Ara Mina

Hazel Pascual Reyes (born May 9, 1979) is a Filipina actress, singer, endorser, and entrepreneur. She is known by her stage name Ara Mina, which she derived from the first names of two of her younger sisters. The eldest of 9 siblings, she grew up in Marikina City with her mother, Francis Marie Klenk, and stepfather, Romeo Reyes. Her biological father is former politician Chuck Mathay. Hazel or Ara has a daughter named Amanda Gabrielle with Bulakan, Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses.

Ara Mina
Hazel Pascual Reyes

(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 41)
Manila, Philippines
Other namesAra, Dara Mina, Danica Gomez
OccupationActor, endorser, entrepreneur and singer
Years active1983–present
AgentViva Artists Agency
Partner(s)Patrick Meneses
RelativesCristine Reyes (half-sister)
Chuck Mathay (biological father)
Mel Mathay (biological paternal grandfather)


Ara Mina became part of the Philippine entertainment industry at 14 years of age via the youth-oriented program That's Entertainment, hosted and spearheaded by the late master showman Mr. German "Kuya Germs" Moreno. Since then, Ara has starred in about 40 television shows and 60 movies and released 3 recording albums. She won her first acting award for Best Actress for the movie Mano Po at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2002. The following year (2003), she received 3 more Best Actress awards from Manila Film Festival, FAMAS and Golden Screen Awards for the movie Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa. She also won the Golden Screen Awards and Star Awards in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a drama in the Philippines for her role as Luna in Minsan Pa.

Ara also has done very well as a singer/recording artist. Her self-titled and first album from Star Records which carried the hit song "Ay, Ay, Ay, Pag-Ibig" received a gold record award a few months after its release. Because of this, the record label decided to produce another album for her entitled "Heavenly", which was also a big hit and included the track "Oops Teka Lang" which was also the theme song of the movie of the same title starring Robin Padilla and Claudine Barretto from Star Cinema. Her version of the Rey Valera hit "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako" was also used as the theme song of the ABS-CBN television series Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. In 2008, she produced her 3rd album which was released under Sony BMG. It consisted of acoustic covers of hit songs like "What Do We Mean To Each Other" by Sergio Mendes, "Somebody" by Depeche Mode, and "Very Special Love" by Maureen McGovern.

Ara also won the hearts of the members of the press because of her excellence in getting along with people. She has won several "Darling of the Press" citations in her 24 years in the industry.

She truly showcased versatility by starring in television shows of different genres, from sitcoms to heavy drama. Super Klenk , her first television sitcom wherein she played a super heroine, showed her comic skills and agility. She was then included in the cast of "Bubble Gang", which was her longest stint for television. The character that she played in the TV series Mulawin, Vultra, is also remarkable. Her most recent television stint was for GMA-7's Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa and was also part of the movie My Ex and Whys starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

With all her achievements and success, she added another feather in her cap when she launched her very own skin care line, Ara's Secret in 2012. The brand continues to gain trust and following among Filipinas all over the world. In February 2017, she opened Hazelberry Cafe in Quezon City, which offers comfort food, great coffee, and her very own pastries and baked goods.

Ara also supports children with birth defects through the Ara Mina Foundation, which she founded in 2007. Her youngest sibling, Mina, born with Down syndrome, was the inspiration behind this cause. Ara is one of the most well-loved personalities in Philippine show business.

Personal lifeEdit

Ara was raised by her mother Francis and stepfather Romeo. At 18, she met and was acknowledged by her biological father, Chuck Mathay, a former politician from the Philippines. Actress Cristine Reyes is her half-sister.

On December 17, 2014, Ara Mina gave birth to a baby girl whom she named Amanda Gabrielle, her child with Bulakan mayor, Patrick Meneses.[1]



Year Title Role Network
2020 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Ellen Padua ABS-CBN
2019 Bubble Gang Herself / Guest
GMA Network
Wish Ko Lang! Guest
Ipaglaban Mo: Pariwara Doray
2018 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi Harriet De Alegre/Amanda Rodriguez
2017 Maalala Mo Kaya: Kakanin Gina
Ipaglaban Mo!: Pagkakasala Linda
Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa Mariz Alejo-Zimmerman
GMA Network
2016 Dear Uge Sylvia Mercado
Karelasyon Lorraine
Pepito Manaloto Geena
Tasya Fantasya Yvonne
Ipaglaban Mo: Kasambahay Veronica
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol
2014 Trenderas Diane San Miguel
Wansapanataym: Enchanted House Dorothy Barin
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Double Bass Liezel
Wansapanataym: Dolly Daldal Lisa
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Drawing Shirley
Teen Gen Violeta "Violet" Bernardo-Torres
GMA Network
Magpakailanman: The Wally Bayola Story Riza
2012 Yesterday's Bride Josilda "Josie" Ramirez
P.S. I Love You Cassandra
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tulay Ester
Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum Rhea Bustillos
Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face
2010 Ilumina Elsa Sebastian
GMA Network
2009 Sine Novela: Tinik Sa Dibdib Trixie Veneracion-Marquez / Trixie Domingo
Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?[2] Glacilda Bautista
Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato[3] Elena Magtanggol
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Dagat Leah
Ligaw na Bulaklak Janet / Jennifer Alegro
2007 Prinsesa ng Banyera Cassandra Ynares / Elena
2007 Lupin Sister Anna Nicole
GMA Network
2006 Magpakailanman
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Dyesebel
2004 Mulawin Vultra / Violeta / Veronica
Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Destiny
2002 Kung Mawawala Ka Lucinda Montemayor
2000 Kiss Muna Ara
1998–2008 Bubble Gang Herself / Regular
1992–1996 That's Entertainment Herself / Regular


Year Title Role
1999 Tatapatan ko ang lakas Mo
Phone Sex Alma
Alyas Pogi: Ang Pagbabalik Roselle
2000 Ayos na... ang Kasunod Amor
2002 Diskarte Amanda
Mano Po Richelle Go
2003 Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa Lorena
Fantastic Man Helen / Diabolica
2004 Singles Raia
Minsan Pa Luna
2005 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 Janice
2007 Selda Sita
2008 Anak ng Kumander
Ate Helen
2011 Tumbok Rita
Shake, Rattle and Roll 13 Beth
2013 Menor de Edad Edna
2016 Girlfriend for Hire Auntie Melba
2017 My Ex and Whys
This Time I'll Be Sweeter
2019 Unforgettable Dahlia


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2007 24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Selda Nominated
2005 19th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Mulawin Nominated
21st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Supporting Actress Minsan Pa Won
2004 20th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Nominated
52nd FAMAS Awards Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2004 Golden Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Minsan Pa Won
2003 Golden Screen Awards Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2003 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Ms. RP Movies Mano Po Won
2003 Manila Film Festival Best Actress Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa Won
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Mano Po Won
2000 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Most Promising Female Singer Won
1999 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards Popular Princess of RP Movies Won
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Mano Po Won [4]


  1. ^ "Ara Mina gives birth to baby girl". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Journal Online | Daily news from the Philippines". Journal Online.
  3. ^ "Sunshine Dizon is not looking for love but is positive it will come".
  4. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:2002". IMDb. Retrieved April 9, 2014.

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