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Piolo Pascual stresses importance of formal learning

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Ever wondered what career Piolo Pascual would pursue if he’s not in show business? Well, the actor could’ve been a physical therapist by now if only he finished college. However, he put his studies on hold in 1996 in lieu of his imminent migration to the US.

PIOLO PASCUAL

PIOLO PASCUAL

Still, Piolo has always thought finishing school is vital and he encourages young celebrities to make time for it.

“Showbiz is temporary. Finishing school opens opportunities to having a better life. So, to young people, don’t stop schooling,” he said.

His son, Iñigo, is heeding the advice, shifting from an Entrepreneurship course to Music soon.

All this talk about school was in line with Piolo’s latest ambassadorship for AMA University Online Education. The first full online education program in the Philippines is the school responding to the cultural shift to a digitized age by openings its doors to anyone from anywhere in the world.

“I’ve been waiting for this, I’ve been praying for this,” Piolo said of the endorsement. “The program stresses the importance of educating the youth. It fosters everyone’s potential in today’s competitive society. With this new endorsement, I hope to inspire many people.”

PIOLO (third from left) at the contract signing

PIOLO (third from left) at the contract signing

Learning never stops
Piolo will fly to Florence, Italy for an eight-week Film Producing course at the sattelite campus of New York Film Academy. He will be joined by a good friend, director Joyce Bernal.

Talking about the current state of the local film industry, Piolo admitted: “It’s hard nowadays because we’re transitioning from cinemas to phones, TV. But we’re not giving up. As long as you know you have good content, you’ll be okay. We just want to be able to champion Philippine cinema, now on its 100th year.”

Piolo also took scriptwriting classes under Ricky Lee. However, he has no plans of becoming a director.

“I don’t think it’s on the horizon. I don’t find it appealing,” he said. “I’d rather be in front of the camera than be the one calling the shots. Producing, it’s different, because it’s business. But I don’t see myself having to, you know, compose my shots. It’s just too much to handle.”

Piolo has at least six films in the pipeline. One is with Lav Diaz, another with Brillante Mendoza.

Will one of those be a PioloPascual-Judy Ann Santos reunion movie?

“Fingers crossed,” he said.

Certainly, no teleseryes for him. His last was “Since I Found You” after which he swore off doing another, ever.

“I don’t enjoy doing it anymore,” he said. “I’ve done it many times so I’d rather diversify in the industry.”

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