The young actor beamed with pride while relating his excitement over receiving the honor.
“Hindi po lahat nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na ganyan eh. Marami pong artista dito sa industriya natin pero para mapansin ka sa ibang bansa, iba pong kategorya ‘yon, iba pong dating ‘yon,” the “StarStruck” winner related in an interview with GMA-7’s “24 Oras”.
Even with his busy schedule, Aljur managed to attend the event, which was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul, South Korea last January 21. The Kapuso actor left the country last January 20 and will return on the 22nd.
Apart from the international recognition, Aljur seems to have become a local icon in his own right since he bagged the role of the new “Machete.” His well-publicized preparations for his dream role seemed to have earned a following that even Aljur’s diet was dubbed as “Machete Diet,” and his body, the “Machete Body.”
“Labis ko pong ikinatutuwa ‘yan kapag naririnig ko na po sa iba-ibang tao na nagtatanong at tumatangkilik po sa ‘Machete Diet’ at ‘Machete Body,’” Aljur enthused.
The 20-year-old Aljur related how he attained his well-toned bod.
"Dala po ng diet. Kung magda-diet po kayo, lahat po rito, eh, magli-lean. Wala pong binago or ipinagawa sa akin. Kumbaga, mas naging healthy lang ako. Regular workout lang po 'yan at saka diet. Nag-take din po ako ng isa pang activity. Nag-swimming na rin po ako," he said during Machete's press conference.
Aljur is not the sole Filipino representative to the event. According to a report on Abante Online, singer-actress Frencheska Farr, star of the musical film “Emir,” will be handed the Female Model Award.
Suzuki Sadatsugu of Survivor Philippines is said to be competing in that festival as well.
Last year, their fellow Kapuso stars Rhian Ramos and Victor Aliwalas received the Model Star awards.
As stated in the festival’s official website, the AMFA, an annual event participated by 13 countries, aims “to establish the role of models and promote harmony and exchange between Asian models.