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Anja Aguilar
Birth name Angelie G. Urquico
Born July 22, 1992 (age 23)
Origin Marikina City, Philippines
Genres OPM
Pop
Dance
Nationality Filipino
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Piano
Occupations Actress
Singer
Recording artist
Dancer
TV host
Model
Years active 2006–present
Agency Star Magic (2006–2010)
Viva Artists Agency (2010–present)
Labels Viva Records
Website www.anjaaguilar.ph
www.anjaaguilar.com

Angelie G. Urquico, popularly known as Anja Aguilar (Marikina, July 22, 1994) is a Filipino recording artist and Grand Winner of Little Big Star Season 2 in 2006. She is a half Filipino and half Japanese singing star, and coming pop star Anja Aguilar.

After winning the competition, she immediately released her debut album entitled Anja Aguilar under Viva Records  which generate three number-one singles in the MYX Hit Chart. According to Philippine Association of the Record Industry, as of July 2012, the album has sold more that 50,000 units nationwide. Following the success of her debut album, she had her first solo concert in the Music Museum with the same title. To date, she has recorded and released eleven albums including a live album and a compilation album. At the age of 18, she had her first major-solo concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in October 6, 2012. She is the first Filipino artist to receive a platinum award for a DVD copy of her concert Anja Aguilar: Live Concert in 2012 and is currently the only artist who has a platinum record for 4 DVDs of her concert. Her one awarded with platinum status in October 2012. 

Aguilar, in May 15, 2012 made her first starring role in a movie with Onemig Bondoc in Fall In Love Again. The movie has a total gross of more than P170 Million, making her the Box-office Queen for the year 2012. Apart from her music and film career, Aguilar also ventured into business. In 2012, her family opened a salon and boutique in Manila which was named after her. They also opened a food chain that is being managed my her mother Tita Joan.

Due to her music and talent, Aguilar's received several awards and accolades. She received from the Aliw Awards the "Best Female Major Concert" award for Anja Aguilar: The Concert and the "Entertainer of the Year" award, making her the youngest artist to receive it in history.

Life and career Edit

Anja Aguilar hails from Marikina, her birth name being Angelie G. Urquico, by which she was known when she bagged the grand prize at ABS-CBN’s singing competition, Little Big Star, hosted by her idol Sarah Geronimo. As early as four years old, she already exemplified her singing talent at birthday parties and family gatherings. At seven, she started joining singing contests, which already served as her recreational activity outside school and home because growing up, she was not much into going out with friends. She has joined over 50 contests which include Batang Vidaylin on ABC-5 and Duet Bulilit on ABS-CBN’s then noontime show MTB.

After her breakthrough triumph in Little Big Star, acting opportunities also opened. Anja starred in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, where she played a 12-year old girl who fell in love with a 26-year old guy, played by Piolo Pascual. She also did a few drama series on ABS-CBN, such as Maria La Del Barrio, May Minamahal, and Palos. On the silver screen, Anja was seen in a minor role in Praybeyt Benjamin, unkabogable Vice Ganda’s record-breaking film. Anja also appeared in an indie film called Astig, starring Dennis Trillo, and another one called Ugat Sa Lupa, starring Gerard Madrid.[1]

Anja signed up with Viva Artists Agency on May 15, 2010, and became a member of Pop Girls.[2] At age 18, she has blossomed into a beautiful young lady, and with her remarkable voice, Viva saw her ripe for a solo career. The screen name “Anja Aguilar” came to be as a suggestion by VAA President Veronique R. Corpus. In January 2012, she was launched as one of ASAP 2012’s main talents.[3] Her self-titled debut album was released in February.

The 10-track album Anja Aguilar has original compositions by the distinguished Vehnee Saturno, including the hit carrier single To Reach You. She also made an outstanding cover of Willie Revillame’s song, I Love You, which used by TV5’s drama series P.S. I Love You as its theme song.[4] Director Monti Parungao, the same guy behind the music videos of Bakit Pa Ba by Sarah Geronimo and Masasabi Mo Ba by Rachelle Ann Go, and reputed for his exceptional work in commercials and reality shows like Survivor, also directed the video of To Reach You.[5]

Album Edit

Anja's album features songs including Saturno’s lovelorn ballads and new love songs such as I Love You, and When, and the Tagalog song Nasaan Ang Pangako.

Anja also is lucky to be singing brand new songs by songwriter and hitmaker Christian Martinez, and their combination makes for some pretty modern sounding OPM pop like the mid-tempo, acoustic guitar-driven ditty Ako Para Sa ‘Yo, and the piano decked Di Bale Na Lang. The Anja Aguilar-Christian Martinez singer and songwriter pairing with the pop-py number Magic Of Love and another catchy original Tagalog song Ako.[6]

Career ExpansionEdit

Aguilar's first movie role was in Magic Temple, released in April 13, 2012 with Charlie Green, BJ Forbes, child star Gerald Pesigan and Makisig Morales. On May 15, 2012, Aguilar starred with return of the actor Onemig Bondoc in Fall In Love Again which was produced by Viva Films and Neo Films while grossed almost P180 million and the movie opened with P14 million pesos.

As of June 29, 2012, Aguilar will be signed up aregular  contract with the Kapinoy network IBC, which aired her first teen drama anthology series Dear Heart, a co-production with Viva Television. At this time, the regular co-host and performers in ASAP 2012 on ABS-CBN. Last June 29, Aguilar released her another album Tell Me Your Heart with Heaven Knows as its first single. After a week of its release, the album was cirtified gold and quickly the achieved triple platinum status when it sold more tthan 80,000 copies nationwide. She hosted the reality show for the singing contest: Born to be a Star, which is premiered on September 30, 2012 which aimed to discover the aspiring and young singing superstars. The singing-reality show was aired on IBC and was a co-production with Viva Television.

On October 6, 2012, Aguilar become the concert scene she is staged her first solo concert. Viva Records released a live DVD album of her concert at Araneta Coliseum titled Anja Aguilar: Live Album. She has sung several soundtracks for Viva Television and Viva Films as well as several theme songs for IBC. Aguilar continued to perform in concerts throughout the world, in places like Taiwan, Canada, the U.S., and Dubai. Aguilar released a newest Christmas album Anja's Christmas in October 2012. On July 19, 2013, she stage her seond solo sold-out concert Anja @ 21th Birthday, in the Araneta Coliseum. As of September 2013, Aguilar will host for the Philippine franchise of Born to be a Superstar, a popular reality singing search show for aspiring and young superstars for the established singing champions.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumEdit

Artist Album Tracks Year Records Status
Anja Aguilar Anja Aguilar

1. To Reach You
2. Nasaan Ang Pangako Mo
3. When
4. I Love You
5. Domino (Jessie J)
6. Ako Para Sa'yo
7. Di Bale Na Lang
8. Surrender (DDR)
9. Magic of Love
10. Ako
11. To Reach You (minus one)

February 2012 Viva Records PARI: Platinum
Anja Aguilar Tell Me Your Heart

1. Heaven Knows
2. Yakap
3. One Hello
4. Music and Me
5. To Love Again
6. Have You Ever
7. Pag Ibig Na Sana (duet by Sam Concepcion)
8. Remember Me This Way
9. Tell Me Your Heart
10. Say You'll Never Go
11. Hulog ng Langit
12. Before I Fall in Love
13. Oh Girl
14. Fall in Love Again
15. This Kiss

June 29, 2012 Viva Records PARI: Platinum
Anja Aguilar

Anja's Christmas

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You
2. Sa Paskong Darating
3. Last Christmas
4. Jingle Bell Rock
5. I Dream of Christmas (duet by Bryan Termulo)
6. As Long As There's Christmas
7. Himig ng Pasko
8. Wrap It Up, Stack It Up

October 2012 Viva Records Platinum
Anja Aguilar

Beginnings

1. Silver Lining
2. Labis Kitang Mahal
3. Bihag
4. Nababaliw Ako Sa 'Yo
5. Give Me A Reason
6. Silver Lining (minue one)
7. Labis Kitang Mahal (minue one)
8. Bihag (minue one)
9. Nababaliw Ako Sa 'Yo (minue one)
10. Give Me A Reason (minue one)

June 2014 Viva Records Platinum

ConcertEdit

Date Concert Venue Ref
October 6, 2012
Anja Aguilar: The Concert
Smart Araneta Coliseum
July 19, 2013
Anja at 21st Birthday
Smart Araneta Coliseum

FilmographyEdit

MovieEdit

Year

Title

Role

Notes

Production

2009 Astig Supporting Role
Ugat Sa Lupa
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Jesamine Santos Main Role Star Cinema and Viva Films
2012 Magic Temple MacBeth Main Role OctoArts Films and Viva Films
Fall In Love Again
(together with Onemig Bondoc)
Jessie Gonzalez Viva Films and Neo Films
2014 Remember Me This Way
(together with Mario Maurer)
Sharlene delos Santos Main Role IBC Films and Viva Films
2015 Give Me A Reason
(together with Robi Domingo)
Marie Mendoza Main Role Regal Entertainment and Viva Films

TelevisionEdit

Television
Year Title Role Notes Station
2014 Maya Loves Sir Chief Anja Geronimo Guest Cast IBC
2013 It's Partytime Herself Co-Hosts and Performers
Born to be a Superstar Herself Main Host
Happy TODAS Herself Guest
2012 Born to be a Star Herself Main Hosts
Showbiz Star Herself Guest
Snooky Herself Guest
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Herself Player
Sabi Mo Nanay Herself Guest
DMZ-TV Herself Guest Performers
Lunch Break Herself Guest Performers
Magandang Umaga Ba? Herself Guest Performers
PBA Herself Performers at halftime Sunday
Barney & Friends Andy October 1 episode
July 2 episode
Maalaala Mo Kaya Pinky Chavez Kalendaryo ABS-CBN
Sunday Funday Herself Guest Performers TV5
ASAP 2012 Herself Co-Hosts and Performers ABS-CBN
2011 Popstar TV Herself Supporting Role TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya Young Eva Tulay ABS-CBN
Maria La Del Barrio Cameo
Maalaala Mo Kaya Young Judy Parol
2010 Dear Heart Anja Main Role IBC
Party Pilipinas Herself Performer GMA
Pop Girls Herself Main Hosts IBC
Maalaala Mo Kaya Mark's Sister Marriage Contract ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya Joy Bahay
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Tara's Sister Teacher
Squalor Mameng Supporting Cast
2008 Palos Young Sylvia Supporting Cast
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Rian Dream House
Sineserye Presents May Minamahal Cameo
2006 Little Big Star Herself Grand Champion

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 2013 11th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Talent Search Program Host Born to be a Star
10th Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Talent Search Program Host Born to be a Star
2012 21st KBP Golden Dove Awards Best Talent Program Host Born to be a Star
Yahoo! OMG! Awards Best Female Singer
Aliw Awards Best Female Major Concert

ReferencesEdit

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