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Anja Aguilar is the screen name of Angellie G. Urquico (born July 22, 1994, Marikina, Luzon), a Filipino recording artist and Grand Winner of Little Big Star Season 2 in 2006.

Anja Aguilar
Born
Angellie G. Urquico

(1994-07-22) July 22, 1994 (age 25)
NationalityFilipino
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2006–present
AgentStar Magic (2006–2010)
Viva Artists Agency (2010–present)

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Life and careerEdit

Anja Aguilar hails from Marikina, where she was born as Angellie G. Urquico, by which name she was known when she won grand prize at ABS-CBN’s singing competition, Little Big Star, hosted by her idol Sarah Geronimo. As early as four years old, she already exemplified her singing talent at birthday parties and family gatherings. She has since joined over 50 contests which include Batang Vidaylin on ABC-5 (now The 5 Network) and Duet Bulilit on ABS-CBN’s then noontime show MTB.[citation needed]

After her breakthrough triumph in Little Big Star, acting opportunities also opened. She starred in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, where she played a 12-year-old girl who fell in love with a 26-year-old guy, played by Piolo Pascual. She made a few drama series on ABS-CBN, such as Maria La Del Barrio, May Minamahal, and Palos. On film, she was seen in a minor role in Praybeyt Benjamin. She appeared in an indie film, Astig, starring Dennis Trillo, and another called Ugat Sa Lupa.[1]

In 2009 Anja started a girl-group Pop Girls her screen name is Angellie Urquico in 2011 Anja left the group along with Shy Carlos and Nadine Lustre.

Anja signed up with Viva Artists Agency on May 15, 2010, and became a member of Pop Girls.[2] The screen name “Anja Aguilar” came to be as a suggestion by VAA President Veronique R. Corpus. In January 2012, she was launched as one of ASAP 2012’s main talents.[3] Her self-titled debut album was released in February.

The 10–track album “Anja Aguilar” has original compositions by the distinguished Vehnee Saturno, including the hit carrier single To Reach You. She also made an outstanding cover of Willie Revillame’s song, I Love You, which was used by TV5’s drama series P.S. I Love You as its theme song.[4] Director Monti Parungao, the same guy behind the music videos of Bakit Pa Ba by Sarah Geronimo and Masasabi Mo Ba by Rachelle Ann Go, and reputed for his exceptional work in commercials and reality shows like Survivor, also directed the video of To Reach You.[5]

AlbumEdit

Anja's album features songs such as “I Love You,” and “When,” and the Tagalog “Nasaan Ang Pangako”.[6]

TV ShowsEdit

Year Show Role
2006 Little Big Star Herself/Contestant
2006–present ASAP Herself/Performer
2007 Sineserye Presents: May Minamahal Pinky Tagle
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Dream House Rian
2008 Palos Young Sylvia
2009 Squalor Mameng
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Teacher Tara's Sister
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bahay Joy
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage Contract Mark's Sister
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Parol Young Judy
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tulay Young Eva
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kalendaryo Pinky Chavez
2015 MTV Pinoy Celebrity VJ
2016 Class 3C Has A Secret Freya / Tania
2017 Someone to Watch Over Me Queenie

MoviesEdit

Year Movie
2009 Astig
2009 Ugat Sa Lupa
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin
2015 Your Place or Mine?
2015 Para sa Hopeless Romantic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TMA. "Anja Aguilar: The Next Sarah Geronimo". Writer. Manila Times. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Tomada, Nathalie (April 21, 2012). "Anja is Viva's new bet". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Abella, Charmaine. "Anja Aguilar performs with OPM's bests!". Writer. Viva Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Solis, Lolit (March 27, 2012). "Pagbirit ni Anja hindi nakaka-irita". Pilipino Star Ngayon. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Martinez-Belen, Crispina (April 25, 2012). "Upstart Gets Break From Viva". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Abella, Charmaine. "Anja Aguilar debuts first self-titled album". Writer. Viva Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.