Vin Abrenica wants to succeed in showbiz as himself, not as “kapatid ni Aljur”

IMAGE Allan Sancon


Vin Abrenica a few minutes after hearing his name as the Best Actor winner at Artista Academy awards night last Saturday, October 27.


“Gusto kong mapatunayan na kaya kong ako lang…”

That’s one of his primary reasons for joining Artista Academy, and also his motivation to win the Best Actor award.

But unlike the other contenders, Vin Abrenica already has an edge, some viewers say.

“Kapatid siya ni Aljur Abrenica!”

“Yun po, wala naman pong problema. May positive naman po siyang effect, like, yung sa exposure, madali kang nakikilala ng tao…”

But there are times when that becomes a hurdle…

Vin resumes, “Yung medyo masakit po dun, yung negative po dun, laging may comparison. Kaka-start ko pa lang po, and Kuya has been in the business for seven years, and may comparison na po agad na gano’n…”

Some comments, he says, were very unkind.

And, “it bothers me na po.”

The 21-year-old newbie elaborates, “Kung yung purpose ko lang po, kung gagamitin ko yung Abrenica, yung apelyido niya, nung Kuya ko, kung gagamitin ko lang siya talaga, puwede naman po akong mag-extra… Or yung bigla na lang po akong magsho-short cut at mag-artista na agad.

“Pero may gusto akong patunayan sa sarili ko…”

THANKFUL TO KUYA ALJUR. But don’t get him wrong, “Ang laking bagay po para sa akin na andiyan si Kuya… na meron siyang support. Halimbawa po, yung eksena ko kasama si Nora Aunor, one take lang.

“Masaya po ako sa performance ko.”

Thanks to Aljur for the pointers he gave!

Vin relates, “Si Kuya po yung tumulong talaga sa akin.

“At alam ko, ang dami niyang efforts.

“Siya po talaga yung nagturo sa ‘kin, yung pag-acting ko na yun.

“Siya nagbigay po ng inspirasyon sa akin dun sa script na yun.

“Pinakita ko po sa kanya yung script ko, and siya yung nagbigay sa akin na buhayin ko yung character ni Anton.

“And mga five days before nabigay sa ‘kin yung script, so siya po yung nagturo sa ‘kin [na] tuwing one day, dapat magbigay ako ng kahit two hours na ako si Anton. Parang basurero po ako sa bahay. So, bigyan ko ng background.

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“Siya nagbigay din ng background, ‘Ganyan, ganyan ka… buhayin mo yung character.’ So siya po yung nagturo sa ‘kin.”

His performance elicited a round of applause from the press people who had the chance to watch the episode during TV5’s press conference for the finalists on October 21.

Some even remarked, “Mas magaling ka sa kuya mo…”

But Vin was quick to interject, “Para po sa akin masaya po ako kasi positive comment po para sa akin.

“Pero, yung when it comes to iko-compare naman po ako sa kapatid ko, siyempre it hurts me more kasi, mahal ko po si Kuya.”

HIS CRUSH: SOPHIE. Now, on to a lighter topic…

When asked about his crush, he replied right away: “Si Sophie.”

It was a “crush at first sight,” he reveals.

“Nung nakita ko po siya before… Before po sa Artista Academy, hindi niya ako nakita, hindi niya ako nakilala.

“Ako, tumatak siya sa akin, nakita ko lang po siya.

“Ang ganda! Ang ganda po ng dating niya, artistahin talaga.

“Pero nagpapagupit po siya nun. Nasa salon, e.”

Aside from his screen partner, he doesn’t have any other crush?

“Wala po.”

READY FOR SHOWBIZ. His focus at present is his budding career.

His “dream project” is to star in an action film, where he can also display his “athletic” prowess.

His dream role is “pilyo.”

His dream co-star? Kuya Aljur.

“Isa po sa mga pinapangarap ko ‘yan. Kahit hindi shows. Kahit hindi pelikula. Kahit mga endorsements. Sa bonding na magkapatid kami tapos yung magandang opportunity na magkasama kami, we will bring out the best in each other.”

And while waiting for that opportunity, he wants to show the fans “mahal ko yung ginagawa ko” and “mahal ko yung nagpe-perform at nagpapasaya po ako ng tao.”

He tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Gusto ko pong tumatak bilang si Vin Abrenica na mabait naman po akong anak. Mabait na anak, gusto kong maging ehemplo para sa mga kabataan.

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"Ayoko po sanang tumatak na bilang brother ni [Aljur]."

If he has his way, he wants to step out of his older brother's shadow.

To do that, "Ipapakita ko na mahal ko yung ginagawa ko, yun po yung gusto ko.”


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