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Arjo Atayde
Rep. Juan Carlos Atayde (19th Congress).jpg
Official portrait, 2022
Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
from Quezon City's 1st district
Assumed office
June 30, 2022
Preceded by Anthony Peter Crisologo
Personal details
Juan Carlos Campo Atayde

(1990-11-05) November 5, 1990 (age 32)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Nacionalista (2022–present)
Other political
Independent (2021–2022)
Domestic partner Maine Mendoza (2018–present; engaged)
Relations Ria Atayde (sister)
Coleen Garcia (cousin)
Parent(s) Art Atayde
Sylvia Sanchez
Alma mater De La Salle University
Occupation Politician
Profession Actor
Awards Best New Male TV Personality - PMPC 2012; Best Drama Supporting Actor for TV - PMPC 2013; Best Single Performance by an Actor - PMPC 2014; Best Drama Supporting Actor of the Year - PMPC 2016; Best Actor in a Leading Role - 3rd Asian Academy Creative Awards 2020

Juan Carlos "Arjo" Campo Atayde (born November 5, 1990) is a Filipino actor and politician who has served as the representative for Quezon City's 1st district since 2022. He is best known for his appearances on drama series aired on ABS-CBN, as well as his critically acclaimed role as Benjo in the web series Bagman. A member of the Nacionalista Party, Atayde was first elected to Congress as an independent in the 2022 general elections, where he unseated incumbent representative Onyx Crisologo.

Early life

Atayde was born on November 5, 1990, to actress Sylvia Sanchez and businessman Art Atayde. He is the eldest with three younger siblings: Ria, Gela, and Xavi. Arjo studied at La Salle Greenhills and later moved to Reedley International School.

Entertainment career

His first official venture into acting was at age 9 for Ang TV. However, he was pulled out of acting when it affected his schooling. Atayde's first notable appearance was more than a decade later, in 2012, for the show E-Boy as "Jepoy".

He has played several starring roles in the drama anthology series Maalaala Mo Kaya. He appeared in the episodes "Bangka", "Dos Por Dos", "Itlog", "Liham", "Marital Lies", "Sibuyan Siblings", and "Tsubibo". For his acting in the series, he won the following awards from PMPC Star Awards for Television: "Best Male New TV Personality" in 2012 for "Bangka" and Best Single Performance by an Actor in 2014 for his portrayal of a gay parent in "Dos Por Dos".

In 2013, he starred as Rafael de Lara in the daytime television series Dugong Buhay for which he won a PMPC Star Awards for Best Single Performance by an Actor. He then went on to star in the Korean adaptation, Pure Love as Raymond de la Cruz/Ramon Esguerra. The following year, he was given his biggest role to date as the main antagonist Joaquin Tuazon on FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. He also won a PMPC Star Awards for Best Single Performance by an Actor for this role.

He continued to have various notable roles in 2019 for which he received many accolades. Most noteworthy are his portrayals of Benjo, a barber who falls into criminality, in the iWant TV exclusive show Bagman where he won Best Actor in Leading Role award during the 3rd Asian Academy Creative Awards, and then as Elai, a man with autism, in The General's Daughter. The latter brought him praise on social media, including the approval of Autism Society Philippines for his sensitive and nuanced representation of autism.

Political career

Congressional career (2022–present)

In 2022, Atayde ran for representative in Quezon City's 1st congressional district. He ran as an independent with the backing of the Joy Belmonte-led Serbisyo sa Bayan Party. He was elected with 66.85% of the vote, unseating incumbent Onyx Crisologo. He was sworn in on June 30, 2022.

On October 8, 2022, Atayde joined the Nacionalista Party, being sworn in by Fellow Representative Sandro Marcos (Ilocos Norte–1st).

Personal life

In 2016, he was reportedly courting the actress, Jane Oineza, but it did not work out. Atayde then dated a member of GirlTrends, Sammie Rimando, until 2018.

In December 2018, there were rumors about Atayde dating Maine Mendoza. The actress only confirmed this months later through her blog prior to her birthday in March 2019. They got engaged on July 28, 2022.



Year Title Role Network Notes
2001–02 Ang TV Himself ABS-CBN
2012 E-Boy Jepoy
Maalaala Mo Kaya Richard Abaño
Maynila Danny GMA Network Episode: "Aking Prinsesa"
2013 Carlo J. Caparas' Dugong Buhay Rafael de Lara ABS-CBN
Toda Max RJ Catacutan
Maalaala Mo Kaya Jay Episode: "Puntod"
Erni Episode: "Tsubibo"
2014 Pure Love Raymond Dela Cruz
Maalaala Mo Kaya Jess Episode: "Dos Por Dos"
Fr. Francis Episode: "Liham"
2015 Jason Villanueva Episode: "Pictures"
Wansapanataym younger grandfather of Eric Episode: "Remote ni Eric"
Nathaniel Pedro Alvaro
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Briefcase number 13
2015–2017 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Police C/Insp. Joaquin S. Tuazon
2016–2020 Ipaglaban Mo! Various Roles
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya Simon Episode: "Itlog"
2017 Rocky Gathercole Episode: "Sketch Pad"
2017–2018 Hanggang Saan Atty. Francisco "Paco" Alipio
2019 The General's Daughter Elijah "Elai" Sarmiento
2020 24/7 Cedric Jacinto
Maalaala Mo Kaya Dr. El Bactol Kapamilya Channel Episode: "Stethoscope"
Episode: "Bracelet"
Trip to Quiapo iWantTFC
2021 Daddy's Gurl Julio GMA Network Episode: "Padyak Barak vs Teanoda milktea"
TBA Cattleya Killer The Cattleya Killer

Web series

Year Title Role Network
2019– Bagman Benjo iWant


Year Title Role Studio
2017 Ang Panday young Evil Spirit CCM Productions, Star Cinema and Viva Films
2018 BuyBust Biggie Chen Viva Films and Reality Entertainment
Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles Andrew Montenegro APT Entertainment, CCM Film Productions, M-Zet Productions
2019 Stranded Spencer Regal Entertainment
2020 Love Lockdown Fred Dreamscape Entertainment

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Bangka" 26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Male TV Personality Won
Best Single Performance by an Actor Nominated
2013 Dugong Buhay 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Supporting Actor Won
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Dos Por Dos" 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actor Won
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Liham" 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Nominated
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano The PEP List Year 3 Best Supporting Actor Won
30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Supporting Actor Won
2018 Hanggang Saan 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actor Nominated
2019 The General's Daughter 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Supporting Actor Won
2020 Bagman 3rd Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
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