Piolo Pascual: The Ultimate Showman

Piolo Pascual: The Ultimate Showman


From being an esteemed actor to a film producer, the actor-producer elicits a compelling narrative of the toil and joy behind his dual roles, and his efforts to uplift Filipino cinema

In a circus, balancing is seen as both a sublime art and a precise discipline. Every act demands an uncanny sense of equilibrium, coupled with relentless dedication. Much like the fearless trapeze artist or the tightrope walker teetering on the brink of danger, Piolo Pascual’s universe within and beyond the entertainment industry requires a similar dance of devotion, enthusiasm, and an inherent gusto for embracing risks.

As he celebrates his 47th birthday, the charismatic warmth emanating from Pascual’s persona is impossible to overlook. Upon meeting the actor-producer himself on a busy Thursday in Manila, the Replacing Chef Chico actor exudes calmness, his eyes lighting up as he discusses his future projects under his film production company Spring Films. He balances personas with an ease that only comes from years of mastering his craft.

RELATED: Piolo Pascual Gives a Glimpse on What He’s Going to Do Next as a Producer

“Through the years, I’ve learned to accept that I am a tool to advance cinema. Aside from the fact it’s our work and it pays the bills, it’s an opportunity to show that we have what it takes—not just to compete but also to showcase our distinct way of storytelling,” says the Kita Kita executive producer, a testament to his unwavering passion for the industry.

Between reels and reality

Pascual’s impressive filmography includes performances in recent highlights such as Pedro Pelaéz in GomBurZa, the mentor of José Burgos, and assumed the titular role of Fr. Severino Mallari in Mallari, touted as the first serial killer in the Philippines. To create realistic and compelling portrayals, he delved into the intricacies of his clergymen characters, incorporating his own sensibilities while also immersing himself in historical accuracy and mannerisms.

Piolo Pascual posing for a photo wearing a navy velvet suit.
Fresh from his back-to-back films shown at the 49th edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival, Pascual delved into the intricacies of portraying two distinct clergymen roles. Photo: Excel Panlaque of KLIQ Inc.

His process is meticulous. He studies mannerisms, historical accuracy, and the psyche of his characters, and Pascual leaves no stone unturned. But it’s not all impersonation; it’s imperative to incorporate a hint of his style in his characters, making them distinctively Piolo while adding a sprinkle of human realism.

“Everything that I do, there’s a bit of me. I make sure that I [embody] the person I’m portraying. I also insert my sensibilities as a person because that’s the only way I can make it more human. It’s not just acting but there’s truth in it.”

Piolo Pascual on how he balances historical accuracy and adding a personal touch to the characters he portrays

Simultaneously, Piolo is an influential force behind the camera as he produces films under his company Spring Films. His notable works include Kita Kita, Meet Me in St. Gallen, and Walang KaParis. As a film producer, the multihyphenate displays a unique blend of pragmatism and creativity, carefully balancing investments between ventures to bring his captivating projects to life.

The sound of risk-taking

In his acting, producing, and future endeavors, the veteran actor embraces risk-taking and the delicate dance required to maintain equilibrium in the cinematic world. He navigates the financial sphere, ensuring every project stays afloat without stumbling into unwanted risks. In his upcoming film The Ride, he showcases his ability to shuffle multiple roles, including starring alongside Kyle Echarri serving as a hands-on producer, and embodying the perspective of an audience member.

“When you believe in the product, all cards are on deck,” says Pascual. “That’s how much I respect my craft. For me, a film has to be experienced. You don’t shortchange your audience.”

Piolo Pascual smiling on set
Photo: @springfilms / Instagram

Since Spring Films started collaborating with streaming platforms such as Netflix, he looks up to his Hollywood counterparts and learns from them the value of having a variety of sources of income. He keeps a keen eye on numbers while also ensuring everyone associated with his projects is compensated well. He, however, confesses to not following conventional filmmaking rules and sometimes goes over budget. 

Nonetheless, he consistently delivers remarkable results by merging his passion and pragmatism. His enduring collaboration with Sun Life, lasting more than a decade, has been instrumental in backing the actor-producer’s professional achievements.

From juggler to ringmaster

Acting as Piolo’s off-screen security for over a decade, his partnership with the insurance company proves insightful for everyone: have an emergency fund, invest wisely, and save up to prepare for the future. For Filipinos who are increasingly becoming savvy investors, this message resonates well.

“Being a partner of Sun Life for more than a decade, and having my sister as my financial advisor, I just make sure I have savings and I have something I can get when the rainy days come.” Pascual also emphasized the importance of having a safety net even during peak career periods.

Piolo Pascual signing a Sun Life policy
Piolo has been a partner of Sun Life for 13 years already. Through the years, he has learned that diversifying your portfolio is an avenue to attaining your financial goals. Photo: @piolo_pascual / Instagram

For Pascual, financial literacy shouldn’t be alienating; it should be empowering. His diligent financial planning presents a roadmap for the younger generation to follow. His mix of practicality, continuous learning, and smart investments empowers anyone to start living not just for the present but also for a secure future. If Pascual’s story teaches us anything, it’s that anyone can turn their financial fate around.

His final piece of advice? Start small but learn to invest wisely. “You can start with a fraction of what you’re earning, multiply it in a year or two, and it’s gonna grow exponentially. That’s why I never stop at one policy,” advises Pascual. 

Balancing the high-wire act in the film industry, Piolo juggles several hats while striding ahead to uplift Filipino cinema. Like the thrilling finale in a circus, he masterfully maintains his rhythm between audacious risk-taking, earnest performances, and astute business acumen, mirroring the perfect balance required in an exciting time in the entertainment industry.

For more information, visit Sun Life Philippines’ official website

Order your print copy of this month's MEGA Magazine:
Download this month's MEGA digital copy from:
Subscribe via [email protected]