Who is Bessie Badilla? Danny Javier’s wife Bio: Age, Net Worth, Husband, Children, Wikipedia, Parents

April 19, 2024 0 Posted By Kaptain Kush


Bessie Badilla (born September 23, 1958) is a celebrated actress, model, and celebrity spouse hailing from the Philippines.

She rose to prominence as the country’s Top Model in the 1980s. She held the prestigious position of favorite mannequin du cabin for the esteemed House of Balenciaga in Paris for numerous years.

Bessie Badilla‘s fame further soared following her marriage to Danny Javier, the renowned Filipino singer and composer. Their union solidified their status as one of the most prominent celebrity couples in the Filipino entertainment scene.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Bessie Badilla
Born: 23 September 1958 (age 65 years old)
Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines
Nationality: Filipino
Education: St. Scholastica’s College
Height: 1.69 m
Parents: Teresa Javier de Leon, Romeo Garcia Badilla
Siblings: Billy Badilla, Bobby Badilla
Spouse: Bambi del Castillo (div.), Danny Javier (m. ?-2022)
Boyfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Bianca del Castillo, Ines del Castillo
Occupation: Actress • Model
Net Worth: $2 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Bessie Badilla, a renowned model, was born in Manila, Philippines on September 23, 1958. She is the second of eight children, including brothers Billy Badilla and Bobby Badilla, born to Teresa Javier de Leon (mother) and Romeo Garcia Badilla (father).

At the age of 18, Bessie participated in a local beauty pageant and won the coveted title of “Miss Visayas,” which opened doors for her in the fashion industry. She quickly became a sought-after model, working with esteemed designers such as Pitoy MorenoAureo AlonzoBen FarralesJoe SalazarCesar GaupoChristian EspirituAuggie CorderoInno Sotto, and many others. Notably, she caught the eye of Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos and was selected to accompany the First Lady on several world tours to promote Philippine tourism.

Bessie Badilla completed her education at St. Scholastica’s College, spending 12 years there from elementary to high school. These years were formative for Bessie and her family, providing stability and opportunities for growth.


Bessie Badilla‘s career is a fascinating journey that spans continents and industries. It all began when she won the title of “Miss Visayas” in a local beauty pageant, which opened doors for her in the fashion industry. She quickly became a sought-after model, working with renowned designers like Pitoy MorenoAureo Alonzo, and Ben Farrales. Her talent and charm caught the attention of Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos, leading to opportunities to travel the world promoting Philippine tourism.

During one of her European trips, Bessie tried modeling in Paris, where she became a mannequin du cabin for the prestigious house of Balenciaga for four years. Despite her success in Paris, Bessie remained connected to her roots, flying back to Manila during off-seasons to tape a weekly sitcom called Eh, Kasi Babae, which became a prime-time hit.

After eight seasons with Balenciaga, Bessie Badilla married businessman Bambi del Castillo and eventually moved to Singapore. There, she continued modeling for luxury brands like Christian Dior and Valentino while venturing into magazine shoots in India, Nepal, and the Maldives.

In 1991, Bessie and her family moved to the USA, settling in Connecticut. Tragically, she lost her husband to a brain aneurysm in 2006. Despite the loss, Bessie remained resilient, channeling her energy into producing independent films and documentaries and contributing to charitable causes like building homes for the poor in the Philippines.

Bessie Badilla‘s passion for Brazilian music made her the first Filipina Carnaval Queen in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Through her Brinoy Music project, she continues to blend Brazilian music with Pinoy lyrics. Her contributions to arts and culture earned her recognition, including The Outstanding Filipino-American (TOFA) Awards for Arts and Culture.

Additionally, Bessie co-founded the Facebook group “Come Visit My Philippines,” which promotes Philippine tourism through stunning photographs and engaging content. The group has garnered thousands of members worldwide and received accolades from organizations like the Rotary Club of Manila.

Bessie Badilla‘s diverse interests also extend to indie filmmaking, where she collaborates with filmmakers to produce thought-provoking and award-winning films like Bakal Boys and Da Dog Show.

Social Media

  • Facebook: Bessie Badilla
  • Instagram: Bessie Badilla (@bessiebadilla)

Personal Life

During her career journey and travels, Bessie Badilla crossed paths with Bambi del Castillo, whom she eventually married. However, their relationship encountered challenges, leading to their divorce. Following Bambi‘s passing in the US, Bessie returned to the Philippines. Bessie Badilla is the mother of two children, Bianca del Castillo and Ines del Castillo. Her husband Bambi had a daughter, Isabel del Castillo, with Hilda Koronel.

Back in her homeland, Bessie Badilla found love again with Danny Javier, whom she married. Sadly, Danny passed away in 2022, leaving behind his children, Jobim JavierJustine JavierJamael Javier, and Juliene Javier, to cherish his memory.

Net Worth

Bessie Badilla has amassed an approximate net worth of $2 million through her successful career as a model and actress.

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