Enrique Gil

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gil and the second or maternal family name is Bacay.
Enrique Gil
Enrique Gil in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Born Enrique Mari Gil V
(1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 (age 23)
Cebu City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Years active 2008–present
Agent Star Magic (2008–present)
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Religion Roman Catholicism

Enrique Mari Gil V (born March 30, 1992), better known as Enrique Gil, is a Filipino actor, model and dancer. He is well known for his roles in various soap operas, including Mula Sa Puso, Budoy, Muling Buksan Ang Puso[1] and Forevermore.[2][3] Gil's breakthrough film and television series as an actor were She's The One, where he played David Esguerra, and Forevermore as Alexander "Xander" Grande III.

Early life[edit]

Gil was born on March 30, 1992 in Cebu City.[4] He is the second son of Spanish[clarification needed] father Enrique Amadeo III and Filipino mother Barbara Anne (née Bacay). He has an elder brother named Enrique Javier IV and a younger sister named Diandra Frances. His parents used to work as flight attendants for Philippine Airlines. He finished primary school at the Montessori De Manila, a private institute inside the BF Executive Village (Venice Street) in Las Piñas, and secondary school in 2008 from Manresa School in Parañaque.[5][6] 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. He is a cousin of Paul Salas, and is also related to Dingdong Dantes.[7]


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.[8] 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.[5] 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.[5] Later he was also cast in the indie film Pitas as a brother of Kristel Moreno.[9]

In 2010, he co-starred in the indie war film Diego and His Brothers.[9][10] In April, he joined ASAP XV as one of Star Magic's "Gigger Boys".[11] 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,[12] 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.[13] He got his first hosting stint in the ABS-CBN teen variety show, Shoutout!.[14]

In 2011, he got demoted from host to a regular performer in Shoutout!,[15] 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.[16] He played Troy Cabrera in Good Vibes.[15] 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.[15] He replaced Albie Casiño in the Star Cinema film Way Back Home — the film debut of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.[17][18] He appeared as BJ Maniego in Budoy.[19] 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.[20] He was included in the movie Amorosa, making this his first horror film.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23] On the same year, 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.[24] Following this, he appeared in a number of new projects such as Muling Buksan Ang Puso series, alongside Julia Montes and Enchong Dee. His tandem with Montes in Muling Buksan Ang Puso won the title of Hottest Love Team of the Year at 4TH TV Series Craze Awards 2013 with an overall total votes of 39.4%.[25]

Enrique Gil performing in Toronto, 2014

In September 2013, it was announced that he is part of She's The One movie with Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes, which was his breakthrough film as an actor.[26][27] He released a debut dance album under Star Records entitled King of the Gil.[28] 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.[29] 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 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.[30]

In 2014, he replaced Kiko Estrada in the fantaserye Mirabella[31] — the debut series of Julia Barretto.[32][33] On 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.[34] On 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.[35] March 16, Gil confirms that he is part of the film The Trial as Martin, the best friend of Ronald (John Lloyd Cruz).[36] On May 18, Gil was awarded as the Most Promising Male Star of the Year at the 45th Box Office Entertainment Awards of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation.[37] On June 25, Star Cinema announced that Gil alongside Liza Soberano will lead the film adaptation of Kimberly Joy Villanueva's novel The Bet.[38] On August 21, Gil took part in ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra's debut album "Decades of OPM" together with Abra doing their version of "Totoy Bibo".[39] Following this, he was cast in a lead role for the 2014 romantic comedy television series Forevermore as the rebellious, broken hotel company heir Alexander 'Xander' Grande III alongside Liza Soberano.[40][41]

In 2015, it was announced that instead of using the original title of the novel, The Bet, for its film adaptation, it was renamed as Just The Way You Are. The reason was because its namesake song, "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, follows the story of the novel. It was released on June 17, 2015.[42]

In October 2015, After their hit film "Just The Way You Are," Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano starred in a romantic movie, this time with actor Gerald Anderson. In the movie, Gil plays Ethan, who falls in love with Bacolod lass Audrey (Soberano), who is in a relationship with Tristan (Anderson).[43]

In 2016, From the phenomenal success of their top-rating series Forevermore, Gil and Soberano return to prime time to give viewers a taste of love’s sweetness in the newest romantic drama, Dolce Amore. In which he plays Simon Vicente "Tenten" Ibarra, a poor and hardworking Manila boy who will do anything for his family, [44]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Himself/Ecomodel Cameo
2008 Pieta Harold Guest
2009 George and Cecil Carlo Barredo Extended cast
2010 Shoutout! Himself Host
2010 Rosalka Andrew Extended cast
2010 Maynila Mark Episode: Dangerous Charade
2010 ASAP Himself Host/Performer (2010–Present)
2010 Mara Clara Mara's Sweet Sixteen escort Uncredited
2011 100 Days to Heaven Teen Bobby Ramirez Special Participation
2011 Good Vibes Troy Cabrera Main
2011 Mula Sa Puso Michael Miranda Main
2011 Your Song Jim Your Song Presents: Kim
2011 Shoutout!: Level Up Himself Performer
2011-12 Budoy Benjamin "BJ" Maniego Main (2011–12)
2012 Maynila Tim Episode: Star Collision
2012-13 Princess and I Dasho Jan Alfonso "Jao" Rinpoche Main (2012–13)
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
2014 Mirabella Jeremy Palmera Main
2014-15 Forevermore Alexander "Xander" Grande III Main (2014–15)
2016 Dolce Amore Simon Vicente "Tenten" Ibarra Main


Year Title Role Notes Source
2010 Diego and His Brothers Anton Short Film [10]
2010 Pitas [45]
2010 Till My Heartaches End Jaco Barredo [13]
2011 Way Back Home Michael Estacio [18]
2012 The Reunion Boggs Alvarez [20]
2012 Amorosa Rommel [21]
2012 The Strangers Kirk [22]
2013 Must Be... Love Dave Cameo [46]
2013 She's The One David Esguerra [27]
2014 The Trial Martin Bien [36]
2015 Just The Way You Are Drake Sison based on the Wattpad book The Bet [38][42]
2015 Everyday I Love You Ethan Alfaro


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2011 ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Cutie[49] Nominated
5th Star Magic Ball Breakout Style1 Won
2012 Myx Music Awards Favorite Guest Appearance In A Music Video[50] Zia Quizon's Ako Na Lang Nominated
Yahoo! OMG! Awards Most Promising Actor[51] Won
14th Gawad Pasado Awards! PINAKAPASADOng Dangal ng Kabataan2 Won
60th FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award3 Won
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards[52] Pop Cameo in a Music Video Zia Quizon's Ako Na Lang Nominated
Pop Male Fashionista Nominated
Pop Pin-Up Boy Nominated
Pop Male Cutie Nominated
Tween Popsies4 Nominated
2013 Starmometer 100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines5 Won
Yahoo! OMG! Awards Breakthrough Actor[53] Won
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards [54] Pop Cameo in a Music Video Myrtle Sarrosa's Mr. Kupido Nominated
Pop Male Fashionista Nominated
Pop Cover Boy Nominated
Choice Ko Yum! Awards Local Choice Male Heartthrob[55] Won
4TH TV Series Craze Awards 2013 Hottest Love Team of the Year6 Muling Buksan Ang Puso Won
2014 Myx Music Awards Favorite Guest Appearance In A Music Video[56] Myrtle Sarrosa's Mr. Kupido Nominated
2014 Candy Readers' Choice Awards Best Actor [57] Won
45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Male Star of the Year[58] Won
62nd FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actor[59] She's The One Nominated
Anak TV Awards "Makabata Stars" awardee7 Won
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards[60][61] Pop Male Fashionista Won
Pop Pin Up Boy Nominated
2015 2nd PEP List Choice Awards Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
2015 Candy Readers' Choice Awards Favorite Actor Himself Nominated
Favorite Loveteam (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television[62] German Moreno's Power Tandem Award (shared with Liza Soberano) Won
Push Awards[63][64] Awesome Selfie King Won
PushLike Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
PushTweet Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
Most Popular Male Celebrity Won
PushGram Most Loved Group or Tandem (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
PushPlay Best Group or Tandem Won
ASAP Pop Teen Choice Awards[65] Pop Teen Heartthrob Nominated
Pop Teen Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
Pop Teen Fans Club (shared with Liza Soberano) Nominated
28th Aliw Awards Best Male Performer in Mall Shows Nominated
Alta Media Icon Awards[66] Most Promising Male Star Himself Won
Best Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano) Won
2016 2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Pinoy Personality Pending

1 He won the award together with Jessy Mendiola[67]
2 He won the award together with Kim Chiu[68]
3 He won the award together with Daniel Padilla, Derrick Monasterio, Edgar Allan Guzman, Jessy Mendiola, Julie Anne San Jose, Kristoffer Martin[69]
4 He was nominated together with Kathryn Bernardo[70]
5 He ranked number one as the Sexiest Men in the Philippines [71]
6He won the award together with Julia Montes[25]
7 He won the award together with Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Judy Ann Santos, Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga, Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Atom Araullo, Boy Abunda, Ted Failon.[72]


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