Iwa Moto

Aileen Quimado Iwamoto (born August 29, 1988), known by her stage name Iwa Moto (イワ モト), is a Filipina actress, model and reality television personality. She is the first runner up in the third season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show of GMA Network. She is well known for playing Rita Acuesta on Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap and Valentina in Darna. She was born to a Japanese father and Filipino mother.

Iwa Moto
イワ モト
Iwa Moto on April 2010
Aileen Quimado Iwamoto

(1988-08-29) August 29, 1988
Tagum City, Philippines
OccupationActress, model, reality television personality
Years active2005–2015
Known forStarStruck
Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap


Iwa Moto auditioned for second season of StarStruck but failed to qualify until she has succeeded in audition for the third season in which she ended up as the First Princess along with Gian Carlos as the First Prince. After StarStruck, Iwamoto appeared on SOP Gigsters, Love to Love: Young At Heart and Nuts Entertainment. During her stint in Nuts Entertainment, Iwamoto was suspended for 6 weeks along with Jackie Rice. After the suspension, Iwamoto came back to Nuts Entertainment, joined the cast of Bakekang, her first primetime show where she played Jenny, the best friend of Kristal, played by Lovi Poe, and also on the last season of Love to Love which is Jazz Got Lucky. Iwamoto also portrayed her life story on Magpakailanman. In 2007, Iwamoto appeared in Super Twins, wherein she portrayed the character Moshi Moshi Manika, her first antagonist role. After that, Iwamoto portrayed Rita on Sine Novela's third installment Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap, wherein she got a favorable response from the viewers of the show.[1][2]

Due to her performance in Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap, she was in included in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as a Black Amazona, her third antagonist role.[3][4] In 2008, Iwamoto became the image model of FHM Philippines, making her the third Filipina to hold that title after Asia Agcaoili and Katrina Halili. In September of the same year, Iwamoto appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines for the second time.[5] She was a previous covergirl of FHM Singapore. Straight after Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, Iwamoto was given a supporting role in Robin Padilla's Joaquin Bordado,[6] as Diane, but her character was killed off for Iwamoto to focus on Sine Novela's eighth installment Magdusa Ka with Katrina Halili and Dennis Trillo.[7] After that, Iwamoto was included on the cast of Luna Mystika as Donita Sagrado, the main antagonist of Heart Evangelista's character.[8]

In 2009, Iwamoto appeared in the primetime series Adik Sa'Yo as Andrea, but left for Darna to play Valentina, the main antagonist of Darna and her biggest role in a drama so far. In 2010, Iwamoto began reappearing currently reappearing in Darna and also on Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?, in which she portrays the role of Rossan. In Darna, she played the character Valentina, the prime rival of superheroine Darna.[9] Recently, she appeared in Love Bug: "Last Romance" and also as a guest in Pilyang Kerubin and in the TV series Beauty Queen. In 2011, she participated in Dwarfina, starring Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo.[10] Her last TV project was Andres de Saya, starring Cesar Montano and Iza Calzado. In 2012, she appeared on Wil Time Bigtime but left shortly due to her existing contract with GMA Network.

Personal life

Iwamoto is the eldest of the three siblings. Her father, the late Hiroaki Iwamoto (岩本 宏明) was a Japanese immigrant to the Philippines while her mother is Filipina.[11]



2015MariMarMagda EvanglistaGMA Network
2013Cassandra: Warrior AngelUrsula's MotherTV5
2012Enchanted GardenSantana
Third EyeDaisy
Kapitan AwesomeAphrodite
2011Andres de SayaNica LandutayGMA Network
DwarfinaLucille Ballesteros
2010Beauty Queenyoung Leavida Acuesta-Rivas
Pilyang KerubinEva
Love Bug: "Last Romance"Remy
Diz Iz ItCelebrity Judge
Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?Rossan Montenegro-Ortega
2009DarnaValentina / Babaeng Ahas
Adik Sa'YoAndrea
Dear Friend: MadrastaGellie
2008Luna MystikaDonita Sagrado
Sine Novela: Magdusa KaMillet Calpito
Joaquin BordadoDianne
2007Zaido: Pulis PangkalawakanAmasonang Itim / Soñia Tamano
Sine Novela: Kung Mahawi Man Ang UlapRita Acuesta
Super TwinsMonica/Moshi Moshi Manika
SOP RulesPerformer
Mga Kuwento ni Lola BasyangPrincesa Singsing
Magic Kamison: The True LindsayLindsay/Laura
2006Bitoy's Funniest VideosCo-Host
Love to Love: Jass Got LuckyMax
Nuts EntertainmentCo-Host
Magpakailanman: The Iwa Moto Life StoryHerself
Love to Love: Young At HeartDenisse
SOP GigstersHost/Performer
2005StarStruck: The Nationwide InvasionHerselfGMA Network


YearTitleRoleFilm ProductionNotes
2008Shake, Rattle & Roll X: NievesWai LanaRegal Entertainmentfirst movie for Metro Manila Film Festival
My Monster MomVivianRegal Entertainment and GMA Filmssecond movie with Regal Entertainment; first with GMA Films
2006Pitong DalagitaTishaCanary Filmsfirst main role in a movie
White LadyMimiRegal Entertainmentfirst movie with Regal Entertainment


2012FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 14
2011FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 8
2010FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 4
2009FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 5
2008Yes Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the PhilippinesRandom
FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 7
UNO 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines)Rank 2
MAXIM 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines)Rank 10
2007MAXIM 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines)Rank 50
FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 10
2006HI Magazine's one of the most beautiful faces in Philippine ShowbizRank 20
FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines)Rank 16


  1. "Iwa Moto plays her most daring role yet in "Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 29, 2007.
  2. "Iwa Moto gets favorable responses for her contravida role". Philippine Entertainment Portal. August 22, 2007.
  3. "GMA-7's "Pulis Pangkalawakan" replaces "Shaider"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 13, 2007.
  4. ""StarStruck 3" runner-up Iwa Moto plays villain again in "Zaido"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. September 18, 2007.
  5. "Iwa Moto goes topless in latest FHM issue". Philippine Entertainment Portal. September 1, 2008.
  6. Iwa Moto considers sexy role in "Joaquin Bordado" as challenging
  7. "Katrina, ‘di bagay maging bida!'" -- Iwa
  8. ""Luna Mystica" casting is almost complete". Philippine Entertainment Portal. October 3, 2008.
  9. "GMA-7 offers two new star-studded afternoon soaps". Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 15, 2010.
  10. "Iwa Moto on the neverending- rumor about her: Uulitin ko, hindi po ako kasal, hindi po ako buntis". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 12, 2010.
  11. "Iwa Moto's father passes away". Philippine Entertainment Portal. March 9, 2009.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
LJ Reyes

2005 (season 3)
Succeeded by
Rich Asuncion
Kris Bernal
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