VINA MOARALES

Vina Morales

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Vina Morales
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Morales at the Ikon Asean competition in 2007, holding her IKON Philippines trophy.
Born Sharon Garcia Magdayao
(1975-10-17) October 17, 1975 (age 43)
Bogo, Cebu, Philippines[1][2]
Occupation Singer, actress, model
Years active 1986–present
Agent Star Magic (2009–present)
ABS-CBN (2000-present)
GMA Network (1987-2000)
Viva Artists Agency (1986-1999)
Children 1
Relatives Shaina Magdayao (sister)
Luis Gabriel Moreno (nephew)

Sharon Garcia Magdayao (born October 17, 1975), known by her stage name Vina Morales, is a Filipina singer, actress and model.

Biography[edit]

Career[edit]

At age nine, Morales started singing with the choir of Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Church in Bogo. Father Fritz T. Malinao, a priest and a songwriter in his church community, discovered Morales’ talent and asked her to sing one of his compositions as an entry in the Cebu Pop Music Festival.[3] The song, “Paglaum”, which means “hope” or “pag-asa” in the Cebuano language, won the Grand Prize and earned the Best Interpreter Award for young talents in the Philippines.

Representatives from Viva Films saw her performance and offered her a singing and acting contract. She and her family moved to Manila where she auditioned for a film career in the Philippine film industry. She changed her birth name from Sharon Garcia Magdayao to Vina Morales.[4]

Morales’ first film debut was Nakagapos na Puso where she co-starred with Sharon Cuneta. In her late teen years, Morales appeared in Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum and Anghel Na Walang Langit. She also appeared in The Sarah Balabagan Story.

Morales recorded albums and performed in live concerts in the Philippines, including 2004’s Mamahalin Ka Niya. She co-wrote the lyrics of a song titled Paano Kaya Magtatagpo?, along with Filipino model, actor and musician, Piolo Pascual. The music was composed by Arnel de Pano. Later, Morales and Pascual recorded the song as a duet. Other songs on the album include Yakapin Mo Ako, Pangako and Saan Darating ang Umaga. In 2003, she held a multi-city United States tour titled Vina Revealed and Vina’s Hot.

Morales performed the song Yakapin Mo Ako while portraying singer Joey Albert in the drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. In 2002, she co-hosted a series of Philippine shows with Martin Nievera in the United States and Canada. She was the first Filipino to sing at the New York International Music Festival held at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas in 2003. In 2006, she also did a tour in the United States.[5]

In 2007, she starred in ABS-CBN‘s soap opera Maria Flordeluna. She also represented the Philippines at the 2007 Ikon Asean singing contest and won the competition.

In 2010, Morales was cast as Mercedes Cristi in another ABS-CBN soap opera Agua Bendita, starring Andi Eigenmann.[6][7][8][9]

In 2011, she marked her very first antagonist role in the ABS-CBN late night drama Nasaan Ka Elisa?, a remake of the 2010 Telemundo telenovela ¿Dónde está Elisa? which is an adaptation of the original 2009 Chilean telenovela of the same name. She played the role of Cecile Altamira, sister of Mariano Altamira (Albert Martinez) and wife of Bruno de Silva (Eric Fructuoso).

In 2013, she was cast as Magnolia Alegre in the primetime drama Maria Mercedes, a remake of the 1992 Mexican telenovela of the same name that starred Thalía. She later makes a movie comeback with Robin Padilla in the 2014 MMFF film Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.

In 2015, she starred in the afternoon drama Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita in the role of Cecilia Macaraeg. The next year, Morales played the role of Janella Salvador‘s mother in the 2016 romantic drama Born for You.

In 2018, she played her second antagonist role in Precious Hearts Romances presents Araw Gabi. She portrays Celestina de Alegre, the mortal enemy of Adrian Olvidar (JM de Guzman).

Personal life[edit]

Morales is the sister of actress and dancer Shaina Magdayao.[10] She has a daughter named Ceana born in 2009.[11]

Discography[edit]

  • Vina (1990, Viva Records)
  • Forbidden (1992, Viva Records)
  • Best of Vina (1993, Viva Records)
  • ‘Pag Katabi Kita (1994, Viva Records)
  • Easy To Love (1995, OctoArts EMI)
  • Look at Me Now (1996, OctoArts EMI)
  • All That I Want (1998, OctoArts EMI)
  • No Limits (1999, OctoArts EMI)
  • Total Control (2001, OctoArts EMI)
  • Reflections (2002, OctoArts EMI)
  • Mamahalin Ka Niya (2004, Star Music)
  • Vina: Silver Series (2006, Viva Records)
  • Awit ng Ating Buhay (2010, Star Music)
  • Vina Morales (30th Anniversary Album) (2016, Star Music)

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Gregoria de Jesús / Oriang
2000 Sagot Kita: Mula Ulo Hanggang Paa Ma. Cecilia
Eto na naman ako Ana María Ledesma
1999 Ang Boyfriend Kong Pari Reggie
Ako’y Ibigin Mo… Lalaking Matapang Violy
‘Di Puwedeng Hindi Puwede! Kristine
1997 Wag na wag kang lalayo
The Sarah Balabagan Story Sarah Balabagan
Lab en Kisses Kisses
1996 April Boys: Sana’y mahalin mo rin ako Letty
1995 Huwag Mong Isuko ang Laban Cecilia
The Flor Contemplacion Story Russell Contemplacion
Love Notes Tricia
Campus Girls Vangie
Grepor Butch Belgica Story Girlfriend No. 4
1994 Anghel na walang langit Angela Pelayo / Anita Cornejo
The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre II – May the Lord Be with Us! Carmela Vizconde
Pinagbiyak na bunga: Lookalayk Kathy
Ang pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko Anna
Kadenang bulaklak Jasmin Abolencia
1993 Sana’y ikaw na nga Jessica
Sala sa init, sala sa lamig Trina
Hanggang saan hanggang kailan Jocelyn Ilustre
1992 Miss na miss kita (Utol kong hoodlum II) Bing
1991 Darna
Alyas Batman en Robin Vina
Maging sino ka man Loleng
Ang utol kong hoodlum Bing
1990 Wooly Booly 2: Ang titser kong alien Girlie
Teacher’s Enemy No. 1 Trixie
Petrang Kabayo 2: Anong ganda mo! Mukha kang kabayo Pinky
Tootsie Wootsie: Ang bandang walang atrasan
1989 Wooly Booly: Ang classmate kong alien Susie
Estudyante blues Bebs
Abot hanggang sukdulan Carmi
Bakit iisa lamang ang puso Ging
Bondying: The Little Big Boy Bingbing
Ang lahat ng ito pati na ang langit Gene Rose
1988 Kumander Bawang Vinia
1987 Kung aagawin mo ang lahat sa akin Young Maureen
1986 Captain Barbell Kidnap Victim
Nakagapos na Puso Mitzi Delfino
1985 Binhi

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
1987-96 That’s Entertainment Herself / Co-hostess
1991 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: “Rubber Shoes”
1996-97 Lyra Edene
1993-94 Vina Herself / Performer / Hostess
1997-99 SOP Herself / Co-hostess
2000 Codename: Verano Carmela Bernardo
2001–present ASAP Herself / Co-hostess
2003 Darating ang Umaga Arriana B. Cordero / Anya Lead role
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya Diana del Mundo Episode: “Bahay”
2007 Maria Flordeluna Maria Elvira Aragoncillo-Alicante Supporting role
2007 IKON Philippines Herself
2009 Wowowee Herself / Performer
2010 May Bukas Pa Choir Member Finale guest appearance
2010 Agua Bendita Mercedes Montenegro-Cristi Supporting role [12]
2011 Star Circle Quest: The Search for the Next Kiddie Superstar Herself / Judge
2011 Wansapanataym Mia Gonzales Episode: “Ulo”
2011-12 Nasaan Ka Elisa? Cecilia “Cecile” Altamira-de Silva Main antagonist [13]
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Jane Episode: “Belo”
2012 Wansapanataym Susan Episode: “Maya Aksaya”
2012 Wansapanataym Olivia Episode: “Yaya Yaya Puto Maya”
2013 May Isang Pangarap Karina “Kare” Rodriguez Lead role [14]
2013 Wansapanataym Flory del Rosario Episode: “Mommy On Duty”
2013-14 Maria Mercedes Magnolia Alegre Supporting role [15]
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Bambi Episode: “Cellphone”
2014 Ipaglaban Mo! Dra. Karen Villaruel Episode: “Ako Ang Iyong Ina”
2015 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita Cecilia Macaraeg-Natividad Lead role / Protagonist [16]
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Charito Tiquia Episode: “Rosas”
2016 Ipaglaban Mo! Mylene Episode: “Pagkakamali”
2016 Born for You Catherine “Cathy” Pelayo Supporting role [17]
2018 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi Celestina de Alegre Main antagonist [18]
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