Good start for Jon Avila

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Written on 12:56 PM by Blogtopia

From superbod champ to Pinoy Big Brother housemate to superhero, Jon Avila has had a great start in showbiz. Blessed with extra creamy good looks and charm, you can’t imagine him being single. His charm is so strong that even Status: Single star Rufa Mae Quinto is rumored to be smitten.

We asked Jon whether he plans to court Rufa Mae who is currently single. He quickly dispelled the rumor but yes, they are enjoying each other’s company and that a special friendship is in full swing. “We both love to go out for coffee, movies and kwentuhan. I learn a lot from her about the industry,” he added.

But the one real thing that he admitted is that he feels great to be given a chance to work with the sexy comedienne in the movie Status: Single, the pre-Valentine offering of Viva Films and Rufa Mae’s On-Q 28 Productions, which opened last week. It is written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes.

“In this movie, Rufa Mae has tips for men on how to treat their woman,” Jon shared. “There’s too much pressure to be with someone, but this movie tells everyone na ok din maging single.”

In Status: Single, Jon plays the role of IƱaki, the nerdy and timid son of the owner of the company where the 30-year-old virgin Teodora “Doris“ Mesina (Rufa Mae) works.

Also joining Rufa and the superhunk in this movie are fellow hunks Rafael Rosell who is the drop-dead gorgeous Fil-Am bartender Hans, and Alfred Vargas, the handsome and intellectual Sean. Paolo Contis plays the role of Randy, Doris’ macho but very gay best friend. The cast also includes Mylene Dizon, Desiree del Valle and Angelu de Leon.

“Status: Single is about a woman with a never-ending quest to find true love,” Rufa Mae said. In a story a lot of modern women can relate to, Rufa Mae’s character is anxious to get married after her boyfriend (Mark Bautista) dumps her and all her girlfriends get married one after the other.

To make her dream of walking down the aisle come true the soonest time possible, Doris seeks the help of her very handsome, very macho but very gay best pal Randy in looking for the perfect husband.

“Aside from the strong statement that the movie wants to convey, Status: Single is also the fulfillment of Jon’s wish to be an actor. “I’ve always wanted to be an actor even when I was a little boy,” he confessed. “I’m so glad to be part of this movie.”

Meanwhile, Jon, the lead star of the TV series Kapitan Boom, is set to make a grand TV comeback. He will be part of the upcoming TV show Sanlakas, the Justice League-like gathering of the mightiest Komiks superheroes like Lastikman, Tiny Tony and Varga. For now, the details of the airing are kept under wraps, but Jon is already excited about the project.

He also co-hosts the TV5 dance show, Shall We Dance, and is part of the Coverboys that is regularly seen on A.S.A.P. ’09 on ABS-CBN. With all these big projects, Jon feels so blessed, and promises to work harder.

The half-Irish, half-Filipino hunk now speaks good Tagalog and he admits that he’s still polishing it in preparation for more projects that will come his way. He’s also proud to be a Filipino.

by Boy Abunda

Jon Avila says he's not courting Rufa Mae Quinto

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Written on 4:04 PM by Blogtopia

Nilinaw ni Jon Avila ang ipinahayag niya noon na crush niya si Rufa Mae Quinto. Pero, nang tanungin siya sa isang talk show at kung ano ang tipo niyang babae, dapat daw ay exotic looking ito, or morena, kabaligtaran ng physical attributes na maglalarawan kay P-chi.

"Normally, yung mga morena at exotic looking ang type ko," sabi ni Jon nang makasalubong namin siya sa hallway ng TV5 kamakailan na nasa Novaliches, Quezon City, habang kasagsagan ng taping ng Shall We Dance? kung saan isa siya sa co-host ni Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Patuloy niya, "Hindi naman laging may particular type ako, pero kung preference, sinasabi ko talagang mas gusto ko ang morena.

"Lumaki ako sa London, di ba? Ang lagi kong nakikitang mga babae roon, mapuputi.

"Pero, totoo yun, that I had a crush on P-chi the first time I saw her on TV. Hindi naman big deal yun or contradictory talaga roon sa sinabi kong nagkaka-crush ako normally sa mga exotic-looking at morena."

For the record, idiniin ni Jon na friends lang talaga sila ni P-chi. Lalong tumindi ang closeness nila nang magkatrabaho sila sa Single, para sa sariling produksyon ni P-chi, in cooperation with Viva Films.

"Nami-miss ko nga yung shooting namin, kasi, tapos na yung movie," ani Jon. "Naghihintay na lang kami ng playdate for early next year. Nagda-dubbing na lang kami.

"Grabe kasi ang bonding namin for that movie. Si P-chi, laging nagpapatawag ng nighout after shooting, kapag maaga kaming natatapos.

"Masaya ang bonding namin doon, with Raf [Rafael Rosell] and the others. P-chi is such a cool producer. Hindi ko nga naramdaman na trabaho yung ginawa namin," kuwento pa ng half-British hunk.

RELATING WITH RUFA MAE. Sa ngayon, parang ayaw yatang magsalita muna ni P-chi tungkol sa mga lalaki. That was after na magkaroon daw ng isyu sa kanila ng half-Mexican BF niyang si Bobby Lopez.

"Nagkausap kami ni P-chi about her ex-BF," pagtatapat ni Jon. "Alam ko kasing mahirap yung long-distance relationship nila. Nakaka-relate ako roon.

"Naranasan ko na rin yun, pero I can feel, she's also happy with her relationship kay Bobby. Pero, mahirap. Kaya sa ganoon, lagi kaming nag-uusap ni P-chi. We always  have a lot of things to talk about.

"Nasasabi nga niya sa amin na talagang wala na siyang time. Masyado siyang busy. Dumarating siya sa set, sluggish ang feeling niya, lagi siyang puyat.

"Napakasipag din kasi niya. Kaya kahit hindi long-distance relationship siguro, baka hindi niya masyadong maasikaso ang love life niya," nasabi na lang ng binata.

Pareho rin daw kay Bobby yun, na wala ring oras para kay P-chi.

"For the record, I'm not courting P-chi," sabi pa ni Jon. We're friends. Click kami when we're together. Pero kung iisipin mong ipapasok namin yung pagkakaroon ng relationship, baka lalo lang gumulo ang situwasyon.

"As of now, we're good friends. I just want to take this slowly. Let's just see what will happen," dugtong niya.

CAREER-ORIENTED. Pareho rin silang career-oriented ni P-chi, lalo na siya na kailangang tutukan niya ang career dahil hindi pa siya established as an actor.

Mapapanood muna si Jon sa Metro Manila Film Festival entry na One Night Only para sa OctoArts Films; and among the guys sa cast ng Single, si Jon ang may pinakamalaking role as the leading man of Rufa Mae.

"Sa December 3, mag-uumpisa na kami ng taping for Sanlakas, the all-star cast tele-fantasya kung saan pagsasama-samahin sina Kapitan Boom, Varga, Kapitan Inggo, Tiny Tony and the others na creations ni Mars Ravelo.

"It's another good break for me after I played the role of Kapitan Boom, di ba?"

 

- Archie de Calma, PEP

Jon Avila ok with kissing scene with Allan K

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Written on 3:59 PM by Blogtopia

May ginagawang pelikula ngayon ang model turned actor na si Jon Avila na intended for the Metro Manila Film Festival, ang One Night Only under OctoArts Films. Habang kausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), panay ang bida ni Jon kung gaanong kasarap katrabaho ang co-star niya sa pelikula na si Valerie Concepcion na member din ng cast ng Banana Split, kunsaan guest siya.

"She's fun to be with. Ang lakas ng energy niya," sabi ni Jon sa PEP about Valerie, sa set ng November 20 taping ng Banana Split. 

Posible bang magkagusto siya sa isang babae na may anak na, pero hindi naman kasal?

"Yeah! Okey naman," sagot agad ni Jon.

So, posibleng magkagusto siya kay Valerie na may isang anak na?

"Posible! Maganda naman siya at mabait pa. Pero sa ngayon we're just friends. Tingnan na lang natin what will happen next or in the future."

INTERESTED ON KC.  Bukod kay Valerie, nagagandahan din si Jon kay KC Concepcion. At sinabi niya sa PEP na crush niya ang panganay ni Sharon Cuneta.

Na-meet na raw niya si KC nang mag-guest siya kasama si Jake Cuenca sa show ni Sharon na Sharon.

"Pumunta siya doon to check on her mom. ‘Tapos ‘ayun nag-meet kami. Mukhang mabait siya ‘tapos gusto ko ang talking voice niya, ang cute."

Kinuha ba niya ang cell phone number ni KC?

"Ah, hindi," sagot niya. Pero may balak din daw si Jon na kunin ang number ni KC ‘pag nagkita sila ulit nito.

Noon ang sabi ni Jon ay si Maja Salvador ang crush niya at gusto niya itong ligawan. Anong nangyari at mukhang hindi niya na type ang dalaga at si KC na nga ang gusto niya?

"Sweet si Maja but she's too young for me," sagot ni Jon.

ALLAN K'S CRUSH. Isa si Jon sa member ng Cover Boys na napapanood sa ASAP '08 every Sunday. Sa members ng Cover Boys ay very vocal ang komedyanteng si Allan K sa pagsasabi na si Jon ang pinakagusto niya. Ano naman ang reaksyon ni Jon tungkol dito?

"Talaga? Ako ang pinakagusto niya? Thank you!

"Nung birthday ko, may concert ako sa Zirkoh. And I'm very grateful that he guested in my concert," kuwento pa ni Jon.

Sabi pa ni Allan K, kung sakaling may offer sa kanyang movie at papipiliin siya kung sino ang gusto niyang maging leading man, ang pipiliin niya ay si Jon.

"Thank you sa kanya," tanging nasabi na lang ni Jon.

Paano kung halimbawang may kissing scene sila ni Allan, okey lang ba sa kanya?

"Okey lang," walang kagatul-gatol na sagot ng Kapamilya hunk.

E, paano kung halimbawang ligawan siya ni Allan?

"Ang gusto ko ay babae," tanging sagot na lang ni Jon.

 

- Rommel Placente. PEP

Jon to wear the Kapitan Boom costume again?

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Written on 1:35 PM by Blogtopia

Still fresh from the success of the previous installment of Komiks Presents: Mars Ravelo’s Kapitan Boom, Filipino-Irish model/actor Jon Avila is keeping his fingers crossed to get the chance to wear the tight-fitting red superhero costume again.

“I enjoyed doing the show, I loved watching it myself,” Jon began. “I enjoyed it not just because I know the cast, but because I love the character. I thought as though it was my first and last show. I gave it my all. ”

When ABS-CBN.COM asked the actor during the farewell party of Kapitan Boom, if there will be a possibility for a second season, he said: “Sana. It’s a really nice show. I am sure many people would wanna see Kapitan Boom again either on TV or movie house.”

But in a previous one-on-one interview, Jon said that he “will be wearing the costume again” in the future, but refusing to give more details. This raised speculations if there would indeed be a part two for Kapitan Boom. Meanwhile, Rondell Lindayag, creative head of Komiks Presents, revealed that they entertained the idea of extending Kapitan Boom, whose last episode aired last Saturday, August 2. “Actually, inisip na naming habaan ang istorya ng Kapitan Boom,” he shared. “Pero masasagasaan na ang ibang storya.”

Komiks Presents have attained the rights to five superhero characters of Mars Ravelo, including Kapitan Boom and Varga. “Alam naman natin na ang superheroes stories maliit lang talaga ang ginagalawan ng kuwento nila eh,” Randel explained. “Iniiklian namin para naman iba-iba ang makita niyong kuwento.”

Meanwhile, after his feat as a superhero, Jon is soon to start shooting for a film together with Rufa Mae Quinto under Viva Films.

Jon Avila denies courting Nikki Gil

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Written on 2:34 PM by Blogtopia

Coverboys hottie Jon Avila, who just recently came back from a well-deserved week-long vacation in the U.K where he also attended his sisters wedding, is ready to set the record straight between him and Nikki Gil. The Bench underwear model finally talks about the incident that happened during last month’s Star Magic Ball where Jon was seen escorting Nikki throughout the event and her rumored ex-flame Geoff Eigenmann was reportedly miffed at the outing. “I arrived at the event alone. I really had no date that night. Nikki also came by herself so they just paired us to walk down the red carpet together. I just wanted to be a good escort, so I gave her company before the program started. She was the host so it’s not like it was a date or anything,” Jon explains.

Sources say that Geoff was surprised when he saw them together because it was the first time Nikki was seen in public with another guy. “Me and Nikki are going on a U.S tour along with the other Coverboys next month, so I thought spending time with her at the Ball would be a good opportunity to get to know her more. The other Coverboys are more familiar to her, so I just wanted to be friendlier so that we’ll be more comfortable with each other when we do our shows,” Jon adds.

Although Jon doesn’t deny his attraction for pretty morenas, Jon is quick to say he has no plans of courting Nikki now or in the future. “I don’t know why I keep getting myself into situations like this, just like what happened before. I would never want to hurt anybody’s feelings or be misinterpreted like that because I’m not that kind of guy,” he shares. When he found out about Geoff’s reaction, Jon quickly sought out the actor to clear things out and apologize, despite the fact that people around him were discouraging him from doing so. “They were telling me that I don’t need to apologize since I wasn’t doing anything wrong. But I don’t like to make anybody feel like that. I know what it’s like to be hurt like that and it makes me feel bad knowing I was part of the cause. I was really sorry it made him feel that way and it bothered me to know that,” he confesses.

Jon Avila talks about what's next for him after "Kapitan Boom" and his love life

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Written on 1:01 PM by Blogtopia

Marami ang nagtatanong kung ano na ang susunod na mangyayari sa career ni Jon Avila pagkatapos na mabigyan siya ng break sa Kapitan Boom. Naka-focus muna si Jon sa paggawa ng pelikula at mayroon siyang pinagkakaabalahang dalawang proyekto sa ngayon.

"Sabay kong ginagawa, both for Direk Joey Reyes. The one is for Viva, with Rufa Mae Quinto, entitled Civil Status: Single, and the other is for OctoArts, One Night Only, which the story, happened in just one day. It's kind of a fast-paced movie," sabi pa ni Jon.

AFTER KAPITAN BOOM. Ito'y habang pinag-iisipan pa sa ABS-CBN ang follow-up sa Kapitan Boom. May alam na si Jon sa mga detalye, pero mas mabuting manahimik na muna siya habang hindi pa tiyak ang pagtatrabaho niya para rito.

"It's going to be a surprise, but for sure, matutuwa ang mga tao, bata o matanda," nangingiting sabi pa ni Jon.

Mabilis ang mga pangyayari sa career ni Jon pagkatapos na maging sensation siya sa Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition.

"I consider everything a blessing. Hindi ko naman na-plan ang mga bagay na ito. Experiencing everything so fast is overwhelming for me.

"Sa London kasi, roon ako lumaki, and I'm not used to get a lot of attention," kuwento pa ng binata.

Pero, sa ngayon ay talagang nalulunod siya sa atensiyon ng mga tao, at mabuti na lang, marunong ding humarap sa ganitong situwasyon ang baguhan.

"It's a nice feeling, just to know na kahit paano, I can inspire people. I know the responsibility when people already look up to you," dugtong pa ni Jon.

Ginagamit na rin niya yun sa kanyang advantage, at para makatulong na rin daw sa ibang tao, sa paraang makakayanan niya.

Jon Avila thinks Nikki Gil is girlfriend material

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Written on 2:28 PM by Blogtopia

Still on a high after his well-attended birthday concert last weekend at Zirkoh bar along Timog, Jon Avila admits that it feels good to be celebrating his natal day. “That was a success. It was a great gift for me. I’ve never experienced a birthday like that. It’s the best birthday I’ve ever had. There was lots of fun songs and dancing,” he shares.

The actor, who has been in showbiz barely a year, is thankful for the blessings he has had after exiting the Pinoy Big Brother house. “I’ve had a good year. I’m looking forward to spending more time learning and being with friends. And it’s just really great being in this industry. It’s a great life for me. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a dream come true,” he says happily.

The Coverboys hunk also had a grand time with his series of shows in the States with the group and Nikki Gil. “It was very successful. Hindi ko na-feel na trabaho yun. I didn’t feel like I was working, parang vacation lang. Tapos nag-bonding kami lahat. It was fun. We got to visit three states. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. I also got to spend a day with my aunties and uncles in LA. Sobrang masaya,” he recalls.

Jon explains that he and fellow Coverboys Zanjoe Marudo, Jake Cuenca, Will Devaughn, and Victor Basa got to hang out with Nikki since they all opted to stay at the hotel instead of going out at night. “We all got to know each other kasi we didn’t go out for gimmick. We had bonding moments,” he states.

Despite being open about his attraction to Nikki, the Kapitan Boom star decided to strictly be platonic with her while in the US. “Mabait talaga si Nikki eh. I wouldn’t mind spending more time with her. But I’m torpe eh,” he admits. But when ABS-CBN.com caught up with him during the Metrowear Gala Randy Ortiz fashion show at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel last September 4, the Fil-Irish hunk couldn’t help but make an admission about his feelings for her. “The thing is with Nikki is that she’s girlfriend material. I’m the kind of guy na if I get involved with someone, I’m going to give her 100 percent. I’ m going to give too much into a relationship. That’s the kind of person I am eh. So I don’t want to be distracting. Not that she’s a distraction, but I’m sure I would give her all my time rather than my work. I’m just starting pa lang so it’s not the right time for me to get into a relationship,” he shares. But the model-actor is quick to say that he hasn’t closed the possibility of courting Nikki in the future when his career is more stable. “I wanna date someone who’s ready for me,” he concludes.

The self-confessed shy guy also clarifies the misconception that he’s too quiet to ask a girl out. “I’m not the quiet type. Siguro shy lang. I don’t know why really kasi I’ve always been a shy guy. When I’m with girls I tend to be quiet. I don’t want to say anything that they won’t like,” he adds.

Jon is busy with four upcoming movie projects as well as being one of the new hosts of Shall We Dance, along with fellow Coverboy Victor Basa and Lucy Torres-Gomez on TV5. Jon also admits that he has also become more comfortable now with the showbiz scene. “I’m getting the feel of it na. I’m learning a lot. I’m learning how to control my acting when it comes to timing and stuff like that. Sa birthday concert ko, I had to rehearse three dances and then also rehearse dances for ASAP the next day and then one more dance for Wowowee the day after that so I’m really brushing up on my dancing skills right now. So I’m learning a lot of dancing,” he says.

The model is so busy that he hasn’t had much time to work out, but keeping fit is still a priority for him. “I go to Gold’s Gym in Makati. I have a personal trainer. I don’t really diet nowadays. I just try to head out to the gym as much as I can. So I can eat what I want. I had like seven birthday cakes so I’ve been eating cake all week!” he exclaims.