Paolo Ballesteros

Paolo Elito Macapagal Ballesteros IV (born November 29, 1982) is a Filipino actor, comedian, TV host, model and impersonator. He has appeared in films and several TV shows, and has been one of the co-hosts of longtime noontime show Eat Bulaga! since 2001.

Paolo Ballesteros
Ballesteros in 2012
Born (1982-11-29) November 29, 1982
Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Other namesPaolo Ballesteros
OccupationActor, TV host, model, comedian, product endorser
Years active2001–present

Personal life

Ballesteros is related to Filipino painter Fernando Amorsolo, his grandfather, and fellow celebrity Eula Valdez, who is his aunt.[1]

He was romantically involved with Katrina Nevada, with whom he has a daughter, Keira Clare.[2]

Ballesteros has never explicitly come out as gay, but he has been romantically linked to multiple men, occasionally sharing romantic photos of them together from his own Instagram account. In April 2017, he uploaded a photo of himself with dancer Roland Ochoa Anog.;[3][4] In April 2018, pictures of him with Television actor and online personality Sebastian Castro circulated online, leading to speculation of a relationship.[5][6][7][8] Most recently, he has uploaded a photo of him with a non-showbiz figure Kenneth Concepcion in December 2018, once again leading netizens to believe he is in a gay relationship. In all instances, Ballesteros has never confirmed nor denied the rumors.[9]



In 2001, Ballesteros joined the noontime show Eat Bulaga! as segment host for the campus pageant "U-Bet", with fellow newcomers Phoemela Barranda and Derek Ramsay. After "U-Bet" ended its run, he was immediately elevated to regular host status. His daily exposure on the show and immense rapport with the veteran "Bulaga" hosts won him a wide fan base.

In 2002, he was nominated for Best New Male Personality at the Star Awards for Television. He won the award, besting fellow nominees Dennis Trillo and Railey Valeroso. He also started appearing in other TV shows like Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin and Kahit Kailan of GMA-7. However, he was best known for his wacky stint in the now-defunct GMA sitcom Daddy Di Do Du as Danica Sotto's boyfriend. Soon after, he was cast in movies like Pakisabi na Lang and Anghel sa Lupa of Regal Films.

In 2003, Ballesteros' TV stints were limited only to Eat Bulaga! and Daddy Di Do Du however he was kept busy by performing in comedy bars like "Klownz" and "Zirkoh", which are owned by fellow Eat Bulaga! co-host Allan K..

He made his name as a young host/TV comedian, and was then paired with Ciara Sotto. Their team which started in the "Bulagaan" segment of Eat Bulaga! soon branched out to other TV shows. They did Season 7 and 9 of Love to Love which gained high ratings. They were also paired in Enteng Kabisote 3. However, their pairing soon ended when Ciara quit Eat Bulaga! to perform in concerts abroad.

In 2007, Ballesteros' appearance on the daily noontime show Eat Bulaga! was reduced to a weekly stint on Saturdays. His other TV show, "Daddy Di Do Du" ended and was replaced with Fulhaus. While on free time, he was included in the digital sci-fi independent film Xenoa where he was involved in several difficult action scenes. After Xenoa, Ballesteros was included in the cast of Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as one of the main villains of the show (the other being Jay Manalo). He plays Ida, the transvestite grandson of Kuuma Le-ar. The role of Ida of Zaido paved his way on becoming a household name in primetime television. Ballesteros became more famous due to his role as Precious Paola Nicole in BEBOT segment of Eat Bulaga!, where he won the title in 2005. After Zaido: Pulis Pankalawakan, he returned to Eat Bulaga! on weekdays. He later joined the cast of Dyesebel which also starred Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. In 2009, Ballesteros played "Afie" in the drama Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang where he worked with Marian Rivera for the second time.


In 2010, Ballesteros worked with Claudine Barretto in an episode of the GMA drama-anthology Claudine where he once again played a transvestite. Unlike his previous gay roles where his characterizations were described as "campy" by some critics, his role in that particular episode as a vengeful transvestite half-brother of Barretto drew rave reviews.

In the later part of 2010, Paolo unofficially formed a comic trio with Eat Bulaga! co-hosts Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola when they were assigned to host the show's segment "Juan for All, All for Juan". In this segment, Paolo and his co-hosts visit different barangays and give various gifts in cash and kind to the lucky homeviewers.

Later in 2011, Ballesteros won Eat Bulaga!'s EB Universe 2011 contest as Ms. Philippines' Shamcey Mwah Mwah Tsup Tsup (parody of Shamcey Supsup) in a special episode.

He also joined the cast of I Heart You, Pare!, starring Regine Velasquez and Dingdong Dantes. Paolo portrayed the role of Vodka, a drag queen. Vodka was the star performer of Club Love and Tonette's (played by Regine Velasquez) biggest rival among the club's gay performers.

To this date, he is kept busy with his hosting job in Eat Bulaga! doing a segment for "Juan for All, All for Juan" along with the comic duo Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.

However, in March 2016, he was reportedly suspended from Eat Bulaga! for six months due to the rants he posted on his Facebook account regarding the live show set-ups like about the catering and others.[10] During his suspension, Ballesteros spent his time in portraying his main roles in two different movies: Die Beautiful and Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May BF?. Ballesteros returned to Eat Bulaga! in September 5, 2016.[11] Ballesteros won his first international Best Actor award for playing his role in Die Beautiful in 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Impersonation and makeup transformation

Ballesteros is renowned for his various impersonation of female and male artists and has earned international acclaim for his makeup skills.[12] To this date, he has posted pictures of his numerous makeup transformations through his Instagram account, transforming himself into the likes of Tyra Banks,[13] Caitlyn Jenner,[14] Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Stewart, Lucy Liu, Rihanna, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Katy Perry, Madonna, Megan Fox[15] to a name of few, as well as local artists like Marian Rivera, Nora Aunor, and Vic Sotto.[16]

For the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival he impersonated two female celebrities. First one was Angelina Jolie (calling himself "Angelina Magdangal") during the red carpet and opening ceremony, in an Emerald Modern Filipiniana Fishtail black velvet terno gown, with typical squared sleeves, black opera gloves and black high heels.[17] On the awards night and following press conference he emulated Julia Roberts, wearing a gold sequin dress with white high heels and white opera gloves.[18]



2001Ikaw Lang Ang MamahalinPaulGMA Network
2001–presentEat Bulaga!Himself/Co-Host
2002–03Kahit KailanPJ
2005-06Daddy Di Do DuPaolo
2005Love To LoveEric
(Episode: "Love-an O Bawi")
2006Amando / Mandy
(Episode: "Best Friends")
2007–08Zaido: Pulis PangkalawakanIda
2009 SRO Cinemaserye Presents: "Rowena Joy"RJ
Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking TadyangAlfie
2010The Last PrinceDiwani Anexi
(Episode: "Doble Cara" - June 26, 2010)
Midnight DJVenus
(Episode: "Dedbol in a Major Major Way")
Face To FaceHimself
2011I Heart You, Pare!VodkaGMA Network
Kung Aagawin Mo Ang LangitAloha
2013KidlatWalter / WarlaTV5
The Ryzza Mae ShowHimself
(Guest: "Birthday Special, Part 2" - June 14, 2013)
GMA Network
Vampire Ang Daddy KoAndres Bonifacio / Andong "Dong"
(Guest: November 30, 2013)
2014Karugtong Ng Puso: An Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama SpecialReynaldo / Baldo
2015Biro Ng Kapalaran: An Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama SpecialObet
Sabado BadooHimself Cameo Footage Featured
2016Kaputol ng Buhay: An Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama SpecialLola Tidora
2018Eat Bulaga!PamanaPaulito Nunal


YearTitleRoleFilm Producer
2002Pakisabi Nalang na mahal ko siyaMartinRegal Films
2003Anghel sa LupaAriel
2004Enteng Kabisote: Okay ka, Fairy Ko: The LegendFantastikmanOctoArts Films and M-Zet Productions
2006Metlogs (Metrosexual Jologs)Rodelio "Rodel" DapuloGrupong Sinehan Production
Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay ka, Fairy Ko: The Legend Goes on and on and onPaoOctoArts Films and M-Zet Productions
2007XenoaZeusXion Films, Visual Camp, and Multimedia Arts
2008Xenoa 2: Clash of the Bloods
2009Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa KiyemeCameo Role / WaiterSpring Films, MJM Productions, Solar Films, and Star Cinema
2010PendongPaulinoOxin Films
2011Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!AntonStar Cinema, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, and OctoArts Films
Enteng Ng Ina MoGay LoverStar Cinema, M-Zet Productions, OctoArts Films, and APT Entertainment
2012D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?!TweetyAPT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions
2013My Little BossingsAlatOctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, and Kris Aquino Productions
2014So It's YouL.A.Regal Films
My Big Bossing's AdventureAlatM-Zet Films, APT Entertainment, Octoarts
2015My Bebe LoveRaymondM-Zet Films, APT Entertainment, Octoarts Films, GMA Films, Meda Productions
2016Lumayo Ka Nga Sa AkinSeñorito Bogz Lee GinintuanViva Films, Heaven's Best Entertainment
Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo may Boyfriend?BenjViva Films,
Die BeautifulTrishaHong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum, APT Entertainment, TheIdeaFirst Company, October Train Films
Enteng Kabisote 10 and the AbangersLola TidoraOcto Arts Films, M-Zet TV Productions
2017Trip UbusanLola TidoraAPT Entertainment, M-Zet TV Productions
Barbi D' Wonder BekiBilly Bayagan / BekiOcto Arts Films, M-Zet TV Productions, T-Rex Entertainment
2018Amnesia Love[19]Viva Films
2018My 2 MommiesManuRegal Films
2019 The Panti Sisters Gabriel Panti Black Sheep, Idea First Company, Quantum Films ALV Productions
2019 The Mall, The Merrier Star Cinema, Viva Films


YearAward Giving BodyWork/NomineeAwardResult
200216th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionDaddy Di Do DuBest New Male TV PersonalityWon
2015Eastwood City Walk of FameHimselfWalk of Fame Star Inductee[20]Inducted
2016USTv Students' Choice AwardsEat Bulaga!: Kalyeserye (with Jose & Wally)Special Recognition for Social Media Phenomenon[21]Won
47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsHimself with Jose & WallyBert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award[22]Won
Platinum Stallion Media AwardsEat Bulaga!: KalyeseryeTrinitian Awardee for Values-Oriented TV Character[23]Won
29th Tokyo International Film FestivalDie BeautifulBest Actor[24]Won
21st International Film Festival of Kerala Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance[25]Won
42nd Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Actor[26][27]Won
2017Film Development Council of the PhilippinesFilm Ambassador Award[28]Won
Gawad A.N.A.KHimselfAng Natatanging Anak Kabanatuan[29]Won
15th Gawad Tanglaw AwardsDie BeautifulBest Actor[30]Won
Guild of Educators, Mentors and StudentsBest Actor[29]Won
Gawad Bedista AwardsActor of the Year for Film[31]Won
9th Ani ng Dangal AwardsAni ng Dangal Awardee[32]Won
48th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsGlobal Achievement by a Filipino Artist (Tokyo Best Actor)[33] Won
1st Eddys Awards (Entertainment Editors' Choice Awards for Movies) Best Actor[34] Won
40th Gawad Urian Awards Gawad Urian for Best Actor[35] Won
2018 3rd Illumine Innovation Awards for Television Himself Most Innovative TV Personality[36] Won
5th Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Die Beautiful Best Actor[37] Won


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