Heart Evangelista Biography, Music, Family, Net Worth and Awards
Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco, better known by her screen name Heart Evangelista, is a Filipino-Chinese Actress, Host, Singer, Model, and Vj. She is also a advocate of Heart Can, a foundation that aims to help children with respiratory diseases, and also a spokesperson for Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Heart Evangelista Biography
Born on February 14, 1985 to parents restaurant magnates Reynaldo and Cecilia Ongpauco, Heart is the youngest in her family, with one brother and four sisters. She grew up and studied at Audubon School in San Francisco, California in the United States of America. Her family moved back to the Philippines in her early years and transferred at Colegio San Agustin-Makati in Makati City.
When she entered into show business, she continued her high school at ABS-CBN’s Distance Learning Center (DLC).
Heart recently converted from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism or Born-again Christianity. Her family owns the Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants that has domestic and international branches.
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 part of Star Circle Batch 9. She 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.
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 a Star Awards Best Actress nomination for this series.
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. The top twenty single is being re-released on a greatest hits package of Australian pop hits, the hit song can also be heard all over Australian television in use for advertising.
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 with her manager Angeli Pangilinan Valenciano. 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”.
Heart Evangelista 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.
Heart Evangelista Television
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 under her new manager Annabelle Rama and was paired with Richard Gutierrez. Their first action-teledrama together was on GMA’s series Codename: Asero. Evangelista is now co-hosting on SOP Rules.
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.
Her recently concluded fantasy soap on GMA Network entitled Luna Mystika, with Mark Anthony Fernandez, was a consistent primetime top rater.
She is now hosting the new lifestyle show Fashionistas By Heart aired on Q.
Her afternoon TV soap entitled “Sine Novela Presents: Ngayon At Kailanman with leading man JC De Vera aired its finale episode in September 2009.
Heart Evangelista is back in primetime with the Koreanovela TV series Full House later this year, costarring with leading man Richard Gutierrez.