The anatomy of an ultimate leading man is made up of killer looks, acting prowess, and a kind of magic that can steal hearts. Let this bunch of Kapamilya matinee idols set as perfect example!
The guy with immortal abs, manly gorgeousness, and talents wouldn’t be called as the Ultimate Heartthrob for nothing. Piolo Pascual is the epitome of romance, with eyes that can melt the hearts of his leading ladies and viewers. He first displayed his full-blown acting chops in the drama film “Kahit Isang Saglit,” which gave birth to his love team with Judy Ann Santos. Together, they’d amass blockbuster hits and supporters. Papa P is the ultimate dream leading man of many actresses. Among the lucky girls are Claudine Barretto whom he worked with in the iconic film “Milan,” Toni Gonzaga in “Starting Over Again,” and Sarah Geronimo in “The Breakup Playlist.” Seriously, who wouldn’t love Piolo?
It was a serious case of crush at first sight for girls of all ages when Sam Milby made his debut as a Pinoy Big Brother housemate. The Fil-Am heartthrob ventured into acting and proved that he can pull it off despite the struggle in using Tagalog. He swept ladies off their feet via leading man portrayals in films including “And I Love You So” with Bea Alonzo and “Babe, I Love You” with Anne Curtis. He also added a dash of ‘kilig’ in the drama film “Forever and a Day” as KC Concepcion’s onscreen partner. One of his most memorable projects was “My Big Love” where he ditched the perfectly sculpted physique for a bigger shape using high-quality, Hollywood-level prosthetics.
John Lloyd Cruz
John Lloyd Cruz is John Lloyd Cruz, they say, and we couldn’t agree more. The matinee idol has secured his own throne in the industry, a seat that belongs to no one else but him! He can melt hearts with tears that roll just right on cue, as showcased in the iconic movie “One More Chance” with his long-time onscreen partner Bea Alonzo. Their characters, Popoy and Basha, turned into pop culture staples, so much so a sequel titled “A Second Chance” was made after eight years. Proving his versatility, John Lloyd also charmed everyone in light rom-coms such as “A Very Special Love” and its sequel “It Takes a Man and a Woman” which he headlined with Sarah Geronimo; and “My Amnesia Girl” with Toni Gonzaga. This leading man can go sexy, too! John Lloyd went for a sexy-comedy plot with Angel Locsin in “Unofficially Yours.”
Entering showbiz via Pinoy Big Brother Teens in 2006, Gerald Anderson started out as a quintessential boy-next-door charmer. His first big screen project was the teenage romance drama “I’ve Fallen For You” with original love team partner, Kim Chiu. As he matured as an actor, Gerald made hearts pound with his killer smile and acting in “Fallin’” and “Won’t Last a Day without You” with Sarah Geronimo. He got hearts all fired up in “Always Be My Maybe” with Arci Munoz. Proving that he’s a leading man worthy of his salt, Gerald was chosen to escort no less than Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in her debut film, “My Perfect You.”
The OG Mr. Pogi! Jericho Rosales is one of the most sought-after actors in the country, with a rich filmography planted on the heavy drama landscape. The Asian Drama King does not starve his viewers with extreme emotions, displayed in “Forevermore” with Kristine Hermosa. Together, they built one of the biggest love teams in 2000s, leading them to more follow-up projects including the romance-drama film “Ngayong Nandito Ka.”Jericho was also paired with KC Concepcion in “I’ll Be There,” their first big-screen team-up. To this day, Jericho continues to capture hearts and pull audiences deeper into his emotions, making him one of the most golden leading men in the industry.
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