It has been a fruitful 20 years for Jericho Rosales in the entertainment industry and today, the 36-year-old actor is rightly eager to celebrate his success and significant contributions to the world of showbiz.
The public first set their eyes on Jericho as contestant of Mr. Pogi, a talent search on long-running noontime show Eat Bulaga. After winning the title, the teenager back then went on to explore the world of acting and he eventually found a home in ABS-CBN when he became part of Star Magic’s Star Circle Batch 4 in 1997. And yes, did the boy become a star.
In fact, Echo had such a charisma that he earned a fan base in such neighboring countries as Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and South Africa as soon as his hit TV series Pangako Sa ‘Yo with Kristine Hermosa was syndicated around Asia.
He also starred with iconic Malaysian artists Aaron Azia and Tiz Zaqyah Razak in Kusinero, a TV series shown in Malaysia’s Astro Musika HD 134 channel.
From a teen idol, Echo eventually transitioned into a hunk dramatic actor and became part of ASAP boy group “Hunks” alongside Piolo Pascual, Diether Ocampo, Carlos Agassi and Bernard Palanca. It was on the show where he began to explore his musical side, which led to his singing career with his band Jeans.
Because of his popularity in Asia, especially in Malaysia, Echo chose his band’s album launch to be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2006. Titled Loose Fit, it was followed by a self-titled album, and then Change and Korona, which all achieved decent receptions in the market.
As a serious actor, Echo continued to make quality television shows and movies. He starred in the remake of Fernando Poe Jr.’s Panday and the Koreanovela Green Rose. He also returned to the teleserye scene with favorite leading lady Kristine in Dahil May Isang Ikaw, which was earned Best Telenovela nomination in the International Emmys and New York Film Festivals in 2011.
He also did Kahit Isang Saglit, which was partly shot in Malaysia and also starred Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.
As for awards, Echo’s trophy case is admirable. He won Best Drama Actor in the 26th Star Awards for TV for Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. He also earned several nominations for his works in various award giving bodies including FAMAS, Star Awards for Movies, Golden Screen and Metro Manila Film Festival. His film Alagwa (Breakaway) won in film festivals around the world and recognized as the Most Outstanding Achievement in Film Acting Award at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival. Most notable too are his awards for Best Actor for the said film in the country’s respected award giving bodies Gawad Urian and FAMAS in 2013. The most recent Best Actor Award he received is for the movie Walang Forever in the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival this December.
Despite the controversy involving another entry in the MMFF, the hashtag #JerichoRosales was all over social media because of his superb performance in Walang Forever.
“Everyone must know how great of an actor Jericho Rosales is” netizen Paula Baluyan said.
“@jericho_rosales ‘s expressions and inflections were so genuine. I don’t know if he’s aware of how great he is #walangforever #mmff2015”—@balintatao
Cinema Bravo shared on its blogsite, “When was the last time Jericho Rosales wowed us with organic acting? If you’ve never appreciated just how natural Echo was before, this film really underscored that. You knew he was having fun, and his take on being a typical lead for a rom-com was unique.”
Following his Best Actor in MMFF, another project is already in the works and more endorsements are lined up for Echo.
In his 20 years in the business, he sees himself doing what he loves to do.
“My heart is full. I’m more inspired to do more projects. I know its cliché but I am really grateful to all who supported me. The support I’m getting continues to spark the passion that I have for this industry,” the best actor ended.