Ara Mina

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Hazel Klenk Reyes, better known as Ara Mina (born 9 May 1979 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina actress and singer. She is the daughter of former Quezon City congressman Ismael “Chuck” Mathay III and elder sister of actress Cristine Reyes. The name “Ara Mina” was derived from the names of her two sisters.



Her first showbiz stint was when she joined That's Entertainment, the now defunct youth-oriented talent and variety show, at the age of 13. Her career took off when she started appearing in adult films and gracing covers of men's magazines.

Ara Mina has been a regular cast member of GMA Network's sketch comedy show Bubble Gang since 1998.

In 2002, she starred in Mano Po 1: My Family alongside Richard Gomez.She won Best Actress in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and the Golden Screen Awards.





Speculations that Ara Mina will run for office in Quezon City in 2010 have circulated since 2007, when she announced that she would be holding a fundraising concert at the Araneta Coliseum. She said that the constituents of her father Ismael Mathay III were urging her seek a government seat.

On 3 November 2009, Ara Mina sought the advice of the Commission on Elections regarding premature campaigning as her afternoon television drama Tinik sa Dibdib was airing.

She filed her certificate of candidacy on 30 November as an independent candidate gunning for council seat in the second district of Quezon City.

Controversial interview

Reyes was interviewed by radio DJ Mo Twister on his show In My Opinion (IMO) on ANC. On 12 January 2010, Mo Twister questioned her regarding her stand on issues like private armies, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), premarital sex, the Reproductive Health Bill, gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, and the Anti-Pornography Bill.

After saying that she is “for”private armies, Mo asked her to expound on her answer, in view of the November 23 Maguindanao Massacre. Reyes explained that she “did not answer about being 'for' or 'against' private armies” because she does not follow the “depressing” news.

When asked about her view on VFA, she declined to answer and returned the question to Mo instead.

The video made its way to the internet on 3 February and registered more than 50,000 hits within two days. Her responses drew negative reactions from viewers. Mo remarked that voters in Quezon City would be dismayed by her lack of knowledge of current events given that she is running for city councilor.

A week later, Ara Mina defended her answers by saying that she is not accustomed to being asked about politics in rapid succession. She further criticized the presentation of the video, which highlighted her mistakes, and claimed that it was a move to sabotage her lead in the surveys.


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