There is more to hunky GMA artist Pancho Magno than meets the eye. With his impressive build already catching attention, the 26-year-old Nursing graduate is also being noticed for his acting mettle in the roles given to him. Despite that, he is further beefing his acting credentials by attending workshops and learning from seasoned actors.
As he said, “I mean, nag-a-attend ako ng workshops, lagi akong nako-connect so talagang ang pinag-aaralan ko yung craft ko rin.
"Masarap din makakuha ng roles na hindi mo akalain na magiging ganun ka.”
So far, he has essayed the role of a policeman, a soldier, a doctor, "kung anu-anong roles na hindi ko ma-imagine, he related.
"Ang sarap lang lahat ng roles na hindi mo akalain."
Furthermore, “Dapat talaga love mo yung work.
“Syempre gusto mo rin ma-portray nang maayos yun.
"Pangit naman na nakikita ng tao laging nakahubad, 'di ba?
"Ayoko din naman makilala dahil sa mom ko."
Pancho is the son of GMA executive Reggie Magno.
CONNECTION. He is determined to make his own mark at the same time that he recognizes the advantage of having the right connection.
According to Pancho, “Lagi kong sinasabi sa tao na may advantage talaga.
"Hindi lang naman sa show business, even sa sports, even sa politics, sa lahat e, meron talagang advantage.
“Pero disadvantage sa akin, lahat parang microscope.
"Lahat tinitignan yung bawat galaw ko, ‘Ah nandyan yan dahil sa nanay,’ alam mo yun.”
But he is thankful for having an understanding mom, who, however, is keeping her hands off her son's showbiz career.
Sink or swim, Pancho is on his own.
He said, “Nakakatuwa, sobrang supportive niya and syempre iba pa rin siya.
"Sobrang big deal sa ‘kin ng feedback niya, na pag nagustuhan niya, iba sa akin yun.
"Kasi andun na siya for almost 30 years so ang dami na niyang nakasamang iba’t ibang actors.
CREDIBLE ACTOR. Gusto rin daw niyang makilala bilang award-winner actor, "Lahat naman siguro ng actors," he averred.
Pancho was in the cast of the Kapuso afternoon teleserye Magdalena, topbilled by Bela Padilla in 2013. He was also in the primetime hit teleserye My Husband’s Lover last year. He will be seen in the new afternoon fantaserye Annasandra with Andrea Torres and Mikael Daez that will air in October.
He intimated that he will be doing "serious" scenes in Annasandra, which is okay as long as they don't require that he sheds tear. Pancho is particularly challenged by the crying scenes as he did in Magdalena.
SEX APPEAL. There is no denying that the actor is oozing with sex appeal as he was one of the watchables at the Bench Body: The Naked Truth last Saturday, September 20, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
He will again walk the ramp at the Cosmo Bachelor Bash, which is happening this September 24, Wednesday.
It may look easy, but “kasi kailangang baguhin every year, e.
"Kailangan meron kang mas magandang ipapakita kasi mabo-bore yung tao lalo na sa Bench and sa Cosmo.
"Ang dami [models] namin kasabay, e.”
What does he plan to do for Cosmo Bachelor Bash?
“Well yung past two years ko sa Cosmo, wala akong props, so ngayon baka mag-isip ako ng props.
"Hindi naman kinakain na props or anything, baka sumasabog na props,” he said.
The actor-model admitted it takes guts to catwalk in one's underwear.
“Nung nag-Cosmo ako, nagpakita ako ng puwet, hindi ko inisip na gagawin ko yun,” he recalled, still disbelieving he managed to go through with it.
“Sobrang kinakabahan ako and sakto may drinks sa backstage, umiinom lang ako nang umiinom.
“Nung nandun na ‘ko [sa stage], parang mapi-feel mo yung ground.
"Mapi-feel mo yung nae-excite ka, pwede mo nang gawin lahat.”
But he was quick to add, “Hindi naman siguro pakita ko nang lahat, baka naman ipakulong na ako ng nanay ko nun.
"I mean, yung okay naman na alam kong magugustuhan ng tao pero syempre lahat naman may limit.
"Naging okay naman yung feedback so sana this year, maging okay din.”
MUCH EFFORT. Pancho further revealed that because of his busy schedule, he has to work extra hard to maintain his chiseled figure.
“Sobrang busy ng schedule, so ang ginagawa ko dinadala ko yung gym [sa work].
“Sa kotse, may dala akong cable wire or sweat suit ko.
"Kung may mga scenes na wala ako, may time akong mag-work out.
"Kung ano’ng meron d’yan mapapakain ka dahil ang hirap sa puyat.
"Kailangan mong mag-memorize ng lines, so discipline lang kailangan.”
Apart from regular workouts, Pancho said that he consciously watches what he eats, keeping strictly no a no-rice regime.
“Siguro pinaka-rice ko, like Mexican food, sobrang love ko so pita bread.
"Then pinaka-carbs ko wheat bread pero rice talaga iniiwasan ko kasi hirap, e, ang hirap i-burn."