Richelle Ann Mallari Loyola Avanzado aka Jessa Zaragoza. The Philippines undisputed Phenomenal Diva has been romancing and mesmerizing millions of fans for 12 solid years…and counting! Indeed it has been quite a remarkable journey for this 25-year old Filipino Pop Superstar since the airing of her unforgettable Palmolive Soap TV Commercial and her stint in the youth-oriented afternoon variety show, That’s Entertainment in 1992!
Initially positioned and packaged as an actress, Jessa breathed life to a lot of memorable characters both on TV and film. In the 90’s she played a number of supporting roles in a handful of critically acclaimed movies and television shows but it wasnt only until June of 1997 in her release of her single, ‘Bakit Pa?’ that Jessa was officially catapulted into the peak of mainstream popularity.
The most appropriate term was Phenomenal because the song ‘Bakit Pa’ became the craze of the entire Philippines. People of all ages and class were mesmerized by Jessa’s superb artistry. Her unique singing voice made her an important artist and one of the Best Selling Female Recording Artist in the Philippines. ‘Bakit Pa’ was made into a film and naturally Jessa performed the title role. The movie broke box-office records in the Philippines.
In the late 90’s, Jessa positioned herself at the forefront of the live concert scene, making her a highly visible figure in a lot of live shows throughout the country as well as abroad.
Today Jessa is considered as a CULTURAL ICON in the Philippines. She continues to dazzle millions of fans through her timeless music that speaks in behalf of the Filipino people.
Jessa is married to Singer/Concert Performer DINGDONG AVANZADO and has a daughter named Jayda.
Screen Name : Jessa Zaragoza
Real Name : Richelle Ann Mallari Loyola
Nick Name : Rich, Ricci, shell, I-cheng
Age : 21 years old
Birthday : January 31, 1979
Birthplace : Caloocan City
Height : 5 feet 2 inches
Weight : 102 lbs.
Hobbies/Skills : Playing Drums (Basic), Target shooting