Geneva Cruz

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Geneva Cruz
Birth name Geneva Mendoza Cruz
Born (1976-04-02) April 2, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres pop
Occupations singer, actress
Years active 1989-present
Associated acts Smokey Mountain

Geneva Mendoza Cruz (born April 2, 1976) is a Filipina singer and actress. Cruz was a member of the defunct music group Smokey Mountain.

Career[edit]

Cruz began her career in 1989 as one of the lead singers of the popular group Smokey Mountain.[1] The Smokey Mountain album went double platinum. She was also the very first Grand Prize winner (and the youngest) of "The Voice of Asia" in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, Russia in 1992. Cruz's first solo album, I Like You, went double platinum The album produced several hit singles, including the title track and "Anak ng Pasig" (from the movie of the same title) in which Geneva appeared. "Anak Ng Pasig," was also chosen as Best Pop Song by the 1992 Catholic Mass Media Awards. Her second solo album "In the name of Love went platinum and produced hits like "Ang Gaan ng Feeling" and "In the Name of Love".

Cruz's most recent album was released in August 2013 entitled, "To Manila".

Personal life[edit]

Born in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila, she comes from the Cruz clan, being one of Tirso Cruz, Sr.'s great grand-daughters, which include celebrities like Tirso Cruz III, Sunshine Cruz, Sheryl Cruz, and Donna Cruz.[1] She is also the cousin of actor-dancer Rayver Cruz, and singer Glenda Cruz.

She was married to MTV VJ KC Montero from 2004 until 2013.[1] She has an eighteen-year-old son, Heaven, by her former husband, musician Paco Arespacochaga.

On May 10, 2014, Cruz gave birth to a girl named London. She is no longer engaged to the father of her daughter, and is currently living in Los Angeles, California with her two children. In August 2013, Cruz became engaged to Lee Paulsen.[2]

Cruz is a vegetarian and animal rights advocate.[3]

In 2013, Cruz joined the PETA campaign to free Mali, an elephant currently in captivity at the Manila Zoo, and have her transferred to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. She posed for a photo shoot with Sanya Smith, Amanda Griffin, Ornussa Cadness, Mia Ayesa, Julia Sniegowski, Sheena Vera Cruz, and Daiana Menezes; all who were asking for Mali to be freed.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Network
1995 ASAP Herself/Performer/Host ABS-CBN
2001 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Melody GMA Network
2004 Mulawin Haraya GMA Network
2005 Bubble Gang Herself/Guest GMA Network
2005 Encantadia Sari-a GMA Network
2006 Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Sari-a GMA Network
2011 PNP Pacers Herself UniversiTV
2011 Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown Castaway GMA Network

Movies[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Film Production
1993 Secret Love Carmina
1995 Campus Girls Diane
2001 Weyt a minit, kapeng mainit Joy
2002 Burles King (Daw O...)! Jessica
2002 Walang iba kundi ikaw Abril

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Smokey Mountain
  • I Like You
  • In The Name Of Love
  • On Fire!
  • Geneva
  • To Manila

Awards[edit]

  • Grand Prize Winner (Kazakhstan)- Voice of Asia in 1992
  • Catholic Mass Media Awards - Best song for Anak ng Pasig[5]
  • Awit Awards- Smokey Mountain bagged 11 awards in 1990
  • Awit Award- Anak ng Pasig
  • Guillermo Memorial Awards
  • Metro Manila Memorial Park Album
  • International Award in FAMAS in 2001

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Conception, Pocholo (2008-04-28). "Geneva finds her roots". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Geneva Cruz is engaged again". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Geneva Cruz strips anew". ABS-CBN News Online. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  4. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/lifestyle/models-bare-bodies-for-ailing-elephant-mali
  5. ^ Jose G. Burgos, Jose Mari Chan, Catholic Mass Media Awards Foundation. CMMA, 1978-2003: 25 years of Philippine mass media through the eyes of CMMA. Catholic Mass Media Awards Foundation, 2003. ISBN 978-971-92807-1-2.