These days, Marlon Stockinger is known to showbiz fans as "boyfriend ni Pia Wurtzbach."
But, in the world of Formula One—aka F1—the highest class of single-seat auto racing, Marlon has long established his name as a racer.
Do you know that he holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to win in a Formula One race in Europe?
He joined the Grand Prix 3 Series in 2011, won first place in the Monaco Grand Prix 3 series in 2012, and was drafted by the F1 Team in 2013.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to interview him in July 2015 for the press launch of Globe Slipstream.
At the time, he already had 300,000 followers on Instagram, even with F1 not as popular in the Philippines as boxing and basketball.
To date, Marlon has 454,000 followers—higher than the Instagram accounts of cager/celebrity James Yap and football star Phil Younghusband.
Back then, he said he might be willing to join showbiz.
"...Maybe in the future, I’m not saying that I want to close my doors, but I’m open to new experiences.
"So a movie in the future might happen. Yeah, why not."
That was 2015, the same year Pia won the Miss Universe title.
In November 2016, Marlon and Pia started dating.
It was in February 2017 when rumors about Marlon being the father to two kids began to surface.
The following month, Pia was asked about it in a press launch for a fabric softener she was the new endorser of.
Sounding shocked, the beauty queen said, "Are you sure it’s the same Marlon? There’s a lot of Marlon...I don’t know anything about that."
By the end of March, model Kit Barraquias confirmed, in an exclusive interview with PEP, that Marlon was indeed the "biological dad" of her twin girls, who, Kit said, he has not seen.
Kit elaborated, "He tried before, but he didn’t show up. He made some excuse."
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The racer has not spoken about the issue, but if his demeanor at his April 4 birthday bash is anything to go by, then he certainly can manage pressure.
Observers say the pressure in professional car racing at the level of Formula One is definitely more life-and-death than the pressure of rumors in the entertainment world.
In Esquire Philippines' April 2017 issue, the 25-year-old celebrity gave his take on the publicity brought about by his high-profile relationship with the country's third Pinay Miss Universe.
Marlon viewed the public’s scrutiny positively, and actually said he hoped it would help promote the formula race.
“What I’d like to see in the Philippines is more support going toward that, maybe from the government and private sectors, for younger racing drivers—even drivers like myself who are established,” he told Esquire.
Aside from racing, Marlon is also a triathlete.