DONNY PANGILINAN – he name itself pique the interest of long term television and movie fans. From the showbusiness power couple Anthony Pangilinan and Maricel Laxa – Pangilinan, you already know that he is someone to look forward to seeing.
Even though he had a lot of things to brag about, Donny is far from that big-headed already inflated ego of a person. Maybe, that’s why I am his fan. He remained humble and down to earth even if he has all the rights to be not to.
Now that he is slowly making a name for his self in the world of showbusiness, numerous people get more curious to what he is prior the fame and stardom. Here are the things you may not know about Donny Pangilinan.
Donny was born to showbusiness personalities Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Anthony Pangilinan on February 10, 1998. He is the second of five siblings – Ella, Hannah, Benjamin and Solana.
His hobbies include surfing and playing basketball. He was in fact part of the varsity team at the International School Manila, where he spent his high school education. Otherwise, he spends his time training and joining triathlons with his family.
Donny first captured the interest of the people when he appeared on the show Magandang Buhay in 2016 with his mother, Maricel Laxa. Although he was not yet in mainstream before, the masses and the press had already been keeping their eyes on him being the offspring of two famous parents.
He surprised his family when he accepted the stint as a VJ at the MYX Philippines, the Kapamilya network’s music channel. According to his father, he has always been a shy child, someone who is very slow to warm up.
He debuted in his first movie, Walwal in 2018. The film, which was directed by Jose Javier Reyes, tells the story about a group of friends who started an unbreakable bond when they were in high school. He was paired with Kisses Delavin. In the same year, he then appeared in the romantic comedy film To Love Some Buddy which stars Maja Salvador and Zanjoe Marudo and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana. Also in 2018, he had a minor role in the blockbuster film Fantastica, a film about carinivals, royalties and great adventures.
As for his TV series, he had a guest appearance in the series Alamat ng Ano in 2018. In 2019, he had a slightly main role in the television series Playhouse and was paired with Kisses Delavin. He also appeared in an episode of the long running crime anthology series, Ipaglaban mo.
RISE TO STARDOM
Donny by this time had been appearing in various series and movies. He finally landed his major role in 2020 in the comedy romance film James & Pat & Dave, which was directed by Theodore Boborol. He costarred alongside Ronnie Alonte and Loisa Andalio.
In 2021, he landed the lead male role in the romantic comedy television series He’s Into Her. He acts beside Belle Mariano (the leading lady), Kaori Oinuma, Rhys Miguel Eugenio and Joao Constancia. Based on a novel in the popular story telling platform Wattpad, the story revolves around the fresh from the province girl Maxpein del Valle (played by Belle Mariano) who gets bullied by the basketball varsity captain Deib Lohr Enrile (played by Donny Pangilinan).
I have been a fan of the Wattpad novel He’s Into Her, and honestly, I couldn’t think of a better male lead than Donny. I think that the casting for the actors are perfectly done. It only leaves me super excited to watch the remaining episodes! Since, only episode 1 was aired, what are you waiting for, watch it now!