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Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 22, 1971
SpouseRobert Charles Chien
MarkShe has a small, deep dimple near the right corner of her mouth. It appears when she smiles.
FactThe first Filipina ever to win the prestigious Tony Award for her role as Kim in the Broadway Musical "Miss Saigon"

Lea Salonga is a world-renowned Filipino singer and actress who is best known for her roles in the Broadway musicals Miss Saigon and Les Misérables. She was born on February 22, 1971, in Manila, Philippines, to Feliciano Genuino Salonga and Maria Ligaya Alcantara Imutan. She has an older brother, Gerard. Salonga started her singing career at the age of seven, when she recorded her first album, Small Voice. She made her acting debut in the Philippine film, The Little Mermaid, in which she played the title role.

She rose to prominence after starring as Kim in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon in 1991. For her performance, she won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Salonga went on to star in other Broadway musicals, including Les Misérables, Flower Drum Song, and Allegiance. She has also released several solo albums, including her self-titled debut album, Lea Salonga (1996), and Blurred Lines (2017).

Salonga has an estimated net worth of $5 million. She is married to Robert Chien, with whom she has two daughters: Nicole and Michaela.

General Info

Full NameLea Salonga
Date Of BirthFebruary 22, 1971
Height1.57 m
ProfessionColumnist, Voice Actor, Television presenter, Singer, A Whole New World, Reflection, We Could Be in Love
EducationFordham University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center, A Whole New World, Reflection, We Could Be in Love


SpouseRobert Charles Chien
ChildrenNicole Beverly Chien
ParentsLigaya Alcantara Imutan, Feliciano Genuino Salonga, A Whole New World, Reflection, We Could Be in Love
SiblingsGerard Salonga, Jeff Salonga, Shiela Salonga, A Whole New World, Reflection, We Could Be in Love


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, A Whole New World, Reflection, We Could Be in Love
NominationsAwit Award for Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist, Awit Award for Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage Play, Awit Award for Best Inspirational/Religious Recording, A Whole New World, Reflection, We Could Be in Love
MoviesAladdin, Mulan, My Neighbor Totoro, Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary, Mulan II, Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert, Redwood Curtain, Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, Pik pak boom, Tropang bulilit, Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, Broadway 4D, Captain Barbell, Dea...
TV ShowsThat's Entertainment, The Voice of the Philippines, The Voice Kids

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#Marks / Signs
1She has a small, deep dimple near the right corner of her mouth. It appears when she smiles.


1[In reaction to Manny Pacquiao's opposition on the Reproductive Health bill] His point, which is a valid point, is: 'We have access to contraception. Why do we still need the RH bill?' That's fine, but you have millions of pesos. What about a lot of your own constituents who have no access to it?
2Couples or every citizen of age needs to be informed about this stuff. Both good and bad effects need to be given to married couples who want to control their family size but may not have the info. You can't just say gusto ko yung pill. You have to know how it will affect your body; you have to know what the side effects will be. There is a failure rate because of improper usage. But if you use it properly then you're able to prevent disease or unwanted pregnancy. And obviously you will not teach a nine-year-old how to put a condom up a banana. Anybody who says that is not thinking straight.
3Because what's the use of all these contraceptives if you don't know how to use them? This kind of info needs to be transmitted to couples who are about to get married [and] couples that are married and want to control the number of children they want to have and to make them aware of the choices that are available to them. I mean, they could choose natural family planning if that's what they feel they should have. They could choose condoms or birth control pills as long as these options are available and make known that it's available, then they can make an educated decision.
4My stand is that I am for it. I've been consistently supporting it. I can understand the arguments for and the arguments against RH Bill. There are many valid arguments on both sides and I can understand where everybody's coming from as far as what their belief system is. Basically, you have to go with what your conscience tells you and you would have to know what is right for you. Without trampling upon somebody else's belief.
5I want every Filipino woman empowered with information regarding all options available to her regarding family planning. I want every Filipino to be armed with the right education regarding their bodies in the context of sex and reproduction; to exercise their free will in ensuring the quality of life based on their own personal, religious, and moral convictions and beliefs; and to have a fighting chance at a better life.
6I'm probably one of the least ambitious people to ever walk the earth. Because I know the price that you have to pay. I know what that feels like at home in the Phillipines. I know what it's like to go shopping and have people stare at you. To not be able to go places because your safety is threatened. I quite enjoy the anonymity I have here--being recognized for my work but still be able to walk down the street and go shopping and be undisturbed and have my privacy respected. And that's not always the case at home. I appreciate the level of celebrity I've achieved at home, but I'm someone who doesn't do well with it.
7I just refuse to date actors. I've done that, and I don't want to do that anymore. It's just the stress of traveling and being away from each other so much.
8And if you really believe in your heart of hearts that you have the talent, go for it. But you've got to make sure you really have the talent. I was watching that TV show, American Idol, and they were showing these auditions. The contestants think in their heart that they're talented, and the judges would say, 'You are appalling. You cannot sing.' And I painfully had to agree. But they really believe that they have something. You need a very objective person to say you've got talent.
9Love your enemies... it's not always an easy tenet to live by... and I have more often than not been inclined to wish my enemies ill than well.
10If you ain't got nothing nice to say, just shut the f*** up.
11I have no inner monologue.


1Currently playing the role of Fantine in the musical revival of "Les Miserables" at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. [March 2007]
2Lea gave birth to her daughter, Nicole Beverly, a little past noon on May 16, 2006 in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. She was 6.10 pounds and 49 centimeters long. [May 2006]
3Enjoying the newly wedded life with husband Rob in Los Angeles. [February 2004]
4New York, NY, USA: Preparation for New Broadway Musical, Allegiance, to begin in 2012. [2011]
5playing Mei-Li in the Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song [September 2002]
6Gave birth to her first child with husband Robert, daughter Nicole Beverly, on May 16th, 2006 in Manila. The baby weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.
7Uses the name "Manang" as her Internet chat code name. Manang means elder/eldest sister in Ilonggo (her mother's dialect).
8Made her concert debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall on November 7, 2005.
9Was the first full-blooded Filipina to have won the Olivier (1990), and the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards (1991) for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in "Miss Saigon".
10The first Filipina ever to win the prestigious Tony Award for her role as Kim in the Broadway Musical "Miss Saigon"
11Briefly attended Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines (mid-1988 - early 1989) in a pre-med course. She initially thought she wanted to be a dermatologist. Took two courses [one in Philosophy and the other in European History] at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan during Spring semester, 2000.
12For the longest time, her dream role was Eva Perón in the musical Evita.
13Bought herself a white Lexus IS300 E-Shift Sedan with ivory interior on her birthday in 2002.
14Has an adopted sister, Shiela.
15Brother, Gerard Salonga, arranges all Lea's music. He is a multi-talented musician and symphony orchestra conductor. He is presently head of the music and audio department at Carmel House Studios ( and conductor of the Global Studio Orchestra.
16Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]




George Takei's Allegiance2016Kei Kimura
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary2016Kim (finale)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016TV SeriesAunt Myrna
Sofia the First2013-2014TV SeriesMulan Princess Jasmine
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary2010TV MovieFantine
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams2007VideoJasmine (singing voice, uncredited)
Mulan II2004VideoMulan (singing voice)
Sing Along Songs: Disney Princess - Once Upon a Dream2004Video shortJasmine / Mulan
Johnny Bravo2004TV SeriesPrincess / Princess #1
ER2001TV SeriesAmparo
Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge2001Video GamePrincess Jasmine (singing voice)
Mulan1998Mulan (singing voice)
Aladdin on Ice1995TV MovieJasmine (singing voice, uncredited)
Sana maulit muli1995Agnes
Redwood Curtain1995TV MovieGeri Riordan
Aladdin Activity Center1994Video GameJasmine (singing voice)
Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special1993TV MovieSinger
Bakit labis kitang mahal1992Sandy
Aladdin1992Jasmine (singing voice, uncredited)
Dear Diary1989Lenny Tacorda (segment "Dear Killer")
Pik pak boom1988Rosie
My Neighbor Totoro1988Mrs. Kusakabe (English version, voice)
Captain Barbell1986Rosemarie
Ninja Kids1986Yoko
Like Father, Like Son1985Angela
Tropang bulilit1981Lisa
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesLien Hughes #2 (2001, 2003)


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sofia the First2013-2014TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Voice of the Philippines2013TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Filthy Frank Show2012TV Series short performer - 2 episodes
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary2010TV Movie performer: "At the End of the Day", "I Dreamed a Dream", "Lovely Ladies" uncredited, "Fantine's Arrest", "Come to Me", "Valjean's Death"
Dayo2008performer: "Lipad"
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams2007Video performer: "Peacock Princess", "I've Got My Eyes On You" - as Lea Solonga
Mulan II2004Video performer: "Lesson Number One"
Johnny Bravo2004TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Lea Salonga Live2003Video documentary performer: "Someone's Waiting For You", "Something's Comin'", "Even If", "Carpenters Medley", "Happiness", "Sunlight", "Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile", "Disney Medley", "Sun and Moon", "Last Night of the World", "On My Own", "Don't Know What To Do, Don't Know What To Say", "You Must Love Me", "Imagine", "True Colors", "Streisand Medley", "The Journey", "One Voice", "Tomorrow"
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV Special performer: "I Enjoy Being a Girl", "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "Mountain Greenery", "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair"
The Broadway Concert2002Video documentary performer: "Maybe", "I Can See It", "I've Never Been In Love Before", "I Enjoy Being A Girl", "Love, Look Away", "Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley", "Someone Else's Story", "Nothing", "You'll Never Get Away From Me / Wherever We Go", "Too Much For One Heart", "Where Is Love", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Someone Like You", "Something Wonderful", "Being Alive"
Mulan1998performer: "Honor to Us All", "Reflection", "I'll Make a Man Out of You", "A Girl Worth Fighting For"
People: A Musical Celebration1995TV Movie performer: "How Wonderful We Are"
Great Performances1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Baywatch1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV Special performer: "A Whole New World"
Bakit labis kitang mahal1992performer: "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
Aladdin1992performer: "A Whole New World" 1992
Pik pak boom1988performer: "Anything For You"

Music Department

Dayo2008performer: theme song
Aladdin1992singing voice


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHerself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The Heat Is On1989TV Movie documentaryHerself (Kim)
That's Entertainment1986TV SeriesHerself
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Good Morning America1992-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Kababayan Today2015TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2014TV SeriesHerself
Lea Salonga: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center2014VideoHerself
To Be Takei2014DocumentaryHerself
The Voice of the Philippines2013TV SeriesHerself - Coach
Show People with Paul Wontorek2011-2013TV SeriesHerself
The Show2013TV SeriesHerself
The Song That Changed My Life2012TV SeriesHerself
Miss Universe 20112011TV SpecialHerself - Judge
Kababayan LA2010TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself
My Neighbor Totoro: Behind the Microphone2010Video shortHerself
My Neighbor Totoro: The Totoro Experience2010Video documentary shortMother
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Lea Salonga Live2003Video documentaryHerself-Performer
Working in the Theatre1999-2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Falling in Love: A Richard Rodgers Tribute2002TV MovieHerself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Broadway Concert2002Video documentaryHerself-Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh1998TV Special documentaryKim / Eponine
Great Performances1995TV SeriesEponine
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World1993TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Reading Rainbow1993TV SeriesHerself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1993TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Aladdin': A Whole New World1992TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Mickey's PhilharMagic2003ShortJasmine
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All1998Video short
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me1993Video shortPrincess Jasmine
The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I1993TV MovieHerself


Won Awards

2008Festival PrizeMetro Manila Film FestivalBest Theme SongDayo (2008)
2005Golden Artist AwardFAMAS Awards

Nominated Awards

2009Golden Screen AwardGolden Screen Awards, PhilippinesBest Original SongDayo (2008)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original SongMulan (1998)
1996FAMAS AwardFAMAS AwardsBest ActressSana maulit muli (1995)
1996Gawad Urian AwardGawad Urian AwardsBest Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres)Sana maulit muli (1995)
1982FAMAS AwardFAMAS AwardsBest Child ActressTropang bulilit (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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