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Born in Philippines
Nickname Queen of Kundiman

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Sylvia La Torre was born on June 4, 1933 in the Philippines. She is an actress, known for Ulila ng Bataan (1952), Buhay Pilipino (1952) and Nukso nang nukso (1959). She has been married to Celso Perez de Tagle since October 9, 1954. They have three children.

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Celso Perez de Tagle (9 October 1954 - present) ( 3 children)

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Has three children (with husband-dentist Dr. Celso Perez de Tagle) named Artie, Bernie and Che Che.
In 1960, her dzRH program, "Tuloy ang Ligaya", with Lita Gutierrez and Oscar Obligacion was a phenomenon. Its success inspired Manila Broadcasting Company's big boss, Federico Elizalde, to transform it into a TV show. And that was how "The Big Show" was born on MBC's Channel 11 in 1961.
She also gained equal success on radio, where she immortalized Ibyang in the radio comedy "Edong Mapangarap," starring Eddie San Jose. It was so successful it spawned the hit 'Sebya' series, including "Sebya, Mahal Kita" and "Nukso ng Nukso." She also did "Ulila ng Bataan" and "Goria at Tekla.".
Known for her high soprano voice. She is the first soprano who broke through the pop culture successfully in the Philippines.
With Oscar Obligacion, she hosted the unbeatable noontime program "The Big Show" on Channel 11 under Manila Broadcasting Company. The success of the show led ABS-CBN head Geny Lopez to offer the duo a record breaking deal to move to ABS-CBN - to the chagrin of Mr. Ira Efren Davis, MBC's manager. To get their services, Geny raised their talent fee to a whooping 20 times.
When the daily noon show Oras ng Ligaya made its debut in 1962, she became the most popular female celebrity in the Philippines. It was one of the pioneering shows of ABS-CBN.
Since her father revived Sampaguita, she was included in the cast of several film produced by the company which her father helped to revive. But she never became the main lead. She moved to LVN Pictures in the 50s where she became a lead star.
She joined showbiz due to the prodding of her father, Olive La Torre, a known director who was credited for having resurrected Sampaguita Pictures via the historic Roberta (1951).
At age seven, she became a certified film star via Ang maestra (1941).
Tagged as the Queen of Kundiman (traditional love songs), she recorded around 400 singles from 1950 to 1970s.
Her first song was "Si Petite Mon Amour" under Bataan Records in 1950. She later moved to rival Villar Records where she waxed some 400 songs, ranging from kundiman to balitaw to novelty songs.
Studied music at the University of Sto. Tomas after World War II. She said priests who heard her singing gave her an scholarship at UST's Conservatory of Music.
Started stage theater acting at age 9. By 1948, she joined in the Manila Grand Opera House the then biggest name in the industry like Bayani Casimiro and Katy de la Cruz. Also during the Japanese occupation, Sylvia was a staple in stage shows at the Life Theater, where she performed with Pugo and Togo, Tony Santos and Rogelio de la Rosa. Her contemporaries as child actors were Leroy Salvador and Chiquito.
At age 5, she was already starting joining singing contests in Manila in 1938. In her first competition joined, she emerged as the champion at the Savoy Theater in downtown Manila. Her winning piece was the kundiman "Ako ay Bulaklak ng Kawangis.".
Daughter of cruise singer Leonora Reyes and famous Sampaguita Pictures director Olive La Torre.
Grandmother of Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Anna Maria is the daughter of her son, Artie. Sylvia was Anna Maria's first acting and singing coach.
A successful TV, movie, stage and radio, singer and actress considered to be an icon in the Philippines.
Sylvia and husband Celso live in Los Angeles, California, USA [May 2009]

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