Tattoos are a great form of self expression and art. It can also be a way to eternalize priceless memories and milestones, so it's no wonder they're popular among all genders and ages.
There are certain big stars that come to mind when we speak of tattoos, but there are also several celebrities who choose to keep their inks down-low. From dainty tattoos to creative illustrations, read ahead as we talk about and unveil your favorite actresses’ tattoos and the meanings behind them!
5 Filipina Actresses with Tattoos You Might Not Know About
1. Marian Rivera
Marian Rivera has always had a penchant for butterflies and flowers, but not everyone knows that she has a butterfly tattoo just below her nape. This was inspired by her husband Dingdong Dantes' first marriage proposal to her at the Butterfly Pavilion in Macau back in 2012. According to the actress, she got the tattoo to symbolize how much he loves her and the fact that he was able to remember her love for butterflies for the occasion.
Jennylyn Mercado is known both for her talent in acting and singing, so it was no surprise that she has a tattoo related to music. Although Jen rarely posts close-ups of her G-clef tattoo on social media, you could spot bits of it in her beach photos as well as in her campaign for Belo back in 2017. Most recently, the tattoo made an appearance in one of her stunning wedding photos with husband Dennis Trillo!
You might have seen the vibrant whale shark on Jessy Mendiola's right wrist already, but did you know that the tattoo actually used to be a mermaid? Jessy had the mermaid covered with a whale shark in 2018 to make the tattoo more intimate, and to remember a personal encounter with a whale shark during one of her dives. She also added a diver figure swimming next to the lovely creature, perfectly recreating the scene!
4. Rhian Ramos
Rhian Ramos braved the trek to Kalinga twice to get tattooed by the legendary tattoo artist, Apo Whang Od. She had her first one done back in 2014, and it was of a scorpion and a hawk symbolizing her open communication with God. According to Rhian, Apo Whang Od inked the hawk and her granddaughter Grace finished with the scorpion.
Three years after her first set, Rhian got a bigger one placed right above the scorpion and the hawk. This tatt was designed by her, illustrated by Grace, and tapped in by Apo Whang Od.
Although Maine Mendoza prefers to remain private about her tattoos and their meanings, one that she has openly showed to the public are the swallows on her back. ICYDK, swallow tattoos are known to symbolize love and loyalty to the family, which might be one of Maine’s reasons for getting the ink. Nevertheless, we can’t wait for the day we find out the real story behind it!