Ara Mina Biography, Movies, TV Series, Age, Height, Husband, Children, Education, Facts, Family, Net Worth

Ara Mina

Country: Philippines
Nationality: Filipino
Date of birth: May 9, 1979
Birthplace: Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines

Hazel Pascual Reyes-Almarinez, known professionally as Ara Mina, is a Filipino actress, singer, endorser, and entrepreneur. Recognized as the “Millennium Goddess”, Mina is a recipient of a FAMAS Award for Best Actress, 3 Golden Screen Awards including the ‘Dekada Award’ and an Asia’s Golden Icons Award.

Mina became part of the Philippine entertainment industry at 14 years of age via the youth-oriented program That’s Entertainment. Since then, Mina has starred in about 40 television shows and 60 movies and released 3 recording albums. She won her first acting award for Best Actress for the movie Mano Po at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2002.

Ara Mina Details:

Full NameHazel Pascual Reyes
Also known asAra Mina Almarinez; Ara; Dara Mina
Date of BirthMay 9, 1979 
Age43 years old as of 2023
BirthplaceMarikina, Metro Manila, Philippines
Current ResidenceSan Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
Height5′ 5″ tall.
Weight68 kg (approx).
SpouseDave Almarinez ​(married. 2021)​
PartnerPatrick Meneses (until 2015)
RelativesCristine Reyes (half-sister)
Venus Imperial (Mother)
Romeo Reyes (Stepfather)
Chuck Mathay (biological father)
Mel Mathay (biological paternal grandfather)
Princess Klenk (biological younger sister)
Manilyn Reynes (cousin)
Years active1983–present
Agent(s) Star Magic
GMA Network
Political party Independent (2010)

Ara Mina Early Life and Education:

Ara Mina Biography, Movies, TV Series, Age, Height, Husband, Children, Education, Facts, Family, Net Worth

Hazel Pascual Reyes (better known as Ara Mina) was born on May 9, 1979, in Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines. Mina is the eldest of 9 children, she grew up in Marikina with her mother, Francis Marie Klenk, and stepfather, Romeo Reyes. 

At 18, she met and was acknowledged by her biological father, Chuck Mathay, a former politician from the Philippines. Actress Cristine Reyes is her half-sister.

Ara Mina Career:

Mina became part of the Philippine entertainment industry at 14 years of age via the youth-oriented program That’s Entertainment, hosted and spearheaded by the late master showman German Moreno (“Kuya Germs”). Since then, Mina has starred in about 40 television shows and 60 movies and released 3 recording albums. She won her first acting award for Best Actress for the film Mano Po at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2002.

The following year (2003), she received 3 more Best Actress awards from the Manila Film Festival, FAMAS, and Golden Screen Awards for the movie Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa. She also won the Golden Screen Awards and Star Awards in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in the Philippines for her role as Luna in Minsan Pa.

Mina also sings aside from acting. Her self-titled and first album from Star Music (formerly Star Records) which carried the hit song “Ay, Ay, Ay, Pag-Ibig” received a gold record award a few months after its release. Because of this, the record label decided to produce another album for her entitled Heavenly, which was also a big hit and included the track “Oops Teka Lang” which was also the theme song of the film of the same title starring Robin Padilla and Claudine Barretto from Star Cinema.

Her version of the Rey Valera hit “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” was also used as the theme song of the ABS-CBN miniseries Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. In 2008, she produced her 3rd album which was released under Sony BMG. It consisted of acoustic covers of hit songs like “What Do We Mean To Each Other” by Sergio Mendes, “Somebody” by Depeche Mode, and “Very Special Love” by Maureen McGovern.

She truly showcased versatility by starring in television shows of different genres, from sitcoms to heavy drama. In 1999, she starred in her first television sitcom Super Klenk, wherein she played a superheroine. She was then included in the cast of Bubble Gang, which was her longest stint on television. The character that she played in the TV series Mulawin, Vultra, is also remarkable. In 2007, she switched to freelance acting and transferred to ABS-CBN doing projects via Prinsesa ng Banyera and Ligaw na Bulaklak.

She returned to GMA Network and did multiple teleseryes for over two years. From 2011-2016, she did stints with TV5 Network but was able to do shows with the Kapuso network through Teen Gen and Yesterday’s Bride. Her most recent television stint was for GMA-7’s Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa and was also part of the movie My Ex and Whys starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano. She staged a teleserye comeback on ABS-CBN in Araw Gabi after doing anthology roles with the channel.

Ara Mina Personal Life:

On January 13, 2021, she got engaged to Businessman Dave Almarinez, CEO of the Philippine International Trading Corporation and former Laguna Provincial Board member. They got married in a wedding ceremony in Baguio on June 30 later that year.

Mina supports children with birth defects through the Ara Mina Foundation, which she founded in 2007. Her youngest sister, Princess Klenk was born with Down syndrome and was the inspiration behind this cause.

Ara Mina has one child with former Bulakan Mayor Patrick Meneses.

Ara Mina Filmography:

Ara Mina Movies:

TBAMamay: The Great Man of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte
2022The EntitledMatilda
2021Pornstar 2: Pangalawang Putokherself
2021Paglaki Ko, Gusto Kong Maging Pornstarherself
2017My Ex and WhysDolly
2017This Time I’ll Be Sweeter
2016Girlfriend for HireAuntie Melba
2013Menor de EdadEdna
2013Alfredo S. Lim (The Untold Story)Mrs. Gameng
2011Shake, Rattle and Roll 13Beth
2008Anak ng KumanderSandra Regalado
2005Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5Janice
2004Minsan PaLuna
2003Ang Huling Birhen sa LupaLorena
2003Fantastic ManHelen / Diabolica
2002Two Timer
2002Mano PoRichelle Go
2000PalabanRuth Jacob
2000Ayos Na… ang KasunodAmor
2000Laro sa BagaDee
1999Tatapatan Ko ang Lakas Mo
1999Kahapon May Dalawang BataSalve
1999Phone SexAlma
1999Alyas Pogi: Ang PagbabalikRoselle
1998Pahiram Kahit SandaliTess
1998Curacha ang Babaeng Walang PahignaMarie
1998Sagid sa InitCamille/Sara
1998Tatlo… MagkasaloElsie
1997Super Ranger KidsDiabolika
1997Shake, Rattle & Roll VI
1996Init sa Tag-Ulan
1996Emong SalvacionBelen
1995The Flor Contemplacion StoryEvelyn Contemplacion

Ara Mina TV Series / Web Series:

2024Lovers & LiarsElizabeth LaurenteGMA Network
2023Jack and Jill sa Diamond HillsCleo MaharlikaTV5
2023Magandang ARAwHerselfNET 25
2022Barangay PIE Silog Sunday: Pasok Mga SukiHerself, featured celebrity entrepreneurPIE Channel
2022Tadhana: IsabellaRhea BermudezGMA Network
2021Bella BandidaAlasTV5
2020–2022FPJ’s Ang ProbinsyanoEllen PaduaABS-CBN / A2Z / Kapamilya Channel
2019Ipaglaban Mo: PariwaraDorayABS-CBN
2018Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw GabiHarriet De Alegre / Amanda RodriguezABS-CBN
2017Mulawin vs. RavenaVultra / Violeta / Veronica (archived footage only)GMA Network
2017Maalaala Mo Kaya: KakaninGinaABS-CBN
2017Ipaglaban Mo!: PagkakasalaLindaABS-CBN
2017Pinulot Ka Lang sa LupaMariz Alejo-ZimmermanGMA Network
2016Dear UgeSylvia MercadoGMA Network
2016KarelasyonLorraineGMA Network
2016Pepito ManalotoGinaGMA Network
2016Tasya FantasyaYvonneTV5
2016Ipaglaban Mo: KasambahayVeronicaABS-CBN
2015Maalaala Mo Kaya: SanggolABS-CBN
2014TrenderasDiane San MiguelTV5
2014Wansapanataym: Enchanted HouseDorothy BarinABS-CBN
2013Maalaala Mo Kaya: Double BassLiezelABS-CBN
2013Wansapanataym: Dolly DaldalLisaABS-CBN
2013Maalaala Mo Kaya: DrawingShirleyABS-CBN
2013The GiftTheresaTV5
2013Teen GenVioleta “Violet” Bernardo-TorresGMA Network
2013Magpakailanman: The Wally Bayola StoryRizaGMA Network
2012–2013Yesterday’s BrideJosilda “Josie” RamirezGMA Network
2012P. S. I Love YouCassandraTV5
2011Maalaala Mo Kaya: TulayEsterABS-CBN
2011Ang Utol Kong HoodlumRhea Bustillos5
2011Untold Stories Mula sa Face to FaceTV5
2010IluminaElsa SebastianGMA Network
2009–2010Sine Novela: Tinik Sa DibdibTrixie Veneracion-Marquez / Trixie DomingoGMA Network
2009Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?Glacilda BautistaGMA Network
2009Carlo J. Caparas’ Totoy BatoElena MagtanggolGMA Network
2008Maalaala Mo Kaya: DagatLeahABS-CBN
2008Ligaw na BulaklakJanet / Jennifer AlegroABS-CBN
2007–2008Prinsesa ng BanyeraCassandra Ynares / ElenaABS-CBN
2007LupinSister Anna NicoleGMA Network
2006MagpakailanmanGMA Network
2005Mars Ravelo’s DarnaDyesebelGMA Network
2004–2005MulawinVultra / Violeta / VeronicaGMA Network
2004Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka ManDestinyGMA Network
2002–2003Kung Mawawala KaLucinda MontemayorGMA Network
2000–2001Kiss MunaAraGMA Network
1999–2000 Super Klenk Klenk GMA Network
1998–2007 Bubble GangHerself / RegularGMA Network
1992–1996That’s EntertainmentHerself / RegularGMA Network

Ara Mina Awards & Nominations:

YearAward-Giving BodyCategoryWorkResult
200724th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Supporting Actress of the YearSeldaNominated
200519th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Drama ActressMulawinNominated
200521st PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest Supporting ActressMinsan PaWon
200420th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest ActressAng Huling Birhen sa LupaNominated
200452nd FAMAS AwardsBest ActressAng Huling Birhen Sa LupaWon
2004Golden Screen AwardsBest Supporting ActressMinsan PaWon
2003Golden Screen AwardsBest ActressAng Huling Birhen Sa LupaWon
2003Guillermo Mendoza Memorial AwardsMs. RP MoviesMano PoWon
2003Manila Film FestivalBest ActressAng Huling Birhen Sa LupaWon
2002Metro Manila Film FestivalBest ActressMano PoWon
2000Guillermo Mendoza Memorial AwardsMost Promising Female SingerWon
1999Guillermo Mendoza Memorial AwardsPopular Princess of RP MoviesWon

Ara Mina Discography:

  • Ara Mina (1999, Star Music)
  • Heavenly (2001, Star Music)

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Ara Mina Filmography:


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