The Info List - John Arcilla

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Romeo John Gonzales Arcilla (born June 24, 1966 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines), better known as John Arcilla, is a multi-awarded Filipino actor[1][2] and environmentalist,[3] best known for playing the role of the Antonio Luna
Antonio Luna
in the historical epic film Heneral Luna and the antagonist Hagorn, the King of Hathoria in the telefantasya series Encantadia.


1 Personal life

1.1 Education

2 Career 3 Filmography

3.1 Television 3.2 Film

4 Awards and nominations 5 Honors and recognitions 6 References 7 External links

Personal life[edit] John Arcilla was born as Romeo John Gonzales-Arcilla on June 24, 1966 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
to Filipino parents, Dominador Gil Alemania Arcilla and Eustacia Gonzales. He is a descendant of Manuel L. Quezon
Manuel L. Quezon
from his mother's side. Arcilla and his family moved to his mother's hometown Baler, Aurora
Baler, Aurora
due to the declaration of martial law in 1972. There, he began to show interest in acting at age 7, when he had fantasies of performing on stage in front of a large audience. He was heavily influenced by his parents, from his mother who was a fan of Broadway and Hollywood actors such as Julie Andrews, Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
& Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
and from his father who was very interested in film.[4][5][6] Education[edit] Arcilla finished high school at Mount Carmel College of Baler
Mount Carmel College of Baler
(MCC Baler). He was an avid participant and member of the Philippine Educational Theater Association-Metropolitan Teen Theater League (PETA-MTTL) community based, during his high school days. He graduated as a scholar of mass communication from Saint Joseph's College of Quezon City
Quezon City
(SJCQC). He was an acting scholar of the Actors' Workshop Foundation under Laurice Guillen and Leo Martinez from 1987 to 1990. Career[edit] Arcilla joined Tanghalang Pilipino, which is the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He played the lead roles in several plays, including Orosman and Zafra, Walang Sugat, and Ryan Cayabyab's Rizal musical trilogy. He continued performing between 1990-1997 and during which, he also got his first work outside of theater in a bacon TV commercial "Coffee na lang Dear" and became incredibly popular, allowing him to do more mainstream projects.[7] He appeared on television and starred in several films, gaining recognition for his performance in the 1996 film, Mulanay for which he won Best Actor
at the 1996 Manila Film Festival. A year later, he starred in Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin and won another Best Supporting Actor
award at the Gawad Urian. From 1998-2005 Arcilla once again starred in several supporting roles in film and television, including the 2000 drama series, Pangako Sa 'Yo, the 2003 action-crime drama, Basta't Kasama Kita
Basta't Kasama Kita
and 2005 fantasy drama, Sugo. He played the lead role in the film adaptation of Tony Perez' play about infidelity, Sa North Diversion Road. Arcilla and co-star Irma Adlawan have previously played their roles in the theater version. Both actors were nominated at the 2006 Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor
and Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) respectively.[8] In 2006, Arcilla starred in the film Compound. He was once again nominated for a Best Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role (Drama) at the 2007 Golden Screen Award and earned a nomination for Movie Actor
of the Year at the Star Awards for Movies. In 2009, he earned his third Gawad Urian nomination for Best Supporting Actor
for the film Manila Skies. He starred in three films in 2010, the indie film Halaw for which he won a Best Actor
award at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival,[9] Amigo, which is an American-Filipino drama film based on the Philippine-American War, and the comedy-drama, Petrang Kabayo. He returned to television in 2010 in the suspense drama Magkaribal. In 2011, he played supporting characters in two television shows, Machete and Mana Po. He was also in two films, Thelma and No Other Woman. He had a minor role in the 2012 spy thriller The Bourne Legacy, where he played the head security guard.[10] He also played Mariano Trias in the Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
biopic, El Presidente. In 2013, he starred in the British-Filipino independent film Metro Manila which was selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Arcilla earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor
at the 16th British Independent Film Awards.[11] In 2015, Arcilla played Gen. Antonio Luna
Antonio Luna
in the historical biopic film, Heneral Luna. Having played several national heroes before, he was already familiar with historical films. To prepare for the role, he carefully analyzed the positive and negative sides of the general's personality, taking note of his temper and vulnerability.[12][13] The film broke the record for highest grossing Filipino historical film of all time.[14] Owing to the popularity of his role as Antonio Luna, Arcilla would later reprise or parody his role as the general in various television commercials.[15] Filmography[edit] Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1988-1991 That's Entertainment Himself Thursday Group Member

1991 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Alkansya

Lead Role

1992-1994 1995-1997 Valiente Froilan / Benjie Supporting Cast

1998 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Desaparesidos

Lead Role

1999 G-mik Cesar Rivera Supporting Cast

2000 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Boses

Lead Role

2000-2002 Pangako Sa ’Yo Simon Barcial Extended Characters

2001 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Baras

Lead Role

Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mami and Siopao

Maalaala Mo Kaya: Taho

2002 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Dyobus at Polbo

2003-2004 Basta't Kasama Kita Agent Godofredo "Prince" Gonzales Supporting Cast

Buttercup (TV series) Orly

2003 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ferry Boat

Lead Role

2004 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Salamin

2004-2005 SCQ Reload: OK Ako! Dennis Roxas Supporting Cast

2005 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kuwintas

Lead Role

Magpakailanman: Vicente Undecimo Mang Ente

2005-2006 Sugo Romeo Supporting Cast / Karag-ayans

2006-2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Mang Tony Lead Role

2006-2008 Abt Ur Luv Ramon Brondial

2007 Pangarap na Bituin Atty. Benedict Tuazon Main Cast

May Minamahal Ronald Tagle Recurring Cast / Antagonist

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang: The Palace of the Dwarves Lard Lead Role

2007-2008 Boys Nxt Door Buboy's Father Extended Cast

2008 Gagambino Alejandro Bayani Guest Cast

I Am KC Himself Guest Performer

2009-2010 Sana Ngayong Pasko King Special

May Bukas Pa Eduardo Recurring Cast / Chapter Nine: Search

2010 Magkaribal Hermes Agustin Supporting Characters

Habang May Buhay Dr. Manuel Corpuz† Supporting Cast

2011 Machete Alfonso

Mana Po Vino Dela Paz Supporing Cast / Antagonist

Wansapanataym: Family Tree Fidel Sandoval Lead Role

Wansapanataym: Ang bagong car ni Carl Tatay

Mula Sa Puso Don Fernando Pereira Sr. Special

Wansapanataym: Si Marcelino, ang payong at ang ulan Tatay Lead Role

2012 My Beloved Romeo Quijano Guest Cast

Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin Juanito Falcon Supporting Cast / Antagonist

Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kalendaryo Fidel Chavez Lead Role

Hiyas Donato Salvador Main Cast / Antagonist

Wansapanataym: The Amazing Gelliescope Daddy Lead Role

2012-2013 A Beautiful Affair Leopoldo "Epong" Riego Supporting Cast

2013 Be Careful With My Heart Wedding Priest Guest Cast

Apoy Sa Dagat Odessa's Father Special
Participation / Antagonist

One Day, Isang Araw: Gamer Girl Eduardo Lead Role / Protagonist

Magpakailanman: School Bullying Caught on Cam Tatay Lead Role

Genesis Fredirico De Guzman† Special
Guest / Antagonist

2014 Magpakailanman: Ang aking kakaibang pag-ibig Tatay Ador Lead Role

Pure Love Peter Santos Supporting Cast

Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mikropono Benny Lead Role

Maalaala Mo Kaya: Birth Certificate Tatay

Magpakailanman: Mag-inang aborsiyonista Berto

Magpakailanman: Girl boy bakla tomboy Manny Lead Role / Antagonist

2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pictures Papa Lead Role

Oh My G! Joe "Daddy-Ninong" Luna Supporting Cast

Magpakailanman: Brother na, sister pa Ricardo Lead Role

2016 The Story of Us Danny Manalo Cameo Role

That's My Amboy Joselito "Lito" Tapang Supporting Cast

Magpakailanman: Mag-ama sa loob ng bilangguan Hector Lead Role

Encantadia Haring Hagorn Supporting Cast / Antagonist

2017 Magpakalianman: Pag-ibig sa likod ng kababalaghan Chito Lead Role

Magpakailanman: Ang Bestfriend Kong Aso Sergio

FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Director Renato "Buwitre" Hipolito[16] Main Cast / Antagonist


Year Title Role Notes

1989 Orapronobis Photojournalist

1992 Bayani Mariano Noriel

1993 Sakay Gen. Leon Villafuerte

1995 Sa'yo Lamang Hector

1996 Mulanay

Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Film Festival Best Actor Nominated — Gawad Urian Award
Gawad Urian Award
for Best Supporting Actor

1997 Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin Polding Gawad Urian Award
Gawad Urian Award
for Best Supporting Actor

1999 Burger Boys

2000 Ang Babaeng Putik Lt. Ramil

Anino Man in black Short film

Biyaheng Langit Berto

Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya

2001 Trip Joboy and Celine's Dad

2002 Sana Totoo Na Carlo

Diskarte Insp. John Gomez

Forevermore Ronaldo

2003 Ligaya...Katumbas ng Buhay

2004 Now That I Have You Oscar Morelos

2005 Sa North Diversion Road Man

2006 Compound

2007 A Love Story Steve

2008 Ay Ayeng

2009 Villa Estrella Dave

Manila Skies Crispin Nominated — Gawad Urian Award
Gawad Urian Award
for Best Supporting Actor

2010 Halaw Hernand Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Best Actor
in New Breed Full Length Feature Nominated — Gawad Urian Award
Gawad Urian Award
for Best Actor

Amigo Nenong

2011 Thelma Aldo Molino

No Other Woman Mario Dela Costa

Huling Araw ng Pagsisilbi

Short film

2012 The Bourne Legacy Joseph Hollywood movie debut - Cameo role

Lilet Never Happened

El Presidente Mariano Trías

2013 Metro Manila Douglas Ong Nominated — British Independent Film Award
British Independent Film Award
for Best Supporting Actor Nominated — Gawad Urian Award
Gawad Urian Award
for Best Supporting Actor

2015 Heneral Luna Gen. Antonio Luna

2016 Birdshot Mendoza

Awards and nominations[edit] Arcilla has earned a number of acting awards and nominations at various award-giving bodies in the Philippines
and in 2013, earned a Best Supporting Actor
nomination at the 16th British Independent Film Awards. He was conferred the Dangal ng Aurora in 2005 for his exceptional talent as one of the country's acclaimed actors in theater, film, and television industries. He was also awarded as one of the Outstanding Citizens of San Luis, Aurora
San Luis, Aurora
in 2009 for his exemplary achievements in the field of performing arts.[17]

Year Award Giving Body Category Work Result

1996 Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Film Festival Best Actor Mulanay Won

1997 Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actor Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin Won

2006 Golden Screen Award Best Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role (Drama) On The North Diversion Road Nominated

2007 Golden Screen Award Best Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role (Drama) Compound Nominated

Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor
of the Year Nominated

2009 Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actor Manila Skies Nominated

2010 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Best Actor
(New Breed) Halaw Won

2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya - Episode "Cross" Nominated

2013 16th British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Metro Manila Nominated

2016 2016 Platinum Stallion Media Awards Best Film Actor[18] Heneral Luna Won

14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Gantimpalang Dr. Jaime G. Ang Presidential Jury Award for Film[19] Won

Highest Merit on Film Performance Won

10th Asian Film Awards Best Actor[20] Nominated

34th Film Academy of the Philippines
Awards Best Actor Won

MEDIA WORKS Commexcel Student Choice Awards of San Juan De Letran Actor
of the Year Won

University of Makati-AGHAM Theatre Co. 2nd Gawad Malayang Filipino Humanities & Performing Arts Achievements Recognition Won

Pangasinan Government URDUJA Film Festival[21] Best Actor Heneral Luna Won

Gawad Filipino Awards Pinakamahusay na Aktor sa Telebisyon[22] Encantadia Won

Honors and recognitions[edit]

Year Honor Giving Body Honor/Recognition Given

2005 Aurora Province Government Dangal ng Aurora

2009 Outstanding Citizens of San Luis, Aurora

2012 Marikina City Government Sapatos Festival Walk of Fame

2015 City of Parañaque Meritorious contribution in the field of performing arts

2016 PMPC Star Awards 2016 Celebrity Face of the Night

University of Makati AGHAM Theater Company Gawad Malayang Pilipino

Youth for Leadership Summit Award for Excellence for Arts and Culture

Philippine Department of National Defense Government Arsenal Momento ng Natatanging Pag Ganap for Heneral Luna

Manila City PARANGAL ARAW NG MAYNILA Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan para sa PELIKULA (Arkitektura, Eskultura, Musika, Dula sa Tanghalan, Pintura, Makabagong pamaraan at Diwa ng Lahi)

YES! Magazine Most Beautiful Stars Idol

PEOPLE ASIA People of The Year Award [23]

Philippine Army Office of the Chief of Staff for CMO, G7 Appreciation for contributions to the Filipino soldier, specifically for raising the Filipino people's sense of patriotism and awareness to the sacrifices of the Filipino soldier[24]

GAWAD AMERIKA Awards Most Outstanding Performance for Theater TV and Film

The PEP Awards Editors' Choice: Breakout Star of the Year

Walk of Fame Philippines Eastwood City Walk of Fame Star[25]

Inding-indie Golden Choice Award 3rd Inding-indie Short Film Festival 2016 Pinaka-dalubhasang Artista


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Mention award at Berlin Film Festival". Spot. February 23, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2015.  ^ San Diego Jr., Bayani (July 31, 2012). "A word from that 'amazing' Filipino actor in 'Bourne Legacy'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 6, 2015.  ^ "John Arcilla, Jake Macapagal, 'Metro Manila' nominated at British Independent Film Awards". Interaksyon. November 12, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2015.  ^ "How John Arcilla prepared for 'Heneral Luna'". ABS-CBN. August 25, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.  ^ Villano, Alexa (September 9, 2015). " John Arcilla on bringing 'Heneral Luna' to life". Rappler. Retrieved October 7, 2015.  ^ "'Heneral Luna' now 'highest-grossing Filipino historical film of all time'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.  ^ "Campaign Spotlight: Heneral wants to be Colonel in Ogilvy & Mather Philippines' new Christmas ad for KFC". Adobo Magazine. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  ^ "Meet the new cast members of 'Ang Probinsyano'". ABS-CBN
News. May 19, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2018.  ^ Yalong, Bobby T. (November 13, 2015). " John Arcilla rekindles celeb status via 'Heneral Luna'". Asian Journal. Retrieved December 3, 2015.  ^ Pagulong, Charmie Joy (February 5, 2016). "Trinity picks STAR as best broadsheet". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 3, 2016.  ^ Sallan, Edwin (February 15, 2016). "'Honor Thy Father,' John Lloyd Cruz win big in Gawad Tanglaw". InterAksyon.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.  ^ "'Heneral Luna' earns nominations at Asian Film Awards 2016". Rappler. February 4, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.  ^ " John Arcilla - THANK YOU URDUJA FILM FESTIVAL for the... Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14.  ^ " John Arcilla - Thank you GAWAD FILIPINO for the... Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14.  ^ "And the Award Goes To… People Asia". peopleasia.ph. Retrieved 2016-12-14.  ^ " John Arcilla - THANK YOU! A Recognition from the... Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14.  ^ C, C (2016-11-27). "Liza, Jodi, Shaina, Jennylyn & Angelica, paparangalan na sa WALK OF FAME - Abante Tonite". Abante Tonite. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 

External links[edit]

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