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How Marco Gumabao captured our hearts with his TV appearances

Mary Ann Bardinas October 11, 2018 04:14 AM

In his eight years as an actor, we have witnessed how young heartthrob Marco Gumabao slowly yet surely climbed his way to fame and proved everyone that he is more than just a pretty face and finely-chiseled physique through his impressive performances on television that displayed his versatility and strong screen presence.

We instantly fell under his spell on his first-ever on-screen stint in 2012 as the campus cutie JB Arellano, the leading man of Miles Ocampo in the Sunday teen comedy series Luv U. On that same year, he also made an appearance in the sitcom Toda Max and Maalaala Mo Kaya.

Their tandem went on until his teleserye debut in the 2013 romance drama Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw, playing Ian Velasquez, the special friend of her character, Precious. He was later on paired with fellow newcomer Michelle Vito in the “Moomoo Knows Best” episode of Wansapanataym.

Since then, Marco gradually created his mark as one of the most bankable young thespians of his generation as he was able to score supporting roles in some of the top-rating and most remarkable series of the Kapamilya Network.

He was among the supportive barkada of Xander Grande (Enrique Gil), known as JC, in the hit 2014 primetime series Forevermore.

His quirky team-up with Maris Racal in the 2015 daytime drama Ningning truly thrilled us for their characters Pido and Niña got us amused with their bickerings as mere acquaintances which eventually turned into titillating moments as computer game allies and best friends.

Despite taking on supportive roles, he was still able to enthrall us with his dramatic flair through his compelling portrayals in the 2016 series Tubig at Langis and Magpahanggang Wakas.

In Tubig at Langis, he characterized Tope, the protective yet non-violent stepbrother to main protagonist Irene (Cristine Reyes), who didn’t want his stepsister to be just simply toyed by her unfaithful husband Natoy (Zanjoe Marudo).

Meanwhile, he was Zach Flores in the Jericho Rosales and Arci Muñoz-starrer Magpahanggang Wakas, the gumptious and kind son of the corrupt businessman Simon Flores (Cris Villanueva), who opted to live a simple and peaceful life with the Del Mar family. He had a relationship with Chesca (Maika Rivera), the daughter of his father’s first love and mistress Jenna (Gelli de Belen).

The 24-year-old actor had notable special participations in the 2017 soap operas Pusong Ligaw and Hanggang Saan, in which he portrayed two extremely different characters.

He was the jerk Nathan Ruiz in Pusong Ligaw, the promiscuous young lad to whom Vida (Sofia Andres) almost fell as one of his poor victims. On the other hand, he was the endearing Archie in Hanggang Saan, the loving and understanding boyfriend of Anna (Sue Ramirez) after her breakup with Paco (Arjo Atayde).

Marco also made a guest appearance in the long-running and highly successful primetime series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as the knowledgeable son of former General Diana Olegario (Angel Aquino), Joel.

Now, we are going to see how his hard works in the previous years would pay off, both professionally and personally, as he is about to get us smitten with him through his character Matteo in the upcoming afternoon soap drama Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos, his first-ever lead role in a teleserye. Don’t miss the much-talked about premiere on October 15.