|Born||Mara Isabella Yokohama[fn 1]
May 20, 1991
San Pablo, California, U.S.A
|Agent||Star Magic (1998–2011; 2014-present)
GMA Artist Center (2011–2014)
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.
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. In 2002 she won the Surfing Championship-Ladies Division at 11 and became the youngest Filipina surfing champion.
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.
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).
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, 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.'
Mara Yokohama joined in a GMA 7 Reality show, Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown in November 2011.
|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||Maalaala Mo Kaya|
|2011–2012||Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown||Herself||Castaway / Runner Up|
|2012||Eat Bulaga||Herself||Guest / Performer|
|2012||Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Reunion Special||Herself||February 19, 2012 Sunday night in "SNBO" Survivor Philippines: Reunion|
|2015||Pasión De Amor||Dinora Rosales|
|2015||Cinema One Present: Single/Single||Tricci|
|2016||The Story of Us||Teresa||Supporting Cast|
|2002||Masarap na Pugad||Young Koala|
|2008||Sta. Mesa||Sel||Alternative title: "Following Rosa"
Credited as "Maria Lopez"
|2012||Palitan||Won—Best Actress in the 2012 CinemaOne Originals Festival|
|2013||Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti|
|2014||K'na, The Dreamweaver||K'na|
- Mara Lopez was born in the United States. Thus, she does not possess her mother's maiden name which is Lopez.
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- "A Look at Other GMA-7 Shows New and Old". News Flash. Philippine Headline News Online. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
- Aprylle Liabres. "Not Just Her Mother's Daughter". City Times. Khaleej Times Online. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
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- "Watawat recalls the creation of the Philippine flag". Guide / Indie. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-06-05.