As the daughter of the biggest and most well-loved actor in Philippine cinema history, the late great Fernando Poe Jr., Lovi Poe certainly has big shoes to fill. But as a star who many consider today as one of the most beautiful young actresses onscreen today, she’s on the way to making a big name for herself as well.
Her screen name, Lovi comes from her given name Lourdes Virginia Moran Poe. Her mother is Rowena Moran, a formel model and co-star of Fernando Poe Jr. in the movie Kapag Puno na ang Salop in 1987. Lovi was born to the two on February 11, 1989 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City.
It’s said that talent is hereditary and from an early age, acting must have been always in the cards for Lovi. Her father, after all, is the King of Philippine movies and her grandfather, Fernando Poe Sr. was one of the biggest and highest paid actors of his time as well. When it comes to show business, though, singing was where Lovi first showed interest and talent in. In school, she had joined choirs and regularly performed on stage. In 2007 back when she was still only 15, she was chosen by international duo Same Same of Moffats fame to perform a duet with them for a track in their international album.
According to Lovi, her mother was against the idea of her joining show business and instead wanted a simple life for her away from the public eye. But it seems that Lovi always knew what she wanted to do and eventually managed to convince her mother to let her join showbusiness, first as a singer and then as a full-fledged actress.
Her first appearance on a TV show was in 2006 when she appeared in the GMA-7 show Love to Love, a teen-oriented series where she was paired opposite young actor Cogie Domingo. She would appear in other GMA shows like Maynila and Baywalk but her role in the series Bakekang that same year in a supporting role would be instrumental in getting her noticed by the public. The title role of Bakekang, a woman born with an unpleasant face was played by Sunshine Dizon. Lovi played the role of Kristal, Bakekang’s beautiful daughter, a girl who was doted on by her mother and who becomes a way for her mother to gain acceptance vicariously.
As the years passed, Lovi would continue to act on TV for the GMA network. She would also release a music album in 2006 entitled The Best of My Heart. She would accomplish all these the while continuing her studies as was the desire of her mother. In college, she would take up Psychology in Ateneo de Manila University. Some of her hit GMA shows would include Zaido from 2007 and Lalola in 2009. She wouldn’t be limited to doing dramas, though, as she would also be cast in 2009’s Show Me Da Manny alongside the national celebrity boxer and soon to be Congressman Manny Pacquiao.
Just like her father, she would also venture into acting for the big screen with Regal Film starrers like 2007’s Shake, Rattle and Roll 9 and 2010’s White House. Her career would continue to thrive until 2011 when she practically becomes a household name with the hit camp movie Temptation Island. In this remake of a Joey Gosiengfiao 80s hit, she played one of the beauty pageant contestants along with other GMA stars Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff and Marian Rivera.
Recently, Lovi Poe’s star has continued to gain more and more prominence as she is continually considered one of the sexiest female celebrities in the country. With greater stardom also came a greater maturity in the roles that she accepts. Her latest film is My Neighbor’s Wife which many consider her sexiest role so far alongside Carla Abellana and Jake Cuenca. At the moment, with Lovi also regularly appearing as a cover girl in many magazines and her career red-hot, one can’t even begin to predict how high her star could rise. Which is only fitting as she is, after all, her father’s daughter.