|Piolo Jose Pascual|
|Born||12 January 1977|
|Parents||Philip and Amy Pascual|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pascual has a nine-year-old son, Iñigo, who lives with his family in the US.
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
- Paper One
- 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
- Coca-Cola (with The Hunks)
|Love Me Again: Land Down Under||2009||digital film|
|Paano Kita Iibigin||2007||Star Cinema/ Viva Films|
|Kagat ng Dilim||2006||digital film|
|Don't Give Up on Us||2006||Star|
|Till There Was You||2003||Star|
|Jologs (film)||2002||Star (cameo)|
|I Think I'm in Love||2002||Regal|
|Bakit 'Di Totohanin||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|
|The Untold Story: Visconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy on Us||1994||Golden Lions|
As an actor
|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|
|Sa Piling Mo||2006|
|Bora: Sons of the Beach||2005-2006|
|Buttercup (TV Series)||2003|
|Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka||2001-2003|
|Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako Book 2||1999|
|Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako Book 1||1998|
|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|
|Masayang Tanghali Bayan||2003|
Film and television awards
|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
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|Platinum Hits (REPACKAGED with Ikaw Lamang)||2006|
|Piolo Pascual: Platinum Hits||2006|
|Renditions: Songs of Louie O.||2005|
|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|
- Piolo Pascual at imdb.com. (Accessed on 13 November 2007).
- Piolo Pascual. (Accessed on 13 November 2007).
- Piolo Pascual at Wow! Celebrities. (Accessed on 13 November 2007).
- Piolo Pascual at pinoyvision.com. (Accessed on 13 November 2007).
- Piolo Pascual at Carousel Pinoy . (Accessed on 13 November 2007).
- I Love You Piolo. (Accessed on 18 May 2008).
- Piolo Pascual at PinoyExchange (Accessed on 26 May 2008).
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