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Joey Paras is ALIW AWARDS 2008 BEST ACTOR in A NON-MUSICAL PLAY for his portrayal of “Bambi” in Rogelio Braga`s political satire “ANG BAYOT, ANG MERANAO AT ANG HABAL-HABAL SA ISANG NAKABABAGOT NA PAGHIHINTAY SA KANTO NG LANAO DEL NORTE.” This play also gave him the BEST MALE ACTOR CITATION in last year`s PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY.
CINEMALAYA 2009 BEST FILM and MTRCB AWARDS FOR FILMS` Best Comedy Film for 2010,“LAST SUPPER NUMBER 3” by Jinky Laurel and Veronica Velasco is Joey Paras` major acting debut in a full-length film where he played the lead role alongside with Miss Maricel Soriano, Liza Lorena, Ricky Davao and other respected actors from the theater and film industry. Up to date, he got the following nominations from various award-giving bodies: BEST ACTOR NOMINEE for 33rd GAWAD URIAN, BEST NEW MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE for PMPC STAR AWARDS FOR MOVIES, BEST ACTOR NOMINEE IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY FILM for GOLDEN SCREEN AWARDS (ENPRESS), BEST FILM ACTOR and BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR NOMINEE for GAWAD TANGI AWARDS, BEST ACTOR NOMINEE for MTRCB AWARDS FOR FILMS 2010
He was cited as “BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL PLAY” (Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal) in Philippine Daily Inquirer`s annual citation, BEST OF THEATRE 2006 and cited as BEST FEATURED MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL PLAY in this year`s PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY for his portrayal of “Didi” in this Carlo Vergara`s masterpiece. Joey`s last television soap opera was ABS CBN`s drama series, MAGING SINO KA MAN (Book One) where he played the role of “Mama Siony”. His television appearances included Ishmael Bernal`s “Dear Teacher”, “Bulilit”, Batang Batibot, Camera Café, Maalaala Mo Kaya and “DAHIL MAY ISANG IKAW”. Singer, TV, FILM and THEATER Actor, Director, Writer, Host, Producer-----this passionate versatile performing artist was an A.B. Communication Arts graduate from the UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS (Manila, PHILIPPINES). As an international singer, Joey performed at famous venues in TAIWAN (Hardrock Café Taipei), SINGAPORE (MTV AWARDS CAASBA MARDI GRAS), CHINA (Grand Hyatt Hotel Beijing) and SOUTH KOREA (Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul). He also taught aspiring Indonesian artists ACTING and DANCE CLASSES in Jakarta, Indonesia under his international managing company, OPTIONS INTERNATIONAL.
Prior to being a total performer in a band, he devoted his time to CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES` major theatrical productions. He auditioned and entered the scholarship program of TANGHALANG PILIPINO ACTORS` COMPANY year 1995 and became a MEMBER two years after. He was best remembered under TANGHALANG PILIPINO`s production of “Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal” with his remarkable performance as Didi, "Ang Ulo ni Pancho Villa," "Pantagleize", "Country in Search of a Hero", "Sawi," ,"Dularawan ng Pating", "ILUSTRADO: Ang Buhay ni Rizal," "Noli Me Tangere"," El Filibusterismo, " Aguinaldo: 1898", "Mga Teksto at Mga Komentaryo", "Constantino: TIBAG," "Ulilang Tahanan", "Kuwento ng Kawal", "Tales of Italo" and "Prinsipe ng Buwan" among others. Other theatre credits include his versatile performance as EVERYMAN in “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION”, Musical Theater Philippines` “Ang Saranggola ni Pepe” and Young Artist Production`s “The Little Prince”. As a legitimate theatre actor, Joey underwent formal ACTING classes with International Theater Mentors like MR.NONON PADILLA, Ching Valdez-Aran and Ana Valdez-Lim, STAGE MOVEMENT with Agnes Locsin and was directed by renowned directors like Nonon Padilla, Dennis Marasigan, Soxy Topacio, Kokoy Jimenez, Leo Rialp, Chris Millado, OLIVIA LAMANSAN, MAC ALEJANDRE, JOEL LAMANGAN and the late Ishmael Bernal.
As a dedicated Filipino artist and founder of his own theatre group, TEATRO EXPEDICION—Joey continued to mount original children`s plays and musicales which were all dedicated to the less fortunate children in the country. He wrote and directed “Si Nora, Si Vilma at si Ako,” “Kababalaghan sa Engkantahan,” “Ang Prinsesang May Gintong Ngipin”, “Yvonne, Ang Batang Ibon” and “Kontang, Ang Batang Aswang” ,Hansel at Gretel, Hunchback of Notre-Dame THE MUSICAL, Beauty and the Beast and PRINCESS SARA, Ang Munting Prinsesa, ISANG MUSICAL-NOVELLA among others. Some of these contemporary and interactive plays were staged in orphanages and local barrios to completely fulfill his theatre group`s vision of educating the poor of what theatre is all about. Joey appeared on a MICROSODE TV COMMERCIAL SERIES with SARAH GERONIMO which aired on ABS CBN. He was nominated again as BEST MALE LEAD ACTOR in a MUSICAL for ZSAZSA ZATURNNAH ZE MUZIKAL for PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY 2009.
Joey Paras is now a GMA KAPUSO ARTIST. His was last seen in GMA SRO CINEMASERYE presents “Rowena Joy” IKAW SANA, THE LAST PRINCE and ILUMINA. He is now a part of GMA TELEBABAD`s “I HEART YOU PARE” and "SINNER OR SAINT"which run regularly on GMA 7.