Gardo Versoza

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Gardo Versoza
Birth name Mennen Torres Polintan
Born (1969-11-08) November 8, 1969 (age 44)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Occupations Actor, comedian, film producer
Years active 1990–Present
Associated acts ABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5

Gardo Versoza, " Mennen Torres Polintan " born on November 8, 1969, is a popular Filipino actor who has appeared in over forty movies and dozens of television shows.

Early career[edit]

He started out in roles such as Sabik Sa Halik, Machete II, Halimuyak Ng Babae and Kirot. He was known as "NINO ESPEDILLA" in true life. Later, he went on to star in action movies such as Cesar Climaco, Mison, and Ka Hector. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed movies such as the 1998 Marilou Diaz-Abaya version of Rizal where he played the role of hero Andres Bonifacio and Sisa where he played the role of Jose Rizal / Pepe. He has recently even tried his hand in comedy starring in Pinoy Blonde.

His success is not limited to movies alone. He also has been the focal point of some of the highest rated shows in Philippine television including Mula sa Puso where he portrayed Domingo, It Might Be You as Camilo San Carlos and Sugo where he was Apo Abukay.

At the onset and during his heyday, Gardo Versoza was tagged "Asia's Sexiest Man."

In his latest production, Sugo, Gardo plays the role of Apo Abukay. Apo Abukay is an evil chieftain who possesses black magic coming from the anito or spirit of darkness. He is characterized for embracing the old world or the pre-Spanish era. He battled the Spanish friars who came to the Philippines and it was only through the intervention of Conde Vergonze, a blind but powerful warrior that he was defeated. However, he made a pact that he could be resurrected with the blood of a certain woman from his bloodline (alay). After years of trying to resurrect Apo Abukay, the Binhi-lans (descendants of Apo Abukay) succeeded because the chosen one (sugo) of the Carag-Ayans (descendants of Conde Vergonze) fell in love with the alay and refused to kill her. In the end Apo Abukay was defeated and the Binhi-lan and Carag-Ayan tribes ended their centuries long war. The chosen one and the alay married and peace was restored.

As of late, Versoza has been busy with guest appearances in various shows in both ABS-CBN and GMA - 7. He has been spotted lately in Bubble Gang, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Hokus Pokus and Magpakailanman. He is also taking up directing classes and hopes to be a director some day.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to a non-showbiz named Ivy Vivencio.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1997 Mula Sa Puso Domingo ABS-CBN
2001/2002 Biglang Sibol, Bayang Impasibol Carlos Herrero GMA Network
2002 Kung Mawawala Ka Edmund Amparo
Bituin Diony ABS-CBN
2003/2004 It Might Be You Camilo San Carlos
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul: Kung Bakit May Korona Ang Bayabas Mura-On GMA Network
Sugo Apo Abukay
2006 Atlantika Haring Agat
Ang Kasagutan
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Kapitan Carling Ambing ABS-CBN
2007 Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Nanding
Asian Treasures Socrates GMA Network
Sine Novela Presents: Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap Pablo Acuesta
Ysabella Young Perry ABS-CBN
Kamandag Haring Saban GMA Network
2008 Sine Novela Presents: Magdusa Ka Bernardo Doliente
I Am KC Mang Nolan ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basura Jojo
Luna Mystika Dante / Sikano GMA Network
2009 Sugat ng Kahapon Aldo
May Bukas Pa Gary ABS-CBN
Katorse Don Anselmo Arcangel
2010 Rubi Arturo Dela Fuente
Your Song Presents: Isla Mario
The Celebrity Cook-Off Himself/Host TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Rosas Nestor ABS-CBN
Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face Various TV5
Wansapanataym: Zoila's Valentina Luis Veneracion ABS-CBN
2011 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Bianong Bulag Ernesto Gutierrez
Green Rose David Tobias
Maalaala Mo Kaya: TV George Habijan
Amaya Rajah Mangubat GMA Network
Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ferdinand Fuentebella
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Singsing Piding ABS-CBN
Hiram na Puso Leonardo 'Leo' Saavedra GMA Network
Felina: Prinsesa ng mga Pusa Arvin TV5
Aso ni San Roque Kanlaon GMA Network
2013 Never Say Goodbye Dindo Carpio TV5
Mga Basang Sisiw Efren Rodrigo GMA Network
Titser Sir Gil GMA News TV
Genesis Ka Andoy GMA Network
2014 Rhodora X Derick Ferrer
Dading Lexi

Movies[edit]

  • Sisterakas (2012)
  • Gulong (2007)
  • First Day High (2006) .... Rene Samartino
  • Pinoy/Blonde (2005)
  • Mano Po III: My love (2004)
  • Babae sa Breakwater (2004) .... Dave
  • Animal (2004) .... Ferdie
  • Kerida (2003)
  • Bigay hilig (2003)
  • Kiskisan (2003) .... Marvin
  • Biyahera (2002)
  • Kailangan kita (2002)
  • Aagos ang dugo (2001)
  • Huwag mong ubusin ang bait ko! (2000) .... Franco Valero
  • Sa piling ng mga aswang (1999)
  • Sindak (1999)
  • Kabit ni Mrs. Montero, Ang (1999)
  • Sisa (1999) .... Jose Rizal a.k.a. Pepe
  • Jose Rizal (1998) .... Andres Bonifacio
  • Notoryus (1998) .... SPO1 Dalisay (as Police Syndicate)
  • Kargado (1998) .... Frido
  • Bawal (1998)
  • Kid Manalo, akin ang ulo mo (1998)
  • Ang Lalaki sa buhay ni Selya (1997) .... Bobby
  • The Mariano Mison Story (1997) .... Dennis
  • Mabango (1997)
  • Kristo (1996) .... Gestas
  • Medrano (1996) .... David Medrano
  • Halimuyak ng babae (1996)
  • Sabik sa halik (1995) .... Rico
  • Kirot 2 (1995) .... Dino
  • Kandugan (1995)
  • Ka Hector (1995)
  • Sana'y laging magkapiling (1994)
  • Machete 2 "Pure Awesomeness" (1994) .... David
  • Bawal na gamot (1994) .... Jimbo
  • Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig (1993)
  • Ayaw ko ng mangarap (1993) .... Edward
  • Kumusta Ka Aking Mahal (1993)
  • Paminsan-minsan (1992)
  • Sana kahit minsan (1992) .... Tony
  • Lumayo ka man sa akin (1992)
  • Ilalaban Kita ng Patayan (1991) ....
  • Zaldong tisoy (1991)
  • Ubos Na Ang Luha Ko (1991) .... Nando
  • Magdalena S. Palacol Story (1991)
  • Onyong Majikero (1991) .... George

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