Diana Zubiri

Diana Zubiri-Smith
Born Rosemarie Joy Garcia
(1985-04-15) April 15, 1985
Bulacan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Joy
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002-present
Known for Danaya in Encantadia and Lilasari in Encantadia
Spouse(s) Andy Smith (2015),
Alex Lopez (2008-2010, his death)

Rosemarie Joy Garcia-Smith, better known by her stage name Diana Zubiri (born April 15, 1985 in Bulacan, Philippines), is a Filipino actress. She was discovered by Seiko Films when she was 15 years after applying for work in Japan. She then had sexy roles in various films by Seiko. In October 2002, Zubiri became widely known in the Philippines after posing on the top of the EDSA–Shaw flyover in Mandaluyong City, wearing only a two-piece bikini. That photo shoot for FHM Philippines sparked controversy and prompted the then Mayor of Mandaluyong City, Benhur Abalos, to file charges against Zubiri and FHM but it was later withdrawn after an apology.[1]

In 2005, Zubiri slowly departed from sexy films and proceeded to become a TV actress in GMA Network. One of her notable roles was portraying Divina in the drama series Linlang and Danaya in the Encantadia fantasy series. She was also a regular cast member in the sketch-comedy program, Bubble Gang and starred in drama series including Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita and Danny Zialcita's Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?.

In 2012, after nine years of staying at the GMA Network, she transferred to its rival network ABS-CBN and signed a 3-year exclusive contract.[2] During her younger years, Zubiri applied multiple times at ABS-CBN's Talent Center before going to Japan but she was rejected.[2]


Personal life

When Zubiri was eight years old, her father left her and her elder sister.[3] Her mother at Olongapo, who maintained a sari-sari store, took care of them.[3] The family later transferred to Fairview, Quezon City and rented a house, where Zubiri stayed during her younger years. Her mother remarried[3] and bore a child that became Zubiri's stepsister.[4]

Zubiri was a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo but later converted to Roman Catholicism during her early part of her show business career.[5] In 2012, it was reported that she studied theatre arts at Miriam College.[6] On May 10, 2015, Zubiri married her longtime boyfriend Andy Smith in New Manila, Quezon City.[7][8] They have a daughter named Aliyah Rose born on August 14, 2016.[9]

Acting career

During her younger years, Zubiri auditioned multiple times at ABS-CBN's talent center but she was rejected.[2] Then she applied for work as an entertainer in Japan after her unsuccessful ABS-CBN talent audition. Her showbiz career started at the age 15 after returning from Japan. She met Jimmy Mercado, a Seiko Films employee, who was working part-time as an interviewer for wannabe-performers for Japan. In 2001 at the age of 17, she signed her Seiko contract and was launched in 2002 in the sexy film Itlog, opposite Rodel Velayo. She then returned to the Philippines and started to appear in sexy movies such as Bakat and Kasiping.

Later career

After a few sexy flicks, Zubiri became a GMA Network artist, appearing as a regular cast in Bubble Gang, a sketch comedy television program. She also appeared in Encantadia as Danaya, the diwata that holds the Jewel of the Earth. She later reprised that role in Etheria and Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.

Zubiri co-starred as "Ingrid" on Asian Treasures alongside Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Marvin Agustin. She was also a cast member on GMA Network's Bubble Gang, and previously dated Bubble Gang co-star Wendell Ramos. At this point, Zubiri is now considered a full-fledged TV-movie celebrity and no longer considered a sexy star.[10] While Zubiri is a contract star of Seiko Films, she signed a contract in Regal Films and she recently appeared in Shake, Rattle & Roll X, an 34th MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) entry which included her film One Night Only.


After two years of not being in films and on television, Dianna went back on TV via Jillian for GMA Network and starred alongside drama queen Claudine Barretto. On December 31, 2010, Diana has been cast to GMA Network mid-season television pilot Neta Negrita as part of the regular cast member.[11] In March 2012, Zubiri won the Best Performer Award from the Young Critics Circle for her performance in the film Bahay Bata where she played a nurse. The film itself would go on to win the Jury Prize at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France, held on March 7–11, 2012.[12] It was confirmed that Zubiri signed a contract with ABS-CBN and would have a teleserye with Gerald Anderson and Cristine Reyes.[2] After the expiration of her contract with ABS-CBN, she starred in a number of episodes of Karelasyon that were aired in GMA Network.

In 2016 after Zubiri's showbiz hiatus she returned to GMA Network via the remake of Encantadia as LilaSari, one of the major antagonists.



Year Title Role Network
2016-present Encantadia Lilasari GMA Network
2016 Dear Uge: Faking Girls Lani De Vera
Tonight with Arnold Clavio Herself
2015 Karelasyon: Status Symbol Trixie
Karelasyon: Cougar Lara
The Ryzza Mae Show Guest
Wagas: Terry and Jonjon Love Story Terry GMA News TV
Baker King Sonia San Miguel TV5
2014 Home Sweetie Home Susie Samonte ABS-CBN
Ipaglaban Mo: Akin Ang Asawa Ko Marjorie
2013 Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Carla Melendez
Toda Max Alex
Juan Dela Cruz Peru-ha / Saragnayan
2012 Wansapanataym: Wansapana-Ride Madelyn Versoza
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Apoy Yoli
The Good Daughter Bernadette GMA Network
2011 Amaya Kapid
Futbolilits Florentina
Nita Negrita Danica
2010-2011 Jillian: Namamasko Po Francine Sanchez
2008 Dear Friend Various Artists
Sine Novela: Danny Zialcita's Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan? Elsa Cervantes-Almeda
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Julie Maceda San Juan
2007 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Carmela Langit & Princess Arianna of Avea
Asian Treasures Ingrid Vargas
2006 Now and Forever: Linlang Divina
Ang Pagbabago Host
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Reyna Danaya
2005 Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia Reyna Danaya
Encantadia Sangre Danaya
Unang Hirit Herself
2003–2009 Bubble Gang Herself


Year Title Role Producer
2016 Die Beautiful Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum, APT Entertainment, TheIdeaFirst Company, October Train Films
2014 Feng Shui 2 Star Cinema and K Productions
2012 Bahay Bata Nurse Sarah
2011 Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat Alex Regal Entertainment
2008 Shake, Rattle & Roll X Acacia
One Night Only[13][14] Vivian OctoArts Films and Canary Films
2007 Silip Tess Seiko Films
2006 I Wanna Be Happy Tish
2005 Bikini Open Gail
2004 Liberated 2 Fatima
2003 Liberated Pauline
2002 Kasiping Rowena
Bakat Anne
Itlog Sally

Awards and recognition

FHM ranking

From her first appearance in the magazine in June 2002 as Girls of FHM, six months later she became a cover girl of FHM, when she posed on the EDSA-Shaw Boulevard flyover, she has consistently ranked at FHM Philippines' annual survey (FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World). She has appeared in an FHM Calendar with Maui Taylor of Viva Films and Aubrey Miles of Regal Films. Until 2011, Diana has constantly remained at the top ten of the list. She also appeared in the FHM editions of Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.[15] In September 2014 she return to cover FHM for the fourth time, as part of first of four part FHM special, along with Rachel Anne Daquis, Myrtle Sarrosa and Andrea Torres.[16] For 13 years, Zubiri still included in the list grabbing Rank No. 19, however she not participate at the FHM BroCon event at the SMX Convention Center.

Year Award Category Result Won by
2002 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 90 Assunta de Rossi
2003 Ranked # 1 PH Finest Herself
2004 Ranked # 3 Cindy Kurleto
2005 Ranked # 4 Angel Locsin
2006 Ranked # 4 Katrina Halili
2007 Ranked # 7 Katrina Halili (2)
2008 Ranked # 5 Marian Rivera
2009 Ranked # 13 Cristine Reyes
2010 Ranked # 16 Angel Locsin (2)
2011 Ranked # 23 Sam Pinto
2012 Ranked # 37 Sam Pinto (2)
2013 Ranked # 54 Marian Rivera (2)
2014 Ranked # 27 Marian Rivera (3)
2015 Ranked # 19 Jennylyn Mercado

Other awards

On June 27, 2012, Zubiri accepted her Young Critics Circle award for Best Performance at the ceremonies held at the University of the Philippines.[17][18] After receiving the award, she jokingly said that it is the only award she ever got after her sexy pictorial in FHM since 2002.[6][17]

Year Film Award/Critics Award/Nomination/Category Nominated Work Result
2012 Young Critics Circle award Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Bahay Bata Won
35th Gawad Urian Awards Best Actress Nomination Bahay Bata Nominated


  1. "Numbers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2 November 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Diana Zubiri stages Kapamilya comeback". ABS CBN. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 "Diana Zubiri: The enchantress in her own Encantadia". gmanetwork.com. GMA Network. August 10, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  4. "Diana Zubiri: The enchantress in her own Encantadia". PEP.ph. Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 27, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  5. Nuñez, Julie Ann (September 29, 2006). "DIANA ZUBIRI: ANG PAGBABAGO". filmacademyphil.org (in Tagalog). Film Academy of the Philippines. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Diana Zubiri delivers touching and hilarious speech". PEP.ph. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  7. "WATCH: Diana Zubiri and Andrew Smith's wedding video". Rappler. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  8. Inquirer, Philippine Daily. "Diana Zubiri's second bliss". entertainment.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  9. "LOOK: Diana Zubiri gives birth to baby girl". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 22, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  10. "Diana Zubiri: The enchantress in her own Encantadia". GMA News. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  11. "Diana Zubiri balik Kapuso". Pinoyparazzi (in Filipino). 7 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  12. "Indie film 'Bahay Bata' wins in France". ABS CBN. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  13. Nitz Miralles (13 August 2008). "Diana Zubiri and Iya Villania join Katrina Halili in "One Night Only"". PEP.ph. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  14. Nora V. Calderon (14 August 2008). "Diana Zubiri did not replace anyone in "One Night Only," OctoArts insider clarifies". PEP.ph. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  15. "Diana Zubiri in Singapore, HK, and Thailand". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  16. Ashlie Mahinay (2014-09-17). "Diana Zubiri - FHM Cover Girl September 2014". FHM Philippines. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  17. 1 2 Mario Bautista (3 July 2012). "Beauty queen quickly becomes swellhead (see the section BEST ACTRESS FOR RUNNING)". Journal Online. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  18. "Diana Zubiri to receive Best Performance award from Young Critics Circle". PEP.ph. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.

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Preceded by
Beauty Gonzalez
FHM Cover Girl
(September 2014)
Succeeded by
Rachel Anne Daquis
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