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Ysabel Ortega: More than meets the eye

by Michelle Licup
Mar 5, 2022
Ysabel Ortega
Ysabel Ortega has showbiz and political roots but she is out to prove that she can make a name for herself as an actress and social media influencer.
PHOTO/S: @ysabel_ortega on Instagram

Ysabel Ortega is determined to shine brightly in whatever role she is given.

She started in ABS-CBN and became well-known for her role as the main villain in Pusong Ligaw in 2017.

She later transferred to GMA Network and bagged the coveted role of Jamie Robinson, the lone female lead role in Voltes V: Legacy, the much-awaited Philippine live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese anime television series, Voltes V.

Ysabel also happens to be the daughter of action star and senator Lito Lapid and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary Michelle Ortega.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) gives you everything you need to know about this rising star who is out to prove she is more than just her name, her connections, or her pretty face.

She was bashed by On The Wings Of Love fans

Ysabel Ortega with James Reid in On The Wings on Love

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When she was a newcomer in 2015, Ysabel Ortega admitted in an interview with PEP.ph that she was bashed by fans of On The Wings of Love (OTWOL). Ysabel portrayed the role of Angela, the third party between main characters Clark and Leah, played by James Reid and Nadine Lustre.

She said, “Iyong iba po medyo below the belt yung mga bash, pero naiintindihan ko naman po.

“Kasi yun naman talaga po ang part ng role ko na talagang mag-cause ng conflict at talagang galit yung mga audience.

“So siyempre, naiintindihan ko naman po yun kung bakit sila nagagalit.”

Her talent manager, Ogie Diaz, advised her to "take it as a compliment."

She added that her mom echoed Ogie's sentiment, and also told her not to be bothered by the bashers.

Ysabel continued, “Iyon din po sabi ng mommy ko na, ‘Huwag kang ma-hurt.’

“Kasi siyempre, it’s part of the role naman talaga na ma-bash ka.

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“So, ayun po, I just take it as a challenge na lang yung mga iba.

“Tapos yung mga iba, iniintindi ko na lang po, yung iba nga po nakakatawa pa, e.

“Siyempre po, may iba na medyo may kurot, pero ini-ignore ko na lang po.”

President Rodrigo Duterte gave a speech AT her debut

President Rodrigo Duterte on Ysabel Ortega debut

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Ysabel turned 18 in January 2017 and among the guests at her debut party was none other than President Rodrigo Duterte. The President even gave her love advice during his speech,

He said, "Alam mo, you are young, you are beautiful, and a simple woman.

"There's always time in this world. Time to be happy. Time to be sad. Time for victory. Time for defeat.

"Sa buhay mo, take it from me, do not be in a hurry to get emotionally involved.

"Hayaan mo muna sila to adore you—a lot of guys will. But do not fall into the trap.

"Do not hurry. Nakakasira talaga [ng buhay] iyan pa-in love, in love na iyan. Make yourself an exception.

"Just remain beautiful.

"Enjoy your beauty as it's a God-given gift, and grow up to be a young beautiful woman and a good mother someday.

"Happy birthday, and may your beauty last for a thousand years."

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Other celebrities also attended Ysabel's debut, including Jane De Leon, Ylona Garcia, Michelle Vito, Kyline Alcantara, Bailey May, Markus Paterson, Grae Fernandez, Jai Agpangan, and Anjo Damiles.

She has an expansive social media presence

Ysabel Ortega eating corn

Ysabel makes her presence felt across several social media platforms with numerous followers and subscribers. Her Facebook account has the biggest following at 1.2 million, while her Instagram account has 790,000 followers. She also has 441,000 followers on TikTok, 146,000 subscribers on YouTube, and 25,000 followers on Twitter.

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Facebook (@OfficialOrtegaYsabel) - 1.2 million followers

Tiktok (@ysabelortega_) - 441 thousand followers

Instagram (@ysabel_ortega) - 790 thousand followers

YouTube (@Ysabel Ortega) - 146 thousand subscribers

Twitter (@YsaOrtega_) - 25 thousand followers

She showcases her many talents on these accounts, as she vlogs, sings, and dances.

She has amazed fans by belting out Adele’s "All I Ask," and it's clear that she takes after her mom, Michelle Ortega, who is also a singer.

Ysabel also showed off her vlogging skills when she took her YouTube subscribers on a tour of her family’s poultry and lemon farm in La Union. She revealed that aside from lemon trees and chickens, the farm also plans to add pomelo and coconut.

She has two fathers: the more, the merrier

Ysabel Ortega family

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Ysabel’s mother Michelle Ortega married police director Greg Pimentel in January 2018, giving Ysabel two father figures.

On September 5, 2019, at the PEP.ph mediacon for The Gift, her teleserye with Alden Richards, Ysabel said she is close to her stepfather,

She said, “Ever since I met my Daddy Greg, talagang feeling ko, nag-click na kami right away. Yung walang adjustment period, walang ilangan.

“I was very comfortable with him na and sobrang close kami hanggang ngayon.

“Siya po talaga ang daddy figure ko.

"I’m very happy, kasi siya ang napangasawa ni Mommy… someone who loves me talaga na parang anak niya talaga ako.”

She also said that previous conflicts with her biological father, Lito Lapid, have been resolved.

“Nag-usap po kami sa phone.

“I told him po na nandito na po ako sa Kapuso network, and he’s very happy for me and supportive naman po siya.

“Sinabi niya na no matter what, he wishes me well sa career ko po.”

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Ysabel also said having two dads is not an issue.

“For me naman po, ang pagkakaroon ko ng dalawang dad… parang the more, the merrier.

“Hindi ko na po kailangan pa maghanap, kasi it’s actually… more people in my life who are treating me like their own child. I’m very happy po.”

She nearly quit Voltes V: Legacy

Ysabel Ortega as Jamie Robinson in GMA adaptation Voltes V Legacy

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Ysabel is on the cover of the January-February issue of online magazine Spotted. In her interview with the magazine, she shared the difficulties she faced in preparation for her role as Jamie Robinson for Voltes V: Legacy. She underwent rigorous training to prepare for stunts. She studied muay thai, kickboxing, and arnis for several months.

"There were times I wanted to cry or just give up, but I knew that I have big shoes to fill and that is what kept me going.”

The Voltes V: Legacy drama also stars Miguel Tanfelix as Steve Armstrong, Radson Flores as Mark, Matt Lozano as Big Bert, and child star Raphael Landicho as Little Jon.

Before Voltes V: Legacy, Miguel and Ysabel will be seen in another upcoming series What We Could Be.

The two showed their closeness when Miguel posted a cute greeting for Ysabel on her birthday this January 2022. In his Instagram Story, he used her first name, “Happy Birthday, Maria” with a candid photo.

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Ysabel Ortega has showbiz and political roots but she is out to prove that she can make a name for herself as an actress and social media influencer.
PHOTO/S: @ysabel_ortega on Instagram
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