Piolo Pascual Biography
Piolo Pascual Biography
Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual is a Filipino film and television actor, singer, model, and producer. He was born on born January 12, 1977 in Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center located in Malate, Manila. 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 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 of 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 love team with Judy Ann Santos became phenomenal in the 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 at the box office. His movie with Claudine Barretto, Milan, 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 the 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.