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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 31, 2017

Local Actor Teejay Marquez Hits It Big As A TV-Movie Star In Indonesia, Mother Lily Monteverde Now Signs Him Up As A Regal Baby

TEEJAY MARQUEZ started with GMA-7 in the teen show “Tween Hearts” in 2011 for which he won the best new male TV personality in the Star Awards. He also did the soaps “Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin”, “Pyra: Babaeng Apoy”, “Anna Karenina: and “Home Sweet Home” then became a part of “Walang Tulugan” and “Party Pilipinas”. He also did a movie for GMA Films, the horror flick “Basement”.

He then moved to ABS-CBN where he was included in soaps like “Dream Dad” and “The Greatest Love”. He also got the chance to work in Indonesia where he became popular on Indonesian TV and was called the Dubsmash King. He even did a movie with them.

“I didn’t expect to have a popular career in Indonesia,” he says. “I just went there to do a TV commercial tapos na-guest na ako sa various TV shows nila hanggang na-extend na nang na-extend ang working visa ko. Tapos, may producer who got me to do a movie, pero pinaturuan muna ako ng language nilang Bahasa for one month. May private tutor ako. Nung fluent na ako, isinalang na ako sa shooting ng "Dubsmash, The Movie'. I also did some TV shows. Maikli lang yung teleseryes nila roon. Ibang ka-love team ko sa movie at iba rin sa TV.”

He signed up with Mother Lily to do movies at Regal last Wednesday, with Arnold Vegafria now managing him. “We intend to do co-productions with Indonesia starring him and Indonesian actors," says Arnold. "Malaki ang market nila roon with 1.5 billion people all over Indonesia so we’ll collaborate with them.”

“It’s a dream come true for me to be a Regal Baby,” says Teejay. “I’m thankful to Mother Lily kasi very warm ang reception nila sa’kin.”

So who’s more “sikat” now in Indonesia, Christian Bautista? “Siya. Maski taxi drivers, tinatanong ako, how’s Christian? Pinatutugtog talaga ang songs niya roon.”

He has now just recorded a single with Universal Records, “Di Magbabago”, a song written by ‘Eat Bulaga’ Foreignoy contestant Bobby Skyz. It’s now available on digital format in iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. He intends to translate this into Bahasa Indonesia and release it there also. On September 9, he’ll fly back to Indonesia to tape the trailer for a new teleserye. “Doon kasi, inuuna nilang tine-tape yung trailer at pag nag-click, saka binubuo yung teleserye,” he says.