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Michael "Paulo" Avelino (born May 13, 1988) is a Filipino television and film actor, model and singer.

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

[hide] 1 Life and career 1.1 Early life
1.2 2006-10: Discovery and early projects
1.3 2011-12: Transfer to ABS-CBN and breakthrough
1.4 2013-present: Recent and future projects

2 Personal life
3 Filmography 3.1 Television
3.2 Movies

4 Discography
5 Awards
6 References
7 External links

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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 related to former
Senator Jose Avelino.[4] He attended his primary education at Baguio City SPED Center Elementary
School, then later on at the University of Baguio Science High School[5] before graduating at the Baguio
Patriotic High School for secondary education.[4] He studied Enterpreneurial Management at Saint Louis
University in Baguio City but quit during his first year.[6] He then finished the same course at the Ateneo
De Manila University in Quezon City.[3]

2006-10: Discovery and early projects[edit]

Avelino joined a reality show StarStruck 4 under GMA Network in 2006, wherein he got eliminated from
the Top 8.[7] Even though he lost in the talent search, Avelino had different acting roles in 2007 in
various GMA shows. According to him, "Ever since I was a child, I really wanted to act... I think acting is
really my calling".[8] He first appeared in Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace episode in 2007. In
the same year, he appeared in various minor roles; two series of Sine Novela, and Zaido: Pulis
Pangkalawakan.[9] The StarStruck 4 cast had their first regular show entitled as Boys Nxt Door, an
award-winning youth oriented situation comedy for the network's 57th anniversary.[10] In 2008, he
appeared for a supporting role in Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, a remake of 1989 movie of the same
title redeveloped by Don Michael Perez and produced by GMA Network.[11] Avelino also appeared in an
afternoon series Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan, and in a primetime series Luna Mystika.[12][13][14] The
year also marks the debut of Avelino on film, having been cast in a Metro Manila Film Festival entry of
Regal Films entitled Desperadas 2.

In 2009, Avelino started a regular stint in GMA's then Sunday variety show SOP Rules, and finally landing
major roles on then famous Kris Bernal-Aljur Abrenica tandem, with Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?[15] and All
My Life.[16][17] He was also cast as Robert in a GMA Films-VIVA Films project, Patient X[18] and as Pepe
in a Filipino action fantasy film, Ang Panday.[19] In 2010, he appeared in a supporting role in a
primetime series Ilumina.[20] 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 him in an interview of Philippine Entertainment
Portal, he's happy and feels blessed because he was chosen by the network for a big project.[21][22][23]
His last show with GMA Network was playing a lead role in the afternoon fantasy-drama Alakdana, with
Louise delos Reyes and Alden Richards.[7]

2011-12: Transfer to ABS-CBN and breakthrough[edit]

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.[7][24]
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.[25] He also acted in a film entitled as Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, an
entry to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.[26][27] He appeared for the first time in an ABS-CBN show
through a guest role in 100 Days to Heaven.[28] He appeared as a rich executive named Teddy Ledesma,
alongside veteran actor Phillip Salvador.[29][30] He also appeared in Wansapanataym, Maalaala Mo
Kaya and Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig as a warm up for his future projects.[31]

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.[32] This
marked the actor's first ever award.[32][33] In his speech, he thanked the movie's cast and crew, and
said the award would be an inspiration to him.[33] According to him, "When I first accepted the script,
to be honest, I didnt understand it.*...+Its mostly poems or songs. Its something really different, and
thats the reason why I accepted it...".*8+ In 2012, Avelino achieved his biggest break through a major
role in the hit primetime series "Walang Hanggan", alongside Coco Martin and Julia Montes.[34] He
revealed that he learned a lot from his multi-awarded co-actor Martin, who played the lead role in the
said series.[35][36] 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.[37] According to him, he considers doing horror projects a little more challenging compared to
doing drama.[38]

Aside from movie and television acting, Avelino became also a recording artist releasing his self-titled
album under Universal Records on October 1, 2012. His album Paulo Avelino is composed of six-tracks
covers of OPM classic hits.[39] The album is preceded by the first single, a cover of Restless Heart's
"When She Cries".[40] Avelino also released a music video for his second single, a cover of Alamid's
"Your Love".[41] Other tracks from the album included "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan", "Yakap Sa Dilim",
"Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal" and "If You Believe".[39]

2013-present: Recent and future projects[edit]

Avelino started the year 2013 in the pre-primetime series Kahit Konting Pagtingin, together with
Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby.[42] He also appeared on two independent films for Cinemalaya. The
first was directed by Alvin Yapan and was titled Debosyon.[43] 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, as well, is written in very poetic Bicolano.[8][44] The other one was directed by Jerrold
Tarog titled as Sana Dati, a bizarre story of a videographer and a bride.[45] He also 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.[46]

Avelino later returned on the small screen with two Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes; "Notbook", and the
first ever tandem with Angel Locsin on "Mask".[47][48] 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.[49] 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.[50] He also appeared on a
romantic-comedy film directed by Chris Martinez entitled Status: It's Complicated, with Jake Cuenca,
Solenn Heussaff, Maja Salvador, and veteran comedian Eugene Domingo.[51] The movie is inspired and
remaked by the 1979 classic sexy-comedy film Salawahan directed by Ishmael Bernal.[52] 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 role on Kimmy Dora: The Quantum of Kiyeme.[53][54]

In 2014, he is currently part of the main cast of the ensemble drama series Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon,
topbilled by Bea Alonzo.

Personal life[edit]

Paulo Avelino had a relationship with fellow Starstruck alumnus LJ Reyes. Though they are not married,
they have one son named Ethan Akio Reyes.[55] Currently, he is now dating KC Concepcion.



Year Title Role Network
2006 StarStruck: The Next Level Himself GMA Network
2007 Magic Kamison: Black Jewel In The Palace Poy
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Archie
Boys Nxt Door Peter
Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Cervano's buddy
Sine Novela: My Only Love Alvin
2008 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Brenan Salcedo
Sine Novela: Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan Jared Luna
Luna Mystika Johnny
2009 Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? Kiko Claro
All My Life Perry
StarStruck V Himself
SOP Rules Himself/Performer
Dear Friend: Three Bachelors Heime
Dear Friend: Almost A Love Story Luigi
2010 Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Cito Valera
Panday Kids[56] Aureus / Alfred
Ilumina Antonio Martinez
Jillian: Namamasko Po James
2011 Alakdana Billy Romero
100 Days to Heaven Teddy Ledesma

Wansapanataym: Cocoy Shokoy Cocoy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Liham Romy
Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Andrew Jimenez
2012 Walang Hanggan Nathaniel "Nathan" Montenegro
ASAP Himself
2013 Kahit Konting Pagtingin Lance Ledesma
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Notbook Apaw
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mask Stuart
Honesto Diego Layer
2014 Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Patrick Salvador


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
2014 Heneral Luna Independent Films
Star Cinema
Reality Entertainment



Album details

Paulo Avelino - EP Genres: OPM, Pop
Released date: October 1, 2012[57]
Label: Universal Records
Formats: CD, music download


Year Award Giving Body Category Work Result(s)
2012 Gawad Urian Awards Best Actor[58] Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) Nominated
14th Pasado Awards Best Supporting Actor[58] Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Character Nathan Montenegro (Walang
Hanggan)[58] Nominated
2013 10th Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Walang Hanggan Won
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Male Personality In Philippine TV Honesto Won


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