Ara Mina

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Ara Mina
Born Hazel Pascual Reyes
(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 38)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Ara, Dara Mina, Danica Gomez
Occupation Actress, endorser, entrepreneur and singer
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) N/A
Children Amanda Gabrielle R. Meneses
Relatives Cristine Reyes, Chuck Mathay

Hazel Pascual Reyes (born May 9, 1979) is a Filipina actress, singer, endorser, and entrepreneur. She is popularly known as "Ara Mina", using the first names of two of her younger sisters. The eldest of 9 siblings, she grew up in Marikina City with her mother, Francis Marie Klenk and stepfather, Romeo Reyes. Her biological father is former politician, Chuck Mathay. Hazel or Ara has a daughter named Amanda Gabrielle with Bulakan, Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses.

Ara Mina became part of the Philippine entertainment industry at 14 years of age via the youth-oriented program, That's Entertainment, hosted and spearheaded by the late Master Showman, Mr. German "Kuya Germs" Moreno. Since then, Ara has starred in about 40 television shows and 60 movies, released 3 recording albums, and received several recognitions from various award-giving bodies. She won her first acting award for Best Actress for the movie "Mano Po" at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2002. The following year (2003), she received 3 more Best Actress awards from Manila Film Festival , FAMAS , and Golden Screen Awards for the movie Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa. She also won the Golden Screen Awards and Star Awards in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a drama in the Philippines for her role as Luna in Minsan Pa.

Ara also did very well as a singer/recording artist. Her self-titled and first album from Star Records which carried the hit song "Ay, Ay, Ay, Pag-Ibig" received a gold record award a few months after its release. Because of this, the record label decided to produce another album for her entitled "Heavenly", which was also a big hit and included the track "Oops Teka Lang" which was also the theme song of the movie of the same title starring Robin Padilla and Claudine Barretto from Star Cinema. Her version of the Rey Valera hit "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako" was also used as the theme song of the ABS-CBN television series "Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako". In 2008, she produced her 3rd album which was released under Sony BMG. It consisted of acoustic covers of hit songs like "What Do We Mean To Each Other" by Sergio Mendes, "Somebody" by Depeche Mode, and "Very Special Love" by Maureen McGovern.

Ara also won the hearts of the members of the press because of her excellence in getting along with people. She has won several "Darling of the Press" citations in her 24 years in the industry.

She truly showcased versatility by starring in television shows of different genres, from sitcoms to heavy drama. "Super Klenk" , her first television sitcom wherein she played a super heroine, showed her comic skills and agility. She was then included in the cast of "Bubble Gang", which was her longest stint for television. The character that she played in the TV series "Mulawin", Vultra, is also remarkable. A very teachable and adaptable artist, she can easily shift from antagonist to protagonist, one project to another; thus making her one of the most sought-after actresses in her generation. Her most recent television stint was for GMA-7's "Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa" (2017) and was also part of the movie "My Ex and Whys" starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

With all her achievements and success, she added another feather in her cap when she launched her very own skin care line, Ara's Secret www.arassecret.com in 2012. The brand continues to gain trust and following amongst Filipinas all over the world. In February 2017, she opened Hazelberry Cafe in Quezon City which offers comfort food, great coffee, and her very own pastries and baked goods.

Ara also supports children with birth defects through Ara Mina Foundation, which she founded in 2007. Her youngest sibling, Mina, born with Down's syndrome, is her reason and inspiration behind this cause. Hazel or Ara, is definitely one of the most well-loved personalities in the world of Philippine show business.

Personal life[edit]

Ara was raised by her mother Francis and stepfather Romeo. At 18, she met and was acknowledged by her biological father, Chuck Mathay, a former politician from the Philippines. Actress Cristine Reyes is her half-sister. She has been collecting toy cars since she was a kid, which are now displayed in her entertainment room.[1]

On December 17, 2014, Ara Mina gave birth to a baby girl whom she named Amanda Gabrielle, her child with Bulakan mayor, Patrick Meneses.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya  ???? Episode guest / Antagonist / Protagonist ABS-CBN
Mulawin vs. Ravena Vultra Special Guest GMA Network
Ipaglaban Mo!: Pagkakasala Linda Episode guest ABS-CBN
Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa Mariz Alejo-Zimmerman Main role / Antagonist GMA Network
2016 Dear Uge Sylvia Mercado Episode guest
Karelasyon Lorraine
Yan Ang Morning! Herself Guest appearance
Pepito Manaloto Geena Episode guest
Tasya Fantasya Yvonne Supporting role / Antagonist TV5
Ipaglaban Mo: Kasambahay Veronica Episode guest ABS-CBN
2015 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (season 5) One of the 20 Lucky Stars/Briefcase #4 Guest appearance
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol Episode guest
2014 Trenderas Diane San Miguel Supporting role TV5
Wansapanataym: Enchanted House Dorothy Barin Episode guest ABS-CBN
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Double Bass Liezel
Wansapanataym: Dolly Daldal Lisa
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Drawing Shirley
Teen Gen Violeta "Violet" Bernardo-Torres Extended role / Antagonist GMA Network
Magpakailanman: The Wally Bayola Story Riza Episode guest
2012 Yesterday's Bride Josilda "Josie" Ramirez Supporting role / Antagonist
P.S. I Love You Cassandra Extended role TV5
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tulay Ester Episode guest ABS-CBN
Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum Rhea Bustillos Main role TV5
I Dare You Herself (Challenger) Guest appearance ABS-CBN
Showtime Herself
Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face Episode guest TV5
2010 Ilumina Elsa Sebastian Supporting role / Antagonist GMA Network
2009 Sine Novela: Tinik Sa Dibdib Trixie Veneracion-Marquez / Trixie Domingo Main role / Antagonist
Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? [3] Glacilda Bautista
Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato [4] Elena Magtanggol Special guest role
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Dagat Leah Episode guest ABS-CBN
Ligaw na Bulaklak Janet / Jennifer Alegro Main role / Antagonist
2007 Prinsesa ng Banyera Cassandra Ynares / Elena
2007; 2017 Bubble Gang Herself Guest appearance GMA Network
2007 Lupin Sister Anna Nicole Main role / Antagonist
2006 Magpakailanman Episode guest
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Dyesebel Special guest role
2004 Mulawin Vultra / Violeta / Veronica Main role / Antagonist / Protagonist
Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Destiny Extended role
2002 Kung Mawawala Ka Lucinda Montemayor Supporting role
2000 Kiss Muna Ara Main role
1997 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila Herself / Co-host Guest appearance ABS-CBN
1993 That's Entertainment Herself GMA Network

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2000 Ayos na ang Kasunod
2017 My Ex and Whys

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Mano Po Won [5]
2005 19th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Mulawin Nominated
2004 52nd FAMAS Awards Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2004 PMPC Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Minsan Pa Won
2004 Golden Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Minsan Pa Won
2004 Golden Screen Awards Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2003 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Ms. RP Movies Won
2003 Manila Film Festival Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2003 FAMAS Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Mano Po Won
2000 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Most Promising Female Singer Won
1999 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Popular Princess of RP Movies Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ara Mina Bio, Facts". Celebrity Facts. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Ara Mina gives birth to baby girl". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Christine Reyes celebrates 20th birthday at Golden Acres
  5. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:2002". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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