People, especially those belonging to the so-called Generation Z, couldn’t get enough of University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroon Kobe Paras, that the clamor for him to enter show business continues to grow by the day.
Although he failed to carry his team to the finals of the just concluded UAAP Season 82 won by Ateneo de Manila University, his popularity continues to rise, and his name is not only landing almost every day on sports pages but in the showbiz/entertainment section as well.
Reports said Kobe was offered a juicy deal by ABS-CBN to appear in a movie as a leading man. Some even said the plan was for him to be paired with “crush ng bayan” Liza Soberano. But Kobe doesn’t seem to be interested in being a part-time actor. Up to now, the lure of the showbiz spotlight has not attracted Kobe.
As everyone knows already, Kobe is a son of Benjie Paras, one of the best basketball players ever produced by UP. Benjie led UP to a UAAP championship. When he went to the PBA, he became the first Rookie of the Year – Most Valuable Player awardee in the same year. He then also starred in several movies and TV shows as a comedian.
Kobe is well on his way to following in the footsteps of his father. He is now in the Mythical Five of the UAAP. His next target is to enter the PBA. Who knows, maybe after that or in the midst of playing professional basketball, he might also become an actor.
Kobe now has a horde of fans, owing to his great basketball skills and superb looks. This is why he has a following from across sexes. And this is also why showbiz producers see him as a bankable talent. He is a good mix of Benjie and mother Jackie Forster, also a former showbiz personality. His brother Andre has starred in several movies already.
For now, however, Kobe doesn’t want any distraction, opting to focus solely on his basketball career. Well, let’s wait and see.