John Lloyd Cruz

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John Lloyd Cruz
John Lloyd Cruz at ABS-CBN Talent Center, May 2010.jpg
John Lloyd Cruz at the ABS-CBN Talent Center, May 2010
Born John Lloyd Espidol Cruz
(1983-06-24) June 24, 1983 (age 31)
Pasay City
Other names Lloydie, JLC
Occupation Actor, Model, TV Host
Years active 1997–present
Agent Star Magic (1997–present)
Parents Aida Espidol Cruz
Luisito Llora Cruz

John Lloyd Cruz (born June 24, 1983) is a Filipino actor, model, and occasional TV host. His career started with appearances in numerous teen-oriented movies and TV shows. He is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic, where he is an alumnus of Batch 5.
He starred in the teen drama Tabing Ilog along with Kaye Abad. He is best known for his work on soap operas such as It Might Be You, Maging Sino Ka Man, I ♥ Betty La Fea, and Imortal

Throughout his career, he has collaborated with fellow actors, including Kaye Abad, Bea Alonzo, and Sarah Geronimo. In mid-2009, he shifted from his regular series of roles for a more controversial role in the film In My Life where he played gay.

Cruz finished his elementary education at Marikina Catholic School. He attended his secondary education until third year at ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center.[1]

He used to reside in Santolan, Pasig. He is currently residing in Valle Verde, an exclusive subdivision in Pasig.[1]

Background[edit]

He was born as John "juward" Lloyd Espidol Cruz on June 24, 1983 to Luisito Llora and Aida Espidol Cruz. He is the oldest in the family. His family and some very close friends called him by his nickname "Idan". He finished his grade school at Marikina Catholic School in 1995. He was discovered by a talent scout in a mall while he was hanging out with his friends. Due to financial problems since his father's marble business was not doing well, he decided to enter showbiz to help his family. He first appeared in the now defunct drama Calvento Files. It is followed by several guesting, and shows. At the age of 14, he became a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic, where he became an alumnus of Batch 5. He was also a member of the then-teen trio Koolits with Baron Geisler and Marc Solis. [2] [3] [4]

Television career[edit]

In 1999, he starred in the teen drama Tabing Ilog alongside Kaye Abad, playing the role of Rovic. The series was successful where it lasted for five years. His breakthrough role came in 2002, when he was chosen to play Yuri in Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay where he was paired with future love team Bea Alonzo. After his role in Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, it was followed by many television series where he played the lead roles including It Might Be You where he played Lawrence. After the said series, he then played the role of Oliver in Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, Eli in Maging Sino Ka Man and its sequel where he won an award for Best Actor.
In 2009, he was again reunited with actress Bea Alonzo where he played the male lead in the I Love Betty La Fea an adaptation of the Colombian series Yo Soy Betty La Fea which marks their 6th TV collaboration.

In 2010, Cruz was paired with Angel Locsin in a dark-romance, fantasy-thriller series titled Imortal a sequel to the original series Lobo.

As a TV host, he has recurring appearances in the concert show, ASAP. With ASAP, he has been recruited as one fourth of the variety group Kanto Boys alongside ASAP mainstays Billy Crawford, Vhong Navarro, and Luis Manzano.

Since he started his showbiz career in 1996, he has been a contract talent for ABS-CBN.

Film career[edit]

Cruz in April 2010

On July 30, 2008, Cruz starred with Sarah Geronimo in A Very Special Love above Star Cinema and Viva Films. The film grossed PHP 179,569,117 at the box office.[5][6][7][8]

In February 2009, Cruz's follow-up movie with Sarah Geronimo, You Changed My Life, hit the box office. It was the sequel to A Very Special Love and was also produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.[9] The film’s total theatrical earnings reached PHP 240.44 million and is ranked as the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.[10] In mid-2009, he shifted from his regular series of roles for a more controversial and challenging project with Vilma Santos, in which he portrayed Luis Manzano's lover in the movie In My Life. He has been nailed as the "Box-Office King" for three-consecutive years: in 2007 for One More Chance, in 2008 with A Very Special Love, and in 2009 with You Changed My Life, which became the top-grossing film of his career.

Lloydie's reunion movie with perennial love team partner Bea Alonzo, Miss You Like Crazy, which was shown on February 30[dubious ], 2010 as Star Cinema's post-office offering, was a box office hit earning more than PHP 140 million in its seven-week run and still the second Filipino movie of 2010.

He was paired with Toni Gonzaga in again an expected box-office film titled My Amnesia Girl that earned 12.8 million on its first day (November 24, 2010) and surpassing 100 million in its first-week run. It was directed by the box office director Cathy Garcia Molina. It earned PHP 165 million in its one-month run and was the top grossing film of 2010. Cruz will have another project with Kanto Boys in 2011.

On 2012, Lloyd and Bea Alonzo had a film entitled The Mistress in celebrating their 10th year anniversary. The said film has been critically acclaimed and leaving a total box office gross of PHP 260 Million and being the third highest grossing Filipino film of all time.

Activities[edit]

Cruz continues to be an endorser of such properties as Bear Brand Adult Milk, PS Bank, Banana Peel, Lucky Pancit Beef Pares, NamNam Lucky Me, Tropicana Fruit Burst, 555, Sun Cellular, Magic Flakes, Biogesic, Biogesic for Kids, Adidas, Greenwich, 555 Corned Tuna, Swatch, Direct TV, Purefoods, Smart, Choco Lava, Urban bags, Knorr cubes, Lucky Me, Cherry Mobile, Joel Cruz Signatures perfume products John Lloyd Cruz Like Him and Likes Her, LaBreza Tower, Skinwhite, Belo, Faces and Curves, Charms and Crystals, and GAOC.

He is considered one of the most-acclaimed actors in the country today, and was recently inducted to the Philippine Walk of Fame by German "Kuya Germs" Moreno in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City. His movies and television projects are usually big hits with audiences nationwide.

Media reception[edit]

In Cinema One Originals 2009, he was awarded as one of the 15 Cinema One Legends.

In the April 2009 issue of Summit Media's YES! magazine, he was hailed as the third most powerful celebrity in The Philippines. The first and second places were held by Willie Revillame and Kris Aquino, respectively. In the July 2010 special issue of YES! magazine, he got the third spot in the 100 Most Beautiful Stars. Simultaneously, he is one of issue of YES! he is the Most Beautiful star and the first man who top the position.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes and Awards Film Producer
1997 Ikaw Pala ang Mahal Ko Robin Gatmaitan Star Cinema
1998 Nagbibinata G-Boy Velasco
1999 Mahal na Kung Mahal Igi Boy
Gimik: The Reunion Junie De Dios
2002 Forevermore Boyet
2003 My First Romance Enzo "Two Hearts"
2004 Now That I Have You Michael Morelos Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)
2005 Dubai Andrew "Kasmot" Alvarez GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Film Actor of the Year
FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actor[11]

PMPC Star Award for Movies for Movie Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated—FAP Luna Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Gawad PASADO Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Gawad TANGLAW Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Gawad URIAN Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—U.P. Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle Award for Movies for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Close to You Manuel "Palits" Soriano Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)
All About Love Eric "About Anna"
FAP Luna Award for Best Actor[11]
2007 One More Chance Popoy Gonzales #8 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office King
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Award for Pop Love Team (shared with Bea Alonzo)[12]
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Award for Pop Screen Kiss (shared with Bea Alonzo)[12]
ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama)[11]
Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actor[11]
Nominated—FAP Luna Award for Best Actor[11]
Nominated—PMPC Star Award for Movies for Movie Actor of the Year
Still Life Himself Cameo
Official Indie film entry for Cinemalaya 2007
Cinemalaya
2008 A Very Special Love Miguel "Miggy" Montenegro #6 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office King
Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)
Nominated—FAP Luna Award for Best Actor[11]
Nominated—Gawad PASADO Award for Best Actor
Nominated—PMPC Star Award for Movies for Movie Actor of the Year
Star Cinema
VIVA Films
My Only U Miggy Cameo Star Cinema
2009 You Changed My Life Miguel "Miggy" Montenegro #5 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office King
Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)
Star Cinema
VIVA Films
In My Life Noel Villanueva #13 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
Gawad PASADO Award for Best Actor
Gawad TANGLAW Award for Best Actor
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office King(shared with Luis Manzano)
MTRCB Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actor
PMPC Star Award for Movies for Movie Actor of the Year
Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama)
Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gawad URIAN Award for Best Actor[11]
Star Cinema
T2 Gary (Cameo)
2010 Miss You Like Crazy Allan Alvarez #10 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
FAMAS Award for Best Actor
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Film Actor of the Year[13]
Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama)
Nominated—Gawad TANGLAW Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gawad URIAN Award for Best Actor
Nominated—PMPC Star Award for Movies for Movie Actor of the Year
My Amnesia Girl Apollo #9 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
SM Cinemas Award for Box Office King
Nominated—ENPRESS Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)
2012 ÜnOfficially Yours Mackie Galvez #7 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
The Mistress Frederico "JD" Torres #3 highest grossing Filipino film of all time
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office King
24/7 in Love Elvis Monzon Star Magic's 20th Anniversary Film
2013 It Takes A Man And A Woman Miguel "Miggy" Montenegro Biggest Opening Gross in Filipino Film of All Time#1 Highest-grossing Filipino film of all time Star Cinema
VIVA Films
2013 Bromance: My Brother's Romance Cameo Star Cinema
Skylight Films
2014 The Trial Ronald Jimenez Jr. Post-Production Star Cinema

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1997 Palibhasa Lalake Himself ABS-CBN
1998-1999 Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako Daniel
1998-1999 Gimik Junie de Dios
1999-2003 Tabing Ilog Ronaldo Victor "Rovic" Mercado
2000 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Peanut Butter Itoy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Burger Joint Ryan
2001-2003 Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka Adrian Montecillo
2002-2003 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Andrei / Yuri Orbida
2003 Star Studio Presents: Suyuan sa Lalawigan Leon
2003-2004 It Might Be You Earl Lawrence "Kulit" Trinidad
2004 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Lapis Justin
2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Upuan Lino Cayetano
Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin Oliver Ynares
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Skating Rink Jonel
2006–present ASAP Himself/Performer
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Greeting Card Raymund Narag
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kwintas Jason
Komiks: Bampy Himself
2006-2007 Maging Sino Ka Man Gabriel "Eli" Davide
2006 Star Magic Presents: My Angel Martin
2007-2008 Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik Gabriel "Eli" Hidalgo Roxas
2008 Banana Split Himself/Guest
2008-2009 I ♥ Betty La Fea Armando Solis
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pedicab Chris
2010–2011 Imortal Mateo Rodriguez
2011 100 Days to Heaven Jack de Guzman
2012–2013 A Beautiful Affair Napoleon "Leon" Riego
2014-present Home Sweetie Home Romeo Valentino

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yes! magazine, July 2010 issue.
  2. ^ bio[dead link]
  3. ^ bio2. Celebritiesph.com (2007-08-21). Retrieved on 2012-03-28.
  4. ^ bio3[dead link]
  5. ^ "A Very Special Love movie gross". 
  6. ^ "A Very Special Love movie success". asianjournal.com. 2008-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Sarah Geronimo and Jason Baluyot movie: A Very Special Love". 
  8. ^ "Box Office Hit: A Very Special Love". 
  9. ^ "Sarah Geronimo and Jason Baluyot movie: You Changed My Life". pep.ph. 2009-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Big Dome triumph 4". inquirer.net. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "List of awards received by John Lloyd Cruz", Internet Movie Database, Retrieved 2010-10-02
  12. ^ a b Quintos, Napoleon (2008-11-16). "‘ASAP ’08’ announces the Pop Viewer’s Choice Awards winners". ABS-CBN.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  13. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards for 2011 winners announced!". WhyNotCoconut.com/. April 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 

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