PHYTOS KYRIACOU returns to Philippine television as PHYTOS RAMIREZ with an exclusive contract under GMA Artist Center and a new afternoon primetime drama series called PARAISO KO’Y IKAW.
Phytos Ramirez is one of the main cast of PARAISO KO’Y IKAW together with fellow Kapuso stars KIM RODRIGUEZ, KRISTOFFER MARTIN and JOYCE CHING. He’s known to have starred in various TV shows in the past like Mara Clara, Mula Sa Puso, E Boy, Basahang Ginto and Princess and I.
His first taste of showbiz life was when he joined Star Circle Quest. He then went to do several young roles like in Hiram (as the young John Estrada), Encantadia (as the young Mark Herras) and in Gulong Ng Palad (as the young TJ Trinidad). He was also nominated for a Best Child Actor Award in 2005 for his role as Boogie in the Film – Masikip Sa Dibdib.
I was able to talk to Phytos last Saturday during lunch at the Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant in Quezon City. The young actor said that he decided to take a break from showbiz to finish his studies. He was able to finish High School and go to College as a Tourism student although what he really wanted was to become a pilot.
“Gusto ko talaga maging Pilot, kaso sobrang mahal ang mag piloto. May nag-advise sa akin na mag Tourism tapos pag kaya na itutuloy ko sa pag-pipiloto.”
But more than his dream of becoming a Pilot someday, he also missed the limelight and acting. He said that acting has always been his passion and winning awards for doing that would be the icing on that cake. However, there was a bit of an obstruction to this dream of his.
He gained some weight during his leave of absence. He was at 220 lbs.
But that was 4 Months ago and now there’s absolutely no trace of that excess lbs in his body. He got into a diet program that helped him lose 45 lbs in less than 4 Months and also perpetually did calorie counting. For example, during the time of the interview, he brought with him his breakfast-lunch-dinner chicken meal worth 140 calories that he has to eat in portion for the whole day. The food container was no bigger than my daughter’s lunch box, can you believe that? I love food… I can’t live like that (hehe). Well, just one of the prices to pay to keep that star shining in the entertainment industry.
In PARAISO KO’Y IKAW, Phytos is being paired with JOYCE CHING but he will also play a big part in the life of KIM RODRIGUEZ. He said that his character here is shaded gray which means that he’s a sort of a bad guy but not entirely that evil. It’s just that his Mom here in the series will be killed and that the experience will forever leave a vengeful scar in his personality.
Right now Phytos is aiming to get recognized by critics as a serious actor that means business. He is aiming to get as much acting awards as Christopher De Leon. He also has plans to go into the buy and sell or rent condo business which is quite hot right now among the celebs. He hangs out with showbiz friends Daniel, Kathryn, Julia, John Manalo, Derek, Allen and his co-stars Joyce, Kris and Kim.
Catch Phytos in PARAISO KO’Y IKAW Mondays to Fridays beginning January 27 before 24 Oras on GMA.