Albert: I started my healthy lifestyle when I was 19 and never stopped body-building until I reached 40.]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 4, 2011 (STAR) Still looking young and fresh, who would have thought that multi-awarded actor Albert Martinez is now on his 30th year in show business? In fact, he’s also celebrating his 50th birthday.

Albert shared his secret for staying young. “At the very young age of 19, I started my healthy lifestyle. I began watching my diet and being conscious with my body. I never stopped body-building until I reached 40. Now, Iím more focused on cardiovascular exercises,” he shared.

Albert, husband of actress Liezl, son of ’60s character actor Bert Martinez and brother of actors William and Ronnie, began his showbiz career in the ’80s. From then on, he has garnered recognitions from award-giving bodies for his effective portrayals in film and TV. He also became an embodiment of a handsome and gentleman matinee idol.

Among his critically-acclaimed roles are a downtrodden husband in Magnifico and as Jose Rizal in Rizal Sa Dapitan, which gave him three Best Actor trophies in Brussels Film Festival (Belgium), Metro Manila Manila Film Festival and Guillermo Awards.

Albert also made a mark when he played Mayor Enrique Rodrigo in ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series May Bukas Pa. Now, he heads the Altamira clan as Mariano and continues his search for his beloved daughter Elisa (Melissa Ricks).

Albert also revealed that in the course of his three decades as an actor, he hasn’t portrayed a president yet. “A lot of people have been asking me what role would I like to have next. I always say I want to be Manuel L. Quezon. I find him very interesting,” he said.

Albert said he’s very thankful for the outpouring of support he always receives from his fans. Not only in his career are fans being supportive, Albert also receives a “pat on a back” whenever he faces trials.

Truly a pillar in the industry, the renowned actor promised to always be passionate in his craft and remain optimistic amidst the problems he’s facing. “Love is the key,” he says.

His ABS-CBN family threw a special party for him recently at The Establishment attended by Kapamilya executives, his family, closest friends, fans and members of the media.

Keep glued to Mariano’s crusade in looking for her beloved daughter Elisa. Nasaan Ka, Elisa? airs Mondays through Fridays, after My Binondo Girl on ABS-CBN.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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