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Khalil talks about passion for storytelling

Khalil: "I would of course go as far as raising awareness for a certain thing."

Doreen Penilla
Doreen Penilla

10/19/2017 in News
Khalil talks about passion for storytelling

Khalil Ramos is a little bit of everything. He's a singer, an actor, a model, and an all-around production man. But don't ever think he's a master of none.

Khalil won second place at the age of 15, in "Pilipinas Got Talent" back in 2011. We first discovered him as a singer, and an excellent one at that. 

He then went on to star in the teleserye "Princess and I," with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Year after year, he's been cast in projects films that made him grow as an actor.

And in 2014, he also established his own production outfit, Limitless Productions. 

With all these achievements, what does he really want to pursue?

"I guess I'm coming from an angle as a storyteller, because when I sing, I also tell stories. And I think acting is just on another level for me. Kumbaga, when I started acting I didn't really know what I was entering eh, kung ano bang pinapasok kong line of entertainment. Hindi pa ako sure masyado pero once I've worked with several directors, co-actors, mga nag-impluwensya sa akin, I eventually fell in love with acting."

Khalil is still finding the acting genre where he belongs, and that's perfectly fine for him. 

"And it's something that I am still in the learning process of. Very open pa talaga sa experiences and learnings that's why kung mapapansin niyo, iba-iba 'yung ginagawa ko," he said.

Khalil's first big screen appearance is in the romantic-comedy film, "She's Dating the Gangster." Then he also starred in a Manny Pacquiao bio-pic film, "Kid Kulafu," directed by Paul Soriano. We then saw another side of him as a swear-spitting, tough guy in "Honor Thy Father," a dark crime drama by Erik Matti.

Earlier this year he made us reminisce about first love in the coming-of-age, LGBT-themed movie, "2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten." And most recently, he played a criminal in search for revenge in the gritty underground world of "Riding in Tandem." He's also seen regularly in the ABS-CBN top-rating teleserye "La Luna Sangre" as a vampire.

"Iba-iba, wala pang certain branding, I guess that's because of me, personally, I really want to explore first, kasi I wouldn't really know kung saan 'yung niche ko unless of course, if I experience different roles." 

What's most important for Khalil, whatever form of art it may be, is the message that he will carry. All for the love of storytelling.

"Gusto ko laging may message and may matutunan and yes, I would of course go as far as raising awareness for a certain thing. If the script and the context back it up. For me kasi story is king. Content is always king. And if it is strong enough to go that far, in raising awareness for a certain theme that it's trying to portray in the movie, yeah, of course [I would do it]."

This 21-year-old talent proves that he can pursue a lot of things with one unifying goal -- to tell a story with meaning and inspiration.

Khalil is mindful of his audience ever ytime, saying, "As a storyteller, I always see to it na as an artist and a content creator, personally, it's my outlet, it's my way of reaching out to my audience, and I was given the influence to communicate to them."

Khalil will be a storyteller through and through. And that's the craft where he's definitely bound to be a master of.