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Janus Guevara: The Sampaloc kid is a chip off the old block

Internet sensation Janus Guevara (being the recipient of FilCASPro’s most liked newbie) was born and raised in G. Tuazon Street in Sampaloc, Manila, very near the boundary of Quezon City. But model and actor Janus considers himself a Manileño. “I love Manila but I also like Quezon City,” he said in an interview in Intramuros, Manila recently.

Sampaloc is a very popular and populous district of Manila and Janus is very proud of his roots. “This is where I spent most of my youth,” he revealed.

I remember Sampaloc as a melting pot of many regional and transient students and professionals from all over the country. It is very near the University Belt or U-Belt which loops several schools being attended by lot of students from the provinces and local city residents. Although Guevara didn’t go to a U-Belt school instead he took it up at Jose Rizal University or JRU he didn’t regret entering and enrolling at the Shaw Boulevard campus. “I learned a lot from JRU and utilized them outside the university,” he added.

Janus’ house is situated in the heart of Balic-Balic, a quotidian which pulsates with life. Controversial Fil-Briton filmmaker Jowee Morel and I told him he is a neighbor of an artist, an actor and a cultural entrepreneur Vince Tañada, the founder and organizer of Philippine Stagers, a national group of theater artists. We suggested that he meet up and talk with Vince because the latter could help him immensely in his arts career.

It is in this Balic-Balic area that the theater consciousness of Tañada is honed and expanded to his protégées. It is here where he conducts his theater and film workshops where Janus could be part of. “I will try to connect po,” he said.

Because Janus has many potentials in his artistic pursuits. Aside from his looks, he is an actor as proven by Jowee and photographer Xavier Yun who both said that the young guy could project well on cam when they were shooting him during a pictorial session.

“Magaling siyang makipagromansa sa kamera (He knows well how to romance with the camera),” affirmed Morel.

It is because Janus has the genes of acting running in his veins. His dad, Freddie Guevara is an actor, a fashion and a commercial model. “Nakasama po niya noon ang mga (He was acting with) action stars like Rudy Fernandez and Phillip Salvador. Ikinukuwento po niya sa amin (He was telling stories about show biz),” he recalled.

He said that his pa has done aside from films many ads on print and broadcast media.

Janus’ father, a young looking public servant was the endorser of Alaxan TVC in the late nineteen nineties. “Kaya lang po ngayon, nakababad siya sa barangay naming bilang konsehal (But now, he is concentrated in our barangay as member of the council),” he informed.

Freddie is one active barangay official in the same barangay district of Jean Garcia’s ex, Jigo Garcia, former chairman of the area.

“Magkaibigan pong matalik ang tatay ko at si Jigo (My dad and Jigo are best of friends),” volunteered Janus.

The young Guevara is, indeed, very much in love with acting. “This is a dream for me. My parents are very supportive of me,” he quipped.

At the moment, Janus is busy modeling and waiting for a bigger break in the entertainment industry although he has done a number of television dramas like ABS-CBN’s “La Luna Sangre.”

Let’s watch out for his wonderful and promising film, television and stage artist.     


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