Victor Neri’s versatility as an artist transcends through the years

As soon as Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz) and Lia (Angel Locsin) was finally freed from being supernatural beings, La Liga Unida officially hailed their new head Frederick Arguelles, played by top-caliber actor Victor Neri. Even before being named as the peace congregation chief, he has been a good leader of the council, maintaining rapport between humans, vampires, and werewolves.

Although his treacherous wife Veruska (Ina Raymundo) may have selfish designs, he remains tough and loyal to his vow of protecting not only his constituents and humanity, but also to the new Chosen One Malia at all costs.

As he embodies toughness and intensity in his crucial La Luna Sangre role, Victor has been one of the country’s most versatile actors that have crossed multiple thespic boundaries. From cute teenybopper roles to the most fierce action portrayals, Victor can do it all—even strum his guitar for an acoustic ballad, get down for a dance number or whip up a sumptuous feast on a cooking show!

Ang TV years

His road to stardom kicked off at the age of 14 as one of the pioneers in ABS-CBN’s hit youth-oriented show Ang TV in 1992, joining the Ang TV Teens, composed of Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal, Gio and Guila Alvarez, Angelu de Leon, Lindsay Custodio and Pauli Yllana, among others. Then, he was launched as one of the original members of Star Circle Batch 1 in 1995 with G. Toengi, Regine Tolentino, Jao Mapa, Nikka Valencia, Jomari Yllana, and the late Rico Yan, which helped him hone his talent in dancing and singing too. He even released his self-titled album that same year produced by Star Records and became a dancer during his stint in ASAP too.

It was also in 1995 when he started to appear in the big screen, through “Pare Ko” and “Hataw Na”. That year also marked the beginning of his career as an action-drama star when he was tapped to co-star with Cesar Montano in “Asero” and “Utol” (1996).

Due to his magnificent performances, he was trusted to topbill action flicks, namely “Iskalawag: Batas ay Batas (1997), Amanos: Patas ang Laban (1997), “Notoryus” (1998), “Birador” (1998), “Tigasin” (1999), “Suspek” (1999), and “Ex-con” (2000).

Hollywood bit role

International filmmakers noticed his talent as he played bit roles in foreign films, such as a bellhop in the 1999 critically acclaimed Hollywood film Brokendown Palace shot in the Philippines with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale in the lead credits.

Some of his other movie projects include Videoke King (2002), Masamang Ugat (2003), Filipinas (2003), and Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko (2005). He also ventured to the independent filmmaking scene via Ang Pamana: The Inheritance (2006), Violator (2014), Separados (2014), and Kabisera (2016). But it was through his supporting role in Filipinas that he bagged an acting prize.

Aside from movies, he also shared his acting prowess in teleseryes. He was a despised villain in Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (2001) headlined by Claudine Barretto, and in the TV incarnation of Ang Panday in 2005 as the iconic character Lizardo opposite the titular role played by Jericho Rosales. He was also one of the veteran celebrities who made a comeback in the action scene in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as he portrayed Mayor Anton Guerrero, a corrupt government mayor who secretly held illegal gambling in Kapitana Flora’s (Susan Roces) barangay.

Unknown to many, the actor was also a drummer for a band called Gong Wu in 2008 and even had gigs in Hong Kong.

We are truly happy to see Victor again in Kapamilya teleseryes and hope to see more of his craft in upcoming projects.