|Born||Helena Gerard Belmonte
February 21, 1986
Orlando, Florida, United States
|Died||March 20, 2014
Pasig City, Philippines
|Years active||2004–2014 (10 years in career)|
Helena Gerard Belmonte (February 21, 1986 – March 20, 2014) was an American-born Filipina model and socialite. She was best known for her magazine covers, most notably a MEGA cover with Kim Chiu. She was the daughter of Lorraine Belmonte, the editor-in-chief of Appetite Magazine and Vice President and Creative Director of the Mega Publishing Group.
Belmonte's grandfather was a heart surgeon who emigrated to America and performed some of the first open-heart surgeries. After growing up in the USA, Belmonte's mother decided to move back to the Philippines to acquaint the young Helena with the country's culture.
Belmonte went to elementary school and high school at Saint Pedro Poveda College. She then transferred to Brent International School.
At 19, she began her modeling career, appearing in commercials and magazine covers. She also pursued a career in acting, living in Los Angeles and taking a course at the New York Film Academy.
Belmonte committed suicide by jumping from the 28th floor of a building in Ortigas, Pasig City. She was 28 years old. The cause of Belmonte's suicide was Bipolar Disorder.
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