Zan Dimapilis Bongiovi is beyond excited and honored to have the privilege of representing The Filipino Executive Council this year during The Philippine Independence Events. She is sixteen years old, a sophomore in high school, and resides in New Jersey with her parents Betty and Ray and her sister Michaela. Her mother is Filipina and her father is Italian and English. It is her dream to someday visit all the countries of her parents’ origins. Zan is a conscientious student who excels academically and has been on the High Honor Roll every marking period in high school where she takes honor and AP classes.
When she is not in school, Zan is extremely involved in the entertainment industry, whether it is dancing, singing, modeling or acting. She initially got started in the entertainment industry by competing in regional and national dance competitions and then she decided to pursue it on a professional level. As a professional she has performed in numerous venues in New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California. She has also performed in several venues throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Miami, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zan has performed on television shows such as David Letterman, Kelly and Michael, MTV, Oxygen Channel and she has modeled on various televised fashion shows. She has also been televised dancing during the halftime shows at professional basketball games for the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. As an actress, Zan was in the Paramount Pictures movie “The Last Airbender” which played in movie theatres nationally and internationally.
She has modeled on the cover of teen novels, dance catalogs, clothing, hair, and cosmetic advertisements for various brands.
Zan has performed live on stage dancing and singing at venues in New York City such as Madison Square Garden, Times Square Hard Rock Café, Hammerstein Ballroom, Webster Hall, Gramercy Theatre, and Symphony Space on Broadway just to name a few. She performed in the “Let’s Move! Move Your Body Campaign” for The First Lady Michelle Obama and Beyonce. She also performed at Arthur Ashe Kids Day which was also hosted by Michelle Obama. She has shared the stage with celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Lohanthony, Midnight Red, Bella Thorne, Mindless Behavior, Alyson Stoner, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jake Miller, SPObabbby, Kalin and Myles, Enrique Iglesias, R5, Nick Tangorra, Taio Cruz, Sugar Hill Gang and many more.
As a sixteen year old Zan is excited for what her future holds. For now, she truly loves the entertainment industry but knows the importance of continuing to excel academically. She receives her professional dancing, singing and acting training in New York City where she also finds time to assist teaching at dance workshops. On her free time she loves nothing more than spending time with family, especially with her sister Michaela who is also just as involved in the entertainment industry and can be seen dancing, modeling, acting, and singing in
national advertisement campaigns. Zan and Michaela embrace their Filipina heritage and love learning about the Filipino culture from their Lolo Rey (past FASSJ President) and Lola Polly Dimapilis.
Zan would like to express her sincere gratitude and appreciation to President Hermie S. Aczon and to all of the officers and members of The Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia for giving her the honor of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 as we celebrate 116 years of Philippine Independence.