Benjie Paras BiographyBenjie Paras is Venancio Johnson Paras Jr., which was born on October 2, 1968, a Filipino professional basketball player and had just awarded a Hall of Fame status by the Philippine Basketball Association. He is also a character and a comedy actor. Benjie Paras is the only PBA to win the “Rookie of the Year” and the “Most Valuable Player” honors in 1989 in a single season. He was married to Jaclyn Forster and they had two children.
Aside from being a PBA player he has also appeared in various films and TV shows such as “Narito Ang Puso Ko,” in a comedy show “Lagot ka, isusumbong Kita,” also in “Encantadia,” all in the GMA 7 network. Benjie is also a host, working as a co-host in ABC TV5 local version of “Guinness Book of Records.” He had also played a role in Lupin and Fanastic Man. He also starred in “Resiklo,” in 2007 opposite Ramon Bong Revilla, an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival.
He had also hosted in the game show in TV5 entitled ‘Winwinwin.” Benjie had also starred in “Kamandag,’”and “Adik Sa Yo,” together with Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal. He had also worked with the champion boxer Manny Pacquiao in the TV show “Show Me DA Manny.” In the “Last Prince,” Benjie played a villain. He was also a part of the cast in the show “Yaman Ni Lola.” Benjie was also included in “Bantatay,” and in “Spooky Nights Presents: The Ringtone.” His 4th telefantaserye was in “Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis,” also in TV5.
Benjie Paras was also seen in some movies like “Iskul Bukol: The Reunion,” and appeared in “My Only U,” with Vhong Navarro. In a 2012 drama teleserye entitled “One True Love,” he also starred with Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes.
After the controversial separation from his ex-wife Jackie Forster, Benjie had married Lyxen Diomampo, a commercial model and a preschool teacher, and had two sons namely Riley and Sam. His other two sons by Jackie are Andre and Kobe are also gradually starting their basketball career since grade school. They are currently enrolled in De La Salle University and playing on the high school team.
Benjie welcomes the idea that one day soon his sons might join showbiz industry. Whatever his son’s decisions will be, he said he is ready to support them. He also said that if their schedules are okay, he might allow them to do some showbiz works, but of course school is still the priority over anything else. His sons are also keen on being a professional basketball player someday. Everything will all depend when the right time comes. Benjie also teaches his sons the value of being humble and friendly. Whatever and wherever their dreams bring them, Benjie says, they will be in contact with people, so it really pays to always put their feet on the ground, the PBA Hall of Famer advices.
He is now happy and lives a peaceful, quiet life with his wife and four children. He may be a comedian but in real life, he is seriously being a father and a friend, always taking the responsibility he is tasked with.