Actor Model Singer

Enrique Gil

Quick Facts

IntroFilipino actor, model and dancer
A.K.A.Quenito
Is Singer
Actor
Model
From Philippines
Type Fashion
Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Music
Gendermale
Birth 24 December 1992, Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines
Age28 years

Biography

Enrique Mari Bacay Gil V (born March 30, 1992) is a Filipino actor and dancer. He appeared in various films and television shows such as Mula Sa Puso, Budoy, Muling Buksan Ang Puso and She’s the One, but he is best known for his role as Alexander “Xander” Grande III in the television series Forevermore in 2014–15, alongside Liza Soberano. Since then, he has starred in the films Just The Way You Are, Everyday I Love You, Dukot, and the drama television series Dolce Amore. In 2017, he played as the lead actor in the romantic comedy film My Ex and Whys.

Early life

Gil was born on March 30, 1992 in Cebu City. He is the second son of Enrique Amadeo Gil III and Barbara Anne Bacay. His father is Spanish while his mother is of Filipino, German, and Spanish descent. He has an elder brother named Enrique Javier (Javy) and a younger sister named Diandra Frances (Andie). His parents used to work as flight attendants for Philippine Airlines. He finished primary school at the Montessori De Manila, a private institute inside the BF Executive Village (Venice Street) in Las Piñas, and secondary school in 2008 from Manresa School in Parañaque. He then went to San Beda College Alabang to pursue Information Technology, but he decided to put his studies on hold because he wanted to focus on his acting career. He is currently enrolled in the Business Management program under the Pearson HND Programme leading to Top-Up Degree with De Montfort University (DMU) UK. DMU which is one of the top 54 teaching universities in UK, is the partner University of Southville International School affiliated with Foreign Universities (SISFU). Because of his busy schedule, SISFU fashioned a programme wherein students with unpredictable schedules could be accommodated without prejudice to their class requirements. He is a cousin of Paul Salas and is also related to Dingdong Dantes.

Career

Gil started acting in the summer of 2008. He was 16 years old then, and boredom led him to enroll in commercial modeling and musical theater workshops conducted by Trumpets. He appeared in a series of TV commercials, including a Lewis and Pearl’s ad, alongside Coleen Garcia. He was later launched as part of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic Circle Batch 16. He landed his first television role in the action-drama series Pieta where he played Harold. Before Pieta, he has made a cameo appearance in I Love Betty La Fea as one of the Ecomodels.

In 2009, During the taping of Pieta, his mom convinced him to audition in the sitcom George and Cecil. As soon as head writer and director Joey Reyes saw Enrique, he immediately cast him to be on the show. Later he was also cast in the indie film Pitas as a brother of the lead actress, Kristel Moreno.

In 2010, he co-starred in the indie war film Diego and His Brothers. He joined ASAP XV as one of Star Magic’s “Gigger Boys” in April and in May, co-starred in the teleserye Rosalka, in which he played the character of Andrew. He was originally set to appear in Kokey @ Ako, but his character was written off in favor of Jason Francisco. In October, he was given the role of Joco, the younger brother of Paolo Barredo (Gerald Anderson), in the film Till My Heartaches End. He also got his first hosting stint in the ABS-CBN teen variety show, Shoutout!

In 2011, Shoutout! was revamped and renamed to Shoutout!: Level Up, but the show was eventually cancelled due to poor ratings. He played Jim in the 10th episode of Your Song Presents: Kim. He got his break when he was cast to play Michael Miranda — originally played by Diether Ocampo — in the 2011 remake of Mula Sa Puso. He played Troy Cabrera in Good Vibes. Gil admitted, during the Good Vibes press conference, that he was set to appear in the ABS-CBN’s remake of María la del Barrio but had to let go of his role due to conflicting schedules. He replaced Albie Casiño in the Star Cinema film Way Back Home — the film debut of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. He appeared as BJ Maniego in Budoy. He was featured in Zia Quizon’s Music Video debut entitled Ako Na Lang.

In 2012, he starred as Dasho Jao Rinpoche in Princess and I. He was also cast in the movie The Reunion, a Filipino teen romantic comedy film directed by Frasco Mortiz and was included in the movie Amorosa, making this his first horror film. Later in the year, he appeared in The Strangers, one of the official entries for the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival. This was his first MMFF movie.

In 2013 Gil joined the PETA campaign Free Mali to transfer her from the Manila zoo to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. Mali is the only captive elephant in the Philippines and has been in captivity for the majority of her life, alone, in a tiny enclosure and in need of proper care. On the same year, he was featured in Myrtle Sarrosa’s Mr. Kupido music video, which was released in February. Enrique also portrayed Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Maalaala Mo Kaya. Following this, he appeared in a number of new projects such as Muling Buksan Ang Puso series, alongside Julia Montes and Enchong Dee.

In September 2013, it was announced that he will be part of the movie She’s The One with Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes; many considered this his breakthrough film as an actor. He released a debut dance album under Star Records entitled King of the Gil. Later in the year, Gil conquered the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for his first dance concert with Special guests Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda, Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Arron Villaflor, Rayver Cruz, Martin del Rosario, Arjo Atayde, Ejay Falcon, gloc-9, Young JV, G-force, The Streetboys and his co-star from The Reunion, The Strangers and Muling Buksan Ang Puso leading lady Julia Montes. Before proving his dancing prowess in his King of the Gil concert, Gil debuted on radio drama via “Dear M.O.R. Special” on “My Only Radio (MOR) 101.9 For Life!” and “MOR TV.” He portrayed Carlo, a hopeless romantic guy who gives everything to his liberated and dominant girlfriend Lois, who will be played by FM radio’s first-ever roving DJ and Darling ng Masa Eva Ronda.

In 2014, he replaced Kiko Estrada in the fantasy series Mirabella — the debut project of Julia Barretto. On February 26, the wattpad author HaveYouSeenThisGirL admitted via Twitter that Gil was really supposed to be in the film adaptation of Diary ng Panget but refused to tell why it didn’t push through. On March 1, he launched his single “Do The Moves” with Sarah Geronimo and apl.de.ap. Its youth-oriented music video was released on March 8. March 16, Gil confirms that he is part of the film The Trial as Martin, the best friend of Ronald (John Lloyd Cruz). On May 18, Gil was awarded as the Most Promising Male Star of the Year at the 45th Box Office Entertainment Awards of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. On June 25, Star Cinema announced that Gil alongside Liza Soberano will lead the film adaptation of Kimberly Joy Villanueva’s novel The Bet. On August 21, Gil took part in ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s debut album “Decades of OPM” together with Abra doing their version of “Totoy Bibo.” Following this, he was cast in a lead role for the 2014 romantic drama television series Forevermore as the rebellious, broken hotel company heir Alexander “Xander” Grande III who falls in love with a simple farmer girl, Maria Agnes Calay, played by Liza Soberano.

In 2015, it was announced that instead of using the original title of the novel, The Bet, for its film adaptation, it was renamed as Just The Way You Are. The reason was because its namesake song, “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, follows the story of the novel. It was released on June 17, 2015.

In October 2015, after their hit film Just The Way You Are, Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano starred in a romantic movie, Everyday I Love You, this time with actor Gerald Anderson. In the movie, Gil plays Ethan, who falls in love with Bacolod lass Audrey (Soberano), who is in a relationship with Tristan (Anderson).

In February 2016, following the phenomenal success of Forevermore, Gil and Soberano returned to prime time to give viewers a taste of love’s sweetness in the romantic drama, Dolce Amore, in which he played the role of Simon Vicente “TenTen” Ibarra, a poor and hardworking Manila boy who will do anything for his family. In July 2016, Gil was the lead actor in the action movie Dukot, which was based on a real kidnapping incident in the country more than eight years ago. It was helmed by director Paul Soriano and was co-produced by Star Cinema.

In 2017, Gil starred in the romantic comedy drama film My Ex and Whys opposite Liza Soberano, directed by Cathy Garcia Molina who had previously worked with them in the romantic comedy television series Forevermore. The movie was released in February 2017, grossing ₱31.5 million on its first day.

Personal life

Gil had dated Good Vibes co-star Coleen Garcia from 2010-2011. In January 2015, Gil admits that he has feelings for his leading lady, young actress Liza Soberano and is willing to wait until she turns 18 and allowed to have a boyfriend. Later on, he confirmed that they have an exclusive relationship. In 2016, the actor admitted in an interview on Tonight with Boy Abunda that they already treat each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. However Soberano clarifies that they are not official yet but the two said they will get there when the right time comes and the parents of the young actress already allowed them.

In October 2016, he enrolled in Southville International School affiliated with Foreign Universities taking up business administration, together with his loveteam partner Liza Soberano.

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008I Love Betty La FeaHimself/EcomodelCameo
2008PietaHaroldGuest
2009George and CecilCarlo Barredo
2010Shoutout!HimselfHost
2010RosalkaAndrew
2010MaynilaMarkEpisode: Dangerous Charade
2010ASAPHimselfHost/Performer (2010–Present)
2010Mara ClaraMara’s Sweet Sixteen escortUncredited
2011100 Days to HeavenTeen Bobby RamirezSpecial Participation
2011Good VibesTroy Cabrera
2011Mula Sa PusoMichael Miranda
2011Your SongJimYour Song Presents: Kim
2011Shoutout!: Level UpHimselfPerformer
2011-12BudoyBenjamin “BJ” Maniego
2012MaynilaTimEpisode: Star Collision
2012-13Princess and IDasho Jan Alfonso “Jao” Rinpoche
2013Maalaala Mo KayaJuan Ponce EnrileEpisode: Sapatos
2013Maalaala Mo KayaJuan Ponce EnrileEpisode: Diploma
2013Muling Buksan Ang PusoFrancis Dela Vega / Francis B. Andrada
2014MirabellaJeremy Palmera
2014-15ForevermoreAlexander “Xander” Grande III
2016Dolce AmoreSimon Vicente “Tenten” Ibarra
2017Bagani

Film

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2010Diego and His BrothersAntonShort Film
2010Pitas
2010Till My Heartaches EndJaco Barredo
2011Way Back HomeMichael Estacio
2012The ReunionBoggs Alvarez
2012Amorosa: The RevengeRommel
2012The StrangersKirk
2013Must Be… LoveDaveCameo
2013She’s The OneDavid Esguerra
2014The TrialMartin Bien
2015Just The Way You AreDrake SisonBased on the Wattpad book The Bet.
2015Everyday I Love YouEthan Alfaro
2016DukotCarlo SandovalIndie Film
2017My Ex and WhysSergio “Gio” Martinez
2017Seven SundaysDexterPre-production

Discography

Awards and nominations

YearAward-Giving BodyCategoryWorkResult
2011ASAP Pop Viewers Choice AwardsPop CutieNominated
5th Star Magic BallBreakout Style1Won
2012Myx Music AwardsFavorite Guest Appearance In A Music VideoZia Quizon’s Ako Na LangNominated
Yahoo! OMG! AwardsMost Promising ActorWon
14th Gawad PASADO AwardsPINAKAPASADOng Dangal ng Kabataan2Won
60th FAMAS AwardsGerman Moreno Youth Achievement Award3Included
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice AwardsPop Cameo in a Music VideoZia Quizon’s Ako Na LangNominated
Pop Male FashionistaNominated
Pop Pin-Up BoyNominated
Pop Male CutieNominated
Tween Popsies4Nominated
2013Yahoo! OMG! AwardsBreakthrough ActorWon
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice AwardsPop Cameo in a Music VideoMyrtle Sarrosa’s Mr. KupidoNominated
Pop Male FashionistaNominated
Pop Cover BoyNominated
Choice Ko Yum! AwardsLocal Choice Male HeartthrobWon
2014Myx Music AwardsFavorite Guest Appearance In A Music VideoMyrtle Sarrosa’s Mr. KupidoNominated
2014 Candy Readers’ Choice AwardsBest ActorWon
45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsMost Promising Male Star of the YearWon
62nd FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting ActorShe’s The OneNominated
Anak TV Awards“Makabata Stars” awardee7Included
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice AwardsPop Male FashionistaWon
Pop Pin Up BoyNominated
1st Pep List Choice AwardsCelebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
20152nd Pep List Choice AwardsCelebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
2015 Candy Readers’ Choice AwardsFavorite ActorNominated
Favorite Loveteam (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
29th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionGerman Moreno’s Power Tandem Award (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Push AwardsAwesome Selfie KingWon
PushLike Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
PushTweet Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
Most Popular Male CelebrityWon
PushGram Most Loved Group or Tandem (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
PushPlay Best Group or TandemWon
ASAP Pop Teen Choice AwardsPop Teen HeartthrobNominated
Pop Teen Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
Pop Teen Fans Club (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
RAWR AwardsTrending Love Team of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
Celebrity of the Year (Male)Nominated
Fan Club of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
Viral Video of the YearNominated
28th Aliw AwardsBest Male Performer in Mall ShowsNominated
ALTA Media Icon AwardsMost Promising Male StarWon
Best Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Anak TV Seal AwardsMakabata Star AwardeeIncluded
20162016 Kids’ Choice AwardsFavorite Pinoy PersonalityNominated
47th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment AwardsMost Popular Love Team of Movies and TV (shared with Liza Soberano) Forevermore, Just the Way You Are, Everyday I Love YouWon
32nd PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Love Team of the Year (Special Award) (shared with Liza Soberano)Everyday I Love YouNominated
3rd Paragala Central Luzon Media AwardsBest TV ActorForevermoreWon
3rd Pep List Choice AwardsNewsmaker of the YearNominated
Male Movie Star of the YearNominated
Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
6th EdukCircle AwardsDrama Actor of the YearDolce AmoreNominated
Most Influential Love Team of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
10 Most Influential Celebrity Endorsers of the YearWon
Tonight with Boy Abunda: 1st Abundant AwardsHottest Newsmaker (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Most Kilig Revelation (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
30th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Drama ActorDolce AmoreNominated
Push AwardsPush Ultimate Fan (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
3rd Star Cinema AwardsFavorite Trending Sensation – #ViralRoyalty (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Favorite Fandom – #SquadGoals (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Favorite Love Team – #CoupleGoals (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Anak TV Seal AwardsMakabata Star AwardeeIncluded
ASAP Pop Teen Choice AwardsPop Fans Club (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Pop Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano)Nominated
RAWR AwardsFavorite Actor of the YearWon
Popular Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Fan Club of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
2nd Illumine Innovation Awards for TelevisionMost Innovative TV Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
201719th Gawad PASADO AwardsPinakapasadong AktorDukotWon
Golden Laurel Lyceans’ Choice Media AwardsMost Popular Love Team (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
Centro Escolar University Mass Communication Awards for Media and the ArtsExcellence Awardee in the Field of Entertainment TVDolce AmoreWon
48th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment AwardsMost Popular Love Team of the Year (shared with Liza Soberano)Won
  • 1 He won the award together with Jessy Mendiola
  • 2 He won the award together with Kim Chiu
  • 3 He won the award together with Daniel Padilla, Derrick Monasterio, Edgar Allan Guzman, Jessy Mendiola, Julie Anne San Jose, Kristoffer Martin
  • 4 He was nominated together with Kathryn Bernardo
  • 5 He ranked number one as the Sexiest Men in the Philippines
  • 6He won the award together with Julia Montes
  • 7 He won the award together with Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Judy Ann Santos, Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga, Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Atom Araullo, Boy Abunda, Ted Failon.