Jerico Ejercito is part of Regal Babies 2016

The son of action star ER Ejercito, Jerico stars in the remake of the ‘80s film ‘Ben Tambling.’

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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8/13/2016 10:05 AM
Jerico Ejercito is part of Regal Babies 2016


081316-JerichoEjercito1_up.jpgAs the grandson of George Estregan and the son of actor and former Laguna governor Jeorge “E.R." Estregan Ejercito, Jerico Ejercito admitted it was a big step in his career to be recently launched as part of this years batch of Regal babies. The DLSU Political Science graduate signed a contract with Mother Lily Monteverde along with David Licauco, Chanel Morales, and Danielle Lee. "I think this is a huge stepping stone after all the experience that I kept in line with my talents like acting, dancing, singing, and hosting. I can officially tell that I am ready for something like this, something bigger. In my younger years, I practiced by joining dance competitions, hosting events and lots of workshops and working with the best people in the industry who taught me and seeing the people in the family who actually inspired me,” he admitted.

As a member of DLSUs track and field team, Jerico said sports have always been a big part of his life. "I started out as an athlete talaga. I really love sports. I was a baseball player for eight years. I was also a track and field player. I did dual sports. I was a 2009 MVP champion for the NCAA for DLSU. In bodybuilding or physique competitions I join the athletic category. In my first national competition prepared with the best coach. I actually won a national title so I was Mr. Philippines 2013. Since then Ive been inspiring other people to have a good lifestyle,” he shared.

Although he only signed with Regal Films this year, Jerico already has some experience in movie making. “In 2011, I was 18 years old and thats when I entered college. During that time, I was able to work with the best people in the industry and adjusting to how directors work and how the culture is in certain sets. So through those small steps this is actually a big opportunity for me and I also had a few major films that I was proud of in the Metro Manila Film Festival which was Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, El Presidente, Muslim Magnum 357 I was there. After that we are currently working on other mainstream films hopefully to be shown this year. Since then I was continuously working on my talents and learning more into this industry. Now that Ive signed on with Regal Films, I’ve got to be prepared,” he said.

As a possible entry to the MMFF later this year, Jerico has been shooting scenes to remake the 1986 film Ben Tambling which originally starred Lito Lapid. "The story is about Benjamin Garcia, its about him being the Robin Hood of his town and it was more about his life being a gymnast. Lito Lapid made this movie during the 1980s. His story is interesting because its full of issues, full of drama, and literal action because he also used to be a stunt double in real movies. Stunt double siya until his life got complicated by the people who hated him. Hopefully it can make it to the MMFF. We shot many scenes na before but meron pang idadagdag na mga eksena para pagandahin pa yung pelikula. Were working on it,” he admitted.

Coming from a family of actors, Jerico said he is determined to make his mark in showbiz. "I see myself acting long term kasi every time I act I feel like Im at home. Kapag nasa shooting ako, feeling ko ang saya ng ginagawa ko kasi hindi siya mabigat sa akin na parang work na naman. Hindi ko nga tinatawag na work eh. This is what I intend to do. This is what I want to do, ganun. Kasi nakikita ko sa bahay na minsan late na umuuwi parents ko galing sa shoot. Naiintindihan ko yun kasi para sa kanila, talent nila yun eh. Kapag talent mo na gusto mo pa i-share sa ibang tao you feel happy and you feel contented,” he admitted.

Jerico also admitted who his biggest crush in showbiz is and how he missed his chance to work with her. "There are many beautiful girls okay (laughs). All of them are pretty. Siguro (crush ko) si Jasmine Curtis. Shes cute. Shes pretty. I was supposed to meet her na but there was a time when I didnt accept one of the projects because I was still working on my major subjects in school kaya siguro i had to set my priority. Uunahin ko muna yung pag-aaral ko bago ako mag ganun di ba? Sayang yung chance pero unahin ko muna yung studies ko. Im single. Career muna,” he added.

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