Ian started as a teenage matinee idol in the 80s sporting his strong Spanish looks. He became part of one of the most popular teenage variety shows which opened doors for more television stints and movie projects. Later on, he became one of the country's few famous action stars. After a while, Ian was eventually noticed for his talent in acting and was given more dramatic roles in different television soap operas. Ian was part of the hit show, Got to Believe, playing Daniel Padilla's father, Jaime. This 2015, Ian once again finds himself playing Daniel's father, Eduardo Buenavista, in the remake of the early 2000's teleserye, Pangako Sa'yo.