Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero popularly known as Heart Evangelista, is a Filipina actress, TV host, visual media artist, philanthropist, and socialite. Her parents are Reynaldo Evangelista Ongpauco, a restaurant magnate who belongs to a Chinese-Filipino clan, and Maria Cecilia del Gallego Payawal, whose family is from the Bicol province of Camarines Sur. She is the youngest child, with siblings from both sides of her parents. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. before moving back to the Philippines in her early teens. She started her career at the age of 13 as a commercial model and actress.

She is married to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who was born and raised in Bicol province of Sorsogon. The pair were introduced by Heart’s ‘mentor’, the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who was a close friend of her mother. On February 15, 2015, the couple wed in a private ceremony at the Balesin Island Club in the Philippines. It was in the same year that she adopted a puppy saved by her father from the streets of Batangas. She named the puppy Panda, also sometimes referred to as Panpan.


It was just recently when she posted a throwback photo of her husband Chiz Escudero is now the Governor of Sorsogon. She captioned it with “My forever crush”. Many netizens find it so sweet that the Kapuso actress expresses her love for her husband even in social media. There were also some people who noticed that the young politician looks very similar to the singer icon of the Philippines, Bamboo. There were also some netizens who wrote some of the famous lyrics of the singer’s song.

Francis Joseph “Chiz” Guevara Escudero is a 50-year-old Filipino lawyer and politician serving as the Governor of Sorsogon since 2019. He previously served as a senator from 2007 to 2019 and was the representative for Sorsogon’s 1st district from 1998 to 2007, as well as House Minority Leader from 2004 to 2007. He unsuccessfully ran for vice president in the 2016 elections as the running mate of Grace Poe. He is now the Governor of Sorsogon.