Our top Kapamilya male idols have made their superb impact in the entertainment industry, not only with their impressive acting craft but also with the striking image they convey.
Part of that striking image is their catchy screen names that allows easier recall among aficionados. But many of these fans, while rooting for their idols, are unaware of their real names, which are interesting and surprising to know are quite long and far-off from their onscreen identities.
Get to know the shockingly different real names of these male idols in this Kapamilya Snaps episode.
First is Aeign Zackery Nash Victoriano Aguas is the brilliant actor Nash Aguas, who at five years old started his showbiz career being named as the Grand Kid Questor of Star Circle Quest in 2004. He would then gain popularity as cast member of Goin’ Bulilit. He impressed everyone with his gripping performances in The Good Son and A Soldier’s Heart.
Donny Pangilinan finally found his breakthrough role as Deib in the hit series He’s Into Her. What fans should know is his long real name: Donato Antonio Laxa Pangilinan. His first Kapamilya teleserye was Playhouse in 2018 before being paired with Belle Mariano in his current project.
RK Bagatsing impressed viewers with his impeccable portrayals in such teleseryes as Wildflower (2017), Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit (2019), and Huwag Kang Mangamba (2021). But did you know that RK’s full name is Ramon Khino San Diego Bagatsing?
McCoy de Leon
McCoy de Leon’s first foray into showbiz was in the monster daytime hit Be Careful With My Heart, but he further gained popularity when he became a celebrity housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 and part of the It’s Showtime all-male group Hashtags. But would you believe McCoy’s real name is Marc Carlos Francis de Jesus de Leon.
A pioneer Pinoy Big Brother alumnus, Sam Milby had since become a matinee idol and top leading man appearing in two controversial, viral dramas – Halik and Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin. But for sure, enthralled viewers did not know that his full real name is Samuel Lloyd Lacia Milby.
Enchong Dee is considered one of the most loyal Kapamilyas fighting for the network’s cause whatever it takes. He had appeared in a number of dramas over the years, and is now thrilling audiences on Huwag Kang Mangamba. Off screen, however, Enchong’s is known as Ernest Lorenzo Velasquez Dee.
This acclaimed actor comes from a family of big name celebrities, yet a lot of fans would not know because he chose a completely different screen name. Sid Lucero, who gave a stirring performance in A Soldier’s Heart. Sid is actually Timothy Mark Pimentel Eigenmann.
A rock icon extraordinaire, Bamboo shared his expertise in singing and performing as a coach in The Voice of the Philippines and its many iterations through the years. Currently, Bamboo appears on ASAP Natin ‘To as a regular performer. Fans had been wanting to know what his real name is. Here it is- Francisco Gaudencio Lope Belardo Mañalac.
Ogie Alcasid is an OPM pillar that wrote and produced songs that has been heralded as among the best ever. Ogie has graced ABS-CBN shows in recent years as one of the judges, including It’s Showtime Tawag Ng Tanghalan, Your Face Sounds Familiar, and as a regular performer on ASAP Natin ‘To. But many don’t know that Ogie’s real name is Herminio Jose Lualhati Alcasid.
Known as “Mr. Pure Energy” in the OPM music scene, Gary Valenciano’s four-decades-long career showed his timeless appeal and extraordinary talent that he continues to showcase each week as among the OPM icons on ASAP Natin ‘To. He also appeared as a hurado on TNT and as a juror on Your Face Sounds Familiar. But his fans would be surprised to know that his real name is actually Edgardo Jose Martin Santiago Valenciano.
Billed the Primetime King, Coco Martin has been widely known as the everyman’s defender Cardo in the long-running hit series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. But what made him inspiring is his rise from humble beginnings to being one of the most successful actors today. For those who may not know, Coco is known behind the cameras as Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno.
Watch this Kapamilya Snaps video to know more about the story behind these male artists’ real names.