Mara Lopez

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Mara Lopez
Born Mara Isabella Yokohama[fn 1]
(1991-05-20) May 20, 1991 (age 26)
San Pablo, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • surfer
Years active 1998–present
Agent Star Magic (1998–2011; 2014-present)
GMA Artist Center (2011–2014)

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

Early life[edit]

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.



Lopez made her acting debut in 2003, playing a younger version of her real-life mother Maria Isabel Lopez, in an episode in GMA's Magpakailanman.[1]

In 1998 she was launched, along with 23 other aspiring actors and actresses, as a member of Star Magic Batch 13. She then starred in ABS-CBN's Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Dios?, a role which got the attention of the audience, critics and her co-stars alike.

In 2002, she played the lead role in the indie film Following Rosa, a Sundance Film Festival entry.[2]

Yokohama was one of the castaways of Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown in November 2011.


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.[3] In 2002 she won the Surfing Championship-Ladies Division at 11 and became the youngest Filipina surfing champion.[citation needed]

Aside from surfing, she also practices 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.[4]



Year Title Role Notes Source
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 Episode: "Notebook"
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lilac volunteer Episode: "Journal"
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Boarding House"
2009 Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge Herself Episode: "Mama and Me"
Guest, with Maria Isabel Lopez
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Jenna's colleague Episode: "Litrato"
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Fe Episode: "Bracelet"
2010 Elena M. Patron's Momay Stephanie
2011 Reputasyon Sheila
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Daughter Episode: "Bibliya"
2011–2012 Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Herself - Castaway Runner Up
2013 Titser Rosa
2015 Pasión De Amor Dinora Rosales
2015 Single / Single Tricci
2015 Karelasyon Selya [5]
2016 The Story of Us Teresa Supporting Cast


Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Masarap na Pugad Young Koala [6]
2008 Sta. Mesa Sel Alternative title: "Following Rosa"
Credited as "Maria Lopez"
2009 Tulak
2010 Watawat [7]
2012 Palitan [8]
2013 Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti Lucia de la Cruz
2013 Debosyon Salome
2014 K'na, The Dreamweaver K'na
2015 Flotsam Jamie [9][10]
2017 Buy Bust


  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. ^ "A Look at Other GMA-7 Shows New and Old". Retrieved April 20, 2008 – via 
  2. ^ Aprylle Liabres. "Not Just Her Mother's Daughter". City Times. Khaleej Times Online. Retrieved April 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Mara Isabella Lopez Shares her Fondness for Surfing". June 3, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Lastrilla, Gary Ann (April 17, 2016). "Exclusive: Mara Lopez to compete in 2016 World Championships of Jiu-jitsu". Push. Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "'Karelasyon' Halloween Stories Tampok ang Kwentong Tungkol sa Gayuma, Sanib, at Pagmumulto". GMA News Online. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cast". Sta. Mesa. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Watawat Recalls the Creation of the Philippine flag". Guide / Indie. January 18, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (December 3, 2012). "Scions of Veteran Actors Win Top Acting Awards in Cinema One Originals 2012". Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Dabu, Bianca Rose (May 25, 2015). "Good Vibes for Solenn and Co. at La Union Surf Movie". GMA News Online. 
  10. ^ Mendoza, Arvin (October 19, 2015). "'Flotsam' Movie Shows Beauty of La Union and Stars' Bodies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 

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