(born Sharon Garcia Magdayao
on October 17, 1975 in Bogo
, Cebu City
) is a Filipina
singer, actress and model.
At age ten, Morales started singing with her church choir
at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, which would lead her to a music career. A priest called Father Fritz D. Malinao, 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", ("hope" in Cebuano language), won the Grand Prize and earned the "Best Interpreter" award for young talents in the Philippines.
Representatives from Viva Films
had seen her performance and offered her a singing and acting contract. She and her family moved to Manila
where she audition for a film career in the Philippine film industry. She change her birth name from Sharon Garcia Magdayao to Vina Morales.
Morales' first film was Nakagapos na Puso
, in which she co-starred. In her late teenage years Morales appeared in Utol Kong Hoodlum
and a dual role in 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 one song called Paano Kaya Magtatagpo?
, along with Filipino model, actor and musician, Piolo...