Mara Lopez

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Mara Lopez
Born Mara Isabella Yokohama[fn 1]
(1991-05-20) May 20, 1991 (age 25)
San Pablo, California, U.S.A
Occupation Actress, Surfer
Years active 1998-present
Agent Star Magic (1998–2011; 2014-present)
GMA Artist Center (2011–2014)

Mara Isabella Yokohama[fn 1] (born on 20 May 1991), known as simply Mara Lopez, is a Filipina actress and surfer. She is a member of Star Magic Batch 13.


Mara Lopez was born on May 20, 1991, the daughter of beauty queen, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1982 and actress Maria Isabel Lopez with Japanese ex-husband Hiroshi Yokohama. She is the older of two siblings. Her younger brother is five years younger.


Sporting career[edit]

Her father Hiroshi Yokohama was the one who taught Mara how to surf. She learned how to surf at age 6 in the coastal barangay of Urbiztondo in La Union.[1] In 2002 she won the Surfing Championship-Ladies Division at 11 and became the youngest Filipina surfing champion.[2]

Aside from surfing, she also interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She first introduced the sport under the guidance of actor Sid Lucero. Lopez is also set to compete in the 2016 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships to be held in San Diego, California on June 2016.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Mara's acting debut was when she appeared in an episode in GMA's Magpa-kailanman in 2003. The episode recounts her mom's life story. She played as the younger Maria Isabel (her mom).[4]

In 1998 she was launched, along with 23 other aspiring actors and actresses, as member of Star Magic Batch 5. She then starred in ABS-CBN's Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Dios?. She had a small role in ABS-CBN's Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv and had guest appearances in some shows in ABS-CBN. In 2002, she played the lead role in the indie film Following Rosa,[5] a Sundance Film Festival entry.

Though she played a small role, her acting in Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Dios? got the attention of critics and her co-workers in the project. A viewer, on seeing Mara’s performance, commented on what a promising actress the 16-year-old was. "If she can just make the right career choices, there’s no doubt that she’ll go far in this business.'[5]

Mara Yokohama joined in a GMA 7 Reality show, Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown in November 2011.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv
2007 Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Dios Tina Ramirez
2007 Love Spell Presents: Cindy-rella
2008 Star Magic Presents: Astigs in Haay...skul lyf Mara
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Payang "Notebook" episode
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lilac volunteer "Journal" episode
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya "Boarding House" episode
2009 Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge Herself Guest, with her mom, Maria Isabel Lopez in a dance tandem. "Mama and Me" episode
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Jenna's colleague "Litrato" episode
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Fe "Bracelet II episode
2010 Elena M. Patron's Momay Stephanie Guest
2011 Reputasyon Sheila
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya
2011–2012 Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Herself Castaway / Runner Up
2012 Eat Bulaga Herself Guest / Performer
2012 Unang Hirit Herself Guest
2012 Party Pilipinas Herself Performer
2012 Showbiz Central Herself Guest
2012 Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Reunion Special Herself February 19, 2012 Sunday night in "SNBO" Survivor Philippines: Reunion
2013 Titser Rosa
2015 Pasión De Amor Dinora Rosales
2015 Cinema One Present: Single/Single Tricci
2015 Karelasyon
2016 The Story of Us Teresa Supporting Cast

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Masarap na Pugad[6] Young Koala
2008 Sta. Mesa Sel Alternative title: "Following Rosa"
Credited as "Maria Lopez"
2009 Tulak
2010 Watawat[7]
2012 Palitan Won—Best Actress in the 2012 CinemaOne Originals Festival[8]
2013 Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti
2013 Debosyon Salome
2014 K'na, The Dreamweaver K'na
2015 Flotsam Jamie


  1. ^ a b Mara Lopez was born in the United States. Thus, she does not possess her mother's maiden name which is Lopez.


  1. ^ "Mara Isabella Lopez shares her fondness for surfing". star's FAB Summer. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Mara Lopez". Star Magic Batch 13. ABS-CBN Community. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  3. ^ Lastrilla, Gary Ann (April 17, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Mara Lopez to compete in 2016 World Championships of jiu-jitsu". Push. Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ "A Look at Other GMA-7 Shows New and Old". News Flash. Philippine Headline News Online. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  5. ^ a b Aprylle Liabres. "Not Just Her Mother's Daughter". City Times. Khaleej Times Online. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Maria Lopez". Cast. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  7. ^ "Watawat recalls the creation of the Philippine flag". Guide / Indie. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
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