Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino-Yap was born February 14, 1971.She is a Filipino television and movie personality who gained prominence from her talk shows, game shows, and numerous endorsements. In the April 2009 issue of Yes! Magazine she was cited as the second most powerful celebrity in the Philippines.
She went to elementary school at Poveda Learning Centre, high school at the Colegio San Agustin-Makati and graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature.
In 1986, Aquino, at 14, made her first TV appearance on Inday Badiday's See-Tru on GMA-7. Her interview by Ate Luds on that show remains the highest rated show in the history of Philippine television, garnering 80+ ratings.She was the star of the short-lived comedy show ABS-CBN Luv Ko Si Kris.

She was born to the 11th former President of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino, and Benigno Aquino, Jr., a popular opposition senator during the Ferdinand Marcos regime and now, a national hero. The youngest of five children, her siblings are Maria Elena, Aurora Corazon, Benigno Simeon III (Currently a senator from 2007 to 2013, former congressman of Tarlac), and Victoria Eliza. She is the cousin of actress and equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco and the niece of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr..
She is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actresses. She is prominently considered as the Queen of Talk, as well as Queen of All Media due to her success in different media like television, film, recording, publishing, as well as product endorsements.Finally, she made her film debut with actor-comedian Rene Requiestas in the comedy Pido Dida. This movie was a blockbuster hit and made Aquino the box office queen for that year.
With her movie career slowing, Aquino shifted her sights on a television career as a talk show host launched through Kris produced by Viva Television on Channel 4 (at that time named PTV, this was transferred to GMA Network which has partnership with Viva and after Viva's contract with PTV ended). It was in GMA Network showbiz oriented talk show Startalk where she co-hosted with Boy Abunda and Lolit Solis that her hosting capabilities were noticed.

At present, she is an endorser for Purefoods corned beef as well as for Union Home Appliances, San Miguel Corporation and Nestle Philippines, Inc.

She was bestowed the title of "Commercial Princess of the Philippines".In the October 2008 issue of YES! Magazine, Aquino was considered top or the leading celebrity endorser, ranking number one among the twenty popular celebrity endorsers.

Aquino is the executive editor of the K Magazine of ABS -CBN publishing. "Carrying Kris celebrity equity, "K" is about getting her style, her personality, her lifestyle and her appeal. The magazine reflects the key concerns of the target marget presented by Kris herself: beauty, fashion, body, relationships, career, money and self."
After her GMA and Viva contracts expired, she went back to media conglomerate and GMA Network's rival ABS-CBN which noticed her undeniable hosting wit, offered her a contract and launched Today with Kris Aquino.
She also hosts Boy & Kris, a morning talk show that replaced Homeboy, together with Boy Abunda, and Be Bench/, a model search show together with Piolo Pascual. Nestor Torre, a known critic of the Philippine Entertainment industry, pointed out that Aquino took a lot of risks when she chose to give up her two former shows. The critic pointed out that giving up The Buzz and Pilipinas, Game KNB? deprived her of the major exposure that those two popular shows afforded her.

She hosted another TV franchise Wheel of Fortune, which incidentally replaced Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal. She said in an interview that she was a huge fan of the U.S. version and was thrilled to bring the show back to her country. (Wheel of Fortune had already had one 2001-02 run in the Philippines, which was hosted by Rustom Padilla and Victoria Wonderheim.) She hosted Showbiz News Ngayon on its newest season. In October 2008 after former The Buzz co-host Cristy Fermin was suspended by ABS-CBN, the Kapamilya network asked Aquino to once again host the top-rated showbiz oriented talk show together with Boy Abunda and Ruffa Gutierrez. After much controversy, Aquino hosted The Buzz again starting on October 26, 2008.

In the mid-1990s, she was involved with a Purefoods basketball player, Alvin Patrimonio, who was then married. She was involved with then-Parañaque mayor (ex PBA basketball player and actor/tv host Joey Marquez) who was, at that time, married, and whom she later split with in a tumultuous ending. Aquino made her admission about her relationship with the married Marquez in an interview by former co-host Korina Sanchez on the ABS-CBN newscast TV Patrol wherein she revealed, among others, that Marquez infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.

She also had a live-in relationship with married actor Phillip Salvador with whom she has a son named Joshua.

She is now married to Philippine Basketball Association professional player James Yap of the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants. James Yap is almost 10 years younger than her. They had their civil marriage on July 10, 2005. The following year, she announced on The Buzz that she was pregnant. On April 19, 2007, Aquino gave birth to her first son by Yap on 5:52pm at Makati Medical Center in Makati City.Her son was named after his father and affectionately known as "Baby James". However, in early 2007, their marriage was rocked by the revelation of a former medical clinic receptionist that James Yap had an extra-marital affair with her.James vehemently denied such affair in on interview with ABS-CBN's Korina Sanchez.

Aquino suffered a miscarriage with collapsed gestational sac and blighted ovum on March 25, 2008, a day after she announced that her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Being successful in her TV and movie career, Aquino ventured into several businesses. She owns Lena Restaurant and Sencillo, a Mexican restaurant in partnership with several celebrities, and Roberto Antonio, an upscale flower shop in partnership with Boy Abunda. She established a boutique ad agency in partnership with Boy Abunda but also including Nonon del Carmen and Agnes Maranan, and have decided to call it MAD (an acronym for their surnames, Maranan Abunda Aquino del Carmen). She and Abunda with other partners own Sierra Madre Water, a miracle water for life.Ok thats all ...keep up the good work Ms. kris...God bless u and God bless u.


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