Edgar Allan Guzman, the young and energetic performer who is best remembered as the last Mr. Pogi Grand winner has come a long way.
He has starred in various drama projects where he has proven his mettle as a promising young actor and has acted in movies opposite Robin Padilla, Dennis Trillo, Sid Lucero and other formidable actors.
He even got the critics' nod for his acclaimed performance in the movie Astig which brought him from the Cinemalaya stage all the way to the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea and the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan.
He was also nominated Best Supporting Actor in the academe-critics group's PASADO Awards in 2009.
Since then, Edgar has been breaking new ground. He is seen regularly in TV5's Fantastik and Lokomoko U and was part of the comedy mini-series Lady Dada with Ryan Agoncillo and the musical variety show Party On 5 or PO5.
He had a significant guest role in Habang May Buhay with Ms. Judy Ann Santos as well as a special role in the drama anthology of the Diamond Star, Ms. Maricel Soriano.
In the music front, Edgar has released his own acoustic album, Love Drive. His YM (Young Men) album spawned a hit song, "Mas Mahal Na Kita Ngayon," and has been nominated Best Novelty Recording in the Awit Awards.
Last year, Edgar faced a new challenge — he starred in a difficult two-character film, Magdamag, opposite the multi-awarded Rita Avila, which was part of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) section of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2010.
This year, as he celebrates his fifth anniversary in show business, he stars in two important Cinemalaya Films: Bisperas by Jeffrey Jeturian (Director's Showcase) and Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me by Erick Salud (New Breed) — which makes him the new Cinemalaya Indie Prince.
According to director Salud...
"Edgar is a very intuitive and intelligent actor. Very natural and sincere. His performance hits you at the core," he told PEP.ph (Philippines Entertainment Portal).
"In Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me, he ceased to be Edgar the energetic TV performer. Instead, he has lived up to his character with a lot of internal issues and defenses.
"Television has highlighted more of Edgar's quirky and comedic side, it's high time they recognize him for his maturity in carrying out and interpreting various roles—as he may very well be a cut above the actors of his age."
Director Jeffrey Jeturian had this to say about Edgar...
"Edgar is such a sensitive soul.
"When he auditioned for the part of Mio, he was totally clueless about the role. Despite the short time he was given to study the part and memorize his lines, he came up with a nuanced and complex audition piece that showed his abilities to understand and interpret the character that he is portraying. That is the mark of an actor.
"But what makes him a cut above the rest is when he accepted the role even if it required him to do something that even veteran actors balk at. That is the mark of an artist."
For his part, Edgar said: "Masaya po ako at meron akong magagandang pelikulang nagawa to celebrate my fifth anniversary. Meron din po akong ilalabas na special CD na parang soundtrack po ng pelikula namin.
"Wish ko na lang po na sa television, makaganap din po ako ng magagandang roles sa teleserye. Kasi ngayon po, nalilinya po ako sa mga musical variety shows na gamay ko naman po talaga, at sa comedy na OK at masayang break naman. Pero I'm looking forward po talaga na makagawa ako ng teleserye na magmamarka sa mga tao."
Asked about his Indie Prince title, now that Indie King Coco Martin is doing more mainstream movies...
"Masuwerte lang po ako sa magagandang pelikula na dumating sa akin, na pinagtitiwalaan din ako ng mga premyado at kilalang direktor.
"Kaibigan at idol ko po si Kuya Coco—under din po siya ng manager kong si Sir Noel [Ferrer] noon. Marami pa po akong dapat matutunan sa pag-arte para marating ko ang narating niya.
"Basta, patuloy na lang akong magsisipag at magpapakahusay sa lahat ng gagawin ko po," Edgar said.