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Sophia Montecarlo

Sophia Montecarlo
Background information
Birth name Swirtty Mae Nibley
Also known as Sophia/ Swirtty
Born (1986-03-01) March 1, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Pop, Latin
Years active 2004–present
Labels Star Records
Vocal Sync
Associated acts Rhap Salazar, Jed Madela
Website U.S.)

Swirtty Mae Nibley (born on March 1, 1986), better known by her screen name Sophia Montecarlo. Sophia used to be a contestant on the reality television Born Diva.

Early life

Swirtty was born in Malate, Manila to Aladino and Melinda Nibley and lived most of her life in Quezon City. Nibley's siblings include her second brother and younger sister, Carlyle and Furzopeda.[1]Swirtty Mae's father was such a big fan of Vilma Santos that he named his daughter after the star mayor's son Luis Manzano (also known as Lucky Manzano), Nibley was baptized Swirtty Mae Nibley. Swirtty/Sophia's dad must have been totally star-struck that he trained his daughter to sing, starting at age 3. During her childhood, Nibley performed at Manila Hotel, Manila Pavillion and Holiday Inn Manila. While at Trinity High School, she was a Rotary Club Member. Nibley graduated from Trinity High School in 2003. Sophia is of mixed cultural background, half Filipino, quarter Japanese, Irish, Spanish, and American descent. The 6th Grandfinalist of Born Diva TV series,[2] said she could sing as many as 20 songs every day when she reached her teens, Little wonder Swirtty, a Mass Communication major in Trinity University of Asia, was a runaway winner when she sang the lungbusting Halik by Aegis.

Personal Life & Career

Personal Life

Born Diva performances

  • Born Diva's group performance - Zsa Zsa Padilla sang with Sophia Montecarlo and Leila Vargas and they chose the song Luha by Aegis
Week # Song Choice Original Artist Result
Top 16 Halik Aegis Safe
Top 8 Reason to go on Sophia Montecarlo Safe
Top 7 Love Takes Time Mariah Carey Safe
Top 6 Objection (Tango) Shakira Eliminated



Born Diva (Born Divas album)

  • Reason To Go On By: Vehnee Saturno
  • Released:
    December 20, 2005 (U.S.)

Single release

Find Me - Single

  • Find Me By: Jonbudz Rocio
  • Released:
    June 1, 2011 (U.S.)
"Sophia Montecarlo"
A sample of the "Find Me" bridge and the last chorus of the songs ending.

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World Championship of Performing Arts

In 2010[3] Sophia was chosen as one of the representatives of the Philippine Team for the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA),[4] where she competed for the senior division. Her awards are as follows:

  • SILVER - Female Vocal Contemporary - 18-24
  • SILVER - Female Vocal Latin - 18-24
  • SILVER - Female Vocal Open - 18-24
  • BRONZE - Female Vocal Rock - 18-24

Charity work

In December 2011, Nibley performed with De La Salle University students and donated the pledge money they collected to The Benefit of Sendong survivors.



Note: All citations to magazine articles lead to a website where scans of these magazines can be viewed

External links

  • Official Website
  • Filipino American Vocal Arts
  • Myspace
  • Sophia Montecarlo Official YouTube channel
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