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Local Saviors: 10 Pinoy Actors Who Could Play Jesus CLASSIC Circa 2011: Could Piolo, Dingdong, Aljur, Baron, or Tado play the Son of God?
Published on: Apr 7, 2012 - 10:00am

Clockwise from L-R: Dingdong Dantes, Piolo Pascual, Aljur Abrenica, Baron Geisler, Tado Jimenez—as Jesus. (Note: This article was originally published at 10 a.m. on April 20, 2011.)


Religion aside, there’s no doubt that Jesus Christ has become one of the most recognized figures in pop culture. His life—which remains the subject of heated debates—has been dramatized numerous times in the movies and on television. But, while many foreign actors have made their mark playing the Son of God, very few Pinoys have played him.Heck, we can only remember Matt Ranillo in Kristo (1996) and Love Thadani in the ABS-CBN soap May Bukas Pa. (We’re not counting the actors who played Jesus in stage plays, though.)

That being said, this year, we figured we’d come up with a list of Pinoy actors who could play Jesus (remember last year's 10 Actors Who Played the Son of God?). Mind you, we’re not religious experts or anything. We just thought that the Lamb of God deserved more Pinoy representation.



Piolo Pascual in Don't Give Up on Us

If Mel Gibson could cast a beautiful Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, then surely we can cast the easy-on-the-eyes Piolo Pascual. He’s got the dramatic depth and the physique for the role. We can see him with long hair and sandals. However, we’re not sure if the audience will take him seriously when he preaches. He’s just so good-looking that it’s distracting.


Jay Manalo in Florinda

He may be one of the country’s most talented actors—but no matter what Jay Manalo does, he just can’t seem to shake off the Totoy Mola (1997) tag. Playing Jesus may help him lose the Mola moniker. He just has to lose that “bastos look” in his eyes so he can play the Savior effectively. Otherwise, people might say, “Holy, Mola!”

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  • itchybaliwag
    dami guwapo maging Jesus christ local version... gosh!!
    Apr 09 2012 @ 12:12pm     Reply  
  • angelbyday
    i'd go for joem bascon :-)
    Apr 08 2012 @ 05:24pm     Reply  
  • daboy
    hahahahaha,,punta kau sa mindanao sa cagayan de oro makita nyo dn ang mga hot spot na scaries...
    Jul 11 2011 @ 09:48pm     Reply  
  • pilato
    Isang halimbawa na pwedeng gumanap na HESUS KRISTO ay si Jao Mapa.dahil ang kanyang katayuan at muka ay maamo.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 01:04am     Reply  
  • pilato
    Cguro ang masasabi ko lang is: Ang nararapat sa pag ganap bilang HESUS KRISTO ay may maamong katayuan or muka,isang halimbawa tulad noon ay c Mat Ranillo III,bagay sa knya yung role na yun kc maamo ang muka dapat kng meron mang gaganap is ung simpleng Face value lng kc ndi nmn kelangan ng super gwapo or hunk para gumanap bilang isang taga pag ligtas. at maari ding pwedeng kuning apostles ang ilang mga kontrabida na madalas lumabas sa pelikula upang ibase sa kaitsuraan ng tunay na muka ng mga apostoles.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 01:00am     Reply  
  • ligaya
    Didn't Piolo already play Jesus somewhere? Also, um, Richard + Lucy as Jesus + Mary respectively is... most disturbing, and that's putting it mildly. Parang Jason Behr + Katherine Heigl as brother-sister tandem Max and Isabelle Evans of Roswell, right when they were engaged at the time.
    Apr 25 2011 @ 09:55pm     Reply  
  • vox
    @gingerboy,rnBeing underdog doesn't mean that you should look weak or powerless, why blame AGAIN the church? tulad ka rin ng ibang nagdudunungdunugan, panay nakaturo naman ang daliri sa iba, nakakalimutang tumingin sa salamin.
    Apr 25 2011 @ 05:57pm     Reply  
  • @coleen_makulit21
    daming alam teh!
    Apr 22 2011 @ 07:05am     Reply  
  • coleen_makulit21
    mike & noli - pasensya na po, nairita ka ba sa paliwanag ko. natural may nagcomment, may magrereact. kung hindi mo nakuha yung explanation ko, maiintindihan ko na hanggang dun lang ang kaya ng pag-unawa mo. in the first place, wala akong balak mang-away. yun ang reaction ko sa post eh, kasalanan ko bang magapektuhan ka. shalom!
    Apr 21 2011 @ 04:35pm     Reply  
  • mike enriquez and noli de castro
    @coleen_makulit21rnrntimang ka talaga, hindi naman ako yan si korina at mel. di porket me connection ang pangalan iisa na. saka bakit kelangan mong magpaliwanag ng bonggang bongga? ano to presinto? Dun ka sa barangay hall nyo magpaliwanag ng kabobohan mo!sabagay bakit mo nga naman aamining t*ng* ka ehh bobo ka nga. booh!
    Apr 21 2011 @ 01:54pm     Reply  
  • brown
    haha, nice punchlines re richard gomez, baron geisler and jon hall!
    Apr 21 2011 @ 01:04pm     Reply  
  • coleen_makulit21
    korina & mel - from your point, di ba hindi na si kristine yung gumanap n faye sa si agimat at enteng kabisote since magiging manugang na ni vic si kristine, yung gwen zamora na yung pumalit.rnrnmike & noli - if you check my previous post, aware ako na pangkatuwaan ang article. i just commented on several points. kasi kung hindi ko naiintindihan yun dapat yung buong article yung binatikos ko diba?rnrnkorina & mel/mike & noli - mag-isang comment ka na lang di mo na kailangang gumamit ng dalawang pangalan.
    Apr 21 2011 @ 12:33pm     Reply  
  • jfreak
    I have no problem with the article's grammar and concept, but the humor is really bad... really bad. who writes these puns? comedy workshop, stat!
    Apr 21 2011 @ 09:18am     Reply  
  • palad
    anu bang klaseng artik to... hahaha..
    Apr 21 2011 @ 07:08am     Reply  
  • mike enriquez and noli de castro
    colleen- bobo ka ba o sadyang t*ng* ka lang? mahirap bang ipaliwanag sayo na ang article na ito ay pangkatuwaan lang?
    Apr 21 2011 @ 06:58am     Reply  
  • korina and mel powerhouse team
    coleen? rnrnengorksi lang? vic was playing husband of kristine hermosa in Okay Ka Fairy Ko!
    Apr 21 2011 @ 06:44am     Reply  
  • coleen_makulit21
    marian - not a hater but not a fan as well.rnrnmatsunaga - sinabi pang role playing. parte sa kahit anong character playing is yung mai-incorporate pa din nila yung tunay na personality nila. so from your example if si andi eigenman at sid lucero would play as husband and wife in a movie is ok lang yung coz their playing a role...rnrn
    Apr 21 2011 @ 05:37am     Reply  
  • matsunaga
    coleen, ang t*ng* mo naman... the actors and actresses will play roles, so it's not necessary kung mag-asawa, magpinsan..whatever..silarnyou are a perfect example of your caption below your st*p*d paragraph rn
    Apr 21 2011 @ 01:39am     Reply  
  • gingerboy
    Apr 21 2011 @ 01:34am     Reply  
  • gingerboy
    this may not be appropriate but this is intelligent.. i like the idea of Tado as the Christ writing graffiti... rnand also, it's only the Catholic Church who gave us the picture of Christ as an "underdog"... I've always believe that he has a kingly image..rn-Happy Easter everyone!-
    Apr 21 2011 @ 01:33am     Reply  
  • gingerboy
    this may not be appropriate but this is intelligent.. i like the idea of Tado as the Christ writing graffiti... rnand also, it's only the Catholic Church who gave us the picture of Christ as an "underdog"... I've always believe that he has a kingly image..rn-Happy Easter everyone!-
    Apr 21 2011 @ 01:33am     Reply  
  • kay
    Pasok sa banga ang mga hirit Spot!
    Apr 20 2011 @ 09:16pm     Reply  
  • marian rivera
    @coleen: heater rin ba kita?? bat hanggang dito sinusundan mo ko?? eh sa guto ko nga maging Mama Meri diba.
    Apr 20 2011 @ 08:46pm     Reply  
  • christian
    I think this is quite blasphemous. Mejo panget yung article na to SPOT.
    Apr 20 2011 @ 08:04pm     Reply  
  • b
    ^don't take it seriously. this is just for laughs.rnrni don't see anything wrong with it. lucy is perfect for the role. would you cast her as mary magdalene? it's about who fits the character. ^^
    Apr 20 2011 @ 07:17pm     Reply  
  • coleen_makulit21
    is it just me or spot has messed up this article. richard gomez as jesus and lucy as virgin mary??? wtf! pinanganak ka ng asawa mo??? tapos nag-agree pa si fake marian rivera. halatang walang basic knowledge about sa should have been mary magdalene not the virgin maryrnrncommon sense is not so common nga naman
    Apr 20 2011 @ 05:24pm     Reply  
  • marian rivera
    tenku tenku spat!! matutupad na pangrarap kong maging Mama Meri!!!
    Apr 20 2011 @ 04:32pm     Reply  
  • mike enriquez and noli de castro
    tado and baron- perfect!
    Apr 20 2011 @ 03:25pm     Reply  
  • @geez
    Apr 20 2011 @ 03:21pm     Reply  
  • geez
    4/20 (cannabis day) ngayon. siguro sabog pa mga haha!
    Apr 20 2011 @ 03:06pm     Reply  
  • tada
    ipako sa krus si tado. hahahaha
    Apr 20 2011 @ 02:53pm     Reply  
  • nonoy
    laugh trip to!!
    Apr 20 2011 @ 02:25pm     Reply  
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