Half-Pinay Bond girl visits Baguio City

Posted at 11/07/2012 6:40 PM | Updated as of 11/08/2012 10:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Los Angeles-based actress Rachel Grant, best known for her stint as a Bond girl in the movie “Die Another Day,” is currently in Baguio City, where she revealed that she is actually half-Filipino.

Los Angeles-based actress Rachel Grant visits Baguio City.

Showing off an abel Iloco weave, Grant went around the city (left), which is just an hour’s drive from her mother’s hometown of San Juan, La Union. Meanwhile, her grandparents hail from Aringay, also in La Union.

“Yes, my mom is from La Union, and I can remember that we always go there during the ‘80s,” she told ABS-CBN News.

In her entry on the movie database, imdb.com, Grant's mother is listed as Isabel Padua, “a Filipina of Spanish descent,” who is “distantly related to Filipino celebrities Martin Nievera, Joanne Lorenzana, Alma Moreno and the late Alicia Vergel.”

Her bio also mentioned a sister, Angela Grant de Longeuil, an international model for CalCarries, who has appeared in fashion shows in the Philippines and taught flamenco and ballet in Parañaque.

Grant got her big break in the British TV series, “Sci-Fright,” in 1999 and was cast as a would-be assassin who poses as a masseuse in the 2002 film “Die Another Die” with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

Although Grant grew up in the English town of Nottingham, Grant said she was born in Manila. She even said they would regularly serve the popular Ilocano dish, dinengdeng, at home.

The last time she was in Baguio and La Union was back in the ‘80s and she immediately noticed the changes. But nonetheless she said she would always remember the rich culture of Baguio.

“We are doing our best so that the children will be able to continue appreciating the culture of the city,” she said.

Grant is set to leave for New York, where she will spend Christmas and continue her charity work for children. -- From a report by Ada Sibayan, ABS-CBN News Baguio