He also starred alongside PBB Big Winner and comedienne Melai Cantiveros in the episode "Maalaala Mo Kaya: Toy Car" (2010).
He even popularized "Michael Moves" after showing off funny courtship ways as Michael Lucas Castro of the comedy-drama series "Dream Dad" (2014).
Side by side these comedic roles are a few drama stints that proved that Ketchup can transition from one genre to another with ease. In 2006, he took home the Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actor award for "Sa Aking Pagkakagising Mula sa Kamulatan" (2005) by Director Ato Bautista. He beat veteran Soliman Cruz to the draw. Just recently, he played a pivotal role as Capt. Pedro Janolino in the historic film "Heneral Luna" (2015). As it turns out, the actor was trained through the fine repertoire of Gantimpala Theater, where he acted in classic plays like Florante at Laura and Alikabok.
Hosting is also part of his own repertoire as he hosted "It's A Guy Thing" of the now-defunct Studio 23 back in the day. He was with Bubbles Paraiso, Borgy Manotoc, John Joe Joseph, and Bernard Palanca during the run of the said show.
What's his inspiration for all this? His family, of course! The eldest of four kids, he started working at the age of 15 to send his younger siblings to school. He became the family's breadwinner and is like a father to them.
Speaking of fathers, it was his portrayal as Tatay Dondon in the daytime drama series "Ningning" that made a mark to the public. He plays the role of the father of the little girl born in a secluded island called Isla Baybay. Since the series started in July last year, we have cried in almost every episode made more effective by Ketchup's tearjerking performance. Some of them even trended online. 1 | 2 | 3