The Magalonas have some seriously good genes running in their family. Apart from being palpably good looking, each one of them are seemingly talented, too. With some of their members being among the biggest stars of Philippine showbiz many years ago and the others continue creating their mark in the industry, there’s a new Magalona who is shaping up to follow the paths of his predecessors – Arkin, the youngest brother of A Soldier’s Heart actor Elmo Magalona.
Not much is written yet about him nor he post a lot on social media, so only a little is known about him. But his television appearances in the previous years have allowed to know him a bit more and get a glimpse of his relationship with his siblings, such as his guesting in Magandang Buhay with his Kuya Elmo in 2018.
“Noong bata ako, siya ‘yong lagi kong nakikita. So, parang siya na ‘yong in-idolize ko,” Arkin confessed to the momshie-hosts. He talked about how losing their father, Master Rapper Francis M, at a young age had made him closer to him and how Elmo was the man who’s around him the most during that dark period in their lives. Thus, making his Kuya Elmo easily became the person he looked up to. It also helped that they have a few shared interests.
Elmo shared his sentiments and disclosed how it touches him so much. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Since Arkin admired his kuya so much, he tended to copy basically everything Elmo did. He was seven years old then and wanted the same things, yet it annoyed the 12-year old Elmo because he felt that he was being mocked. “Parang hindi yata ako siniseryoso ng bata kong kapatid,” he thought.
Fortunately, as the older Magalona grew up, he realized that he had a bigger role to play in his younger brother’s life, especially after the untimely loss of their father. This new bond made him grateful and realize that Arkin actually appreciates everything that he does. So, we’re certain that their dad is proud of how his sons have grown to be.
Just like their sisters Maxene and Saab and his brothers Elmo and Frank, the 23-yearr-old Magalona has also entered show business. He actually used to be a child actor in another network and is currently an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and rapper, bearing the name Barq. He has already showed off his talent through his live performances in several events and his debut track “Remember,” which was released in 2019.
Check out some of Arkin’s adorable throwback photos in this gallery!