Marifil Nia Girado , better known by her stage name Nina, is a Filipina singer, occasional songwriter, record producer, TV and radio personality. She made her recording debut in 2002 after signing a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines. Following the release of her debut album, she received numerous awards from different organizations and multiple album certifications by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry . She established her position in the Philippine music industry in 2005, after releasing her third album Nina Live. The album earned her the first ever Diamond award for a female OPM artist. In the same year, she staged a Nina Live concert at the Araneta Coliseum, which became her biggest solo concert to date.
Marifil Nia Girado was born on November 1, 1980 in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the third child of Filbert Girado Sr., a businessman and member of the Bayanihan Boys Choir, and Maria Daulet , a nurse who plays piano. Her parents raised her in Quezon City, together with her siblings Dawanne, who is member of the band Lipstick, King, who is also a singer, and Patrick, who is a musical director. When Girado was five years old, she started singing in a corner of a room and her father noticed it. After seeing the potential in his daughter, Filbert trained her critically. Like the traditional technique of vocalization, she was submerged into a drum of water while belting out her high notes. Later, she was declared as daily winner on GMA Lunchdates Bulilit Jamboree in 1985. In 1991, she joined the most popular defunct talent search in the Philippines, Tanghalan ng Kampeon, where she became a champion for seven weeks.