|Born||Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino
May 13, 1988
Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
|Education||Saint Louis University|
|Occupation||Actor, Model, Host, Singer|
|Agent||GMA Artist Center (2006–2011)
Star Magic (2012–present)
|Partner(s)||LJ Reyes (2010-2013)|
|Labels||Universal Records (2012)|
He began his showbiz career through the reality talent show StarStruck on GMA Network. After being eliminated from the show, he signed exclusive contract with GMA where he played supporting roles for the network. In mid-2011, he transferred to ABS-CBN where he gained his current popularity. He gained prominence for his role as Nathan Montenegro in the 2012 hit series Walang Hanggan. He won the Gawad Urian Award Best Actor for the film Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. He starred in Kahit Konting Pagtingin and Honesto in 2013, Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon in 2014, and Bridges of Love in 2015.
Life and career
Paulo Avelino was born on May 13, 1988 as Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino in Baguio City, Philippines. 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. His grandfather is Baltazar Avelino, former governor of Samar and is a great grandson to former Senate President Jose Avelino.
He attended his primary education at Baguio City SPED Center Elementary School before graduating at the Baguio Patriotic High School for secondary education. He studied Entrepreneurial Management at Saint Louis University in Baguio City but quit during his first year. He continued the same course at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.
2006-10: Discovery and early projects
Avelino joined the reality show StarStruck 4 under GMA Network in 2006, wherein he got eliminated from the Top 8. Even though he lost in the talent search, Avelino had acting roles in 2007 in GMA shows. According to him, "Ever since I was a child, I really wanted to act... I think acting is really my calling."
He first appeared in Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace episode in 2007. In the same year, he appeared in minor roles: two series of Sine Novela and Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan. The StarStruck 4 cast had their first regular show titled as Boys Nxt Door, an award-winning youth-oriented situation comedy for the network's 57th anniversary.
In 2008, he appeared in a supporting role in Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, a remake of the 1989 movie of the same title redeveloped by Don Michael Perez and produced by GMA Network. Avelino appeared in an afternoon series Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan and in a primetime series Luna Mystika. The year marked the debut of Avelino on film, having been cast in a Metro Manila Film Festival entry of Regal Films: Desperadas 2.
In 2009, Avelino started a regular stint in GMA's then Sunday variety show SOP Rules and finally landing major roles on famous Kris Bernal-Aljur Abrenica tandem, with Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? and All My Life. He was also cast as Robert in a GMA Films-VIVA Films project, Patient X and as Pepe in a Filipino action fantasy film, Ang Panday. In 2010, he appeared in a supporting role in a primetime series Ilumina. 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 an interview of Philippine Entertainment Portal, he's happy and feels blessed because he was chosen by the network for a big project. His last show with GMA Network was playing a lead role in the afternoon fantasy-drama Alakdana, with Louise delos Reyes and Alden Richards.
2011-12: Transfer to ABS-CBN and breakthrough
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. 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. He acted in a film titled Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, an entry to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. He appeared for the first time in an ABS-CBN show through a guest role in 100 Days to Heaven. He appeared as a rich executive named Teddy Ledesma, alongside veteran actor Phillip Salvador. He also appeared in Wansapanataym, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig as a warm up for his future projects.
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. This marked the actor's first ever award. In his speech, he thanked the movie's cast and crew and said the award would be an inspiration to him. 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." In 2012, Avelino achieved his biggest break through a major role in the hit primetime series Walang Hanggan, alongside Coco Martin and Julia Montes. He revealed that he learned a lot from his multi-awarded co-actor Martin, who played the lead role. 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. According to him, he considers doing horror projects a little more challenging compared to doing drama.
Aside from movie and television acting, Avelino became a recording artist releasing his self-titled album under Universal Records on October 1, 2012. Paulo Avelino is composed of six-tracks covers of OPM classic hits. The album was preceded by the first single, a cover of Restless Heart's "When She Cries". Avelino released a music video for his second single, a cover of Alamid's "Your Love". Other tracks included "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan", "Yakap Sa Dilim", "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal" and "If You Believe".
2013-present: Recent and future projects
He appeared on two independent films for Cinemalaya. The first was directed by Alvin Yapan and was titled Debosyon. 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 is written in very poetic Bicolano. The other one was directed by Jerrold Tarog titled as Sana Dati, a bizarre story of a videographer and a bride.
Avelino later returned on the small screen with two Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes: "Notbook" and the first tandem with Angel Locsin on "Mask". 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. 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. He also appeared on a romantic-comedy film directed by Chris Martinez titled Status: It's Complicated, with Jake Cuenca, Solenn Heussaff, Maja Salvador, and veteran comedian Eugene Domingo. The movie is inspired and remaked by the 1979 classic sexy-comedy film Salawahan directed by Ishmael Bernal. 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 in Kimmy Dora: The Quantum of Kiyeme.
Avelino was cast as Simon Evangelista in the Primetime Bida Show, On the Wings of Love. He was the third wheel to James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
|2006||StarStruck: The Next Level||Himself||Guest Appearance||
|2007||Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace||Poy||Lead Role|
|Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso||Archie||Extended Cast|
|Boys Nxt Door||Peter||Main Cast|
|Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan||Cervano's buddy #1||Extended Cast|
|Sine Novela: My Only Love||Alvin||Supporting Cast|
|2008||Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita||Brenan Salcedo||Guest Cast|
|Sine Novela: Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan||Kiko||Extended Cast|
|Luna Mystika||Johnny||Supporting Cast|
|2009||Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?||Kiko Claro||Main Cast|
|All My Life||Perry||Main Cast / Antagonist|
|StarStruck V||Himself||Guest Appearance|
|SOP Rules||Himself / Performer|
|Dear Friend: Three Bachelors||Heime||Lead Role|
|Dear Friend: Almost A Love Story||Luigi|
|2010||Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?||Cito Valera||Supporting Cast|
|Panday Kids||Aureus / Alfred|
|Ilumina||Antonio Martinez||Supporting Cast / Antagonist|
|Jillian: Namamasko Po||James||Lead Role|
|2011||Alakdana||Billy Romero||Co-Lead Cast|
|100 Days to Heaven||Teddy Ledesma||Supporting Cast / Antagonist||
|Wansapanataym: Cocoy Shokoy||Cocoy||Lead Role|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Liham||Romy|
|Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig||Andrew "Andoy" Jimenez||Supporting Cast / Antagonist|
|2012||Walang Hanggan||Nathaniel "Nathan" Montenegro||Supporting Cast / Antagonist|
|2013||Kahit Konting Pagtingin||Lance Ledesma||Main Cast|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Notbook||Apaw||Episode Guest|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mask||Stuart|
|Honesto||Diego Layer||Main Cast|
|2014||Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon||Patrick Salvador||Co-Lead Cast|
|2015||Give Love on Christmas: The Exchange Gift||Christian Cabrera||Co-Lead Cast|
|Bridges of Love||Carlos Antonio / Manuel "JR" Nakpil, Jr.||Main Cast / Antagonist|
|On The Wings Of Love||Simon "Mr. Hitler" Evangelista||Additional Cast|
|2016||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Eric / Erwin Maniego||Guest Cast / Antagonist|
|Wansapanataym: Santi Cruz Is Coming To Town||Santino "Santi" Cruz||Main Cast|
|2017||The Promise of Forever||Lorenzo Espinosa / Nicholas Barrientos||Lead Cast|
|Victims of Love||TBA||Main Cast|
|2008||Desperadas 2||Dr. Anton||Regal Films|
|2009||Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie||Cameo Appearance||GMA Films
|Patient X||Robert||Viva Films
|Ang Panday||Pepe||GMA Films|
|Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow||Vincent|
|Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa||Marlon||Independent Film|
|2012||Shake, Rattle & Roll 14||Corp. Lamberto Upao||Regal Films|
|2013||The Bride and the Lover||Philip Albino|
|Sana Dati||Dennis Cesario|
|Status: It's Complicated||Jerry||Regal Films|
|Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay||Roman||Star Cinema
|Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel||Cameo Role||Star Cinema
|2015||Heneral Luna||Gregorio del Pilar||Artikulo Uno Productions
|2016||The Unmarried Wife||Bryan||Star Cinema|
|2017||I'm Drunk, I Love You ||Dionysus "Dio" Brillo||TBA|
|Paulo Avelino - EP|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award Giving Body||Category||Work||Result(s)|
|2012||35th Gawad Urian Awards||Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor)||Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa||Won|
|ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama)||Nominated|
|14th Gawad PASADO Awards||PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktor (Best Supporting Actor)||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop Kapamilya TV Character||Nathan Montenegro (Walang Hanggan)||Nominated|
|2013||10th Golden Screen Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor||Walang Hanggan||Won|
|Anak TV Seal Awards||Most Admired Male Personality In Philippine TV||Honesto||Won|
|2014||Star Magic Ball 2014||Best Dressed||Himself||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop Kapamilya TV Character||Patrick Salvador (Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon)||Nominated|
|2015||6th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Program||Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon||Nominated|
|1st GIC Innovative Awards for TV||Most Innovative TV Actor 2015||Bridges Of Love||Won|
|29th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Actor||Bridges Of Love||Nominated|
|Philippines Edition Networks 4th Readers Choice Movie 2015||Best Supporting Movie Actor||Heneral Luna||Won|
|2016||14th Gawad Tanglaw Award 2016||Best Actor||Bridges Of Love||Won|
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