Diana Zubiri

Rosemarie Joy Garcia-Smith, better known by her stage name Diana Zubiri (born April 15, 1985), is a Filipino actress. She was discovered by Seiko Films when she was 15 years after applying for work in Japan. She then had sexy roles in various films by Seiko. In October 2002, Zubiri became widely known in the Philippines after posing on the top of the EDSA–Shaw flyover in Mandaluyong City, wearing only a two-piece bikini. That photo shoot for FHM Philippines sparked controversy and prompted the then Mayor of Mandaluyong City, Benhur Abalos, to file charges against Zubiri and FHM but it was later withdrawn after an apology.[1]

Diana Zubiri-Smith
Born
Rosemarie Joy Garcia

(1985-04-15) April 15, 1985
NationalityFilipino
OccupationActress
Years active2002–present
AgentStar Magic (2012–2015)
TV5 (2015)
GMA Artist Center
Known forDanaya in Encantadia and LilaSari in Encantadia (2016 TV series) and Isabel in D' Originals and Carla Melendez in Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin
Spouse(s)Alex Lopez (m. 2008–2010; his death)
Andy Smith (m. 2015–present)

In 2005, Zubiri slowly departed from sexy films and proceeded to become a TV actress in GMA Network. One of her notable roles was portraying Divina in the drama series Linlang and Danaya in the Encantadia fantasy series. She was also a regular cast member in the sketch-comedy program, Bubble Gang and starred in drama series including Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, Danny Zialcita's Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan? and Nita Negrita.

In 2012, after nine years of staying at the GMA Network, she transferred to its rival network ABS-CBN and signed a 3-year exclusive contract.[2] During her younger years, Zubiri applied multiple times at ABS-CBN's Talent Center before going to Japan but she was rejected.[2] In 2015, she returned to her home network, GMA Network.

Biography

Personal life

When Zubiri was eight years old, her father left her and her elder sister.[3] Her mother at Olongapo, who maintained a sari-sari store, took care of them.[3] The family later transferred to Fairview, Quezon City and rented a house, where Zubiri stayed during her younger years. Her mother remarried[3] and bore a child that became Zubiri's halfsister.[4]

Zubiri was a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo but later converted to Roman Catholicism during her early part of her show business career.[5] In 2012, it was reported that she studied theatre arts at Miriam College.[6] On May 10, 2015, Zubiri married her longtime boyfriend Andy Smith in New Manila, Quezon City.[7][8] They have a daughter named Aliyah Rose born on August 14, 2016.[9]

Later career

After a few sexy flicks, Zubiri became a GMA Network artist, appearing as a regular cast in Bubble Gang, a sketch comedy television program. She also appeared in Encantadia as Danaya, the diwata that holds the Jewel of the Earth. She later reprised that role in Etheria and Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.

Zubiri co-starred as "Ingrid" on Asian Treasures alongside Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Marvin Agustin. She was also a cast member on GMA Network's Bubble Gang, and previously dated Bubble Gang co-star Wendell Ramos. At this point, Zubiri is now considered a full-fledged TV-movie celebrity and no longer considered a sexy star.[10]

While Zubiri is a contract star of Seiko Films, she signed a contract in Regal Films and she recently appeared in Shake, Rattle & Roll X, a 34th MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) entry which included her film One Night Only.

Comeback

After two years of not being in films and on television, Diana went back on TV via Jillian for GMA Network and starred alongside drama queen Claudine Barretto. In December 2010, Diana has been cast to GMA Network mid-season television pilot Neta Negrita as part of the regular cast member.[11] In March 2012, Zubiri won the Best Performer Award from the Young Critics Circle for her performance in the film Bahay Bata where she played a nurse. The film itself would go on to win the Jury Prize at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France, held on March 7–11, 2012.[12] It was confirmed that Zubiri signed a contract with ABS-CBN and would have a teleserye with Gerald Anderson and Cristine Reyes.[2] After the expiration of her contract with ABS-CBN, she starred in a number of episodes of Karelasyon that were aired in GMA Network.

In 2016 after Zubiri's showbiz hiatus she returned to GMA Network via the remake of Encantadia as LilaSari, one of the major antagonists and got a supporting role as Isabel in D' Originals.

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNotesNetwork
2019Beautiful JusticeAthena "Queen A" VergaraGuest AntagonistGMA Network
Dragon LadyAlmira Sanchez-Atienza / Lavender Del FuegoSupporting Cast / Protagonist
2018Cain at AbelYoung PrecyGuest Cast / Antagonist
Victor MagtanggolFreyaSpecial Participation
2017Super Ma'amGilda "Jill" MagpantayExtended Cast / Antagonist
Tadhana: Ang Batang RefugeeMelindaLead Role
WagasMayGMA News TV
D' Originals Isabel "Sabel" BuenaventuraExtended Cast / Antagonist / Protagonist
GMA Network
Karelasyon: Magnanakaw ng PusoMonetLead Role
Magpakailanman: OFW on Death RowSally Ordinario-Villanueva†
Magpakailanman: Justice for the Battered ChildLinda
2016–2017Encantadia LilaSariMain Cast / Antagonist / Protagonist
2016Dear Uge: Faking GirlsLani De VeraLead Role
Tonight with Arnold ClavioHerselfGuest Appearance
2015-2016MariMarJulianna Corcuera-AldamaExtended Cast / Antagonist
2015Karelasyon: Status SymbolTrixieLead Role
Karelasyon: CougarLara
The Ryzza Mae ShowHerselfGuest Appearance
Wagas: Terry and Jonjon Love StoryTerryLead Role
GMA News TV
Baker KingSonia San MiguelSupporting Cast
TV5
2014Home Sweetie HomeSusie SamonteLead Role / Former Cast
ABS-CBN
Ipaglaban Mo: Akin Ang Asawa KoMarjorieLead Role
2013Bukas na Lang Kita MamahalinCarla MelendezMain Cast
Toda MaxAlexLead Role
Juan Dela CruzPeru-ha / SaragnayanSupporting Cast / Primary Antagonist
2012 Wansapanataym: Wansapana-RideMadelyn VersozaLead Role
Maalaala Mo Kaya: ApoyYoli
The Good DaughterBernadetteGuest Cast
GMA Network
2011AmayaKapidExtended Cast
FutbolilitsFlorentina
Nita NegritaDanicaSupporting Cast
2010-2011Jillian: Namamasko Po Francine SanchezLead Role
2008Dear FriendVarious Roles
Sine Novela: Danny Zialcita's Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?Elsa Cervantes-AlmedaMain Cast / Antagonist
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin KitaJulie Maceda-San JuanMain Cast
2007Zaido: Pulis PangkalawakanCarmela Langit / Princess Arianna of Avea / Arianna ImpostorMain Cast
Asian TreasuresIngrid Vargas / UrdujaMain Cast
2006Now and Forever: LinlangDivina AgustinSupporting Cast
Ang PagbabagoHerselfLead Hostess
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang WakasHara DanayaMain Cast
2005Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia
EncantadiaSang'gre Danaya
Unang HiritHerselfGuest Appearance
2003–2009Bubble Gang

Film

YearTitleRoleProducer
2019 Mystified Kathalina iflix, Sanggre Productions
2016Die BeautifulHong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum, APT Entertainment, TheIdeaFirst Company, October Train Films
2014Feng Shui 2Star Cinema and K Productions
2012Bahay BataNurse Sarah
2011Ang Mundo ni Andong AgimatAlexRegal Entertainment
2008Shake, Rattle & Roll XAcacia
One Night Only[13][14]VivianOctoArts Films and Canary Films
2007SilipTessSeiko Films
2006I Wanna Be HappyTish
2005Bikini OpenGail
2004Liberated 2Fatima
2003LiberatedPauline
2002KasipingRowena
BakatAnnie
ItlogSally

Awards and recognition

FHM ranking

From her first appearance in the magazine in June 2002 as Girls of FHM, six months later she became a cover girl of FHM, when she posed on the EDSA-Shaw Boulevard flyover, she has consistently ranked at FHM Philippines' annual survey (FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World). She has appeared in an FHM Calendar with Maui Taylor of Viva Films and Aubrey Miles of Regal Films. Until 2011, Diana has constantly remained at the top ten of the list. She also appeared in the FHM editions of Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.[15] In September 2014 she return to cover FHM for the fourth time, as part of first of four part FHM special, along with Rachel Anne Daquis, Myrtle Sarrosa and Andrea Torres.[16] For 13 years, Zubiri still included in the list grabbing Rank No. 19, however she not participate at the FHM BroCon event at the SMX Convention Center.

YearAwardCategoryResultWon by
2002FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomanRanked # 90Assunta de Rossi
2003Ranked # 1 PH FinestHerself
2004Ranked # 3Cindy Kurleto
2005Ranked # 4Angel Locsin
2006Ranked # 4Katrina Halili
2007Ranked # 7Katrina Halili (2)
2008Ranked # 5Marian Rivera
2009Ranked # 13Cristine Reyes
2010Ranked # 16Angel Locsin (2)
2011Ranked # 23Sam Pinto
2012Ranked # 37Sam Pinto (2)
2013Ranked # 54Marian Rivera (2)
2014Ranked # 27Marian Rivera (3)
2015Ranked # 19Jennylyn Mercado

Other awards

On June 27, 2012, Zubiri accepted her Young Critics Circle award for Best Performance at the ceremonies held at the University of the Philippines.[17][18] After receiving the award, she jokingly said that it is the only award she ever got after her sexy pictorial in FHM since 2002.[6][17]

YearFilm Award/CriticsAward/Nomination/CategoryNominated WorkResult
2012 Young Critics Circle award Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Bahay Bata Won
35th Gawad Urian Awards Best Actress Nomination Bahay Bata Nominated

References

  1. "Numbers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. November 2, 2008. Archived from the original on October 31, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  2. "Diana Zubiri stages Kapamilya comeback". ABS CBN. September 7, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  3. "Diana Zubiri: The enchantress in her own Encantadia". gmanetwork.com. GMA Network. August 10, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  4. "Diana Zubiri: The enchantress in her own Encantadia". PEP.ph. Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 27, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  5. Nuñez, Julie Ann (September 29, 2006). "DIANA ZUBIRI: ANG PAGBABAGO". filmacademyphil.org (in Tagalog). Film Academy of the Philippines. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  6. "Diana Zubiri delivers touching and hilarious speech". PEP.ph. June 29, 2012. Archived from the original on July 3, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  7. "WATCH: Diana Zubiri and Andrew Smith's wedding video". Rappler. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  8. Inquirer, Philippine Daily. "Diana Zubiri's second bliss". entertainment.inquirer.net. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  9. "LOOK: Diana Zubiri gives birth to baby girl". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 22, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  10. "Diana Zubiri: The enchantress in her own Encantadia". GMA News. August 20, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  11. "Diana Zubiri balik Kapuso". Pinoyparazzi (in Filipino). February 7, 2011. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  12. "Indie film 'Bahay Bata' wins in France". ABS CBN. March 13, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  13. Nitz Miralles (August 13, 2008). "Diana Zubiri and Iya Villania join Katrina Halili in "One Night Only"". PEP.ph. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  14. Nora V. Calderon (August 14, 2008). "Diana Zubiri did not replace anyone in "One Night Only," OctoArts insider clarifies". PEP.ph. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  15. "Diana Zubiri in Singapore, HK, and Thailand". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 29, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  16. Ashlie Mahinay (September 17, 2014). "Diana Zubiri - FHM Cover Girl September 2014". FHM Philippines. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  17. Mario Bautista (July 3, 2012). "Beauty queen quickly becomes swellhead (see the section BEST ACTRESS FOR RUNNING)". Journal Online. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
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Preceded by
Beauty Gonzalez
FHM Cover Girl
(September 2014)
Succeeded by
Rachel Anne Daquis
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