Ara Mina

Hazel Pascual Reyes (born May 9, 1979) is a Filipina actress, singer, endorser, and entrepreneur. She is known by her stage name Ara Mina, which she derived from the first names of two of her younger sisters. The eldest of 9 siblings, she grew up in Marikina City with her mother, Francis Marie Klenk, and stepfather, Romeo Reyes. Her biological father is former politician Chuck Mathay. Hazel or Ara has a daughter named Amanda Gabrielle with Bulakan, Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses.

Ara Mina
Born
Hazel Pascual Reyes

(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979
Manila, Philippines
Other namesAra, Dara Mina, Danica Gomez
OccupationActress, endorser, entrepreneur and singer
Years active1983–present
AgentViva Artists Agency
Children1
RelativesCristine Reyes (half-sister)
Chuck Mathay (biological father)
Mel Mathay (biological paternal grandfather)

Career

Ara Mina became part of the Philippine entertainment industry at 14 years of age via the youth-oriented program That's Entertainment, hosted and spearheaded by the late master showman Mr. German "Kuya Germs" Moreno. Since then, Ara has starred in about 40 television shows and 60 movies and released 3 recording albums. She won her first acting award for Best Actress for the movie Mano Po at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2002. The following year (2003), she received 3 more Best Actress awards from Manila Film Festival, FAMAS and Golden Screen Awards for the movie Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa. She also won the Golden Screen Awards and Star Awards in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a drama in the Philippines for her role as Luna in Minsan Pa.

Ara also has done very well as a singer/recording artist. Her self-titled and first album from Star Records which carried the hit song "Ay, Ay, Ay, Pag-Ibig" received a gold record award a few months after its release. Because of this, the record label decided to produce another album for her entitled "Heavenly", which was also a big hit and included the track "Oops Teka Lang" which was also the theme song of the movie of the same title starring Robin Padilla and Claudine Barretto from Star Cinema. Her version of the Rey Valera hit "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako" was also used as the theme song of the ABS-CBN television series Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. In 2008, she produced her 3rd album which was released under Sony BMG. It consisted of acoustic covers of hit songs like "What Do We Mean To Each Other" by Sergio Mendes, "Somebody" by Depeche Mode, and "Very Special Love" by Maureen McGovern.

Ara also won the hearts of the members of the press because of her excellence in getting along with people. She has won several "Darling of the Press" citations in her 24 years in the industry.

She truly showcased versatility by starring in television shows of different genres, from sitcoms to heavy drama. Super Klenk , her first television sitcom wherein she played a super heroine, showed her comic skills and agility. She was then included in the cast of "Bubble Gang", which was her longest stint for television. The character that she played in the TV series Mulawin, Vultra, is also remarkable. Her most recent television stint was for GMA-7's Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa and was also part of the movie My Ex and Whys starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

With all her achievements and success, she added another feather in her cap when she launched her very own skin care line, Ara's Secret in 2012. The brand continues to gain trust and following among Filipinas all over the world. In February 2017, she opened Hazelberry Cafe in Quezon City, which offers comfort food, great coffee, and her very own pastries and baked goods.

Ara also supports children with birth defects through the Ara Mina Foundation, which she founded in 2007. Her youngest sibling, Mina, born with Down syndrome, was the inspiration behind this cause. Hazel or Ara is one of the most well-loved personalities in Philippine show business.

Personal life

Ara was raised by her mother Francis and stepfather Romeo. At 18, she met and was acknowledged by her biological father, Chuck Mathay, a former politician from the Philippines. Actress Cristine Reyes is her half-sister.

On December 17, 2014, Ara Mina gave birth to a baby girl whom she named Amanda Gabrielle, her child with Bulakan mayor, Patrick Meneses.[1]

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2019Bubble GangHerself / Guest
GMA Network
Wish Ko Lang!Guest
Ipaglaban Mo: PariwaraDoray
ABS-CBN
2018Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw GabiHarriet De Alegre/Amanda Rodriguez
2017Maalala Mo Kaya: KakaninGina
Ipaglaban Mo!: PagkakasalaLinda
Pinulot Ka Lang sa LupaMariz Alejo-Zimmerman
GMA Network
2016Dear UgeSylvia Mercado
KarelasyonLorraine
Pepito ManalotoGeena
Tasya FantasyaYvonne
TV5
Ipaglaban Mo: KasambahayVeronica
ABS-CBN
2015Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol
2014TrenderasDiane San Miguel
TV5
Wansapanataym: Enchanted HouseDorothy Barin
ABS-CBN
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Double BassLiezel
Wansapanataym: Dolly DaldalLisa
Maalaala Mo Kaya: DrawingShirley
Teen GenVioleta "Violet" Bernardo-Torres
GMA Network
Magpakailanman: The Wally Bayola StoryRiza
2012Yesterday's BrideJosilda "Josie" Ramirez
P.S. I Love YouCassandra
TV5
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: TulayEster
ABS-CBN
Ang Utol Kong HoodlumRhea Bustillos
TV5
Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face
TV5
2010IluminaElsa Sebastian
GMA Network
2009Sine Novela: Tinik Sa DibdibTrixie Veneracion-Marquez / Trixie Domingo
Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? [2]Glacilda Bautista
Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato [3] Elena Magtanggol
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: DagatLeah
ABS-CBN
Ligaw na BulaklakJanet / Jennifer Alegro
2007Prinsesa ng BanyeraCassandra Ynares / Elena
2007LupinSister Anna Nicole
GMA Network
2006Magpakailanman
2005Mars Ravelo's DarnaDyesebel
2004MulawinVultra / Violeta / Veronica
Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka ManDestiny
2002Kung Mawawala KaLucinda Montemayor
2000Kiss MunaAra
1998-2008Bubble GangHerself / Regular
1992-1996That's EntertainmentHerself / Regular

Movies

YearTitleRole
1999Tatapatan ko ang lakas Mo
Phone SexAlma
Alyas Pogi: Ang Pagbabalik Roselle
2000Ayos na... ang KasunodAmor
2002DiskarteAmanda
Mano PoRichelle Go
2003Ang Huling Birhen sa LupaLorena
Fantastic ManHelen / Diabolica
2004SinglesRaia
Minsan PaLuna
2005Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5Janice
2007SeldaSita
2008Anak ng Kumander
AteHelen
2011TumbokRita
Shake, Rattle and Roll 13Beth
2013Menor de EdadEdna
2016Girlfriend for HireAuntie Melba
2017My Ex and Whys
This Time I'll Be Sweeter
2019UnforgettableDahlia

Awards

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2007 24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Selda Nominated
2005 19th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Mulawin Nominated
21st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Supporting Actress Minsan Pa Won
2004 20th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Nominated
52nd FAMAS Awards Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2004 Golden Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Minsan Pa Won
2003 Golden Screen Awards Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2003 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Ms. RP Movies Mano Po Won
2003 Manila Film Festival Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Mano Po Won
2000 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Most Promising Female Singer Won
1999 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Popular Princess of RP Movies Won
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Mano Po Won [4]

References

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