What you may not know about Paulo Avelino

Whoever said gifted children will grow up in laboratories probably hasn't met Paulo Avelino. Unknown to many, the actor attended elementary at Baguio City SPED Center where only children with exceptional abilities are admitted.

Considered one of the country's best schools where students with high IQ and learning difficulties meet, the SPED Center has been Paulo's playground during his formative years. But for the "Walang Hanggan" actor, he grew up not minding he's part of a chosen few fast-learners: “Normal lang. Like any other elementary schools, just go to school. Sa'min lang iba kasi you get to mingle with people with learning difficulties,” he told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! at the launch of LG's L3 smartphone series II.

Read related story: Paulo Avelino clarifies 'snob' issue

The school also taught him well to be mindful of the children with disabilities—and communicating with them through sign language. “Sa 'min kasi tin-rain din kami to understand them as much as possible. to communicate with them. Like how could you communicate with a blind child tapos bata ka pa? You learn to understand them more.”

Though he regrets not finishing school when he paused to enter showbiz via Starstruck, Paulo says continuing his Entrepreneurial Management course is still an option. He may even try Film-making.

Paulo Avelino (Publicity photo)“Of course I wanna finish my studies. But sabi nga nila, ang success parang diskarte sa buhay. But I'm not discouraging anyone. Ako, I wanna study. Gusto ko rin mag-aral. I mean after graduating, kung tamad ka rin, wala rin mangyayari so kailangan mo rin dumiskarte. You need to strive for the best.”

Also read: Angeline, Sam And Paulo In ABS-CBN’s ‘Kilig-Serye’

'Acting is my calling'

Paulo seems so passionate about acting and the movies that he can't see himself doing something else as of the moment.

“It's basically all I do. It's what I want to do. It's what I'm best at. I can't really be a salesman because I don't really talk that good. I can't really do sales talk. But with films and acting, kumbaga, parang it's my calling.”

While he's steadily gaining ground in the local film critics' circle, Paulo is optimistic the Philippines' first Oscar will soon become a reality, especially now that a growing number of local films are participating on global stage like the Cannes film fest: “I'm very happy and proud now dahil there are two films at Palm d'Ore and may Eric Matti's film featured in Cannes. So parang ang saya saya ko rin for them nakapasok sila.”

“Hindi natin mapasok ang Oscar because of production value. So siguro one day, one day umangat ang ekonomiya natin, umayos lahat.”

Of Mayon and Rinconada Bikol

After his first indie venture in the Cinemalaya film “Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” where he earned his first Urian Best Actor trophy, Paulo is off to his second film festival movie, “Debosyon” by Alvin Yapan.

For Paulo, going indie gives every actor a license to be more playful with the character—something mainstream studio outfits are not known for. But the indie scene is not without sacrifices. For instance, Paulo had to deliver lines in Rinconada Bikol, a local language he barely knows. He also had to adjust with the lean production of the movie, set the perks of the stars aside, and flex some muscle to help carry some production materials.
Paulo Avelino (NPPA Images)
“Nakikitulong kasi maaawa ka rin sa mga tao imbes na pabalik-balik sila carrying the lights or other things, eh 'di tulungan mo na lang. Konti lang naman dala kong gamit so just help them. At least we could save time. When we reach the location shoot na lang,” he says of his experience shooting the movie at the foot of Mayon Volcano.

Executive producer Alemberg Ang explains Paulo's intent to help with every bit of the production served a dual purpose: “Partly dahil kulang sa tao and partly dahil gusto namin siyang itago sa mga tao at 'di pagkamalang artista.”

More: Paulo Avelino: Now an in-demand actor

On being an endorsement magnet

Aside from scoring TV and movie projects, Paulo enjoys a lot of endorsements that he's proud he personally uses: “It's hard to endorse something you don't feel like using. Ako kasi the best feeling is when you endorse something and at the same time you use and love the product.”

“Everything is not about the money. Iba rin kasi kapag masaya ka sa produkto na ineendorse mo at ginagamit mo.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Destiny's Child reunites at Stellar Gospel Awards
    Destiny's Child reunites at Stellar Gospel Awards

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A reunited Destiny's Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night's top honor. …

  • DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M
    DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M

    NEW YORK (AP) — Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" with a resounding debut of $54 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. …

  • Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
    Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. …

  • Liam Cunningham Talks 'Thrones'
    Liam Cunningham Talks 'Thrones'

    Every year "Game of Thrones" gets bigger and Season 5 is no exception, according to the man who plays The Onion Knight, actor Liam Cunningham. "It's gonna be a monster and it is world's colliding," Liam, who plays King Stannis Baratheon's right hand man, Davos Seaworth/The Onion Knight, told Access Hollywood earlier this week at the show's San Francisco premiere. I mean, ours already did at the end of [Season] 4 with getting up to Castle Black and bumping into Jon Snow and all that… but, at …

  • NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC
    NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC

    NEW YORK (AP) — As he returns to run the NBC News Group, Andy Lack faces one of the same puzzles he tried to solve a decade and a half ago: how to make MSNBC work. …

  • Reedus Talks 'Walking Dead'
    Reedus Talks 'Walking Dead'

    They have all faced struggles adjusting to life in Alexandria, but things seemed to take a turn for the positive for Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon when Aaron (Ross Marquand) asked him to be the other recruiter. "I have to say, the scene with he and I in the garage when he tells me he wants me to start going on missions and stuff, that was one of my favorite scenes I've ever done on the show," Norman told Access Hollywood . …

  • Norman Reedus Talks 'Walking Dead'
    Norman Reedus Talks 'Walking Dead'

    They have all faced struggles adjusting to life in Alexandria, but things seemed to take a turn for the positive for Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon when Aaron (Ross Marquand) asked him to be the other recruiter. "I have to say, the scene with he and I in the garage when he tells me he wants me to start going on missions and stuff, that was one of my favorite scenes I've ever done on the show," Norman told Access Hollywood . …

  • Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor Swift set for iHeartRadio Awards
    Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor Swift set for iHeartRadio Awards

    Rihanna will perform her new single for the first time, Sam Smith will deliver his soulful vocals, and Taylor Swift will be in the audience dancing along in her typical awards show form. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …