Gabriel Eigenmann (born March 2, 1978), also known as Gabby Eigenmann, is a Filipino television and film actor, singer, host and model. He is currently working as an exclusive talent of GMA Network.
He was born on March 2, 1978 in Makati City, Philippines. Gabby hails from the Gil-Mesa clan of famous actors. He is the son of the late actor Mark Gil to 80's commercial model/actress Irene Celebre. He is also the nephew of Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa, the grandson of veteran actors Rosemarie Gil and Eddie Mesa, the cousin of AJ Eigenmann, Ryan Eigenmann and Geoff Eigenmann, he is the older brother of Ira Eigenmann, and the half brother of Sid Lucero (Tim Eigenmann), Maxine and Andrea "Andi" Eigenmann.
Though he grew up in a prominent family of actors, he once regretted growing up without the whole family which barely happens. At first, entering showbusiness was out of his mind and rather be a pilot or a businessman, a cook or own a restaurant. He even took up two-year Hotel and Restaurant Management at OB Montessori in which he never saw its end. But acting has found a good place in his blood and this is how he entered show business. He started his career at the age of 16. He was once a Regal Films' teen star along with the Gwapings and other rosters of teen actors of the said film outfit. He considered Richard Gomez and Regine Velasquez as his role models.
1997 when he became one of the hosts of GMA Network's Sunday noontime musical-variety show SOP (Sobrang Okay Pare!) along with Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid and Vina Morales.
After playing teeny-bop and goody-good roles in several TV series, Gabby later discover his knack for villainy and eventually appeared on a range of primetime offerings. His first anti-hero role in on Angelika dela Cruz-Sunshine Dizon starrer Umulan Man o Umaraw in 2000 as he played the role of Nick, the submissive and scheming suitor of Rebecca (Sunshine Dizon). But his notable roles as a villain are in the top-rating Philippine adaptation of MariMar where he played the role of Nicandro Mejia and Munting Heredera where he played the role of Desmond Montreal. His portrayal for latter role gives him a Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award via ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards 2011.
2012, after doing mostly anti-hero roles, GMA Network entrusts him with the lead role in the GMA Afternoon Prime series Broken Vow opposite Bianca King whom he is working for the first time. And later in 2014, Gabby starred in his main role of Dading, together with Glaiza de Castro, Benjamin Alves and Chynna Ortaleza.
After few years doing acting, Gabby ventured into a new field of interest which is singing. While his family members marvelled the audience with their acting skills, Gabby likewise wowed the aficionados with his harmonious voice and distinct talent. This new venture allowed him to be recognized more as a singer than an actor. This was his turning point of his career after he bagged three awards: Most Promising Male Artist, Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist and Most Promising Male Singer/Performer from different respected award giving bodies.
In 1999, he was featured on singer Regine Velasquez's album R2K for the track "For the Love of You" alongside KC Montero. Together with Montero, they performed the song at Velasquez's R2K concert series which was held in Araneta Coliseum from April 7-8, 2000.
In 2001, Gabby was able to justify his talents upon the release of his debut album entitled Loving under VIVA Records. This album is mainly of pop genre and its tracks are mostly in English.
In 2006, he surprised once again his fans with his sophomore album entitled Sa Di Kalayuan under GMA Records which was named after one of the tracks from the album that eventually became ear's favorite. The other track entitled Muli was also a hit and became a soundtrack of the romantic comedy series I Luv NY and theme song of the koreanovela Yellow Handkerchief, both on GMA Network. The album itself conveyed Gabby's nearness to the listening public.
Once Upon a Kiss
Dingdong and Marian Royal Wedding
Veil Sponsor with Ai-Ai de las Alas
Ricardo "Carding" Gonzales
Paraiso Ko'y Ikaw
Magpakailanman: The Art Evangelista Story
Mundo Mo'y Akin
Magpakailanman: Kagat ng Asong Ulol
Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga
Makapiling Kang Muli
Recurring Role/Villain (2011/2012)
Jillian: Namamasko Po
Recurring Role (2010/2011)
All About Eve
Pablo S. Gomez's < / small> Magdusa Ka
Recurring Role (2007/2008)
Rex / Steelrex
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
Episode: "Ang Prinsepeng Duwag"
Now and Forever: Duyan
I Luv NY
Recurring Role (2005 / 2006)
Love to Love: Pretty Boy
Forever in My Heart
Recurring Role (2004 / 2005)
Recurring Role (2003 / 2004)
Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga
Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin
Recurring Role (2001/2002)
Umulan Man o Umaraw
Tago Ka Na!
Di Ba't Ikaw
Alexander "Alex" Montecillo
SOP (Sobrang Okay Pare!)
Himself / Cast Member
Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme
MJM Productions, Star Cinema
Bahay ni Lola 2
Sa Kabilugan ng Buwan
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