Ana Karylle Padilla Tatlonghari-Yuzon, commonly known by her stage mononym Karylle, is a Filipino singer, songwriter, actress, TV host, model, theater performer, writer, blogger and entrepreneur.


Karylle was born on March 22, 1981 [2] in Manila to Zsazsa Padilla, a singer-actress and Dr. Modesto Tatlonghari. Her parents separated when she was six years old. She has one half-sister Zia Quizon from her mother's relationship to actor and comedian Dolphy a.k.a. Rodolfo Vera Quizon.[3][4] She completed her elementary and secondary education, notably in O.B. Montessori Center – Greenhills during grade school (where she was class valedictorian), and Poveda where she finished high school with a Service Medal for extra-curricular and volunteer works. She began taking formal ballet lessons at the age of three and continued until she was fifteen. While she was preparing for her debut album, Karylle had started rehearsals for her first stage musical Little Mermaid where she played Princess Sapphire. In college, Karylle took up B.S. Management major in Communications Technology Management at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she made to the Dean's list and graduated in year 2002. Karylle is also an entrepreneur. She is part owner of the family KTV and resto-bar CenterStage at Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Jupiter in Makati City and Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City and Mey Lin Restaurant.


She entered the music scene with her first album Time to Shine from Universal Records with the dance single "Can't Live Without You".

Her second album was released on 2005 entitled You Make Me Sing. She wrote the songs "Coz, I Love You" and "Hiling".[6] Also included in the album is the theme song, "Mahiwagang Puso", for her hit fantaserye Encantadia, in which she starred as Sang'gre Alena.

Three years later, she released her third album Time for Letting Go under a new recording company Polyeast Records. With this album, Karylle's gifts as a distinctive powerhouse vocalist is showcased in the single, "I'll Never get Over You Getting Over Me". It is a collection of songs that give the definition of moving on and at the same time divides grief in five different stages. The album also features duet with her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla – "I Live for Your Love" and three of Karylle's original compositions, "Minamahal Kita", "Hulog ng Langit" and the soulful piano-driven "Wala Na Bang Lahat".[7]

Her 4th album, Roadtrip, was released in 2011, in which she ventured out of her comfort zone and produced the album by herself.[8] She wrote eleven tracks in this album which "narrates her personal journey". She had worked on this album for the past four years and according to one of her interviews this album represents who she is, as- the artist, singer, songwriter.[9]

Aside from her albums Karylle also did theme songs for the movies that she starred in. She, together with Jerome John Hughes did "Pagbigyan ang Puso", for Mano Po 3 and a cover of "Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan" for the movie Moments of Love.

Another album of Karylle, her 5th which is simply entitled K was launched in November 2013. This one features her dabbling into different genres. The album also includes Karylle's 2013 Philpop entry Sa’yo Na Lang Ako. In 2015, Universal Records released Karylle Songbook containing her first two albums in one CD.

Her latest and sixth album entitled A Different Playground was launched in February 2016. She said that this album is a reflection on her married life. A Different Playground captures Karylle playful side as an artist.[10]


YearAlbum Title and Singles ReleasedRecording CompanyPARI Certification
2001Time to Shine
  • Can't Live Without You
  • Calling
2005You Make Me Sing
  • You Make Me Sing
  • Hiling
  • Universal Records
2009Time for Letting Go
  • I'll Never Get Over You
  • Almost Over You
  • PARI: Platinum
  • OMG
  • Basically
  • Found My Smile Again
  • PolyEast Records
  • PARI: Platinum
  • Kiss You
  • Kapiling Kita
  • Sa'yo na lang ako
  • PolyEast Records
  • PARI: Gold
2015Different Playground
  • Can't Shut Up
  • Paano Ko Tuturuan Ang Puso
  • Half a Million
  • PolyEast Records


YearAlbum Title and Singles ReleasedRecording Company
2015The Karylle SongbookUniversal Records


YearSongRecording CompanyTV series/Film
2004"Pagbigyan ang Puso"Universal RecordsMano Po III: My Love
2005"Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan"GMA RecordsMoments of Love
"Mahiwagang Puso"Encantadia

Featured songs

YearAlbum TitleSong/sRecording Company
2011The Kitchen Musical SoundtrackBoom Boom Pow/
Free Your Mind

Every Breath You Take
Hot N Cold
many more...
Sony Music Entertainment
2012Doin' It BigHurt so Bad
duet with Young JV
Star Records
2014SoundtrackAfter All
duet with Christian Bautista
Universal Records

Acting career


Karylle's first appearance on a movie was for a cameo role in Imus Productions' Metro Manila Filmfest entry in 2002 Ang Agimat as Maria Makiling. She also did three movies under Regal Entertainment. Mano Po 2: My Home and Mano Po 3: My Love where she played a Chinese. Her Mano Po films gave her a chance to work with the biggest and best actorlos in show business. Bahay ni Lola 2, a horror film, was her first lead role in a movie. Karylle scored another significant career feat in GMA films' box office hit Moments of Love, which was also a finalist in the New York Film Festival. She also did indie films such as Ligaw Liham and Litsonero. Aside from playing the lead character in "Ligaw Liham", she was also one of the producers of the said film.


2001–2004: Debut as TV actress

After releasing her first album, Karylle became a co-host and performer in GMA-7's now defunct program SOP. She also ventured into TV acting. Her first acting stint was in GMA 7's primetime television drama Twin Hearts as Iris. Her character would appear only for a week but then the production asked her to come back on the show to play another character Jade who looks exactly like Iris due to the chemistry that they have seen between her and actor Dingdong Dantes.[11] It was followed by Love to Love Season 4 where she played the role of an Ilonga from Guimaras thus requiring her to speak with an Ilongo accent earning her a best actress nomination from Enpress Awards.

2008–2009: Change of network

Karylle was one of the hosts of GMA7's Pinoy Idol' along with Rhian Ramos and Richard Gutierrez in 2008. But during the last quarter of that year, she made the big changes regarding her career. She changed her management from Genesis to STAGES, her recording company from Universal Records to Polyeast EMI, from her home grown station, GMA to its rival station ABS-CBN. Also it came as a surprise to everyone when she became an endorser of Bench Body, with her billboards seen all over the metro for the ad "Single is Sexy!" indicating that she is also changing her image. Controversies over her break-up with former co-star and boyfriend Dingdong Dantes are speculated to be what had driven her to make the move. Her last stint in GMA is her appearance in the Manny PacquiaoOscar De La Hoya boxing match in Las Vegas, singing the Philippine national anthem, held last December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas USA. After the event, she signed a contract with ABS-CBN and officially became a Kapamilya. The program ASAP '08 gave her a grand welcome on December 14, 2008. After joining the ABS-CBN family her star shone even brighter. In Tim Yap's column in The Philippine Star she was included in one of the 29 people to watch out for in 2009. She eventually guested in the Season 2 of top rating show I Love Betty La Fea as Olivia. ABS-CBN has given her a show Nasaan Ka Maruja? After her successful stint in the Saturday series, Karylle took on a challenging role as Denise Alferos in the 2010 International Emmy nominee for Telenovela category, Dahil May Isang Ikaw.

2010–present: International breakthrough & It's Showtime

After being busy in the concert scene for a while, she returned on the small screen as she was introduced as the new character in the daily afternoon drama Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?. After months of absence in the local scene due to her international Asian TV series The Kitchen Musical which was aired in 19 territories via AXN. Her role as Maddie in the series, earned her a nomination for Best Actress for in the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival. The singer-actress is back. Karylle continues to host Showtime but due to her schedule she now only appears semi regularly on ASAP. She also said that there are offers for her to do local TV series but due to her schedule she decided to turn them down. As for her international career, she landed another role in the Singaporean action-drama series Point of Entry. In 2013, she landed the role of Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella along with Christian Bautista as Prince Christopher. Cinderella is a musical play at the Resorts World Manila. It staged sixty shows from October 2013 until December 2013.



2002Ang AgimatMaria MakilingCameo role
2003Mano Po II: My HomeRose Chan
2004Masikip sa DibdibSingerCameo role
2004Mano Po III: My LoveJudith Yang
2005Bahay ni Lola 2Nina
2005Mulawin: The MovieSang’gre Alena
2006Moments of LoveLianne Santos
2007Ligaw Liham[12]Karen
2012My Cactus HeartCameo Role
2013Girl, Boy, Bakla, TomboySandyCameo Role (Credited as Peter's Girlfriend)


2001–2008SOPHostGMA Network
2003Twin HeartsIris Medira/Jade Villanueva
2004Love To Love: Sweet ExchangeCathy Ruiz
2005EncantadiaSang'gre Alena
20051st Hip Hop AwardsHost
2005MTV Pilipinas Video Music AwardsHostMTV
2005EtheriaReyna AlenaGMA Network
2006Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas
2006My Music StationHostQTV (now GMA News TV)
2007Magic KamisonRianneGMA Network
2007GMA New Year Countdown CelebrationHost
2008Pinoy Idol ExtraHost
2008Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny PacquiaoPhilippine National Anthem Singer
2008–2015ASAPCo-host (Performer)ABS-CBN
2009I Love Betty La FeaOlivia (Cameo)
2009Your Song Presents: Feb-ibigRose
2009Komiks Presents: Mars Ravelo's: Nasaan Ka Maruja?Helen Rivera
2009Dahil May Isang IkawDenise Mae Alferos
2009Maalaala Mo Kaya: GitaraTara Santelices
2010Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?Tanya
2010Panahon Ko 'to!Herself (Contestant)
2010–presentIt's ShowtimeHost/Judge in Tawag ng Tanghalan
2011The Biggest Loser AsiaHostStudio 23
2011The Kitchen MusicalMaddie AvilonIndonesia/Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei/Philippines/Thailand AXN Asia/
Sony Entertainment Television Southeast Asia
Malaysia NTV7
Thailand RTA Channel 5
Philippines Studio 23
Singapore MediaCorp TV Channel 5/HD5
Indonesia MetroTV
China International Channel Shanghai
Hong Kong/Macau TVB Pearl
Taiwan Formosa Television
Australia Australia Television International
2012Point of Entry 3Tala SisonMediaCorp Channel 5
2013Showtime Holy Week SpecialLotlot SacdalanABS-CBN
2014Showtime Holy Week SpecialHaydee Mañosca
2014Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs FinaleHerself (Performer)
2014Best Thing I Ever Ate – Philippines[13]HerselfFood Network
2015Showtime Holy Week SpecialBev of Minstrels of HopeABS-CBN
2015Ten-4 Para sa Pilipino (also known as Ten 4 Pinas)HostNet 25
2015I-Shine Talent CampMentorYouTube Show
2016Showtime Holy Week SpecialSantaABS-CBN


Karylle is also known to do theater acting.[14] She made her debut in the Trumpets' production of Little Mermaid. Her performance in the Trumpets musical is known to be her breakthrough to show business. She also starred in the Atlantis Production Seussical. Karylle bagged the female lead role as Maria, alternating with Joanna Ampil for the Stages production of West Side Story. Her performance was acclaimed by the critics and the public garnering her an Aliw Award nomination for Best Actress.[15]

2000Little MermaidPrincess Sapphire
2007SeussicalCat in the Hat
2008West Side StoryMaria
2012Rama HariSita


Karylle also has time to do concerts or tours in different places nationwide/worldwide either it is Musical Related concert or not.

2008Souls In Love
with Jay R and Kris Lawrence
Teatrino, Promenade Mall, Greenhills, San Juan
2009Karylle: That Magic Called LoveEDSA Shangri-La
2012Love and Laughter
with Nanette Inventor and Christian Bautista
Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila
2013Mother's Day: Back to Back Concert
with Zsa Zsa Padilla and Zia Quizon
The Evan Theatre, Sydney
Dallas Brooks Center, Melbourne
It's Showtime Live in Hawaii!
with It's Showtime Hosts
Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
2014Love in the City
with Christian Bautista
Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City
Making Beautiful Music with KarylleShangri-La Plaza East Wing
FAAE Pistahan Parade and Festival
with Gary Valenciano and Gab Valenciano
San Francisco's Yerba Buenas Garden
It's Showtime Live in Canada!
with It's Showtime Hosts
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Canada
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Disney in Concert: Tale as Long as Time
with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Sam Concepcion
Morissette Amon and many more...
CCP Main Theater
Rock That Love
with Sponge Cola, Rico Blanco, Sitti and many more...
du Arena, Yas Island Abu Dhabi
2015Boracay Blast Summer Beach Party 2015
with Kokoi Baldo and Spongecola
Sealine Beach Resort Qatar
UniSilver Time 10th Year Anniversary Concert
with Sam Milby, Ejay Falcon and many more...
Aliw Theater
Next Attraction
with Robin Nievera, Paolo Valenciano and Isabella
Music Museum
It's Showtime ANIMversary Kick-off
with It's Showtime Hosts
Smart Araneta Coliseum

Writing career

Other than acting, singing, and hosting, Karylle is also known to be a writer and blogger. She write some blog about her experiences in life or give tips for different events on Yahoo.[16] Karylle had her poem published for the first time in the 2009 February issue of S Magazine[17] where she was also the cover. The magazine was a hot seller. After it, she now dabbles in writing as contributor for S Magazine but before that she was already a contributor writer for Philippine Star's Entertainment section where she shares tidbits from her travels and the events in her life.[18] Karylle launched her own blog site in 2016.[19]

Date PublishedTitle of Articles
July 19, 2007No, nobody can hold us down [20]
December 16, 2007From ‘business-business’ to real business [21]
March 31, 2008My other promdi province[3]
May 18, 2008Come out & play [3]
August 3, 2008From Manila to Mt. Everest and back… and back again [3]
August 10, 2008Taking you where it happens, as it happens [3]
October 12, 2008Things about West Side you don’t know[3]
August 9, 2009My 'fan' London diaries [27]
October 30, 2009ART-icle [3]
February 1, 2010Little Heroes, Big Hearts [27]
August 2, 2010Suma-sideline [3]

Personal life

From year 2005 to 2008, Karylle dated her Encantadia co-star Dingdong Dantes.[3] Their relationship ended controversially after Dantes allegedly cheated on her with his MariMar co-star Marian Rivera.[3]

Awards and nominations

2001Aliw AwardBest New Female Artist"Time to Shine"Won
2002Most Promising Female ArtistWon
Awit AwardBest Performance by a New Female Recording ArtistWon
MTV PhilippinesBest New ArtistWon
Best Female Artist for Music Video"Can't Live Without You"Won
2003Awit AwardsBest Performance by a Duet
with Ogie Alcasid
"Kung Mawawala Ka"Won
2004Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Theme Song"Pagbigyan ang Puso"
for Mano Po III: My Love
Awit AwardBest Inspirational/Religious Song
with Bukas Palad
"Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosario"Won
20052nd Golden Screen Entertainment TV AwardsOutstanding Lead ActressLove to LoveNominated
2006Awit AwardBest R&B Song"You Make Me Sing"Nominated
MTV PhilippinesFavorite Female ArtistNominated
2009MYX Music Awards 2009Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video"Only Hope"
song by Gary Valenciano
Aliw AwardBest Musical Stage Actress"West Side Story"Nominated
2010MYX Music Awards 2010Favorite Female Artist"Time for Letting Go"Nominated
2011Awit AwardSpecial Recognition for their Successful Stint in a Pan-Asian series
with Christian Bautista, Arthur Acuña, Thou Reyes, Ikey Canoy and Juan Jackson
"The Kitchen Musical"Included
PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Talent-Search Program Hosts
with It's Showtime hosts
"It's Showtime"Won
2012MYX Music AwardsFavorite Female Artist"Roadtrip"Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television FestivalBest Actress"The Kitchen Musical"Nominated
Awit AwardBest Dance Recording"OMG"Nominated
PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Reality & Game Show Hosts
with It's Showtime hosts
"It's Showtime"Won
2013PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Female TV HostNominated
2014Yahoo! OMG Awards 2014Female TV HostNominated
Loveteam of the year
with Vice Ganda