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Isabel Preysler

September 16, 2007 on 8:14 pm | In Pinay Model, Pinay TV Personality | Isabel Preysler

We’re going old skool in this latest pinay update and avoiding talk of scandals or nudity. This next famous Filipina has an interesting story. She is Enrique Iglesias’ (yes that famous singer’s) mother: Isabel Preysler ArrĂ¡stia was born on February 18, 1951 in the middle-class neighborhood of San Lorenzo, Manila, Philippines, the third of six children to a middle-class Filipino family. Her nickname as a child was “Chabeli”, which would later be the nickname of her first child. According to the book “Reina de Corazones” by Paloma Barrientos, she dated Gregorio Araneta, Charlie Lopez, and Bobby Santos, among others, as a teenager. Her older brother Enrique died in Hong Kong due to a heroine overdose. She named her second son Enrique Iglesias, in honor of her deceased brother. Joaquin, her second oldest brother, also had problems with drugs, but overcame them and now lives in Canada. During her youth, Isabel participated in a charity beauty pageant for the Sheraton Hotel in Manila and was crowned queen. Jun Ikalav, a playboy with a bad reputation, started dating Isabel. This worried her parents, and at the age of 18, she was sent to live in Madrid with her uncle and aunt to study at Mary Ward College, an Irish Catholic university in Spain, where she studied Accounting. It was at a party in 1970 that she was introduced to a family friend by the name of Julio Iglesias, who at the time was not yet a famous singer. The couple had their wedding just seven months later and were married for seven years, during which time they had three children, Chabeli, Julio Jr. and Enrique. In accordance with their rising careers, Julio as a singer, and Isabel as a model in Spain and Europe, they exploded onto the scene in 1971 and became overnight superstars in Spain and Latin America.

Often dubbed “La Perla de Manila” by the Spanish media (”The Pearl of Manila”), readers at Hola magazine have voted Isabel Preya as the most elegant and best-dressed woman in Spain for 1991, 2002, and 2004, and she has consistently topped the best-dressed lists over the years in various Spanish magazines. Preysler is noted for conserving her beauty in spite of her age. She, her family, and her home are frequent presences in Spanish magazines. She also helps participate in events for the Philippine Embassy in Madrid. The above photo features Isabel Preya and George Clooney (who has a large following in Latin America). Enjoy the various photos of Isabel Preysler below.





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