Tony Labrusca

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Tony Labrusca
Born
Anthony Angel "Tony" Jones Labrusca, Jr.

(1995-08-07) August 7, 1995 (age 23)
ResidenceQuezon City, Metro Manila
NationalityAmerican
Other namesThony Labrusca
OccupationActor, model, singer
Years active2008–present
AgentStar Magic (2016-present)
Home townVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Parents

Anthony Angel Jones Labrusca, Jr. (born August 7, 1995 in Houston, Texas, United States), popularly known as Tony Labrusca, is an American actor, recording artist and commercial model. Labrusca first gained his popularity via a McDonald's Philippines TV ad in 2016, Tuloy Pa Rin.

In 2016, he joined the Filipino reality search Pinoy Boyband Superstar but failed to reach the grand finals. He was part of horror-fantasy drama series La Luna Sangre.[1][2][3] The trailer of his latest film Glorious reached more than 5 million views on its first day of release.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Labrusca is the son of actor Boom Labrusca and singer Angel Jones. He was born in Houston, Texas, United States and grew up in Los Angeles, California with his mother, step-father (Boom Dayupay; ex-Kulay member) and sister. When he was 9, his family moved to Vancouver, Canada. He then flew to the Philippines to pursue his career in show business.

Career[edit]

Before Labrusca auditioned for Pinoy Boyband Superstar, he was already a face of various TV commercials. He became more popular when he played the guy who broke a girl's heart (Elisse Joson) in the viral McDonald's TV ad entitled Tuloy Pa Rin in 2016.

During his audition in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, he was unexpectedly reunited with his biological father, model and actor Boom Labrusca. He successfully became one of the top contenders and went up to the Top 7 for the grand finals. Unfortunately, he did not make it to the Top 5 as the final member of BoybandPH.

He made his acting debut in 2017 via TV5's Wattpad Presents with Louise delos Reyes. Later, he joined La Luna Sangre considered as his first break playing the role of Jake Arguelles. His character was set to become a third person in the love triangle between him, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Citizenship Controversy[edit]

On January 3, 2019, Tony landed in Ninoy Aquino International Airport and was only given 30 days to stay by the Philippine immigration officials due to his inability to show proof of Philippine citizenship and is not accompanied by Filipino parents. There was a confrontation with the immigration supervisor and he insisted on extending his stay due his status as an actor. He then tweeted on Twitter that he was only given 30 days to stay in the Philippines.[5][6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2016-2017 Pinoy Boyband Superstar Himself Grand Finalist (Top 7)
ABS-CBN
2017 Wattpad Presents: I'm Making Out with the Playboy at School Damon Lawrence Lead role
TV5
2017-2018 La Luna Sangre Jake Arguelles Supporting role / protagonist
ABS-CBN
2019 Mea Culpa Andrei Montelibano Lead Role / antagonist
ABS-CBN

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Production
2019 Ang Henerasyong Sumuko Sa Love Regal Entertainment
2018 Glorious Niko Dreamscape Digital Entertainment
ML Carlo Cinemalaya official entry
Double Twisting Double Back Cinema One Originals official entry
2017 Loving in Tandem Star Cinema

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film awards/critics Award Nominated work Result
2018 MOR Pinoy Music Awards MOR Best New Artist Tanging Ikaw Nominated
2017 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best New Male TV Personality La Luna Sangre Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/2017/7/8/fresh-scoops/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-la-luna-sangres-t-164995
  2. ^ http://lifestyle.abs-cbn.com/articles/5154/hottie-alert-tony-labrusca-the-la-luna-sangre-actor-who-trended-recently-is-definitely-a-looker
  3. ^ https://philnews.ph/2017/07/10/tony-labrusca-appalled-cyber-bullying
  4. ^ "WATCH: Tony Labrusca, Angel Aquino face challenges of May-December romance in steamy trailer". cnn. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  5. ^ https://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2019/01/04/1882299/tony-labrusca-under-fire-allegedly-cursing-immigration-officers
  6. ^ https://www.rappler.com/nation/220287-bureau-immigration-limits-balikbayan-privilege-after-tony-labrusca-incident
  7. ^ https://www.pep.ph/news/72378/tony-labrusca-in-hot-water-after-alleged-shouting-cursing-incident-with-immigration-officers