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.
February 22, 2023 – The movie Ako Si Ninoy where JK Labajo plays Ninoy Aquino in his first starring role premiers in cinemas nationwide.
As of February 5, 2023, the music video of Buwan has reached 164 million views on Youtube.
Real Name –> Juan Karlos Padilla Labajo
Nickname –> JK
Birthdate –> February 5, 2001 (age 22)
Birthplace –> Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines
Height –> 5′9″
Elementary School –> San Narciso Elementary School
High School –> Eton International School
Father –> Oliver Stolz (German, +)
Mother –> Maylinda Labajo
Jk Labajo 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 Labajo dated Asia’s Next Top Model winner Maureen Wroblewitz but they broke up recently.
JK Labajo 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.
Discography / Latest Songs
Summer Time Love
Fisica and Quimica
Here I Am
Hindi Ka Man Lang Nagpaalam
Lord Merry Christmas
Lunod (with Ben and Ben and Zild Benitez)
Sana Kung Pwede Lang
Thank You Ang Babait Ninyo
This Song Is For You
Wala Nang Iba
2017 – Ipaglaban Mo: Pikon
2017 – A Love to Last
2015-2016 – Pangako Sa ‘Yo
2015 – Ipaglaban Mo: Sa Dulo ng Daan
2014-Present – ASAP Natin ‘To
2014 – Hawak Kamay
2014 – Maala-ala Mo Kaya
2014 – The Voice Kids Philippines
2023 – Ako Si Ninoy
2022 – Blue Room
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
* During the campaign for the May 9, 2022 elections, JK Labajo came out as one of the active campaigners for the Tropang Angat tandem of then Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
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.
On February 18, 2023, Juan Karlos said with seeming finality that he will not work with controversial Director Darryl Yap. He also said that he doesn’t have a positive opinion when it comes to changing history.
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