Once in a while we are struck by the undying stars who live amongst us. They shine their bright light upon us, share their wisdom, and inner beauty.
MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE
Model, Actress and Author
MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF INTERVIEWING MODEL, ACTRESS AND AUTHOR CORA YELLEN ARMENTA, SHE OPENED HER HEART TO US AND TALKED ABOUT HER CAREER AND PROJECTS; LET’S SEE WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT…
Corazon Ugalde Yellen Armenta was born and raised in the Philippines, the youngest daughter of former Philippine Air Force Brigadier General Aurelio Ugalde and Chony Ugalde. She graduated from Siena College and attended the University of Santo Thomas. Corazon is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA, and is known as Cora Yellen Armenta as her Professional Screen name. Cora’s paternal grandfather was from Spain, and her other heritage is a mixture of Filipino, Polynesian, Chinese, Portuguese and Italian. No wonder she has that exotic, alluring look! She started modelling when she was 13 years old, and has been featured several times as a Cover Girl. Cora has done numerous print ads and TV commercials for Pepsi Cola, Firestone, Macy’s, Kings Hawaiian Bread, Western Airlines, and San Miguel Beer, among others. She has modeled in the Philippines, Scandinavia, New York City, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Cora appeared in several Film and TV projects, such as The OJ Civil Trial Reenactment for E! Entertainment, Days of our Lives, Dangerous Man, Black Sheep, Behind the Dark, Botyok sa America and “Corazon” Filipino TV series. She starred in numerous stage plays and musical plays, including Balikbayan, New Yorker in Tondo, Regina R. of Greenwich, Green Card, Blind Curves, The Legend of Queen Puso (produced by Manila Actors Studio), East West Players and Asian American Theatre. She won Best Actress at the Virgo Awards for her role in There Was a Soldier. She co-hosted a Filipino TV show, Entra Pinoy, as well as several Celebrity Night fundraisers for the Fil Am Press Club. She was the Founder and President of the Beverly Hills Barbie Doll Club, with 2000 dolls in her collection. Cora was dubbed The Living Barbie Doll. She modelled Life-Size Barbie Doll Outfits for several Barbie Doll Conventions throughout the United States and Germany! Her club also did several fundraisers, and charity work for several organizations. Cora was an author of a beauty and fitness book entitled Total Beauty and Life.
Her book was endorsed by Gloria Diaz, former Miss Universe, Marianne Rogers, actress and former wife of country star Kenny Rogers. She was the owner-founder of Corazon Ugalde Yellen Cosmetics and was the first Filipina to model for a major mannequin manufacturer. They sculpted her face and made a face mask to be immortalized as an Asian Mannequin for several department stores in the U.S.A. She was America’s Ms. Charisma 1988, Ms. Travel of the World 1989, Ms. Gandang Pilipina 2015, Mrs. Travel & Trade Love of Country Ambassador 2018, Mrs. Philippines 2018, Mrs. Asia Glamor 2018, and the current Mrs. Asia USA California 2019. She was crowned at the 30th Anniversary celebration of Miss Asia USA at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, California, produced by Virgelia Productions! As the reigning Mrs. Asia USA California, Cora has been busy with a tight schedule for guest appearances, Fashion Shows, attending Fundraising events, giving her time for charity work, and visiting US Military Veterans at the VA hospital. She had an amazing journey, including a 10-day visit to Thailand, sightseeing, elephant ride, filming a video for Cancer Hope Village, and was a special guest for the Miss Chiang Rai pageant. Cora has traveled extensively to the seven continents of the world and the 7 Wonders of the World, having visited 100 countries worldwide! Recently, she launched her own company, Corazon Production Company, with Gasa Charities Inc. as her fiscal sponsor. She founded her own company for her love, passion and support for the arts, education and culture, so she can further her cause and advocacy to produce Fashion shows, theatrical stage plays and short films to showcase and promote the talents of Asian Americans, and other nationalities who excel in their artistic fields. Cora resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California with her family.
MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you, where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and in beauty pageants?
CUA-I was born and raised in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, the youngest daughter, among 6 children, of former Brigadier General Aurelio Ugalde and Chony Ugalde. Since elementary grade to my college days, I was always voted the Muse, Miss Primary, Miss Grade Five, Miss Sophomore, Homecoming Queen, etc. I always performed in school dances and stage plays. I started modelling at the age of thirteen. My oldest sister was an actress and beauty queen, as well. I always had a passion for the entertainment industry. It all comes natural to me.
MIHM-You are a model, actress and author. What makes your heart beats faster?
CUA-First love – modelling, then acting, travelling and writing.
MIHM-You were Ms. Travel World, Mrs. Philippines, Mrs. Asia USA CA. Tell us about it.
CUA-I have seven beauty queen titles through the years, the latest as the current Mrs. Asia USA California, produced by Virgelia Productions. I was crowned at the 30th Anniversary celebration of Miss Asia USA in Redondo Beach, California. It is truly an honor to have all these titles. It proves that a woman at any age and heritage is beautiful and powerful. Through this journey and experience, I can continue to make a difference in society, to volunteer for charitable work, to be a philanthropist by heart and to be a great example for young girls and women at any age, to demonstrate that we women can do anything we put our hearts into! I am proud to be a Filipina American, and Asian American!
MIHM-You are also a real estate agent, tell us more about that.
CUA-I had a Real Estate license in Nevada, and currently an inactive Real Estate license in California. As at present time, I have been very busy with a tight schedule for guest appearances, fashion shows, attending fundraising events, giving my time for charity work, including a 10-day visit to Thailand, sightseeing, elephant ride, filming video for Cancer Hope Village, and was special guest for the Miss Chiang Rai pageant. Travelling the world is also one of my passions. I have visited the seven continents of the world and the Seven Wonders of the World, having visited 100 countries.
MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
CUA-Recently, I launched my own company, the Corazon Production Company, with Gasa Charities Inc. as my fiscal sponsor. I founded this company because of my love, passion and support for the Arts, education and culture, so I can further my cause and advocacy to showcase and promote the talents of Asian Americans and other nationalities who excel in their artistic fields for the fashion shows, theatrical stage plays and short films that I will be producing in the future.
How can people reach you, do you have social media, website, etc.
Companies and producers can reach me at my Facebook page, Corazon Ugalde Armenta, and Instagram @coraugaldearmenta and my email [email protected]
Cover and inside red gown
by fashion designer
David Tupaz Couture.
Photos by Leonato August
Model, Beauty Queen and Philanthropist
MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF
INTERVIEWING MODEL, BEAUTY QUEEN AND PHILANTHROPIST
BAMBI LASHELL, SHE OPENED HER HEART TO US AND TALKED ABOUT HER
CAREER AND PROJECTS; LET’S SEE WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT…
MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you. Where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a
career in the entertainment industry?
BL-California born and raised. From the Bay Area to San Diego to Los Angeles, moved to
Vancouver for a few years and now residing in Arizona. Funny enough, I was pushed into a
swimsuit pageant, which turned into more, winning multiple titles and sending me to photographers,
magazines, and all kinds of media attention. After shooting multiple magazines,
calendars and advertisements, I was inspired to make myself my own brand and went on to
publish the Bambi Lashell swimsuit calendar; that went worldwide. During that time, I was
asked to co-host on Playboy radio and appeared on multiple television shows. Throughout all
the modeling, radio and travel, I continued my favorite job as a ring card girl for televised
boxing, kick boxing and MMA. I think just the excitement of something new every day and so
many amazing opportunities gave me the motivation to keep pushing for more. Didn’t hurt
that I was being paid to travel the world.
MIHM-You are a model, beauty Queen and a radio host, what makes your heart beat
BL-I guess I crave new experiences. I stay excited about the simple things in life, like a yummy
meal, a lazy day at home, a sporting event or a beautiful sunset. But what really excites me is
doing almost anything new. If I haven’t done it, tried it, been there or seen it, then it excites me
to find out. I believe life is about experiences and I get excited trying to get as many as I can.
MIHM- You have been nominated for the 2019 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society, LLS. Tell us about it.
BL-Yes! I am so honored, as this was a surprise and a challenge for me. I’ve always spent my free
time doing volunteer work for all kinds of organizations behind the scenes.
Being recognized in a community that I’m new to has given me the chance to meet amazing people and really push myself in an area into which I haven’t yet ventured. To keep it even more exciting, I am part of a fundraising competition for a 10-week period, which began March 21 and ends on June 1, 2019. All the donations I raise go 100% toward blood cancer research. I’ve been learning all about these cancers and how many of us are affected, which has definitely made this a passion project for me. I mean, did you know that every 3 minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer? It’s heartbreaking! With so many of my family and friends having been affected by these cancers, it definitely adds fuel to my fire to want
to continue this fight in helping to save lives. You have an opportunity to help me by donating to my Woman of The Year campaign that goes to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I send everyone who donates through my link a personal thank you email. I’ll post the link along with my social media information at the end of this interview. For those of you who want to help by donation, I send you my biggest hugs and most sincere thank
you! Together we can make a difference.
MIHM-Define what success means to you?
BL-Success can mean so many things. I have had so many experiences in my life that a lot of people call success. I have been on all-star teams in sports, I have won pageants and contests, I have had much more than I needed in my bank account and a career that took me around the world in a celebrity lifestyle. I have accomplished so many goals I have set out to conquer, which are all reasons to feel that my life has been very successful. But personally,
I would think success to be a state of mind in a place of peace. Having gratitude for what you have, where you are and making the absolute best of
Having gratitude in the smallest of things allows you to feel true happiness and I have found my true happiness in being a mother. Knowing I do the
best I can at the hardest ‘job’ there is, makes me feel blessed and strong and empowered.
MIHM-What do you think about the current situation in the country and what would you think you can do to change it or to make it better?
BL-Wow, there are just so many “situations” in the country. Where, exactly, would anyone start? There are many wonderful and positive things going on, and there are also a lot of negative things that should change. Welcome to dealing with humankind, right? I like to keep my faith and hope that people eventually come around to do the right things, but also, I am not naïve, and I am aware that it’s only myself that I have control over. With that control I choose to be the best person I can and to help others when I am able. If more of us could be less self-centered and more giving and caring, then less of us would need help and we would be stronger as a country. But, of course, reality is what it is and, as I said, I can only do my part. I choose to be a mother raising a strong gentleman. I try to be someone who is kind and caring toward others, someone who tries to inspire and motivate others in the most positive of ways, and someone who gives back any chance I can, like currently through my cancer fighting fundraiser to help save people’s lives.
MIHM-Who have been your biggest mentors in your career?
BL-It’s always a tough question for me because in most of my ventures I was paving my own path. Of course, there have been many people who I will forever be thankful for being supportive and for their efforts and motivation throughout my journey. There were many times though, I wished I had someone as a mentor to ask questions before I made my choices. I became really good at paying attention to everything around me to make mental notes of what worked for people and what didn’t, and why. How things were done from the ground up and what seemed to be missing in whatever categories. Doing all that was how I came into creating, designing, printing and marketing my own calendar business for years. I think I was just always driven by making more money and taking opportunities for more experiences; I love to learn. I always wanted to have fun in what I was doing and prove that even when I was what people called “just a model”, that I was finding ways to use my brain, character and talents, and prove I was so much more than that. I feel pretty confident in the choices I have made throughout my life and career to lead me to who I am today.
MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
BL-Currently I am working hard on a fundraising competition toward blood cancer research through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a nominated Woman of the Year candidate. This is a brand-new volunteer venture for me, so it’s exciting and has been a main focus right now. First and foremost though, I never stop being a mother to my little boy I call my “gentleman in the making”. On top of all, I have been involved with a company called The Legends Group who is a sports and entertainment marketing company with a charity division, which acquires silent and live auction items and experiences for large events and galas that benefit different charities around the world. As if all this wasn’t enough, I’ve been organizing my home office into an online store to begin selling new and hardly worn clothing and accessories. It’s an awesome opportunity to offload and work from home with my little guy. Busy boss babe always, tee-hee!