Born on February 7, 1975, Ian Veneracion (full name: Stephen Ian Veneracion) is a Filipino actor, sportsperson, pilot and painter of Spanish descent.
His parents are Roy Veneracion, a famous painter and Susan Lopez.
Birth Date & Zodiac Sign
Ian was born on February 7, 1975. He is currently 41 years old. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Ian’s birth name is Stephen Ian López Veneración and was born in Manila, Philippines. His nationality is Filipino of Spanish descent.
Veneración joined the film industry as a child actor. Since then he has taken up many roles from a idol to action star to villain and finally a father.
The hunk has acted in many films since his first film, Never Say Goodbye in 1982.
In 2015, he starred along with Jodi Sta. Maria in the romantic-comedy film “All You Need Is Pag-Ibig”. His latest project is the television series “A Love to Last”, in which he stars along with Bea Alonzo.
Ian Veneracion is known for his great passion for outdoor activities and he has publicly admitted he loves doing sports such as sailing, fishing, skydiving and scuba diving.
In 1997, a then young, 22 years old Ian Veneracion married his long time girlfriend, Pam Gallardo.
His choice of woman as his wife was indeed surprising for a rising celebrity like him as Pam is neither an actress, singer or painter but an Industrial Engineer. It is said that she graduated from UP Diliman.
As she isn’t in the radar of the media, nothing much is known about her. However, she is a real beauty with brains.
Ian was quoted saying that Pam is very understanding of his job that the romantic scenes he had with Jodi Sta. Maria was not taken seriously by her.
He also mentioned her of being an ideal partner who is able to balance between her job and family well. Pam is even supportive of Ian’s expensive hobbies.
It is also nice to hear that Pam has been faithful to Ian and vice versa, since being in show business in the Philippines is quite risky. Pam believes and trusts his husband 100%. She shrugs off rumors regarding her husband with other female celebrities.
Rumours: Relationship with Jessy Mendiola
Ricky Gallardo, who is Ian Veneracion’s manager, is actually Pam’s cousin. He denied circulating rumours about Pam and Ian splitting up due to cheating.
This issue covered Ian and Jessy Mendiola’s rumoured love affair. It stated that Pam wanted to break up with Ian because he was cheating on her. However, it was clarified that this was not true.
Ian’s manager Ricky said in the interview, “We laughed when we read about this rumor in a tabloid. We were having dinner that time – me, Pam and Ian. The happily married couple also found it very funny.”
Passion for Painting
Before he became an actor, Ian Veneracion was already an accomplished painter. His father invited him to have an art painting exhibition four years before his very first solo exhibit.
Last year, in 2014, he had his third solo exhibition which consist of a total of fifty five paintings in display. Veneracion says his uses his paintings as a place to express his contained feelings.
Through his marriage with engineer, Pam Gallardo, Ian Veneracion has three children, Draco (17), Deirdre (15) and Buccio (8). Being a family man, Veneracion usually spends his time painting, swimming, fishing and visiting museums with his children.
They both have 3 children, whom Ian loves so much. According to Inquirer, in an interview, Ian stated that he is quite proud to be a father, saying “But the role I’m most proud of is that of being a dad.
Fatherhood has allowed me to teach my kids what my dad (visual artist Roy Veneracion) has taught me: Explore your options.”
Indeed, he got married when he was young and has now been married to his wife for 19 years now. Of course sometimes he must find it hard like everybody else, but he is truly passionate about his wife and family.
Although he is a painter, he never forces his children to paint but instead let them to paint according to their own will.
Veneracion credits his father, Roy in teaching him the true value of arts which helps him in building a close relationship with his children.
Roy taught him that painting is a way for one to express him or herself. Alongside with his wife, Pam Gallardo, Ian Veneracion has planned to set up a pre-school.
Pam who is a La Salle Engineer Graduate has taken her Masters in Education at Ateneo in order to make the plan work.
Career & Bio
His appearances in blockbuster films such as Pangako Sa Yo, Gotta Believe and Darating ang Umaga have shot his career to a success.
Ian Veneracion is also notable for his involvement in the current defunct youth variety show called That’s Entertainment which he starred in for a decade.
Veneracion’s success in acting grew larger when he was nominated for the Best Actor in the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival 2015 as best actor for the film “All You Need is Pag-Ibig”.
Being a child actor, Veneracion was first casted by Leo Rialp in a Christmas TV show. His child actor career grew when he starred along with Joey de Leon in Joey and Son Show.
As Ian Veneracion is a sportsperson, he has great love for sports. Everyday, he runs for two miles to maintain his fit body.
For his fitness regime and cardio exercise, he does boxing. Not only that, he also likes to play basketball, tennis, football and do scuba diving, paragliding, skydiving and sailing.
Between the year 2004 and 2006, Ian Veneracion became a rider in a motocross racing team for Shell-Yamaha.
Due to his talent in acting, arts and sports, Ian Veneracion is also known as the ‘Modern Renaissance Man’. He has starred in 49 films until now.
He actually plays the guitar very well. Check his instagram page and be ready to swoon! Adorably, he can also play the piano.
He loves eating bacon. He studied Culinary Arts and he loves making Tiramisu for his family.
Ian recently won an award from PeopleAsia as one of the fourteen “Men Who Matter”.
Ian’s net worth was estimated to be around $3 million in 2016.