Teejay Marquez back after Indonesian conquest, to star in first movie
Unlike other celebrities who get complacent and rest on their laurels after scoring a major feat, former Kapuso tween star Teejay Marquez would again rather hit the ground running after having successfully conquered Indonesia since 2016.
Some fans would remember that Marquez became a big hit in Indonesia when one of his dubsmash videos went viral, earning him droves of fans and followers in the progressive Southeast Asian capital.
This was soon followed by offers to star in a movie (Dubsmash The Movie), a TV series, as well as an endless stream of media interviews where he was hailed as one of the Philippines’ brightest and most promising young talents.
Last year, while taking a short hiatus from his busy showbiz itinerary in Jakarta, he flew back to Manila for a much-needed rest. In August 2017, he signed up with Arnold Vegafria’s management outfit, ALV Talent Circuit, and at the same time signed up with Regal Entertainment.
It was late last year when Maquez flew back to Indonesia to start filming for a TV soap dubbed Siapa Takut Katij Cinta (Who’s Afraid to Fall In Love?), a local adaptation of the 2001 Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden, which was a big hit in the Philippines and the Asian region.
Because of his hectic taping schedule back then (Monday to Sunday), Marquez had not time to take on other Manila-based projects.
Asked to recap his last Indonesia trip during a press conference last July 5, he shared, “I also flew to Malaysia for some documents, to Hong Kong for some social media jobs, and also to Manila.”
While in Indonesia, Marquez was also able to launch his eponymous mobile phone app.
“It’s all about me – photos, videos, updates, and even games. Users can win prizes. When we launched in Indonesia, we had a game and the winner flew to Manila to have a date with me, all-expenses paid. We will be launching that very soon here in Manila,” he proudly shares.
He also disclosed a collaboration with telcom companies.
In the meantime, the actor is very excited about his new project. He will soon star in a movie directed by Adolf Alix, Jr.
While here in the Philippines however, he also hopes to sign up with a major network, to star in a drama serye and/or movie and maybe also sign up some endorsements and business ventures.
His manager Arnold Vegafria feels proud of his ward’s latest accomplishments.
He says, “With what he’s done in Indonesia, Marquez could rightfully be called our ambassador of goodwill. It’s rare to have someone so young and talented waving the Philippine flag proudly in foreign shores. But more than that, what’s admirable is that he’s managed to do all this while maintaining a very clean and wholesome image, making him a perfect role model for our Pinoy youth.”
Now that he’s gone past his tween years, he feels ready for more acting challenges.
He says, “Yes, I think I’m ready to do some daring roles and some challenging roles to show what I can do. Change is good!” /muf
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