Recent Highlights

  • Proud to be joining East West Players cast of  Next to Normal as Diana/Understudy. 
  • Christine (Lead)- Indie film Nanay Ko written and directed by Mallorie Ortega, DP Matthew Halla.
  • Hidden Folk (featured) – Iceland. Overtone Industries production. Written by O-Lan Jones and Emmett Tinley at the Ford Theater in Los, Angeles Ca. 
  • Guest- The Real: Sheila Bella Permanent makeup
  • Effie- Dreamgirls “And I Am Telling You” (NYU Skirball Center) NAAP Past Present Future. Directed by: Baayork Lee and Richard-Jay Alexander, and Musical Director: Kevin Stites
  • Played the Character Tay Lee: Reading of Tiananmen Square. Music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola, Book by Scott Elmegreen, Musical direction: Matt Aument, Direction by Stafford Arima
  • Played the role of  “The Ancient”, in the NYMF 2015 Award winning Musical The Calico Buffalo.
  • Original Cast of the off – Broadway Musical Comedy Disenchanted U/S Roles of Mulan, Pocahontas, Badroulbadour and Sleeping Beauty at the West Side theater and Theater at St. Clements
  • Worked with David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, and Alex Timbers on the musical, Here Lies Love
  • Appeared on CBS’ Blue Bloods, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and The Racheal Ray Show
  • Released “One in A Lifetime” and “That Makes Me Love You” to iTunes and all digital outlets
  • Raised $14,000 for the Carolina Medical Mission
  • Collaborated with Jerry Jean Media for the new single, “Stronger”
  • Currently writing new EP with BxB Studios
  • Performed A Night of Original Pilipino Music at Carnegie Hall

Born in the Philippines, Anthea and her family left everything -her father pawned her mother’s wedding ring to finance the move- to chase their American Dream.

Once in the US, Anthea moved frequently, from Ohio to Virginia to North Carolina.  She was constantly new and consistently out of place.  She looked different.  Her name was different.  Her voice was different.  “There was a beautiful girl at my school that everyone loved named Ann.  So I asked people to call me Ann too.  I just wanted to fit in.”

While her father was away serving in the Persian Gulf War, Anthea was left at home to help raise her brother and sister and take care of her pregnant mother.  Her escape during all of this? Singing.  Using her mother’s old stethoscope, she would hide herself away and sing anything she could.  But even then, she didn’t fit in.  “My cousins used to yell at me to stop singing.  They would tell me how awful I was.  Even when I was in the choir, the teacher didn’t know what to do with me.  My voice just didn’t blend in.  I started to think maybe my cousins were right.”

It wasn’t until she represented the US as the East Coast Champion on the Philippines #1 TV Network GMA7 Pinoy Pop Superstar, that Anthea truly accepted what she had known all along: She was born to sing. She had a taste of how music can impact the world.

Today, no one is telling Anthea that she can’t sing, including herself.  “Now, I know anything is possible! I have embraced the fact that being different was a blessing in disguise  because I’m not like anyone else.  I wasn’t meant to blend in; there is only one me.”  In New York, she has worked with everyone from Baayork Lee to Alex Timbers, David Byrne, and Fatboy Slim with TV appearances on The Rachael Ray Show, CBS’ Blue Bloods, and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall and debuted her first solo concert, where she raised over $14,000 for a medical mission to the Philippines.

Drawing from artists like Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, and Queen, Anthea returns to her pop/rock roots for her newest work, calling upon some unique inspiration: “I Imagined what it would be like if someone from the future were to come back to our time now. Someone who is from so far in the future that, when in the present, we believe she’s from the past. All of these songs center around loops, energy, connections. The idea that what goes around comes around- in every form.”