Kris Aquino

Kris Aquino
Kris Aquino
Born Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino
February 14, 1971 (1971-02-14) (age 40)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Krisy
Occupation Host, actor, writer
Years active 1986-present
Spouse James Yap (m. 2005–2010) «start: (2005)–end+1: (2011)»"Marriage: James Yap to Kris Aquino" Location: (linkback://

Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino (born February 14, 1971), commonly known as Kris Aquino, is a Filipino television and movie personality who gained prominence from her talk shows, game shows, and numerous endorsements. Known as the Queen of All Media and Philippines' Queen of Talk, she is the youngest daughter of former Philippine senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, who served as the 11th President of the Philippines, and sister of Benigno Aquino, III, the current President of the Philippines.

Her first movie was Pido Dida, Sabay Tayo, which was followed by films such as Feng Shui and So... Happy Together.[citation needed] In 2006, she regained the same Box Office title for her movie Sukob, which is the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.[1] She is also the Executive Editor of her own bi-monthly magazine called K! The Kris Aquino Magazine. In December 2009, Aquino showcased her own Home Collection called K Everyday. In partnership with ABS-CBN Licensing, K Everyday features cooking collection, kitchen collection, plastic collection, and stationery collection.

She is currently part of ABS-CBN

She is currently residing at Makati City.


Early life

Aquino was born to Corazon Aquino and Benigno Aquino, Jr., senator during the Ferdinand Marcos regime. The youngest of five children, her siblings are Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz, Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Aquino-Abellada, current Philippine president Benigno Simeon Aquino III, and Victoria Eliza "Viel" Aquino-Dee. She is the cousin of actress and equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco and the niece of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr.

In the 1978 parliamentary elections where her father was a candidate, the seven-year-old Aquino wooed the crowds as a stand-in for her imprisoned father at campaign rallies. The young campaigner was featured on the front page of New York Times and on Time Magazine. Aquino spent most of her elementary school days in the United States when the Aquino family was in exile. At 12 years old her father died after he was assassinated on the tarmac of Manila Airport. Kris Aquino returned to the Philippines and was a precocious presence in rallies against the Marcos regime.

After the 1986 revolution that removed President Ferdinand Marcos from power, the teenage Aquino 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-comedian Rene Requiestas in the comedy Pido Dida. This movie was a blockbuster hit and made Aquino the box office queen for that year.

Aquino afterwards had a commercially steady, though critically panned career and managed to score an acting nomination for The Fatima Buen Story. She is not a good speaker. She 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.[citation needed]

Aquino went to elementary school at Poveda Learning Centre, high school at the Colegio San Agustin-Makati where she was classmates with Pinky Webb. She graduated college from Ateneo De Manila University in 1992 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature.


In 1986, Aquino, at 14, made her first TV appearance on Inday Badiday's See-Tru on GMA-7. She was the star of the short-lived comedy show ABS-CBN Luv Ko Si Kris.

With her movie career slowing, Aquino shifted her sights on a television career as a talk show host launched through Kris produced by Viva Television on Channel 4 (at that time named PTV, this was transferred to GMA Network which has partnership with Viva and after Viva's contract with PTV ended). 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.

After her GMA and Viva no longer wanted her services, she went back to media conglomerate and GMA Network's rival ABS-CBN which noticed her undeniable hosting wit, offered her a contract and launched Today with Kris Aquino. In January 2003 to May 2004, she hosted the talk show Morning Girls with Kris and Korina, alongside popular broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez. It was intended for only two weeks but went on for 16 months. In 2007, she officially left The Buzz and Pilipinas, Game KNB? after giving birth to her second son, James. She was replaced by Edu Manzano in Pilipinas, Game KNB?. According to her, she had to give up her hosting stint on the said shows to give more time to her baby. It was also assumed that she does not want to go back to The Buzz because she no longer wants to work with former co-host Cristy Fermin.[2]

In the October 2008 issue of YES! Magazine, Aquino was considered top or the leading celebrity endorser, ranking number one among the twenty popular celebrity endorsers.[3]

Aquino is the executive editor of the K Magazine of ABS -CBN publishing. "Carrying Kris celebrity equity, "K" is about getting her style, her personality, her lifestyle and her appeal. The magazine reflects the key concerns of the target marget presented by Kris herself: beauty, fashion, body, relationships, career, money and self."[4]

Aquino hosted the Philippine franchise of Deal or No Deal, which is part of ABS-CBN's primetime lineup. It ended its first season on February 23, 2007. The second season of the said game show started on June 11, 2007. On May 5, 2008, she appeared on the US version as part of a "Deal or No Deal around the world" event, where host Howie Mandel and an American contestant were taken to an international location, and played the game in that country, with the local models and host assisting Mandel. She also hosts Boy & Kris, a morning talk show that replaced Homeboy, together with Boy Abunda,[5] and Be Bench/, a model search show together with Piolo Pascual.[6][7] Nestor Torre, a known critic of the Philippine Entertainment industry, pointed out that Aquino took a lot of risks when she chose to give up her two former shows. The critic pointed out that giving up The Buzz and Pilipinas, Game KNB? deprived her of the major exposure that those two popular shows afforded her. Torre also noted that it is much more difficult to successfully launch new shows than to resume hosting programs that are already popular.[8]

She hosted another TV franchise Wheel of Fortune, which incidentally replaced Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal. She said in an interview[citation needed] that she was a huge fan of the U.S. version and was thrilled to bring the show back to her country. (Wheel of Fortune had already had one 2001-02 run in the Philippines, which was hosted by Rustom Padilla and Victoria Wonderheim.) She hosted Showbiz News Ngayon on its newest season. In October 2008 after former The Buzz co-host Cristy Fermin was suspended by ABS-CBN, the Kapamilya network asked Aquino to once again host the top-rated showbiz oriented talk show together with Boy Abunda and Ruffa Gutierrez. After much controversy, Aquino hosted The Buzz again starting on October 26, 2008.

Aquino officially left Showbiz News Ngayon on June 25, 2010[9] and The Buzz on June 27, 2010 after being an on and off main host of the show for ten years. The reason for her leaving the show is that she will be spending time with her family and for her not to cause any issues while her brother Benigno Aquino III is in office as President of the Philippines.[10][11] Despite her leave for her family, she hosted ABS-CBN's new noontime variety show called Pilipinas Win Na Win but left after two months upon the decision of the management.


Aquino got her start in film with the help of Regal Films, one of the oldest film outfits in the Philippines. Her early film includes the Pido Dida series, where she was paired with comedian Rene Requiestas and earned her first box-office queen award. She later shifted into other roles, notably with massacre films such as The Vizconde Massacre, Myrna Diones Story, Elsa Castillo-Ang Katotohanan, and Humanda Ka Mayor. Despite her being a big draw in the box office, her acting skills were considered stiff and mechanical. She was dubbed then as "massacre queen" because of her portrayals in massacre movies which was the vogue during the time.

She first drew praise for her acting when she earned a nomination from the Gawad Urian award-giving body, composed of film critics, for the film The Fatima Buen Story. She eventually won a supporting actress award for the film Mano Po (2002 Regal Films), where she portrayed a weak-willed and submissive scion of a wealthy Filipino-Chinese clan. This was her comeback movie after her long layoff from movie acting.

Aquino's most commercially-successful movies in her career are: Feng Shui, a Star Cinema production that featured Chinese influences and omen. Feng Shui, which was made during the wave of "Asian-style horror" flicks that spread throughout the continent after 2002's The Ring, made P137 million. It was the highest grossing Filipino movie of 2004 (and the second most successful movie overall that year next to Spider-Man 2 which made over P225 million). "Sukob," another horror thriller which she starred with Claudine Barretto in 2006, is the highest grossing Filipino film of all time surpassing Ang Tanging Ina, Anak & her own starrer, Feng Shui.

Aquino had her share of box-office bombs. Her 2003 movie with actor Robin Padilla, You and Me Against the World, flopped at the box-office right from the start. Made for P25,000,000 and released immediately after Aquino won acting awards (for her performance in 2002's Mano Po), You and Me Against the World made only P4,389,005. The film's producers lost an estimated P23,000,000, even with home videos accounted. Because You and Me Against the World failed to attract an audience, several movie theaters pulled the film out and replaced it with another film. Some theaters were reported to have done this on the movie's second day of play.

Personal life

Aquino had a live-in relationship with married actor Phillip Salvador with whom she has a son named Joshua.[12]

She was married to Philippine Basketball Association professional player James Yap of the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants. They had a civil marriage on July 10, 2005. The following year, she announced on The Buzz that she was pregnant.[13] In April, 2007, Aquino gave birth to her first son by Yap in Makati City.[14] Her son with Yap was named James "Bimby" Aquino Yap. In 2006, a former medical clinic receptionist stated that James Yap had an extra-marital affair with her.[15]

Aquino suffered a miscarriage with collapsed gestational sac and blighted ovum on March 25, 2008, a day after she announced that her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.[12]

On June 27, 2010, Kris Aquino announced that she had separated from Yap, citing personal reasons and stated she is seeking an annulment of their marriage.[16] Aquino and Yap vowed to become good friends after their annulment.


Business ventures

Being successful in her TV and movie career, Aquino ventured into several businesses. She owns Lena Restaurant and Sencillo, a Mexican restaurant in partnership with several celebrities, and Roberto Antonio, an upscale flower shop in partnership with Boy Abunda.[17] She established a boutique ad agency in partnership with Boy Abunda but also including Nonon del Carmen and Agnes Maranan, and have decided to call it MAD (an acronym for their surnames, Maranan Abunda Aquino del Carmen).[18] She and Abunda with other partners own Sierra Madre Water, which is promoted as a miracle water for life.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 GMA Supershow herself Co hosts
1989 Kris at 18 Herself TV special of Aquino's 18th Birthday Celebration
Luv Ko Si Kris Herself Main role
1992 Hoy Gising! Herself Segment host
Actually, 'Yun Na! Herself Host
1994 Kris Herself Host
1995 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila Herself
1995–1996 Startalk Herself Host
1996–2001 Today with Kris Aquino Herself Host
Kris TV sitcom
1999–2010 The Buzz Herself Host
2000 Puwedeng-puwede
2001–2007 Game KNB? Herself Host
  • Replacing titles:
    Smart KNB?
    Million Million na! Game KNB?
    Next Level Na! Game KNB?
    Pilipinas, Game KNB?
2001 Balitang Kris Herself Host
Kris and Tell Herself Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Lapida" Annie with Phillip Salvador
2002–2004 Morning Girls Herself Host
  • Replacing title:
    Morning Girls with Kris and Korina
2003 Meteor Fever in Manila Herself Host
TV special
2004 Good Morning, Kris Herself Host
2004–2005 Hiram Diana Benipayo Main role, Her first teleserye
2006–2009 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself Host
In 2007, the Philippine version was one of a few international versions of the Endemol franchise to appear in the United States version in "Deal or No Deal Around the World," where American contestants were flown to various international versions to play on the local sets, with the local models and host, assisted by US version host Howie Mandel, playing with US rules.
2007–2009 Boy & Kris Herself Host
2007 Be Bench/ The Model Search Herself Host
2008 Sineserye Presents: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara Barbara Main role
Wheel of Fortune Herself Host
2009–2010 SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon Herself Anchor
2009 Pinoy Bingo Night Herself Host
Salamat President Cory Herself The ABS-CBN TV specials on the Kapamilya vigil, funeral, legacy and burial of late president Corazon Aquino
Laban Ni Cory Herself
Salamat President Cory: Huling Paalam Herself
Salamat President Cory: A People's Farewell Herself
Salamat President Cory: A People's Farewell Herself
Last Journey of Ninoy Documentary Special Herself TV special
2010 Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Celine J. Crisanto Main role, Her second teleserye
Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Kalapati" Herself Love story of Corazon Aquino and Ninoy Aquino
Pilipinas Got Talent Herself Judge
Pilipinas Win Na Win Herself Host
Showtime Herself Judge
2011 The Price Is Right (Philippine game show) Host
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 Judge
Kris TV Herself Host
"Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3" Judge


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo Dida
1991 Pangako sa Puso
Shake Rattle & Roll 3 Tanya (segment "Yaya")
Pido Dida: Kasal Na Dida
Ang Siga at ang Sosyal
Magic To Win 5 Kathy Also known as Happy Ghost V
1992 Pido Dida 3: May Kambal na Dida
Mahal Kita Walang Iba
My Funny Valentine Lauren
1993 Vizconde Massacre Carmela Vizconde
Humanda Ka Mayor
Geron Olivar
Nandito Ako Marissa
1994 The Elsa Castillo Story... Ang Katotohanan Elsa Castillo
Myrna Diones Story Myrna Diones
Tasya Fantasia Tasya
The Fatima Buen Story Fatima Buen
Bakit Pa Kita Minahal
1995 Saan Ako Nagkamali
1998 Hiwaga ng Panday Emily
2000 Eto Na Naman Ako Herself Cameo
2002 JOLOGS Herself Cameo
Mano Po Juliet Go-Co Metro Manila Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress
PASADO Award for Best Supporting Actress
PMPC Star Award for Movies for Best Supporting Actress
FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress
KAPPT Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dekada '70 Student leader Cameo
2003 You and Me Against the World Diana
Mano Po 2: My Home Young Sol Tan
2004 Feng Shui Joy Ramirez
So Happy Together Lianne
2006 Sukob Sandy 3rd Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
2009 Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Vivian Go Chan
2010 Dalaw Stella
2011 Segunda Mano Mabel

Awards and recognitions

  • 1990 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards - Box Office Queen
  • 1998 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show (Today with Kris Aquino)
  • 2002 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Game KNB?)
  • 2002 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show Host (Game KNB?)
  • 28th Metro Manila Film Festival - Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po) 2002
  • 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show (Morning Girls with Kris and Korina)
  • 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show Host (Kris Aquino & Korina Sanchez)
  • 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show (The Buzz)
  • 2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host, Female (The Buzz)
  • 2003 5th PASADO Awards - PinakaPASADOng Katuwang ng Aktres, Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po)
  • 2003 19th PMPC Star Awards for Movies - Supporting Actress of the Year (Mano Po)
  • 2003 51st Famas Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po)
  • 2003 KAPPT Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Mano Po)
  • 2004 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show (Morning Girls with Kris and Korina)
  • 2004 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Talk Show Host (Kris Aquino & Korina Sanchez)
  • 2004 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards - Box Office Queen
  • 2005 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Pilipinas! Game KNB?)
  • 2005 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show Host (Pilipinas! Game KNB?)
  • 2006 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards - Box Office Queen
  • 2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Pilipinas! Game KNB?)
  • 2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show (The Buzz)
  • 2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host, Female (The Buzz)
  • 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Celebrity Talk Show (Boy and Kris)
  • 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Celebrity Talk Show Host (Kris Aquino)
  • 2009 27th People's Choice Dangal ng Bayan Awards - Best Female Game Show Host
  • 2009 Anak TV Seal Awards - Most Admired Female TV Personality


  1. ^ "Claudine Barretto, Kris Aquino share Box Office Queen throne". April 27, 2007.,-Kris-Aquino-share-Box-Office-Queen-throne. 
  2. ^ "The Buzz: Kris out, Ruffa in!". Philippine Star. 
  3. ^ "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Kris Aquino reveals where most of her endorsement fees this year went". Philippine Entertainment Portal. September 29, 2008. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Boy Abunda confirms new show with Kris Aquino". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 14, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Bench launches reality TV model search". Manila Bulletin. July 21, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Kris Aquino and Piolo Pascual team up in "Be Bench"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. July 29, 2007. 
  8. ^ "New hosting options for Kris, who’s making a comeback". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 21, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Kris bows out in June from ‘Buzz,’ ‘SNN’". May 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Kris Aquino says goodbye to The Buzz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Kris Aquino bids goodbye to The Buzz". June 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b ABS-CBN Interactive, Kris Aquino suffers miscarriage
  13. ^ "Fermin: Kris is pregnant". ABS-CBN News. September 17, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Kris Aquino delivers baby James prematurely". Philippine Entertainment Portal. April 19, 2007. 
  15. ^ "Hope speaks out, says James Yap courted her". GMANews.TV. February 24, 2007. 
  16. ^ . June 28, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Esquerra Avenue’s taste and pleasure universe". The Daily Tribune. December 2, 2006. 
  18. ^ "Kris Aquino & Boy Abunda Go Mad; Open Ad Agency". Adobo Magazine. 
  19. ^

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