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.
Abaya joined MTV Philippines 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.
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 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]
|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|
|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||13 Seconds to Love||Nokia 5800 Express Music Phone
|2012||Kjwan IV volume 1
2014 IKjwan IV voiume 2
Filmography[edit | edit source]
Television[edit | edit source]
|2008||Ligaw na Bulaklak||Francis|
|2009||Your Song Presents: Babalik Kang Muli||Rafael "Raffy" Valero|
|2010||Habang May Buhay||King|
|Pilipinas Got Talent||Himself|
|2011||Party Pilipinas||Himself / Performer / Co-Host|
|I Heart You, Pare!||Joel|
|Spooky Nights Presents: Bampirella||Armand|
|2014||Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real||Vincent Dumlao|
|Princess in the Palace||Raphael Jacinto|
|2016||Hahamakin ang Lahat||Luisito "Sito" Labsat Sr.|
|2017||Legally Blind||William Villareal|
|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]
|2010||Off World||Lucky||Theo Films|
|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|