Young couple Jam Sebastian and Paoline Michelle Liggayu are probably one of the most popular users on YouTube right now.
In just one year, this couple popularly known as Jamich have already gained a fan base of 72,922 subscribers.
They also have a total of 29 million video views for the 56 videos they uploaded since May 30, 2011.
Jam and Michelle couldn’t believe that their personal video titled “By Chance” would earn them so much public attention.
“Ginawa po namin ‘yon parang for fun lang talaga, e, ‘yon lang. Walang script or anything,” said Jam in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the store opening of bubble tea shop called A Gantea at Greenbelt 2, Makati City last May 12.
Jamich initially uploaded the video about their love story on Facebook. After being persuaded by their families and friends, the couple decided to share “By Chance” to the public on You Tube.
“Una, in-upload namin sa Facebook para sa families and friends lang. Sabi nila, ‘Bakit hindi ninyo i-upload sa YouTube? Para mas maraming makakita,” recalled 26-year-old Jam.
The couple did not expect that on its first day, the video would have thousands of hits.
“Noong in-upload namin, parang first day nag-3,000 views,” Jam happily related to PEP.
“Gulat na gulat kami dahil konti lang ang friends namin sa Facebook, [nagtataka kami] kung saan galing ‘yong ibang views.
“After no’n, naging 8,000, tapos naging 50,000.”
Now, “By Chance” has 4,866,114 views since it was uploaded in June 2011.
BECOMING FAMOUS. Being YouTube sensations, Jam and Michelle are now getting more popular, especially with young audiences.
The couple already appeared on several shows, including Gandang Gabi Vice and Kris TV on ABS-CBN; and Cristy Ferminute on Aksyon TV.
Their popularity also brought them several endorsements that include clothing, toothpaste, and telecommunication brands.
Jamich also has been invited to do a few hosting jobs like they did last Sunday.
Although they’ve done it several times, they're still not used to all the attention.
“Actually, every time na nagkakaroon kami ng events, lagi kaming nagugulat. Parang everything is new palagi,” commented 21-year-old Michelle.
Jam added, “Nakakagulat po kasi sobra nga ‘yong response ng tao.
“Minsan kapag nasa public places kami, may mga taong nakakilala, nagpapa-picture.
“So, talagang nakakagulat kasi ordinaryong couple lang naman kami.”
POSITIVE EFFECT. While other couples would rather keep their relationship private, Jamich did not hesitate to share their love story with the public.
Jam explained, “Mas maganda po kasi ang feedback kasi parang nakilala nila kami agad.
“Once na napanood nila ‘yong 15-minute video, parang may response sila kaagad na, ‘Uy, kilala namin kayo.’
“Kasi, ‘yon po talaga ‘yong totoong kami.”
Michelle reflected that the process of making a video was helpful in their relationship.
“Kasi parang ‘yon na rin ang quality time namin, e,” she said.
Making videos with her boyfriend also has an effect on them individually.
She related, “Nagtutulungan kami minsan kung paano namin ipe-present ang sarili namin sa ibang tao.
“Naging mas careful kami sa mga ipinapakita namin, lalo na maraming bata na tumitingin ng videos namin. So, dapat talaga careful kami sa lahat.”
For his part, Jam said, “Sa akin, nakatulong ako sa family ko. Kahit papaano po ngayon, ‘yong mga income naibibigay ko sa kanila.
“‘Yong sa family niya din, medyo natatanggap na ako kasi dati medyo off sila sa akin. Medyo may advantage po ‘yon.”
MORE FUN MAKING VIDEOS. Jamich did not deny that they’re also hoping to work in mainstream media someday.
However, they vowed not to leave their online fans who actually helped them become popular.
Jam reasoned, “Kasi mas masarap gumawa ng video, e. Ikaw ang director, ikaw ang magpo-produce, ikaw lahat.”
Michelle seconded, “Parang lahat ng gusto mong touch ng film mo, nandoon lahat.”
Jam further explained, “Kasi, siyempre, kapag TV, sila lang po ang masusunod, e. Kami lang po ‘yong actor and actress.
“Mas maganda kung gumagawa pa rin kami ng YouTube videos in case na mapunta kami sa mainstream.”
In celebration of their fourth year anniversary this May, Jamich said, “We’re planning to make ‘By Chance 2’ din. Hopefully, soon!”