Diana Zubiri : biography

15 April 1985 -

Awards and recognition

FHM ranking

From her first appearance in the magazine in 2002, Diana Zubiri has consistently ranked at FHM Philippines' annual survey (FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World). She has appeared in an FHM Calendar with Maui Taylor and Aubrey Miles. Until 2011, Diana has constantly remained at the top ten of the list. She also appeared in the FHM editions of Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

Year Award Category Result
2002 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 90
2003 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 1 Philippines' Finest
2004 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 3
2005 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 4
2006 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 4
2007 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 7
2008 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 5
2009 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 13
2010 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 16
2011 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 23

Other awards

In June 27, 2012, a tearful Diana Zubiri accepted her Young Critics Circle award for Best Performance at the ceremonies held at the University of the Philippines. After receiving the award, she jokingly said that it is the only award she ever got after her sexy pictorial in FHM since 2002.

Year Film Award/Critics Award/Nomination Nominated Work
2012 Young Critics Circle award Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role (winner) Bahay Bata
Gawad Urian Awards Best Actress Nomination Bahay Bata

Biography

Personal life

Zubiri was just 8 years old when her father left her and her elder sister in the sole care of her mother (at Olongapo City), who maintained a sari-sari store. The family later transferred to a rented home in Fairview, Quezon City, where Diana spent the rest of her young life, and her mother found them a stepfather.

Zubiri was a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo but she became a Roman Catholic during her early years in showbiz.   In 2012, it was reported that she is studying Theater Arts at Miriam College. 

Acting career

During her younger years, Zubiri auditioned multiple times at ABS-CBN's Talent Center but she was rejected. She then applied for work as an entertainer in Japan after her unsuccessful ABS-CBN talent audition. Her showbiz career started at the age 15 after returning from Japan. She met Jimmy Mercado, a Seiko Films employee, who was working part-time as an interviewer for wannabe-performers for Japan. At that time, Assunta de Rossi had just finished the sexy film Sisid. In 2001 at the age of 17, she signed her Seiko contract and was launched in 2002 in the sexy film Itlog, opposite Rodel Velayo. She then returned to the Philippines and started to appear in sexy movies such as Bakat and Kasiping.

Later career

After a few sexy flicks, Zubiri became a GMA Network artist, appearing as a regular cast in Bubble Gang, a sketch comedy television program. She also appeared in Encantadia as Danaya, the diwata that holds the Jewel of the Earth. She later reprised that role in Etheria and Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.

Zubiri co-starred as "Ingrid" on Asian Treasures alongside Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Marvin Agustin. She was also a cast member on GMA Network's Bubble Gang, and previously dated Bubble Gang co-star Wendell Ramos. At this point, Zubiri is now considered a full-pledged TV-movie celebrity and no longer considered a sexy star. While Zubiri is a contract star of Seiko Films, she signed a contract in Regal Films and she recently appeared in Shake, Rattle & Roll X, an 34th MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) entry which included her film One Night Only.

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