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|Born||Hazel Pascual Reyes
May 9, 1979
|Other names||Ara, Dara Mina, Danica Gomez|
|Occupation||Actress, endorser, entrepreneur and singer|
|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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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? ||Glacilda Bautista|
|Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato ||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|
|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|
|Year||Title||Role||Type of Role||Network|
|2000||Ayos na ang Kasunod|
|2017||My Ex and Whys|
|2002||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actress||Mano Po||Won|||
|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|
- "Ara Mina Bio, Facts". Celebrity Facts. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
- "Ara Mina gives birth to baby girl". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- Christine Reyes celebrates 20th birthday at Golden Acres
- "Metro Manila Film Festival:2002". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.