Jona Viray

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Jonalyn Viray
Jona singing at Music Museum during "Fearless" concert, wearing a Nat Manilag haute couture gown
Background information
Birth name Jonalyn Roxas Viray
Also known as The Philippines' Fearless Diva and Soul Princess
Born (1989-11-15) November 15, 1989 (age 27)[1]
Origin Pioduran, Albay, Philippines[1]
Genres Pop ballad, R&B, soul, Classical.
Occupation(s) Singer, Occasional Actress, Endorser
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present

GMA Records (2005-2013)
Creative Media Entertainment (2013-present)
Star Magic (2016-present)

Star Music (2016-present)

Jonalyn "Jona" Roxas Viray (born November 15, 1989[1] in Marikina City, Philippines[1]) is a Filipino singer and an occasional actress[2] She is the first Pinoy Pop Superstar Grand winner. She is the former lead singer of trio girl-group La Diva, alongside with Maricris Garcia and Aicelle Santos who she shared success with following her career as a solo artist. The trio earned string of hits with their rendition of songs such I'm Yours, Angels Brought Me Here, Apologize, Stand up For Love and performed to sing the Philippine National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto boxing match in Las Vegas as well as singing the theme song of Philippine remake of the Mexican telenovela Rosalinda following their disbandment and her return as a solo artist. Again as a solo artist she released her single 'Help Me Get Over' which was awarded the 'Song of the Year' at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music.[3]
In February 2016, Viray has ended her decade of exclusivity with GMA and has transferred to ABS-CBN with changing her screen name to "Jona". On her first project in the Kapamilya Network, Jona sung "I Will Survive", the theme song of primetime drama series, We Will Survive.[4] Throughout her career as Lead vocalist for La Diva and as a solo artist, Jona has won an Awit Awards, Aliw Awards, PMPC Star Awards For Music and World Championship of Performing Arts. She is known for her belting technique, melismatic singing style and her ability to sing operatic arias and is quoted as "Soul Princess" by the Philippine media and critics. She also sang the second version of I'll Never Love This Way Again, the OST soundtrack of 2016 romantic-drama film, Barcelona: A Love Untold and was chosen to sing the 65th Miss Universe theme entitled "Confidently Beautiful".

Early life[edit]

Born on November 15, 1989,[5] Jona is the eldest of 4 kids (the only girl with 3 boys) from Pio Duran, Albay.[5] She started joining singing contests on an early age.[6] She has won first runner-up in "Birit Bulilit" of IBC 13 as a child[6] and one of the finalists in MTB Teen Pop Star[6] wherein her winning piece was Mariah Carey’s Never Too Far.[6] Growing up, Jonalyn, much like any aspiring singer, and actress admired Mariah Carey, Regine Velasquez, Whitney Houston, Kyla, and Beyoncé.[5][7] Viray cites Kyla as another idols saying she "inspired [her] to get up there and do what [she] did."

Pinoy Pop Superstar[edit]

Viray was 15 years of age back then when she competed at the singing competition Pinoy Pop Superstar held by the local television station GMA 7. She emerged as the weekly champion after singing a Whitney Houston hit song Run to You. She also sang Reflection, I Have Nothing and Never Too Far on the consecutive weeks, and after four consecutive weeks of being weekly champion, she then qualified to the grand finals.

In the grand finals, the eight grand contenders wore identical attire: the men in black suits with red shirts; and the women in red gowns. They sang their own respective songs as the UP Concert Chorus, dressed in black, and carrying lighted white balloons, provided the background. MC Monterola and Jonalyn Viray had a back-to-back performance, MC singing "Through the Fire" and Jonalyn "It Might Be You". Kristel Astor sang "If You Dont Know Me By Now", Philbert de Torres did "Once There was a Love", Sheila Ferreri gave an impressive rendition of Eva Eugenios' "Tukso", Charmaine Piamonte sang "I Believe", Brenan Espartinez sang "Home" and Michael Garcia sang "If You're Not the One".

From the eight were chosen the Top Four: Jonalyn Viray, Michael Garcia, Charmaine Piamonte and Brenan Espartinez. Michael was as cool, smooth and confident in singing "She's Out of My Life" and Charmaine was equally at ease and cool in singing "I Will Love Again". Jonalyn was in her best elements as she sang "Run to You" by Whitney Houston. Brenan was also confident and remarkable as he sang his song "Careless Whisper".

From the Top Four, Michael and Charmaine were eliminated to give way to the Top Two, Jonalyn and Brenan who then delivered their own versions of the Pinoy Pop Superstar theme song "The Miracle." Jonalyn then beat Espartinez and was declared the first ever grand champion of Pinoy Pop Superstar.

For winning the title of "Pinoy Pop Superstar", Jonalyn won 1 million pesos in cash and became the owner of a Futura Classic house and lot developed by Filinvest and a brand-new Toyota Innova. She also won an exclusive one-year contract with GMA Records, the recording arm of GMA Network, and received 100,000 pesos worth of Belo Medical services, plus gift certificates worth 50,000 pesos from Gandang Ricky Reyes.[8]

La Diva[edit]

Viray in 2012

La Diva is a Filipino trio pop girl group, first established from the now-defunct musical variety-show SOP. The group is composed of two winners and a runner-up of Pinoy Pop Superstar, namely Jona, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia. La Diva has sold more than 10,000 albums in the Philippines which has earned them several achievements, including an Awit Award, two PMPC Star Awards for Music and an Aliw Award, becoming the fourth best-selling female group in the Philippines behind the Sexbomb Girls, Aegis and Mocha Girls.

It was May 2008 when the GMA ARTIST CENTER formed the musical trio. Member Jonalyn Viray cited that a meeting for the creation of La Diva was held in January that year, with the stipulation that each member of the group would still keep their own identity, and their solo career. While the three ladies of La Diva are uncertain of how the group was formed, the combining factor is that each of them came from the GMA's reality talent search Pinoy Pop Superstar. Jona and Maricris Garcia were the Grand Champions of the first and third seasons respectively, and Aicelle Santos was the runner-up of the second season.

She left La Diva in December 2013, because of some contract issues, but she was able to sing with the La Diva until 2015.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Label Released Certification
Pinoy Pop Superstar: The Finalists [9] GMA Records 2005 Certified Platinum Record
On My Own [9] Certified Gold Record
La Diva [9] 2010
Jonalyn Viray Creative Media Entertainment 2013
Jona Star Music 2017


Title Original soundtrack of Album
Ay, Amor! [9] Rosalinda La Diva
Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig [9] Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan[9] Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan
Maging Akin Ka Lamang [9] Maging Akin Ka Lamang None
Mahawi Man ang Ulap[9] Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap
Ang Mundo Ko'y Ikaw[9] Bakekang
Ikaw Nga[9] Mulawin
Di na Mag-iisa[9] Darna
Ayoko Na Sana[9] Faithfully
Help Me Get Over[9] My Husband's Lover Jonalyn Viray
Sa Piling Mo[9] Lola
Nakita Kang Muli Padam Padam: The Music of Their Hearts
Tanging Ika'y Mamahalin Innamorata None
Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali? Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali?
I Will Survive We Will Survive
Maghihintay Ako Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016
I'll Never Love This Way Again (second version) Barcelona: A Love Untold
Ano nga ba tayo From her new album "Jona"
Pusong Ligaw Upcoming Teleserye Pusong Ligaw
You From My Ex and Whys" )



Year Title Notes Network
1996 Birit Bulilit[9] 1st Runner Up
2004 MTB Teen Popstar[9] Finalist
2005/2008 Pinoy Pop Superstar [9] Winner
GMA Network
2005/2010 SOP Rules[9] Herself
2005 My Guardian Abby[9] Guest
(is now on GMA News TV)
2006 I Luv NY[9] Jenny de Castro
GMA Network
2009 SOP Fully Charged [9] Herself
2010/2013 Party Pilipinas
2012 My Daddy Dearest[9] Guest Singer
2013/2015 Sunday All Stars Herself / Performer
2013 Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman Guest
Kahit Nasaan Ka Man Herself
2014 Cattleya
2015 Sarap Diva
2016 ASAP Herself / Performer
It's Showtime Herself / Performer / Guest
Gandang Gabi, Vice!

Other TV Appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jonalyn Viray Basic Info from TV Network GMA 7". GMA 7 Philippine TV Network. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  2. ^ "56k". Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  3. ^ "'My Husband's Lover' ending theme by Jonalyn Viray named Song of the Year at Star Awards". 
  4. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (February 24, 2016). "Jonalyn Viray now a Kapamilya; changes screen name to Jona". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jonalyn Viray Basic Info and Facts from TV Network GMA 7". GMA 7 Philippine TV Network. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Jonalyn Viray Singing Competitions Joined Article Source". Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  7. ^ "Jonalyn Viray Biography, Voice, Albums". Celebrity Ring. 2008-08-22. Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Jonalyn Viray Emerged as the first ever Pinoy Pop Superstar". 2005-05-11. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af "Jonalyn Viray Filmography". IMDb. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 

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