LOYALTY AWARDEES: Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, and 11 Most Loyal ABS-CBN Actors

by James Patrick Anarcon
Dec 5, 2016
John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, and Gerald Anderson are among the ABS-CBN actors who remained loyal Kapamilya stars.

Amidst shocking reports about celebrities switching networks, there are those who remain loyal to their mother station which gave them big breaks in show business.

Here are 13 actors from ABS-CBN who remained Kapamilya stars for over 10 years.

John Prats

John Prats started his career via the kiddie gag show Ang TV, where he was one of the cute child stars who used the popular expression "Esmyuskee!"

It was in ABS-CBN where viewers saw John grow up literally on screen: from a child star in Ang TV to a teen heartthrob in G-Mik to a drama actor in It Might Be You to a comedy actor-host in Banana Split.

First ABS-CBN TV Show: Ang TV (1992)

Notable TV Projects: Familia Zaragoza (1995), G-Mik (1999), Berks (2002), It Might Be You (2003), Bituing Walang Ningning (2006), Komiks: Tiny Tony (2008), Parekoy (2009), Banana Split (2009), Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto (2012), FPJ's Ang Probinsyano (2016)

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Dominic Ochoa

Dominic started his career in ABS-CBN as a teen star in the youth-oriented series Gimik. He was later on groomed to be a character actor.

In 2016, Dominic got his first title role via the fantasy series My Super D.

First ABS-CBN TV Show: Gimik (1996)

Notable TV Projects: Labs Ko Si Babe (1999), Whattamen (2001), Bituing Walang Ninging (2006), May Bukas Pa (2009), Rosalka (2010), 100 Days To Heaven (2011), Princess and I (2012), Oh My G! (2015), My Super D (2016)

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Piolo Pascual

Though he started his career in That's Entertainment, Piolo found his niche as a drama actor and a heartthrob in ABS-CBN. He started off as a villain in the shows Gimik and Esperanza, but he eventually made his mark as the quintessential leading man.

Because of his looks and successful projects, Piolo was dubbed as the "Ultimate Leading Man."

First ABS-CBN TV Show: Gimik (1997)

Notable TV Projects: Esperanza (1997), Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako (1998), Marinella (1999), Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (2001), Buttercup (2003), Mangarap Ka (2004), Sa Piling Mo (2006), Walang Kapalit (2007), Lobo (2008), Noah (2010), Dahil Sa Pag-ibig (2012), Apoy sa Dagat (2013), Hawak Kamay (2014)

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John Lloyd Cruz

John Lloyd started as a teen actor via Gimik. He led other teen stars in the successful youth drama Tabing Ilog. He was then given lead roles in several successful TV projects, mostly with his perennial screen partner Bea Alonzo.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Gimik (1997)

Notable TV Projects: Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako (1998), Tabing Ilog (1999), Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (2001), Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay (2002), It Might Be You (2003), Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin (2005), Maging Sino Ka Man (2006), I Love Betty La Fea (2008), Imortal (2010), A Beautiful Affair (2012)

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Luis Manzano

Luis started his career as a TV host in ABS-CBN. However, he also starred in several drama projects that showed his versatility. In fact, he was supposed to be part of the much-anticipated drama series Alta as the love interest of Angelica Panganiban. However, the project was shelved. Since then, Luis focused on hosting game shows.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: ASAP (2003)

Notable TV Projects: Star Circle Quest (2004), Qpids (2005), Kampanerang Kuba (2005), Crazy For You (2006), Rounin (2007), Dyosa (2008), Your Song: My Last Romance (2010), Pilipinas Got Talent (2010), Be Careful With My Heart (2012), The Voice (2014), Family Feud (2016)

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Nash Aguas

Nash won as Grand Kid Questor in Star Circle Kid Quest in 2004. He was able to hone his craft in acting by playing younger versions of lead stars in teleseryes. As a teen actor, his first lead role was playing a young father in Bagito.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Goin Bulilit (2005)

Notable TV Projects: Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit (2005), Gulong ng Palad (2006), Calla Lily (2006), Maria Flordeluna (2007), Lobo (2008), Magkaribal (2010), Luv U (2013), Bagito (2014), Doble Kara (2016)

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Arron Villaflor

Arron finished as first runner-up in Star Circle National Teen Quest in 2005. Since then, he got supporting roles on drama shows and showed his skills in dancing on ASAP as part of the boy group Giggerboys. Currently, he is often tapped for kontrabida roles in Kapamilya teleseryes.

First ABS-CBN TV Show: ASAP (2005)

Notable TV Projects: U Can Dance (2006), Sana Maulit Muli (2007), Pedro Penduko at mga Engkantao (2007), Your Song: Boystown (2009), Good Vibes (2011), Maria la del Barrio (2011), Precious Hearts Romances: Paraiso (2012), Juan Dela Cruz (2013), Pure Love (2014), All of Me (2015), The Greatest Love (2016)

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Jason Abalos

Jason was the second questor who got eliminated in Star Circle National Teen Quest in 2005, but he was one of the hopefuls who got good breaks in the Kapamilya Network. His first TV project was being the leading man of Angelica Panganiban in Vietnam Rose.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Vietnam Rose (2005)

Notable TV Projects: Ysabella (2007), Your Song: Muntik Na Kitang Minahal (2008), Pieta (2008), Eva Fonda (2008), Kambal sa Uma (2009), Nagsimula sa Puso (2009), Agua Bendita (2010), Precious Hearts Romances: Alyna (2010), Agimat: Bianong Bulag (2011), Reputasyon (2011), Precious Hearts Romances: Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (2012), Maria Mercedes (2013), Two Wives (2014), Langit Lupa (2016)

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Jason Gainza

Jason was the 2nd Big Placer of the first edition of Pinoy Big Brother in 2005. After his PBB stint, he was always tapped to play sidekick roles in teleseryes and supporting roles in sitcoms.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Sa Piling Mo (2006)

Notable TV Projects: Gudtaym (2006), Lastikman (2007), Volta (2008), I Love Betty La Fea (2008), Parekoy (2009), Banana Split (2009), Agua Bendita (2010), Mutya (2011), Mundo Man Ay Magunaw (2012), Ina Kapatid Anak (2012), Nathaniel (2015)

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Sam Milby

Through his one-week stint in Pinoy Big Brother in 2005, Sam immediately caught the attention of viewers. After he left the PBB house, several movie and recording projects landed on his lap, including leading man roles.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Maging Sino Ka Man (2006)

Notable TV Projects: Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik (2007), Dyosa (2008), Only You (2009), Precious Hearts Romances: Impostor (2010), 1DOL (2010), Kahit Konting Pagtingin (2013), Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (2013), Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014), Doble Kara (2015)

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Gerald Anderson

Gerald won as the Third Big Placer in Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition in 2006. Back then, he formed the Kimerald love team with Kim Chiu. In 2011, Gerald was able to establish himself as an actor without his onscreen partner and got one of his most notable projects, Budoy.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Love Spell: My Boy, My Girl (2006)

Notable TV Projects: Sana Maulit Muli (2007), Gokada Go (2007), My Girl (2008), Your Song: My Only Hope (2008), Tayong Dalawa (2009), Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo (2010), Budoy (2011), Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin (2013), Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014), Nathaniel (2015)

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Matt Evans

Though he got evicted in Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition, Matt was lucky since he was the first PBB housemate from his batch to get his own show, Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko. He was paired with Melissa Ricks in several projects.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Love Spell: Wanted Mr. Perfect (2006)

Notable TV Projects: Komiks: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko (2006), Princess Sarah (2007), Iisa Pa Lamang (2008), Kambal sa Uma (2009), Tanging Yaman (2010), Rosalka (2010), Juanita Banana (2010), Angelito: Batang Ama (2011), Precious Hearts Romances: Paraiso (2012), Muling Buksan Ang Puso (2013), Pure Love (2014), Dream Dad (2015), On The Wings of Love (2015), The Greatest Love (2016)

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Enchong Dee

After he was discovered when he guested in the talk show Homeboy, Enchong was included in the youth-oriented show Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv. Enchong was able to get supporting roles, and later on, lead roles together with onscreen partner Erich Gonzales.

First ABS-CBN TV Project: Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv (2006)

Notable TV Projects: Sineserye: Palimos ng Pag-ibig (2006), Lastikman (2007), My Girl (2008), Nasaan Ka, Maruja (2009), Katorse (2009), Tanging Yaman (2010), Magkaribal (2010), Maria la del Barrio (2011), Ina Kapatid Anak (2012), Muling Buksan Ang Puso (2013), Nathaniel (2015)

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