Iwa Moto

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Iwa Moto
Iwa Moto at Estrella's Home Clinic, April 2010.jpg
Iwa Moto on April 2010
Born Aileen Quimado Iwamoto
(1988-08-29) August 29, 1988 (age 27)
Tagum, Davao del Norte
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2005–present
Known for StarStruck 3 First Princess

Aileen Iwamoto (岩本アイリーン Iwamoto Airīn?) (born 29 August 1988), popularly known by her screen name Iwa Moto (イワ・マートー?), is a Filipino-Japanese actress, model and teen star. She was one of the Final Four in the 3rd season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show of GMA Network in the Philippines and finished as first runner up. She is well known for playing "Rita Acuesta" on Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap and "Valentina" in Darna.

Personal life[edit]

Aileen Iwamoto is the eldest of the three siblings. Her father, the late Hiroaki Iwamoto (岩本 宏明?) was a Japanese immigrant to the Philippines while her mother is Filipina. Her father was diagnosed with liver cancer and died on March 8, 2009.[1]

Showbiz career[edit]

Moto auditioned for second season of StarStruck but failed to qualify until she has succeeded in audition for the third season in which she ended up as the First Princess along with Gian Carlos as the First Prince. After StarStruck, Moto appeared on SOP Gigsters, Love to Love: Young At Heart and Nuts Entertainment.

Moto was suspended for 6 weeks along with Jackie Rice. After the suspension, Moto came back to Nuts Entertainment, joined the cast of Bakekang, her first primetime show where she played Jenny, the best friend of "Kristal" (played by Lovi Poe) and also on the last season of Love to Love which is Jazz Got Lucky. Moto also portrayed her life story on Magpakailanman.

In 2007, Moto appeared in Super Twins, wherein she portrayed the character Moshi Moshi Manika, her first antagonist role. After that, Moto portrayed Rita on Sine Novela's third installment Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap, wherein she got a favorable response from the viewers of the show.[2][3] Due to her performance in Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap, she was in included in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as a black amazona, her third antagonist role.[4][5]

In 2008, Moto became the image model of the FHM Philippine standee, making her the third Filipina to hold that title after Asia Agcaoili and Katrina Halili. In September of the same year, Iwa graced the cover of FHM Philippines for the second time.[6] She was a previous covergirl of FHM Singapore.

Straight after Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, Moto was given a supporting role in Robin Padilla's Joaquin Bordado,[7] as Diane, but her character was killed off for Moto to focus on Sine Novela's eighth installment Magdusa Ka with Katrina Halili and Dennis Trillo.[8] After that, Moto was included on the cast of Luna Mystika as Donita Sagrado, the main antagonist of Heart Evangelista's character.[9]

In 2009, Moto appeared in the primetime series Adik Sa'Yo as Andrea, but left for Darna to play Valentina, the main antagonist of Darna and her biggest role in a drama so far.

In 2010, Moto began reappearing currently reappearing in Darna and also on Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?, in which she portrays the role of Rossan. Here, the dismissal of Iwa Moto in Darna and her character Valentina died in an attack by superheroine Darna.[10] Recently, she appeared in Love Bug: "Last Romance" and also as a guest in Pilyang Kerubin and in the TV series Beauty Queen.

In 2011, she participated in Dwarfina, starring Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo.[11] Her last TV project was Andres de Saya, starring Cesar Montano and Iza Calzado.

In 2012, she appeared on Wil Time Bigtime but left shortly due to her existing contract with GMA Network. Until now, it is unknown whether she'll move to TV5 or stay with GMA-7.

May 12 incident[edit]

On May 12, Moto was involved in a fight with her non-showbiz ex-boyfriend Mickey Ablan. She was in Studio 6 of GMA-7 to shoot her scene on her upcoming show Andres de Saya. Ablan arrived just before lunch and they had a conversation. Later on, everyone on the set was shocked when Moto shouted that Ablan grabbed her cellphone. Moto tried to catch Ablan but he soon left the area. Moto then saw the car of Ablan and broke its glasses on the back. This caused Moto injuries and she was brought by reporter Nelson Canlas in Delgado Memorial Hospital in Kamuning, Quezon City. Until now, Moto hasn't been interviewed yet by the media.[12] On May 15, she was rushed into a hospital after she was found unconsciously lying on her bed. According to her friend Justin Ferrer, she is now safe.[13]



Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 Marimar Magda Evanglista GMA Network Extended Cast
2014 Eat Bulaga Guest Contestant
2014 The Ryzza Mae Show Guest Her first comeback project with GMA Network
2013 Cassandra: Warrior Angel Ursula's Mother TV5
2012 Enchanted Garden Santana
Talentadong Pinoy: Kids Edition Celebrity Judge appeared on the show multiple times
Third Eye Daisy Extended Cast
Video Incredible:Mga Promding Palpak Host Host for the new timeslot of Video Incredible
Lokomoko Herself appeared on the show multiple times
Pidol's Wonderland: Moomoo Mia Annette Pidol's Wonderland TV Special
Kapitan Awesome Aphrodite Villain role
Regal Shocker: FX Victoria
The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto Marie Miranda
Wil Time Bigtime Co-host Her biggest return in television ; Her first project in TV5
2011 Andres de Saya Nica Landutay GMA Network First TV project with Cesar Montano
Dwarfina Lucille Ballesteros Eighth TV project with Dennis Trillo
2010 Beauty Queen young Leavida Rivas First TV project with Iza Calzado
Pilyang Kerubin Eva
Love Bug: "Last Romance" Remy First TV project with Carla Abellana
Diz Iz It Celebrity Judge appeared on the show multiple times
Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Rossan Montenegro-Ortega her third appearance on Sine Novela
2009 Darna Valentina her biggest role in a drama yet; first TV project with Marian Rivera
Adik Sa'Yo Andrea First TV project with Marvin Agustin, Jolina Magdangal and Jennica Garcia;
Dear Friend: Madrasta Gellie Second TV project with Yasmien Kurdi
2008 Luna Mystika Donita Sagrado First TV project with Heart Evangelista and Mark Anthony Fernandez
Sine Novela: Magdusa Ka Millet Calpito First TV project with Katrina Halili
Joaquin Bordado Dianne First TV project with Robin Padilla
2007 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Amasonang Itim / Soñia Tamano Third antagonist role
Sine Novela: Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap Rita Acuesta Second antagonist role; her biggest acting break
Super Twins Monica/Moshi Moshi Manika First antagonist role
SOP Rules Performer Occasional performer
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang Princesa Singsing supporting role
Magic Kamison: The True Lindsay Lindsay/Laura first lead role in a drama
2006 Bitoy's Funniest Videos Co-Host third hosting appearance
Bakekang Jenny first primetime show
Love to Love: Jass Got Lucky Max second appearance in the anthology
Nuts Entertainment Co-Host with Joey de Leon, Janno Gibbs and Anjo Yllana
Magpakailanman: The Iwa Moto Life Story Herself first appearance in the drama anthology
Love to Love: Young At Heart Denisse first TV project
SOP Gigsters Host/Performer first hosting appearance
POSH (TV series) Herself Q her sole series on Q
2005 StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion Herself GMA Network finished as the season's First Princess


Year Title Role Playdate Film Production Notes
2008 Shake, Rattle & Roll X: Nieves Wai Lana December 25, 2008 Regal Entertainment first movie for Metro Manila Film Festival
My Monster Mom Vivian July 2, 2008 Regal Entertainment and GMA Films second movie with Regal Entertainment; first with GMA Films
2006 Pitong Dalagita Tisha November 29, 2006 Canary Films first main role in a movie
White Lady Mimi July 19, 2006 Regal Entertainment first movie with Regal Entertainment


Year Awards/Critics/Contest Result
2012 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 14
2011 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 8
2010 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 4
2009 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 5
2008 Yes Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the Philippines Random
FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 7
UNO 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines) Rank 2
MAXIM 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines) Rank 10
2007 MAXIM 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines) Rank 50
FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 10
2006 HI Magazine's one of the most beautiful faces in Philippine Showbiz Rank 20
FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) Rank 16


  1. ^ "Iwa Moto's father passes away". Philippine Entertainment Portal. March 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Iwa Moto plays her most daring role yet in "Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Iwa Moto gets favorable responses for her contravida role". Philippine Entertainment Portal. August 22, 2007. 
  4. ^ "GMA-7's "Pulis Pangkalawakan" replaces "Shaider"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 13, 2007. 
  5. ^ ""StarStruck 3" runner-up Iwa Moto plays villain again in "Zaido"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. September 18, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Iwa Moto goes topless in latest FHM issue". Philippine Entertainment Portal. September 1, 2008. 
  7. ^ Iwa Moto considers sexy role in "Joaquin Bordado" as challenging
  8. ^ "Katrina, ‘di bagay maging bida!'" -- Iwa
  9. ^ ""Luna Mystica" casting is almost complete". Philippine Entertainment Portal. October 3, 2008. 
  10. ^ "GMA-7 offers two new star-studded afternoon soaps". Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Iwa Moto on the neverending- rumor about her: Uulitin ko, hindi po ako kasal, hindi po ako buntis.". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Iwa Moto and non-showbiz boyfriend Mickey Ablan make a scene on GMA-7 premises". Philippine Entertainment Portal. May 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Iwa Moto is now safe after suspected suicide attempt". Philippine Entertainment Portal. May 16, 2011. 

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