Rachel Alejandro

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Rachel Alejandro
Rachel alejandro in manila feb 2008.jpg
Background information
Birth nameRachel Jingco Alejandro
Born (1974-02-18) February 18, 1974 (age 44)[1]
Manila, Philippines[1]
OriginPhilippines
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1986–present
Associated actsHajji Alejandro
Websitewww.rachelalejandro.com

Rachel Alejandro (born February 18, 1974 in Manila, Philippines)[1] is a Filipino singer and actress.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Alejandro's mother and father separated when she was four. Her mother (Myrna Jingco) remarried (now Myrna J. Demauro) and moved to the US. Together with father Hajji and his new partner, the late Rio Diaz, Alejandro and her sister Barni spent time in Manila and the US.

Her theater experience began with The Sound of Music at eight years of age, then Peter Pan at 15, Noli Me Tangere at 18, then Alikabok at 21, followed by Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal, Larawan, Fire Water Woman, and more recently Rent, Avenue Q in Manila (2007) and Singapore (2012), and Xanadu (2010) for Atlantis Productions. She appeared in an Atlantis Production of Aida as Amneris in June 2011. She accepted the role of Justice in Rock of Ages in the rerun in July 2013.

Career[edit]

Rachel Alejandro first entered the world of showbiz at the age of 12, when she was a host on the popular TV show That's Entertainment. At 15, following her successful TV stint, Alejandro recorded her first album, Just a Minute, for Alpha Records. The album spawned several hit songs including the #1 single "Mr. Kupido", as well as "K.S.P. (Kulang Sa Pansin)" and "Kay Tagal". The album went gold and Alejandro's recording career then took off. Her second album, Watch Me Now, featured a revival of "Nakapagtataka", the signature song of her father, pop icon Hajji Alejandro.

Her powerful rendition of the song earned her the Awit Award for Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist and the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Award for Best Female Singer/Entertainer. May Minamahal, which contained the award-winning single "Babalik-balikan", became Alejandro's first platinum album in 1992. That same year, her career got another boost when she competed at the Golden Stag International Song Festival in Brasov, Romania, winning the award for Best Interpretation of a Romanian Song. Her 1994 album, Sentimental, featured the multi-awarded song "Paalam Na" which Alejandro co-wrote with then-boyfriend Dingdong Avanzado.

In 1996, Alejandro celebrated her 10 years in showbiz by releasing an anniversary album and appearing in her first major concert, with guests Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid and the Street Boys. As Alejandro said in an interview with Maryo B Labad, "In the past years, siguro halos lahat nasubukan ko na as far as the entertainment scene is concerned. And my efforts have paid off." Her album Tanging Pangarap, her first for Viva Records, was released in 2001. The carrier single was written by her longtime former boyfriend Lee Robin Salazar. It also contains the 2000 Metropop Song Festival winner "Forever and a Day" composed by Angelo Villegas. Recently, Alejandro released a self-produced album under a distribution agreement with Sony Music Philippines entitled Believe with original songs and cover songs from some of her stage musical projects.

Alejandro has also enjoyed success as an actress, appearing in films and theater productions. Her last major movie was Mumbaki with Raymart Santiago, directed by Butch Perez for VIVA Films.

Rachel's latest movie Ang Larawan The Movie is a musical movie in 2017 marks Alejandro's comeback movie for the 1st time in 21 years since her last movie was Mumbaki in 1996.

In July 1, 2018, ASAP (variety show) paid tribute to her and awarded her an ASAPinoy Plaque of recognition for her contributions to OPM. On that day she together with other performers such as Lyca Gairanod, Jona Soquite, and legendary singers Zsa Zsa Padilla, Martin Nievera, and her father Hajji Alejandro performed all her hit songs. Another milestone for her.[2] Alejandro currently stars in the Philippine-Australian jukebox musical All Out of Love: The Musical, which is based on the songs of Air Supply.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She is currently married to Carlos SantaMaria (married April 9, 2011).[4][5] She is currently residing in Makati.[6]

Music[edit]

Year Album details
1989 Just A Minute
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1991 Watch Me Now!!!
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1993 May Minamahal
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1994 Sentimental
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1994 Paskung-Paskong Alpha All-Stars
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1995 Alikabok (An Original Pilipino Musical)
  • Label: BMG Records Pilipinas / Musiko Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1995 Sa Araw Ng Pasko
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1996 Perfect 10
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1997 Mixed Emotions
  • Label: PolyGram TV
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1997 The Very Best of Rachel Alejandro
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1997 The Best Of Rachel Alejandro Volume 2
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1999 Dito Sa Puso Ko
  • Label: Warner Music Philippines
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
2001 Tanging Pangarap
2004 Heart's Desire
2010 Believe
  • Label: Sony Music Philippines
  • Formats: CD
2017 The Best of Rachel Alejandro and Richard Reynoso - All Time Hits OPM, Vol. 1 (Karaoke)
  • Label: Alpha Records
  • Formats: CD
2017 Ang Larawan (The Official Soundtrack)
  • Label: Star Records
  • Formats: LP, iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.com MP3 Music format

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Film Outfit
2017 Ang Larawan Paula Marasigan Solar Pictures
2010 Take Note - episode #7: Rachel Alejandro & Geneva Cruz Herself CustomFlix
1998 Notoryus Star Cinema
Halik sa Apoy (TV Series) Andie GMA Network
1996 Mumbaki Dr. Nancy Madrid Viva Films
1994 Silya Elektrika Gina El Niño Films
1993 Pita, Terror ng Kaloocan Estella Viva Films
1992 Blue Jeans Gang
1991 Onyong Majikero Diana Golden Lions Films
Darna Viva Films
Angelito San Miguel: Ang Batang City Jail Rowena
Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum Rose
1990 Hulihin si... Nardong Toothpick Sandra

Television[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Sexy Chef Cookbook (December 4, 2013)
  • Eat, Clean, Love (2015)
  • 21 Days to a Sexier You (2017)
  • Ang Larawan: From Stage to Screen (2017)
  • FHM (March 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Date and place of birth of Rachel Alejandro.
  2. ^ "ASAPinoy relive the songs of Rachel Alejandro". ABS-CBN News. July 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Photo Flash: First Look At The Air Supply Musical ALL OUT OF LOVE in Manila". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Rachel Alejandro to tie the knot this month". ABS-CBN News. April 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Boracay Wedding of Rachel Alejandro and Carlos Santamaria". MyKiru. April 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Rachel Alejandro and her husband settle in Manila for good; she skips baby plans for now.

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