|Artist Birtday :||17/10/1975 (Age 46)|
|Born In :||Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer, Actress, Model|
At age nine, Morales started singing with the choir of Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Church in Bogo. Father Fritz T. Malinao, a priest and a songwriter in his church community, discovered Morales’ talent and asked her to sing one of his compositions as an entry in the Cebu Pop Music Festival. The song, “Paglaum”, which means “hope” in the Cebuano language, won the Grand Prize and earned the Best Interpreter Award for young talents in the Philippines.
Representatives from Viva Films saw her performance and offered her a singing and acting contract. She and her family moved to Manila where she auditioned for a film career in the Philippine film industry. She changed her birth name from Sharon Garcia Magdayao to Vina Morales.
Morales’ first film debut was Nakagapos na Puso where she co-starred with Sharon Cuneta. In her late teen years, Morales appeared in Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum and Anghel Na Walang Langit. She also appeared in The Sarah Balabagan Story.
Morales recorded albums and performed in live concerts in the Philippines, including 2004’s Mamahalin Ka Niya. She co-wrote the lyrics of a song titled Paano Kaya Magtatagpo?, along with Filipino model, actor and musician, Piolo Pascual. The music was composed by Arnel de Pano. Later, Morales and Pascual recorded the song as a duet. Other songs on the album include Yakapin Mo Ako, Pangako and Saan Darating ang Umaga. In 2003, she held a multi-city United States tour titled Vina Revealed and Vina’s Hot.
Morales performed the song Yakapin Mo Ako while portraying singer Joey Albert on the biographical TV series Maalaala Mo Kaya. In 2002, she co-hosted a series of Philippine shows with Martin Nievera in the United States and Canada. She was the first Filipino to sing at the New York International Music Festival held at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas in 2003. In 2006, she also did a tour in the United States. In 2007, she starred in ABS-CBN’s Maria Flordeluna, where she played Elvira. She also represented the Philippines at the 2007 Ikon Asean singing contest and won the competition.
In 2010, she was cast in Agua Bendita, an ABS-CBN soap opera starring Andi Eigenmann.
In 2011, Morales played her very first antagonist role as Cecilia “Cecile” Altamira in Nasaan Ka Elisa?, a remake of the 2009 Chilean telenovela of the same title that was later remade in the United States in 2010.
In 2013, she returned to television with the afternoon series May Isang Pangarap, and later became a part of the primetime series Maria Mercedes, a remake of the 1992 Mexican telenovela of the same name that starred Thalía.
In 2014, she marked her movie comeback with Robin Padilla in the 2014 MMFF film Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.
In 2015, she starred in the afternoon drama series Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita that originally was set to replace Faith in the first quarter of the year when the show was originally going to be a late night program.