MANILA, Philippines - Pop idol Martin Nievera was born Martin Ramon Razon Nievera on February 5, 1962 in Manila to veteran singer Bert Nievera and Conchita Razon.
He has a twin sister, Victoria, who has been low profile ever since her brother ventured into the local entertainment scene.
Martin loves Victoria no less.
The Nieveras have lived mostly in Hawaii where Bert was singing with the group, Society of Seven. They also took up residency in the Bay Area in California in the 1970s. Martin attended high school at the Walnut Creek in California.
Martin's musical inclination was a paternal influence, and his exposure to his dad as a musician made his musings to music more intense and dedicated.
Martin came back to the Philippines in 1982, and began his singing and acting career with pride and vigor.
His freshness and charm made Martin unique and popular among musical artists of his generation.
After a successful stint at recording, the young Nievera moved to television hosting with Pops Fernandez, the acknowledged Concert Queen, who would later be his wife.
Pops and Martin are blessed with two kids, Ram and Robin Nievera, who, by instinct and conscious attributes, have also been good musicians since they were kids.
In 1998, Pops and Martin called it quits.
Soon after, Martin had a new girl, Katrina Ojeda, with whom he has a son, Santino Martin Nievera.
Martin has also done a number of films, but it is in singing where he excels.
Cristine Reyes the 'real Ara'
Cristine Reyes, was born February 5, 1989 in Marikina City.
Actually, it’s Cristine who was christened Ara, and not her real life sister, Ara Mina, who was baptized Hazel Reyes.
Cristine’s complete name is Ara Christine Pascual Klenk Enriquez.
Her mom had a short-lived acting career in the movies in the 1970s, and actor Juan Rodrigo is a very close cousin.
GMA Network’s reality show “Starstruck” paved the way for Cristine’s entry into local show business.
She was signed up with the network, but later tried her hand in ABS-CBN where she was given a solo TV show, the remake of one of Alma Moreno’s films “Mrs. Eva Fonda, 16,” which was a hit in the small screen.
Because of the soap, Cristine became even more famous. She went international with the TV drama when it won the Special in the 2009 Seoul International Drama Awards on September 11 at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.
Although Cristine did not win the Best Actress award, she went just the same and accepted the trophy on behalf of “Eva Fonda,” the soap opera.
Cristine is still very popular in South Korea, and they call her Eva Fonda.
The controversial young actress attended high school at the St. Briget’s School in Quezon City, but later moved to Roosevelt College in Marikina City.
One of the most memorable scenes in Cristine’s real life was when she and some members of her family were trapped in their Marikina house at the height of tropical storm Ondoy on September 26, 2009.
She was caught panicky at the time but had to subdue her fear to look for a way out. She was rescued by friend and fellow actor Richard Gutierrez.