Aljur Abrenica has wowed you on GMA-7's Party Pilipinas and given you goosebumps on Spooky Nights, but you're probably still hung up on his smokin' hot Machete bod. The 21-year-old actor/recording artist is still the Ultimate Hunk, as Starstruck dubbed him five years ago. And, the rest of Asia agrees with us! His gorgeous physique won him "Best Asian Model" at the 2011 Asia Model Festival Awards back in January. Talk about H.O.T.
All the buzz on Aljur's "Machete diet" makes it seem like he just recently got into fitness, but Aljur was a health buff even before he got into showbiz. So we're not surprised that Century Tuna chose him to endorse their new Century Tuna Healthylicious Hotdog. (In case you haven't heard, it's made with real tuna and all of tuna's health benefits--zero percent trans fat, Omega 3, and DHA--to help you stay fit, but it's as yummy as regular hotdog!)
Aljur says, "Health-conscious talaga ako, kaya bagay na bagay ang product na 'to sa personality ko."
In a recent media launch at Outback Restaurant, Glorietta 4 hosted by model-actress Phoemela Baranda, Aljur was officially introduced as the newest celebrity to join Century Tuna's roster of star endorsers (which include Piolo Pascual, Derek Ramsay, Angel Locsin, KC Concepcion, and Gerald Anderson.) Incidentally, this is Aljur's first TV commercial.
Cosmo got to do an exclusive interview with the ripped star backstage. Read on to find out who he plays in the upcoming remake of Temptation Island (alongside June cover girl Heart Evangelista, past Cosmo cover girls Marian Rivera, Lovi Poe, and Solenn Heussaff, and Cosmo Centerfold Tom Rodriguez, among others), what he looks for in a girl, and whether or not he's up for another stint as a Cosmo Centerfold!
You're a very busy 21-year-old--you're an actor, singer, and model. What are you enjoying most right now, and what would you like to try in the future?
Singing is really my passion. And, gusto kong matutong mag-piano. Bata pa lang kasi ako, gusto ko na talagang mag-piano, hindi [lang] ako nabigyan ng chance.
Will you be coming out with a new album soon?
Yes, magkakaroon. Nakapag-record na ako ng ilang tracks.
We're all looking forward to Temptation Island. Can you tell us about what your role would be like in the movie?
Ipo-portray ko 'yung character ni Alfie Anido, siya si Alfred dun, ako 'yung uh…virgin. Virgin sa grupo. And medyo sensual, mula pa lang sa pangalan ng Temptation Island. Tempting talaga 'yung movie. 'Yon lang muna. (Ed's Note: Aljur, playing Alfred, will be Heart Evangelista's suitor.)
There's all this talk about your "Machete body" and "Machete diet." What do you do to maintain that physique?
Discipline, focus, and determination. Mine-maintain ko 'yung diet ko. Mine-maintain ko 'yung workout ko.
Were you into fitness before you started your showbiz career?
Yeah, fit na ako before I got into showbiz, kasi kasama ako sa isang basketball team, varsity player ako nun, tapos nagsi-swimming pa ako. So nung pumasok ako sa showbiz tapos nauso 'yung mga pagpapaganda ng katawan, ‘di na ako nahirapan. Kasi being fit, investment 'yan e. Sinali ko na talaga sa lifestyle ko.
If given the chance, would you like to have another stint as a Cosmo centerfold?
Wow. Cosmo Centerfold ulit? Pagkakasabi pa lang niyan sexy na e. Uh, siguro…nagawa ko na kasi e. 'Di ba noong 2009? Oo naman… If given the chance, I will take it.
What new sexy trick can we expect from you this time?
Hindi ko pa naiisip e. Gagawin ko na lang. Abangan mo. Abangan n'yo na lang.
What's a common misconception about you that you'd like to set straight?
Na suplado at mayabang ako. 'Yon 'yung sinasabi sa'kin, suplado.
Personality-wise, what traits must a girl possess for you to consider being in a relationship with her?
'Yon 'yon e, more on personality kasi ako, physical hindi e. Mahirap paniwalaan 'pag guy ano? Physically hindi, pero personality talaga; secondary lang 'yung physical. Sa'kin kasi, basta nakuha niya 'yung ugali ng nanay ko. Hindi naman totally ugali ng nanay ko, kumbaga 'yung pagiging maalaga, 'yung marunong magluto, mapagsisilbihan ako ng pagkain, ganun. Kasi mommy ko, sobrang sweet. 'Di ba ganun naman ang mga guys, 'pag nakita naming ganyan, 'yon na.
There are rumors linking you to Kylie Padilla, but you've said you're just friends. What's the truth?
Friends lang talaga kami.
Even if she's just a friend, what do you like most about her?
Ang gustong-gusto ko kay Kylie, malayong-malayo siya sa itsura niya. Personality. 'Yon ah, nabilib kasi ako dun e, "Wow, hindi pala siya ganun." Siyempre, 'pag nakita mo siya, first impression mo, "Ay, parang mayaman 'to ah, so maarte," ganun. Hindi pala; nung nakilala ko si Kylie, sobrang kalog niya, sobrang loving person niya. And kung mag-care siya sa ibang tao, ibang klase, sobrang love niya 'yung mga bata. It’s every man's dream talaga na makasama ang isang babaeng katulad niya.
What's the sweetest thing you've ever done for a girl?
Marami na kasi e... Marami na akong nagawa. Alam n'yo naman sa showbiz, complicated 'yung mga relationship. Pero past na 'to, past na. 'Yon, ‘di ko masabi e, sobrang dami talaga, to the point na almost impossible talaga pero nagagawa ko siyang posible. (For a non-showbiz girl?) Showbiz girl, showbiz girl.
Have you ever serenaded a girl you liked?
Oo naman. [I sang] "Alipin," "More Than You'll Ever Know," minsan…sa phone pa, tinatawagan ko.
Could you name at least one thing you wish girls would do less?
I-lessen nila 'yung shopping (laughs).
Launch the gallery to see close-up photos of Aljur at the press conference Century Tuna Hotdog threw for him and during our exclusive interview with him!