Jason Abalos Photo Gallery. One of the good-looking products of Star Circle Quest is now one of the busiest young actors today. He is 20-year-old Jason Abalos, who has so far finished three movies: All About Love under Star Cinema, I Wanna Be Happy under Seiko Films and White Lady under Regal Entertainment.
Jason says that he’s just lucky to have projects both on television and the movies. His batch-mates at SCQ 2, especially the chosen Magic Circle of 5 composed of Erich Gonzales (the proclaimed winner), Aaron Villaflor, Paw Diaz, DM Sevilla and Charles Christianson don’t have any big project to proud about.
“I’m just lucky I guess,” Jason smiles. “I didn’t expect all these projects to come my way. To think I was eliminated early during the SCQ contest. I thought I would not have a career in showbiz ever. But even before the contest was finished, I was already doing many guestings. So I really waited and all my waiting paid off.”
The young man from Nueva Ecija lived a simple and normal life as a teenager. He dreamt of being in Manila and being successful but he never thought of being an actor.
“Suntok sa buwan lahat iyon for me before,” Jason reminisces. “I was a dreamer before but I never dreamt this big. I just wanted to finish school and be a good engineer like my dad. I was already in my sophomore year at Nueva Ecija Science and Technology College taking up civil engineering when I joined SCQ. It was a hard decision for me to choose between school and joining the contest. Pero pinanindigan ko naman ang desisyon ko. And I think I made the right choice.
“But I’m still keen on finishing my course. I wasn’t able to enroll here in Manila this year because of the three movies I was shooting. I was also busy finishing the soap drama Vietnam Rose kaya nahirapan ako sa schedules ko. Maybe next year when my load is not as hectic, I would go back to school.”
Jason says that all the movies he has done were all so memorable. Like in All About Love, he was paired with his Vietnam Rose love team, Angelica Panganiban.
“It’s fun working with Angelica because she’s very supportive and very funny,” Jason recalls. “I remember I was so shy on the set because it’s my first movie and I only knew a few people on the set. It was Angelica who first talked to me and she was very friendly. She told me not to be scared kasi nagdaan din daw siya sa pagiging mahiyain. She helped me with our scenes together.”
In I Wanna Be Happy, Jason was starstruck by Eddie Garcia and Gloria Romero who played his grandparents in the Jose Javier Reyes film.
“Hindi makapaniwala ang mga parents ko na I would be playing one of the grandkids of Tito Eddie and Tita Gloria,” he smiles. “Idol kasi sila ng mga parents ko and natutuwa sila because I was able to work with their idols. I enjoyed working with both Tito Eddie and Tita Gloria because they are very nice to all of us. Parang kabarkada lang namin sila sa set but we all treated them with so much respect.”
In the horror film White Lady, Jason portrays a bad boy who becomes responsible for the accidental death of a young probinsya in their school campus, played by Angelica Panganiban.
“Bad boy naman ako dito sa White Lady. We played a mean trick on Angelica in the movie but it went overboard. We didn’t mean to kill her and now she’s out to revenge her death on all of us. It’s an exciting movie and they will be thrilled by the special effects.”
Jason has a making of a matinee idol and with the right project, he can be one of local cinema’s newest leading men.
“I want to try out drama because I think I’m good at it. I still have to improve a lot especially with the way I deliver my lines. I’ve worked with direk Joel Lamangan in Vietnam Rose and he was very helpful. He says that I have potential and I’m flattered that he thinks so.
“Physically, I need to work out more. I’m 5-feet-11-inches tall and I need to buff up my body. Who knows I can do action film in the future or even sexy roles. I’m not closing my doors especially if the project would test my skills as an actor. This early, I want to learn the ropes of the business because this will eventually guide me to what I want to be.
“I want to last kahit na 10 years in the showbiz. Konting tiyaga na lang since pinasok ko na ito. If I want to be one successful actor [like my idol comedy king Dolphy] I need to work on it with lots of faith and confidence in myself.”
Article by Ruel J. Mendoza, manilastandardtoday.com