However, Echo has been able to defy this and even though it is yet a new mountain to climb, his renewed efforts have not gone unnoticed and unheralded.
His 2-night sold out show, Raw Energy, at the Music Museum in 2007 was well received by both critics and the public.
Echo, as he is fondly known, has received a number of Best Actor trophies and nominations for both television and film from such prestigious award giving bodies as the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Gawad Urian, the Metro Manila Film Festival, the PMPC, the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, and the FAMAS Awards.
He was discovered in a local noontime show, Eat Bulaga, after winning Mr. He soon after joined the talent center of Philippine broadcasting company ABS-CBN, and was quickly given the chance to showcase his natural acting abilities.
Several appearances on television programs like the long-running Maalaala Mo Kaya, and telenovelas like Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas and Pangako Sa `Yo caught the attention of the industry and also turned him into a household name.