Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual (, born January 12, 1977)
is a Filipino
film and television actor, singer, model, and producer.
Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual, was born on January 12, 1977 in Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center
located in Malate
. He is the youngest son of Amelia "Amy" Nonato Pascual and Philip Victoriano Pascual.
While growing up, Pascual enjoyed 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, though Piolo can't recall if it affected his ambition on becoming an actor, ramp model or a performer. He lived an ordinary life; he went to school and spent time on outings and celebrations with his family. Piolo attended elementary and high school at St. Francis School in Santa Ana, Manila. When he was in 5th Grade, Piolo joined the school theater group, Teatro Ni Kiko, where he was introduced to the world of theater and acting.
While he was in third year high school, Piolo started appearing in ''That's Entertainment'', a popular teen variety show that aired in the 1990s. He eventually left ''That's Entertainment'', however, to get into college full-time, studying at the University of Santo Tomas
(UST), where he studied AB General Education. He later shifted to Physical Therapy in preparation for his immigration to the U.S. Around 1996, however, Piolo had to put his studies and career plans on hold due to his imminent migration to the U.S.
Piolo joined his family in the United States that year. They lived in Los Angeles, where he worked as an ER representative in a hospital where his mother worked. When Pascual turned 21, he decided to return to Manila in order to pursue his acting career once again.
In 1994, Pascual started his career in That's Entertainment
. Then he appeared in some TV shows including Mara Clara
, and Gimik
. His loveteam with Judy Ann Santos
became phenomenal in early 2000s. Their four movies, ''Kahit Isang Saglit
'', ''Bakit Di Totohanin'', Till There Was You
, and Don't Give Up on Us
, earned more than P100 million in the box office. His movie with Claudine Barretto
, became his top-grossing film up to date.
In his early singing career, he joins Diether Ocampo
, Bernard Palanca
, Jericho Rosales
and Carlos Agassi
to form The Hunks, an all-male group.
In 2002, Pascual played the role of Jules in the award-winning film, ''Dekada '70
''. He received eight awards in the Best Supporting Actor category and was given special recognition for rare grand slam award as a Best Supporting Actor for the same role by the ''GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards
In 2003, Pascual ventured into music with his debut album ''Piolo'' which went platinum. His second album ''My Gift'' hit Platinum status as well. His 5th solo album ''Timeless'' hit Triple Platinum status.
Pascual is a member of ABS-CBN
's ''Star Magic
''. He celebrated his 10th anniversary in 2007 with a coffee table book (''Piolo: Believing''), a fifth solo album (''Timeless''), and a solo concert in Araneta Coliseum.
In 2008, he starred in a fantasy TV series ''Lobo
'' together with Angel Locsin
. The show gained accolades from Banff World Media Festival
and International Emmy Awards
In 2009, Pascual became a producer for ''Manila
'', an independent twinbill film under ''Bicycle Pictures''. After its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival
in May 2009, ''Manila
'' had its official Philippine premiere in cinemas in July 2009 as the opening film of the 5th Cinemalaya Film Festival
. He starred in the Philippine version of ''Lovers in Paris
'' together with KC Concepcion
the same year. Together with some directors and writers, Pascual created his film studio, ''Spring Films
'', which is known for its popular ''Kimmy Dora'' movie series.
In 2013, Pascual went to Cannes once again with the movie ''On The Job
Pascual has a son, Iñigo Dominic Lázaro Pascual
, born in 1997 with ex-girlfriend Donnabelle Lazaro. Pascual is also the uncle of Filipino actor Benjamin Alves
In 2013, Pascual joined the PETA
campaign, Free Mali, whose aim is to move Mali, the lone elephant in the Manila Zoo
to a larger area.
Piolo Pascual is a Born-Again Evangelical Christian. In his personal testimony, he shared, "I was at the top of my career when I surrendered my life to God. So many things were happening to me at that time. I had just finished Dekada 70 where we won 10 awards. At the young age of 25, I was winning awards and earning millions already. I was working then with Donita Rose
and she gave me a Bible
. Donita told me to read the Bible
and that it will change my life."
Films as executive producer
Film and television awards
*In the Philippines, a gold award means selling in excess of 12,500 albums and a platinum award means selling in excess of 25,000 albums.
*Pascual's album "Piolo Pascual: Platinum Hits" was repackaged. "Ikaw Lamang", the theme song of the teleserye "Sa Piling Mo
" was added.
*Sana'y Malaman Mo (lyrics: Ogie Alcasid
, music: Louie Ocampo
) was featured in the 2006 film Don't Give Up on Us
*Paano Kita Iibigin (lyrics and music: Ogie Alcasid
) was the theme song of the movie with the same title released in 2007.
Box-office and entertainment industry awards
Film nominations (in producing)
Film nominations (in acting)
Recording and concert nominations
*Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual CollectionsABS-CBNnews.com – Piolo PascualAngel Locsin and Piolo Pascual at Guam Beach Resort
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