Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino, better known as Kris Aquino (born February 14, 1971 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a prominent television and movie personality in the Philippines.

She is the fifth and youngest child of Corazon Aquino, former President of the Philippines and Benigno Aquino, Jr., a popular opposition senator during the Marcos regime. She is the youngest of five siblings: Maria Elena, Aurora Corazon, Benigno the III, who is currently Tarlac representative and Victoria Eliza. She is married to James Yap.

In recent years, Aquino has been labeled "The Philippines' Queen of Talk," due to her success in hosting talk shows. She was also crowned as the 2004 Box Office Queen for her hit movies such as Feng Shui and So... Happy Together.

Aquino spent most of her elementary school days in the United States because the Aquino family was in exile. After returning to the Philippines in 1983, Aquino started out as a precocious presence in rallies against the Marcos government.

After the 1986 expulsion of President Ferdinand Marcos, the teenaged Kris stepped into the limelight, starting with guest spots on television dramas and comedies, as well as talk shows. Finally, she made her film debut with actor Rene Requiestas
in the comedy Pido Dida.

Aquino afterwards had a commercially steady, though critically panned career and managed to score an acting nomination for The Fatima Buen Story. She also starred in a film based on a true-life murder, The Vizconde Massacre. Its financial success and successive crime films of the same vein in which she starred in gained her the nickname "Massacre Queen" by newspaper critics.

Kris graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature.

It was not until 1994, that she did a film (Nandito Ako) with action star Philip Salvador that started one of Kris' very controversial love affairs. Aquino became pregnant and had a child, Joshua, who has ADHD.

With her movie career slowing, Aquino shifted her sights on a television career as a talk show host launched through The Kris Aquino Show produced by VIVA on Channel 4. But it was in GMA Network showbiz oriented talk show Startalk where she co-hosted with Boy Abunda and Lolit Solis that her hosting capabilities were noticed. Media conglomerate and GMA Network's rival ABS-CBN noticed her undeniable hosting wit, offered her a contract and launched Today with Kris Aquino, one of the most successful talk shows of the 1990s. In January 2003 to May 2004, she hosted yet another successful morning talk show entitled Morning Girls with Kris and Korina alongside popular media personality Korina Sanchez. As of 2005, she hostsThe Buzz with Mr. Boy Abunda and Ms. Cristy Fermin for the same network, as well as Pilipinas, Game KNB?, a game show similar in format to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. She had been also controversial for wearing plunging dresses which noted her as a fashion-talk show queen.

Aquino is also known for her troublesome relationships. Over the past decade, she has been linked to two married men. Her latest relationship became a cause célèbre in 2003 after it ended in gunplay and Aquino accused her lover, former Parañaque mayor and actor Joey Marquez, on live television, of giving her venereal disease.

Title Year Role
Sukob 2006 Sandy
So... Happy Together 2004 Lianne
Feng shui 2004 Joy Ramirez
Mano po 2: My home 2003 young Sol Tan
You and Me Against the World 2003 Diana
Dekada '70 2002 student leader
Mano po 2002 Juliet Go-Co
Jologs 2002
Hiwaga ng Panday 1998 Emily
Saan Ako Nagkamali 1995
Bakit pa Kita Minahal 1994
The Fatima Buen Story 1994 Fatima Buen
Tasya Fantasia 1994 Tasya
The Elsa Castillo story...
Ang Katotohanan Elsa Castillo
Geron Olivar 1993
Humanda ka Mayor 1993
Vizconde Massacre 1993 Carmela Vizconde
Mahal Kita Walang Iba 1992
Pido Dida 3: May Kambal na 1992 Dida
Ang Siga at ang Sosyal 1992
Kai xin gui shang cuo shen 1991 Kathy
Pido Dida 2: Kasal na 1991 Dida
Shake, Rattle & Roll III 1991
Pangako ng Puso 1990
Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo 1990 Dida

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