A Filipina singer, actress, VJ and former beauty queen Malaya Lewandowski is the cover girl of Uno Magazine for their June 2008 issue. Born on April 13, 1988 in San Francisco, California to a Filipina mom and a German-Polish dad. Her name Malaya is from the Tagalog word "malaya", meaning "free". Her mother was born on the 4th of July, the U.S. Independence Day. She grew up in Fairfield, California.
She won a number of beauty contests in the United States, the last three being Ms. California Teen USA, Ms. Teen Filipina and Ms. Fiesta Filipina. She was discovered when she won as Miss Teen Filipina. A good singer, she was brought over to Manila to try her luck in Philippine showbiz.