Ara Mina is Hazel Pascual Reyes in real life. She was born on May 9, 1979 in Manila. The Reyes in her name is the surname of her stepfather. Ara's real father is Chuck Mathay who was once a congressman from Quezon City.
Ara Mina started as a teen sensation in German Moreno's "That's Entertainment" of GMA-7. There, she honed her hosting, singing and acting skills.
Ara then hosted in "Saturday Entertainment" and in ABS-CBN's noontime show "Sang Linggo NAPO Sila". She then appeared in different shows namely "Ibang Klase", "Super Klenk", "Kiss MUna" and "Family Zoo".
She was also casted in primetime shows such as "Kung Mawawala Ka", "Mulawin", "Magpakailanman", "Darna (guest as Dyesebel)", "Lupin" and the most popular and longest running gag show in the Philippines "Bubble Gang". Ara cut short her stay in "Bubble Gang" and do afternoon soaps with ABS-CBN's "Prinsesa Ng Banyera" and "Ligaw Na Bulaklak" with Roxanne Guinoo.
When sexy bold films came into the scene, Ara ventured into it and made some sexy films herself. She starred in "Init Sa Tag-ulan", "Sagad Sa Init", "Pahiram Kahit Sandali", "Tatlo Magkasalo", "Banatan", "Phone Sex", "Maldita", "Mano Po", "Laro Sa Baga" and others. Those bold movies that were topbilled by Ara became big hits in the box office. Ara also became one of the hottest bold symbols in the Philippine movies.
Ara's most notable performance is in "Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lapa" (The Last Virgin) with Maui Taylor where Ara earned the Best Actress award for that year.
Ara Mina was once linked to Manny Pacquiao after they made a movie together titled "Anak Ng Kumander". She is currently in "Totoy Bato" with Robin Padilla and in "Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin" as Gracilda.
Aside from making movies and appearing in TV and modelling, Ara also ventured into Politics. In the 2010 national and local elections in the country Ara Mina ran for the council of Quezon City but lost. Politics is in the blood of Ara Mina as she is a daughter of the influential Mathay clan.