With his German father working in the military and his Bicolana mother a strict disciplinarian, Baron grew up in a pretty conservative family. But one wonders why this excellent actor one day wound up in the middle of a bar rumble and eventually signed up in a detox facility.
Baron entered show business in 1994 through the phenomenal teen show Ang TV. A year later, he became officially a part of ABS-CBN’s roster of rising homegrown talents being launched as a member of the elite Star Circle Batch 5. He was considered as one of the network’s most promising young stars alongside John Lloyd Cruz and Marc Solis in the boy trio “Koolits.” From then on, his movie and TV career blossomed and was best known as the wacky and easy-going Fonzy in the series Tabing Ilog.
Even though he won the 2005 PMPC Best Single Performance of an Actor in Maalaala Mo Kaya, Baron’s career started to decline in 2002 when he turned to alcohol “to kill the pain” after his father’s demise. Plus, Baron’s house caught fire twice in a row and lost the love of his life to another man. He also resented the fact that his career lagged behind his contemporaries and this made his drinking even worse. His mother had no other option but to send him in a detox facility for 10 days. Inside the facility, he decided to put his life back on track. However, he was again the headline on various tabloids just this May, after getting involved in a bar scuffle that left scars on his face.
Baron knows that he has a problem and he feels that he’ll be able to transform himself inside Big Brother’s house. “Sawa na ako. I’m shaping up. Slowly yet surely…Ito na ang pagbabago na hinahanap ko... Marami pa akong pwedeng gawin sa buhay.”
Can Kuya reform Baron and bring him out of the house not just a changed man but also a winner?
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