His striking, timeless appeal is one of a kind.
And, for those who know Ian Veneracion as mainly the dapper Eduardo, who charms us each night during the top rating run of Pangako Sa ‘Yo until early this year, it is quite interesting to reveal that he never lost his touch for over three decades in the business!
Ian started enamoring us as this cute little charmer opposite Joey de Leon in the 1982 sitcom Joey and Son. Since then, the shrieks and screams never faded.
Of course, as a top young star out of that primetime comedy gig, the late German Moreno had to include him in the most grandiose standard platform for teen icons at the time, That’s Entertainment. That stint on the youth-oriented afternoon variety program further opened doors for him as he drew and grew his fanbase.
He would then become a teen heartthrob people adored. Appearing on one teeny-bopper flick after another, Ian rode the wave as the effervescent idol who shone in the limelight. But, with numerous fellow young actors jostling for the spotlight, retaining his popularity was a challenge especially when those sparkling teenybopper days were about to end. As such, Ian was in the crossroads.
While some of his peers further zoomed up the showbiz ladder and others were left bursting at the seams, Ian shifted gears and took an uncompromising route to retain his flourishing run—being an action star.
Here, not only did he parade his versatility as an actor, he upgraded his image to a virile hunk still with the cutesy looks ready to take on the prosperous genre of action—one that heralded such names as Robin Padilla and Bong Revilla. But while he didn’t reach the enormous heights fellow action icons reached, Ian played his cards well—opting to appear in a variety of roles, including villainous yet prominent portrayals.
In other words, his growing acclaim as a character actor became established.
Here, he began his foray into teleseryes that have become riveting and unforgettable.
Appearing as either in support protagonist roles or over-the-top villains in melodramas, fantasy programs, or romantic series, Ian held his own and made everyone further believe in his acting craft, while amazingly retaining his irresistible youthful charm.
And this became all too real when casting for the remake of Pangako Sa ‘Yo started in early 2015.
ABS-CBN, which already tapped Ian in a number of teleseryes, considered him as a shoo-in to essay the crucial role of Eduardo Buenavista. And this, once more, offered yet another dimension to his astonishingly sustaining acting career—that of being a romantic lead. His “love team” with Jodi Sta. Maria truly became talk-of-the-town and their on-screen chemistry became so electrifying that viewers, including boisterous millennials and teens, looked forward to each episode just to see how Eduardo and Amor’s held-up romance would rebuild.
Leading man material
Ian, thus, became the leading man material we all wished him to attain since he began his showbiz journey as a scrappy yet handsome 7-year-old. And now, after Pangako Sa ‘Yo, the 41-year-old Ian has extended his heartthrob tag with a romantic stint opposite Jodi in the riotous box office hit Achy Breaky Hearts, and soon will headline the teleserye A Love to Last with his new onscreen partner Bea Alonzo.
How does this princely looking actor, also an accomplished painter and sportsman, remain on top of his game? By taking good care of himself with healthy living through sports, treating his beloved family well, and truly making the right moves and strategies to chart his career.