It’s hard being an icon

It’s hard work being a superstar, but someone’s got to do it. That is the attitude of Piolo Pascual who is, with the exception of John Lloyd Cruz, the biggest male star that ABS-CBN has at present.

By Aprylle Liabres

Published: Wed 25 Feb 2009, 8:34 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:28 PM

It helps, of course, that as his popularity soars, Piolo only becomes more humble. He knows that as one of the biggest stars in the business a lot of young people look up to him. “I guess when they call you an icon, it means you have a distinct quality—that the longer you stay in the business, and even if you get old, people won’t forget you. It could be years, and they’d still remember. A lot of it depends on your talent and the kind of impact you make or leave behind.”

And Piolo has definitely made an impact, not just on the people, but even on his colleagues in ABS-CBN. He is humble enough to admit that there are certain areas in which others know more than he does, like singing. While Piolo is already a multi-platinum recording and concert artist, he knows that he still has a lot to learn when it comes to music.

Piolo is full of admiration for singers like Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista and Erik Santos. “Their musical sense is so sharp,” he says. “And they’re really good. But I’m not out to compete with them. We’re here because we work together, and because we’re friends. I’m excited to learn from them.”

Another project that Piolo is looking forward to is the local television adaptation of the Koreanovela Lovers in Paris. Piolo will be playing the male lead opposite KC Concepcion. KC is a natural for the role, because she actually lived in Paris for four years and speaks fluent French. Piolo confesses that he is excited to work with KC.

He knows that because the original Koreanovela was a big hit with Pinoy viewers in Philippines and abroad, a lot of people will be watching closely to see how their version measures up. “Ours is an adaptation,” explains Piolo. “So it will be somewhat like the original, but we’ll also be injecting some touches of Philippine culture and traditions that will, hopefully, make it more exciting to watch."

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