Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sam Milby Photo Gallery

Sam Milby born Samuel Lloyd Lacia Milby on May 23, 1984 in Troy, Ohio) is a Filipino-American actor, model, and recording artist. Milby grew up with a Filipina mother native to Tago, Surigao del Sur and an American father. Milby became an instant celebrity and heartthrob after leaving the Pinoy Big Brother House in November 2005. He currently appears in a Sunday musical variety show, ASAP Mania, through his own segment called 'Sam Sessions'. He also rendered his version of Only You to ABS-CBN's Tagalog-dubbed Korean soap of the same title.

Milby's first major film debut was Close to You, produced by ABS-CBN subsidiary Star Cinema and co-starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. Milby also released a self-titled debut album in early 2006, which was repackaged in the third quarter of 2006.

Milby is currently seen in the ABS-CBN primetime soap opera, Maging Sino Ka Man. Milby is a member of ABS-CBN's elite circle of homegrown talents properly named Star Magic. He is also in the movie You Got Me.

Early life: 1984-2005

Samuel Lloyd Lacia Milby is the youngest child of Elsie Lacia, from Surigao and Lloyd Milby, an entrepreneur from Ohio. Sam was raised on a 12-acre property in Troy, Ohio.

Milby's early passion was ice skating. Training for competitive skating followed soon after. From age 9, Milby trained and lived with his coach and was home schooled until he was 15. On the weekends, he would get the chance to go home to his family and spend time with them. During this period in his life, he competed in numerous major ice skating competitions including the Junior Nationals. He and his skating partner of 4 years won silver and other awards in the course of his serious skating stint.

By age 15, he quit skating and went back to regular high school where he continued to excel in sports, academics, and even music. He became part of his high school’s wrestling team, competed in motocross races, played golf and was voted president of his high school’s choir.

Sam: The Pinoy discovery

Aside from his immediate family, Milby did not grow up with many Filipinos around. Yet the talented Fil-Am was no foreigner to his mother’s country. He, along with his family, had visited the Philippines several times before. At one time he did take a shot at Philippine showbusiness. But pressing personal matters then prodded him to return to the States.

In his March 2005 return to the Philippines, Milby decided to seriously pursue a career in showbusiness and modeling. At the time, he temporarily stayed with relatives in Bulacan. Everyday he would take the bus to Manila to answer casting calls and auditions for modeling. Results were not always encouraging but his tenacity did yield some fruit. He landed bit roles in certain ads. Then came a big break from Close Up when he starred as their lead in their TV commercial with Barbie Almalbis.



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