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Heart Evangelista
Heart Evangelista in 2016.jpg
Evangelista in 2016
First Lady of Sorsogon
In role
June 30, 2019 – June 30, 2022
Preceded by Grace Galang Lee Rodrigueza
Succeeded by Ester Hamor
Personal details
Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco

(1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 (age 37)
Manila, Philippines
(m. 2015)
Alma mater Colegio San Agustin – Makati
  • Actress
  • artist
  • businesswoman
  • socialite
  • politician
Years active 1998–present

Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco (born February 14, 1985), known professionally as Heart Evangelista (Tagalog pronunciation: [ɛbɐŋhɛˈlista], alternately [-vɐŋ-]), is a Filipino actress, artist, businesswoman, and socialite.

Early life

Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco was born on February 14, 1985, in Manila, to Reynaldo Evangelista Ongpauco, a Filipino businessman, and Maria Cecilia del Gallego Payawal. Evangelista is the youngest child in her family, with siblings from both sides of her parents. Her aunt is 1960s superstar Liberty Ilagan. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. before returning to her homeland in her early teens. She started her career at age 13 as a 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 and the management decided to pair her with Geoff Eigenmann in the movie Bcuz of U. Both of them also 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.

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

2008–present: Transfer to GMA Network

Heart Evangelista, 2012 (cropped)
Evangelista in 2012

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 Mystika 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. de los 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. In September 2016, Evangelista experienced a series of depression after the passing of her mentor and 'close friend', former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

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. 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.

She was featured by Kevin Kwan's Real Crazy Rich Asians while staying in Paris during a high couture week. Evangelista was one of People Asia's "People of the Year 2018–2019". In 2019, she served as a judge on the seventh season of the reality talent television show StarStruck. Evangelista then portrayed a Sorsogon fashion designer and socialite Celeste in the television drama romance series I Left My Heart in Sorsogon (2021–2022).

Visual artist

As an accomplished painter, Evangelista had sold out solo exhibitions from various galleries such as the Ayala Museum and Galerie Joaquin. She uses her real name, Love Marie, in her paintings. 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. 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. Her "Follow Your Heart" artwork was featured in the February 2019 US edition of Harper's Bazaar.

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 ally and a recipient of Lagablab Network's Equality Champion Award 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. 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. 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. 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.


Television series

Year Title Role Network
2002–2003 Arriba, Arriba! Monina Arriba ABS-CBN
2003 Tara Tena: Share A Home, Share A Heart Anna
2004–2005 Hiram Margaret Benipayo
2005 Ang Panday: Book 1 Eden Roxas
2006 Ang Panday: Book 2 Eden Roxas / Camia
2007 Sineserye Presents: Hiram na Mukha Carissa de Leon / Alicia Roldan
Pangarap na Bituin Cassandra "Cassie" Salcedo
2008 Codename: Asero Emily San Juan GMA Network
2008–2009 Luna Mystika Luna Sagrado-Samaniego / Celestina Sagrado†
2009 Sine Novela Presents: Ngayon at Kailanman Ayra Noche-Torres / Ayra Noche-Villaflor
2009–2010 Full House Maria Jesusa "Jessie" Asuncion-Lazatin
2010 Langit sa Piling Mo Margarita "Marj" Rosales / Marietta Flores
2011 Dwarfina Dwarfina / Yna / Fina
2012 Legacy Diana Calcetas
Luna Blanca Adult Blanca
2013 Forever young Adora del Prado / Isadora
2013–2014 Magkano Ba ang Pag-ibig? Eloisa Aguirre
2015 Beautiful Strangers Kristine de Jesus
2016 Juan Happy Love Story Happy Villanueva-dela Costa
2017 Mulawin vs. Ravena Alwina
2017–2018 My Korean Jagiya Guadalupe Immaculada "Gia" Asuncion-Kim
2021–2022 I Left My Heart in Sorsogon Celeste Diesta Estrellado

Drama anthology

Year Title Role Network
2001 Da Pilya en Da Pilot Heart ABS-CBN
Da Pilya en Da Guard
2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Exchange Gift Irene Acosta
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Burda Jenny Castaneda
2002 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ferry Boat Dianne
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flat Tire Lei
Wansapanataym Presents: Thumbgelina Liit / Laki / Angelina / Thumbgelina
2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Painting Emily Roxas
2006 Your Song: Ngayong Gabi Missy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lampara Maricel
Your Song: Wish Ria
2007 Your Song: Sana Ngayong Pasko Melanie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Kaye Chua
Your Song: With You Aschelle
2008 Your Song: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal Arah
Dear Friend: Chinoy Anna GMA Network
2013 Wagas Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago GMA News TV

Television shows

Year Title Role Network
1999–2002 G-mik Missy Sandejas ABS-CBN
2001–2007 ASAP Co-host / Performer
2002–2007 Myx VJ Myx
2002–2004 OK Fine, 'To Ang Gusto Nyo! Yoko ABS-CBN
Berks Gwyneth
2003 Heart Evangelista 18th Birthday Special Herself
2003–2005 Ang Tanging Ina Portia "Por" Macaspac
2004–2006 ASAP Fanatic Co-host
2005 Close Up to Fame: Season 1 Host
2006 Philippine Idol ♠ Philippine Idol: Exclusive Host ABC
Close Up to Fame: Season 2 ABS-CBN
2008 SOP Co-Host / Herself Performer GMA Network
2009 Fashionistas by Heart Host Q
2012–2013 Watta Job Herself GMA Network
2012–2015 iBilib
2013 Sunday All Stars Co-host
2014 Weddings TV Herself GMA News TV
2016 FoodTrip Herself Star World
2017 Follow Your Heart Herself GMA Network
2019 StarStruck Herself as one, and of the judges
2022 Bling Empire Herself Netflix


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


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


Studio albums

Year Album Record Label
2003 Heart Star Music

Compilation albums

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

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2002 Love Has Come My Way Heart Evangelista
2003 One Heart Evangelista
2003 Please Be Careful with My Heart Heart Evangelista
2007 Tuwing Nakikita Ka Jericho Rosales
2009 Bahay Kubo Hale

Art exhibits and collaborations

Year Title Notes
2014 I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco 1st solo exhibition held at Ayala Museum
2014 Focus on the Arts: Art in Transit Visual Arts Festival
2014 Love Marie 2nd solo exhibition held at Galerie Joaquin
2015 Love Marie: A Solo Exhibition of a World Class Filipina 3rd solo exhibit and first Filipino to showcased her works at Chan Hampe Galleries in Singapore
2015 Daughter of the Sun and the Moon a children's book collaborated with Rocio Olbes
2015 maARTe Art Fair Philippines with Rimowa
2015 PortrAYAL (LAYA): Portraits for Freedom Big & Small Art Co.
2016 LMxMB: when art meets fashion collaborated with designer Mark Bumgarner
2016 HaiNaku and other poems poetry book collaborated with Arnel Patawaran
2016 Oceans Apart 4th solo exhibition held at Ayala Museum
2016 Carry your heART a showcase of hand painted bags held at BMW BGC
2017 HaiNaku 1st Anniversary Exhibit collaborated with Arnel Patawaran held at S Maison Conrad Hotel
2017 HEART & Style a 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
2016 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actress Beautiful Strangers Nominated
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host Startalk Nominated
2010 58th FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Nominated
7th Golden Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Nominated
26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Supporting Actress Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Nominated
12th Gawad PASADO Best Supporting Actress Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Nominated
Myx Music Awards 2010 Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video Bahay Kubo Won
2009 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Nobody, Nobody But... Juan Nominated
Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Won
23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Lifestyle Show Host Fashionistas by Heart Nominated
57th FAMAS Awards Best Actress Ay, Ayeng Won
2007 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Female Face of the Night Won
2005 19th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Hiram Nominated
2004 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
34th GMMSF Box-Office Awards Princess of RP Movies Won
2003 Awit Awards Best Performance by a New Female Artist (Love Has Come My Way) Won
Asia Pacific Excellence & Handog Kay Ina Awards Youth Achiever for Arts & Entertainment Won
Ivan Entertainment Productions: Circle of 10 Modeling Agency Celebrity Endorser of the Year Won
33rd GMMSF Box-Office Awards Most Popular Love Team of RP Movies (with John Prats) Won
Himig Handog Awards Album Platinum Award Won
2002 Himig Handog Awards Listener's Choice Award (Love Has Come My Way) Won
Himig Handog Awards Texter's Choice Award (Love Has Come My Way) Won
PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best New Movie Actress Trip Won
2001 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New TV Personality G-mik Won

Personal life

Evangelista dated actors John Prats from 1999 to 2004, Jericho Rosales in 2005, and Daniel Matsunaga in 2010.

Evangelista is married to Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero. The pair were introduced by Evangelista's 'mentor', the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who was a close friend of her mother. 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. In May 2018, Evangelista and Escudero announced the expectation of their twins; however, she subsequently suffered a miscarriage that lost them. She assumed the role of first lady of Sorsogon on June 30, 2019.

Heart has been sighted in Paris, living and working in the city amidst rumors that she split from her husband in 2022.

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