Sarah Lahbati

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Sarah Lahbati
Born Sarah Alzol Lahbati
(1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 22)
Geneva, Switzerland
Other names Sam
Ethnicity Filipino
Years active 2009–present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2009-2013)
Viva Artists Agency (2015-present)
Star Magic (2015-present)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Partner(s) Richard Gutierrez (2012-present)
Children Zion Gutierrez
Awards StarStruck 5 Ultimate female survivor

Sarah Alzol Lahbati (born October 9, 1993 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Swiss-Filipino actress and reality show contestant who gained media attention as a finalist on the 5th season of StarStruck,[1] a Philippine overall talent show broadcast on GMA Network. Lahbati declared StarStruck V's Ultimate Female Survivors after nine weeks of the competition. Together with Steven Silva, they each won P1.5 million cash prize and an exclusive contract with GMA Network, with a minimum guarantee of P3.5 million.[2]

Lahbati, finally got her first leading role as she topbills the drama series, Kokak, on GMA-7 (2011) & Makapiling Kang Muli along with her real-life partner Richard Gutierrez on 2012.[3][4][5] She also starred in different GMA shows such as Love Bug Presents: Exchange of Hearts (2011), Little Star (2011), Koreana (2011) & Time of My Life (2011). She also performed in GMA Network's variety show Party Pilipinas & Sunday All Stars as a regular artist.

In 2015, Lahbati finally transferred to ABS-CBN, her rival network because she finished her contract under GMA Artist Center. She is now part of Viva Artists Agency.[6] Tagged as Dance Goddess, Lahbati is a regular performer on ABS-CBN's Sunday variety show, ASAP, as she heats up the stage on her sexy dance prod. [7][8] Her Ipaglaban Mo & Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes set trend as she wowed the netizens on her acting debut in Kapamilya Network.[9]

Lahbati will be part of the upcoming Kapamilya soap opera, Written in Our Stars, starring Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual, Jolina Magdangal and Sam Milby early this 2016.[10]

Lawsuit[edit]

In late 2012, Lahbati used her Twitter account to express her dissatisfaction with her network, GMA and expressed her desire to be released from her contract. On January 10, 2013, GMA Network and GMA Films president, Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, countersued Lahbati.[11] On January 11, 2013, GMA 7 filed a formal complaint against Sarah Lahbati for breach of contract. She is now facing multiple charges.[12] In a related article published in PEP last January 9, 2013, Atty. Felipe Gozon, the head of GMA Network, released a statement indicating he did not guarantee protection that Sarah Lahbati said she was due.[13] A few days later, Lahbati left the Philippines for Switzerland "to study".[14] In August 2013, Lahbati returned to the Philippines to face the charges against her.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Network
2009 StarStruck Herself/Contestant/Ultimate Female Survivor GMA Network
2010 Love Bug Presents: Exchange Of Hearts Rachel
Little Star Paula Estrella
2010–2011 Koreana Tamara Lee
2011 Maynila: Bestfriends & A Girl Ina Kariran
Time Of My Life Pia
Spooky Nights Presents: Sumpa Sarah
Ruben Marcelino's Kokak Kokak/Kara
2012 Makapiling Kang Muli Graciela Montes
2013-2015 Sunday All Stars Host/Herself/Performer
2013 Indio Ynaguiguinid
2015 ASAP 20 Herself / Performer ABS-CBN
Aquino & Abunda Tonight Herself / Guest
Rated K Herself with Richard Gutierrez
Ipaglaban Mo: Tiwalang Nasira Nora
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Karaoke Ma. Monica Cuenco
2016 Written in Our Stars Shannon

Films[edit]

Movies
Year Title Role Film Production Notes
2010 White House Pim Regal Entertainment Main Cast
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Queen GMA Films and Regal Entertainment
2013 Seduction Trina Regal Entertainment
2014 Basement Eliza GMA Films
2015 Liwanag sa Dilim Minerva APT Entertainment

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2011 59th FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Awardee N/A Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ever seen The Black Book?". Manila Bulletin. June 23, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "PEP: Steven Silva, Sarah Lahbati big winners in StarStruck V". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Sarah Lahbati is Kokak". philstar.com. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  4. ^ "Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati: A Journey of Love | GMANetwork.com - Entertainment - Home of Kapuso shows and stars - Photos". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  5. ^ Gonzales, Rommel. "Sarah Lahbati Says Her Makapiling Kang Muli Co Star Richard Gutierrez Is Her Inspiration". www.pep.ph. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Sarah Lahbati signs up with VIVA Artists Agency". 
  7. ^ Mo, Kakulay. "KAKULAY SCOOP: ASAP Dance Goddess Sarah Lahbati dance an Egyptian-inspired number with Joseph Marco.". KAKULAY SCOOP. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Sarah Lahbati sizzles in sexy 'ASAP' number anew". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Lahbati pinalakpakan, umani ng papuri sa ipinakitang akting sa MMK". bandera.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  10. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick. "Sarah Lahbati Joins ABS CBN New Teleserye Written In Our Stars". www.pep.ph. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  11. ^ "Annette Gozon-Abrogar sues Sarah Lahbati for libel | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "GMA-7 files formal complaint against Sarah Lahbati for breach of contract | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Joyce Jimenez (January 10, 2013) Atty. Felipe Gozon on Sarah Lahbati's "guaranteed protection" claim: "She did not ask for protection and I did not guarantee that I will protect her.". PEP.ph. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  14. ^ Sarah Lahbati evades cases by fleeing the country. Entertainment.inquirer.net (January 15, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.