Juan Karlos Labajo is a Filipino singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and model. He rose to fame after he joined and became a finalist in the singing competition The Voice Kids Philippines in 2014. His own life story was featured in the popular ABS-CBN television program Maala-ala Mo Kaya (MMK) with himself playing the lead role. With his band, Juan Karlos is currently busy performing in different venues.
Real Name –> Juan Karlos Padilla Labajo
Nickname –> JK
Birthdate –> February 5, 2001 (age 18)
Birthplace –> Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines
Father –> Oliver Stolz (German, +)
Mother –> Maylinda Labajo
Height –> 5′9″
Elementary School –> San Narciso Elementary School
High School –> Eton International School
Jk is half-German and half-Filipino. His parents left him when he was still a baby and he grew up under the care of his maternal grandmother and uncle Jovanni. His father had reportedly died while his mother also passed away when JK was twelve years old. As a child, he worked by collecting and selling junks to earn money. At school, he was bullied because of his foreign complexion.
JK is rumored to be dating Asia’s Next Top Model winner Maureen Wroblewitz but he insists they are just friends and that his romantic life should be kept private.
JK entered the entertainment industry when he joined the ABS-CBN singing competition The Voice Kids in 2014. In the blind audition, he sang Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” and two coaches turned for him. He chose Bamboo Manalac as his coach. Eventually, he placed third with Lyca Gairanod as the champion. Watch his audition video below.
In 2016, Juan Karlos joined Pinoy Big Brother – Lucky 7 as a housemate and I Love OPM as a contestant but he failed to win in both reality shows.
2017 – Ipaglaban Mo: Pikon
2017 – A Love to Last
2015-2016 – Pangako Sa ‘Yo
2015 – Ipaglaban Mo: Sa Dulo ng Daan
2014 – Hawak Kamay
2014 – Maala-ala Mo Kaya
2014 – The Voice Kids Philippines
Go here to see and listen to his songs.
2017 – Tatlong Bibe
2018 – Album of the Year for JKL by MOR Pinoy Music Awards
2018 – OPM Revival of the Year for Beautiful Girl by MOR Pinoy Music Awards
2017 – Favorite Mellow Video for Di Ka Man Lang Nagpaalam by Myx Music Awards
Scandals and Controversies
In October of 2018, JK had a “twitter war” with fellow singer Darren Espanto over a tweet that the former posted insinuating that the latter is gay. Jk removed the tweet and claimed his account was hacked.
In March, 2019, JK was bashed by netizens over his cursing an audience member during a show in Makati City.
See also: List of Famous Filipino Actors