|First Lady of the Philippines|
June 30, 2010 –June 30, 2016
|President||Benigno Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Jose Miguel Arroyo|
Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino
February 14, 1971
Quezon City, Philippines
(m. 2005;ann. 2012)
|Children||Joshua Philip Aquino|
(with Phillip Salvador)
Bimby Aquino Yap
(with James Yap)
|Parents|| Benigno Aquino Jr. |
|Relatives|| Benigno Aquino III (brother) |
Cojuangco and Aquino family
|Alma mater||Ateneo de Manila University|
|Agent|| VIVA Entertainment, GMA Network (1986–1990; 1995-1996; 2017)|
ABS-CBN (1990-1993; 1996–2017)
Star Cinema (2018–present)
APT Entertainment (2016–2017)
East West Artists (2017–present)
Cornerstone Entertainment (2018–present)
Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino (born February 14, 1971), better known by her screen name Kris Aquino, is a Filipina TV host, actress, producer, product endorser and businesswoman.
Dubbed as Philippine's Queen of all Media, Aquino has hosted numerous talk shows and game shows, starred in several films and television series, and currently making waves in the social media platform.
She is the youngest daughter of the assassinated senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and the late Corazon Aquino, who served as the 11th President of the Philippines. Her brother Benigno S. Aquino III served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016.
Her debut film appearance was in Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo and was also known for her roles in horror films Feng Shui and Sukob , which was the highest-grossing Filipino film of 2006.
She is also widely known as a top celebrity product endorser and a philanthropist who advocates for lupus awareness, children's rights, LGBT rights, culture and art appreciation, freedom of expression, and democratic reforms.
Aquino was born in Quezon City, Philippines, to Corazon, and Benigno Aquino Jr. who was, at the time, a senator of the Ferdinand Marcos regime. The youngest of five children, her siblings are: Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz, Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Aquino-Abellada, former Philippine President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, and Victoria Elisa "Viel" Aquino-Dee. She is the cousin of actress and equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco, and the niece of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr. She has Chinese and Kapampangan ancestry. When she was a baby, her father was arrested and jailed; her mother raised Aquino and her siblings.
During the 1978 parliamentary elections when her jailed father was a candidate, the seven-year-old Aquino was a stand-in for him at campaign rallies. She was featured on the front page of The New York Times and on the cover of Time Magazine . Aquino spent most of her elementary school days in the United States, where the Aquino family was in exile. When she was 12 years old, her father was assassinated on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport. Kris Aquino returned to the Philippines and attended rallies against the Marcos regime.
After the Philippine Revolution of 1986, which removed President Marcos from power, the teenage Aquino began guesting stints on television dramas and comedies, as well as talk shows. She made her film debut with actor-comedian Rene Requiestas in Pido Dida , which was a blockbuster hit. Aquino had a commercially steady career, and managed to score an acting nomination for The Fatima Buen Story. She starred in a film based on a true-to-life murder, the Vizconde massacre. Its financial success, and numerous starring appearances in crime films of the same vein, earned her the nickname "Massacre Queen" by newspaper critics.
Aquino finished her elementary school education at the Poveda Learning Center (now Saint Pedro Poveda College) in Quezon City. She went to high school at the Colegio San Agustin-Makati, where she was classmates with Pinky Webb and Karen Davila.She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Aquino shifted her sights to a television career as a showbiz talk show host with the launching of the talk show Kris . It was produced by Viva Television on Channel 4 (at that time named PTV, it was transferred to GMA Network, which had a partnership with Viva, and after Viva's contract with PTV ended). It was on GMA Network's showbiz oriented talk show Startalk , which she co-hosted with Boy Abunda and Lolit Solis, that her hosting skills attracted attention.
She later joined ABS-CBN as a contract artist and was launched in morning talk show Today with Kris Aquino . Following are showbiz-oriented talk show The Buzz alongside Boy Abunda and game show Game KNB?. From 2002 to 2004, she hosted the talk show Morning Girls with Kris and Korina with known broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez.
In 2007, Aquino took a showbiz break leaving The Buzz and the reformatted Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba? where she was replaced by Edu Manzano, when she gave birth to her second son.
Aquino also hosted the Philippine franchise of Deal or No Deal , which is part of ABS-CBN's primetime lineup, where she also appeared on the US version as part of a Deal or No Deal "around the world" event which hosted by Howie Mandel in May 2008.
She also hosted Boy & Kris , a morning talk show that replaced Homeboy, together with Boy Abunda,Be Bench, a model search show together with Piolo Pascual., another TV franchise, Wheel of Fortune , which replaced Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal and marks her return on The Buzz in 2014.
In 2011, Aquino hosted Kris TV a lifestyle-magazine talk show which airs weekday mornings on ABS-CBN. The show ran from June 2011 to April 2016 prior to Aquino officially leaving her home network for 20 years.
Also in 2011, she hosted the Filipino version of The Price is Right.
Aquino started her film stint via Regal Films, one of the oldest film companies in the Philippines, appearing in Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo . Her early film appearances include the Pido Dida series, in which she was paired with comedian Rene Requiestas and earned her first box office queen award. She later shifted to roles in massacre films, including Vizconde Massacre, Myrna Diones Story, Elsa Castillo-Ang Katotohanan, and Humanda Ka Mayor.
She first drew praise for her acting in The Fatima Buen Story. She eventually won a supporting actress award for the movie Mano Po (2002 Regal Films), in which she portrayed a weak-willed and submissive scion of a wealthy Filipino-Chinese clan. She also appeared in the 2004 film So... Happy Together opposite Eric Quizon.
The most commercially successful movies in her career includes Feng Shui , a Star Cinema production that featured Chinese influences and omen. Feng Shui, which was made during the wave of "Asian-style horror" flicks that spread throughout the continent after 2002's The Ring , made P137 million. It was the highest grossing Filipino movie of 2004, and the second most successful movie overall that year, next to Spider-Man 2 , which earned more than P225 million. In 2006, Sukob , another horror thriller, became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time surpassing Ang Tanging Ina and Anak . She also starred alongside Vice Ganda and Ai-Ai Delas Alas in another blockbuster hit Sisterakas , a 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival entry.
In August 2018, she landed a role in the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians, in where she played Princess Intan.
Aquino had a live-in relationship with actor Phillip Salvador in 1994, with whom she has his first son, Joshua.
In 2003, her relationship with comedian Joey Marquez was highly publicized after their breakup in which Aquino exposed Marquez on contracting her with STD.
Aquino was married to PBA professional player James Yap in a civil marriage ceremony on 10 July 2005 and announced the following year that she was pregnant,following a controversy in 2006 on Yap's infidelity.
In April 2007, Aquino gave birth to her second son, James Carlos "Bimby" Aquino Yap, Jr., in Makati.
In 2010, Aquino announced that she had separated from Yap, citing personal reasons, and stated she was seeking an annulment.It was in February 2012 that their marriage was declared null and void .
Aquino was amidst another public scandal in 2018 making death verbal threats via telephoneto her former business manager, Nicko Falcis as their business relationship gradually ended. This was after her filing numerous cases against Falcis, majority of which got dismissed and are now under mediation. Currently, Aquino has no business partner nor business manager.
Aside from her TV and movie career, Aquino owns and manages several businesses. She co-owns Lena Restaurant and Sencillo, a Mexican restaurant, as well as Roberto Antonio, an upscale flower shop with business partner Boy Abunda.
She founded a boutique and agency in partnership with Abunda and other personalities including Nonon del Carmen and Agnes Maranan. The boutique and agency was named MAD (an acronym for their surnames).She co-owns Sierra Madre Water. Aquino also owns numerous fast food store franchises such as Jollibee and Chowking and owns Nacho Bimby (aka Potato Corner) - a company that's under her youngest son's namesake.
She is also executive editor of a bi-monthly magazine called K! The Kris Aquino Magazine. In December 2009, Aquino showcased her home collection called K Everyday. In partnership with ABS-CBN Licensing, K Everyday features cooking, kitchen-wares, plastic, and stationery collections.
|Industry||Motion picture |
|Headquarters||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Kristina Bernadette C. Aquino |
Tess V. Fuentes
|Subsidiaries||ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.|
In 2013, Aquino established a film and television production company, and film distributor called Kris Aquino Productions (or K Productions).
It is managed by Star Cinema, the country's largest motion picture company, which has produced most of the highest grossing Filipino films of all time. Its debut film was Instant Mommy starring Eugene Domingo.She produced her son's debut movie, My Little Bossings , in 2013.
Starting in 2010, she had already begun co-producing Star Cinema films in which she starred, including Dalaw (2010), Segunda Mano (2011), and Sisterakas (2012).
In 2015, Aquino started producing vlogs on her own website,featuring specifically cooking and travel vlogs.
|Year||Release Date||Film||Cast||Production Company (ies)||Director|
|2013|| July 27 |
|Instant Mommy||Eugene Domingo|| Cinemalaya |
|December 25||My Little Bossings||Kris Aquino |
Bimby Aquino Yap
Ryzza Mae Dizon
| OctoArts Films |
M - Zet TV Productions, Inc.
|Marlon N. Rivera|
|2014||December 25||Feng Shui 2||Kris Aquino |
|ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.||Chito Roño|
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