HIGHLIGHTS: Zac Efron #PENSHOPPEFanCon2012
MANILA, Philippines - Zac Efron first captured our hearts in Disney's "High School Musical" (2006) as Tray Bolton, followed by "Hairspray" (2007) as Link Larkin. In both movie musicals, Zac showed off his singing and dancing prowess, combined with innate acting skills.
There may still be those who are not yet aware that Zac was already acting before HSM, in television movie projects that gave him a good jump-start in the entertainment business. In fact, in 2004, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special for Best Supporting Actor in the TV movie "Miracle Run."
Now a more mature and seasoned young actor, Zac has shed his HSM image and has taken on more serious and dramatic roles such as in the films "17 Again" (2009, as Mike O' Donell), "Charlie St. Cloud" (2010, as the title role) and "The Lucky One" (2012, as Logan Thibault), based on a best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks.
Zac arrived in Manila on Sept. 26, Wednesday, and proceeded via a private jet to Misibis Bay Resorts in Legazpi, Albay, where he enjoyed some downtime with his father David and manager Jason Barrett.
Tonight, Sept. 29 at 7pm, Zac meets his Filipino fans up close in a Fan Conference organized by local clothing brand Penshoppe, for which Zac is among the celebrity endorsers.
Check out Kai Magsanoc's live blog straight from the fan con venue: