Kapamilya Snaps: Celebrities who also shine behind the camera  Mary Ann Bardinas

While its arguably easy to become a celebrity or a famous personality nowadays, we all know how it really takes much passion, talent, creativity, hardwork, and guts to become one of the people behind the camera. 


As many of them opt to continue with their acting careers, several Kapamilya stars have taken the leap of faith and started calling the shots as a screenwriter, producer, and/or director when they were given the rare opportunities to study and eventually apply what they have learned in the projects they helmed – just like the ones included in this Kapamilya Snaps feature! 


Nash Aguas 

From being one of the most promising child stars of his generation, Nash has indeed grown into becoming one of the most bankable young actors at present, who’s highly acclaimed in his compelling performances in The Good Son, A Soldier’s Heart, and in the “Drawing” episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya in 2018. 


On that same year, the 22-year-old actor had his directorial debut via the ABS-CBN Mobile digital series “Coffee Break”, in which he also starred alongside fellow Goin’ Bulilit alumni John Manalo and Igi Boy Flores. 


John Prats 
Like Nash, we all know that John also started off his career as a child star. He has appeared a slew of movies and television shows that enabled him to exhibit his skills in acting and dancing. And now, alongside his appearance in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as Jerome Girona Jr., he has also amazed us when he tried his chops in directing. 


After sitting as director in several episodes of Tonight With Boy Abunda, he went to work on Gandang Gabi Vice and a number of concerts. In 2017, he directed the music video of Moira Dela Torre’s “Malaya”, which was produced by Bright Bulb Production, that start-up company he put up with friends-turned-business partners Sam Milby and Angelica Panganiban. 


John once again reached another milestone for he was tapped to helm the ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2020  held last December 2020, which was actually a dream come true according to him. 


Bela Padilla 

Whether the project is a drama, romance, or comedy, Bela has proven her versatile acting prowess. And she has taken her craft a step further by enrolling to esteemed filmmaker Ricky Lee’s writing class to become a screenwriter. 


Not many of us probably know, but Bela co-wrote “10,000 Hours”, “Camp Sawi”, and “Luck at First Sight”, in which she was also one of the leads. She went on to take the screenwriter role for the 2017 Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga-starrer “Last Night”.   


Joross Gamboa 

Ever since he became one of the finalists of Star Circle Quest Season 1, Joross has indeed reached a lot of milestones throughout his career. 


In the recent years, he became part of two major teleseryes, La Luna Sangre (2018) and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2019). However, one of his biggest achievements happened behind the camera through his debut as screenwriter and director for the iWant Originals movie “Allergy In Love,” which was a fulfillment of one of his greatest ambitions. 


Xian Lim  

Xian’s passion for arts is truly undeniable. Aside from acting, we have also witnessed the Love Thy Woman star’s incredible flair in music and painting through the years.  


And he’s apparently unstoppable in his pursuit of exploring other skills as he made his directorial debut through the suspense film “Tabon”, which was among the finalists in the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. 


Michael De Mesa 

Having renowned performer Eddie Mesa and veteran actress Rosemarie Gil as parents, there’s no doubt that talent really runs in the blood of the Eigenmann clan, which includes actor-director Michael.  


Being in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano since 2016, his co-star and director Coco Martin gave him the wonderful opportunity to direct a few episodes of the long-running cop series last year – to which he was very much grateful of. 


Albert Martinez 

With a prolific career spanning to four decades, Albert seemed to has already portrayed every character imaginable both on television and the big screen, such as those he had portrayed in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, La Luna Sangre, Bagani, Kadenang Ginto, and The General’s Daughter.  


But, did you know that he had also tried his hand in directing? In 2010, Albert helmed the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Rosario,” which bestowed his first-ever Best Director recognition from the 59th FAMAS Awards. 


Coco Martin 

After years of exhibiting his acting prowess through the slew of successful movies and teleseryes he starred in, Coco has able to develop his interest and skills in behind-the-camera works for he is now also a director in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which has been running for over five years already. 


 Besides, he also top-billed, directed, and produced the MMFF entries “Ang Panday” in 2017 and “3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon” in 2019. 


These Kapamilya stars are inspiring not because of their fame, but because they continue to work hard and pursue their passion despite already reaching great levels of success in showbiz.