Teejay Marquez is in town for a two-week vacation from Indonesia where he is currently based.
The 22-year-old actor and model captured the heart of Indonesians since his "Twerk It Like Miley" video trended on Twitter middle of last year.
From then on, his Instagram followers, who are mostly Indonesians, grew to 840,000.
An invitation from Indonesian management came last year, but he opted to stay here in the country due to his show contract for ABS-CBN’s Dream Dad.
He visited the country in January 2016, to guest on a television show, but ended up appearing in almost all TV channels in the country...
...making him very visible, and feel like he belongs there!
Teejay has just finished filming the Dubsmash movie opposite Indonesia’s popular teen actress, Jessica Mila Agnesia.
The film will premiere this coming May in Indonesia.
ON HIS OWN. In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Monday, April 4, Teejay related the changes in his life since he began living there.
He said, “Hindi ako pinapalabas, para daw hindi lagi makita.
“Para daw mas malaki ang maging market ko, para mas maging expensive daw [ang talent fee] ko.”
He is on his own, does his laundry, cooks his own food, and does grocery shopping.
The actor further explained, “Kaya lagi ako nagma-mask ‘pag lumabas [pag walang work] para wala masyadong magpa-picture.
“Iniiwasan nila yung magpa-picture kung saan-saan lang baka sabihin, ‘O, bakit andiyan lang siya? Pakalat-kalat lang?'”
Here, most fans readily take selfies with their idols, but that's not the usual practice in Indonesia.
He said, “Bawal selfie, puwede normal picture na piktyuran kayo. Magpakuha sa iba.
"Yung selfie daw kasi parang pang-family, pang-friends, pang-co-artists.
“Yung iba, yung nahahalikan ka na, nayayakap. Medyo affected sila sa ganun kasi mga Muslim nga sila.”
And what are the perks of being one of Indoneia’s fast-rising stars?
Teejay answered, “Siguro, tingin kasi nila sa akin international actor-model, lahat ng galaw ko po, may bayad.
“Kapag may guesting ka, kapag may interview ka, may bayad. Doon, um-attend ka lang ng event, may bayad, may pictorial ka sa magazine, may bayad.
"Pero siguro kapag local artist ka dun, siguro baka parang sa atin.
"Doon, ako kasi may agency ako, may management, kaya binabayaran talaga lahat.”