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In Focus: Isabel Preysler

Maria Isabel Preysler Arrastia, better known as Isabel Preysler, is a Filipinojornalist, model, socialite and a former TV host who lives and work in Spain. She is the mother of Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias Jr., Tamara Falco and Ana Boyer.

The Early Years

Preysler was born in Manila, Philippines, the third of six children to a wealthy family. She attended the Assumption Convent, a private Catholic school. Her father, Carlos Preysler y Pérez de Tagle was the executive director of Philippine Airlines and on the Board of Directors for El Banco Español de Manila (Spanish Bank of Manila), while her mother Beatriz Arrastía Reinares, was the owner of a real estate company in Manila. She expressed in an interview with Hola! Magazine that her origin comes from the Philippines, the place of her birth and where she was raised with her siblings.

The Perez de Tagle family produced copra and abaca, which was the main ingridient in ropes and other product prior to the invention of nylon. The Arrastia family is from the province of Pampanga. Their old town was Lubao, site of the ancient San Nicolas Tolentino Cathedral. The Arrastias used to ownone of the largest haciendas there , most of which were utilized to plant rice and sugarcane.

Her nickname as a child was "Chabeli", which would later be the nickname of her first child. According to the book "Reina de Corazones" (Queen of Hearts) by Paloma Barrientos, she dated Gregorio Araneta, Charlie Lopezand Bobby Santos among others, as a teenager. She named her second son Enrique Miguel, in honor of her deceased father.


During her youth, Preysler was a model who participated in beauty pageants and charity events for the Sheraton Hotels and resort in Manila and went on to win titles in several events. At the age of 16, she migrated to Spainto live with her uncle and aunt. She stududied at Mary Wars College, an Irish Catholic University in Spain, she studied accounting. Preysler began working as a journalist for Spanish magazine ¡Hola! in 1970, and her first interviewee was her future husband Julio Iglesias. In 1984, she hosted a Spanish lifestyle television programme, "Hoy en Casa", and has hosted and appeared in various programs since. In May 2001, she was Prince Charles' guest of honour for the opening of his Spanish Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in England. She was his guest of honor again in 2005 at a garden party during a holiday to Spain by the Royal Crown.

In 2004, Preysler became Spain's welcoming host for David and Victoria Beckham when she hosted a welcoming party at her house for the celebrity couple. She became close friends with Victoria and was often photographed shopping with her during their stay in Madrid. Preysler continues to be the national spokesmodel for Ferrero RocherSuárez jewelry, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Chrysler cars and Porcelanosa tiles, for which American hollywood actor George Clooney recently worked with her in 2006 to represent the brand in a advertising campaign. Readers at Hola magazine have voted Preysler as the most elegant and best-dressed woman in Spain for 1991, 2002 and 2006. 

In 2006, Preysler was also honored along with Hillary Clinton, Shakira and Yoko Ono among others with the Women Together Award, which honors women for their philanthropical contributions to the United Nations in New York, making her the first Filipino woman in history to win the award. In 2007, she and her daughters were invited by Prince Charles of England to be guests of honor at the Clarence house at their estate in the United Kingdom and was voted out of a total of more than 40,000 Hola magazine readers as the most elegant woman in Spain.
Personal Life

In 1970, Preysler was introduced to a football player named Julio Iglesias, who just signed a recording contract to become a singer. Iglesias invited her to watch a Juan Pardo concert.The couple was married seven months later on January 29, 1971. They were married for seven years and had three children, Chabeli Iglesias, Julio Iglesias Jr. and Enrique Iglesias. Their marriage was annulled in 1979.
Preysler married the Marques de Griñón, Carlos Falcó, on March 23, 1980, a short lived marriage resulted in the birth of a second daughter, Tamara Falcó. She later married former Spanish finance minister, Miguel Boyer, with whom she has another daughter, Ana Boyer. In 1987, her two sisters have migrated to Spain with their families to be closer to Isabel. She holds dual citizenship in both the Philippines and Spain. Her father, Carlos Preysler is deceased and her mother, Beatriz Preysler, lives in Miami with son Enrique Iglesias.

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