Year in Review 2019: Top male celebrities

Yahoo Philippines brings you the top male celebrities in 2019. 

Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson opens up about his break up with Bea Alonzo. (The Hive Asia)

Not long after Gerald Anderson was accused of “ghosting” his then girlfriend Bea Alonso, talks of the celebrity couple breaking up became a hot topic.

Anderson, along with Alonso and his “Between Maybes” co-star Julia Barretto have been caught in a controversial “love triangle” issue. It started with Alonzo’s cryptic post on social media alluding to a betrayal. Another post showing Anderson with Barretto fuelled the speculation that the latter was the reason for the split. However, Anderson denied there was a third party. Barretto stressed she had no role in the falling out and hit back at Alonso for “bullying” her.

The high-profile celebrity break up would captivate local artists and common Filipinos alike. Some even tried to ride on the viral love triangle issue to capitalize on the publicity.

Anderson’s reputation appeared to be unscathed after he was named goodwill ambassador for a Filipino youth group.

Coco Martin

Coco Martin is delighted as "Ang Probisyano" airs its 1,000th episode. (Source: The Hive Asia)

Actor Coco Martin has received the Silver Creator Award from YouTube after his channel on the video-sharing platform breached the 100,000 subscribers mark.

Martin appeared to have patched up things with Vice Ganda after the host of ABS-CBN noon time show “It’s Showtime” said they had a sincere conversation. The two stars had a fall out in 2017.

Martin’s long-running ABS-CBN drama “Ang Probinsyano” is also keeping Filipinos engrossed. Perhaps this is due to the show shocking viewers with the death of a major character. Or probably because of it aired a controversial rape scene that prompted the national police to say that they may withdraw from their deal with the show. The actor took to social media to thank fans of the series after it aired its 1,000th episode.

John Lloyd Cruz

John Lloyd Cruz makes a cameo in "Culion". (Source: The Hive Asia)

Speculations were rife that John Lloyd Cruz is making a comeback after a pita doner brand shared a photo that looks like the actor with a caption hinting of a comeback.

Cruz made his return to acting, after several years of absence, with a guest appearance in “Culion,” one of the film entries at the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Cruz was last seen in Star Cinema’s “Finally Found Someone” in 2017. He took an indefinite leave from showbiz to focus on family matters with partner Ellen Adarna.  

Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla welcomes his second child with Mariel Rodrigues. (Source: The Hive Asia)

Robin Padilla and his wife, television host Mariel Rodriguez, welcomed the birth of their second child in November.

A staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, Padilla hit back at critics who accused several celebrities of using taxpayers’ money to join the president on his trip to Russia.

Padilla expressed his plan to do more for the country by joining the Army Reserve Force. Earlier, he downplayed an incident in the South China Sea where a Chinese vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat, telling angry critics to take up arms and go to the disputed sea to fight China.

Kyle Echarri

Kyle Echarri is a popular in Twitter Philippines among male celebrities. (Source: Kyle Echarri/Instagram)

Kyle Echarri’s star continues to shine bright after his stint with “The Voice Kids.” Echarri ranked third in Twitter Philippines’ list of Top Male Celebrities.

Echarri wowed fans when he serenaded and got a “yes” from Kapamilya star Francine Diaz to be his date at the ABS-CBN Ball.

Echarri stirred controversy in January when he posted a photo on social media that showed him and Andrea Brillantes together at a beach in Cebu.

Alden Richards

Alden Richard's movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye" is the highest grossing Filipino film of all time. (Source: The Hive Asia)

Alden Richards’ career was in a roll in 2019. His movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye” with Kathryn Bernardo became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time earning more than P880 million in the box office. 

Richards was honored in the Asian Star Prize at the Seoul Drama Awards 2019. After renewing his contract with GMA-7 in September, his new TV drama “The Gift” debuted for the network.

Richards is now an owner of McDonald’s franchise in Laguna.

Eddie Garcia

Veteran actor Eddie Garcia dies at 90. (Source: The Hive Asia)

The Philippines lost a cultural icon when award-winning actor Eddie Garcia passed away on June 20. He was 90.

Garcia had been under intensive care following an accident during a taping of for GMA-7’s series “Rosang Agimat” on June 8. The series was shelved as a result of the accident.

The Department of Labor and Employment reported that GMA-7 was in violation of three work safety regulations following its investigation of Garcia’s death.

Xian Lim

Xian Lim had his directorial debut in "Tabon". (Source: The Hive Asia)

Xian Lim declared that he will be inactive from social media because of the insensitivity shown by some people. Although he stressed he can take insults, Lim was angered by people who doubted his talent and professionalism towards his craft.

Lim debuted as a director with “Tabon.” He collaborated with real-life girlfriend Kim Chiu in “Love Thy Woman.”

James Reid

James Reid leaves Viva Artists Agency. (Source: The Hive Asia)

James Reid left Viva Artists Agency, his talent management for the past seven years, but that did not stop him from collaborating with Nancy McDonie of K-pop girl group Momoland in the television series “Soulmate” with ABS-CBN.

In October, Reid opened up about his battle with depression, calling it the “darkest period” of his life. Reid credited his girlfriend Nadine Lustre in overcoming his depression.

Reid left the movie project “Pedro Penduko” in May after suffering an injury. He also admitted that he is living together with long-time girlfriend Nadine Lustre.

Paulo Avelino

Paulo Avelino opens up about his struggles with depression. (Source: The Hive Asia)

Paulo Avelino opened up about his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts although he says he was not ready to discuss specifics about his mental health issues.

The “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” star urged other people facing similar problems to seek assistance.

His movie “Goyo” won the Best Motion Picture at the recent Luna Awards.

Avelino dislocated his shoulder following a crash earlier in the year.

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