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Enrique Gil in 2020
Enrique Mari Bacay Gil V

(1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 (age 32)
Cebu City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names
  • Quen
  • Quenito
  • "King of the Gil"
Education Degree in Business Management
Alma mater San Beda College Alabang
Southville International School
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • producer
  • entrepreneur
  • model
Years active 2008–present
Agent Star Magic (2008–2023)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Partner(s) Liza Soberano (2014–present)

Enrique Mari Bacay Gil V (Tagalog: [ɛnˈɾikɛ ˈhil]; born March 30, 1992) is a Filipino actor. Gil has appeared in various films and television shows such as Mula sa Puso, Budoy, Princess and I, Muling Buksan ang Puso and She's the One. He is best known for his role as Alexander "Xander" Grande III in the television series Forevermore in 2014–15, alongside Liza Soberano. Since then, he has starred in the films Just the Way You Are (2015), Everyday I Love You (2015), Dukot (2016), My Ex and Whys (2017), Seven Sundays (2017), and Alone/Together (2019); and the television series Dolce Amore (2016), Bagani (2018), and Make It With You (2020).

Early life

Enrique Mari Bacay Gil V was born on March 30, 1992, in Cebu City, Philippines. He is the second son of Enrique Amadeo Gil III and Barbara Anne Bacay. He has an older brother named Enrique Javier IV and a younger sister named Diandra Frances. His parents used to work as flight crew for Philippine Airlines. Gil is a relative of actor Dingdong Dantes.

Gil finished grade school at the Montessori De Manila in March 2004, a private institute inside the BF Executive Village in Las Piñas, and secondary school at the Manresa School in Parañaque in March 2008. He went to San Beda College Alabang to pursue a degree in Information Technology, but put his studies on hold to focus on his acting career. In 2016, he started attending a Business Management Program at the Southville International School in BF International, Las Piñas.


2008–2011: Career beginnings

Gil started acting in 2008. He was 16 years old when his mother made him join My Talent summer workshops headed by Trumpets Playshop founder and STAGES president Audie Gemora, to overcome his shyness. They eventually pushed him to audition for Star Magic. Before being introduced to the media as a member of the Star Magic Circle Batch 16, he appeared in a series of TV commercials, including a Lewis and Pearl's advertisement, alongside Coleen Garcia. He landed his first television role in the action-drama series Pieta where he played the character Harold. Before Pieta, he had a cameo appearance in I Love Betty La Fea as one of the "Eco-models."

In 2009, during the taping of Pieta, his mother convinced him to audition for the sitcom George and Cecil. As soon as head writer and director Jose Javier Reyes saw Gil, he immediately cast him to be on the show. Later he was cast in the indie film Pitas as a brother of the lead character played by Kristel Moreno.

In 2010, he co-starred in the indie war film Diego and His Brothers. He joined ASAP XV as one of Star Magic's "Gigger Boys" in April, and in May, co-starred in the teleserye Rosalka, in which he played Andrew. He was originally set to appear in Kokey @ Ako, but his character was written off in favor of Jason Francisco. In October, he was given the role of Joco, the younger brother of Paolo Barredo (Gerald Anderson), in the film Till My Heartaches End. He got his first hosting stint in the ABS-CBN teen variety show Shoutout!. This was revamped and renamed to Shoutout!: Level Up, but the show was eventually cancelled due to poor ratings.

In 2011, Gil finally nabbed his first lead role as Michael Miranda — originally played by Diether Ocampo — in the 2011 remake of Mula Sa Puso. He next played Jim in the 10th episode of Your Song Presents: Kim. The same year, he played Troy Cabrera in Good Vibes. Gil admitted, during the Good Vibes press conference, that he was set to appear in the ABS-CBN's remake of María la del Barrio but had to turn down the role due to conflicting schedules. He replaced Albie Casiño in the Star Cinema film Way Back Home — the film debut of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. It was succeeded by his stint as Benjamin “BJ” Maniego in Budoy. He was featured in Zia Quizon's music video debut entitled "Ako Na Lang".

2012–2015: Rising popularity and breakthrough

In 2012, he starred as Dasho Jao Rinpoche in Princess and I, which became one of the most popular shows on ABS-CBN. He was also cast in the film The Reunion, a Filipino teen romantic comedy film directed by Frasco Mortiz. He was included in Amorosa, his first horror film. Later in the year, he appeared in The Strangers, one of the official entries for the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival. This was his first MMFF film.

In February 2013, he was featured in Myrtle Sarrosa's "Mr. Kupido" music video. He also portrayed Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Maalaala Mo Kaya. Following this, he appeared in a number of new projects such as Muling Buksan ang Puso series, alongside Julia Montes and Enchong Dee.

In October 2013, he starred in the film She's the One with Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the FAMAS Awards. Many considered this his breakthrough film as an actor. The film earned 12 million pesos on its first day and grossed 135 million pesos on its fifth week.

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Enrique Gil performing in Toronto, 2014

Gil further gained attention for his dancing skills through his signature moves to the song "Teach Me How to Dougie" and "Gentleman." He released a debut dance album under Star Records entitled King of the Gil which reached Gold status. Later in the year, Gil held his first headlining sold-out dance concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with special guests Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda, Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Arron Villaflor, Rayver Cruz, Martin del Rosario, Arjo Atayde, Ejay Falcon, gloc-9, Young JV, G-force, The Streetboys, and Julia Montes. Before proving his dancing prowess in the King of the Gil concert, Gil made his debut on radio drama Dear M.O.R. Special on My Only Radio (MOR) 101.9 For Life! and MOR TV. He portrayed Carlo, a hopeless romantic guy who gives everything to his liberated and dominant girlfriend Lois, played by FM radio's first-ever roving DJ and Darling ng Masa Eva Ronda.

In 2014, he replaced Kiko Estrada in the fantasy series Mirabella — the debut project of Julia Barretto. On February 26, the wattpad author HaveYouSeenThisGirL admitted via Twitter that Gil was really supposed to be in the film adaptation of Diary ng Panget but refused to say why it didn't push through. On March 1, Gil launched his single "Do The Moves" with Sarah Geronimo and Its youth-oriented music video was released on March 8. On March 16, Gil confirmed that he would be part of the film The Trial as Martin, the best friend of Ronald (John Lloyd Cruz). On May 18, Gil was named the "Most Promising Male Star of the Year" at the 45th Box Office Entertainment Awards. On June 25, Star Cinema announced that Gil alongside Liza Soberano would lead the film adaptation of Kimberly Joy Villanueva's novel The Bet. On August 21, Gil took part in ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra's debut album Decades of OPM together with Abra, doing their version of "Totoy Bibo."

In October 2014, he played the lead role as the rebellious hotel company heir Alexander "Xander" Grande III, who falls in love with Maria Agnes Calay, played by Soberano in the hit romantic comedy television series Forevermore, which marked a significant turning point in Gil's career. The series finale scored a 39.3 percent rating, the highest recorded national TV rating on Philippine television in 2015.

In June 2015, following the success of Forevermore and his tandem with actress Soberano, they starred in a movie based on the Wattpad book The Bet. The film adaptation, initially titled as the same name as its source material was renamed Just The Way You Are. Later that year, Gil starred in his follow-up movie with Soberano in the romantic film Everyday I Love You with Gerald Anderson, directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar. Gil plays Ethan, who falls in love with Bacolod lass Audrey (Soberano), who is in a relationship with Tristan (Anderson). Both 2015 films were box office successes. On December 1, 2015, Gil received a star at the Philippine Walk of Fame at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

2016–2020: Continued success and hiatus

In February 2016, Gil and Soberano returned to prime time with the romantic drama Dolce Amore, in which he played the role of Simon Vicente "TenTen" Ibarra, a poor and hardworking Manila boy who will do anything for his family. In July 2016, Gil was the lead actor in the action film Dukot, which was based on a real kidnapping incident in the country. It was helmed by director Paul Soriano and was co-produced by Star Cinema. He won "Best Actor" in Gawad PASADO Awards for his acting performance.

In 2017, Gil starred in the romantic comedy drama film My Ex and Whys opposite Liza Soberano, directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, who had previously worked with them in the romantic comedy television series Forevermore. The film was released in February 2017, grossing ₱31.5 million on its first day and won him the GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box Office King. The same year, he took the role Dex in the family comedy-drama film Seven Sundays alongside Aga Muhlach, Ronaldo Valdez, Cristine Reyes, and Dingdong Dantes. Both films made the Top 10 List of highest-grossing Filipino films in 2017.

In 2018, he was cast in the role of Lakas, a warrior in the television drama and fantasy series Bagani. The show debuted at number 1 in its time slot, and consistently ranked ahead of its competition during its five-month run.

In 2019, Gil and Soberano starred in the romantic drama film, Alone/Together, written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone. In the film, Gil played Rafael "Raf" Toledo, a University of Santo Tomas – Biology student and an avid fan of The Eraserheads turned doctor five years later. The film made the Top 10 List of highest-grossing Filipino films in 2019.

In 2020, Gil appeared with Soberano in Make It With You as Gabriel "Gabo" Villarica, a lost soul who finds himself in the small Eastern European country of Croatia. The show was later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the network's franchise renewal issues which marked the end of the loveteam pairing with Soberano. ABS-CBN Films head Kriz Gazmen stated that although they pitched several projects to the duo and were about to "shoot something" (that was later scrapped following COVID case surges in the country at that time), "the timing was never right" and they “wanted to do something different” in their lives.

2023–present: Comeback to entertainment industry and film production venture

In 2023, Gil signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. In 2024, Gil is returning to the big screen after a three-year hiatus with I Am Not Big Bird. Co-produced by ANIMA Studios, Black Sheep, and the actor’s own production outfit Immerse Entertainment, the film also marked Gil’s first venture into film production.

Other ventures


In 2013, Gil joined the PETA campaign "Free Mali" to transfer her from the Manila Zoo to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. Mali is the only captive elephant in the Philippines and has been in captivity for the majority of her life, alone, in a tiny enclosure, and in need of proper care. In the same year, Gil donated part of the proceeds of his King of the Gil concert to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda. In 2015, Gil alongside the cast of Forevermore participated in Hoops for Hope: A Charity Basketball Game, a project organized by the Bakhita Canossa Foundation to sustain the construction of houses for the Yolanda victims at Brgy. But, Salcedo, Eastern Samar. In July 2021, Gil and Soberano held a virtual fan meet to raise funds for Save the Children, a non-profit organization that advocates for children's rights and provides support for children in need.


Gil released his own fragrance line in collaboration with the Filipino fragrance brand HKT Fragrances. A portion of the brand's sales went to Shop & Share, a non-profit organization which aims to help underprivileged Filipinos get tested for COVID-19. In February 2021, Gil launched HKT Essentials with Soberano, and a portion of the brand's sales went to Save the Children, as well as to a relief program for barangay-level health workers. In January 2022, Gil shared on his Instagram story that he sold one of his house projects in BF Homes Parañaque through his real estate development business Gil Side Homes. In a December 2019 interview with, Gil revealed that he has been into buying and selling of houses with his mother Barbara Anne Bacay.

Personal life

Gil dated his Good Vibes co-star Coleen Garcia from 2010 to 2011.

In February 2019, he and his frequent on-screen partner Liza Soberano publicly confirmed they had been a couple since October 24, 2014.



Year Title Role Notes Source
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Himself ― Ecomodel Cameo
2008 Pieta Harold Guest
2009 George and Cecil Carlo Barredo
2010 Shoutout! Himself Host
2010 P.O.5 Himself Guest
2010 Rosalka Andrew
2010 Maynila Mark Episode: "Dangerous Charade"
2010–present ASAP Himself Host / Performer
2010 Mara Clara Mara's Sweet Sixteen escort Uncredited
2011 100 Days to Heaven Teen Bobby Ramirez Special participation
2011 Good Vibes Troy Cabrera
2011 Mula sa Puso Michael Miranda
2011 Your Song Jim Your Song Presents: Kim
2011 Shoutout!: Level Up Himself Performer
2011–12 Budoy Benjamin "BJ" Maniego / Dimalanta / Chavez
2012 Maynila Tim Episode: "Star Collision"
2012–13 Princess and I Dasho Jan Alfonso "Jao" Rinpoche
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Juan Ponce Enrile Episode: "Sapatos"
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Juan Ponce Enrile Episode: "Diploma"
2013 Muling Buksan ang Puso Francis Dela Vega / Francis B. Andrada
2014 Mirabella Jeremy Palmera
2014–15 Forevermore Alexander "Xander" Grande III
2016 Dolce Amore Simon Vicente "Tenten" Ibarra
2018 Bagani Lakas
2020 Make It with You Atty. Gabriel "Gabo" Villarica


Year Title Role Notes Source
2010 Diego and His Brothers Anton Short film
2010 Pitas
2010 Till My Heartaches End Jaco Barredo
2011 Way Back Home Michael Estacio
2012 The Reunion Boggs Alvarez
2012 Amorosa: The Revenge Rommel
2012 The Strangers Kirk
2013 Must Be... Love Dave Cameo
2013 She's the One David Esguerra
2014 The Trial Martin Bien
2015 Just the Way You Are Drake Sison
2015 Everyday I Love You Ethan Alfaro
2016 Dukot Carlo Sandoval
2017 My Ex and Whys Sergio "Gio" Martinez
2017 Seven Sundays Dexter "Dex" Bonifacio
2019 Alone/Together Rafael "Raf" Toledo
2019 The Mall, The Merrier Robohero Cameo
2024 I Am Not Big Bird Luis Carpio/Big Bird First produced film
TBD Gonjiam: The Haunted Asylum (Philippine Adaptation)

Music video appearances

Year Title Performer Director Ref.
2011 Ako Na Lang Zia Quizon Nani Naguit and Pao Santiago Pangan
2013 Mr. Kupido Myrtle Sarrosa Vince Salumbides III
2020 Make It With You Ben&Ben Miko Pelino


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