Marco Alcaraz: In a laid-back city

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The 6-foot-2 Marco Alcaraz was one of 10 celebrity centerfolds in the annual selection made by Cosmopolitan Philippines (September 2005 issue). That put Marco on the same footing as Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo. (YES! November 2005 issue)


Marco Alcaraz never imagined being in show business. A native of Cebu City, he had decided to move to Manila to pursue his dream of becoming a professional basketball player. He was off to a good start when he qualified for the San Sebastian Stags. But during his rookie year in 2003, he injured his left knee in the heat of practice. A torn ligament prevented him from playing for a full six months.


That same year, Marco auditioned for the role of Bea Alonzo's husband in the primetime drama It Might Be You. After all, under the care of talent manager Arnold Vegafria, he was already doing some commercial and ramp modeling in between shooting hoops. "Sige lang, trip-trip lang," he recalls.

He got the part.

It was, he thought, a way to do something productive while recovering. It proved to be more than that. Viewers loved his moreno charm, and numerous projects were soon coming his way. He appeared in movies (Birhen ng Manaoag, Aishite Imasu 1941, A Beautiful Life) and got the role of Jodi Santamaria's bodyguard in Kampanerang Kuba.

These days, Marco plays basketball just for fun. But he's taking acting seriously: "Mas nabigyan ako ng opportunity dito, so ginagalingan ko na lang dito."


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