Heart Evangelista

This name uses Philippine naming customs for married women. The birth maternal family name is Payawal, the birth paternal family name is Ongpauco, and the marital name is Escudero.
Heart Evangelista

Heart Evangelista in 2012
Born Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco
(1985-02-14) February 14, 1985
Occupation Actress, Businesswoman, Artist
Years active 1998–present
Agent Star Magic (2000–08)
Manila Genesis (2006–08)
Royal Era Entertainment (2008–10)
GMA Artist Center (2008-present)
Viva Artist Agency (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Francis Escudero (m. 2015)

Musical career

Genres Pinoy pop
Labels Star Records

Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero (born February 14, 1985; professionally known as Heart Evangelista), is a Filipino actress-TV host, and a former VJ. She embarked on a singing career and has released one solo album too. She is also an accomplished painter and holds her own artshows in galleries. She recently authored her first book, “This is Me, Love Marie ” that narrates her life lessons and all her beauty secrets.


Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco was first discovered by a commercial agent while at a mall with her sister. She signed up with the Star Magic agency, formerly known as Talent Center, and was part of Star Circle Batch 9. She later changed her name professionally.

Early life

She is the daughter of Reynaldo Evangelista Ongpauco, who belongs to a Chinoy clan that owns and manages Barrio Fiesta Group of restaurants, and Maria Cecilia del Gallego Payawal, whose family owns a sugarcane plantation in Camarines Sur and is the granddaughter of a Spanish governor in the Bicol region. Heart is the youngest in her family, with one brother and four sisters. She grew up and studied in the U.S., then her family moved back to the Philippines in her late teen years. She is married to Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero.[1] On February 15, 2015, the couple wed in a lavish ceremony at the Balesin Island Club in the Philippines.[2]


2000–2004: The Beginning of her Success

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.

2004–2007: Breakthrough

In 2004, after four years, Prats and Evangelista ended up their loveteam because of their rumored (Puppy Love) break-up and then she became paired with Geoff Eigenmann in the movie Bcuz of U, and also both of them 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 for this series.

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 and career expansion

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 of twins on fantaserye "Luna Mystika". Evangelista also appeared on her first afternoon TV soap entitled Sine Novela: Ngayon At Kailanman which aired on 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 plays 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 til its finale the show was a tie in of her last soap Luna Mystica 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 Delos Reyes. In 2015 she and "Legacy" co star Lovi Poe were reunited in the soap "Beautiful Strangers" a melodrama. This is Evangelistas 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.


Her foundation Heart Can aims to help children with respiratory diseases. She is also a Thalassemia advocate, and a spokesperson for PAWS or (Philippine Animal Welfare Society).



Year Title Role(s) Type of Role Network
2016 Juan Happy Love Story Happy Villanueva-dela Costa Co-lead role GMA Network
Lip Sync Battle Philippines Herself Performer
FoodTrip Herself Co-hostess Starworld
2015 Beautiful Strangers Kristine de Jesus Lead role GMA Network
2014 Weddings TV Herself Lead hostess GMA News TV
2013-2015 Startalk Herself Co-hostess GMA Network
2013-2014 Magkano Ba ang Pag-ibig? Eloisa Aguirre Lead role
2013 Eat Bulaga! Herself / Co-hostess Guest appearance
Sunday All Stars Herself Co-hostess / Performer
Wagas Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago Main role GMA News TV
Forever young Adora del Prado / Isadora Lead role GMA Network
2012-present iBilib Herself Co-hostess
2012-2013 Watta Job Herself Co-hostess
2012 Luna Blanca Blanca Sandoval Buenaluz Co-lead role
Legacy Diana Calcetas Lead role
2011 Spooky Nights: Sapi Belle Episode guest
Dwarfina Dwarfina / Yna / Fina Lead role
2010 Langit sa Piling Mo Margarita "Marj" Rosales / Marietta Flores Lead role
2009-2010 Full House Maria Jesusa "Jessie" Asuncion-Lazatin Co-lead role
2009 Sine Novela Presents: Ngayon at Kailanman Ayra Noche-Torres / Ayra Noche-Villaflor Lead role
Fashionistas by Heart Herself Lead hostess Q
2008-2009 Luna Mystika Luna Sagrado-Samaniego / Celestina Sagrado† Lead role GMA Network
2008 Dear Friend: Edison at Anna Anna Episode guest
Codename: Asero Emily San Juan Co-lead role
Your Song: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal Arah Episode guest ABS-CBN
2007 Your Song: Sana Ngayong Pasko Melanie Episode guest
Pangarap Na Bituin Cassandra "Cassie" Salcedo† Extended role
Sineserye Presents: Hiram na Mukha Carissa de Leon / Alicia Roldan Lead role
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Kaye Chua Episode guest
Your Song: With You Aschelle Episode guest
2006 Your Song: Ngayong Gabi Missy Episode guest
Philippine Idol ♥ Philippine Idol: Exclusive Herself Lead hostess ABC 5
Close Up to Fame: Season 2 Herself Lead hostess ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lampara Maricel Episode guest
Your Song: Wish Ria Episode guest
Ang Panday: Book 2 Eden Roxas / Camia Co-lead role
2005 Ang Panday: Book 1 Eden Roxas Co-lead role
Close Up to Fame: Season 1 Herself Lead hostess
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Painting Emily Roxas Episode guest
2004-2005 Hiram Margaret Benipayo Main role
2004-2006 ASAP Fanatic Herself Co-hostess / Performer
2003 Tara Tena: Love Ride Aya Episode guest
Tara Tena: Share A Home, Share A Heart Anna Episode guest
2003-2005 Ang Tanging Ina Portia "Por" Macaspac Main role
2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ferry Boat Dianne Episode guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flat Tire Lei Episode guest
Wansapanataym Presents: Thumbgelina Liit / Laki / Angelina / Thumbgelina Lead role
Heart Evangelista 18th Birthday Special Herself Lead role
2002 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol Episode guest
2002-2004 OK Fine, 'To Ang Gusto Nyo! Yoko Main role
Berks Gwyneth Lead role
2002-2007 Myx Herself aka VJ Heart Main role
2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Exchange Gift Irene Acosta Episode guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Burda Jenny Castaneda Episode guest
Da Pilya En Da Pilot Heart Lead role
Da Pilya En Da Guard Heart Lead role
2001-2008 ASAP Herself Co-hostess / Performer
2000-2003 Arriba, Arriba! Monina Arriba Main role
1999-2002 G-mik Missy Sandejas Main role


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


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


Studio albums

Year Album Record Label
2003 Heart Star Records

Compilation albums

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

Music videos

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

Art Exhibits and Collaborations

Year Title
2014 I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco 1st solo exhibit held at Ayala Museum
2014 Focus on the Arts: Art in Transit Visual Arts Festival
2014 Love Marie 2nd solo exhibit held at Galerie Joaquin
2015 Love Marie: A Solo Exhibition of a World Class Filipina, Love Ongpauco 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 Mark Bumgarner
2016 HaiNaku and other poems poetry book collaborated with Arnel Patawaran
2016 Oceans Apart 4th solo exhibit at Ayala Museum

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
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 [3] Nobody, Nobody But... JuanNominated
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

External links


  1. "Chiz, Heart now engaged". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. "IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista in her stunning wedding dress". rappler.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. "Metro Manila Film Festival:2009". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
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