The lovely Love Marie Ongpauco, better known as Heart Evangelista, is one the most famous celebrities in the country. She was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1985 and spent most of her childhood in the U.S. Her family moved back to the Philippines when she was in her late teens, and studied high school in Colegio de San Agustin.
She was discovered by a commercial agent when she was shopping at the mall with her sister. This resulted to her signing a contract with Star Magic, the talent center of ABS-CBN. Heart was initially paired with actor John Prats and they starred together on the teen-oriented show G-Mik. Their loveteam became very popular, and the pair was made to star in several films together. After G-Mik, Heart and John was cast on another teen show, Berks.
Next stop for Heart was the primetime soap opera Hiram, where she was partnered with Geoff Eigenmann. The young actress earned a Best Actress trophy from Star Awards for her role.
Heart also focused on TV hosting, and she became one of the main hosts of the music channel MYX for Studio 23. in 2007, her contract with ABS-CBN was renewed, which allowed her to work on per-project basis. During this period, she starred in more TV shows, such as Hiram na Mukha and Pangarap na Bituin. The star was also working in her music career and has released several singles. Not resting in her laurels, Heart also became one of the most popular product endorsers of her generation.
In 2008, Heart suddenly transferred to rival network GMA-7 and signed an exclusive, two-year contract. She was paired with no less than Richard Guiterrez and starred in the primetime action series Codename: Asero.
She is now currently starring in the fantasy soap Luna Mystika, which pairs her with Mark Anthony Fernandez.
Lovelife and controversies
Heart had a relationship with co-star John Prats during their teenaged heyday. She also became involved with Jericho Rosales, with whom she had a three-year relationship with. Their breakup was a much-publicized one, and it was reportedly one of the reasons why the actress decided to leave ABS-CBN.
Other than that, the internet was once swamped with rumors of a so called “Heart Evangelista Scandal”, a sex video supposedly showing the young actress. Much to the dismay of the naysayers, the scandal proved to be false, with the video showing a young woman that hardly resembles the wholesome actress.
Hear Evangelista Filmography
2008 Codename: Asero Emily GMA Network
2008 SOP Rules Host/Herself  GMA Network
2008 The Singing Bee Guest Player/Herself ABS-CBN
2008 Your Song’s Four-Part Miniseries: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal Arah ABS-CBN
2007 Your Song: Sana Ngayong Pasko Melanie ABS-CBN
2007 Pangarap na Bituin Cassandra Salcedo/Cassie ABS-CBN
2007 Sineserye Presents: Hiram na Mukha Carissa / Alicia ABS-CBN
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Kaye Chua ABS-CBN
2007 Your Song: With You Aschelle ABS-CBN
2006 Your Song: Ngayong Gabi Missy ABS-CBN
2006 Philippine Idol Herself (Host) ABC
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lampara Maricel ABS-CBN
2006 Close Up To Fame Herself (Host) ABS-CBN
2006 Your Song: Wish Ria ABS-CBN
2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Painting Emily Roxas ABS-CBN
2005 Panday Eden / Camia ABS-CBN
2004 ASAP Fanatic Herself (Host) / Performer ABS-CBN
2004 Hiram Margaret Benipayo ABS-CBN
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ferry Boat Danne ABS-CBN
2003 Ang Tanging Ina Portia / Por ABS-CBN
2003 Okay Fine Whatever! Yoko ABS-CBN
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flat Tire – ABS-CBN
2003 Wansapanataym: Thumbgelina Thumbgelina / Liit / Laki ABS-CBN
2002 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol – ABS-CBN
2002 Berks Gwyneth ABS-CBN
2002 MYX Herself (Video Jockey) MYX / Studio 23
2002 Arriba! Arriba! Monina Arriba ABS-CBN
2002 ASAP Herself (Host) / Performer ABS-CBN
2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Exchange Gift Irene Acosta ABS-CBN
2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Burda Jenny Castaneda ABS-CBN
2001 Da Pilya en da Pilot Heart ABS-CBN
2001 G-mik Missy ABS-CBN
2008 Tingala sa Pugad Ellyse
2008 Ay Ayeng Ayeng
2004 Bcuz of U Cara
2003 My First Romance Jackie (“One Love” Episode)
2003 Ang Tanging Ina Portia/Por
2002 Jologs Coffee Shop Passerby (cameo role)
2001 Trip Faye