Ylona Garcia

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Ylona Garcia
Born Ylona Jade Garcia
(2002-02-28) 28 February 2002 (age 16)
Sydney, Australia
Residence Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino-Australian
Education Angelicum College
Years active 2015–present
Agent Star Magic (2015–present)
Musical career
Associated acts Bailey May, ASAP BFF's, ASAP G
Website Ylona Garcia on Twitter

Ylona Jade Garcia[fn 1] (born February 28, 2002), better known as Ylona Garcia, is a Filipina-Australian singer, actress and television personality. Garcia rose to prominence after entering as a housemate on the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother (2015),[1] for which she received the title of "Daldal Darling ng Australia" (Lit. Talkative Darling of Australia)[2] and finished first runner-up to Jimboy Martin.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

2002–15: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Ylona Jade Navalle Garcia was born on February 28, 2002, in Sydney, Australia, to Filipino parents, Peter Garcia and Caridad Navalle-Garcia;[5] both of whom are practitioners in the medical field based in Australia.[6] She is the third among five siblings.[6] At a very young age, Garcia has performed as a front act for several Filipino singers and songwriters such as Martin Nievera, Sarah Geronimo and Rivermaya's former lead vocalist Bamboo Mañalac during their Australian concert tours.[6] Garcia also performed Zedd and Ariana Grande's song "Break Free" at the Filipino Fiesta in September 2014 with a video of the performance uploaded on her YouTube channel.[7] She has also participated in numerous singing competitions and won two notable competitions such as the Urban Star Sydney Championship in December 2014,[8] for which she received the "Most Promising Talent" award in the same month;[8] and Fast Track Australian Singing Competition as part of the junior division in March 2015.[8] Garcia also finished third in the National Urban Star Competition reaping through the "Judges Choice" segment for the "Coolest Artist" and "the artist with the 'wow' factor."[8]

2015–present: Breakthrough[edit]

In 2015, Garcia auditioned to become a housemate for the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality television series Pinoy Big Brother, where she passed after showcasing her talents in singing, acting and dancing as well for her "confidence and candid remarks."[9] She entered the house on the second day with Franco Rodriguez, who was later hailed as the second runner-up; Kyle Secades and Zonia Mejia. During her time in the house, Garcia composed and recorded two songs, "Win the Fight" (2015), for which she composed and recorded with her fellow housemate Jimboy Martin;[10] and "Magmahal Muli" (2005, lit. To Love Again), for which she recorded with her fellow housemate Bailey May; originally composed and recorded by Sam Milby and Say Alonzo from the first season of Pinoy Big Brother (2005).[11] The songs were later featured on the extended play PBB 737 (2015) and was released on Spotify on August 9, 2015. After passing four eviction nights as a nominated housemate, she was selected as one of the four finalists after garnering 19.84% of the public vote and exited the Big Brother house on the fiftieth day, in order for the second part of the special season to commence.[12][13][14] However, during an episode of ABS-CBN's noontime variety series It's Showtime! (2009), Garcia and her fellow finalists Jimboy Martin, Bailey May and Rodriguez were instructed to return to the Big Brother house. During her second time in the house, Garcia participated in the final weekly task, "Short Film Festival," with her fellow finalists and the five remaining housemates of the second part of the second special season, and was cast in Pinoy Big Brother's romantic comedy film Trending: Love (2015, stylized as TRENDING: LOVE), where she portrayed the fictional character Sophie Mendoza.

On August 14, 2015, Garcia participated in the Teen Power: The Kabataang Pinoy Concert Party with her former Pinoy Big Brother: 737 housemates and finalists from the first part of the second special season, as well as other teenage actors and musicians including Sharlene San Pedro and Gimme 5.[15][16] On November 8, 2015, Garcia was hailed as the first runner-up to Martin during the Big Night ceremony at the Albay Astrodome in Legazpi, Albay, garnering 42.24% of the public vote.[17][18] In the same month, she was cast with May as part of the extended cast of ABS-CBN's romantic comedy television series On the Wings of Love (2015–16), where they portrayed the fictional character Audrey Olivar and Harry Fausto respectively[19] At the end of 2015, Star Music named Garcia as their representative for their "#SpotifySpotlight" segment in 2016.[20]

In 2016, Ylona revealed on the musical variety television show ASAP that her debut studio album would be released "very, very, very, very soon."[21] On January 21, 2016, Coca-Cola announced Ylona as one of the ambassadors for their "Taste the Feeling" campaign together with Bailey May, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Janella Salvador, and Enchong Dee.[22] On January 31, 2016, Ylona was announced as the "Celebrity VJ" for the month of February for the music television network Myx.[23] On February 4, 2016, Ylona was signed by Star Music.[24] She eventually announced that her upcoming debut studio album will be released soon; hinting possibilities of her debut studio album releasing sometime during early-mid 2016.[24] On February 23, 2016.



Year Title Role(s) Type of Role Network
2015 Pinoy Big Brother: 737 Herself Housemate/ 2nd Teen Big Placer
Trending:Love Sophie Mendoza Main Role in PBB Short Film Task
2015–present ASAP Herself Performer/ Member of ASAP BFF's and ASAP G!
2015 It's Showtime Herself Guest/ Performer
2015–2016 On the Wings of Love Audrey Olivar Extended cast
2016 MYX Herself Celebrity VJ
We Love OPM Herself Member of Oh My Girls
2018 Sana Dalawa ang Puso Tadhana Tabayoyong


Year Album Title Recording label Certification Ref.
My name is Ylona Garcia
Star Records

Tracks/ Singles[edit]

My name is Ylona Garcia
• Dahan Dahan Dahan Lang
• My Name Is Ylona Garcia
• Not Yo Bae
• Stop Think
• Don't Say Goodbye
• Fly Tonight
• Each Day
• Stop The Bully
• Win The Fight

• Win The Fight with Jimboy Martin
• Magmahal Muli with Bailey May
• O Pag-ibig with Bailey May, composed by Honlani Rabe and Jack Rufo, for Himig Handog PPOP Lovesongs 2016 (album)

Chart performance[edit]

Year Song Title Peak (Pinoy MYX Countdown) Peak (MYX Hit Chart) Album
2015 Win The Fight (feat Jimboy Martin)
2016 O Pag-Ibig (with Bailey May) 1 1 Himig Handog: P-Pop Love Songs 2016
2016 Dahan Dahan Dahan Lang 7 10 My Name is Ylona Garcia
2017 Fly Tonight 3 3 My Name is Ylona Garcia

Concert/ Tours and Guestings[edit]

Date Concert Title Producer Venue
August 14, 2015
Teen Power: The Kabataang Pinoy Concert Party
Star Events Aliw Theater
July 29, 2016
One Music Digital Concert: My Name is Ylona Garcia
One Music ABS-CBN (Studio 10)
October 21, 2017
Arrival Ylona Garcia
Star Events Music Museum

Guesting in a Concert

> Darren Espanto : D Total Experience

  June 26, 2016 at Kia Theater

> One Music Digital Concert by Iñigo Pascual

  July 2, 2017 at ABS-CBN Studio 10

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Awards/Critics Award Nominated Work Result
2015 Pinoy Big Brother: 737 2nd Big Placer N/A
Star Cinema Most Promising TV Star N/A Won
Favorite TV Loveteam (with Bailey May) N/A Nominated
Trending Sensation Award N/A
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Teen Sweetheart N/A Nominated
Pop Teen Loveteam (with Bailey May) N/A
RAWR Awards Female Breakthrough Artist of the Year N/A Won
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Female Celebrity of the Night N/A Won
2016 Himig Handog PPop Lovesong MYX Best Music Video Award
O Pag-ibig
Onemusic.ph favorite interpreter award
MOR Choice Award
TFC Global Choice Award
Yes! Magazine Most Beautiful Stars 2016 with Bailey May N/A Included
Push Awards Push Gram Newcomer N/A Won
Push Play Newcomer N/A
Push Like Group/ Tandem with Bailey May N/A Nominated
Push Elite N/A Included
30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality On the Wings of Love (TV series) Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Loveteam with Bailey May N/A Nominated
2017 Wish 107.5 Music Awards Wish Young Artist of the Year N/A Nominated
12th Myx Music Awards Favorite Music Video with Bailey May
O Pag-ibig
Favorite Song with Bailey May Nominated
Favorite New Artist
My Name is Ylona Garcia
Favorite Myx Celeb VJ with Bailey May N/A Nominated
48th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Singer/Performer of the Year My Name is Ylona Garcia Won
MOR Choice Awards Female Artist of the Year
Dahan dahan dahan lang"
LSS Hit of the Year
O Pag-ibig
Push Awards Push Music Personality
My Name Is Ylona Garcia
30th Awit Awards Best Performance by a New Female Artist
Win The Fight
Best Pop Recording
O Pag-ibig
Best Engineered Recording Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best R&B Recording
Not Yo Bae
2018 Wish 107.5 Music Awards Wish Young Artist of the Year N/A Won


Brand Type of Product Active
Bench Clothing Brand
Jollibee Fast Food Chain
Coca-Cola Beverage
Sunsilk Shampoo
Huawei Phones Smart Phones (Gadgets)
Clean & Clear Skin-care product
SM Parisian Bags

Magazine Covers[edit]

Year Magazine Brand Issue Title Publishing company
2016 Meg Magazine (July–August) Special: Ylona Garcia One Mega Group Inc.
Chalk Magazine (August) Summer Lovin with Coca-cola ambassadors ABS-CBN Publishing
Candy Magazine (November) Girl Gang with Andrea Brillantes Summit Media
2017 Metro Magazine (February) Pretty Young Things with Sofia Andres & Elisse Joson ABS-CBN Publishing
Mega Magazine (March) On the rise One Mega Group Inc.
Metro Magazine (May) Star Magic 25 with Julia Barretto, Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, Janella Salvador etc. ABS-CBN Publishing
Preview Magazine (June) Eat, Girls Summit Media
Mega Magazine (July) Women to watch out with Elisse Joson, Alexa Ilacad, Sue Ramirez, Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal etc. One Mega Group Inc.


  1. ^ Ylona Garcia was born in Australia. Thus, she does not possess her mother's maiden name which is Navalle.


  1. ^ "Ylona Garcia enters PBB House". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  2. ^ "PBB 737 — MEET HOUSEMATE #11: YLONA JADE GARCIA". Scrawlrs. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  3. ^ "PBB 737: 2nd Teen Big Placer - Ylona Garcia". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  4. ^ "PBB 737: Welcome to the outside world 2nd Teen Big Placer Ylona Garcia". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  5. ^ "Ylona's mother: Crush is just a natural thing". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  6. ^ a b c "Meet PBB housemate, Ylona Garcia". Scrawlrs. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  7. ^ "PYlona Garcia sings Break Free at Filipino Fiesta!". Youtube. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  8. ^ a b c d "Pinoy Big Brother Welcomes Aussie Teen, Ylona Garcia". Filipin-Oz. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  9. ^ "Pinoy Big Brother Welcomes Aussie Teen, Ylona Garcia". Filipin-Oz. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  10. ^ "Ylona Garcia recorded her song "Win The Fight"". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  11. ^ "Bailey, Ylona sing "Magmahal Muli"". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  12. ^ "imboy, Bailey, Ylona and Franco are PBB 737's teen Big 4". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  13. ^ "Jimboy, Bailey, Ylona and Franco makes PBB 737 Big 4, Kenzo Gutierrez eliminated". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  14. ^ "PBB 737 Teen Edition Big 4! Ylona Garcia, Jimboy Martin, Bailey May Thomas & Franco Rodriguez". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  15. ^ "Kapamilya stars headline 'Teen Power Concert'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  16. ^ "Top 5 Powerful Moments at' Teen Power: The Kabataang Pinoy Concert Party'". Push. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  17. ^ "PBB 737 2nd Teen Big Placer - "Ylona Garcia"". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  18. ^ "Welcome to the outside world 2nd teen big placer Ylona Garcia". ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  19. ^ "BaiLona joins JaDine in OTWOL taping in Ilocos". News Ko. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  20. ^ "Ylona Garcia for Spotify". My Chos. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  21. ^ @ASAPOFFICIAL (24 January 2016). "very, very, very, VERY SOON :) - Ylona G" (Tweet). Retrieved 2016-02-03 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Taste the feeling with Coca-Cola & the launch of a new breed of Coke Ph Ambassadors". Nognog In The City. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  23. ^ "BAILEY MAY And YLONA GARCIA Are The MYX Celebrity VJs For February!". myx. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
  24. ^ a b "Star Music welcomes ex-'PBB' housemate Ylona Garcia", Star Music. Retrieved on 2 March 2016.

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