Piolo Pascual

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Piolo Jose Pascual
Born 12 January 1977
Manila, Philippines
Parents Philip and Amy Pascual
Other Name/s PJ

Piolo Pascual (born Piolo Jose Pascual) is a Filipino actor, host, film producer, model, and singer. In 2003, he won all of the Best Supporting Actor awards from every major award-giving body in the Philippines for his role in the critically acclaimed film Dekada '70. That same year, he broke into the Philippine music industry as a solo recording artist, releasing four albums under Star Records, and performing at sold-out concerts across the country and abroad. Aside from being one of the most sought-after male actors in Philippine entertainment today, he is also one of the most bankable commercial models in the country, visible in advertisements for over a dozen major brands and companies in the Philippines.

Early life and career

Piolo Pascual, born on 12 January 1977 in Manila, is the youngest son of Amelia "Amy" Nonato Pascual, and Philip Victor Pascual. Philip Pascual was the son of Harold Herzig, a full-blooded German, and his Filipina wife; however, Herzig died while his son was still young, and his wife married a Pascual.

Pascual grew up enjoying a close bond with his siblings--Chiqui, Paulette, Pam, Choi, and Patricia--despite their own father's early death. His father was a casting director for international films that are shot in the Philippines, influencing his ambition to become an actor, ramp model or a performer. Living an ordinary life, he went to school and spent time on outings and celebrations with his family. Pascual attended grade school and high school at St. Francis School in Santa Ana, Manila. When he was in Grade 5, Pascual joined the school theater group, Teatro Ni Kiko, wherein he was introduced to the world of theater and acting.

That's Entertainment

While in third year high school, Pascual started appearing in That's Entertainment, a popular teen variety show aired in the 1990s. He eventually left the show to get into college full-time, studying at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), where he took up AB General Education. He later shifted to Physical Therapy in preparation for his immigration to the States. While in UST, he joined the university theater group, Teatro Tomasino. Despite being a newbie in the group, he got in the play "Juan dela Cruz in New York City", where he was the only newcomer accepted.

ABS-CBN and Immigration

At 18, Pascual auditioned for the ABS-CBN kid show ATBP in 1996, after being urged by his then manager Noel Nuguit. He also had an early movie credit in the film The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy on Us (1994), directed by Carlo J. Caparas where he played Jussi Leino, one of the suspects.

After being spotted by a talent scout, Pascual tried his luck at the ABS-CBN Talent Center. In 1996, he passed the auditions and was supposed to be included in the Star Circle, Batch 2 (which included Diether Ocampo and Marvin Agustin). However, weeks before the launch, Pascual left for the U.S. to attend to his U.S. petition, something which his mother had worked for in the past year.

Despite strong protests from his mother, Piolo flew back to Manila after staying in the States for only a few weeks. Star Circle Batch 3 was formally launched in ASAP and he was offered a six-month contract by ABS-CBN. He stayed for six months, and then had to return to the US. His planned three-months stay in the States lasted for more than a year. He worked in a hospital, in the advertising field and in other odd jobs which included becoming a security man at the Oscar Awards. In the U.S., he joined acting workshops where he refined his acting skills.


Pascual returned to the Philippines in August 1998 to continue his stalled career. He was represented for a while by Joji Dingcong, who eventually brought him back to ABS-CBN Talent Center, which welcomed him back and gave him a five-year television/management contract. That year Johnny Manahan Vice President for ABS-CBN Talent Center, launched Pascual as a solo actor, reintroducing him as Piolo Pascual.

Pascual got a supporting role in the movie Batang PX (1997) directed by Jose Javier Reyes. He also got a key role in the soap opera Esperanza which starred Judy Ann Santos. However, it was in the weekly primetime series Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako, directed by Olivia M. Lamasan, that he got his big break. In 1999, he received an Asian TV Awards nomination for Best Drama Actor for his portrayal of the villain Raffy in the said TV series. After his successful role in the series, he was offered a two-and-a-half-year contract for five films by Star Cinema and Crown-7. In the same year, he also appeared in the film version of the series, Esperanza: The Movie.

Big Break

Piolo Pascual's first big cinema break, came in the movie Lagarista (2000), directed by Mel Chionglo, where he played the title role. For his performance, he received his first Gawad Urian nomination for Best Actor. The film was exhibited at the Toronto, Pusan, and Hongkong film festivals.

After Lagarista, Piolo undertook a series of projects, in which he was paired with Judy Ann Santos, leading to one of the more famous love teams in recent Philippine cinema history: the movie Kahit Isang Saglit (2000), the TV series Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (2001-2003), movies Bakit 'Di Totohanin (2001) and Till There Was You (2003). Their latest pairings were in 2006 in the film Don't Give Up On Us and the soap opera Sa Piling Mo.

Pascual also appeared for a supporting role in Mila directed by Joel Lamangan opposite [[Maricel Soriano]. Portraying Primo, the drug addict lover of school teacher Mila, he received a Best Supporting actor nomination for a Luna Award (formerly The Film Academy of the Philippines).

In 2002, Pascual was cast, along with veteran actors Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon, in the film Dekada '70, a movie based on Lualhati Bautista's popular novel of the same title. Directed by Chito S. Rono, the film centered around a woman and her family's struggle during the Marcos regime in the Philippines. For his role as Jules Bartolome, he garnered a Best Supporting Actor grand slam, earning a total of eight awards that began with the Metro Manila Film Festival in December 2002 and ending with the Gawad Urian in May 2003.

Since then, Pascual has been paired, on both the big screen and small screen, with many of the famous young actresses in showbusiness, such as Angelica Panganiban in the movie Mangarap Ka, Claudine Barretto in the movie Milan (2004) and the TV series Walang Kapalit (2007), Bea Alonzo in the film Dreamboy, and Regine Velasquez in the movie Paano Kita Iibigin (2007).

Currently, Pascual's career is managed by Johnny Manahan, now the Senior Vice President for ABS-CBN (Star Magic). On July of 2007, Pascual signed another exclusive three-picture contract deal with Star Cinema. He starred in a TV series Lobo with Angel Locsin, formerly GMA's biggest star who recently moved to ABS-CBN.

He is currently starring in the Philippine remake of a popular Korean TV series, Lovers in Paris, in which he is paired with Sharon Cunetas daughter KC Concepcion.

Singing Career

In 2003, Pascual formed part of ASAP Mania's popular singing and dancing quintet, the Hunks, together with Diether Ocampo, Carlos Agassi, Bernard Palanca, and Jericho Rosales. They frequently appeared in the variety show, establishing their popularity, which led to a sitcom entitled Bora: Sons of the Beach.

Since then, Pascual's singing career has led him to four album releases for Star Records, mount a solo concert at the Araneta Coliseum, and several road shows both locally and abroad. In the film Don't Give Up On Us, Pascual also performed the theme song for the movie. His self-titled first album went platinum four months after its release. In his second album, "The Gift" and "Hindi na Lang Ikaw" were both number one hits. With less than two months, his sophomore album turned platinum. His third album turned gold a week after its release.

Pascual celebrated his 10th year in showbiz via his second solo major concert entitled Ten: Piolo Pascual at the Araneta Coliseum (Big Dome) last 30 November 2007. During the said concert, Pascual also launched his new coffee-table book, entitled Piolo: Believing, which is a chronicle of his life in both text and pictures.

He bagged the title "Male Recording Artist of the Year" from the 38th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation in May 2008, together with other artists from ABS-CBN and GMA.

Personal life

Pascual has a nine-year-old son, Iñigo, who lives with his family in the US.


Pascual delved into film producing in 2009. He was executive producer for Kimmy Dora under Spring Films and Manila under Bicycle Films.


Since his 2001 Sprite commercial, in which a then-unknown comedienne named Toni Gonzaga popularized the expression, "I love you, Piolo!", Pascual has remained one of the most effective and most visible celebrity endorsers in the Philippines. Among the products and brands he endorses are as follows:

  • Blue Water Spa
  • Clear Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Banco De Oro
  • Cinema One Global
  • Selecta Ice cream
  • San Mig Coffee Sugar Free
  • San Mig 3-in-1 Coffee Mixes (Mild, Original, Strong and Extra Strong blends)
  • Belo Medical Group
  • Cast
  • Paper One
  • Diadora
  • Hammerhead Jeans and Shirts
  • Mendrez shoes
  • Max's Restaurant
  • Globe Communications
  • Timex watches
  • i2i New York eyewear
  • Intensity men's fragrance by First Quadrant
  • Venice Jeweler
  • IGen portal
  • Hammerhead's three Piolo Body Scents - sporty, sensitive and sensual
  • Max's candy
  • Sprite
  • Coca-Cola (with The Hunks)


Title Year Producer
Manila 2009 digital film
Love Me Again: Land Down Under 2009 digital film
Chopsuey 2007 digital film
Paano Kita Iibigin 2007 Star Cinema/ Viva Films
Kagat ng Dilim 2006 digital film
Don't Give Up on Us 2006 Star
D'Anothers 2005 Star (cameo)
Dreamboy 2005 Star
Milan 2004 Star
Till There Was You 2003 Star
Dekada '70 2002 Star
9 Mornings 2002 Star
Jologs (film) 2002 Star (cameo)
I Think I'm in Love 2002 Regal
Bakit 'Di Totohanin 2001 Star
Mila 2001 Star
Kahit Isang Saglit 2000 Star
Pera o bayong (Not da TV)! 2000 Star (cameo)
Lagarista 2000 Solar Films/Crown Seven
Esperanza: The Movie 1999 Star
Batang PX 1997 Star
The Untold Story: Visconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy on Us 1994 Golden Lions


As an actor

Title Year
Imortal 2010
Noah 2010
Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You 2010
May Bukas Pa 2010
Maalala Mo Kaya: The Ninoy and Cory Love Story 2010
Lovers in Paris 2009
Komiks Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja 2009
Maalala Mo Kaya 2009
Lobo 2008
Walang Kapalit 2007
Sa Piling Mo 2006
Bora: Sons of the Beach 2005-2006
Mangarap Ka 2004
Buttercup (TV Series) 2003
Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka 2001-2003
Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako Book 2 1999
Esperanza 1998-1999
Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako Book 1 1998
Gimik 1997
Mara Clara 1995-1997
ATBP 1996

As himself

Title Year
Be Bench: The Model Search 2007
The Araw values Advertising Awards 2007
Tuloy na Tuloy na Tuloy pa rin ang Pasko 2007
Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin, A Mega Celebration 2006
Bea's Wildest Dreams at 18: Birthday TV Special 2005
My Gift: Piolo Pascual First Time in Concert 2004
ASAP 2004-Present
Masayang Tanghali Bayan 2003
That's Entertainment 1994


Film and television awards

Movie/TV Show Category Organization
Don't Give Up On Us Best Actor (tied with Jericho Rosales) 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies (2007)
Don't Give Up On Us Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) 4th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards (2007)
Milan Best Actor 54th FAMAS (2005)
Mangarap Ka Best Drama Actor 1st ENPRESS Golden Screen Entertainment TV Awards (2004)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor U.P. Film Desk of the YOUNG CRITICS CIRCLE (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor GAWAD URIAN (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor FAP (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor FAMAS (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor PMPC Star (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor PASADO (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor GAWAD TANGLAW (2003)
Dekada '70 Best Supporting Actor Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines (2002)
Dekada '70 Special Recognition for RARE GRAND SLAM Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (2003)

Box-office and entertainment industry awards

Category Organization
Anak TV Seal Top Male Category Southeast Asian Foundation for Children’s Television (2006)
Anak TV Seal Top Male Category Southeast Asian Foundation for Children’s Television (2005)
Mr. Screen Idol FAMAS (2005)
Mr. RP Movies Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (for 2004 box-office performance)
Mr. RP Movies Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (for 2003 box-office performance)
Youth Achievement Award German Moreno and FAMAS (2003)
Mr. RP Movies Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (for 2001 box-office performance)
Most Promising Group (The Hunks with Jericho Rosales, Bernard Palanca, Carlos Agassi, and Diether Ocampo) Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards (2001)
Mr. RP Movies Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (for 2000 box-office performance)


Film nominations

Movie Category Organization
Dreamboy Best Actor GAWAD TANGLAW (2006)
Dreamboy Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) ENPRESS Golden Screen (2006)
Milan Best Actor GAWAD URIAN (2005)
Milan Best Actor FAP (LUNA) (2005)
Milan Best Actor PASADO (2005)
Milan Best Actor PMPC Star (2005)
Milan Best Actor (Drama) ENPRESS Golden Screen (2005)
I Think I'm In Love Best Actor Manila Film Festival (2002)
Mila Best Supporting Actor FAP (2002)
Lagarista Best Actor GAWAD URIAN (2001)
Esperanza Best Supporting Actor FAMAS (2000)
Esperanza Best Supporting Actor Metro Manila Film Festival (1999)

Television nominations

TV show Category Organization
Sa Piling Mo Best Drama Actor PMPC Star (2006)
Mangarap Ka Best Drama Actor PMPC Star (2004)
Maalaala Mo Kaya "Lobo" Best Single Performance by a Lead Actor PMPC Star (2002)
Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako Best Drama Actor 4th Asian TV Awards (2000)


Title Year
Platinum Hits (REPACKAGED with Ikaw Lamang) 2006
Piolo Pascual: Platinum Hits 2006
Renditions: Songs of Louie O. 2005
My Gift 2004
Piolo 2003


Title Year
Piolo Pascual & Sam Milby in Sydney May 24, 2008
Heartthrobs in Melbourne May 23, 2008
Heartthrobs in Florida March 29, 2008
Heartthrobs in in Washington DC March 28, 2008
An Easter with the Heartthrobs March 26, 2008
Heartthrobs in Chicago March 22, 2008
Heartthrobs in Guam March 19, 2008
Heartthrobs The Concert (Cebu) January 23, 2008
Ten: Piolo Live at the Araneta November 30, 2007
Heartthrobs Concert February 2-3, 2007
My Gift April 24, 2004

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