Athena (singer)

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Athena Tibi
Athena High School Musical Onstage as Sharpay Evans 2.JPG
Athena appears on stage as Sharpay Evans in High School Musical
Background information
Birth name Athena Sophia Rhossa Alejandro Tibi
Born (1988-12-02) December 2, 1988 (age 29)
Manila, Philippines
Origin Saitama, Japan
Genres J-pop, pop, pop rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Viva Entertainment (2002 - 2006 / 2011)
Website SomethingDrastic Management

Athena (アシーナ, Ashīna, born December 2, 1988) or Athena Tibi is a Filipino singer, stage actress and movie actress from Manila, Philippines and raised in Saitama, Japan.

She is best known for her role as Kristine Santos in the 2009 film A Journey Home by Paul Soriano and as Reena San Jose in the 4th Wall Theater Company production of Rivalry,[1] by Jaime Del Mundo and Ed Gatchalian,[2] based on the Ateneo–La Salle rivalry between two universities in the Philippines. She announced her debut live show in Japan on November 18, 2012.

Biography[edit]

Background[edit]

Athena was born in Manila, The Philippines, but moved to Japan at age 3 when her family relocated due to her father's work. She grew up in Koshigaya in Saitama, then returned to Manila age 10, having mastered Japanese alongside English and Tagalog.

She went to High School at St. Paul College Pasig before moving to La Consolacion College in Pasig.

She graduated with a BA in Management from the University of Asia and the Pacific, a private research University located in Ortigas Center in Metro Manila in 2009.

Acting career[edit]

Athena's first acting role came in daily TV series Sarah the Teen Princess[3] as recurring character Tiny, a friend of the lead character played by Sarah Geronimo in 2004 on ABS-CBN.

Athena next appeared as Cristy in 2004's Lastikman by director Mac Alejandre, based on the character created by Mars Ravelo. The story tells how the rubber-tree powered superhero (played by Mark Bautista) fights back against bullying and captures the heart of Lara (Sarah Geronimo), the girl he loves.

In 2006 Athena played Princess Gabrielle in a production of Gabrielle by Joachim Emilio Antonio, which won the second prize for a One-Act Play[4] at the Palanca Awards, awarded for literary achievements since 1950.

During 2007 Athena starred in a series of plays and musicals, including Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest as Cecily Cardew,[5] The Girl Who Was Plugged In as P.Burke and High School Musical Onstage as Sharpay Evans, alongside actor Sam Concepcion.[6]

Athena's next project was as the lead in Jerry Bach's romantic comedy Pizza Girl, premiering in June 2008.[7]

In 2009 Athena appeared[8] alongside Joem Bascon and Toni Gonzaga in Paul Soriano's A Journey Home, described as "an inspirational indie movie with central themes of forgiveness, family solidarity and the upholding of moral values."[9] Athena played Kristine,[10] one of two children reunited with their estranged father after their mothers death, who is the more accommodating to her father's return to rebuild relationships.[11] The premiere was held at the SM Megamall in Ortigas Center on October 3, 2009.[12]

Back on stage, Athena played Sally Brown in Kultura and UA&P's production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Insular Life Auditorium in Ayala Alabang in January and February 2010.[13]

In 2011, Athena was one of the VJs of the show "The Daily Top 5" on Viva TV, alongside Nikki Bacolod, Barbie Salvador and other Viva Entertainment artists.

In 2012 Athena played Reena San Jose in the 4th Wall Theater Company production of Rivalry,[1] based on the Ateneo–La Salle rivalry between two universities in the Philippines, which opened to unanimously positive reviews such as by The Philippine Star; "Filipinos are naturally gifted singers, particularly, the lead female protagonist whose vocal timbre reminded me of a younger Lea Salonga."[14] Set in 1968, the story follows the tensions as the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the La Salle Green Archers prepare to meet in a basketball final, Athena's character described as "a beautiful Maryknoller named Reena San Jose, who, after enduring heartbreak, promises herself that she’ll never get involved with another guy again."[15]

Music career[edit]

Athena appears as Gabrielle Montez on the High School Musical tour, 2007

Athena appeared on the Viva Television show Star for a Night broadcast on IBC, as a semi-finalist. Presented by renowned singer and actress Regine Velasquez, and eventually won by Sarah Geronimo, Athena sang Celine Dion's That's the Way It Is. Athena was then spotted and signed to Viva Entertainment,[citation needed] based in Quezon City in 2002.

Athena debuted as an artist as one part of three-piece unit 3Yo in December 2002, with Ketchup Song.[16] 3Yo's self-titled debut album was released on 3 December 2004.[17]

In 2004 Athena was a guest on MTV's MTV Lokal, hosted by KC Montero, where she represented Levi Music Festival, singing an original song "OK" written by Adrienne Sarmiento and renowned Filipino drummer Nino Regalado. The song was then included on an album release titled 1st Levi Music Festival.[18]

In April 2005, Athena joined 4-member unit Fairgame, releasing one 4-track self-titled CD.[19] Fairgame promoted in malls across The Philippines as an opening act for various Viva Entertainment artists.

Athena performed her first solo show at UA&P on September 13, 2007 at an event called 'Hanging Out with Athena Tibi', performing a range of pop, R&B, rock and acoustic songs.[20]

On August 9, 2008 Athena joined Sam Concepcion, Cheska Ortega, Enrique Gil and Nelsito Gomez to sing the opening and closing song for the launch program of TV channel TV5.

Athena's own YouTube channel includes her renditions of songs by popular J-Pop singers such as Yui and Yuna Ito.[21] In October 2012, she announced her debut solo live performance in Japan on November 18, 2012, at Shibuya Lounge Neo in Tokyo.[22] Aside from it, she also submitted demo CDs to major Japanese labels such as Pony Canyon and Sony Music Japan.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films and television[edit]

Year Film Name Character Name Director/ Producer
2004 Sarah the Teen Princess Tiny (recurring cast) ABS-CBN
2004 Lastikman Christy Mac Alejandre
2008 Pizza Girl Beth Jerry Bachs
2009 A Journey Home Kristine Santos Paul Soriano
2011 Kuya Alvin Lani Roselyn Perez

Television appearances[edit]

Year Program Name Channel Character Name
2003 Master Showman GMA Network Special Guest as herself
2006 ASAP (variety show) ABS-CBN Special Guest as herself
2007 ASAP (variety show) ABS-CBN High School Musical cast
2007 SOP (Philippine TV series) GMA Network High School Musical cast
2007 Shall We Dance? GMA Network High School Musical cast
2007 - 2008 The Sweet Life Q Special Guest as herself
2009 ASAP (variety show) ABS-CBN N.O.A.H. cast
2011 The Daily Top 5 Viva TV VJ

Theater[edit]

Year Production Name Character Name Producer
2004 Honk! Ugly Trumpets Playshop
2005 Pendragon Morgan Le Fay Trumpets Playshop
2006 Wicked Elphaba Thropp Trumpets Playshop
2006 New Yorker in Tondo Kikay/Francesca UA&P
2006 Gabrielle Princess Gabrielle Dulaang Roc / UA&P
2007 The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew Kultura / UA&P
2007 The Girl Who Was Plugged In P.Burke Trumpets Playshop
2007 High School Musical Onstage Sharpay Evans Stages
2008 Much Ado About Nothing Hero UA&P
2008 Sierra Lakes Arlene Reyes Dulaang Roc / UA&P
2009 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sally Brown Kultura / UA&P
2009 Legally Blonde Vivienne Kensington Trumpets Playshop
2009 N.O.A.H. – No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat Ensemble Trumpets / Stages
2010 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sally Brown Kultura / UA&P
2011 Hercules' 12 Athena/ Artemis Young Artists Productions
2012 - 2014 Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle the Musical Reena San Jose 4th Wall Theater Company
2015 Singapura Farida 4th Wall Theater Company

Discography[edit]

3YO[edit]

  • 3YO - Ketchup Song (2003)
  • Viva Popstars Christmas album (2003)
  • 3YO (2004)
  • Levi Celerio Music Festival (2004)

Fairgame[edit]

  • Fairgame (2006)

Athena[edit]

  • Athena (2012) - Available on Spotify

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Annie S. Alejo (2012-03-07). "Building on the future of Philippine theater". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  2. ^ Ang, Walter (2012-01-23). "New musical celebrates long-running Ateneo-La Salle rivalry". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  3. ^ Sarah, The Teen Princess on IMDb
  4. ^ "Literary Works - One-Act Play". Palanca Awards. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  5. ^ "The Importance of Being Earnest". Multiply. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Back-to-School, Back-to-'High School Musical'". Click The City. 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Pizza Girl the Movie". Multiply. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  8. ^ Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (2009-09-22). "Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano keep it professional in 'A Journey Home'". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  9. ^ Vanessa A Balbuena (2009-11-27). "DIRECTOR PAUL SORIANO: Taking the positive route". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  10. ^ Valle, Jocelyn (2009-10-28). "'A Journey Home' inspires even unbelievers". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  11. ^ Fidel Antonio Medel (2009-10-08). "A Journey Home carries a message of hope for troubled families". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  12. ^ Orsal, Noel (2009-10-08). "RED CARPET WATCH: A Journey Home". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  13. ^ EJ (2010-01-19). "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown". Manila Reviews. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  14. ^ Tamano, Adel (2012-02-19). "Five reasons to watch 'Rivalry'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  15. ^ Abby F. Castelo & Alexis M. Dy (2012-02-06). "From the court to the stage". The GUIDON. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  16. ^ "Ketchup Song". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  17. ^ "3Yo". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  18. ^ Baby A. Gil (2004-04-28). "The 1st Levi finalists album". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  19. ^ "Fairgame". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  20. ^ Marie (2007-09-05). "Kultura Young Artists Series 2007". Multiply. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  21. ^ Tibi, Athena (2012-10-26). "Athena Tibi" (YouTube). 
  22. ^ "ATHENA". SomethingDrastic. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 

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