Vina Morales

Vina Morales (born Sharon Garcia Magdayao on October 17, 1975 in Bogo, Cebu City, Philippines) is a Filipina singer, actress and model. At age nine, Morales started singing with her church choir at the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Bogo. This lead her to a music career. Father Fritz T. Malinao, a priest and a songwriter in his church community discovered Morales' talent and asked her to sing one of his compositions as an entry in the Cebu Pop Music Festival. The song, "Paglaum", which means "hope" in Cebuano language, won the Grand Prize and earned the Best Interpreter Award for young talents in the Philippines. Representatives from Viva Films saw her performance and offered her a singing and acting contract. She and her family moved to Manila where she auditioned for a film career in the Philippine film industry. She changed her birth name from Sharon Garcia Magdayao to Vina Morales.