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Aljur’s brother set to conquer showbiz

ANOTHER Abrenica brother is set to make a name in show business.

Allen Abrenica, youngest brother of Aljur and Vin Abrenica, will debut in the biopic “Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli” which will be shown in September. It also serves as the closing film at the 12th Cinemalaya film festival on Aug. 13.

Allen, 17, recalled how his showbiz career started.

“Ininvite po talaga ako ni Kuya (Aljur) na sumali sa movie na ito at hindi na ako nagdalawang-isip.

“Na-inspire kasi ako sa kanila (brothers) pag pinapanood ko sila sa TV. Kung ano ’yung ginagawa nila, ’yun din ang gusto kong gawin,” said Allen.

The youngest of the four Abrenica siblings said that he joined showbiz for passion and not for fame.

Their only sister, Alleah, who is second to the youngest, is not interested in showbiz, he said. His sister is on third year college taking up microbiology. “She wants to be a doctor,” Allen said.

Allen stands 6’ flat.

Aside from basketball, Allen loves to play the guitar.

Produced by T-Rex Entertainment and written by Enrique Ramos, “Hermano Puli” stars Aljur Abrenica in the title role of the almost forgotten early 19th century preacher from Lucban, Quezon, who led a movement for equality and religious freedom against the Spanish colonial government half a century before the martyrdom of Rizal, Bonifacio, and Luna. It is directed by Gil Portes.

The film celebrates the heroism of the young Filipinos of the past who shed their blood for the freedom we all enjoy today. Like Rizal and Bonifacio after him, Apolinario de la Cruz, better known as Hermano Puli, was a young man who dared to question the inequities of the Spanish era.

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