At 41, Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual or better known as PJ or Piolo in Philippine local industry is a film and television actor-singer-model-and producer—is just the perfect personality to represent IAM Worldwide’s Amazing Barley.
Pascual is perhaps the local counterpart of American actor-producer Brad Pitt. He’s oozing with those irresistible looks even with his age that could be comparable to a wine; he who has aged good and has gotten better (like how wine tastes better over the years); he gets even better reputation because of his achievements.
Staying as a sought-after personality is a challenge that Pascual has learned to embrace. Being part of the entertainment circuit, he has to keep himself in great shape by hitting the gym regularly as well as taking the needed supplements that his body needs. Even with his hectic schedules, he still manages to do some physical activities.
On December 3, at I’M Hotel in Makati, Piolo signed a contract with IMWORLDWIDE to seal his endorsement for Herb-all Amazing Pure Organic Barley.
The said health supplement drink is just one of the many products distributed by IAMWORLDWIDE and it is made from the purest Australian young Barley grass. It contains many health benefits such as strengthening the immune system, cleansing and detoxifying the body as well as regenerate damage cells and tissues. Such product is a reflection of what sort of countenance Pascual has.
For more information about the product, visit IAMWORLDWIDE Official Website.
Despite being an animated film, this story written by Sunao Katabuchi-Chie Uratani, which is based on the manga titled—‘In This Corner of the World’ by Fumiyo Kōno definitely provides its audience the kind of drama set in the 1930s-1940s wartime in Hiroshima and Kure in Japan, roughly 10 years before and after the horrific atomic bombing.
In the film, a young woman named Suzu, innocent and is fond of drawing; she lived in a seaside town called Eba in Hiroshima City. At 18 years of age she married Shūsaku, an earnest and quiet man; who worked as a judicial officer at the military court in Kure.
Suzu opted to live with Shūsaku in Kure City. Her husband lived with his family located on a hillside in the suburbs of Kure, with a view of the Japanese Naval Fleet in the harbor, including the largest battleships, Yamato and Musashi. Suzu enjoys touching nature and viewing warships moving on the sea with her niece, Harumi.
One day, a navy sailor named Tetsu comes to see Suzu. He was her childhood friend, now assigned to the Japanese cruiser Aoba stationed in Kure. During the night, Shūsaku allowed Tetsu and Suzu to be alone with each other; thinking that it might be the last time for the two to see each other for war is on. Little did he know that Suzu and Tetsu loved each other and professed their feelings toward each other. They copulated that night as well.
In the springtime, Shūsaku is drafted by the Navy and temporarily quartered with troops in Otake City, 40 miles away from Kure.
As mentioned in the film’s logline—‘torn apart by war’—the relationship between Shūsaku and Suzu were also falling apart. It even got worst when the U.S. army began its air raids on the Japanese mainland, in Kure. In July, urban areas of Kure are firebombed and mostly burnt down. Suzu is nearly killed by a U.S. low-level strafing run, but saved by Shūsaku. But the inevitable tragedy happened—Suzu lost her brother Yōichi, her niece Harumi, and her right arm—the one she used to draw the things she sees and imagine. She suffered in depression, and planned to return to the relative safety of her hometown (Eba) in Hiroshima City in time for the local summer festival on August 6. But on the morning of that day, a huge and marvelous cloud was rolling up over the mountain from the direction of Hiroshima City. The atomic bombing horribly destroyed countless humans and buildings in Hiroshima City.
It distraught Suzu. Probably, anyone who find himself or herself in a similar situation as Suzu—one will definitely be in a nervous breakdown.
Watching the film will also open the viewers’ eyes on the perils of war. One can ask: ‘How do You Draw Love in the Middle of War?’
After the war, Shūsaku found a new job and began a new life with Suzu, again. The latter regained her motivation to get through life and still draw love for herself and others.
Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, featuring character designs by Hidenori Matsubara and music by Kotringo—it vividly captured the episodes and background of the story are based on facts and real incidents—the lost townscape of pre-war Hiroshima, the damaged Hiroshima due to the atomic bombing; accurately supported by old photos, documents, and the memories of living people.
Suzu’s battled the horrors of war and her depression, which the moviegoers can surely empathized with.
Now showing in theaters, catch it soon.
In 2016, The film won in the following awards—Hiroshima Peace Film Award (3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival) and Best Film (38th Yokohama Film Festival).
Star Magic’s #UltimateHeartthrob—#PioloPascual, who just celebrated his birthday last January 12 is indeed very much active at this point of his career unlike some of his contemporaries or other actors who reached the same phase of their lives are starting to feel the lackluster status.
In his 40th birthday, life is not just picking up, but it has given him the opportunity to explore more in order to cross out the things from his bucket list—the ones he want to pursue in his lifetime. One of which is to travel the region to showcase the Filipino talents to the world.
According to Pascual, he wants to tap the international market not necessarily Hollywood, but other markets such as lifestyle.
Because of his successful career in the entertainment industry for the last 20 years, he wants to pay back by doing more for his fans and for the Filipino people by continuously doing the things he thinks would make them happy.
“I can never be more thankful. I’m just really happy that they didn’t just change my life, they’ve changed my whole track, my entire journey in life and I’m just really humbled by it.
““It’s not for me to say. Being in this business for a long time it’s a blessing already. To be on top, I mean that’s a sense of entitlement. I’ll never hold on to something that is fleeting. As long as I know I’m enjoying my life and I’m able to do things that I enjoy doing, that’s okay by me,” he said.
Part of his birthday celebration, he just recently launched his ‘Piolo Greatest Themes’ album. Also, mid-year, he embarked on his first lifestyle food show titled ‘The Crawl’ together with actor Lui Villaruz. The first season had them eating their way around Osaka, Japan. Its success led to an immediate follow up season, which Piolo undertook with his son Inigo in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Another adventure for him was his being paired with Yen Santos in an upcoming film titled—‘Once in a Lifetime’, which was partly shot in New Zealand.
To see a different side of the Piolo and his enviable bachelor’s pad—read the January 2017 cover star of Star Studio magazine.