La Diva (group)

La Diva was a Filipino pop girl group, first established for the now-defunct musical variety-show SOP. The group is composed of two winners and a runner-up of Pinoy Pop Superstar. It is originally composed of Jona Viray, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia. The group's final line up are Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia, with their youngest member Jona until her departure on December 15, 2013. La Diva has sold more than 20,000 albums in the Philippines which has earned them several achievements, including an Awit Award, two PMPC Star Awards for Music and an Aliw Award, becoming the fourth best-selling female group in the Philippines behind the Sexbomb Girls, Aegis and Mocha Girls. They are known for their song "I Know He's There" back in 2012, it was featured as the OST of Legacy

La Diva
Background information
GenresPop, P-pop, R&B, soul
Years active2008–2015
LabelsStar Music/Viva Records[1]
Associated actsRegine Velasquez
Erik Santos
Sarah Geronimo
Ogie Alcasid
Janno Gibbs
Angeline Quinto
Yassi Pressman
Sharon Cuneta
Past membersJona
Aicelle Santos
Maricris Garcia

The group finally revealed that they were officially disbanded on June 13, 2015.


In May 2008, it was confirmed that the GMA Artist Center would be forming a female music trio called La Diva. With its "Three of a Kind" segment, the musical variety show was ready to introduce a new generation of "divas".

Member Jonalyn Viray noted that a meeting for the creation of La Diva was held in January 2008, with the stipulation that each member of the group would still keep their own identity, for their solo careers. While the three ladies of La Diva are uncertain of how the group was formed, the combining factor is that each of them came from the singing competition, Pinoy Pop Superstar. Viray and Maricris Garcia were the Grand Champions of the first and third seasons respectively, and Aicelle Santos was the runner-up of the second season.

From October 24–28, 2011, La Diva was invited to guest on three shows in Indonesia. They performed hits such as "I'm Yours" and "Empire State of Mind". On the now-defunct talk show of Showbiz Central, it was reported and confirmed that La Diva were going to begin working on an international album.[2]

La Diva: self-titled debut album

Their self-titled debut album was released to major record bars in most locations in the Philippines in November 2009. The album contains 10 tracks including their own versions of the songs "Apologize", "Angels Brought Me Here", "I'm Yours", "Best of My Love", "Stand Up For Love", "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan" and their original songs, "Kasiping Ka" as their carrier single, "One Last Goodbye", and "Rosalinda".[3]


Final Line-Up Members (2008-2015)

(born February 24, 1985) is a Filipino soul, R&B, pop and jazz singer-songwriter, actress and pianist, who first emerged in the Philippine music scene as a contestant in a nationwide search for the next big singer in the first season of ABS-CBN's Star in a Million. She has been known as the First Undefeated Pinoy Pop Superstar for achieving eight-straight wins in GMA 7's Pinoy Pop Superstar as the Philippines' "Ballad Princess". She is the oldest member of the group.

(born September 26, 1987 in Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino singer and actress best known for winning Pinoy Pop Superstar Season 3. She first auditioned for Pinoy Pop Superstar Season 1, but did not become a finalist. Two years later, she won with her rendition of Barry Manilow's "One Voice" at the Grand Finale held in Araneta Coliseum. She was the 3rd Pinoy Pop Superstar champion. Her voice is distinctly similar to that of Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla, therefore has been given the title of the "Divine Princess". She is the middle member of the group. She is now the "Queen of GMA Teleserye Themesongs"

(2008-2013) member

(born November 15, 1989 in Marikina City, Philippines) is a Filipino singer and an occasional actress. She won the 1st Pinoy Pop Superstar as its Grand Champion with her soulful renditions of a classic "It Might Be You" and Whitney Houston's "Run To You". She also received five gold medals and three plaques at the 2006 World Championships of Performing Arts. She is known for her belting prowess/youngest member and earned her title as the Philippines' "Soul Princess".



  • Let's Celebrate (L.A. Concert with Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes - 2008)[4]
  • Katy Musical (MMFF Highlights - 2008)[5]
  • America's Finest (front act)
  • One Journey Concert (Canada concert with Arnel Pineda)
  • Only La Diva
  • La Diva Unleashed
  • Intimately La Diva


  • La Diva Unleashed: US Tour (Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada) - October 29 & 30, 2010




Artistry and influences

Musical styles

On La Diva's debut album, the group was noted to have a distinct, mixed style of reggae, belting pop, novelty and dance. Thematically, La Diva's music explores independence and female empowerment, such as in songs like "Angels Brought Me Here" and "Best of My Love". They have a blending of vocal styles; Jonalyn Viray being the soprano, Maricris Garcia taking the place of the mezzo-soprano, and Aicelle Santos as the alto.


La Diva is known for a "belting style" and them being "sexy". Sony BMG Philippines from the business label described La Diva as a pop group characterized by bold, bright outfits and big, catchy hooks punctuated by rap verses and an "in-your-face swagger".

Styles and themes

La Diva has recorded R&B/novelty/pop songs with styles that encompasses urban, contemporary and dance-pop music. They have revealed that R&B female group Destiny's Child and fellow Filipina singer Regine Velasquez are among their influences.

Jona's Departure, Hiatus and Disbandment

A worthwhile shine of La Diva when suddenly their member Jonalyn Viray decide to left the group on December 15, 2013, she decided to grow more as an artist and work as herself or as a solo artist, it is announced by the GMA Network 's Facebook page. While Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia continued to be a group even without Jonalyn Viray as duo.

After Jonalyn Viray left the group, the management and the group decided to have a hiatus for a year. In late 2014, the management was unable to work for a new album but they were allowed to guest some shows in GMA Network. Julie Anne San Jose has made appearances with the group, she replaced Jonalyn Viray temporary for guestings and performance of La Diva back in early 2015. In mid-2015, the group entered a big problem about their management conflict issues. Their new studio album as duo was ready to be planned of, but was discontinued due to lack of management's support, resulting to the group's disbandment on June 13, 2015.

In present, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia are still in GMA Network as solo artists and cameo appearance in some GMA Shows, while Jonalyn Viray signed a contract with Star Music. Star Music gave her an opportunity as a solo artist with the new screen name Jona.


  • People's Choice Favorite Group Recording Artists (January 2010; 22nd Awit Awards)
  • Best Group of the Year (October 2010; 2nd PMPC Star Awards for Music)
  • Best Music Video of the Year - "Kasiping Ka" (October 2010; 2nd PMPC Star Awards for Music)
  • Best Group Performance in a Concert (Only La Diva Concert) (October 2010; 23rd Aliw Awards)

See also


  1. "Dennis Trillo, Pauleen Luna may relasyon na". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  2. "SCIKLSA6". October 30, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  3. "249k". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  4. "The Standard". The Standard. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
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