Joaquin Pedro Valdes (aka JP) started out on the professional stage at the young age of 11 when Philippine Theater icons Baby Barredo and Zenaida Amador discovered him. After being part of the 1995 Philippine staging of “Evita”, those veteran thespians asked him to be launched in Repertory Philippines’ “Pinocchio” in 1996. From then on, he continued to live on stage through different leading roles in both adapted and original musicals and straight plays, several of which he was nominated and won awards for respectively.
Joaquin also proudly received plaudits by U.P. Film Institute and New Beijing International Movie Week for his directorial debut called “Bulong (Whisper)”. A 30-minute speculative fiction short narrative, it starred Sid Lucero, Maita Ponce, Juddha Paolo and Paolo Contis.
During his teen years, Joaquin had ventured off into the recording industry to be a part of the pop/R&B boy band 17:28 under Star Records. There, he performed and composed a few of the group’s hit singles as well as various jingles. His rigorously stunning vocals have also been heard at various private/corporate/personal events, debuts, weddings and functions.
Theatre, however, always remains his first love, so when he is given the chance to sink his teeth into a compelling material, he doesn’t pass it up. While he is now known behind the camera as one of the country’s more recognised film, concert and digital content director, he will never forget his humble beginnings.
In his spare time, Joaquin enjoys a good workout at gym and gets to weave through the endlessly chaotic traffic jams of his hometown on his own electric scooter.