Paulo Avelino

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The maternal family name is Lingbanan and the paternal family name is Avelino.
Paulo Avelino
Born Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino
(1988-05-13) May 13, 1988
Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Education Saint Louis University
Occupation Actor, Model, Host, Singer
Years active 2006–present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2006–2011)
Star Magic (2012–present)
Partner(s) LJ Reyes (2010-2013)
Children 1

Musical career

Years active 2012–present
Labels Universal Records (2012)

Michael "Paulo" Lingbanan Avelino (born May 13, 1988) is a Filipino television and film actor, a Gawad Urian Award-winning actor, model and singer and was dubbed the "Prince of Philippine Teleserye".

He began his showbiz career through the reality talent show StarStruck on GMA Network. After being eliminated from the show, he signed exclusive contract with GMA where he played supporting roles for the network.[1] In mid-2011, he transferred to ABS-CBN where he gained his current popularity.[2] He gained prominence for his role as Nathan Montenegro in the 2012 hit series Walang Hanggan. He won the Gawad Urian Award Best Actor for the film Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. He starred in Kahit Konting Pagtingin and Honesto in 2013, Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon in 2014, and Bridges of Love in 2015.

He has become known in Peru and the rest of Latin America for his role as Carlos Antonio / Manuel "JR" Nakpil, Jr. in Bridges of Love, the first Philippine telenovela that airs on the continent.

Life and career

Early life

Paulo Avelino was born on May 13, 1988[3] as Michael Paulo Lingbanan Avelino in Baguio City, Philippines.[4] He is the son of Roberto Puigcerver Avelino, an influential Spanish-Filipino from Calbayog City, Western Samar and Jennilyn Lingbanan. He is second out of four siblings, Honey, Gabriel and Angela.[3][4] His grandfather is Baltazar Avelino, former governor of Samar and is a great grandson to former Senate President Jose Avelino.[4]

He attended his primary education at Baguio City SPED Center Elementary School before graduating at the Baguio Patriotic High School for secondary education.[4] He studied Entrepreneurial Management at Saint Louis University in Baguio City but quit during his first year.[5] He continued the same course at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.

2006-10: Discovery and early projects

Avelino joined the reality show StarStruck 4 under GMA Network in 2006, wherein he got eliminated from the Top 8.[6] Even though he lost in the talent search, Avelino had acting roles in 2007 in GMA shows. According to him, "Ever since I was a child, I really wanted to act... I think acting is really my calling."[7]

He first appeared in Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace episode in 2007. In the same year, he appeared in minor roles: two series of Sine Novela and Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.[8] The StarStruck 4 cast had their first regular show titled as Boys Nxt Door, an award-winning youth-oriented situation comedy for the network's 57th anniversary.[9]

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.[10] Avelino appeared in an afternoon series Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan and in a primetime series Luna Mystika.[11][12][13] The year marked the debut of Avelino on film, having been cast in a Metro Manila Film Festival entry of Regal Films: Desperadas 2.

In 2009, Avelino started a regular stint in GMA's then Sunday variety show SOP Rules and finally landing major roles on famous Kris Bernal-Aljur Abrenica tandem, with Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?[14] and All My Life.[15][16] He was also cast as Robert in a GMA Films-VIVA Films project, Patient X[17] and as Pepe in a Filipino action fantasy film, Ang Panday.[18] In 2010, he appeared in a supporting role in a primetime series Ilumina.[19] In the same year, his career turned up as he replaced JC de Vera for a lead role in the fantasy series Panday Kids. According to an interview of Philippine Entertainment Portal, he's happy and feels blessed because he was chosen by the network for a big project.[20][21][22] His last show with GMA Network was playing a lead role in the afternoon fantasy-drama Alakdana, with Louise delos Reyes and Alden Richards.[6]

2011-12: Transfer to ABS-CBN and breakthrough

In 2011, Avelino signed a contract with ABS-CBN in the presence of channel head Cory Vidanes, business unit head Deo Endrinal and his manager Leo Dominguez. According to ABS-CBN News, Avelino said he wanted to explore out of his comfort zone and, at the same time, reinvent himself as an actor.[6][23] Avelino debuted as a lead actor in a film alongside Lovi Poe on Regal Films' Aswang, which marked his first project as a Kapamilya actor.[24] He acted in a film titled Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, an entry to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.[25][26] He appeared for the first time in an ABS-CBN show through a guest role in 100 Days to Heaven.[27] He appeared as a rich executive named Teddy Ledesma, alongside veteran actor Phillip Salvador.[28][29] He also appeared in Wansapanataym, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig as a warm up for his future projects.[30]

Avelino played the role of a bisexual in the 2011 Cinemalaya film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa alongside Rocco Nacino, wherein he won as Best Actor at the Gawad Urian Awards.[31] This marked the actor's first ever award.[31][32] In his speech, he thanked the movie's cast and crew and said the award would be an inspiration to him.[32] According to him, "When I first accepted the script, to be honest, I didn’t understand it... It’s mostly poems or songs. It’s something really different, and that’s the reason why I accepted it."[7] In 2012, Avelino achieved his biggest break through a major role in the hit primetime series Walang Hanggan, alongside Coco Martin and Julia Montes.[33] He revealed that he learned a lot from his multi-awarded co-actor Martin, who played the lead role.[34][35] In the same year, Avelino once again appeared in 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival through "Lost Command" episode of a famous horror trilogy Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 produced by Regal Films.[36] According to him, he considers doing horror projects a little more challenging compared to doing drama.[37]

Aside from movie and television acting, Avelino became a recording artist releasing his self-titled album under Universal Records on October 1, 2012. Paulo Avelino is composed of six-tracks covers of OPM classic hits.[38] The album was preceded by the first single, a cover of Restless Heart's "When She Cries".[39] Avelino released a music video for his second single, a cover of Alamid's "Your Love".[40] Other tracks included "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan", "Yakap Sa Dilim", "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal" and "If You Believe".[38]

2013-present: Recent and future projects

Avelino started the year 2013 in the pre-primetime series Kahit Konting Pagtingin, together with Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby.[41]

He appeared on two independent films for Cinemalaya. The first was directed by Alvin Yapan and was titled Debosyon.[42] He explained that he signed up on the film because of the surreal and magical treatment of the story about faith, religion and forbidden love. The dialogue is written in very poetic Bicolano.[7][43] The other one was directed by Jerrold Tarog titled as Sana Dati, a bizarre story of a videographer and a bride.[44]

He appeared as leading man of actresses Lovi Poe and Jennylyn Mercado on a highly charged erotic-drama romantic comedy film directed by Joel Lamangan, The Bride and the Lover.[45]

Avelino later returned on the small screen with two Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes: "Notbook" and the first tandem with Angel Locsin on "Mask".[46][47] Avelino did a tandem to Locsin after reports surfaced that he allegedly refused to work with the actress. He had backed out of Locsin's upcoming series The Legal Wife (formerly Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin) which they were supposed to headline.[48] Avelino appeared in a lead role in the family drama series Honesto, wherein he reunited with his Walang Hanggan co-stars Melissa Ricks and Noni Buencamino.[49] 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.[50] The movie is inspired and remaked by the 1979 classic sexy-comedy film Salawahan directed by Ishmael Bernal.[51] In the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival, he appeared in two entries: a lead role on Star Cinema's horror film Pagpag and a cameo in Kimmy Dora: The Quantum of Kiyeme.[52][53]

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

In 2015, Avelino plays a challenging role in the soap opera Bridges of Love, with Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador.

Avelino was cast as Simon Evangelista in the Primetime Bida Show, On the Wings of Love. He was the third wheel to James Reid and Nadine Lustre.

In 2016, Avelino will be starring with ABS-CBN newcomer Ritz Azul in the upcoming television series The Promise of Forever.

Personal life

Paulo Avelino had a relationship with fellow Starstruck alumna LJ Reyes. They have one son named Ethan Akio Reyes Avelino.[54]



Year Title(s) Role(s) Type of Role(s) Network
2006 StarStruck: The Next Level Himself Guest Appearance
GMA Network
2007 Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace Poy Episode Guest
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Archie Extended Cast
Boys Nxt Door Peter Main Cast
Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Cervano's buddy #1 Extended Cast
Sine Novela: My Only Love Alvin Supporting Cast
2008 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Brenan Salcedo Guest Cast
Sine Novela: Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan Kiko Extended Cast
Luna Mystika Johnny Supporting Cast
2009 Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? Kiko Claro Main Cast
All My Life Perry Main Cast / Antagonist
StarStruck V Himself Guest Appearance
SOP Rules Himself / Performer
Dear Friend: Three Bachelors Heime Episode Guest
Dear Friend: Almost A Love Story Luigi
2010 Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Cito Valera Supporting Cast
Panday Kids[55] Aureus / Alfred
Ilumina Antonio Martinez Supporting Cast / Antagonist
Jillian: Namamasko Po James Episode Guest
2011 Alakdana Billy Romero Co-Lead Cast
100 Days to Heaven Teddy Ledesma Supporting Cast / Antagonist
Wansapanataym: Cocoy Shokoy Cocoy Episode Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Liham Romy
Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Andrew "Andoy" Jimenez Supporting Cast / Antagonist
2012 Walang Hanggan Nathaniel "Nathan" Montenegro Supporting Cast / Antagonist
ASAP Himself Guest Appearance
2013 Kahit Konting Pagtingin Lance Ledesma Main Cast
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Notbook Apaw Episode Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mask Stuart
Honesto Diego Layer Main Cast
2014 Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Patrick Salvador Co-Lead Cast
2015 Give Love on Christmas: The Exchange Gift Christian Cabrera Episode Guest
Bridges of Love Carlos Antonio / Manuel "JR" Nakpil, Jr. Main Cast / Antagonist
On The Wings Of Love Simon "Mr. Hitler" Evangelista Supporting Cast / Antagonist
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Eric / Erwin Maniego Guest Cast / Antagonist
2016 The Promise of Forever Lorenzo Espinosa / Nicholas Barrientos Lead Cast


Year Title Role Producer
2008 Desperadas 2 Dr. Anton Regal Films
2009 Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie Cameo Appearance GMA Films
APT Entertainment
Patient X Robert Viva Films
GMA Films
Ang Panday Pepe GMA Films
2011 Aswang Daniel Regal Films
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Vincent
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa Marlon Independent Film
2012 Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 Corp. Lamberto Upao Regal Films
2013 The Bride and the Lover Philip Albino
Debosyon Manuel Independent Film
Sana Dati Dennis Cesario
Status: It's Complicated Jerry Regal Films
Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay Roman Star Cinema
Regal Films
Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel Cameo Role Star Cinema
Spring Films
2015 Heneral Luna Gregorio del Pilar Artikulo Uno Productions
Quantum Films
Resureksyon Javier Regal Films
Reality Entertainment
2016 The Unmarried Wife Bryan Star Cinema
2017 Count Dracula TBA FilmDistrict
Vampire Films
TBA I'm Drunk, I Love You [56] Dio


Title Album details
Paulo Avelino - EP

Awards and nominations

Year Award Giving Body Category Work Result(s)
2012 35th Gawad Urian Awards Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor)[59] 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)[59] Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Character Nathan Montenegro (Walang Hanggan)[59] 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 ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Character Patrick Salvador (Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon)[59] 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 2016 Best Drama Actor Bridges Of Love Won


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