Amy Austria celebrates 49th b-day

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2010 07:36 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2010 03:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines- Veteran actress Amy Austria is celebrating her 49th birthday today.

Born Esmeralda Tuazon, the award-winning actress was first introduced in 1976 film “Bitayin si Baby Ama” with movie icon Rudy Fernandez.

The 49-year-old actress claimed spotlight after joining Lino Brocka's “Jaguar” in 1979 where she won Gawad Urian best supporting actress award.

Meanwhile, Austria's outstanding performance for film “Brutal” made her clinched her first best actress award for Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

The pride of Tondo was part of notable movies "Hinugot sa Langit", "Anak", "Bagong Buwan", "Muro Ami" and "Beautiful Life."

Aside from her drama classics, Austria joined several hit TV series including "Walang Kapalit", "Bituing Walang Ningning" and "Pangako Sa'yo."

Austria was previously married to late actor Jay Ilagan. She later settled down with Filipino-Korean Duke Ventura.

Another famous personality from Tondo was also born on this day.

Senator and businessman Manuel "Manny" Villar is celebrating his 61st birthday today.

Villar's rags-to-richest story has inspired millions of Filipinos which he used as his front running campaign “Sipag at Tiyaga” for 2010 presidential election.

The Nacionalista party standard bearer is one of the country's richest politicians. His real estates ventures include Camella Homes, Palmera Homes Inc, Brittany Corp, Adelfa Properties Inc, M.B Villar Co, Macy's Inc., and Crown Asia and Household Development Corp.

Villar placed third in the 2010 elections.

He is married to Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Aguillar. They have 3 children, namely Manuel Paolo, Mark and Camille.