Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer was elated by the warm reception he received from Filipino fans during a fan conference held yesterday, October 28, at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
The fan conference event was organized by retail clothing company Penshoppe to officially launched Mario as the brand’s latest celebrity endorser.
Mario now joins local celebrities Victor Basa, Mikael Daez, Solenn Heussaff, and English actor-musician Ed Westwick, as brand ambassadors of the clothing line.
Faithful fans composed mainly of teenagers waited patiently outside the PICC before noontime. All were excited to get a glimpse of the 22-year-old actor-model who is half-Chinese and half-German.
Wild cheers filled the venue when Mario finally came onstage to meet his eager fans and supporters. Some of the fans even brought with them placards with messages professing their admiration for the star of Love of Siam and Crazy Little Thing Called Love: The Missing Years.
“Mahal ko kayo!” Mario told his screaming fans.
He was game enough to interact with the audience and have his picture taken both with male and female admirers.
He even attempted to learn the dance steps of Cali Swag District’s hit club number, “Teach Me How to Dougie,” with the help of a Filipino fan.
RESPECTFUL TOWARDS FANS. Mario said he was grateful for the outpouring of love from Pinoy fans.
In a press conference held after the event, Mario said he has never experienced such a reaction even in his homeland, mainly because he is more accessible to Thai fans compared to his followers abroad.
“It’s different what I’ve experienced today because I only talk to my Filipino fans through Twitter. So when they met me, they were very excited."
Mario is very much aware that he attracts male, and even gay fans, aside of course, from the female admirers he is used to in his homeland and abroad.
“I know many gay persons and they’re all very nice,” said Mario, who has portrayed a gay character in the 2007 film, The Love of Siam.
“Gay people have done many good things in music, art, films… and I know a lot of people who respect gays.”
ACCIDENTAL ACTOR. Mario’s confidence and ease when it comes to his celebrity status belie the fact that he never aspired to be in the limelight.
In fact, all he wanted was to ride his skateboard and attend school just like any normal teenager in Thailand.
But now that he is an international actor and celebrity, Mario wants to entertain people through movies and modeling projects.
Filipino fans will be seeing more of Mario in the coming months as he is set to do a movie under Star Cinema opposite Kapamilya actress Erich Gonzales.
The romantic movie, titled Suddenly It’s Magic, will be shot in Thailand and in the Philippines. According to Mario, it will also be in “three languages: Thai, English, and Tagalog.”
Mario will be in Manila until Sunday, October 30. But he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that he plans to explore the Philippines when he returns to shoot his movie.
“I would love to see more of the Philippines and to visit more places here, and to meet more of the people,” he said.