Julie Vega

Julie Pearl Apostol Postigo (May 21, 1968 – May 6, 1985), better known by her stage name Julie Vega, was a Filipina child actress, singer and commercial model. She remains very popular and well loved in her native Philippines, years after her sudden death at the age of 16 that triggered a massive outpouring of nationwide grief that is still vividly remembered by Filipino showbiz fans today.She won two FAMAS Awards for Best Child Actress during her brief showbiz career. Named after her own parents, Vega was born at the UERM in Quezon City, Philippines to a devout Roman Catholic family and is the youngest and only girl in a brood of six children of dentists Julio Postigo (1931–1991) from Zamboanga del Sur and the former Perla Apostol (nicknamed Pearl, born 1932) from Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. This fact led her family to nickname her Darling and Tata, which was given to her by her nanny Flor Argawanon and means youngest child in the Visayan language. She inherited her mestiza looks from her Irish American paternal grandmother, the former Aurora Fort, who came to the Philippines at a young age with her father, the American General Guy O. Fort (died 1942).She would go on to later marry Filipino General Leon Postigo. Her older brothers are (according to order of birth) James (nicknamed Jimmy), Jeffrey (nicknamed Joey; 1960–1983), Jonathan (nicknamed Noni), Joseph (nicknamed Toti), and Jerry (nicknamed Steve). Vega was discovered by renowned film and stage director Lamberto Avellana and veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa in 1975 while performing at a Christmas party at the Quezon Institute where her mother then worked, thus starting her showbiz career early the following year at the age of six as a commercial model in television for Purefoods and Band-Aid. She first used the screen name Darling Postigo and appeared in her first film entitled Ang Pag-ibig Ko’y Huwag Mong Sukatin as the young daughter of Anson-Roa and Dante Rivero. It was not until she appeared in her first major lead and breakthrough role in the 1978 film Mga Mata ni Angelita that she started using the screen name Julie Vega upon the recommendation of film producer and director Larry Santiago, who owned Larry Santiago Productions which produced the film. She had been chosen to play the title role despite placing only third among over 200 applicants for the role.

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