Who is

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 Cainta, Rizal. He has a younger brother named Kyle, who is studying in De La Salle University in Manila, taking up Engineering.

Rocco graduated from the Mapua Institute of Technology Makati and passed the Nursing Board Exam making him a registered nurse on June 6 and 7, 2009 in Manila. He studied in Makati Hope Christian School for his secondary education and in Mapua Institute of Technology on his tertiary.

On 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 and basketball. He also trains wing chun regularly. Aside from these sports, he also plays drums and a little of guitar.

His biggest break on television was when he bagged the role he had auditioned for- Sine Novela Presents: Gumapang Ka sa Lusak, opposite Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo. This was followed by another teleserye at GMA-7’s Dramarama sa Hapon block, entitled “Koreana”, with Kris Bernal as his love interest. His excellent performance in Koreana gave him his first acting nomination from the Entertainment Press Society (Enpres) 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 in 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 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 and was shot in Palawan.

Rocco’s first indie film which was an entry at the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa with Paulo Avelino and Jean Garcia, showcased his acting capabilities and earned him his first prestigious acting awards when he was chosen by the Philippine Movie Press Club as the “New Movie Actor of the Year” in the PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2012; and by the Entertainment Press Society (Enpres) as “Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor” in the 9th Golden Screen Awards.Rocco also did cameo roles in the movies My Valentine Girls and My Kontrabida Girl. He also played the brother of Judy Ann Santos at 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 narrated by Howie Severino, Pluma: Ang Dakilang Manunulat. The documentary was also nominated as Best Documentary at the New York Film Festival.

Rocco can now be watched at GMA-7’s Afternoon Prime, The Good Daughter, opposite Kylie Padilla, which continues to garner towering ratings and great feedbacks. He is currently preparing for his upcoming movie where he will be playing the title role, Lam-ang – an epic movie to be shot in Ilocos, with Rochelle Pangilinan as his leading lady. You can also see him weekly in Party Pilipinas and Bubble Gang.

Watch out also for the showing of an indie film he did in Palawan in 2011, Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi along with Angelica Panganiban, Glaiza De Castro, Kean Cipriano, Edgar Allan Guzman and many more.

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