Paulo Avelino

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Paulo Avelino
BornMichael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino
(1988-05-13) May 13, 1988 (age 26)
Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
OccupationActor, model, host
Years active2006-present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2006–2011)
Star Magic (2013–present)
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Paulo Avelino
BornMichael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino
(1988-05-13) May 13, 1988 (age 26)
Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
OccupationActor, model, host
Years active2006-present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2006–2011)
Star Magic (2013–present)

Michael "Paulo" Avelino (born May 13, 1988) is a Filipino television and film actor, model and singer. He began his showbiz career through the reality talent show StarStruck on GMA Network. After being eliminated in the said reality show, he signed exclusive contract with GMA where he played various supporting roles for the network.[1] In mid-2011, he transferred to ABS-CBN where he gain his current popularity.[2] He gained prominence for his role as Nathan Montenegro in the 2012 hit series Walang Hanggan. He also won the Gawad Urian Award Best Actor for the film Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. He was starred in Kahit Konting Pagtingin and Honesto in 2013, and currently in Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon in 2014.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Paulo Avelino was born on May 13, 1988[3] as Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino in Baguio City, Philippines.[4] He is the son of Roberto Puigcerver Avelino, an influential Spanish-Filipino from Calbayog City, Western Samar and Jennilyn Lingbanan. He is second out of four siblings, Honey, Gabriel and Angela.[3][4] His grandfather is Baltazar Avelino, former governor of Samar and is related to former Senator Jose Avelino.[4] He attended his primary education at Baguio City SPED Center Elementary School, then later on at the University of Baguio Science High School[5] before graduating at the Baguio Patriotic High School for secondary education.[4] He studied Enterpreneurial Management at Saint Louis University in Baguio City but quit during his first year.[6] He then finished the same course at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.[3]

2006-10: Discovery and early projects[edit]

Avelino joined a reality show StarStruck 4 under GMA Network in 2006, wherein he got eliminated from the Top 8.[7] Even though he lost in the talent search, Avelino had different acting roles in 2007 in various GMA shows. According to him, "Ever since I was a child, I really wanted to act... I think acting is really my calling".[8] He first appeared in Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace episode in 2007. In the same year, he appeared in various minor roles; two series of Sine Novela, and Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.[9] The StarStruck 4 cast had their first regular show entitled as Boys Nxt Door, an award-winning youth oriented situation comedy for the network's 57th anniversary.[10] In 2008, he appeared for a supporting role in Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, a remake of 1989 movie of the same title redeveloped by Don Michael Perez and produced by GMA Network.[11] Avelino also appeared in an afternoon series Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan, and in a primetime series Luna Mystika.[12][13][14] The year also marks the debut of Avelino on film, having been cast in a Metro Manila Film Festival entry of Regal Films entitled Desperadas 2.

In 2009, Avelino started a regular stint in GMA's then Sunday variety show SOP Rules, and finally landing major roles on then famous Kris Bernal-Aljur Abrenica tandem, with Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?[15] and All My Life.[16][17] He was also cast as Robert in a GMA Films-VIVA Films project, Patient X[18] and as Pepe in a Filipino action fantasy film, Ang Panday.[19] In 2010, he appeared in a supporting role in a primetime series Ilumina.[20] In the same year, his career turned up as he replaced JC de Vera for a lead role in the fantasy series Panday Kids. According to him in an interview of Philippine Entertainment Portal, he's happy and feels blessed because he was chosen by the network for a big project.[21][22][23] His last show with GMA Network was playing a lead role in the afternoon fantasy-drama Alakdana, with Louise delos Reyes and Alden Richards.[7]

2011-12: Transfer to ABS-CBN and breakthrough[edit]

In 2011, Avelino signed a contract with ABS-CBN in the presence of channel head Cory Vidanes, business unit head Deo Endrinal and his manager Leo Dominguez. According to ABS-CBN News, Avelino said he wanted to explore out of his comfort zone and at the same time, reinvent himself as an actor.[7][24] Avelino debuted as a lead actor in a film alongside Lovi Poe on Regal Films' Aswang, which marked his first project as a Kapamilya actor.[25] He also acted in a film entitled as Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, an entry to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.[26][27] He appeared for the first time in an ABS-CBN show through a guest role in 100 Days to Heaven.[28] He appeared as a rich executive named Teddy Ledesma, alongside veteran actor Phillip Salvador.[29][30] He also appeared in Wansapanataym, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig as a warm up for his future projects.[31]

Avelino played the role of a bisexual in the 2011 Cinemalaya film "Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa" alongside Rocco Nacino, wherein he won as Best Actor at the Gawad Urian Awards.[32] This marked the actor's first ever award.[32][33] In his speech, he thanked the movie's cast and crew, and said the award would be an inspiration to him.[33] According to him, "When I first accepted the script, to be honest, I didn’t understand it.[...]It’s mostly poems or songs. It’s something really different, and that’s the reason why I accepted it...".[8] In 2012, Avelino achieved his biggest break through a major role in the hit primetime series "Walang Hanggan", alongside Coco Martin and Julia Montes.[34] He revealed that he learned a lot from his multi-awarded co-actor Martin, who played the lead role in the said series.[35][36] In the same year, Avelino once again appeared in 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival through "Lost Command" episode of a famous horror trilogy Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 produced by Regal Films.[37] According to him, he considers doing horror projects a little more challenging compared to doing drama.[38]

Aside from movie and television acting, Avelino became also a recording artist releasing his self-titled album under Universal Records on October 1, 2012. His album Paulo Avelino is composed of six-tracks covers of OPM classic hits.[39] The album is preceded by the first single, a cover of Restless Heart's "When She Cries".[40] Avelino also released a music video for his second single, a cover of Alamid's "Your Love".[41] Other tracks from the album included "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan", "Yakap Sa Dilim", "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal" and "If You Believe".[39]

2013-present: Recent and future projects[edit]

Avelino started the year 2013 in the pre-primetime series Kahit Konting Pagtingin, together with Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby.[42] He also appeared on two independent films for Cinemalaya. The first was directed by Alvin Yapan and was titled Debosyon.[43] He explained that he signed up on the film because of the surreal and magical treatment of the story about faith, religion and forbidden love. The dialogue, as well, is written in very poetic Bicolano.[8][44] The other one was directed by Jerrold Tarog titled as Sana Dati, a bizarre story of a videographer and a bride.[45] He also appeared as leading man of actresses Lovi Poe and Jennylyn Mercado on a highly charged erotic-drama romantic comedy film directed by Joel Lamangan, The Bride and the Lover.[46]

Avelino later returned on the small screen with two Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes; "Notbook", and the first ever tandem with Angel Locsin on "Mask".[47][48] Avelino did a tandem to Locsin after reports surfaced that he allegedly refused to work with the actress. He had backed out of Locsin's upcoming series The Legal Wife (formerly Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin) which they were supposed to headline.[49] Avelino appeared in a lead role in the family drama series Honesto, wherein he reunited with his Walang Hanggan co-stars Melissa Ricks and Noni Buencamino.[50] He also appeared on a romantic-comedy film directed by Chris Martinez entitled Status: It's Complicated, with Jake Cuenca, Solenn Heussaff, Maja Salvador, and veteran comedian Eugene Domingo.[51] The movie is inspired and remaked by the 1979 classic sexy-comedy film Salawahan directed by Ishmael Bernal.[52] In the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival, he appeared in two entries; a lead role on Star Cinema's horror film Pagpag, and a cameo role on Kimmy Dora: The Quantum of Kiyeme.[53][54]

In 2014, he is currently part of the main cast of the ensemble drama series Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon, topbilled by Bea Alonzo.

Personal life[edit]

Paulo Avelino had a relationship with fellow Starstruck alumnus LJ Reyes. Though they are not married, they have one son named Ethan Akio Reyes.[55] Currently, he is now dating KC Concepcion.



2006StarStruck: The Next LevelHimselfGMA Network
2007Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The PalacePoy
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng PusoArchie
Boys Nxt DoorPeter
Zaido: Pulis PangkalawakanCervano's buddy
Sine Novela: My Only LoveAlvin
2008Babangon Ako't Dudurugin KitaBrenan Salcedo
Sine Novela: Gaano Kadalas Ang MinsanJared Luna
Luna MystikaJohnny
2009Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?Kiko Claro
All My LifePerry
StarStruck VHimself
SOP RulesHimself/Performer
Dear Friend: Three BachelorsHeime
Dear Friend: Almost A Love StoryLuigi
2010Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?Cito Valera
Panday Kids[56]Aureus / Alfred
IluminaAntonio Martinez
Jillian: Namamasko PoJames
2011AlakdanaBilly Romero
100 Days to HeavenTeddy Ledesma
Wansapanataym: Cocoy ShokoyCocoy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: LihamRomy
Ikaw Ay Pag-IbigAndrew Jimenez
2012Walang HangganNathaniel "Nathan" Montenegro
2013Kahit Konting PagtinginLance Ledesma
Maalaala Mo Kaya: NotbookApaw
Maalaala Mo Kaya: MaskStuart
HonestoDiego Layer
2014Sana Bukas pa ang KahaponPatrick Salvador


2008Desperadas 2Dr. AntonRegal Films
2009Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat MovieCameo AppearanceGMA Films
APT Entertainment
Patient XRobertViva Films
GMA Films
Ang PandayPepeGMA Films
2011AswangDanielRegal Films
Yesterday, Today, TomorrowVincent
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang PaaMarlonIndependent Film
2012Shake, Rattle & Roll 14Corp. Lamberto UpaoRegal Films
2013The Bride and the LoverPhilip Albino
DebosyonManuelIndependent Film
Sana DatiDennis Cesario
Status: It's ComplicatedJerryRegal Films
Pagpag: Siyam na BuhayRomanStar Cinema
Regal Films
Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng PrequelCameo RoleStar Cinema
Spring Films
2014Heneral LunaIndependent Films
Star Cinema
Reality Entertainment


TitleAlbum details
Paulo Avelino - EP


YearAward Giving BodyCategoryWorkResult(s)
2012Gawad Urian AwardsBest Actor[58]Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang PaaWon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama)Nominated
14th Pasado AwardsBest Supporting Actor[58]Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop Kapamilya TV CharacterNathan Montenegro (Walang Hanggan)[58]Nominated
201310th Golden Screen TV AwardsOutstanding Supporting ActorWalang HangganWon
Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Male Personality In Philippine TVHonestoWon


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