Heart Evangelista Biography


Birthday: February 14, 1985 (Aquarius)

Born In: Manila, Philippines

Heart Evangelista is the pseudonym of Filipina actor, painter, singer, and philanthropist Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero. Heart is also the wife of the current governor of Sorsogon, Francis Escudero, and is thus the First Lady of Sorsogon. Heart is the daughter of Chinese–Filipino restaurateur Reynaldo Evangelista Ongpauco. She started her career as a model after being spotted by a talent agent at 13. She then appeared in numerous films and series such as G-mik, Trip, Bcuz of U, Ay Ayeng, Mulawin vs. Ravena, and Luna Mystika. As a painter, her solo exhibitions at Ayala Museum and Galerie Joaquin were immensely successful. She is also a supporter of LGBTQ issues and is associated with various charities for animals and children, including her own organization, Heart Can.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero

Age: 39 Years, 39 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Francis Escudero

father: Reynaldo Ongpauco

mother: Cecilia Ongpauco

siblings: Camille Ongpauco, Lisa Ongpauco, Marjorie Ongpauco, Michelle Ongpauco, Miguel Ongpauco

Born Country: Philippines

Singers Actresses

Height: 1.57 m

City: Manila, Philippines

More Facts

education: Colegio San Agustin – Makati

awards: 2009 · Ay Ayeng - FAMAS Award for Best Actress
2001 · G-mik - PMPC Star Awards for TV Best New Female TV Personality
2019 - PMPC Star Awards for TV Queens at the Turn of the Millennium
2003 · Love Has Come My Way - Awit Award for Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist

Childhood & Early Life

Heart Evangelista was born Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco, on February 14, 1985 in Manila, Philippines.

She is the daughter of Chinese–Filipino restaurant tycoon Reynaldo Evangelista Ongpauco and his wife, Maria Cecilia del Gallego Payawal. Heart’s mother hails from the Bicol province of Camarines Sur

Heart is the last-born child of her parents. She grew up with one brother, Miguel, and four sisters, Marjorie, Michelle, Camille, and Lisa.

Heart moved to the U.S.A. as a child and then went back to the Philippines in her early teenage years. She studied at the Colegio San Agustin in Makati.

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Career as an Actor and a Singer

Heart Evangelista was scouted by a talent agent at the tender age of 13, when she was at a shopping mall with her sister. She then signed with the agency Star Magic and bagged a number of commercials.

Heart’s father was initially not in favor of her decision to join the entertainment industry. However, she made her TV debut in 2000, with the show G-mik, alongside John Prats. In 2001, she made her movie debut, with the film Trip. She then appeared in the projects Ang Tanging Ina, My First Romance, and Berks.

In 2005, she was initially considered for the role of Cho Chang in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In 2004, after pairing her with John Prats in various projects for 4 years, her agency paired her with Geoff Eigenmann in the film Bcuz of U. The pair also appeared in the series Hiram.

In 2005 and 2006, she played Eden in the series Ang Panday, beating many women who had auditioned for the role.

In early 2007, she joined ABS-CBN. She was seen in the remake of the film Hiram na Mukha and in Pangarap Na Bituin.

The following year, Heart joined GMA Artist Center. She was also seen as Emily on the show Codename: Asero.

Heart played one of the twins in Luna Mystika. She was also seen in Sine Novela: Ngayon at Kailanman, her first afternoon soap. The show ended in September 2009.

From late 2009 to early 2010, she was seen as Maria in the series Full House. She appeared as a host on the GMA musical variety show Party Pilipinas.

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Heart was featured on GMA’s Christmas reality show Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge, too. She appeared as a dwarf in Dwarfina.

In late 2011, she was signed by Viva Entertainment. The following year, she appeared as Diana Calcetas in the hit series Legacy.

The afternoon drama Forever featured her opposite Geoff Eigennmann. She was also seen on the show Luna Blanca (2012). The show was a sequel to the soap Luna Mystika (2008).

In 2013, she appeared in the afternoon soap Magkano Ba ang Pag Ibig?, directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. In 2015, she and her Legacy co-star Lovi Poe came together to star in the melodrama soap Beautiful Strangers.

The following year, she worked with her Dwarfina co-star Dennis Trillo again, in the romantic comedy Juan Happy Love Story.

Heart was featured in Mulawin vs. Ravena in 2017. She appeared in 105 episodes of My Korean Jagiya.

Heart was also featured in Kevin Kwan's Real Crazy Rich Asians when she was in Paris for a fashion-week event. She was named on People Asia's list of “People of the Year 2018-2019.”

Other notable projects that featured her were the indie movie Ay Ayeng in 2008, Mano po 6: A Mother's Love in 2009, and the comedy Sosy Problems in 2012. Her role in Ay Ayeng won her the FAMAS Best Actress Award.

Heart has also won the Star Award for the Best New Female Personality, the Best New Movie Actress, and the Best New TV Actress.

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She is also a skilled musician. She released a few tracks of the Pinoy pop genre and was signed with Labels Star Records. She was the recipient of the Himig Handog Award for Texter's and Listener's Choice, for her track Love Has Come My Way. Her single Tell Me peaked at number 18 in the Australian music charts.

Career as a Painter

Apart from being an actor, Heart Evangelista is a talented painter, too. She held her debut solo exhibition at the Ayala Museum in 2014. It was titled I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco.

The same year, she was part of the Visual Arts Festival and showcased her work in the Focus on the Arts: Art in Transit exhibition. Heart’s second solo exhibition was also held in 2014, at Galerie Joaquin. Interestingly, Heart signs her original name, Love Marie, in all her paintings.

In 2015, she organized he third solo exhibition, Love Marie: A Solo Exhibition of a World Class Filipina, at the Chan Hampe Calleries of Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

Heart later collaborated with Rocio Olbes for the children's book Daughter of the Sun and the Moon. She was also part of the Art Fair Philippines 2015.

In 2016, Heart was seen collaborating with designer Mark Bumgarner for the LMxMB: When Art Meets Fashion. She also worked with A.A. Patawaran for the book HaiNAku and Other Poems.

That year, Heart held her fourth solo exhibition at the Ayala Museum, showcasing her Oceans Apart collection. She also launched her signature hand-painted bags at her exhibition Carry Your HeART, held at the BMW BGC the same year.

The following year, she collaborated with A.A. Patawan again, for the HaiNAku 1st Anniversary Exhibit, showcased at the S Maison Conrad Hotel. She also held an exhibition of her works, titled HEART & Style, at the Fashion Hall of SM Mega Mall.

In April 2018, she showcased an art exhibit at the Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace Gallery. That year, she collaborated with A.A. Patawaran once again, working on the book Manila Was A Long Time Ago. The book featured Heart’s pet dog, Panda.

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The February 2019 edition of the American magazine Harper's Bazaar showcased her creation Follow Your Heart.

Philanthropy and Other Pursuits

In 2005, Heart Evangelista established her charity, Heart Can, which works for children with respiratory diseases.

Heart received the Lagablab Network's Equality Champion Award for supporting the SOGIE Equality Bill, which ensures equality of treatment to people of all sexual identities. She apparently wore the rainbow badge of the LGBTQ community during the State of the Nation Address in the Philippine Congress in 2018.

Heart is an animal lover and a spokesperson for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). She has been part of numerous campaigns for PAWS, such as Have a Heart for Aspins.

She once said in an interview that after she saw her neighbor killing some dogs when she was a child, she was in a state of trauma for days. When she reported the killings, she was ridiculed. She was thus determined to do something worthwhile for animals later in her life.

Heart is also an active supporter of the Balikatan Thalassemia, which works for children with rare diseases. She also works for cancer-stricken children, with Corridor of Hope, and is associated with the Cerebral Palsy Association of Sorsogon.

Personal Life

Heart Evangelista is married to Francis Escudero, a lawyer and the current governor of Sorsogon.

In 2012, after divorcing his first wife the previous year, Francis started dating Heart. The couple declared their engagement in August 2014.

On February 15, 2015, they got married on Balesin Island, near Polillo, Quezon.

In 2018, Heart announced her pregnancy. However, she lost both the twins she was carrying, in two separate miscarriages that year.

When Francis became the governor on June 30, 2019, Heart became the First Lady of Sorsogon.

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