Melanie Marquez

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Melanie Marquez
Mimilanie Laurel Marquez

(1964-07-16) 16 July 1964 (age 55)
Other namesMelanie Marquez
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
TitleBinibining Pilipinas International 1979
Miss International 1979
Beauty pageant titleholder
Binibining Pilipinas 1979
(Winner- Binibining Pilipinas International 1979)
Miss International 1979
(Winner and Best National Costume)

Mimilanie "Melanie" Laurel Marquez-Lawyer (born 16 July 1964), is a Filipino personality development coach, actress, film producer, author,[1] and celebrity endorser. She is a former beauty queen and model from the Philippines who won the Miss International 1979 beauty pageant in Tokyo, Japan. Her victory meant that the Philippines was the first country to win the title thrice. She was the youngest winner of Miss International in history at the age of 15 when she competed in the Miss International 1979.

Pageant career[edit]

Miss International 1979[edit]

Marquez won a local beauty pageant competition when she was 15 years old, and the 1979 Miss International Pageant. Subsequently, she evolved as a successful fashion and commercial model and was featured in the local and international magazine covers. As an international model, she toured Europe and the United States of America. As an actress, she has played parts in action and dramatic films, including the title role in her own bio-picture. Later, she has become a TV host, film producer, and celebrity endorser.

Life after Miss International[edit]

In 1985 Ms Marquez became the Face of the 80s winner in New York, USA. And in 1986, was the First Runner-up in the Supermodel competition. In 2000, she was voted the "Most Beautiful Miss International Winner" and in 2005, was one of the 6 Finalists in Mrs. World pageant held in India. She has appeared in the Binibining Pilipinas World of BC 2004 and World of Canada 2004 pageants.

Marquez is a modeling and image-enhancement coach. She trained Ruffa Gutierrez (Miss World 1993 Second Princess); Charlene Gonzales (Miss Universe 1994 - Top 6 Finalist); and Miriam Quiambao (Miss Universe 1999 First Runner-up). She has been a judge, coach, commentator, or host in beauty pageants, modelling contests, and talent-search competitions. Recently, she opened a modelling school for training models, beauty pageant contestants, and actors.[citation needed]

In a 2000 poll, Marquez was voted as the "Most Beautiful Miss International", and in the TV magazine show, Ang Pinaka (Top Picks), she was ranked the Philippines show business number one "most admired beauty queen". Marquez endorses, and is the face of, the Psalmstre line of beauty products.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Melanie Marquez was born in Mabalacat, Pampanga. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after her marriage to an American in Utah named Adam Lawyer, her fifth husband. Melanie was involved in her church's 50th foundation anniversary in the Philippines.

In 2006, Marquez graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the International Academy of Management and Economics.

Marquez has six children: two of whom have special needs, Mel one being the son of Filipino actor and politician Lito Lapid, and her daughter—a model—with businessman Frederick Dee, Michelle.[2]

She is guesting in Eat Bulaga!'s Kalyeserye as Lola Nidora's friend.


Television drama series

Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2001-2004 Whattamen Main role ABS-CBN
2003 Hawak Ko Ang Langit Amapolla Main role / Antagonist GMA Network
2004 Marinara Zadama Supporting role / Antagonist
2006 Fantastikids Lucila Main role
2008-2009 LaLola Garganta Supporting role
2009 Only You Palmira Lapuz Extended role / Antagonist ABS-CBN
2015-2016 Juan Tamad Candy Guiginto Supporting role / Antagonist GMA Network
2017 A Love to Last Miriam "Mimi" Stuart Supporting role / Protagonist ABS-CBN
2018 Sherlock Jr. Louella De Villa Guest role / Antagonist GMA Network
2019 One of the Baes Alona Main Antagonist GMA Network

As herself

Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2016 Juan for All, All for Juan: Kalyeserye Herself Episode guest GMA Network


Year Award Giving Body Category Work Result
1987 Metro Manila Film Festival[3] Best Actress The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez Won
Best Story Won


  1. ^ Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Meet Melanie Marquez' gorgeous daughter, Michelle". ABS-CBN Corporation. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1987". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luz Policarpio
Binibining Pilipinas International
Succeeded by
Diana Jean Chiong