As a child actor, Carlo Aquino received recognition for his performance in the 1998 Chito Roño film “Bata, Bata… Paano Ka Ginawa?”
As an adult actor, he was adjudged best actor in “Carnivore” in the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival in 2008.
In 2013, he earned the nod of the Young Critics’ Circle for his nuanced performance as a porn-film voice actor and pirated DVD vendor in Adolf Alix’ Porno.
After doing “Alamat ni China Doll” and “Mater Dolorosa” for Cinemaone Originals in 2014 and 2013 respectively, he is back in his favorite filmfest.
He stars in Joseph Teoxon’s “Throwback Today,” an entry to the 2017 Cinemaone Originals.
He plays a disgruntled young man at the end of his rope who stumbles on an impossible way to rewrite his own history.
“Ako si Primo, overachiever siya. Hambog , pero noong high school and college, inabutan siya ng failure. Tapos, hindi niya alam kung paano iha-handle,” he said.
He added that it’s the genre of the film that attracted him to the project.
“May pagka-futuristic kasi siya. Kaya kinuha ko siya, kasi hindi pa ako nakagagawa ng ganitong klaseng genre,” he explained.
He also said that he’s amazed by its story and appeal to millennials.
“Gusto ko siya kasi may mga eksena na nakakausap ko ang past self ko,” he declared.
If given the chance to rewrite his past, present or future self, he said he would still opt to be an actor.
“Dito ako nagsimula. Dito ako na-develop at nag-evolve. Dito ako nag-grow as an artist and this is where I know I could excel,” he pointed out.
He said that he could also in a way, relate to his role.
“Usually ang mga tao ngayon kapag nagpi-fail, umaayaw na, nahihirapan nang tumayo. Ayaw nang lumaban. Dito ang mensahe, dapat hindi tayo matakot na mag-fail at lumaban kasi ‘pag nagpi-fail tayo doon tayo natututo at iyong failure na iyon ang nagiging kasangkapan para magpursige tayo mag-succeed,” he concluded.
Also in the cast of “Throwback Today” are Annicka Dolonius, Empress Shuck and Allan Paule.
Speaking of his lovelife, he said that his relationship with his long-time girlfriend Kristine Nieto is going strong.
Though no wedding plans yet, he also said that he sees spending the rest of his life with her.