Apr 20
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Shalani Soledad

Shalani was born to former Banco Filipino chairman Adolfo Aguirre and Philippine Airlines flight attendant Evelyn San Ramon. The last time her biological father saw her was when she was three months old. She was raised by her grandmother Lolita San Ramon from childhood and by her uncle and surrogate father Ramon San Ramon-Soledad, and his wife Edith (Shalani's aunt, sister of her mother) after Shalani was left by her biological mother to their custody. She was christened as Shalani Carla San Ramon Soledad, with her aunt Edith San Ramon-Soledad stood as mother and Ramon as father on her birth certificate.

For a few years during her teens, Shalani lived in Kuwait with her mother and brother Carlo, where Evelyn worked as at the Al Boom restaurant at then Radisson SAS hotel. Shalani was said to have celebrated her 18th birthday with a traditional Filipino cotillion and 18 roses at the Sheraton Hotel on April 27, 1998.

Shalani and her brother had their OJT at the Housekeeping and Food and Beverage divisions at the Radison SAS Hotel (now called Radisson Blu) before returning to the Philippines to pursue their college education in 1998.

In September 2010, Shalani and her father were reunited after 30 years of separation. This was done through the efforts of businessman James Gaisano of Gaisano Malls, who happened to be Aguirre's good friend.

Shalani was a niece to former senator and former Majority Leader Francisco Tatad.

She took her elementary education at Manresa School in Para?aque then secondary school at St. Louis College of Valenzuela. In school, she described herself as an average student and had developed the passion of teaching the Bible to younger students. She took the degree of Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, but she never graduated due to her lack of Physical Education units and early immersion to politics. From 2002 to 2003, she became a member of Senator Panfilo Lacson's staff before quitting to become news reporter at UNTV 37. In 2004, she won an office for Valenzuela City's second legislative council.

Personal life

Soledad was the former girlfriend of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III from 2008 to 2010. Shalani first met in July 2005 Aquino while she was still a news reporter in UNTV 37 covering the 2005 State of the Nation Address of the then-former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. During that time, Aquino was a congressman representing the third district of the province of Tarlac. However, the first conversation began in 2008, at Alfredo's Steakhouse, a restaurant in Quezon City when Aquino (now a senator) met several politicians from Valenzuela City including Shalani. Soledad and Aquino had their first date on July 28, 2008, when they watched the film For the First Time at SM Center Valenzuela.

She and the President broke-up after Aquino's state visit from United States in October 2010. The breakup happened at Alfredo's, a restaurant in Quezon City where the first couple dated in 2008. According to Shalani, it was not due to third party relationship, instead, due to the their busy and hectic schedules.

Hosting

Since November 8, 2010, she is the co-host of Willie Revillame on his evening game show Willing Willie at TV5, where she is expected to "maintain her simple image in the show". She further insisted that she is not falling for Revillame, despite the fact that "a possible romance may develop."

Being new to game show hosting, Shalani was criticized both sides. For example, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said that she admired the personality and freshness of Soledad, however, her hosting abilities should be a little bit more animated. The Filipino Twitter community gave several reactions to Shalani's hosting performances: for example, "she is too modest to energize a crowd expecting fun". As a feedback, Shalani said that although the game mechanics sounds too easy when watched, it is still difficult if "you're there standing as the game master". However, viewers still expect that constant exposure and practice will make her a better host.

Shalani is currently managed by talent manager Lolit Solis.

Politics

Shalani is a member of Valenzuela City council from the second district since 2004. She is also a member of the committee for women and family affairs. In her first term, she was able to pass her self-authored "Early Childhood Ordinance" in the city.