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|Born||Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino
February 14, 1971
Quezon City, Philippines
|Residence||Makati City, Philippines
(moved to) Quezon City, Philippines
|Alma mater||Saint Pedro Poveda College
Colegio San Agustin-Makati
Ateneo de Manila University
|Occupation||Host, Actress, Product endorser|
|Notable work(s)||Kris TV, The Buzz, Today with Kris Aquino, Sisterakas, Pido Dida|
|Title||The Philippines' Queen of Horror Movies
The Philippines' Queen of Gameshows
The Philippines' Queen of Daytime Talk
The Philippines' Queen of Massacre Movies
The Philippines' Commercial Queen
|Spouse(s)||James Yap (m. 2005–2010; annulled)|
|Children||Joshua Aquino (with Philip Salvador)
James "Bimby" Aquino-Yap (with James Yap)
|Relatives||Ma. Elena Aquino-Cruz
Aurora Corazon Aquino-Abellada
Benigno Simeon Aquino, III
Victoria Eliza Aquino-Dee
Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino (born February 14, 1971 in Quezon City, Philippines), commonly known as Kris Aquino, is a Filipina television personality and actress who gained prominence from her talk shows, game shows, and numerous endorsements. She is the youngest daughter of former Philippine senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., and Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, who served as the 11th President of the Philippines, and sister of Benigno S. Aquino, III, the current president of the Philippines.
Her first movie was Pido Dida, Sabay Tayo, which earned her the status of box office queen, as did her 2004 films Feng Shui and So... Happy Together. Her movie Sukob was the highest-grossing Filipino film of 2006. She is also the executive editor of her own bimonthly magazine called K! The Kris Aquino Magazine. In December 2009, Aquino showcased her own home collection called K Everyday. In partnership with ABS-CBN Licensing, K Everyday features cooking, kitchen, plastic, and stationery collections.
Currently, she is a member of the ABS-CBN Broadcast Network.
Aquino was born in Quezon City, Philippines, to Corazon C. Aquino and Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. who was, at the time, a senator of the Ferdinand Marcos regime. The youngest of five children, her siblings are Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz, Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Aquino-Abellada, incumbent Philippine President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III, and Victoria Elisa "Viel" Aquino-Dee. She is the cousin of actress and equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco and the niece of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr.
In the 1978 parliamentary elections, where her father was a candidate, the seven-year-old Aquino wowed the crowds as a stand-in for her imprisoned father at campaign rallies. The young campaigner was featured on the front page of The New York Times and on the cover of Time Magazine. Aquino spent most of her elementary school days in the United States, where the Aquino family was in exile. When she was 12 years old, her father was assassinated on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport. Kris Aquino returned to the Philippines and was a precocious presence in rallies against the Marcos regime.
After the 1986 revolution, which removed Marcos from power, the teenage Aquino stepped into the limelight, and began guesting stints on television dramas and comedies, as well as talk shows.
Aquino finished her elementary school education at the Poveda Learning Center in Mandaluyong City, high school at the Colegio San Agustin-Makati, where she was classmates with Pinky Webb and Karen Davila. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
She made her film debut with actor-comedian Rene Requiestas in the comedy Pido Dida, which was a blockbuster hit and made Aquino the box office queen for that year. Aquino had a commercially steady, though critically panned, career and managed to score an acting nomination for The Fatima Buen Story. She starred in a film based on a true-to-life murder, the Vizconde Massacre. Its financial success, and successive crime films of the same vein in which she starred, gained her the nickname "Massacre Queen" by newspaper critics.
In 1984 at age 12, Aquino made her first TV appearance on Inday Badiday's See-Tru on GMA-7. She was the star of the short-lived comedy show ABS-CBN Luv Ko Si Kris.
With her movie career slowing, Aquino shifted her sights to a television career as a talk show host with the launching of Kris, produced by Viva Television on Channel 4 (at that time named PTV, it was transferred to GMA Network, which had a partnership with Viva, and after Viva's contract with PTV ended). It was on GMA Network's showbiz oriented talk show Startalk, which she co-hosted with Boy Abunda and Lolit Solis, that her hosting skills attracted attention.
After GMA and Viva no longer wanted her services, she went back to media conglomerate and GMA Network's rival ABS-CBN, which noticed her hosting wit, offered her a contract, and launched Today with Kris Aquino. From January 2001 to May 2002, she hosted the talk show Morning Girls with Kris and Korina, alongside popular broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez, which was intended to last for only two weeks, but went on for 16 months. In 2007, she officially left The Buzz and Pilipinas, Game KNB? after giving birth to her second son, James. She was replaced by Edu Manzano on Pilipinas, Game KNB?. According to Aquino, she had to give up her hosting stint on the shows to devote more time to her baby. She may not have wanted to return to The Buzz because she no longer wanted to work with former co-host Cristy Fermin.
In the October 2008 issue of YES! Magazine, Aquino was considered the leading celebrity endorser, ranking number one among the 20 popular celebrity endorsers.
Aquino is the executive editor of the K Magazine of ABS-CBN publishing. "Carrying Kris celebrity equity, K is about getting her style, her personality, her lifestyle and her appeal. The magazine reflects the key concerns of the target market presented by Kris herself: beauty, fashion, body, relationships, career, money, and self."
Aquino hosted the Philippine franchise of Deal or No Deal, which is part of ABS-CBN's primetime lineup. It ended its first season on February 23, 2007. The second season of the game show started on June 11, 2007. On May 5, 2008, she appeared on the US version as part of a "Deal or No Deal around the world" event, during which host Howie Mandel and an American contestant were taken to an international location, and played the game in that country, with the local models and host assisting Mandel. She also hosts Boy & Kris, a morning talk show that replaced Homeboy, together with Boy Abunda, and Be Bench, a model search show together with Piolo Pascual. Nestor Torre, a known critic of the Philippine Entertainment industry, pointed out that Aquino took a lot of risks when she chose to give up her two former shows. Torre pointed out that giving up The Buzz and Pilipinas, Game KNB? deprived her of the major exposure that those two popular shows afforded her. He also noted that it is much more difficult to successfully launch new shows than to resume hosting programs that are already popular.
She hosted another TV franchise, Wheel of Fortune, which replaced Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal. She said in an interview that she was a huge fan of the US version and was thrilled to bring the show back to her country. (Wheel of Fortune had already had one 2001-02 run in the Philippines, which was hosted by Rustom Padilla and Victoria Wonderheim.) She hosted Showbiz News Ngayon during its newest season. In October 2008, after former The Buzz co-host Cristy Fermin was suspended by ABS-CBN, the Kapamilya network asked Aquino to once again host the top-rated showbiz-oriented talk show with Boy Abunda and Ruffa Gutierrez. After much controversy, Aquino hosted The Buzz again beginning on October 26, 2008.
Aquino officially left Showbiz News Ngayon on June 25, 2010, and The Buzz on June 27, 2010, after being an on-and-off main host of the show for 10 years. The reason she left the show was that she would be spending time with her family, and she sought to prevent any issues while her brother Benigno Aquino III was in office as president of the Philippines. Despite taking a leave for her family, she hosted ABS-CBN's new noontime variety show called Pilipinas Win Na Win, but left after two months at the decision of the management.
In the third quarter of 2011, Kris returned and again showcased her hosting skills in her new morning talk show titled Kris TV on ABS-CBN. On the first anniversary of the show, the management and Kris decided to invite Senator Chiz Escudero, who formerly had been linked with her, to be a co-host and a special guest, as well.
Aquino got her start in film with the help of Regal Films, one of the oldest film companies in the Philippines. Her early film appearances include the Pido Dida series, in which she was paired with comedian Rene Requiestas and earned her first box office queen award. She later shifted into other roles, notably in massacre films such as Vizconde Massacre, Myrna Diones Story, Elsa Castillo-Ang Katotohanan, and Humanda Ka Mayor. Despite being a big draw in the box office, her acting skills were considered stiff and mechanical. She was dubbed "massacre queen" because of her portrayals in massacre movies, which was the vogue during that time.
She first drew praise for her acting when she earned a nomination from the Gawad Urian award-giving body, composed of film critics, for the film The Fatima Buen Story. She eventually won a supporting actress award for the film Mano Po (2002 Regal Films), in which she portrayed a weak-willed and submissive scion of a wealthy Filipino-Chinese clan. This was her comeback movie after her long layoff from movie acting.
Aquino's most commercially-successful movies in her career include Feng Shui, a Star Cinema production that featured Chinese influences and omen. Feng Shui, which was made during the wave of "Asian-style horror" flicks that spread throughout the continent after 2002's The Ring, made P137 million. It was the highest grossing Filipino movie of 2004 (and the second most successful movie overall that year next to Spider-Man 2 which made over P225 million). Sukob, another horror thriller, in which she starred with Claudine Barretto in 2006, is the highest grossing Filipino film of all time surpassing Ang Tanging Ina, Anak, and Feng Shui.
Aquino had her share of box office bombs. Her 2003 movie with actor Robin Padilla, You and Me Against the World, flopped at the box office from the start. Made for P25,000,000 and released immediately after Aquino won acting awards (for her performance in 2002's Mano Po), You and Me Against the World made only P4,389,005. The film's producers lost an estimated P23,000,000, even accounting for home videos. Because You and Me Against the World failed to attract an audience, several movie theaters pulled the film out and replaced it with another film. Some theaters were reported to have done this on the movie's second day of play.
In June 2012, Kimmy Dora Part 2 was finally showing in all theaters nationwide in the Philippines, produced by Star Cinema of ABS-CBN and directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal. Kris portrayed a special role in the movie sequence. Performing larger roles in the film were Eugene Domingo, a comedienne, and an actress who portrayed the roles of Kimi and Dora Go Dong Hae. Some parts of the movie were filmed in Seoul, Korea.
In 2003 she began dating comedian Joey Marquez. The relationship did not go very well, and the two broke up after a news report aired on national TV in which Aquino went on an interview crying and stated that Marquez had pointed a 9mm gun at her. She stated that she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease during her relationship with Marquez. Months later, Marquez apologized to Kris and to her family on national TV and, minutes after Marquez's apology, Aquino replied that Marquez should not blame just himself, as both of them had committed a mistake. Aquino added, "You'll never hear me again regarding this issue. This is finished!"
She was married to Philippine Basketball Association professional player James Yap of the SanMig Super Coffee Mixers in a civil marriage ceremony on July 10, 2005. The following year, she announced on The Buzz that she was pregnant. In April 2007, Aquino gave birth to her first son by Yap, James Carlos "Bimby" Aquino Yap, Jr., in Makati City. In 2006, a former medical clinic receptionist stated that James Yap had an extra-marital affair with her.
On June 27, 2010, Aquino announced that she had separated from Yap, citing personal reasons and stated she was seeking a de-facto divorce from him.
On March 21, 2013, Aquino appeared in a 30-minute interview with TV Patrol to announce her resignation from all of her ABS-CBN shows to spend time with her youngest son. She also revealed that James Yap made sexual advances towards her inside her room, which she refused. She said Yap threatened her in the presence of Bimby, who was traumatized by the incident. Aquino filed a temporary protection order on March 20, 2013. In the petition, Kris asked the court to order Yap to stay away from her, her 5-year-old son Bimby and any household member, keep a distance of at least 100 meters, and to stay away from her residence, school, place of employment, or any place frequented by her and her son.
In early April 2014, she posted a photograph on her Instagram account that showed her with her children, her siblings and Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista having dinner. This fueled rumors that she and Bautista were dating. She confirmed this during the April 5 live episode of her evening show Aquino and Abunda Tonight. Soon afterwards, however, speculations about the relationship arose after it emerged that Bautista had not yet ended his other relationship with his long-time partner and mother of two of his children. This reportedly caused Bautista to have second thoughts about pursuing his relationship with Aquino any further. Finally, on April 21, Aquino hinted on Aquino and Abunda Tonight that she and Bautista had stopped dating. In another post on her Instagram account on April 23, she said that she and Bautista were just "BEST OF FRIENDS [sic]" and "FRIENDS FOR LIFE [sic]"
|Ancestors of Kris Aquino|
Aside from her TV and movie career, Aquino owns and manages several businesses. She co-owns Lena Restaurant and Sencillo, a Mexican restaurant, as well as Roberto Antonio, an upscale flower shop with business partner Boy Abunda. She also founded a boutique and agency in partnership with Abunda and other personalities including Nonon del Carmen and Agnes Maranan. The boutique and agency was named MAD (an acronym for their surnames, Maranan Abunda Aquino del Carmen). She also co-owns Sierra Madre Water.
|1986 -1992||GMA Supershow||Herself||Co host||GMA Network|
|1989||Kris at 18||Herself||TV special of Aquino's 18th birthday celebration||ABS-CBN|
|Luv Ko Si Kris||Herself||Main role|
|1992-1994||Hoy Gising!||Herself||Segment host|
|1992||Actually, 'Yun Na!||Herself||Host||RPN|
|1995||'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila||Herself||ABS-CBN|
|1996–2001||Today with Kris Aquino||Herself||Host||ABS-CBN|
|2000-2010; 2014–present||The Buzz 15||Herself||Host|
|Pwedeng Pwede (1999-2001) as Chedy|
|Kris and Tell||Herself||Host|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Lapida"||Annie||with Phillip Salvador|
|2003||Meteor Fever in Manila||Herself||Host
|2004||Good Morning, Kris||Herself||Host|
|2004–2005||Hiram||Diana Benipayo||Main role, Her first teleserye|
|2006–2009||Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal||Herself||Host
In 2007, the Philippine version was one of a few international versions of the Endemol franchise to appear in the United States version of "Deal or No Deal Around the World," during which American contestants were flown to various international versions to play on the local sets with the local models and host, assisted by US version host Howie Mandel, and played with US rules.
|2007–2009||Boy & Kris||Herself||Host|
|2007||Be Bench/ The Model Search||Herself||Host|
|2008||Sineserye Presents: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara||Barbara||Main role|
|Wheel of Fortune||Herself||Host|
|2009–2010||SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon||Herself||Anchor|
|2009||Pinoy Bingo Night||Herself||Host|
|Salamat President Cory||Herself||The ABS-CBN TV specials on the Kapamilya vigil, funeral, legacy and burial of late president Corazon Aquino.|
|Laban Ni Cory||Herself|
|Salamat President Cory: Huling Paalam||Herself|
|Salamat President Cory: A People's Farewell||Herself|
|Last Journey of Ninoy Documentary Special||Herself||TV special|
|2010||Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo||Celine J. Crisanto||Main role, Her third teleserye|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Kalapati"||Herself||Love story of Corazon Aquino and Ninoy Aquino|
|Pilipinas Got Talent (season 1)||Herself||Judge|
|Pilipinas Win Na Win||Herself||Host|
|2011||The Price Is Right (Philippine game show)||Host|
|Pilipinas Got Talent (season 2)||Judge|
|Pilipinas Got Talent (season 3)||Judge|
|2012||Gandang Gabi, Vice! Live||Herself|
|2013||Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw||Roxanne Manrique|
|The Ryzza Mae Show||Herself||Guest||GMA Network|
|Vampire Ang Daddy Ko||Herself||Guest|
|2014–present||Aquino & Abunda Tonight||Herself||Anchor||ABS-CBN|
|2014||Ako si Ninoy||Herself||GMA News TV|
|1990||Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo||Dida|
|1991||Pangako sa Puso|
|Shake Rattle & Roll 3||Tanya||Segment: "Yaya"|
|Pido Dida: Kasal Na||Dida|
|Ang Siga at ang Sosyal||Candace|
|Magic To Win 5||Kathy||Also known as Happy Ghost V|
|1992||Pido Dida 3: May Kambal na||Dida|
|Mahal Kita Walang Iba||Trixie|
|My Funny Valentine||Laura|
|1993||Vizconde Massacre||Carmela Vizconde|
|Humanda Ka Mayor|
|1994||The Elsa Castillo Story... Ang Katotohanan||Elsa Castillo|
|Myrna Diones Story||Myrna Diones|
|The Fatima Buen Story||Fatima Buen||Nominated—Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress|
|Bakit Pa Kita Minahal|
|1995||Saan Ako Nagkamali|
|1998||Hiwaga ng Panday||Emily|
|2000||Eto Na Naman Ako||Herself||Cameo|
|Mano Po||Juliet Go-Co||FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress
Gawad PASADO Award for Best Supporting Actress
KAPPT Award for Best Supporting Actress
Metro Manila Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
Star Awards for Movies for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated—Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actress
|Dekada '70||Student leader||Cameo|
|2003||You and Me Against the World||Diana Rivero|
|Mano Po 2: My Home||Young Sol Tan|
|2004||Feng Shui||Joy Ramirez||Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actress|
|So Happy Together||Lianne|
|2009||Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love||Vivian Go-Chan|
|2011||Segunda Mano||Mabel Domingo||Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actress|
|2012||Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme||Herself/Cameo|
|2013||Bromance: My Brother's Romance||Doctor||Cameo role|
|My Little Bossings||Baba Atienza||First movie with her son James "Bimby" Aquino-Yap|
|2014||Feng Shui 2||Joy Ramirez||First movie with Coco Martin|
Her two game shows (Pilipinas) Game KNB? and Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal were replaced by father-and-son actors Edu and Luis Manzano, respectively, as hosts.
Awards and recognitions
- 1990 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards - Box Office Queen
- 1998 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show (Today with Kris Aquino)
- 2002 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Game KNB?)
- 2002 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show Host (Game KNB?)
- 28th Metro Manila Film Festival - Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po) 2002
- 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show (Morning Girls with Kris and Korina)
- 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show Host (Kris Aquino & Korina Sanchez)
- 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show (The Buzz)
- 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host, Female (The Buzz)
- 2003 5th PASADO Awards - PinakaPASADOng Katuwang ng Aktres, Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po)
- 2003 19th PMPC Star Awards for Movies - Supporting Actress of the Year (Mano Po)
- 2003 51st Famas Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po)
- 2003 KAPPT Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po)
- 2004 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show (Morning Girls with Kris and Korina)
- 2004 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show Host (Kris Aquino & Korina Sanchez)
- 2004 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards - Box Office Queen
- 2005 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Pilipinas! Game KNB?)
- 2005 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show Host (Pilipinas! Game KNB?)
- 2006 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards - Box Office Queen
- 2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Pilipinas! Game KNB?)
- 2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show (The Buzz)
- 2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host, Female (The Buzz)
- 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Celebrity Talk Show (Boy and Kris)
- 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Celebrity Talk Show Host (Kris Aquino)
- 2009 27th People's Choice Dangal ng Bayan Awards - Best Female Game Show Host
- 2009 Anak TV Seal Awards - Most Admired Female TV Personality
- 2012 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Female Celebrity Talk Show Host
- 2012 Golden Screen TV Awards - Best Lifestyle Program (Kris TV)
- 2012 Golden Screen TV Awards - Best Lifestyle Program Host (Kris Aquino)
- 2012 2nd EdukCircle Awards - Most Influential Celebrity Endorser of the Year (Kris Aquino)
- 2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards - Phenomenal Box Office Star (Kris Aquino)
- 2013 9th USTv Students' Choice Awards - Best Talk Variety Program Host - (Kris Aquino - Kris TV)
- 2013 3rd EdukCircle Awards - Most Influential Celebrity Endorser of Year (Kris Aquino)
- 2013 Rotary Club Golden Wheel Awards - Entertainment Personality of the Year
- "Claudine Barretto, Kris Aquino share Box Office Queen throne". Pep.ph. April 27, 2007.
- "The Buzz: Kris out, Ruffa in!". Philippine Star.
- "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Kris Aquino reveals where most of her endorsement fees this year went". Philippine Entertainment Portal. September 29, 2008.
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- "Boy Abunda confirms new show with Kris Aquino". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 14, 2007.
- "Bench launches reality TV model search". Manila Bulletin. July 21, 2007.
- "Kris Aquino and Piolo Pascual team up in "Be Bench"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 29, 2007.
- "New hosting options for Kris, who’s making a comeback". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 21, 2007.
- "Kris bows out in June from ‘Buzz,’ ‘SNN’". Inquirer.net. May 20, 2010.
- "Kris Aquino says goodbye to The Buzz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 28, 2010.
- "Kris Aquino bids goodbye to The Buzz". abs-cbnNEWS.com. June 28, 2010.
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- Rose Garcia. "Joey Marquez respects Kris Aquino's decision to decline an interview with him; mulls over possibility of running for Congress again | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- "Fermin: Kris is pregnant". ABS-CBN News. September 17, 2006.
- "Kris Aquino delivers baby James prematurely". Philippine Entertainment Portal. April 19, 2007.
- "Hope speaks out, says James Yap courted her". GMANews.TV. February 24, 2007.
- "Kris Aquino says marriage to James is over". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- "Kris Aquino resigns from all her shows". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- "Kris Aquino quits showbiz | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- "Kris Aquino files protection order vs ex-hubby James Yap | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- "Esquerra Avenue’s taste and pleasure universe". The Daily Tribune. December 2, 2006.
- "Kris Aquino & Boy Abunda Go Mad; Open Ad Agency". Adobo Magazine.
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- Kalabasa K. Kamote. "Pinoy Pop Culture". Popculturepinas.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-19.