Thursday, June 14, 2007

Vina Morales Photo Gallery

Vina Morales (born Sharon Garcia Magdayao, 17 October 1975, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines) is a Filipina actress. She played the title role in the film The Sarah Balabagan Story. She is the older sister of teen actress Shaina Magdayao.

Even as a child growing up in Bogo, Cebu, Sharon Garcia Magdayao a.k.a. Vina Morales knew that she wanted to be a singer. It was nine-year-old Sharon's singing with her church choir that would lead to her big break. The local parish priest, Fr. Fritz Malinao, was also a songwriter. He recognized Sharon's talent and asked her to sing one of his compositions as an entry in the Cebu Pop Music Festival. The song, "Paglaum", ("hope" in Visayan), not only won the Grand Prize but also earned the "Best Interpreter" award for its young singer.

Sharon and her family were surprised to learn that representatives from Viva Films had seen her performance. They were so impressed with her talents that they immediately offered her a singing and acting contract. The Magdayao family was very supportive of their gifted daughter. They sold everything they had in Cebu and moved to Manila. The family entrusted ten-year-old Sharon's career to Mina del Rosario of Viva Films, who became like a second mother to Sharon. It was Mina who gave Sharon the name Vina, taken from her daughter's name Vina Vanesa. The only problem standing in the way of Vina's acting career was that she only spoke English and Cebuano. But now that she was living in Manila, her Tagalog improved rapidly and she soon made her first movie, Nakagapos na Puso, in which she played the niece of Tonton Gutierrez. The film also starred Vina's idol and namesake, Sharon Cuneta.

She has a next project for ABS-CBN teleserye Maria Flordeluna. where she played her role as Elvira, the mother of Maria Flordeluna, played by Eliza Pineda.

Vina hit the headlines in last few months of 2006 when Filipino model and political son Borgy Manotoc revealed in a popular radio talk show that Vina was among the Filipino showbiz personalities with whom he had sex with. Vina, however, vehemently denied Manotoc's claim.


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