In the season that highlights our relationship status--whether it's single, in a relationship, or complicated--we're all led to wonder about the men in our lives (or lack thereof). We all have our ideas of Mr. Right--and he's almost always pictured as the romantic who knows how to sweep us off our feet. We found one such guy who fuels fantasies of the ideal man in our minds--and we made him Cosmo Online Hunk for February. Meet Gino Dela Pena.
This cutie is one of the hosts of Q Channel 11's X-Life, a commercial model, and an actor--who knows, he could be the guy of your dreams. You probably already saw him in the heartbreaking yet unforgettable "Ang Huling El Bimbo" TV ad of McDonald's, where he plays the guy who reunites with his first love after so many years--only to find her happily married with a kid. He also appeared in a handful of TV shows such as Dyesebel, Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit, and Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?
For the love month, allow Gino to make you fall, as you get to know more and more about this handsome and irresistibly charming man each week. We're starting off with the "getting to know" questions--and we've saved the raciest ones for last! Watch for it. Don't forget to check out his first set of photos, if you haven't already!
How did you enter showbiz?
Since I was a kid, a lot of people put it in my mind that, you know, "You can do this, you can be there." But [entering showbiz] never really came to mind, until someone pushed me into doing modeling. I was working [and I was in college] that time. It was something like, okay, fine, [I'll try it], since [I] can do it and it pays much; in a day you can earn this much. So I was like, wow, if I could do this everyday or twice a month, it would be really good for me. And then, I got a break when my commercial for McDonald's came out. From then on, it just kept [coming]. I never expected that I would be in this industry.
How do you stay fit?
Proper diet. But it's not really one of those diets that [require me to] eat less. Really, I need to eat more than what I [would normally] eat because I do a lot of running, I do a lot of weight training also. I train, like, five to six times a week. [I also try to get] proper sleep. I know that our work doesn't give us as much sleep. But I try to sleep in the car, I try to sleep while waiting for my shoots.
How do you take care of your skin?
If I go out, since our show demands a lot of exposure under the sun, I use sunblock. Really, sunblock and lotion. And sometimes when [my skin] gets too dry, which is ocassionally, I use moisturizer.
What are your hobbies?
Well, I've been doing a lot of running. Since I got injured two years ago, the only thing I could do really was running, during therapy. But I used to do a lot of football before, soccer. I did some martial arts but this was way back when I was in high school. I did Muay Thai, and I took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also. But after college, you know, things change. You know, you look for different goals, your insights change, your perspective in life [changes]. So, I just did a lot of things that made me fit. But since I was injured, I couldn't really do much.
Were you part of any varsity team?
Yes, for football, before.
What are your talents?
(Laughs) I don't know, uh, talents? Singing, I don't think so. But my dad can sing. I don't know why we didn't get his talent. But I guess, hosting. I've been hosting. Now I've been focusing more on acting. GMA really wants me to focus on that. So, this year, it's gonna be more of a challenge for me. It's been difficult these past few months, but, yeah, I think my talent in acting should really come out. It's about time.
With reports from Camille Santiago
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