At 26 years old, Ellona Santiago has this physical status:
Ellona Rano Santiago (born August 1, 1996) is a Filipino-born American singer from San Lorenzo, California.
She was a contestant on American television show The X Factor.
In season 1, she was a part of the ten-member group InTENsity mentored by Paula Abdul which came in 12th place.
Santiago returned in season 3, where she was mentored by Demi Lovato and placed 6th overall out of 16 finalists.
Ellona has been singing since the age of 3 and has joined dozens of talent shows. In 2011 Ellona won Ichiban Idol, where American Idol season 3 finalist Jasmine Trias was a guest judge. Ellona has had a successful YouTube channel with over 1,300,000 views in total.
Ellona started singing before she could speak. At the age of 3 she started singing and dancing for family gatherings. Her early training was taught by her mother, who used to sing to her even when she was still in her womb. Her older sisters and cousins also influenced her in honing her skills. As years go by, Ellona was enrolled by her parents to Barbizon Modeling School for professional training (2005–2006) in San Francisco, California. She performed at IPAAC Convention (International Performing Arts Academy) and placed Best in Talent in December 2006. At 10, she became the youngest cast member of the musical-comedy called “Amerikana” led by Fil-Am Singer-Actress-Comedienne Fe Delos Reyes who became her mentor. Ellona's professional vocal coach was Miriam Pantig who is also an International Singer-Actress.
Ellona is a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Children's Church Choir in San Leandro, CA. Aside from sharing her voice; she is also the teen advocate for Project Resoled, a non-profit organization in which its core objective is to provide refurbished children's shoes to improve the mental, emotional, and physical health of impoverished children in developing countries such as Philippines. Since Ellona's involvement in 2012 with the organization, it has raised more awareness for different sectors and individuals to donate and participate in the program