Sylvia La Torre
Sylvia La Torre (born June 4, 1933 in the Philippines), known as "The Queen of Kundiman", is a Filipina singer, actress, and radio star. La Torre is the daughter of Filipino artist, Leonora Reyes, and director, Olive La Torre. Her granddaughter is Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, for whom she was an early singing coach. She began singing in 1938 at the age of five, when she entered a singing competition in Manila. She started performing in theater during World War II. In 1948, she joined the Manila Grand Opera House. Her first song release was "Si Petite Mon Amour" under the Bataan Records label in 1950. She later moved to Villar Records. She was known as "The Queen of Kundiman" in the 1950s and 1960s. She began to make films in 1941 (Ang maestra), moving to Sampaguita Pictures, the studio her father worked at as a director. She now lives in Los Angeles.