By Nickie Wang/ Manila Standard Today
In the serialized version of the 1984 hit movie Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin, beneath the high ratings and rave reviews lies a young man who is touted as the next matinee idol of GMA-7.
Aljur Abrenica is an emerging star. After becoming victorious in a reality-based talent search Startstruck in 2007, movie offers and television projects began to pour in. He started appearing in SOP and eventually became a mainstay in the musical program. But it’s not yet the big break; the drastic change in his career officially came in when he greeted primetime viewers as a metal clad hero in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan alongside Dennis Trillo and the late Marky Cielo.
While doing the series, he was also part of the now-defunct teen-oriented comedy show Boys Next Door. In less than three years in show business, the “Ultimate Hunk” who grew up in Angeles City has been in two movies and other top-rating television series like Dyesebel and Luna Mystika.
“I’m really blessed, so I thank all the people who are helping me and also the fans for continuously believing in me. Sila ‘yung nagmo-motivate sa akin to do all the things that keep me busy right now. There are times that I work for more than 24 hours and get only little sleep, but because of these people, I begin to love what I’m doing,” the 19-year-old actor told us.
Topping all his accomplishments as a novice actor is his first starring role via Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin, a remake of the Gabby Concepcion and Sharon Cuneta movie in the ’80s. Aside from it adding spice to Aljur’s already rosy career, the series also features his promising tandem with fellow Starstruck alumna Kris Bernal.
“It is such a pleasure to work with Kris because we already developed a certain kind of chemistry and closeness,” Aljur said. “I can’t brand the relationship that we have but I consider her as the closest person in my life right now.”
While detailing how his friendship and closeness with Kris started, Aljur admitted that they share a lot of things. They talk about problems of their families and at work, and try to solve them with the help of each other. “That’s how close we are, magkasama kami sa hirap at ginhawa,” he said adding that he’s willing to take the relationship to a higher level.
The tremendous effort the young actor is showing right now is simply the statement of where he wants to be in the future. “I want to be a respected actor, it’s always been my dream,” he said.
With the current status of his career, he still finds himself a neophyte in a very competitive world, but his commitment to his work is similar to the people who have been around the business.
“Marami pa akong kelangan gawin. I want to do challenging roles, even [a] gay role if ever offered to me, I’ll take it, why not,” he quipped. “But if they would ask me to choose, I like action-drama. Ten years from now siguro I’m already a big star, isa ’yun talaga sa mga dreams ko. Kaya I try to work hard.”
Because of his willingness to pursue a showbiz career, after graduating high school he temporarily set aside the idea of going to college. He said that he used to dream of becoming a pilot but because he is beginning to lose his 20/20 vision, he is now considering Mass Communication, which is much related to his work right now.
“I will go to college, that’s for sure pero hindi ngayon, maybe after five years,” confident Aljur affirmed.
Going to college is not the only sacrifice Aljur had to make when he entered the world of showbiz. The young actor also had to stop playing sports because his work occupies even his spare time.
“I used to play basketball. Member ako ng basketball team since grade school kaya lang nang nag-showbiz ako tinigil ko na,” he revealed and shared his secret to stay fit, “Wala akong special diet and I don’t have any physical activity but I do a lot of push-ups and seat-ups before taking shower. That keeps me energetic the whole day.”
“I’m very happy and at the same time flattered because may mga nagtitiwala sa akin. It just proves na meron akong ginagawang tama, and people notice it,” he explained.
Travelpros Inc., which will celebrate its 16th anniversary on May 28, kicks-off this summer featuring Aljur as its official endorser. Also part of the anniversary is the launching of Beauty Holiday Plus, an incentive-based program where clients may accumulate points for every transaction and redeem these points for products and services or discounts offered by Travelpros partners such as Ricky Reyes salons and Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.
“Beauty Holiday Plus is not only our way of thanking our loyal patrons, but also an incentive for travelers to extend their purchasing power,” Cris Aquino, president and CEO of Travelpros, said.
For more information, visit Travelpros offices at SM malls (Fairview, Megamall, and Mall of Asia), or call 672-2159 to 62.