Tuesday, October 14, 2008


'''Maria Isabel Arrastia Preysler''' (born on [[February 18]], [[1951]] in [[Manila]], [[Philippines]]), better known as '''Isabel Preysler''', is a Filipinahttp://www.vh1la.com/bands/az/iglesias_enrique/bio.jhtml journalist, [[model (person)|model]] and former TV host in [[Madrid, Spain]]. She expressed to Hola! Magazine that although she has adopted the Spanish culture, she knows her roots lie in the Philippines, the place of her birth and where she was raised with her siblings.http://www.hola.com/biografias/isabel-preysler/biografia/ She is known in the Spanish press as "La Reina de Corazones" (The Queen of Hearts) ever since a best-selling biography by the same name was published about her. She is the mother of international pop superstars [[Enrique Iglesias]], [[Julio Iglesias Jr.]], [[Chabeli Iglesias]], Tamara Falcó and Ana Boyer.

===Early years===
Preysler was the third of six children born to a wealthy family. She attended the Assumption Convent, a private Catholic school. Due to her good behaviour, she was often selected to represent the Virgin Mary in the local [[Christmas]] nativity scenes.

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."Hormigas blancas" Isabel Preysler - TVEspañola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2IMgnY04s Her older brother Enrique died in [[Hong Kong]] due to a heroin 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.

===Marriage with Julio Iglesias===
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. In 1970, Tomas Terry, the owner of a famous wine and brandy corporationhttp://www.musica.com/letras.asp?info=16622&biografia=7935&idf=5, was having a wine-tasting party for a new brand he was promoting and it was there that Isabel was introduced to football player named [[Julio Iglesias]]. Julio invited her to watch a [[Juan Pardo]] concert.

The couple was married seven months later on January 29, 1971. They 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 became overnight superstars in Spain and [[Latin America]] in 1971, and the press followed them around everywhere they went. It continues to this day.

===Second & third marriages===
Following their divorce in 1978, Isabel launched her own career as a journalist for Spanish magazine [[¡Hola!]] and her first interviewee was Julio himself. She also interviewed [[Richard Chamberlain]]. She married the Marques de Grignon, Carlos Falcó, on [[23 March]] [[1980]], a short-lived marriage resulted in the birth of a second daughter, Tamara. She later married former Spanish finance minister, Miguel Boyer, with whom she has another daughter, Ana. This marriage symbolized for critics the alliance of the ruling [[Spanish Socialist Workers Party]], part of the leftist opposition to [[Francisco Franco]], and to the "beautiful people" (aristocracy and bourgeoisie).

===Later life & career===
Often dubbed "La Perla de Manila" by the Spanish media ("The Pearl of Manila"), readers at Hola magazine have voted Isabel 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.

In 1984, she hosted the Spanish lifestyle TV programme, "Hoy." She has been chosen by several companies to be an image sponsor for their products, including [[Ferrero Rocher]], Suárez jewellery, and, most notably, the Spanish tile company, [[Porcelanosa]].

In 1987, her two sisters moved to Spain with their families to be closer to Isabel.

Her father, Carlos Preysler, has passed away. Her mother, Beatriz Preysler, still lives in Manila where Isabel is known to visit frequently with her children. She is close friends with Maurice Arcache, a local openly-gay Philippine journalist and socialite. She frequents social events in Manila, including events hosted by the Spanish Embassy of the Philippines. She is also friends with [[Miriam Quiambao]], Miss Philippines-Universe 1999, ever since they met at a party hosted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a national newspaper, and with fellow Filipina and acclaimed fashion designer [[Monique Lhuillier]], who she met in Los Angeles during a trip. She is known to wear Lhullier gowns at social events in Spain.

In May 2001, she was Prince [[Charles, Prince of Wales|Charles]]' guest of honour for the opening of his Spanish Garden at the [[Chelsea Flower Show]] in England. She was his guest of honor again in 2005 at a garden party during a trip to Spain by the Royal Crown.

In 2004, she became Spain's welcoming host for [[David Beckham|David]] and [[Victoria Beckham]] when she hosted a welcoming party at her house for the celebrity couple. She became close friends with Victoria and was often photographed shopping with her during their stay in Madrid. www.20minutos.es/noticia/234551/0/vicky/bree/desembarco/

Most recently she launched her official website at the suggestion of her son Enrique, who is one of her biggest fans. She continues to be the national spokesmodel for [[Ferrero Rocher]], [[Suárez]] jewellery, [[Manolo Blahnik]] shoes, [[Chrysler]] cars, and [[Porcelanosa]] tiles, for which American actor [[George Clooney]] recently joined her in Fall 2006 to represent the brand in a new advertising campaign. Hola! Magazine November 8 2006 http://www.clooneystudio.com/articles/hola110806.html

In 2006, she was also honored along with [[Hillary Clinton]], [[Shakira]], and [[Yoko Ono]] among others with the Women Together Award, which honors women for their philanthropical contributions to the United Nations in New York, making her the first Filipina woman in history to ever win the prestigious honor. [http://www.miguelvillarino.com/villarinootrascosaswomentogether.htm Miguel Villarino]

She, her family, and her home are frequent presences in Spanish magazines. She also helps participate in events for the Philippine Embassy in Madrid.

In 2007, she and her daughters were invited by [[Prince Charles]] of England to be guests of honor at the Clarence house at their estate in Britain and was voted out of a total of more than 40,000 Hola magazine readers as the most elegant woman in Spain. [http://www.hola.com/moda/actualidad/2007/12/26/elegante/ Isabel Preysler, elegida la mujer más elegante de 2007]


== External links ==
* [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Isabel+Preysler Youtube.com - Isabel Preysler]

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