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Ana Karylle Padilla Tatlonghari commonly known by her stage mononym Karylle and dubbed as the OPM Showbiz Royalty of the Philippines, is a Filipino singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, TV host, model, runner, musical theater performer, and entrepreneur.

Karylle Tatlonghari
Karylle by Mickey Miranda, June 2011.jpg
Karylle in 2011
Background information
Birth nameAna Karylle Padilla Tatlonghari
Born (1981-03-22) March 22, 1981 (age 38)
Manila, Philippines
OriginManila, Philippines
GenresPop, R&B, Soul, Classical
Occupation(s)Singer, Song writer, Actress, TV host, Theater performer
Years active2000–present
LabelsUniversal Records (2001–2008)
EMI Philippines (PolyEast Records) (2009–present)
Associated actsVice Ganda, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Zia Quizon, Gary Valenciano, Jerome John Hughes, Jay R, Kris Lawrence and Christian Bautista



Karylle was born on March 22, 1981 [1] in Manila to Zsazsa Padilla, a singer-actress and Dr. Modesto Tatlonghari. Her parents separated when she was six years old. She has one half-sister Zia Quizon [2] from her mother's relationship to actor and comedian Dolphy a.k.a. Rodolfo Vera Quizon.[3] She completed her elementary and secondary education, notably in O.B. Montessori Center – Greenhills during grade school (where she was class valedictorian), and Poveda where she finished high school with a Service Medal for extra-curricular and volunteer works. She began taking formal ballet lessons at the age of three and continued until she was fifteen. While she was preparing for her debut album, Karylle had started rehearsals for her first stage musical Little Mermaid where she played Princess Sapphire. In college, Karylle took up B.S. Management major in Communications Technology Management at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she made to the Dean's list and graduated in year 2002. Karylle is also an entrepreneur. She is the owner of the family KTV and resto-bar CenterStage at Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Jupiter in Makati City and Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City and part owner of Mey Lin Restaurant and The Mango Farm dessert kiosk in Greenhills, San Juan City.[4]


She entered the music scene with her first album Time to Shine from Universal Records with the dance single "Can't Live Without You".

Her second album was released on 2005 entitled You Make Me Sing. She wrote the songs "Coz, I Love You" and "Hiling".[5] Also included in the album is the theme song, "Mahiwagang Puso", for her hit fantaserye Encantadia, in which she starred as Sang'gre Alena.

Three years later, she released her third album Time for Letting Go under a new recording company Polyeast Records. With this album, Karylle's gifts as a distinctive powerhouse vocalist is showcased in the single, "I'll Never get Over You Getting Over Me". It is a collection of songs that give the definition of moving on and at the same time divides grief in five different stages. The album also features duet with her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla – "I Live for Your Love" and three of Karylle's original compositions, "Minamahal Kita", "Hulog ng Langit" and the soulful piano-driven "Wala Na Bang Lahat".[6]

Her fourth album, Roadtrip, was released in 2011, in which she ventured out of her comfort zone and produced the album by herself.[7] She wrote eleven tracks in this album which "narrates her personal journey". She had worked on this album for the past four years and according to one of her interviews this album represents who she is, as- the artist, singer, songwriter.[8]

Aside from her albums Karylle also did theme songs for the movies that she starred in. She, together with Jerome John Hughes did "Pagbigyan ang Puso", for Mano Po 3 and a cover of "Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan" for the movie Moments of Love.

Another album of Karylle, her 5th which is simply entitled K was launched in November 2013. This one features her dabbling into different genres. The album also includes Karylle's 2013 Philpop entry Sa’yo Na Lang Ako. In 2015, Universal Records released Karylle Songbook containing her first two albums in one CD.

Her latest and sixth album entitled A Different Playground was launched in February 2016. She said that this album is a reflection on her married life. A Different Playground captures Karylle playful side as an artist.[9]


Year Album Title and Singles Released Recording Company PARI Certification
2001 Time to Shine
  • Can't Live Without You
  • Calling
2005 You Make Me Sing
  • You Make Me Sing
  • Hiling
  • Universal Records
2009 Time for Letting Go
  • I'll Never Get Over You
  • Almost Over You
  • PARI: Platinum
2011 Roadtrip
  • OMG
  • Basically
  • Found My Smile Again
  • PolyEast Records
  • PARI: Platinum
2013 K
  • Kiss You
  • Kapiling Kita
  • Sa'yo na lang ako
  • PolyEast Records
  • PARI: Gold
2016 Different Playground
  • Can't Shut Up
  • Paano Ko Tuturuan Ang Puso
  • Half a Million
  • PolyEast Records


Year Album Title Recording Company
2015 The Karylle Songbook Universal Records


Year Song Recording Company TV series/Film
2004 "Pagbigyan ang Puso" Universal Records Mano Po III: My Love
2005 "Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan" GMA Records Moments of Love
"Mahiwagang Puso" Encantadia

Featured songsEdit

Year Album Title Song/s Recording Company
2011 The Kitchen Musical Soundtrack Boom Boom Pow/
Free Your Mind

Every Breath You Take
Hot N Cold
many more...
Sony Music Entertainment
2012 Doin' It Big Hurt so Bad
duet with Young JV
Star Records
2014 Soundtrack After All
duet with Christian Bautista
Universal Records

Acting careerEdit


Karylle's first appearance on a movie was for a cameo role in Imus Productions' Metro Manila Filmfest entry in 2002 Ang Agimat as Maria Makiling. She also did three movies under Regal Entertainment. Mano Po 2: My Home and Mano Po 3: My Love where she played a Chinese. Her Mano Po films gave her a chance to work with the biggest and best actorlos in show business. Bahay ni Lola 2, a horror film, was her first lead role in a movie. Karylle scored another significant career feat in GMA films' box office hit Moments of Love, which was also a finalist in the New York Film Festival. She also did indie films such as Ligaw Liham and Litsonero. Aside from playing the lead character in "Ligaw Liham", she was also one of the producers of the said film.


2001–2004: Debut as TV actressEdit

After releasing her first album, Karylle became a co-host and performer in GMA-7's now defunct program SOP. She also ventured into TV acting. Her first acting stint was in GMA 7's primetime television drama Twin Hearts as Iris. Her character would appear only for a week but then the production asked her to come back on the show to play another character Jade who looks exactly like Iris due to the chemistry that they have seen between her and actor Dingdong Dantes.[10] It was followed by Love to Love Season 4 where she played the role of an Ilonga from Guimaras thus requiring her to speak with an Ilongo accent earning her a best actress nomination from Enpress Awards.

2008–2009: Change of networkEdit

Karylle was one of the hosts of GMA7's Pinoy Idol' along with Rhian Ramos and Richard Gutierrez in 2008. But during the last quarter of that year, she made the big changes regarding her career. She changed her management from Genesis to STAGES, her recording company from Universal Records to Polyeast EMI, from her home grown station, GMA to its rival station ABS-CBN. Also it came as a surprise to everyone when she became an endorser of Bench Body, with her billboards seen all over the metro for the ad "Single is Sexy!" indicating that she is also changing her image. Controversies over her break-up with former co-star and boyfriend Dingdong Dantes are speculated to be what had driven her to make the move. Her last stint in GMA is her appearance in the Manny PacquiaoOscar De La Hoya boxing match in Las Vegas, singing the Philippine national anthem, held last December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas USA. After the event, she signed a contract with ABS-CBN and officially became a Kapamilya. The program ASAP '08 gave her a grand welcome on December 14, 2008. After joining the ABS-CBN family her star shone even brighter. In Tim Yap's column in The Philippine Star she was included in one of the 29 people to watch out for in 2009. She eventually guested in the Season 2 of top rating show I Love Betty La Fea as Olivia. ABS-CBN has given her a show Nasaan Ka Maruja? After her successful stint in the Saturday series, Karylle took on a challenging role as Denise Alferos in the 2010 International Emmy nominee for Telenovela category, Dahil May Isang Ikaw.

2010–present: International breakthrough & It's ShowtimeEdit

After being busy in the concert scene for a while, she returned on the small screen as she was introduced as the new character in the daily afternoon drama Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?. After months of absence in the local scene due to her international Asian TV series The Kitchen Musical which was aired in 19 territories via AXN. Her role as Maddie in the series, earned her a nomination for Best Actress for in the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival. The singer-actress is back. Karylle continues to host Showtime but due to her schedule she now only appears semi regularly on ASAP. She also said that there are offers for her to do local TV series but due to her schedule she decided to turn them down. As for her international career, she landed another role in the Singaporean action-drama series Point of Entry. In 2013, she landed the role of Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella along with Christian Bautista as Prince Christopher. Cinderella is a musical play at the Resorts World Manila. It staged sixty shows from October 2013 until December 2013. In 2016, Karylle took a short break on local television to shoot a new International TV series Private Investigator in Singapore. Karylle played the role of a pole dancer, named Maia.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ang Agimat Maria Makiling Cameo role
2003 Mano Po II: My Home Rose Chan
2004 Masikip sa Dibdib Singer Cameo role
2004 Mano Po III: My Love Judith Yang
2005 Bahay ni Lola 2 Nina
2005 Mulawin: The Movie Sang’gre Alena
2006 Moments of Love Lianne Santos
2007 Ligaw Liham[12] Karen
2009 Litsonero Carmel
2010 Dalaw Lorna
2012 My Cactus Heart Cameo Role
2013 Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Cameo Role (Credited as Peter's Girlfriend)
2017 My Ex and Whys Cameo Role
2019 Mystified Helena


Year Title Role Network
2001–2008 SOP Host GMA Network
2003 Twin Hearts Iris Medira/Jade Villanueva
2004 Love To Love: Sweet Exchange Cathy Ruiz
2005 Encantadia Sang'gre Alena
2005 1st Hip Hop Awards Host
2005 MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards Host MTV
2005 Etheria Reyna Alena GMA Network
2006 Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas
2006 My Music Station Host QTV (now GMA News TV)
2007 Magic Kamison Rianne GMA Network
2007 GMA New Year Countdown Celebration Host
2007 Kamandag Spectra
2008 Pinoy Idol Extra Host
2008 Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao Philippine National Anthem Singer
2008–2015 ASAP Co-host (Performer) ABS-CBN
2009 I Love Betty La Fea Olivia (Cameo)
2009 Your Song Presents: Feb-ibig Rose
2009 Komiks Presents: Mars Ravelo's: Nasaan Ka Maruja? Helen Rivera
2009 Dahil May Isang Ikaw Denise Mae Alferos
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gitara Tara Santelices
2010 Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal? Tanya
2010 Panahon Ko 'to! Herself (Contestant)
2010–present It's Showtime Host/Judge in Tawag ng Tanghalan
2011 The Biggest Loser Asia Host Studio 23
2011 The Kitchen Musical Maddie Avilon AXN Asia/
Sony Entertainment Television Southeast Asia
RTA Channel 5
Studio 23
MediaCorp TV Channel 5/HD5
International Channel Shanghai
TVB Pearl
Formosa Television
Australia Television International
2012 Point of Entry 3 Tala Sison MediaCorp Channel 5
2013 Showtime Holy Week Special Lotlot Sacdalan ABS-CBN
2014 Showtime Holy Week Special Haydee Mañosca
2014 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Finale Herself (Performer)
2014 Best Thing I Ever Ate – Philippines[13] Herself Food Network
2015 Showtime Holy Week Special Bev of Minstrels of Hope ABS-CBN
2015 Ten-4 Para sa Pilipino (also known as Ten 4 Pinas) Host Net 25
2015 I-Shine Talent Camp Mentor YouTube Show
2016 Showtime Holy Week Special Santa ABS-CBN
2016 Born for You Herself
2017 P.I (Private Investigator)[14] Maia MediaCorp Channel 5
2018 Wildflower Venus ABS-CBN


Karylle is also known to do theater acting.[15] She made her debut in the Trumpets' production of Little Mermaid. Her performance in the Trumpets musical is known to be her breakthrough to show business. She also starred in the Atlantis Production Seussical. Karylle bagged the female lead role as Maria, alternating with Joanna Ampil for the Stages production of West Side Story. Her performance was acclaimed by the critics and the public garnering her an Aliw Award nomination for Best Actress.[16]

Year Musical Character
2000 Little Mermaid Princess Sapphire
2007 Seussical Cat in the Hat
2008 West Side Story Maria
2012 Rama Hari Sita
2013 Cinderella Cinderella
2016 Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko Ester


Karylle also has time to do concerts or tours in different places nationwide/worldwide either it is Musical Related concert or not.

Year Concert Venue
2008 Souls In Love
with Jay R and Kris Lawrence
Teatrino, Promenade Mall, Greenhills, San Juan
2009 Karylle: That Magic Called Love EDSA Shangri-La
2012 Love and Laughter
with Nanette Inventor and Christian Bautista
Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila
2013 Mother's Day: Back to Back Concert
with Zsa Zsa Padilla and Zia Quizon
The Evan Theatre, Sydney
Dallas Brooks Center, Melbourne
It's Showtime Live in Hawaii!
with It's Showtime Hosts
Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
2014 Love in the City
with Christian Bautista
Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City
Making Beautiful Music with Karylle Shangri-La Plaza East Wing
FAAE Pistahan Parade and Festival
with Gary Valenciano and Gab Valenciano
San Francisco's Yerba Buenas Garden
It's Showtime Live in Canada!
with It's Showtime Hosts
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Disney in Concert: Tale as Long as Time
with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Sam Concepcion
Morissette Amon and many more ...
CCP Main Theater
Rock That Love
with Rico Blanco, Sitti and many more ...
du Arena, Yas Island Abu Dhabi
2015 Boracay Blast Summer Beach Party 2015
with Kokoi Baldo
Sealine Beach Resort Qatar
UniSilver Time 10th Year Anniversary Concert
with Sam Milby, Ejay Falcon and many more ...
Aliw Theater
Next Attraction
with Robin Nievera, Paolo Valenciano and Isabella
Music Museum
It's Showtime ANIMversary Kick-off
with It's Showtime Hosts
Smart Araneta Coliseum
2016 KARYLLE: A Different Playground[17] Teatrino, Promenade
2017 KARYLLE Post-Valentine Concert UP Techno Hub

Writing careerEdit

Other than acting, singing, and hosting, Karylle is also known to be a writer and blogger. She write some blog about her experiences in life or give tips for different events on Yahoo.[18] Karylle had her poem published for the first time in the 2009 February issue of S Magazine[19] where she was also the cover. The magazine was a hot seller. After it, she now dabbles in writing as contributor for S Magazine but before that she was already a contributor writer for Philippine Star's Entertainment section where she shares tidbits from her travels and the events in her life.[20] Karylle launched her own blog site in 2016.[21]

Date Published Title of Articles
July 19, 2007 No, nobody can hold us down [22]
December 16, 2007 From ‘business-business’ to real business [23]
March 31, 2008 My other promdi province[24]
May 18, 2008 Come out & play [25]
August 3, 2008 From Manila to Mt. Everest and back… and back again [26]
August 10, 2008 Taking you where it happens, as it happens [27]
October 12, 2008 Things about West Side you don’t know[28]
August 9, 2009 My 'fan' London diaries [29]
October 30, 2009 ART-icle [30]
February 1, 2010 Little Heroes, Big Hearts [29]
August 2, 2010 Suma-sideline [31]

Personal lifeEdit

On March 21, 2014, Karylle and Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon got married at San Antonio de Padua in Silang, Cavite.[32]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Work Result
2001 Aliw Award Best New Female Artist "Time to Shine" Won
2002 Most Promising Female Artist Won
Awit Award Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist Won
MTV Philippines Best New Artist Won
Best Female Artist for Music Video "Can't Live Without You" Won
2003 Awit Awards Best Performance by a Duet
with Ogie Alcasid
"Kung Mawawala Ka" Won
2004 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Theme Song "Pagbigyan ang Puso"
for Mano Po III: My Love
Awit Award Best Inspirational/Religious Song
with Bukas Palad
"Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosario" Won
2005 2nd Golden Screen Entertainment TV Awards Outstanding Lead Actress Love to Love Nominated
2006 Awit Award Best R&B Song "You Make Me Sing" Nominated
MTV Philippines Favorite Female Artist Nominated
2009 MYX Music Awards 2009 Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video "Only Hope"
song by Gary Valenciano
Aliw Award Best Musical Stage Actress "West Side Story" Nominated
2010 MYX Music Awards 2010 Favorite Female Artist "Time for Letting Go" Nominated
2011 Awit Award Special Recognition for their Successful Stint in a Pan-Asian series
with Christian Bautista, Arthur Acuña, Thou Reyes, Ikey Canoy and Juan Jackson
"The Kitchen Musical" Included
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent-Search Program Hosts
with It's Showtime hosts
"It's Showtime" Won
2012 MYX Music Awards Favorite Female Artist "Roadtrip" Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Best Actress "The Kitchen Musical" Nominated
Awit Award Best Dance Recording "OMG" Nominated
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Reality & Game Show Hosts
with It's Showtime hosts
"It's Showtime" Won
2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Female TV Host Nominated
2014 Yahoo! OMG Awards 2014 Female TV Host Nominated
Loveteam of the year
with Vice Ganda
2015 Star Cinema Awards' Favorite Fandom of the Year
with Vice Ganda
"It's Showtime" Won
2017 Women's Journal Outstanding Woman of the Year Won


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