Paulo Avelino

Paulo Avelino (born Michael Lingbanan Avelino) is a Filipino actor, model, singer, and television presenter. He is known for his roles in Walang Hanggan, Honesto, Bridges of Love, and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (as Gregorio del Pilar).

Paulo Avelino
Paulo Avelino in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, 2015.
Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino

(1988-05-13) May 13, 1988
EducationSaint Louis University
OccupationActor, model, singer, television presenter
Years active2006–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2006–2011)
Star Magic (2011–present)
ABS-CBN Entertainment (2011-present)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Musical career
LabelsUniversal Records (2012)

Early life

Avelino was born on May 13, 1988 in Baguio City, Philippines, as Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino.[1][2] He is the son of Roberto Puigcerver Avelino, an influential Spanish-Filipino from Calbayog City, Western Samar, and Jennilyn Lingbanan. He is a grandson of Baltazar Avelino, former governor of Samar, and a great-grandson of former Senate President Jose Avelino.[1] He has three siblings, Honey, Gabriel, and Angela. He is the second oldest of his siblings.[1]

2006–10: Early career

Avelino began his career after appearing on the GMA Network reality talent show StarStruck in 2006. After being eliminated from the show, he signed an exclusive contract with GMA and played various supporting roles for the network.[3] He appeared in the Black Jewel in the Palace episode of Magic Kamison in 2007 and had minor roles in two series, Sine Novela and Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.[4] The StarStruck 4 cast were then given a show titled Boys Nxt Door, an award-winning youth-oriented situation comedy, in which Avelino played Peter. This series premiered in 2007 and ran for 31 episodes.[5]

In 2008, he appeared in a supporting role in Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, a remake of the 1989 movie of the same title redeveloped by Don Michael Perez and produced by GMA Network.[6] He had roles in an afternoon series, Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan, and in a primetime series, Luna Mystika.[7][8][9] He also made his debut on film, in Desperadas 2, a Metro Manila Film Festival entry from Regal Films.

In 2009, Avelino started a regular stint in GMA's variety show SOP Rules and landed major roles in two series starring Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica, fellow Starstruck 4 alumni: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?[10] and All My Life.[11][12] He was also cast as Robert in a GMA Films-VIVA Films project, Patient X[13] and as Pepe in a Filipino action fantasy film, Ang Panday.[14] In 2010, he appeared in a supporting role in a primetime series Ilumina,[15] and replaced JC de Vera for a lead role in the fantasy series Panday Kids.[16][17] His last performance for GMA Network was a lead role in the afternoon fantasy-drama Alakdana, with Louise delos Reyes and Alden Richards.[3]

2011-12: Move to ABS-CBN and first starring roles

In mid-2011, Avelino transferred to ABS-CBN, known as the Kapamilya network.[18] He told ABS-CBN News that he wanted to get out of his comfort zone and, at the same time, reinvent himself as an actor.[3][19] His first project as a Kapamilya actor was in a lead role alongside Lovi Poe on Regal Films' Aswang.[20] He also participated in Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, an entry to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.[21][22] He appeared for the first time in an ABS-CBN show through a guest role in 100 Days to Heaven,[23] where he took the role of a rich executive named Teddy Ledesma, alongside veteran actor Phillip Salvador.[24][25] He also appeared in Wansapanataym, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig.[26]

Avelino played the role of a bisexual in the 2011 Cinemalaya film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa alongside Rocco Nacino, winning Best Actor at the Gawad Urian Awards, his first award.[27][28] He characterized the script of the film as "really different", offering the potential for an interesting role.[29] In 2012, Avelino played Nathan Montenegro in the hit primetime series Walang Hanggan, alongside Coco Martin and Julia Montes.[30] He commented in an interview that he learned a lot from watching Martin act.[31] He co-starred in the "Lost Command" episode of the horror trilogy Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 produced by Regal Films, an entry in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.[32][33]

In parallel with his acting career, Avelino began to work on musical projects, beginning with a single, a cover of Restless Heart's "When She Cries".[34] His first album, Paulo Avelino, was released by Universal Records on October 1, 2012. It comprises six covers of OPM classic hits, plus instrumental versions of each track.[35] Avelino released a music video for his second single, a cover of Alamid's "Your Love".[36]

2013-present: Recent projects

2013: Avelino's drama series roles included the pre-primetime series Kahit Konting Pagtingin, with Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby; [37] two Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes: "Notbook" and "Mask";[38][39] and the family drama series Honesto, where he reunited with his Walang Hanggan co-stars Melissa Ricks and Noni Buencamino.[40]

His film roles included two independent films for Cinemalaya: Debosyon, directed by Alvin Yapan,[41] and Sana Dati, directed by Jerrold Tarog.[42] He starred with Lovi Poe and Jennylyn Mercado in a highly charged erotic-drama romantic comedy film directed by Joel Lamangan, The Bride and the Lover.[43] He also appeared on a romantic-comedy film directed by Chris Martinez titled Status: It's Complicated, with Jake Cuenca, Solenn Heussaff, Maja Salvador, and veteran comedian Eugene Domingo.[44] The movie is a remake of the 1979 classic comedy film Salawahan, directed by Ishmael Bernal.[45]

In the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival, Avelino appeared in two entries: a lead role on Star Cinema's horror film Pagpag and a cameo in Kimmy Dora: The Quantum of Kiyeme.[46][47]

2014: Avelino starred as part of the main cast of Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon, with Bea Alonzo and Albert Martinez.

2015: Avelino starred in the soap opera Bridges of Love, with Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador, and was cast as Simon Evangelista in On the Wings of Love, with James Reid and Nadine Lustre.

2017: Avelino starred with ABS-CBN newcomer Ritz Azul in the television series The Promise of Forever.

2018: Avelino starred in an afternoon series, Asintado, as Gael, and in the primetime soap opera The General's Daughter.

Personal life

Paulo Avelino has a son, Ethan Akio Reyes Avelino, with fellow Starstruck alumna LJ Reyes.[48]



2006StarStruck: The Next LevelHimselfGMA Network
2007Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng PusoArchie
Boys Nxt DoorPeter
Zaido: Pulis PangkalawakanCervano's buddy #1
Sine Novela: My Only LoveAlvin
2008Babangon Ako't Dudurugin KitaBrenan Salcedo
Sine Novela: Gaano Kadalas Ang MinsanKiko
Luna MystikaJohnny
2009Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?Kiko Claro
All My LifePerry
StarStruck VHimself
SOP RulesHimself / Performer
Dear Friend: Three BachelorsHeime
Dear Friend: Almost A Love StoryLuigi
2010Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?Cito Valera
Panday Kids[49]Aureus / Alfred
IluminaAntonio Martinez
Jillian: Namamasko PoJames
2011AlakdanaBilly Romero
100 Days to HeavenTeddy LedesmaABS-CBN
Wansapanataym: Cocoy ShokoyCocoy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: LihamRomy
Ikaw Ay Pag-IbigAndrew "Andoy" Jimenez
2012Walang HangganNathaniel "Nathan" Montenegro
2013Kahit Konting PagtinginLance Ledesma
Maalaala Mo Kaya: NotbookApaw
Maalaala Mo Kaya: MaskStuart
HonestoDiego Layer
2014Sana Bukas pa ang KahaponPatrick Salvador
2015 Give Love on Christmas: The Exchange GiftChristian Cabrera
Bridges of LoveCarlos Antonio / Manuel "JR" Nakpil, Jr.
On The Wings Of LoveSimon Evangelista
2016 FPJ's Ang ProbinsyanoEric / Erwin Maniego
Wansapanataym: Santi Cruz Is Coming To TownSantino "Santi" Cruz
2017The Promise of ForeverLorenzo Espinosa
2017Magandang BuhayHimself
2018AsintadoGael Ojeda Del Mundo
2019The General's DaughterFranco Segismundo


2008Desperadas 2 Dr. AntonRegal Films
2009Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat MovieCameo AppearanceGMA Films
APT Entertainment
Patient XRobertViva Films
GMA Films
Ang PandayPepeGMA Films
2011AswangDanielRegal Films
Yesterday, Today, TomorrowVincent
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang PaaMarlonIndependent Film
2012Shake, Rattle & Roll 14Corp. Lamberto UpaoRegal Films
2013The Bride and the LoverPhilip Albino
DebosyonManuelIndependent Film
Sana DatiDennis Cesario
Status: It's ComplicatedJerryRegal Films
Pagpag: Siyam na BuhayRomanStar Cinema
Regal Films
Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng PrequelCameo RoleStar Cinema
Spring Films
2015Heneral LunaGregorio del PilarArtikulo Uno Productions
Quantum Films
ResureksyonJavierRegal Films
Reality Entertainment
2016The Unmarried WifeBryanStar Cinema
2017I'm Drunk, I Love You [50]Dionysus "Dio" BrilloSolar Films
Ang Larawan[51] Tony Javier Culturtain Musicat Productions
2018KasalPhilip CorderoStar Cinema
Goyo: Ang Batang HeneralGregorio Del PilarArtikulo Uno Productions
TBA Studios
2020 Fangirl Black Sheep Productions
Project 8 Corner San Joaquin Projects
Epic Media
Siginificant of Love Black Sheep Productions, Viva Films
Darna Star Cinema
Artikulo Uno Productions
TBA Studios


Title Album details
Paulo Avelino (EP)

Awards and nominations

YearAward Giving BodyCategoryWorkResult(s)
2012 35th Gawad Urian Awards Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor)[54] Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa Won
ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) Nominated
14th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktor (Best Supporting Actor)[54] Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Character Nathan Montenegro (Walang Hanggan)[54] Nominated
2013 10th Golden Screen Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Walang Hanggan Won
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Male Personality In Philippine TV Honesto Won
2014 Star Magic Ball 2014 Best Dressed Himself Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Character Patrick Salvador (Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon)[54] Nominated
2015 6th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Program Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon Nominated
1st GIC Innovative Awards for TV Most Innovative TV Actor 2015 Bridges Of Love Won
29th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Bridges Of Love Nominated
Philippines Edition Networks 4th Readers Choice Movie 2015 Best Supporting Movie Actor Heneral Luna Won
2016 14th Gawad Tanglaw Award for TV Best Actor Bridges Of Love Won
2017 19th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktor (Best Supporting Actor) The Unmarried Wife Won
65th FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actor The Unmarried Wife Nominated
2018 Guild of Educators,Mentors and Students Awards (G.E.M.S.) Best Supporting Actor Ang Larawan Won
RAWR Awards 2018 - LionhearTV Outstanding Actor of the Year Asintado & Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral Won
2019 Guild of Educators,Mentors and Students Awards (G.E.M.S.) Best Actor Kasal Nominated
20th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Aktor (Best Actor) Kasal Won


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