When asked about who our favorite ‘Darna’ is, some may answer Angel Locsin, Anjanette Abayari, and probably some of us still picture Nanette Medved when recalling Darna. You may at one point got jealous because she’s your husband’s ultimate crush. But for millenials, who is Nanette Medved? And what is she now?
We know you’re excited to know what happened to her so let’s fast forward to that.
Nanette is now a very successful businesswoman, and a philanthrophist. After her last project in Pinoy movies co-starring with ‘FPJ’ in ‘Ang Dalubhasa,’ she enrolled at Babson College in Boston where she had degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and only few of us know that she graduated as Summa Cum Laude! Wow.
Nanette married businessman Christopher Po in South Africa in June of 1999. Her husband is the CEO of Century Pacific Group, producer of Century Tuna and other food brands, and chairman of Shakey’s fast-food chain. They were blessed with two children — Ganden and Joss Dechen.
Let’s get to know her better. Nanette was born in Hawaii, USA, in 1971 to a Russian father and a Chinese mother, but some say her mother is ‘Pintsik’; whatever, she is beautiful and Filipino at heart.
Her growing up years were spent traveling throughout Asia, but she spent most of her primary and secondary education in Holy Family Academy in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines.
Nanette started her career as a commercial model in 1987. Shortly thereafter, Nanette signed exclusively with Viva Films where she remained under contract. Nanette’s first film under Viva had her co-star along side Robin Padilla in “Sa Diyos Lang Ako Susuko” (1990) but she is most famously known by Filipinos for her role as the iconic super-heroine “Darna”. She was also in the Andrew E. movie Humanap ka ng Panget. 25 films later Nanette ends her film career in the aforementioned “Ang Dalubhasa” (2000).
Her most prominent recognitions as an actress are as follows:
- 1993 Nominated FAMAS AwardBest Supporting Actress Narito Ang Puso Ko
- 1993 Nominated Gawad Urian AwardBest Supporting Actress Narito Ang Puso
- 1993 Nominated YCCBest Actress Hiram Na Mukha
- 1992 Won Gawad Urian AwardBest Supporting Actress Sa Kabila Ng Lahat
And her post-actress awards are the following:
- 2017 Price Waterhouse Coopers, Developmental Social Enterprise Award, Grand Winner
- 2015 Best New Brand, Global Bottled Water Awards, Lisbon Portugal, Zenith International
- 2015 Best Community Initiative, Global Bottled Water Awards, Lisbon Portugal, Zenith International
- 2015 BPI Ka Negosyo, Financial Excellence Award
- 2015 Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneur Award
- 2012 Philippines’ Most Stylish, Tatler
- 1998 Summa Cum Laude, Babson College
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