Enrico Raphael Quiogue Nacino, better known by his screen name Rocco Nacino, is a Filipino actor and a registered nurse who rose to fame and gained media attention by joining the fifth season of Starstruck, a Philippine reality show broadcast on GMA Network, where he emerged as the Second Prince.
He was born in Baguio City on March 21, 1987 and was raised in Singapore. He studied Nursery up to Primary 6 in Singapore, and also learned to speak Mandarin as his Mother Tongue during his grade school days.Rocco lives with his family in Pasig. He has a younger brother named Kyle, who is studying in De La Salle University in Manila, taking up Engineering.
Rocco studied in Makati Hope Christian School for his secondary education and graduated college from the Mapua Institute of Technology in Makati with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He passed the Nursing Board Exams in June 2009, making him a Registered Nurse.
In his first year of college at Mapua Makati, he participated in the Mister and Miss Cardinals and won as Mister Cardinals 2005. This opened new opportunities to Rocco in the world of TV commercials and print media. Among his projects were TV commercials and print media for Vaseline, Skyflakes, Goya, Jollibee, Chowking, Smart, Pepsi, STI.
His sports are jiu-jitsu, muay thai, mixed martial arts, boxing, arnis, wing chun and basketball. Aside from the love of sports, he also loves to play the drums and the guitar.
His biggest break on television was when he bagged the role he had auditioned for in Sine Novela Presents: “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”, opposite Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo. This was followed by another teleserye on GMA-7’s Dramarama sa Hapon block, entitled “Koreana”, where he portrayed an amateur boxer with Kris Bernal as his love interest. His excellent performance in Koreana gave him his first acting nomination from the Entertainment Press Society (Enpress) as Finalist for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for the Golden TV Awards in 2011.With the large viewership and high ratings garnered by Koreana, Rocco was given a more challenging project and an even better exposure via the first-ever dance serye, “Time of My Life”, with Kris Bernal and Mark Herras; which was telecast on GMA-7’s Telebabad timeslot.
He was part of the weekly fantasy sitcom, “Kaya ng Powers”, with Rhian Ramos, Sheena Halili, Elmo Magalona, Joey Marquez and Rufa Mae Quinto and did a cameo in the finale week of the epic-serye, “Amaya”, where he played the role of adult Banuk. He also top-billed a 5-episode weekly series, “Love Bug presents: Mistaken Identity”, where he was paired with Lovi Poe.
Rocco’s first indie film, an entry at the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival entitled, “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” with Paulo Avelino and Jean Garcia, showcased his brilliance in acting and earned him his first prestigious acting award when he was chosen by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) as the “New Movie Actor of the Year” in the PMPC Star Awards for Movies in 2012. In the same year, he was awarded by the Entertainment Press (Enpress) the “Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor” in the 9th Golden Screen Awards. A few months later, he was again chosen as the “Most Promising Male Star of the Year” in the 43rd Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment Awards for the same movie.
Rocco did a cameo role in the movie “My Valentine Girls”. He also got to work with Judy Ann Santos and Eugene Domingo in the 2011 MMFF Entry, “My Househusband Ikaw Na”, directed by Jose Javier Reyes.
Rocco was also given the honor to portray our national hero Jose Rizal in the multi-awarded documentary drama, “Pluma: Ang Dakilang Manunulat”. The documentary was also nominated as Best Documentary at the New York Film Festival.
Rocco returned to GMA-7’s Afternoon Prime, where he starred opposite Kylie Padilla in “The Good Daughter“, which reaped high ratings and great feedbacks.
Another memorable afternoon drama series he made was “Yesterday’s Bride” where he was able to work with Lovi Poe for the second time. After the successful run of this drama series, he was included in another TV drama series, “Unforgettable”, with Kylie Padilla.
While Rocco was busy becoming the prince of afternoon soap, he was also doing movies. He appeared in the star-studded independent film, “Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi”, with Angelica Panganiban, Glaiza de Castro, Eric Tai, Edgar Allan Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Buboy Garovillo and Cherie Gil.
This was followed by a stellar performance in “I Luv U Pare Ko” where he played a closet-turned-loud gay who is deeply in love with his best friend, played by Rodjun Cruz.
He also proved his versatility when he played the main antagonist in “My Lady Boss”.
In the 2013 Cinemalaya feature film, “Burgos”, Rocco earned praise for his performance as the activist Jonas Burgos. This film was directed by Joel Lamangan and also starred Lorna Tolentino.
While he portrays an ideal lover in his soaps, he took on a different role as an admirable, newbie, young politician in the critically-acclaimed documentary drama series, “Bayan Ko” of GMA News TV. Bayan Ko which showed the sad state of our country due to corruption, instantly became a hit as it was shown during the 2013 election period. His convincing portrayal of the neophyte mayor amazed the Filipino audience making Rocco a houshold name and earned him recognition at the Gawad Duyan Awards as “Natatanging Likha para sa Dulang Pantelebisyon – Hiblang Huwaran.”
In 2013, Rocco played the role of the second Filipino martyr-saint in the MMFF entry, “Pedro Calungsod:Batang Martir” directed by Francis Villacorta. This historical and meaningful movie gave the Filipino audience another glimpse of Rocco’s versatility.
Also in 2013, Rocco was given the chance to appear on GMA Primetime for the first time in the hit drama series, “Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas”. The very successful show also starred Lovi Poe and Cesar Montano.
Aside from acting, Rocco also enjoys being a host. In fact, he was a frequent guest host in “AHA” and also appeared as a co-host of Mariz Umali in a GMA News and Current Affairs weekly show, “Out of Control.”
This August 2014, Rocco returns to the Indie films arena in “Hustisya“with Nora Aunor in the Cinemalaya Film Festival. The film about human trafficking is directed by Joel Lamangan and written by Ricky Lee.
“Ibong Adarna“, the Filipino fantasy movie where Rocco plays the lead role, will also be shown in August 2014.
Currently, Rocco is busy taping for his new primetime drama series “Hiram na Alaala” which also stars Kris Bernal and Dennis Trillo.
Catch Rocco Nacino every Sunday in the variety special, “Sunday All Stars” where he displays his dancing skills and other talents.