Jessa Zaragoza Biography

Richelle Ann Loyola or Jessa Zaragoza (often misspelled Zaragosa) is a Filipino singer and actress. She is married to Filipino singer Dingdong Avanzado. The couple has a daughter named Jayda.

Jessa Zaragoza is tagged in Philippine show business as the "Jukebox Queen" and the "Phenomenal Diva" due to the phenomenal success of her song "Bakit Pa?" from her debut album "Just Can't Help Feelin'," which reached sextuple platinum just months after its release in 1996. The hit song also spawned a movie of the same title starring herself, Diether Ocampo, and Troy Montero, and directed by noted Filipino director Jose Javier Reyes. The album was ultimately awarded a Diamond Record Award by the PARI (Philippine Association of the Record Industry, Inc.).

She, along with her husband and daughter, stayed for a while in the United States. There the husband-wife tandem continued to perform in concerts specially for the Filipino community.

Rufa Mae Quinto-Dingdong Avanzado-Jessa Zaragoza triangle finds closure after seven years. U.S. immigrants Dingdong Avanzado and Jessa Zaragoza arrived in the Philippines with their daughter Jayda, before doing a series of concerts in Australia. Rufa Mae was Dingdong's exclusive date and she was a close friend of Jessa. Things got sour as the two friends fought over Dingdong. Dingdong and Jessa faced Rufa Mae as Showbiz Central's Juror on July 15, 2007 in a no-holds-barred interview.

Recently the spat between Jessa and Rufa Mae has resurfaced due to the latter's interview with Yes! Magazine which mentioned again the name of her former beau Dingdong. It was also reported that she was also jealous of Dingdong's former girlfriend, singer Rachel Alejandro, when both singers performed at a reunion concert early this year. However, this was already denied by both camps of Rachel and Jessa.

2009 marks the comeback of the Phenomenal Diva as she resumes her stalled showbiz career via GMA Network's Rosalinda. She plays Evangelina Kintanar. Along with this is a new album under MCA Music entitled Jessa Sings the Great Musical Icons I featuring the carrier single "Broken Hearted Me," an original by Anne Murray, which is receiving positive feedback on radio and TV.
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