Enrique Gil

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Enrique Gil
Enrique Gil in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Enrique Gil performing in Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Born Enrique Mari Bacay Gil
(1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 (age 22)
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Other names Quen (pronounced as Ken),
Quenito (pronounced as Kenito)
Ethnicity Filipino-Spanish-German
  • actor
  • model
  • dancer
  • rapper
Years active 2008–present
Agent Star Magic
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Enrique Mari Bacay Gil also known as Enrique Gil (born March 30, 1992) and by his nickname Quen (pronounced as Ken), is a Filipino actor, model and dancer, known for his roles in "Mula Sa Puso", "Budoy", and "Muling Buksan Ang Puso".[1]

Early life[edit]

Enrique Gil was born on March 30, 1992[2] in Cebu City. He is the son of Enrique Amadeo Gil Sr. and Barbara Anne Gil (Bambi Gil). He has an elder brother Enrique Javier/Enrique Jr. (Javy) and his younger sister Diandra Frances (Andie). His parents used to work as flight attendants at Philippine Airlines. Gil has mixed blood with Spanish, German, Swiss, and Filipino ancestry.[3] He finished primary school at the Montessori De Manila, a private institute inside the B.F. Executive Village in Las Piñas City, and secondary school in 2008 from Manresa School in Paranaque City.[4][5] He then went to San Beda College - Alabang to pursue Information Technology but was not able to finish since he focused on his acting career.[3] He is the cousin of the young actor, Paul Salas.


Gil started acting in the summer of 2008. He was 16 years old then, and boredom led him to enroll in commercial modeling and musical theater workshops conducted by Trumpets.[6] He appeared in a series of TV commercials, including a Lewis and Pearl's ad, alongside Coleen Garcia . He was later launched as part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic Circle Batch 16. He landed his first television role in the action-drama series Pieta where he played Harold.[4] Before Pieta, he has made a cameo appearance in I Love Betty La Fea as one of the Ecomodels.

In 2009, During the taping of Pieta, his mom convinced him to audition in the sitcom George and Cecil. As soon as the head writer and director Joey Reyes saw Enrique, he immediately cast him to be on the show.[4] Later he was also cast in the indie film Pitas as a brother of Kristel Moreno.[7]

In 2010, he co-starred in the indie war film Diego and His Brothers.[7][8] In April, he joined ASAP XV as one of Star Magic's "Gigger Boys".[9] In May, he co-starred in the teleserye Rosalka where he played the role of Andrew. He was originally set to appear in Kokey @ Ako,[10] but his character was written off in favor of Jason Francisco. He played the character of Joco, little brother of Paolo Barredo (Gerald Anderson) in the film Till My Heartaches End.[11] He got his first hosting stint in the ABS-CBN teen variety show, Shoutout!.[12]

In 2011, he got demoted from host to a regular performer in Shoutout!,[13] which was revamped and renamed to Shoutout!: Level Up. The show was eventually cancelled due to poor ratings. He played Jim in the 10th episode of Your Song Presents: Kim. He got his break when he was cast to play Michael Miranda — originally played by Diether Ocampo — in the 2011 remake of Mula Sa Puso.[14] He played Troy Cabrera in Good Vibes.[13] Gil admitted, during the Good Vibes press conference, that he was set to appear in the ABS-CBN's remake of María la del Barrio but had to let go of his role due to conflicting schedules.[13] He replaced Albie Casiño in the Star Cinema film Way Back Home — the film debut of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.[15][16] He appeared as BJ Maniego in Budoy.[17] He was featured in Zia Quizon's Music Video debut entitled Ako Na Lang.

In 2012, he starred as Dasho Jao Rinpoche in Princess and I. He was cast in the movie The Reunion, a Filipino teen romantic comedy film directed by Frasco Mortiz.[18] He was included in the movie Amorosa, making this his first horror film.[19] Later in the year, he was cast in The Strangers, one of the official entries for the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival and his first MMFF movie.[20]

In 2013, he was featured in Myrtle Sarrosa's Mr. Kupido music video, which was released in February. Enrique also portrayed Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Maalaala Mo Kaya.[21]

Following this, he appeared in a number of new projects such as Muling Buksan Ang Puso, alongside Julia Montes and Enchong Dee. His love team with his real life crush Julia Montes was very successful so there fans wanted them to do more projects.

Enrique Gil performing in Toronto, 2014

Last September 2013, it was announced that he is part of She's The One movie with Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes.[22] He released a debut dance album under Star Records entitled King of the Gil.[23] Later in the year, Gil conquered the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for his first dance concert with Special guests Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda, Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Arron Villaflor, Rayver Cruz, Martin del Rosario, Arjo Atayde, Ejay Falcon, gloc-9, Young JV, G-force, The Streetboys and his co-star from The Reunion, The Strangers and Muling Buksan Ang Puso leading lady Julia Montes.[24] Before proving his dancing prowess in his ‘King of the Gil’ concert, Gil debuted on radio drama via “Dear M.O.R. Special” on “My Only Radio (MOR) 101.9 For Life!” and “MOR TV”. He portrayed the role of Carlo, a hopeless romantic guy who gives everything to his liberated and dominant girlfriend Lois, who will be played by FM radio’s first-ever roving DJ and ‘Darling ng Masa’ Eva Ronda.[25]

In 2014, he replaced Kiko Estrada in the fantaserye Mirabella[26] — the debut series of young actress, Enrique describes Julia Barretto as his younger sister, nothing more,[27][28] February 26, the wattpad author HaveYouSeenThisGirL admitted via Twitter that Gil was really supposed to be in the film adaptation of "Diary ng Panget" but refused to tell why it didn't push through.[29] March 1, he launched his single "Do The Moves" with Sarah Geronimo and apl.de.ap. Its youth-oriented music video was released on March 8.[30] March 16, Gil confirms that he is part of John Lloyd Cruz, Jessy Mendiola, Gretchen Barretto, and Richard Gomez film entitled "The Trial". May 18, Gil was awarded as the Most Promising Male Star of the Year at the 45th Box Office Entertainment Awards (2014)of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation.[31] June 25, Star Cinema announced that Gil together with Liza Soberano will lead the film adaptation of Kimberly Joy Villanueva's novel, "The Bet".[32]


In 2013 Gil joined the PETA campaign, Free Mali to transfer her from the Manila zoo to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. Mali is the only captive elephant in the Philippines and has been in captivity for the majority of her life, alone, in a tiny enclosure and in need of proper care.[33]


Year Title Role Notes Network
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Himself/Ecomodel Cameo role ABS-CBN
2008 Pieta Harold Guest role
2009 George and Cecil Carlo Barredo Extended cast
2010 Shoutout! Himself Host
2010 Rosalka Andrew Extended cast
2010 Maynila (TV series) Mark Episode: : Dangerous Charade GMA Network
2010 ASAP Himself Host/Performer (2010–present) ABS-CBN
2011 Mara Clara Mara's debut escort Uncredited
2011 100 Days to Heaven Teen Bobby Ramirez Special Participation
2011 Good Vibes' Troy Cabrera Main role
2011 Mula Sa Puso Michael Miranda Main role
2011 Your Song Jim Your Song Presents: Kim
2011 Shoutout!: Level Up Himself Performer
2011 Budoy Benjamin "BJ" Maniego Main role (2011-2012)
2012 Maynila (TV series) Tim Episode: Star Collision GMA Network
2012 Sarah G. Live Himself Co-host/Performer ABS-CBN
2012 Princess and I Dasho Jan Alfonso "Jao" Rinpoche Main role (2012-2013)
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Juan Ponce Enrile Episode: Sapatos
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Juan Ponce Enrile Episode: Diploma
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso Francis Dela Vega Main role
2014 Mirabella Jeremy Palmera Main role
2014 Forevermore Alexander "Xander" Grande III Main role
Year Title Role Notes Producer
2010 Diego and His Brothers[8] Anton Short Film Indie Film
2010 Pitas[34]
2010 Till My Heartaches End[11] Jaco Barredo Star Cinema
2011 Way Back Home[16] Michael Estacio
2012 The Reunion[18] Boggs Alvarez
2012 Amorosa[19] Rommel Skylight Films
2012 The Strangers[20] Max Quantum Films, MJM Productions
2013 Must Be... Love[35] Dave Cameo Star Cinema
2013 She's The One[22] David Esguerra
2014 The Trial
2014 The Bet Drake Swift Pre-production


Studio albums
Year Album Certifications
2013 King of the Gil Gold[citation needed]
Year Title Notes
2013 "Oha (Kaya Mo Ba To?)" Title track of his debut dance album, King of the Gil
2013 "Ikaw Lamang" One of the theme song for the 2013 film She's The One
2014 "Do The Moves" with Sarah Geronimo and Apl.De.Ap.
Year Album Song(s) Certifications
2012 Love Songs from Princess and I
  • "Tunay Na Ligaya"
  • "Gusto Kita" w/ Daniel Padilla and Khalil Ramos
Gold [36]
2013 Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko
  • Christmas Party (Ang Saya)

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2014 62nd FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actor She's The One Nominated
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Male Star of the Year[37] Won
2013 Choice Ko Yum! Awards 2013 Local Choice Male Heartthrob[38] Won
2013 Yahoo! OMG! Awards Breakthrough Actor[39] Won
2013 Starmometer 100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines Rank #1 Won
2012 FAMAS Award German Moreno Youth Achievement Award (with Daniel Padilla, Derrick Monasterio, Edgar Allan Guzman, Jessy Mendiola, Julie Anne San Jose, Kristoffer Martin)[40] Won
2012 14th Gawad Pasado Awards! PINAKAPASADOng Dangal ng Kabataan (with Kim Chiu)[41] Won
2012 Yahoo! OMG! Awards Most Promising Actor[42] Won
2011 Star Magic Ball Breakout Style (with Jessy Mendiola)[43] Won


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  17. ^ "Gerald Anderson is Budoy, a child suffering from Angel Syndrome". cGuide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
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  26. ^ John Fontanilla (2014-02-21). "Kiko Estrada blames no one for being pulled out of Mirabella". NEWS. PEP. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
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  32. ^ "Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano star in ‘The Bet’". News. Star Cinema. 2014-06-25. 
  33. ^ "Celebrities call for Mali's transfer". Photos. Yahoo.com. 2013-05-28. 
  34. ^ "Kristel Moreno talks about her love scenes with Sid Lucero in Pitas". Guide / Movies. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  35. ^ "Enrique Gil makes young actress cry". ABS-CBNnews. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  36. ^ "'Princess and I' Conquers Twitter Trending Topics, Album Turns Gold!". Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
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