Heart Evangelista

Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero better known as Heart Evangelista (Tagalog pronunciation: [ɛvɐŋhɛˈlista]), is a Filipina actress, TV host, visual media artist, philanthropist, and socialite.

Heart Evangelista
Evangelista in 2012
Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco

(1985-02-14) 14 February 1985
OccupationActress, Businesswoman, Artist
Years active1998–present
AgentStar Magic (2000–06)
Manila Genesis (2006–08)
Royal Era Entertainment (2008–10)
Viva Artist Agency (2011–2018)
GMA Artist Center (2018–present)
Spouse(s)Francis Escudero (m. 2015)
Musical career
GenresPinoy pop
LabelsStar Records

Early life

She is the daughter of Reynaldo Evangelista Ongpauco, a restaurant magnate who belongs to a Chinese-Filipino clan, and Maria Cecilia del Gallego Payawal, whose family is from the Bicol province of Camarines Sur. Evangelista is the last born child, with siblings from both sides of her parents. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. before moving back to the Philippines in her early teens. She started her career at the age of 13 as a commercial model and actress.



From 2000 to early 2004, She was paired with John Prats on the show G-mik, Trip, Ang Tanging Ina, My First Romance and Berks. During the success of their loveteam, they won as the (Most Popular Loveteams of RP movies) of 2003, from 33rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Evangelista also won the Best New Female Personality (Best New Movie Actress and Best New TV Actress) awards from Star Awards for Movies and Star Awards for TV. She also won Texter's and Listener's Choice at the Himig Handog Awards for her single "Love Has Come My Way" ... She released the single "Tell Me" in Australia where it peaked at number 18 on the charts.


In 2004, after four years, Prats and Evangelista's popular real and reel tandem ended up and the management decided to pair her with Geoff Eigenmann in the movie Bcuz of U, and also both of them appeared on the TV series Hiram, with co-stars Kris Aquino, Dina Bonnevie and Anne Curtis for which she earned a Star Awards Best Actress nomination for this series.

In 2005, Jericho Rosales once mentioned Heart's name and that he wanted to be his leading lady in the series Ang Panday. There are many women auditioned for this role but they chooses heart to play the role of Eden, the love interest of Tristan. Their tandem turned into a serious relationship and lasted for 3 years.

In early 2007, she renewed her ties with ABS-CBN and was under a per project basis with her manager Angeli Pangilinan Valenciano. She finished a sineserye for the station, the remake of the movie Hiram na Mukha, and appeared briefly on Pangarap Na Bituin. She also starred in the reformatted version of Your Song under the title "Muntik Na Kitang Minahal".[1]

2008–present: Transfer to GMA Network

In early 2008, She signed a GMA Artist Center exclusive contract under GMA Network and she started her first show Codename: Asero as a leading lady of Richard Gutierrez .

She played a role as one of the twins in the fantaserye Luna Mystika. Evangelista also appeared on her first afternoon TV soap Sine Novela: Ngayon At Kailanman which aired its final episode in September 2009. In late 2009 - early 2010, she starred in a primetime Koreanovela TV series, Full House. Evangelista hosts the musical variety show on GMA, Party Pilipinas.

She appeared in the Christmas reality show Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge on GMA Network, and she played a dwarf on Dwarfina. On late 2011, she signed an exclusive contract under Viva Entertainment.

In 2012, she starred alongside actresses Alessandra De Rossi and Lovi Poe in the TV series Legacy which became a highly acclaimed television series throughout its run. She also was included in the afternoon drama "Forever" opposite co-star Geoff Eigennmann. She then started her next project on Luna Blanca Book 3 onwards till its finale. The show is a sequel of her last soap Luna Mystica in 2008 of the same genre and in 2013, she was reunited with De Rossi in the Afternoon soap Magkano Ba Ang Pag Ibig? under the direction of Maryo J Delos Reyes. In 2015, she and Legacy co-star Lovi Poe were reunited in the soap Beautiful Strangers, a melodrama. This was Evangelista's second time working with veteran actress Dina Bonnevie in a series with a huge ensemble cast. In 2016, she was reunited with Dwarfina co-star Dennis Trillo in the Primetime Rom Com Juan Happy Love Story.[1] In September 2016, Evangelista experienced a series of depression after the passing of her mentor and 'close friend', former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.[2]

In 2017, Evangelista starred in Mulawin vs. Ravena. She also starred in My Korean Jagiya, paired with former U-KISS member Alexander Lee Eusebio. The show aired with a total of 105 episodes.[3] During the 2018 State of the Nation Address in the Philippine Congress, Evangelista wore the iconic rainbow badge in support for equality in the Philippines and the passage of the pro-LGBT SOGIE Equality Bill.[4]

She was featured by Kevin Kwan's Real Crazy Rich Asians while staying in Paris during a high couture week.[5] Evangelista was one of People Asia's “People of the Year 2018-2019".[6]

Visual artist

As an accomplished painter, Evangelista had sold out solo exhibitions from various galleries such as the Ayala Museum[7] and Galerie Joaquin.[8] She uses her real name, Love Marie, in her paintings.[9] Her first solo exhibition was held at the Ayala Museum in 2014, entitled I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco. On the same year, she participated in the Visual Arts Festival through the Focus on the Arts: Art in Transit exhibitions. She also held her second solo exhibition on the same year at Galerie Joaquin through her Love Marie gallery. Her third solo exhibition, Love Marie: A Solo Exhibition of a World Class Filipina, was held at the Raffles Hotel's Chan Hampe Calleries in Singapore in 2015. She also collaborated with Rocio Olbes's children's book, Daughter of the Sun and the Moon, and participated in the Art Fair Philippines 2015: maARTe and PortrAYAL (LAYA): Portraits for Freedom Big & Small Art Co.

In 2016, she collaborated with designer Mark Bumgarner through the LMxMB: when art meets fashion, as well as with A.A. Patawaran through the book HaiNAku and other poems. Her fourth solo exhibition was held at the Ayala Museum through her Oceans Apart gallery. Her iconic hand painted bags were also introduced on the same year at BMW BGC through her exhibition, Carry your heART. In 2017, she again collaborated with A.A. Patawan at the S Maison Conrad Hotel through the HaiNAku 1st Anniversary Exhibit. She also held, HEART & Style, a public exhibition of works of art at Fashion Hall of SM Mega Mall. In April 2018, she launched another art exhibit at ArtistSpace Gallery of the Ayala Museum.[10] On the same year, she again collaborated with A.A. Patawaran through the book, Manila Was A Long Time Ago, which featured her pet dog named Panda.[11][12] Her "Follow Your Heart" artwork was featured in the February 2019 US edition of Harper's Bazaar.[13]

Charity and advocacy

Her foundation Heart Can aims to help children with respiratory diseases. Her foundation has been active since its inception and has helped thousands of children with special needs. Heart is also an LGBT icon[14] and a recipient of Lagablab Network's Equality Champion Award[15] in the Philippines, being a strong supporter for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill, which provides protections on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.[16] A known international painter, Heart is also active in the artistic community, notably in Asia. She is also a spokesperson for PAWS or (Philippine Animal Welfare Society), launching various campaigns for the organization such as the Have a Heart for Aspins campaign.[17] She admitted in an interview that she was traumatized at a young age after seeing their neighbor slaughtering some dogs. When they told the authorities about the killings, her report was just made fun of.[18] Heart has also been supporting the Balikatan Thalassemia for children with rare diseases, Corridor of Hope for children with cancer and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Sorsogon where her husband hails from.



Year Title Role(s) Network
2019 StarStruck herself as one of the judges
2017–2018 My Korean Jagiya Guadalupe Immaculada "Gia" Asuncion GMA Network
2017 Mulawin versus Ravena Alwina
Follow Your Heart Herself
2016 Juan Happy Love Story Happy Villanueva-dela Costa
FoodTrip Herself Star World
2015 Beautiful Strangers Kristine de Jesus GMA Network
2014 Weddings TV Herself GMA News TV
2013-2014 Magkano Ba ang Pag-ibig? Eloisa Aguirre
2013 Sunday All Stars Co-host
Wagas Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago GMA News TV
Forever young Adora del Prado / Isadora GMA Network
2012–2015 iBilib Herself
2012–2013 Watta Job Herself
2012 Luna Blanca Adult Blanca
Legacy Diana Calcetas
2011 Dwarfina Dwarfina / Yna / Fina
2010 Langit sa Piling Mo Margarita "Marj" Rosales / Marietta Flores
2009-2010 Full House Maria Jesusa "Jessie" Asuncion-Lazatin
2009 Sine Novela Presents: Ngayon at Kailanman Ayra Noche-Torres / Ayra Noche-Villaflor
Fashionistas by Heart Host Q
2008-2009 Luna Mystika Luna Sagrado-Samaniego / Celestina Sagrado† GMA Network
2008 Dear Friend: Edison at Anna Anna
Codename: Asero Emily San Juan
Your Song: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal Arah ABS-CBN
2007 Your Song: Sana Ngayong Pasko Melanie
Pangarap Na Bituin Cassandra "Cassie" Salcedo
Sineserye Presents: Hiram na Mukha Carissa de Leon / Alicia Roldan
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Kaye Chua
Your Song: With You Aschelle
2006 Your Song: Ngayong Gabi Missy
Philippine Idol ♥ Philippine Idol: Exclusive Host ABC
Close Up to Fame: Season 2 Host ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lampara Maricel
Your Song: Wish Ria
Ang Panday: Book 2 Eden Roxas / Camia
2005 Ang Panday: Book 1 Eden Roxas
Close Up to Fame: Season 1 Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Painting Emily Roxas
2004-2005 Hiram Margaret Benipayo
2004-2006 ASAP Fanatic Co-host
2003 Tara Tena: Share A Home, Share A Heart Anna
2003-2005 Ang Tanging Ina Portia "Por" Macaspac
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ferry Boat Dianne
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flat Tire Lei
Wansapanataym Presents: Thumbgelina Liit / Laki / Angelina / Thumbgelina
Heart Evangelista 18th Birthday Special Herself
2002 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol
2002–2004 OK Fine, 'To Ang Gusto Nyo! Yoko
Berks Gwyneth
2002–2007 Myx VJ Myx
2002–2003 Arriba, Arriba! Monina Arriba
2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Exchange Gift Irene Acosta ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Burda Jenny Castaneda
Da Pilya En Da Pilot Heart
Da Pilya En Da Guard Heart
2001–2007 ASAP Co-host / Performer
1999–2002 G-mik Missy Sandejas


Year Title Role Studio
2015 Felix Manalo Cristina Villanueva-Manalo Viva Films, Iglesia ni Cristo
2014 Trophy Wife Gwen Viva Films
2012 Sosy Problems Claudia Ortega GMA Films
2011 Temptation Island Virginia P. GMA Films, Regal Entertainment
2010 Inno Sotto's Muse short film by Albert Martinez
2009 Nobody, Nobody But... Juan Young Aida RVQ Productions
Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Stephanie Uy Regal Entertainment
2008 Ay, Ayeng Ayeng Aloha Pearl Films
2004 Bcuz Of U Cara Star Cinema
2003 My First Romance Jackie
Ang Tanging Ina Portia "Por" Montecillo
2002 Jologs Cameo as pedestrian
2001 Trip Faye


Year Title Role
2003Beauty and the Beast (Leprince de Beaumont)Belle


Studio albums

Year Album Record Label
2003HeartStar Records

Compilation albums

Year Album
2005OPM Acoustic Hits 2
2004OPM Acoustic Hits
2003My First Romance OST
2002Himig Handog Love Songs

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2009Bahay KuboHale
2007Tuwing Nakikita KaJericho Rosales
2003Please Be Careful With My HeartHeart Evangelista
2003OneHeart Evangelista
2002Love Has Come My WayHeart Evangelista

Art exhibits and collaborations

Year Title
2014I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco1st solo exhibition held at Ayala Museum
2014Focus on the Arts: Art in TransitVisual Arts Festival
2014Love Marie2nd solo exhibition held at Galerie Joaquin
2015Love Marie: A Solo Exhibition of a World Class Filipina3rd solo exhibit and first Filipino to showcased her works at Chan Hampe Galleries in Singapore
2015Daughter of the Sun and the Moona children's book collaborated with Rocio Olbes
2015maARTeArt Fair Philippines with Rimowa
2015PortrAYAL (LAYA): Portraits for FreedomBig & Small Art Co.
2016LMxMB: when art meets fashioncollaborated with designer Mark Bumgarner
2016HaiNaku and other poemspoetry book collaborated with Arnel Patawaran
2016Oceans Apart4th solo exhibition held at Ayala Museum
2016Carry your heARTa showcase of hand painted bags held at BMW BGC
2017HaiNaku 1st Anniversary Exhibitcollaborated with Arnel Patawaran held at S Maison Conrad Hotel
2017HEART & Stylea public exhibition of works in canvas, couture, books and furniture held at the Fashion Hall of SM Mega Mall

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
201630th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Drama ActressBeautiful StrangersNominated
201428th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show HostStartalkNominated
201058th FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting ActressMano Po 6: A Mother's LoveNominated
7th Golden Screen AwardsBest Supporting ActressMano Po 6: A Mother's LoveNominated
26th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest Supporting ActressMano Po 6: A Mother's LoveNominated
12th Gawad PASADOBest Supporting ActressMano Po 6: A Mother's LoveNominated
Myx Music Awards 2010Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music VideoBahay KuboWon
20092009 Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress [19]Nobody, Nobody But... JuanNominated
Mano Po 6: A Mother's LoveWon
23rd PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Lifestyle Show HostFashionistas by HeartNominated
57th FAMAS AwardsBest ActressAy, AyengWon
2007PMPC Star Awards for MoviesFemale Face of the NightWon
200519th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Drama ActressHiramNominated
2004FAMAS AwardsGerman Moreno Youth Achievement AwardWon
34th GMMSF Box-Office AwardsPrincess of RP MoviesWon
2003Awit AwardsBest Performance by a New Female Artist (Love Has Come My Way)Won
Asia Pacific Excellence & Handog Kay Ina AwardsYouth Achiever for Arts & EntertainmentWon
Ivan Entertainment Productions: Circle of 10 Modeling AgencyCelebrity Endorser of the YearWon
33rd GMMSF Box-Office AwardsMost Popular Love Team of RP Movies (with John Prats)Won
Himig Handog AwardsAlbum Platinum AwardWon
2002Himig Handog AwardsListener's Choice Award (Love Has Come My Way)Won
Himig Handog AwardsTexter's Choice Award (Love Has Come My Way)Won
PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest New Movie ActressTripWon
2001PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest New TV PersonalityG-mikWon

Personal life

She is married to Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, who was born and raised in Bicol province of Sorsogon. The pair were introduced by Evangelista's 'mentor', the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who was a close friend of her mother.[20] On February 15, 2015, the couple wed in a private ceremony at the Balesin Island Club in the Philippines. It was in the same year that Evangelista adopted a puppy saved by her father from the streets of Batangas. She named the puppy Panda, also sometimes referred to as Panpan.[17][21] In May 2018, Evangelista announced that she and Escudero were expecting their first child together.[22] In the same month, however, one of the twins she was carrying was lost to a miscarriage.[23] In June 2018, Evangelista announced that she suffered yet another miscarriage, losing the last of her twins.[24]


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