Rising star Jin Macapagal hopes to find his place under the sun in show business without being part of a love team.

“Gusto ko i-break ’yung notion na kailangan mo ng may love team para sumikat,” he said. “Mas maganda din na you’re known for your work at hindi dahil nagpapakilig kayo.”

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Jin Macapagal

He’s not saying love teams are “a bad thing,” except that, for him, he feels he doesn’t need to be in one right now.

Jin has a girlfriend, a speech therapist based in Bohol, and, no, she doesn’t stop him from anything he wants do with his career.

“Supportive siya sa mga dreams ko. Napaguusapan namin before (’yung about sa love team). Okay lang naman sa kanya,” he said.

“She’s very proud of me. Sa amin naman, kailangan lang ng reassurance palagi to each other. Parang ganu’n naman in any relationship. She’s there naman kung kailangan ko ng support lalo na ’pag minsan na anxious ako. Kasama siya sa support system ko.”

This talk about love teams was brought up as his first movie project sees him sharing screen time with Riva Quenery.

In the Regis Films and Reality Entertainment musical historical movie “Damaso,” the story revolves around film producer Ms. Lulu (played by Aiko Melendez) who is doubtful about making a project inspired by the story of “Noli Me Tangere,” which aims to show the parallels between past and present societal issues. With that, the project will tackle one of the long-standing debates in the entertainment industry over bankrolling a project: either go for dictates of commerce.

The 24-year-old Kapamilya star, who plays Crisostomo Ibarra, admitted his first project wasn’t smooth sailing for him at all. He revealed struggling with the lines written in Tagalog used during the colonization of the Philippines by Spain.

“Isa sa mga naging struggle ko ’yon pero nairaos naman,” he said.

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Scene from ‘Damaso’

As for the singing part, he thanked director Joven Tan, who also wrote the songs, for helping him out.

Then again, Jin’s singing talent is unquestionable. He rose to fame in 2016 when he auditioned on talent search “Pinoy Boyband Superstar.” He got 95% of the votes from the all-girl audience in the first round though he only made it as far as the Top 20.

In 2019, Jin auditioned in the “It’s Showtime’s” segment, “BidaMan,” and eventually ran away with the title. The rest, as they say, is history.

Asked about another memorable experience he had in doing “Damaso,” Jin shared it was an intense scene with Arnell Ignacio, who plays the title role.

“It was hard kasi personally non-confrontational na tao ako so parang ’di ako sanay magpakita ng galit. So du’n ko pa lang po nailabas talaga,” he shared.

Also in the cast are Arlene Muhlach as Tiya Isabel, Carmina Martin as Consolacion, Irma Adlawan as Mrs. San Andres, Pinky Amador as Donya Victorina, Richard Quan as Tinyente, Luke Conde as Linares, Michael Flores as Kapitan Heneral, Ariel Rivera as Kapitan Pablo, Mon Confiado as Padre Salvi, Lou Veloso as Pilosopong Tasyo, Ian de Leon as Maestro, Ejay Falcon as Elias, and Vina Morales as Sisa.

The actors that play the characters in the present times are Aiko, Nyoy Volante, Ketchup Eusebio, and Marlo Mortel.
“Damaso” is now in theaters, then in different schools and universities.

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