Since his first appearance on national television as a Pinoy Big Brother housemate, rising actor Aljon Mendoza has yet to make it big. Earlier this year, Blacksheep Entertainment announced that he's set to play a lead role in Teen Clash, and we think it might just be the 21-year-old actor's breakthrough. He has the ~*it factor*~, after all. If you're a new fan who wants to watch Aljon's ascent into stardom, we'll help you learn more about him.
Here are ten fun facts you need to know about the young actor:
1. Aljon manifested becoming a PBB housemate.
In an old Instagram post, Aljon once manifested to become a PBB housemate. Years later, his dream turned into a reality when he became part of PBB: Otso's first batch! He was dubbed the "Shy Charmer of Pampanga" when he entered Big Brother's house. It's also where he met his love team partner, Gen Z actress Karina Bautista.
2. It's not his first time bringing a Wattpad character to life.
Last August, it was announced that Aljon would play the lead role of Ice in the series adaptation of Teen Clash. But ICYDK, he also starred in the audio drama adaptation of the Wattpad novel, The Four Bad Boys and Me, as Troy Mendoza. It's proof that he has a Wattpad character vibe through and through.
3. His zodiac sign is Cancer.
The actor celebrated his 21st birthday last July 16, which means he's a Cancer. And his fans, whom he endearingly calls Charmers, sent him gifts to show their love on his special day! Of course, the young star is just as appreciative of his supporters as he always shows gratitude to them.
4. He's a self-confessed anime lover.
In an interview, Aljon and Karina, better known as KarJon, were asked where they would travel together someday. Aljon instantly answered that his dream destination was Japan. He said he would bring Karina to check out anime stores and places in Japan. His love for anime is also evident in the clothing he likes to wear.
5. Aljon is close friends with celeb Ria Atayde.
ICYDK, the two starred in the show Viral Scandal, where they developed a close friendship. Aljon even penned Ria a sweet greeting on her birthday this year. He wrote, "Happy birthday to the most kindhearted person I know. Sobrang blessed ng taong magmamahal sayo. I love you."
6. He plays the ukulele.
Aljon has a YouTube channel where he uploads his vlogs, challenge videos, and a few song covers! In his Song Challenge video with previous PBB housemate Shanaia Gomez, he demonstrated his skills at playing the ukulele. In the same video, he mentioned that the instrument was gifted to him by fans when he left the reality show.
7. The young actor has over a million followers on TikTok.
Catch exclusive content of the actor dancing and sharing short clips of his life's moments on his TikTok account @aljongmendoza. You can also occasionally see glimpses of KarJon content on his account. As of writing, he has impressively amassed 1.5 million followers.
8. He earned a diploma through Alternative Learning System education.
Aljon once shared on Magandang Buhay that he didn't get to continue his formal schooling due to the demands of being a working student. Although he reached out to his former school after his PBB stint, he eventually chose ALS. Overall, he felt proud that he still managed to graduate through ALS and work for his family at the same.
9. He's currently taking swimming classes.
The young actor mentioned in a YouTube vlog that he almost drowned twice when he was younger, so his father taught him how to swim. But he never learned how to do it properly, at least not until recently. He's now taking swimming classes and seems to enjoy his new hobby!
10. He loves his dog Lalabs.
Aljon is very fond of his dog Lalabs, and you'll often see adorable pictures of them together on his Instagram. Isn't it the cutest thing ever?