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Piolo’s journey as ultimate leading man

He wouldn’t be dubbed the “Ultimate Heartthrob” for nothing. Apart from being incredibly good-looking, Piolo Pascual is also admired for his flair and versatility as an actor, which we’re able to witness through the acting projects that he has done in the past three decades that he’s been in the local entertainment scene.

And this 2024, he’s poised to astound us anew with his Primetime Bida comeback via the highly anticipated ABS-CBN drama Pamilya Sagrado. But before we get to meet his newest character, Rafael Sagrado, let’s revisit some of his most notable teleserye portrayals through the years in this Kapamilya Spotlight feature!

Those who have been watching Kapamilya TV programs in the past decades would know that he has been gracing our screens since the early 90s. However, it was apparently in 1999 that he started to become a household name after he was chosen to be the leading man for Judy Ann Santos in the classic soap opera Esperanza. They went on to become perennial on-screen partners and made us kilig with their team-up in Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (2001-2003) and Sa Piling Mo (2006).

After starring in a slew of hit projects together, their tandem parted ways and Piolo was paired with other Kapamilya leading ladies. In 2007, he and Claudine Barretto topbilled Walang Kapalit, which was followed by his remarkable partnership with Angel Locsin in the iconic fantaserye Lobo in 2008. The following year, he became the leading man of Kristine Hermosa in Komiks Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja and of KC Concepcion in the Philippine adaptation of the South Korean drama Lovers In Paris.

In 2010, he had a special participation in the well-loved inspirational series May Bukas Pa as a choir member alongside other Kapamilya singers. He got reunited with its lead actor, Zaijian Jaranilla, in the fantasy-adventure drama Noah, wherein he played the role of the then-child star’s father, Gabriel Perez.

He continued to impress us with his acting chops and versatility as an actor through his remarkable portrayals in the next teleseryes that he starred in, in which he also got paired with various Kapamilya actresses. He was teamed up with Cristine Reyes in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig (2012), with Angelica Panganiban in Apoy Sa Dagat (2013), with Iza Calzado in Hawak Kamay (2014), with Arci Muñoz in Since I Found You (2018), and with Lovi Poe in Flower of Evil (2022).

Aside from these teleseryes, the talented Ultimate Heartthrob also got to display his dramatic flair through his notable performances in a few episodes of the long-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. In 2006, he astounded us with his depiction of a deranged man in the “Piso” episode, then brought to life the story of late esteemed statesman Ninoy Aquino in the two-part special of MMK titled “Kalapati” and “Makinilya” in 2010. And in 2017, he surely touched a lot of hearts with his compelling portrayal of Ryan, an inspiring father whose heartwarming moment with his kids at a fast food chain was captured by a netizen and went viral online, in the “Upuan” episode.

Piolo may be admired for his dramatic talent, but the 45-year-old actor-singer was able to prove that he could also do comedy as well through his stints in the sitcoms Home Sweetie Home (2014) and My Papa Pi (2022).

And in the upcoming series Pamilya Sagrado, we’re going to see him in another light as he takes on the bida-kontrabida role of Rafael Sagrado. Watch out for another sure-fire dramatic performance from Piolo once it begins on June 17, weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, and TV5.