Bela Padilla

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Bela Padilla
Bela Padilla performing at MMDA Anniversary in November 2016.png
Bella Padilla performing at MMDA Anniversary in November 2016
Born Krista Cariño Sullivan
(1991-05-03) May 3, 1991 (age 25)
Makati City, Philippines
Other names
  • Krista Valle
  • Krista Sullivan
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2007–present
Agent Star Magic (2007 - 2009), (2015 - present)
GMA Artist Center (2009 - 2014)
Viva Artist Agency (2014 - present)

Krista Cariño Sullivan (born May 3, 1991), better known by her stage name Bela Padilla, is a Filipino actress and model.

Early life and education[edit]

Padilla (born Krista Cariño Sullivan) was born to Cornelius Gary Sullivan and wife Margarette ("Meg"). Her mother is a maternal cousin to Robin Padilla. Her father was divorced from his first wife. She has three elder half-siblings in England from her father's first family while she also has an elder brother from both of her parents. She first attended a Montessori education-style international school in Forbes Park, Makati, before attending the foreigners class of Colegio San Agustin – Makati.[1] Padilla took up journalism as an elective in senior high school.[2]

Padilla's maternal grandmother is the sister of Eva Cariño-Padilla, wife of actor-director and former Camarines Norte governor Roy Padilla, Sr..[3] She is a second niece to actors Rommel Padilla, Robin Padilla and BB Gandanghari,[4] and a second cousin to RJ and Daniel Padilla (sons of Rommel) and Queenie and Kylie Padilla (daughters of Robin).[5]


Padilla was discovered by ABS-CBN talent scout Jet Valle after the latter saw her on one of her field trips and introduced her to ABS-CBN via Star Magic Batch 15 and adopted the stage name Krista Valle.[3] The same year she got her first TV role in the teen drama Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2. She later changed her stage name to her real name Krista Sullivan when she started working as a freelance actress.[6] In 2009, she played a minor role in the TV series Totoy Bato.[6] She then became a cast regular on the third season of Lokomoko High in TV5.

In 2010, she left Star Magic, replaced her manager with Claire dela Fuente and moved to GMA-7. Along with the move, she also finally changed her stage name to Bela Padilla.

In 2011, Bela was awarded the Miss Friendship and the Media's Darling awards in the Asian Super Model Contest that was held in Guilin and Nanning in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, on 6 and 7 September.[7]

In March 2012, Padilla was at the center of a controversy when her FHM Philippines magazine cover was withdrawn due to accusations of racism.[8][9]

In 2015, Padilla returned to ABS-CBN and appeared in the teleserye FPJ's: Ang Probinsyano, based on the Fernando Poe Jr. film of the same name, co-starring Coco Martin, Maja Salvador and Susan Roces.[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Padilla is a member of Jehovah's Witnesses.[13]



Year Title Role Notes Source
2008 Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2 Jo Credited as "Krista Valle" [14]
2009 Tayong Dalawa Bar Girl Uncredited
2009 Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato Rain [6]
2009 Midnight DJ Guest, Episode: "Higanti ng Kamatayan"
2009 New Pangarap Kong Jackpot Episode: "Sa Mundo ng Kahapon", Credited as "Krista Sullivan"
2009 Lokomoko High Herself / Multiple roles / Betty La Panget [6]
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Pinky (teenage years) Episode: "Kalapati" [15]
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Pinky (teenage) Episode: "Makinilya" [15]
2009 Maynila Isa Episode: "Makinig Ka, Puso"
2010 Endless Love Mayumi 'Yumi' Ramirez [1]
2010 Party Pilipinas Herself Performer / Host [1]
2011 Pablo S. Gomez's Machete Aginaya / Rosella
2011 Maynila Lea Episode: "Love's Priority"
2011 Sisid Monique
2012 Hiram na Puso Vanessa Saavedra / Kara Banaag
2012 Bubble Gang Herself / Multiple roles
2012 Makapiling Kang Muli Amber
2012-13 Magdalena Magdalena "Lena" Fuentebella / Angela Natividad
2013 Love and Lies Denise Salvador
2013 Sunday All Stars Herself Performer
2013 Genesis Aurora Hernandez-Barrinuevo
2014 Point of Entry Analyn Ocampo [16]
2014 Magpakailanman Andrea Episode: "Nakakulong Ang Puso"
2014 Sa Puso ni Dok Dr. Gabrielle 'Gab' Estrella [10]
2014 Magpakailanman Mae Episode: "Asawa Mo, Hiniram Ko"
2014 Magpakailanman Jessa Episode: "Ang Nurse Na May Ikatlong Mata"
2015-16 FPJ's: Ang Probinsyano Carmen Guzman-de Leon/Tuazon
2016 Home Sweetie Home Criselda Guest
2017 My Dear Heart Clara Estanislao-De Jesus


Year Title Role Notes Source
2007 Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! Janet
2009 BFF (Best Friends Forever) Mean girl
2010 You to Me Are Everything Monique
2012 My Kontrabida Girl Evelyn
2013 10,000 Hours Maya Limchauco
2014 Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak Damian
2015 Felix Manalo Honorata de Guzman-Manalo
2016 Tomodachi Rosalinda Best Foreign Language Feature Film - Madrid International Film Festival 2016
Best Original Score - Madrid International Film Festival 2016
2016 Camp Sawi Bridgette
2016 I America Erica Berry [21]
2016 The Super Parental Guardians Emmy Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Source
2013 10,000 Hours Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
2014 "PMPC Star Awards for Movies" Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated [22]
FAMAS Award Best Supporting Actress Won [23]


  1. ^ a b c Camposano, Jerni May (12 September 2010). "Face of Allure: Bela Padilla". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Eduvas, Ronjay (14 March 2012). "Bela Padilla - FHM Cover Girl March 2012". FHM Philippines. FHM. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "FIRST READ ON PEP: Eva Cariño-Padilla tells Marian Rivera to apologize to her granddaughter Bela Padilla". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kapamilya Tree: The Padilla Family". ABS-CBN Corporation. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d Gonzales, Rommel (31 July 2009). "Krista Sullivan is willing to go topless to play a mermaid". News. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  6. ^ FRJ (14 September 2011). "Bela Padilla Wins Two Awards at the Asian Super Model in China". GMA News Online. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "FHM Philippines Scraps Cover in Racism Storm". BBC News. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bela Tells BBC: No Regrets About FHM Cover". ABS-CBN News. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Franco, Bernie (20 May 2015). "Bela Padilla returns to ABS-CBN; wants to seal her place as a Kapamilya". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bela Padilla, Nagpaliwanag Kasunod ng Pagkamatay ni Carmen sa "Ang Probinsyano"". ABS-CBN. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Tangcawan, Alan (14 June 2016). "Bela Padilla sa Bantayan" (in Cebuano). SuperBalita Cebu. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Bela Padilla says she doesn't celebrate Christmas". ABS-CBN Corporation. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Erece, Dino (10 January 2008). "ABS-CBN airs new youth-oriented series "Astigs" starting January 12". Entertainment Guide/Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Ninoy and Cory Aquino's love story unfolds". Maalaala Mo Kaya. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Bela Padilla on boyfriend Neil Arce: 'I hope kami na nga ang magkatuluyan'". GMA Network Inc. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Mendoza, Ruel (11 July 2016). "Tomodachi, Starring Jacky Woo and Bela Padilla Wins in 2016 Madrid Film Fest". Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Two PH Films Win in Madrid". Indie Bravo. Philippine Daily Inquirer. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "'Tomodachi' Bags Two Prizes in Madrid Festival". InterAksyon. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Madrid IFF 2016 Full Winners List". Film Fest International. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "I America". Cinemalaya Institute. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Full List: Winners, PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2016". Rappler. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Bela Padilla is New San Mig Light Endorser". The Philippine Star. 11 April 2015. 

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