Jonalyn Roxas Viray (born November 15, 1989), better known by her stage name, Jona, is a Filipina singer and occasional actress.[3] She was the first Pinoy Pop Superstar grand winner.

Viray in 2013
Jonalyn Roxas Viray

(1989-11-15) November 15, 1989 (age 32)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music
  • Singer
  • occasional actress
Years active1995–present
Height5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Musical career
OriginPio Duran, Albay, Philippines[2]
GenresPop, R&B, soul, classical
WebsiteYouTube channel

She was the lead singer of trio girl-group La Diva, alongside Maricris Garcia and Aicelle Santos following her career as a solo artist. The trio covered songs such as "I'm Yours", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Apologize" and "Stand Up for Love". They were chosen to sing the Philippine National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto boxing match in Las Vegas as well as the theme song of Philippine remake of the Mexican telenovela Rosalinda. Following the group's disbandment and her return as a solo artist she released her single "Help Me Get Over" which was awarded the 'Song of the Year' at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music.[4]

In February 2016, Viray ended her decade-long exclusivity with GMA and transferred to ABS-CBN, changing her screen name to 'Jona'. On her first project in the Kapamilya Network, Jona sang "I Will Survive", the theme song of primetime drama series, We Will Survive.[5] She also sang the second version of "I'll Never Love This Way Again" from the OST soundtrack of 2016 romantic-drama film Barcelona: A Love Untold and was chosen to sing the 65th Miss Universe theme titled "Confidently Beautiful".

Throughout her career as a member of La Diva and as a solo artist, Jona has won 9 Awit Awards, Aliw Awards, PMPC Star Awards for Music and World Championship of Performing Arts. Last 2018, Jona made Awit Award history as the first Filipino artist sweeping all digital categories – Most Downloaded Song for “You”, Most Downloaded Artist, Most Streamed Song for “Pusong Ligaw”, and Most Streamed Artist.[6] Jona's self-titled album also bagged the “Best-Selling Album of the Year” award based on combined physical and digital sales.[6]

She is known for her belting technique, melismatic singing style, and her ability to sing operatic arias. Viray has been quoted as the "Philippines' Soul Princess" by Philippine media and critics.[citation needed]

Early lifeEdit

Jonalyn Roxas Viray was born on November 15, 1989 in Marikina, Philippines. She is the only girl and the eldest of 4 kids from Pio Duran, Albay.[1] She started joining singing contests at an early age.[7] She won first runner-up in Birit Bulilit of IBC 13 as a child[7] and one of the finalists in MTB Teen Pop Star wherein her winning piece was Mariah Carey’s "Never Too Far".[7] Growing up, Viray admired Carey, Regine Velasquez, Whitney Houston, Kyla, Christina Aguilera, and Beyoncé.[1][8] Viray cites Kyla and Sarah Geronimo as her inspiration saying they "inspired [her] to get up there and do what they did". Currently, she is dubbed as The Fearless Diva of the Philippines.

Pinoy Pop SuperstarEdit

Jona was 15 years old when she competed at the singing competition Pinoy Pop Superstar held by the local television station GMA 7 and hosted by Regine Velasquez. Jona emerged as the weekly champion after singing the Whitney Houston hit song "Run to You". She also sang "Reflection", "I Have Nothing" and "Never Too Far" on the weeks that follow, and after four consecutive weeks of being weekly champion, she qualified to the grand finals.

For winning the title of, Jona won 1 million pesos in cash and became the owner of a Futura Classic house and lot developed by Filinvest and a brand-new Toyota Innova. She also won an exclusive one-year contract with GMA Records, the recording arm of GMA Network, and received 100,000 pesos worth of Belo Medical services, plus gift certificates worth 50,000 pesos from Gandang Ricky Reyes.[9]


Transfer to ABS-CBNEdit

In February 2016, Jona ended her decade of exclusivity with GMA and transferred to rival network ABS-CBN. Part of her reintroduction was the changing of her screen name to "Jona". Her earliest project in the Kapamilya Network saw her competing in the 2016 edition of Himig Handog, a songwriting and music video competition and also singing "I Will Survive", the theme song of primetime drama series, We Will Survive.[5]

From then on she has sung several theme songs for ABS-CBN films and drama series, became a mainstay of the longest noontime musical variety show ASAP, released her first album under Star Music which achieved Gold and Platinum certifications, held two major concerts, and competed and won second place in Himig Handog 2017. On the 31st Awit Award, Jona won 6 awards, Most Downloaded Artist, Most Streamed Artist, Most Downloaded Song for "You," Most Streamed Song for "Pusong Ligaw," People's Voice for Favorite Collaboration for "Till the End of Time" with BoybandPH and Best Selling Album of the Year for self-titled album "Jona." Her collaboration with Regine Velasquez, "Matibay," also won Best Musical Arrangement award for composer Marvin Querido.

ASAP Birit QueensEdit

On May 15, 2016, ASAP launched a group called the ASAP Birit Queens. The group is composed of Jona, Morissette, Angeline Quinto and Klarisse de Guzman. The group held a concert on March 31, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The group temporarily disbanded in late 2017, but has since reunited occasionally.

BillBoard PhilippinesEdit

On the launch of the Billboard Philippines, three of Jona's songs charted in Billboard Philippines Top 20. Her songs "You" "Pusong Ligaw" and "Maghihintay Ako", with "Pusong Ligaw" and "Maghihintay Ako" charting at number 3 and Number 4 respectively, all in the Top 5 [10] and "You" charting at Number 9[11]

24th ASIAN Television AwardsEdit

Jona was called to perform for 2 Nights at the 27th Asian Television Awards when it happened for the first time in the Philippines. On the gala night, she performed a cover of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "The Magic Flute "Queen of the Night aria" ("Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen")[12] On the artist's night, she performed "Love Don't Cost A Thing", "Into the Unknown", "Fifth Element Aria" and her own song "Till the End of Time".[13]

YouTube Music NightEdit

Jona was chosen by YouTube Philippines to be the first Filipina to headline the YouTube Music Night for the whole of Southeast Asia.[14][15]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Label Released Certification
Pinoy Pop Superstar: The Finalists[16] GMA Records 2005 Certified Platinum Record
On My Own[16] Certified Gold Record
La Diva[16] 2010
Jonalyn Viray Creative Media Entertainment 2013
Jona Star Music 2017 Certified Gold + Platinum Record


Title Original soundtrack of Album
Ay, Amor! [16] Rosalinda La Diva
Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig Ko [16] Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan [16] Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan
Maging Akin Ka Lamang [16] Maging Akin Ka Lamang None
If We Just Hold On [16] Le Robe De Mariee
Mahawi Man ang Ulap [16] Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap
Ang Mundo Ko'y Ikaw [16] Bakekang
Ikaw Nga [16] Mulawin
Di na Mag-iisa [16] Darna
Ayoko Na Sana [16] Faithfully
Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos (duet With Jillian Ward) [16] Cielo de Angelina Jonalyn Viray
Help Me Get Over You [16] My Husband's Lover
Sa Piling Mo [16] Lola
Nakita Kang Muli Padam Padam: The Music of Their Hearts
Tanging Ika'y Mamahalin Innamorata None
Ikaw, Ako, at Siya (duet With Jaya, and Janno Gibbs) Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real
Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali? Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali?
I Will Survive We Will Survive
Maghihintay Ako Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016
I'll Never Love This Way Again (second version) Barcelona: A Love Untold N / A
Ano Nga Ba Tayo From her new album "Jona"
Pusong Ligaw Pusong Ligaw
You My Ex and Whys
Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita Asintado
Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko (duet with Daryl Ong) Sana Dalawa ang Puso
Ngayon at Kailanman Ngayon at Kailanman None
Pasko na, Sinta Ko? Paano ang Pasko?
Init sa Magdamag Init sa Magdamag
Bakit Sinta (duet with Gabriela) TBA
Please Forgive Me
Asa (duet with Erik Santos, Gabriela, and Jed Madela)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Bakit Kailangan
If Love Is Blind (duet with Gabriela, and Jed Madela)
Heart Of Stone
Hagkan (duet with Gabriela, and Kyla)
Ang Gusto Ko (duet with Jaya, and Gabriela)
Pinaikot Mo Lang Ako (duet with Janno Gibbs, and Gabriela)
Title Year Philippine Hot 100 Philippine Top 20 Album
"Maghihintay Ako" 2016 49 3 Jona
"Pusong Ligaw" 2017 28 3 Jona




Year Title Notes
1996 Birit Bulilit [16] Herself
2004 MTB Teen Popstar [16]
2004—2005 Pinoy Pop Superstar[16]
2005—2010 SOP[16]
2005 My Guardian Abby[16]
2006 I Luv NY[16] Jenny de Castro
2010—2013 Party Pilipinas Herself
2012 My Daddy Dearest[16] Guest Singer
2013—2015 Sunday All Stars Herself
2013 Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman Guest
Kahit Nasaan Ka Man Herself
2014 Cattleya
2015 Sarap Diva
2015—2016 Marimar Real Ate Corazón
2016–present ASAP Herself
2017 Magandang Buhay
2018 I Can See Your Voice

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
World Championship of the Performing Arts 2006 Industry Award For Female Solo Won [17]
Gold Medal for Broadway Category Won [18]
Gold Medal for Original Song "Close to Where You Are" Won [17]
Gold Medal for Pop Category Won [17]
Gold Medal for R&B/Jazz Category Won [17]
Gold Medal for Variety Category Won [17]
Overall Champion Female Vocal Solo Awards

Original Category

"Close To Where You Are" Won [17]
Overall Champion Female Vocal Solo Awards

Broadway Category

Won [17]
Overall Champion Female Vocal Solo Awards

Pop Category

Won [17]
Duet: Gold Medal for Pop Category

(w/ Brenan Espartinez)

Won [17]
Duet: Gold Medal for R&B/Jazz Category

(w/ Brenan Espartinez)

Won [17]
Vocal Duet Industry Award Won [17]
Overall Champion for Duet: Broadway


Won [17]
Overall Champion for Duet: Pop


Won [17]
Overall Champion for Duet: Gospel Category Won [17]
22nd Awit Awards 2010 People's Choice Favorite Group Recording Artists "La Diva" Won [19]
2nd PMPC Star Awards 2010 Best Group of the Year "La Diva" Won [19]
Best Music Video of the Year "Kasiping Ka" Won [19]
23rd Aliw Awards 2010 Best Group Performance in a Concert "Only La Diva Concert" Won [19]
24th Aliw Awards 2011 Best Performance by a Female in Hotel Lounges and Bars "Jonalyn Uncovered" Won [20]
ASOP Music Festival 2013 Song of the Year "Ikaw" Won [21]
6th PMPC Star Awards 2014 Song of the Year "Help Me Get Over You" Won [22]
27th Aliw Awards 2014 Best Performance in A Concert "Fearless" Won [23]
RAWR Awards 2016 Favorite Song of the Year "I'll Never Love This Way Again" Won [24]
7th EdukCircle Awards 2017 Most Influential Female Concert Performers of the Year "Birit Queens" Won [25]
MOR 2017 Music Awards 2017 Song of the Year "Maghihintay Ako" Won [26]
FILSCAP Songwriters


2017 Hall of Fame "Maghihintay Ako" Won [citation needed]
Himig Handog 2017 2017 2nd Best Song "Sampu" Won [27]
31st Awit Awards 2018 Best Performance by Female Recording Artist "Sampu" Nominated [28]
Best Collaboration "Till The End of Time ft. BoybandPh" Won [6]
Most Downloaded Song "You" Won [6]
Most Streamed Song "Pusong Ligaw" Won [6]
Best Musical Arrangement "Matibay ft. Regine Velasquez" Won [6]
Most Downloaded Artist Jona Won [6]
Most Streamed Artist Jona Won [6]
Best Selling Album of the Year "Jona" Won [6]
3rd Wish 107.5 Music Awards 2018 Ballad Song of the Year "Ano Nga Ba Tayo" Won [29]
Himig Handog 2018 2018 5th Best Song "Tinatapos Ko Na" Won [30]
Himig Handog 2018 2018 Producer's Award: Best Produced track "Tinatapos Ko Na" Won [31]
9th EdukCircle AWARDS 2019 Most Influential Performer of the Year "The ACES" Won [32]
32nd Awit Awards 2019 Best R&B Recording "Take It To Forever" Won [33]
PMPC Star Awards for Music 2019 Female Recording Artist of the Year "Ngayon at Kailanman" Nominated [34]


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