Andre’s Acting Career
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 PEP.ph 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.”