An­dre’s Act­ing Ca­reer

YES! (Philippines) - - Kobe and Andre -

Af­ter his suc­cess­ful pair­ing with Yassi Press­man in the 2014 teen ro­man­tic-com­edy movie Diary ng Panget, An­dre was part­nered with Bar­bie Forteza (pho­tos above and below), and the two of them costarred in not just one but two con­sec­u­tive Ka­puso TV se­ries, The Half Sis­ters (2014) and That’s My Am­boy (2016).

The hum­ble An­dre is quick to down­play his achieve­ments in his act­ing ca­reer. It’s Kobe who proudly show­ers him with praise. With An­dre look­ing on, Kobe tells YES!: “I was ac­tu­ally sur­prised when I saw his first movie, Diary ng Panget. I was like, ‘He can act.’”

Turn­ing to his Kuya, Kobe goes on, “I was like, ‘Wow, you can ac­tu­ally act.’ I’m sorry, I was be­ing hon­est. I thought he’d be, like, the pogi boy na gusto lang ng showbiz be­cause they’re pogi. But then he acted. I was like, ‘Wow, he has bet­ter fu­ture than I have.’”

Al­though he’s liv­ing miles away from his brother, Kobe helps An­dre in what­ever way he can. “I can’t go to his pre­mieres and all that stuff, so he would send me videos. But I sup­port him as much.” With a wicked smile, he adds, sar­cas­ti­cally, “Even if he forces me to retweet all that stuff!”

An­dre was also part of the cast of En­can­ta­dia 2016, the retelling of the 2005 fantasy se­ries of the same ti­tle. In the lat­est ver­sion, which ran from July 2016 to May 2017, An­dre played Wahid, a com­man­der fiercely loyal to his tribe, Bar­baro, but lacks the courage to fight in bat­tles. Wahid is the love in­ter­est of Lira, the daugh­ter of Sang’gre Ami­han and Ybarro, played by new­bie ac­tress Mi­kee Quin­tos (pho­tos above and cen­ter). In­ter­est­ingly, An­dre’s role was por­trayed by his dad Ben­jie in the orig­i­nal 2005 ver­sion.

In a re­port (Au­gust 26, 2016), An­dre was quoted as say­ing that his En­can­ta­dia stint brought back many mem­o­ries: “Dati, pina­panood ko ang En­can­ta­dia. Du­madalaw pa ako noon sa set, I think sa Pasig, malak­ing ware­house… Naaalaala ko pa, in­i­u­uwi ni Dad ’yong mga props, like ’yong mga sword. Ngayon, na­ha­hawakan ko na ’yong sword, nabibit­bit ko na. So­brang saya.”

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