Marc Abaya (born Ramon Marcelino Diaz Abaya on November 6, 1979) that is a Filipino actor, musician, TV host, and VJ. Abaya appeared in the 2009 Philippine release of Tinker Bell.

He is the son of actor/director Manolo Abaya and director Marilou Diaz-Abaya.

Musical career[edit | edit source]

Abaya was discovered by Raimund Marasigan of Eraserheads during a "battle of bands" in which Abaya's band Shirley Beans won first place. Marasigan, who was one of the judges for the night, invited Abaya to act as frontman for the band Sandwich in 1998. While Abaya was a member of the band, they released three albums: Grip, Stand, Throw; 4-track mind; and Thanks to the Moon's Gravitational Pull.

While in Sandwich, Abaya formed the band Kjwan with his closest friends in May 2003. In 2004, Kjwan released their self-titled album,[1] which included the carrier single "Daliri."

Abaya joined MTV Philippines[2] in 2003 and became one of the VJs until the dissolution of the channel under Music Source, Inc. on January 1, 2007. Abaya hosted a variety of shows, including Rockola on MTV and Massive. In September 2009, AYC hired him to man MTV Philippines' music station U92 (now Radyo5 92.3 News FM) for a weekly show.

In 2013, he collaborated with Gloc-9 on the song "Tsinelas sa Putikan", for the album Liham at Lihim under Universal Records.

Acting[edit | edit source]

Abaya played the role of Francis in an ABS-CBN afternoon drama series, Ligaw na Bulaklak. He was also one of the judges of the network's reality entertainment show Showtime and host of Pilipinas Got More Talent, a spin-off program of the show Pilipinas Got Talent.

In 2010, Abaya joined the cast of Dagim, a Cinema One Original film directed by Joaquin Pedro Valdes for which he won "Best Supporting Actor" at the Cinema One Originals Awards.

In 2011, Abaya moved to GMA Network for the shows Party Pilipinas and I Heart You, Pare!

In 2012, he was seen in the GMA Afternoon Drama show Faithfully.

In 2019, After almost 9 years, he returned to his home network ABS-CBN via FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

Discography[edit | edit source]

With Kjwan[edit | edit source]

Studio Albums

Year Title Label
2004 Kjwan Sony Music Philippines
2006 2StepMarv PolyEast Records/Barnyard Music Philippines
2009 13 Seconds to Love MCA Music Philippines
2014 Kjwan IV Volume One MCA Music Philippines

Other Appearances

Year Song Album
2003 Drizzle (Helltop Remix) Rx Band Breakout Finalists CD
2005 A Different Kind ROK ON! Music Inspired by the Ragnarok Online Game
2007 Daliri LIVE AND RAW (6UG Live CD)
2009 Pause Kerplunk! DEFIANT
2009 13 Seconds to Love Nokia 5800 Express Music Phone

MCA Music

2012 Kjwan IV volume 1

2014 IKjwan IV voiume 2


Filmography[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Network
2008 Ligaw na Bulaklak Francis
2009 Your Song Presents: Babalik Kang Muli Rafael "Raffy" Valero
2010 Habang May Buhay King
Pilipinas Got Talent Himself
Magkaribal Neil Olaguer
2011 Party Pilipinas Himself / Performer / Co-Host
GMA Network
I Heart You, Pare! Joel
Spooky Nights Presents: Bampirella Armand
Daldalita Sam
2012 Faithfully Kevin Quillamor†
2013 Forever Federico Gallardo
2014 Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real Vincent Dumlao
2015 Second Chances Dustin
Princess in the Palace Raphael Jacinto
2016 Hahamakin ang Lahat Luisito "Sito" Labsat Sr.
2017 Legally Blind William Villareal
Impostora Leo Corpuz
2018 My Guitar Princess Charlie
The Stepdaughters Lloyd Almeda
Cain at Abel Ramon
2019 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Jacob Serrano ABS-CBN

Movies[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Film Production
2007 Elegie Seb
2010 Off World Lucky Theo Films
Dagim Pido Cinema One
2013 Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Stories Charlie Zaragosa Viva Films and CM Films Productions
2013 Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story N/A Viva Films and Scenema Concepts International
2014 Sundalong Kanin N/A Cinemalaya Productions
2015 Heneral Luna YoungAntonio Luna TBA Studios
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