you, na hindi ka tatalikuran. That’s important. You need people that will remind you of who you are and where you come from. So I think that’s why I’m shining! So Palmolive! Hahaha!”
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