Nicknamed “Amands” by her close friends, Amanda Griffin is one of the most versatile of the television personalities in the Philippine spotlight. Despite her busy schedule in modeling and TV show business, Griffin has been able to earn two university degrees, help promote Greenpeace, and start her own swim fashion retail store.
Amanda Claire Griffin was born in Windsor, England. Her father, Tony Griffin, is a businessman from Britain; Susana Ricardo is her mother, and a flight attendant from Cebu Island in the Philippines. Griffin has two younger siblings, and they were raised in England, the United States, and the Philippines. She went to high school in Manila, and began a part time modeling career. Although she has been in front of a camera since her early teens and loves the job, Griffin attended College in Australia and earned her bachelor’s degree in both business and communications.
Griffin began her career as a young model at age 14, after being discovered at a mall, while attending the International School in Manila. It wasn’t until after she finished college at Bond University in Australia that she pushed her career forward and became a full time model . However, it didn’t stop magazines and fashion designers from tapping her immediately for photo shoots and live ramp fashion modeling. Commercials and product endorsements were soon to follow. Her first commercial? Rejoice Shampoo.
However, being an international model apparently was not enough variety for Griffin. After developing her career on camera and the ramp, Griffin took on two more major projects—opening a fashion boutique to carry the Tabu line of swimwear, and the ABS-CBN.com/">ABS-CBN television fashion magazine, “F,” as a food and travel reporter. After “F” fizzled out, she began co-hosting “Team Explorer,” a travel show on station 23.
And Griffin makes time to help Greenpeace as well. Very concerned about the damage to the ocean and coral reefs, she can be found gathering signatures for Greenpeace and often wears Greenpeace shirts on her shows. When Amanda gets time to sleep is anyone’s guess, but Earth’s coral reefs will be better off for her efforts.